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

October 1974

Isle of Wight County Press:

Oct 5th 1974:  CHILDREN IN HUNT – About 30 fourth-year children from Ryde’s Bishop Lovett Middle School combed the woods and grounds at their school on Tuesday in a hunt for stolen goods worth £1000.  Helped by teachers, they recovered cups and video-tape equipment taken from their school the night before.  About 20 trophy cups were found in a suitcase taken from the school.  Police say it amounted to “an awful lot of property,” that was hidden in the woods.

Oct 5th 1974:  GERMAN SPEAKERS – The German Language Society’s monthly meeting at Yelfs Hotel was well attended and attracted new members.  After the reading David MUMFORD gave an account of his experiences in Austria.  Members were asked to speak about their favourite places in the Island.

Oct 5th 1974:  BINSTEAD COMMUNITY ASSOC – Members enjoyed two coach outings.  A party of 50 visited Shorwell Church where they were greeted by the vicar, the Rev. C. TARGETT, formerly rector of Binstead.  There was also an evening trip to the Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd., St. Lawrence.

Oct 5th 1974:  PRIVILEGE – Addressing the second annual luncheon of the Soroptimist Club of the Isle of Wight at the Prince Consort, Ryde, on Saturday, Mrs. Mollie CHRISTY, C.C., said the privilege of living on the Island was something people should be prepared to pay for.  Soroptimist International is a women’s organisation founded in 1923, and run on similar lines to the men’s Rotary International.  The Island club has about 30 members.

Oct 12th 1974:  PRECINCT – If a plan for a pedestrian precinct for part of Ryde High Street goes ahead some traders in the upper part of the High Street could be ruined, Mr. C. H. GREENHAIGH, chairman, told a packed public meeting at the Crown Hotel, Ryde.  But, Ryde Professional and Business Men’s Association have come out strongly in favour of the proposed pedestrian precinct in part of Ryde High Street.

Oct 12th 1974:  FIREWORKS – An appeal to youngsters on the Island not to put fireworks through G.P.O. letter-boxes during the approach to November 5th was made this week by Mr. P. MAHEY, Island head postmaster.  We have already had our first fireworks through a letter-box, but fortunately there were no letters inside and no damage caused.

Oct 19th 1974:  CHAMPION PAT – The indefatigable Mr. Pat GAMBLE started once again walking the 60 miles circuit of the Island for charity. Mr. GAMBLE, a 69-year-old retired bus inspector, from the Strand, Ryde, was challenged by 12 members of the Round Table on a sponsored walk to raise money for the I.W. Society for Mentally Handicapped Children.  They were unable to match the galloping Mr. GAMBLE, who finished the course in 13 hours 54 minutes, knocking 32 minutes off his old record.

Oct 19th 1974:  HAYLANDS NEW ASSOCIATION – As a result of a recent meeting held at Haylands County Primary School, a Haylands Association has been formed.  Membership is open to anyone interested in the welfare of the school and the community it serves.  The association plan to hold educational and social gatherings.

Oct 26th 1974:  LESSON FROM DOG – Police dog Bruce with handler Police Constable Ronald MEW were popular guests at Ryde St. John’s County Primary School.  P.C. MEW, who was introduced by Mr. W. N. WATKIN, headmaster, demonstrated to the children how Bruce was trained and how he worked.  Bruce impressed them by the way he obeyed commands and carried out exercises.  Of particular appeal to his young audience was the efficiency with which he discovered objects they had hidden in various parts of the school playing field.

Oct 26th 1974:  THE INSTITUTES – St. John’s, Ryde, an American tea party was greatly enjoyed. A “get to know each other” game began the proceedings and the tea was followed by a panel game, against a backcloth of a line of petticoats.  Question-master was Miss RICKSON.