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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Isle of Wight County Press: June 6th 1970:  BUILDING SITES – The safety officer for the I.W. Building Safety Association writes: Every year there are a large number of incidents, out of working hours, when children frequenting and playing on building sites cause accidents, quite often fatal.  These same children are also often responsible for

Isle of Wight Times: May 7th 1970:  BACK DOWN – Most people in Ryde have come to the conclusion that in clashes between the Borough Council and local taxi drivers, the taximen always win.  The latest instance when taxi drivers threatened to boycott a new rank provided as part of the town’s sea front development

Isle of Wight Times: Apr 2nd 1970:  RESTORATION – Two workmen from London have made a start on restoring the stonework in the north section of Holy Trinity Parish Church.  Enough money has been raised to pay for the work, but not enough to cover contingencies. Of the amount raised so far, £60 has been

Isle of Wight Times: Mar 5th 1970:  REFUGEE CHILDREN – Members of eight Ryde families waited anxiously at the pierhead on Tuesday for the arrival of refugee children from Dortmund, Germany, who are staying with them for the next two months.  Mayfield and Swanmore Schools have taken a great interest in the I.H.C. scheme to

Isle of Wight Times: Feb 5th 1970:  FLUORIDATION – Surely there can be no worthier claimant for the title of “Non-Event of 1970” than the formation of the Anti-Fluoridation Group described by a correspondent last week.  When there is so much that needs to be done in our community to help those who are less

Isle of Wight Times: Jan 1st 1970:  SCENES ON TV – Aerial views of Island scenes were shown in John BETJEMAN’s Christmas Day television programme on BBC 2 entitled “Beside The Seaside.”  These included the Prince Consort, Ryde (formerly the Royal Victoria Yacht Club headquarters), Osborne House and Cottage, and the Royal National Hospital, St.

Isle of Wight Times: Dec 4th 1969:  SEE WHAT’S COOKING – On Wednesday evening 26 members of Ryde Young Wives’ and Friends’ Group visited the Island Bakeries, Binstead.  Mr. FELLS and Mr. HARRIS were the guides around the bakery, and every member was given a loaf and a dough cake. Dec 4th 1969:  FILM SHOW

Isle of Wight Times: Nov 6th 1969:  MUSIC – Though not ones to blow their own trumpets, Teagues of Ryde now claim, with justification, to be the most comprehensive “music shop” in the Island. After 115 years in business, Teagues are “in the groove” as far as providing first class service is concerned, without being

Isle of Wight Times: Oct 2nd 1969:  MINI FETE – Four Ryde children staged a “mini-fete” to raise money for toys for the children’s ward of the Royal I.W. County Hospital.  Last year the children got together on a similar project and gave the money to nearby St. Michael’s Church.  This time the fete raised

Isle of Wight Times: Sept 4th 1969:  GOOD OR BAD – Ryde Council ‘Talk-In’ on Festival ‘Love-In,’ would the Island be wise to welcome another Pop Festival?  Some in official circles think the “love-in” scenes at Woodside Bay were reminiscent of “the back streets of Port Said,” but others seem to believe that the overall