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May 1923

Isle of Wight County Press:

May 5th 1923:  PROPERTY AUCTION – On Friday week Messrs. WALLIS, RIDDETT, and Co. sold Holmehurst, a newly-erected residence in Ratcliffe-avenue, held on long lease, free from ground rent and with vacant possession, to Mr. Rowland RUSSELL for £700.

May 5th 1923:  ESCAPE FROM DROWNING – At about 1.15 p.m. a Seaview postman, when in the vicinity of Puckpool Battery, noticed a woman disappear over the wall into the sea below.  The woman was at the foot of the wall in an exhausted condition, with the tide coming in.  The postman immediately lowered himself into the sea and lifted the woman and managed to get her to the Springvale slipway. She was taken to the Battery Hotel.  She was identified as Mrs. MOREY of Oakfield.

May 12th 1923:  LADIES’ CLUB OUTING – About 60 members and friends of St. Michael’s Ladies’ Club enjoyed a char-a-banc outing to Down-end on Saturday.  Messrs. O. H. SAVILL and J. HAM had charge of the party.

May 12th 1923:  MODEL PAVILLION – The model pavilion made by Mr. Arthur HILL is on view in the window of Messrs. PURNELL, High-street.

May 12th 1923:  HOSTEL FOR AILING CHILDREN – The committee have received from Miss FISHER, of Bonchurch, a cheque for £37, the result of a dance she held at Ventnor on April 12 in aid of the Hostel.

May 12th 1923:  GARDEN FETE – On Whit-Monday afternoon 21 May, the I.W. Girl Guides will be holding a Garden Fete in the delightful grounds of Appley Hall, Ryde.  There will be exhibitions of Dancing, Singing, and Handicrafts by the Girl Guides and a constant stream of variety amusements.  The Band of the Royal Ulster Rifles will be in attendance.  Gates open 2pm.

May 19th 1923:  BOWLING LEAGUE – The Ryde Club opened their league competition with a match between the A and B teams on Thursday, when the A’s beat the B’s by 68 to 56.

May 19th 1923:  A CONCERT – in connection with St. Mary’s Church was held in the Freemasons-hall on Thursday.  The programme included dances, songs and sketches.

May 19th 1923:  EXHIBITION OF WILD FLOWERS – The first exhibition of wild flowers, organised by the I.W. Natural History Society, in Ryde, took place at Trinity-hall, on Wednesday and Thursday.  There were about 230 species of wild plant life submitted by about two dozen of the more active members of the society.  The exhibition was visited by a large number of people, and by several hundreds of schoolchildren.

May 19th 1923:  CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS – The annual meeting was held at Garfield-hall on Tuesday.  The secretary’s report showed that the membership was 80, two more than last year, although they had lost members by death or removal from the town.  During the last 15 months the number of visitors to Garfield House was 429, that was 99 less than in the previous 15 months.

May 26th 1923:  LIFEBOAT STATION CLOSED – We are informed by the local hon. Secretary (Capt. S. H. FORSTER) that the Ryde Station of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution has been closed.  The question of closing the station has been under consideration for a considerable time, and the Lifeboat Institution has decided that the motor-lifeboat stationed at Bembridge will be able to render whatever assistance is required in this neighbourhood.

May 26th 1923:  THE REV. M. LISTER GAUNT – has accepted an invitation to continue his ministry at the Baptist Church for another five years from March, 1924.