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November 1965


Isle of Wight Times:-


Nov 18th 1965:  AMATEUR MOVIES – The Isle of Wight Amateur Cine Society met for “Scrapbook,” in which the old films made by members were screened before an audience of about 100 members. Mr. Frank MELLANBY’s (Ryde) “Every week come Tuesday” a documentary of Newport Market was screened followed by Mr. Norman PATERSON (Ryde) with his holiday production “Tyrolean Tour.”


Nov 18th 1965:  RYDE C.C. – Roy MARSHALL, Barbados-born captain of Hampshire County Cricket Club, was principal guest at the annual dinner of Ryde C.C. held at Yelf’s Hotel on Friday evening.


Nov 18th 1965:  FLUORIDE – Some people object that fluoridation infringes personal liberties, but we must look at this in its proper perspective. Fluoridation is a tried and tested public health measure which cannot possibly hurt anyone, and which it is not practicable to provide other than by the public water supply.


Nov 18th 1965:  NEGOTIATIONS – I am glad to announce that the Railways Board have decided to acquire the experience of the important new means of transport, and they have accordingly obtained the approval of the Minister of Transport to negotiate for the first 150-ton SRN4 Hovercraft to operate as a combined car and passenger ferry across the Solent starting in 1968.


Nov 25th 1965:  OLD PEOPLE’S HOME – A home for six elderly people, and the provision of security and companionship—these are the aims of the Ryde Abbeyfield Society. The organisation has just been formed, following the recent opening of the Shanklin Abbeyfield House by the I.W. Governor, Earl MOUNTBATTEN. It is expected that the cost of such a residence will be not less than £7,000.


Nov 25th 1965:  CONTEST – Brownies and Guides from all over the Island took part in a fashion contest on Saturday week, which some 90 girls from the Ryde area attended. In the junior section when Brownies modelled their own home-knitted head-dresses, the Wootton Bridge pack were first and the 5th Ryde second. In the evening, Guides, Rangers and Guiders modelled their own fashion creations.


Nov 25th 1965:  CLUB OPENED – Ryde Sportsman’s Club, a new venture for which Ryde Sports Supporters Club have laboured enthusiastically for six months, reached fruition on Saturday, when the Mayor Ald. William RAMAGE, performed the opening. Since the tenancy of a multi-storeyed building in High Street was obtained in June, volunteers have been engaged in re-decorating.


Nov 25th 1965:  ORCHESTRA – An appreciative audience at Ryde Town Hall on Thursday saw a repeat of the concert by the DUNFORD Orchestra first performed two years ago and given a second hearing in response to the numerous requests which followed a notably successful debut.


Nov 25th 1965:  MAGICIANS – Once again the I.W. Magicians produced the unexpected at the fourth annual dinner held at the London Hotel, Ryde, on Saturday when the disembodied voice of the president echoed through the room. Because professional commitments in London prevented Dr. Frank KENNEDY from attending his recorded voice was played to the 80 members and their friends.


Nov 25th 1965:  CHRISTMAS BINGO – In previous years, the Ryde and Seaview Hotels, Guest Houses and Catering Association have annually held a Christmas bazaar. This year they decided instead to stage a “Christmas fair bingo” and were rewarded when some 250 people turned up at the Royal York Hotel, Ryde, on Tuesday.


Nov 25th 1965:  UNEMPLOYMENT – The situation for Ryde on November 8th shows the unemployment figures as: Men 168, Boys 2, Women 20, Girls 3. Opportunities for male workers throughout the area accent a demand for skill in engineering trades, and to a lesser extent in building.