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November 1972

Isle of Wight County Press:

Nov 4th 1972:  FILM MAKING AT PUCKPOOL – Island extras, taking part in the film “That’ll Be The Day,” at Warner’s Holiday Camp, Puckpool were: Douglas GIBBONS, Jim MCDONAGH, Christine GALLERAND, Kreuz and Greg BAILEY, all from Ryde.

Nov 4th 1972:  HOVERCRAFT AND FERRY COLLISION – A collision occurred on Thursday between a Hovertravel operated hovercraft en route to Ryde, and a British Rail passenger ferry, the Southsea, a mile off Ryde pierhead.  A spokesman for Hovertravel Ltd., said that conditions were foggy, and both craft were using radar at the time.  The eight passengers aboard the hovercraft, one of whom was Mr. Christopher BLAND, managing director of Hovertravel, were taken off the craft, and continued their journey to Ryde in the Trinity House Pilot vessel, the Valonia.

Nov 4th 1972:  PUBLIC HOUSE SURVEY – A public health survey of 45 public houses in the Island revealed that only 14 of the premises were up to the minimum standards required for food hygiene and sanitary accommodation, it was stated at a meeting of the General Purposes and Public Health Committee. The committee agreed to write to the brewery company and the private owners concerned telling them to raise their standards by March.

Nov 4th 1972:  PLANT A TREE – Monday November 20th marks the silver wedding of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and school children have been granted a day’s holiday.  To commemorate this important event the children in some of our Island schools will be planting trees in their grounds.

Nov 11th 1972:  WOMEN ARTISTS SHINE – The annual exhibition of the Isle of Wight oil paintings, together with some Group is at present showing at Rolfe’s Art Gallery, Ryde, and comprises 134 exhibits, consisting mainly of oil painting, together with some works in water colour, pastel and examples of calligraphy, collage, embroidery, scraper board and sculpture.

Nov 11th 1972:  HYMN OF PRAISE – It was appropriate that the final recital in the centenary series of concerts at All Saints’ Parish Church, Ryde, should end with a work which was the first choral item sung in the church 100 years ago.  The piece being Mendelssohn’s well-loved cantata “Hymn of Praise.”

Nov 11th 1972: TRAVELLING LIBRARY – A new purpose-built mobile library went into service on Monday.  The 4½ ton vehicle which has a book capacity of 2500, about 1000 more than the mobile library it replaces, was built by Lex Commercials to County Council’s specifications and cost £4417.

Nov 11th 1972:  MOBILE CHAIRS – Mr. W. STOCK, of 73 High Street, Ryde, a committee member of the I.W. Spastics Society, is hoping to raise money to buy three Chairmobiles for use by Island handicapped.  The Chairmobile was invented by Lord SNOWDON for his friend, the handicapped writer and journalist, Quentin CREWE, and the device is being produced on a non-profit-making basis.

Nov 18th 1972:  HOTELS CONVERTED – Mr. R. F. TIMS made a strong plea that the council should do all they could to prevent more hotels being converted into flats, a trend which had the effect of reducing the town’s accommodation for visitors and adversely affecting Ryde as a holiday resort.  Mr. MINGHELLA said the same sort of thing was going on all over the Island.  Unfortunately, as regards planning permission, it was not a change of use but a mode of living.

Nov 25th 1972:  ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION – The annual dinner of the Island branch of the Royal Naval Association was held at the Oasis Ballroom, Ryde, on Friday week when 130 shipmates and guests, attended.  Shipmate F. DRAYTON was toastmaster and M.C. for the dance which followed when music was provided by the Eric CHARLES Quartet.