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November 1973

Isle of Wight County Press:

Nov 3rd 1973:  BREAK IN TRADITION – Mr. S. G. WADE, a prominent member for 30 years and a former captain, was elected president at the 68th annual meeting of Ryde Bowling Club at the Town Hall on Friday week. His election broke a tradition in which the reigning mayor of Ryde is the club president.  The decision was taken in the light of the re-organisation of local government which takes place next year.

Nov 3rd 1973:  RECORD AMOUNT – A record total of £1428 was raised in the Ryde area during Christian Aid week, and at a meeting of Ryde Council of Churches, Mrs. A. MCKECHNIE was congratulated on her efforts as their Christian Aid organiser.

Nov 3rd 1973:  MOUNTING PROBLEM – During a discussion at Monday’s meeting of Ryde Town Council Roads Committee, it was said that the return of the long winter nights caused the problem, being when most of the committee collected police “tickets” for parking without lights on the echelon car parking spaces outside the hall.  Members had discovered to their cost that the new parking regulations allowed parking without lights only when the car was parked parallel with the kerb.

Nov 3rd 1973:  RYDE GALLERY – Paintings of the Far East are hung alongside views of the Island in this month’s exhibition at Ryde Gallery, George Street.  They have been painted by Yarmouth artist Gerry GILCHRIST, who is donating all proceeds to the I.W. Society for the Physically Handicapped.

Nov 3rd 1973:  PRESERVATION PLAN – The Isle of Wight Society intends to institute annual awards to property owners and others whose work has involved preservation of old properties. There would be an award for the best urban renewal, and another for the best restoration effort.

Nov 10th 1973:  “APPLY NOW” – Hotel keepers who have not applied for a fire certificate should do so at once.  This advice came from Mr. David LANE, M.P., Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Home Office.  He said “Many hotels and boarding houses have already achieved an adequate standard of fire safety under the Fire Precautions Act 1971, but much work is still required.”

Nov 10th 1973:  DREAM HOME – Mrs. Cissie HALLETT, a 65-year-old widow who has been a Ryde council tenant for 40 years, enjoyed a dream come true on Wednesday.  Hers was the first of 20 old council houses in Bettesworth Road, Haylands, to be modernised under a £109,000 corporation scheme, and she was presented with the keys by Alderman Raymond BOURN, the mayor.  The three-bedroom properties, built in 1929, fell well below modern standards until the corporation launched their scheme.

Nov 10th 1973:  RYDE’S OLD FOLK – A day centre for the elderly and disabled will open its doors at Ryde in the spring, thanks to co-operation between the Borough Council and the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.  Garfield House, in the town centre, which was once a Young Women’s Christian Association hostel, will in its new role serve the older generation.

Nov 24th 1973:  RYDE HOTEL – Mr Derek SMITH, of Wootton, has bought the Appley Hotel, Ryde, from Whitbread (Wessex), Ltd., by private treaty for a sum in the region of £30,000.  The hotel was advertised for auction, fully furnished and equipped as a going concern, with the benefit of full on-licence, with eight guest bedrooms, dining rooms, bars and owners’ suite.

Nov 24th 1973:  COMEDY HIT – Success as a television writer has come after years of unrelenting effort to Mr. Raymond ALLEN, of Salters Road, Haylands.  On Thursday B.B.C. 1 showed the first episode of his second series of “Some Mothers do ‘Ave ‘Em,” which, with Michael CRAWFORD and Michele DOTRICE in the starring roles was a hit with the viewing public last winter.  Mr ALLEN was born at Ryde and educated at Ryde Secondary Modern School.  On leaving school he spent fifteen months on the reporting staff of the “I.W. Times.”