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November 1971

Isle of Wight County Press:

Nov 6th 1971:  RYDE SUCCESS – Ryde Cavaliers Cricket Club is a young club with everything to look forward to in the future, said Mr. Ian MERRILL, captain, at the annual dinner at Dean House (Hotel), Ryde, on Friday week.  In a very successful season the first XI had reached the final of the knock-out cup and the second team had put up a most creditable performance, finishing second in the merit table.

Nov 6th 1971:  AWARD TO MANAGERESS – Ald. J. LANGDON, the mayor, on Friday week visited the Commodore Star Bingo and Social Club to present a cheque to the resident manageress, Mrs. Harriet YATES.  Those also attending included Mr. G. GRANDVEINET, regional manager for the star Group of Companies.  Mrs. YATES was awarded the prize for her achievement in building up the club since the Star group took over some 13 months ago.

Nov 6th 1971:  SCOUT BAZAAR – Over £70 was raised for group and charity funds by a bazaar organised by the 3rd Ryde (Ryde School) scout group at the school hall on Saturday.  Scout group council members and parents had charge of the stalls, and scouts and cubs ran sideshows.  Scout cubs also presented a Red Indian scene, with songs, poetry and war dances.

Nov 6th 1971:  BELLEVUE PLAYERS – The club evening on Tuesday took the form of a bonfire and firework display at The Mere, Seaview, the home of a member, Mrs. M. HARVEY.  After the display, soup, sausages and jacketed potatoes were served to nearly 30 members in the house.

Nov 6th 1971: CAR OVERTURNS – Mr. Eric Paul COOLEY of Upper Highland Road, escaped unhurt when his car overturned at Fiveways junction early on Tuesday morning.  Mr. COOLEY was driving towards Newport when his car skidded on the bend in Queen’s Road.

Nov 13th 1971:  OLD RYDE – Mr. R. E. BRINTON gave a talk on the history of the town, illustrated by slides of old prints and photographs, at a well-attended meeting at the Town Hall on Monday.  The evening was arranged by the Isle of Wight Society and the proceeds were shared between the society and the Mayor’s Goodwill fund.

Nov 13th 1971:  POPPY FUND – Sponsored knitting by officers and members of the Royal British Legion, women’s section, has taken place in a window of Messrs. Pack and Culliford, Union Street, throughout the week.  The knit-in was inaugurated by Mrs. J. LANGDON, the mayoress, on Monday morning, and ends today.

Nov 13th 1971:  ABBEYFIELD SOCIETY – The opening of the 500th Abbeyfield House was celebrated by the local society on Thursday week in common with such societies throughout the country, by holding a champagne party at Westmont, Ryde School.  About 100 attended including Alderman and Mrs. J. LANGDON.  Mr. K. SYMONS, headmaster, was thanked for the use of the new dining room, which was beautifully decorated with flowers and candles.  £100.55 was raised for the funds.

Nov 20th 1971:  ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION – A year of steady progress and varied activities was reported by Mr. E. HARVEY, secretary, at the annual meeting of the Allotment and Private Gardens Association on Tuesday week.  He was thanked for his work during the last season.  It was agreed to have an outing to an Island nursery in May.

Nov 20th 1971:  SUCCESS OF RYDE – Fifteen people were rescued by Ryde Lifeboat Corps and their inshore rescue boat, Seaspray, last year.  Mr. JEFFERIES, boat captain, reported that the club had grown in strength and to a large extent this was due to the opening of their new headquarters in Quay Road.

Nov 27th 1971:  PETITION – A Haylands resident, Mrs. Dorothy BRINTON, of Upton Road, organised a petition on behalf of residents about the danger, and the need for a footpath in her road.