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May 1972

Isle of Wight County Press:

May 6th 1972:  LADIES’ LIFEBOAT GUILD – A coffee party held on Thursday week at 3 Adelaide Place, home of Mrs. V. CAPLE, realised £26.50 for Royal National Lifeboat Institution funds.

May 6th 1972:  COFFEE EVENING – The Methodist Church choir organised a coffee evening, when Mr. E. G. TAYLOR, of Bembridge, showed slides of a trip to Queensland, Australia.  This together with a bring-and-buy stall, resulted in £13.50 being raised towards the purchase of new hymn books for the choir.

May 6th 1972:  ROYAL BRITISH LEGION – The County Women’s Section, two functions took place this year.  At the attendance at the All-Island social at the Oasis, Ryde, the legion county chairman asked for entries in the Miss British Legion competition, to be run as a national event this year.  The Isle of Wight representative would be chosen in June.

May 13th 1972:  HOUSES IN 1971 – A total of 1013 houses and flats were completed in the Island in 1971, according to the Department of the Environment’s “Local Housing Statistics.”  127 dwelling were built by local authorities and 817 by private builders.

May 13th 1972:  WIGHT BOWMEN – Jim CAWS won the Archery Club’s marathon York round at Appley Butts, on Sunday, in conditions that were far from ideal

May 20th 1972:  MAYOR – Mr. Bruce Geikie DONALD, a member of Ryde Town Council since May, 1967, was elected Mayor for the municipal year 1972/1973 at a ceremony at the Town Hall on Thursday, Mr. DONALD is the first resident of Seaview to hold the office.

May 20th 1972:  LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Being a regular visitor to this beautiful Island every year, I would like to express our thanks to the young players who gave us such an excellent evening’s entertainment while we were staying in Ryde. As there is very little to do in the early part of the season, we decided to visit the pavilion to see what was billed as “This is entertainment by a group of people who call themselves the Young Vectis Players.”  This was a first-class show.  Come on, Ryde, you will never get a cheaper entertainment than this.

May 27th 1972:  ISLAND LEO CLUB FORMED – An I.W. Leo Club was inaugurated at a meeting of the I.W. Lions Club at Dean House Hotel, Ryde.  The Leo Club is a new young people’s community service organisation sponsored by the Lions Club.  The Leo Club is open to all young men and women between the ages of 15 and 25, who will develop and carry out service projects of their own choosing.

May 27th 1972:  GETTING LABOURERS – Ryde Borough Council are having great difficult in finding labourers, Mr. M. OCCOMORE, borough surveyor told the committee.  He said that the situation had become really critical adding “we are told that there are over a million unemployed but none of them come my way.”  In particular he needed cemetery labourers, but just could not recruit them.  He was able only to offer about £19 for a 40-hour week., while building labourers were earning twice that amount.

May 27th 1972:  RYDE LADIES TOP LEAGUE – Ryde Ladies’ netball teams have won both A and B section of the I.W. Netball Association’s Sunday League.  The A team has also recently won the consolation cup in the Chief Constable’s bowl tournament at Portsmouth.

May 27th 1972:  BINSTEAD FIRM’S EXPANSION – Osborne Electronics (I.W.) Ltd., of Binstead, have secured a contract worth half a million pounds a year for at least the next three years.  This will mean that the firm will hire 80 more employees at once, and there is a possibility that they will open another Island factory in the future.

May 27th 1972:  LETS HAVE MORE – Congratulations to the 5th Ryde Scouts on the production of their Gang Show, 1972, at the Pavilion.  It was a superb performance from start to finish, most refreshing and entertaining.  All credit is due to those people who produced and directed the show.  Let us have more Gang Shows to brighten this sordid world we live in.  Ryde for pride.