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September 1920

Isle of Wight Observer:

Sept 4th 1920:  CLEVER DESIGN – A design in sand of the Crystal Palace, a photograph of which appeared in the “Daily Mail,” on Wednesday, was the work of Master W. GOBLE, of Holy Trinity School, son of Mr. R. GOBLE of the Nurseries, Monkton Street.

Sept 4th 1920:  BLIND PERSONS PENSIONS – Under the Blind Persons Act 1920 which will come into operation on the 10th September, the statutory age for the receipt of an old age pension in the case of a person who is “so blind as to be unable to perform any work for which eyesight is essential” is reduced from seventy to fifty.

Sept 11th 1920:  JUVENILE REGATTA – Brilliant weather as last year again favoured the Ryde Juvenile Regatta at the Canoe Lake on Thursday, when there were a large number of entries in which the young folk of both sexes participated and besides revelling in the sport themselves provided abundant pleasure to the spectators.  This popular fixture, the twelfth of its kind was revived last year after the war.

Sept 11th 1920:  YACHT – It is of some interest to observe that the yacht “Sheila,” formerly the “Gazelle,” which brought the late Empress Eugenie to Ryde on her escape from France, has been purchased by a Southampton gentleman and she has been towed to that port.  The suggestion has been made that a tablet should be placed outside the York Hotel to record the Empress’s visit.

Sept 11th 1920:  THE PIER – Mr. Powis PINDER has been offered the Pier Pavilion for next season and it is understood he will accept it.  The proposed reconstruction of the Pierhead is not before it is wanted and we should like to see the Pier a much more ornamental structure than it is.

Sept 11th 1920:  ST. JAMES’ BAZAAR – With the object of raising £400 to meet the cost of the Hall alterations connect with St. James’s, and a further sum if possible, on behalf of the Church funds, a very pretty Sale of Work was held at the Town Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday.  The tasteful arrangements quite transformed the usual appearance of the large hall, and the large stalls were the admiration of the ladies on account of the really good useful class of work exhibited.

Sept 18th 1920:  MOTOR BOAT TRIPS – The trips by motor boats from the Beach Landing Stage have been exceedingly well patronised during the past few weeks and visitors have expressed their delight.  The motor boat “Ellen” can be chartered for theatre trips to Portsmouth on Thursday evenings, the fare being 6s. return, applications to be made at 20 Monkton Street.

Sept 18th 1920:  BARFIELD FLATS – The committee recommended that a plan for the conversion of Surrey Lodge, Barfield, into three flats, submitted by Mr. J. BALL, builder of Cowes, be approved.

Sept 25th 1920:  EXCURSION – A small party of townsmen went by motor boat on Sunday to visit the Tower or Mystery Ship which was built at Shoreham and has been placed in position near the Nab at the east coast of the Island and has attracted a considerable amount of attention.

Sept 25th 1920:  NEW MARRIAGE LAWS – At St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Sunday the congregation were asked to sign a petition against the new Marriage Laws so far as they affect easier divorce.

Sept 25th 1920:  CLOCKS BACK – Our readers are reminded of the fact that summer time will cease and normal Greenwich mean time will be restored at 3 a.m. (summertime) on Monday next the 27th, when the clocks will be put back to 2 a.m., on Sunday night.

Sept 25th 1920:  PROGRESSING NICELY – Now that golf is likely to prove such an important attraction, things are progressing in regard to the course at Ryde House and by next year it will probably be widely known.