Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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October 1923

Isle of Wight County Press:

Oct 6th 1923: WEDNESDAY’S GALE – A powerful gale has blown through the Isle of Wight, causing ships to be blown ashore and heavy rain in the south east. In Ryde no major damage is reported in the area apart from a few fallen trees.

Oct 6th 1923: RISING UNEMPLOYMENT – It is reported, the growing levels of unemployment across the Island over the week, Ryde having increased it’s unemployment numbers by two people.

Oct 6th 1923: THEATRE ADVERTISEMENTS – Showings of ‘The Prodigal Son’ and it’s sequel ‘The Return of the Prodigal’ is advertised, featuring an ‘all star cast’ at the Theatre Royal in Ryde.

Oct 6th 1923: NOTICE – It is advertised that the I.W. Conservative and Unionist Association are to meet at Ryde Town Hall. Speakers included the Right Honourable Robert A. SANDERS, the Minister of Agriculture at the time, and Arthur HOLBROOK, an MP for Basingstoke.

Oct 6th 1923:  MANY YEARS – Mr. J. WILLIAMS has been bell-ringer and organ-blower at the Congregation Church for 46 years. During that time he has only been absent for short periods on account of illness.

Oct 6th 1923:  RETIREMENT – Mr. T. SANDALLS, of H.M. Customs staff at the Pier-head, is shortly retiring on pension.  He went to sea when a lad of 16, and has been in the service of the West India, P. and O., Union Castle, and Cunard Companies.  In 1906 he was promoted assistant P.O. at Ryde.

Oct 6th 1923: MASONIC NOTE – The Masonic Lodge in Ryde reported a high level of attendance at their introductory ‘Lodge of Instruction.’

Oct 6th 1923: A SIGHT TO BEHOLD – A visit is recommended to the famed ‘optical expert’ Randall LEE who is to be seen in the Oddfellow’s Hall, High-street, Ryde, at this time.

Oct 13th 1923: ADVERTISEMENT- A scientific lantern lecture on Russia is to be held at Ryde’s Large Town Hall on Tuesday the 16th Oct at 8pm, by Lt. R. T. C. KNOX, late R.N.  The lecturer has made four journeys through Russia.

Oct 13th 1923: THE PAVILION – An inquiry was made into the Town Council’s application for a loan from the Ministry of Health to meet the cost of the proposed pavilion on the Eastern-esplanade.

Oct 13th 1923:  MAYORALTY – It has now been definitely decided that Ald. ANDREWS, J.P., C.C., shall be Mayor for the ensuing 12 months.  This will be the fourth successive year that Ald. ANDREWS has similarly served the borough.

Oct 20th 1923: COURT HEARING – At a sitting of the I.W. Bankruptcy Court the public examination took place of Alfred SIMS, of the Lion Hotel, 181 High-street, Ryde, licenced victualler.  He had served 36 years in the City of London Police and was now in receipt of a pension. The examination detailed as to the extent of debt he had accumulated.

Oct 27th 1923:  THE Y.M.C.A. – table tennis team beat St. Helens, at Ryde, on Thursday, by seven games to six.  The match at St. Helens resulted in a draw.