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November 1966

Isle of Wight Times:-

Nov 10th 1966:  “COP SHOP” – Yesterday Ryde policemen moved to temporary headquarters.  The old police station in Station Road is being pulled down, after standing for 100 years, to make way for a new building.  Temporary accommodation is at 86 High Street, where the police are expected to stay for 12 to 18 months until their new headquarters are ready.

Nov 10th 1966:  FOR ABERFAN – With the help of a coffee morning and a bring-and-buy stall the Mother’s Union raised £46.10s. last Friday for the Aberfan Disaster Fund.

Nov 10th 1966:  DINING – The trend for dining out becomes more popular, and each year sees a new crop of eating houses in the Island.  Latest mecca of gourmets sports the name “Second Fiddle” and occupies premises in Union Street, Ryde.  It’s small, it’s intimate.  Upstairs, meals of cordon bleu are served.

Nov 10th 1966:  CINEMA – Fantastic Voyage, which begins a week’s run today at the Plaza, is putting it mildly.  Here is a science fiction yarn about a group of American scientists who, with a submarine, are shrunk to the size of microbes and placed in the bloodstream of a seriously injured Czech scientist.

Nov 17th 1966:  COUNCIL – The present economic situation has made it impossible for the corporation to replace 16 trees in the borough which have been badly damaged by vandals.

Nov 17th 1966:  NO RETURN – Herbert Ray Productions Ltd., have told the council they do not wish to renew their contract for an old time music hall at the Esplanade Pavilion next season.

Nov 17th 1966:  BUILDING – Approval has been given for nine holiday flats at Castle Street, Ryde, and five bungalows with garages, and formation of access road at Pound Mead Nurseries, Ryde.

Nov 17th 1966:  HANDS AND FEET – There were 255 casualties treated at the British Red Cross Society’s first aid hut at Ryde’s Western Gardens during the summer.  Most common injuries: Cut feet and fingers bruised or broken in deck chairs, which collapsed through being improperly assembled.

Nov 17th 1966:  TIDYING-UP – Although told at their monthly meeting of plans for “a general tidying-up and improvement” in the forecourt of St. Thomas’ Church, Ryde, the Borough Council re-affirmed their previous decision to inquire whether the church authority would be willing to make part of the churchyard available for a public open space and rest garden.

Nov 24th 1966:  MISSING – Ten tubes which look like toothpaste containers but in fact hold enough poison to kill hundreds of people are missing in Ryde this week.  Containing cyanide, used for fumigating greenhouses, they disappeared from a nursery site at Marlborough Road which was in the process of demolition.

Nov 24th 1966:  COMRADES – With Ryde Fire Brigade Headquarters as their meeting place, the atmosphere is just right for the newly formed Ryde Fire Service Old Comrades’ Association.  Retaining – naturally – warm memories of many years’ service together.

Nov 24th 1966:  COMPETITION – During the Star Junior Club film show on Saturday at the Plaza Cinema the finals of Model Hovercraft competition were held.  In the boys section, Garry SMITH of Southfield Gardens, was the winner, and Deborah BARTLETT of Arundel Road, was the winner of the girls section.  Both win a trip on the B.R. “Seaspeed” service from Cowes to Southampton.