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14) Volume 4, Number 2, April 2009
13) Volume 4, Number 1, January 2009
12) Volume 3, Number 4, October 2008
11) Volume 3, Number 3, July 2008
10) Volume 3, Number 2, April 2008
9) Volume 3, Number 1, January 2008
8) Volume 2, Number 4, Oct 2007
7) Volume 2, Number 3, July 2007
6) Volume 2, Number 2, April 2007
5) Volume 2, Number 1, January 2007
4) Volume 1, Number 4, October 2006
3) Volume 1, Number 3, July 2006
2) Volume 1, Number 2, January 2006
1) Volume 1, Number 1, October 2005
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LOOKING BACK FOR APRIL
Due to moving our website we were unable to add the Looking Back Feature for April until now.
WE HAVE MOVED!
We have moved our website to a new hosting platform and we are having a few technical problems. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
RECENT SCHOOL VISIT
What happens when sixty 5-7 year olds descend on Ryde Cemetery?
They have a lot of fun learning, of course!
NEWS FROM RYDE MARCH 1863
Mr Russell Thomas announces a grand dress soiree at the Town Hall in honour of the marriage of the HRH Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra.
RYDE IN MINIATURE VISITS HAVENSTREET
Following the success of our 'Ryde in Miniature' exhibition at our 10th Anniversary event in September Kate was asked to give a talk at Havenstreet.
DEAD GOOD MATHS
We have added some maths lessons to the Education Section on the website. The lessons are called Dead Good Maths
NEWS FROM RYDE JANUARY 1863
In accordance with custom the habitues of this hotel were treated to a plentiful supply of eatables and old ale to welcome the New Year.
NEWS FROM RYDE DECEMBER 1862
Several Christmas trees, well-stocked with useful and fancy articles, will be exhibited for sale in the Town Hall during the week.
CRAFTING THE 'FAMILY TREE OF LIFE'
With December just round the corner and the deadline fast approaching, four RSHG members spent a very enjoyable afternoon with card, ribbons, scissors and glue crafting the 'Family Tree of Life'.
We were saddened to hear that our friend RoseMarie Robinson passed away on 10 November 2012.
NEWS FROM RYDE NOVEMBER 1862
On Sunday our heir-apparent comes of age. Newport has declared a holiday for Monday and we can do no better than likewise to testify our loyalty.
NEWS FROM RYDE OCTOBER 1862
"Admiral of the Blue Sir A W T CLIFFORD to be Admiral of the White." This respected baronet has only to step up once more to reach the top.
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS EVENT REPORT
Heritage Open Days and our 10th Anniversary Celebrations closed on Sept 9 and we have taken time to rest and reflect on the success of the event.
NEWS FROM RYDE SEPTEMBER 1862
A first rate ball was given by Capts Fletcher and Chaplin of the 60th Rifles, to about 60 of the aristocracy of Ryde at the Town Hall.
NEWS FROM RYDE JULY 1862
WIZARDCRAFT - Herr DOBLER performed at the Victoria-rooms. Attendance was good, his tricks were elegant and clean and gave great satisfaction.
RYDE ARTS FESTIVAL
Ryde Arts Festival got off to a stunning start on Friday 29 June with a performance of Soundscape at St Thomas Heritage Centre, Ryde.
OUR JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS!
On the weekend of May 26 & 27 we held two Open Days in Ryde Cemetery to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
NEWS FROM RYDE JUNE 1862
CHRISTY'S MINSTRELS - The amusing "gentlemen of colour"gave a morning and evening performance at the Victoria-rooms on Wednesday.
NEWS FROM RYDE MAY 1862
BATHING - This occupation has not been generally indulged in yet in Ryde but several boys have in the past fortnight taken the initiative.
THE PARTY ON THE PIER!
On Saturday 31 March crowds of locals and visitors thronged to the Pier Head at Ryde for Wightlink’s second annual Party on the Pier
NEWS FROM RYDE APRIL 1862
We understand our little theatre here will be open earlier than usual this season, and will entirely be decorated and painted.
NEWS FROM RYDE IN MARCH 1862
Notwithstanding the drenching rain which fell on Wednesday, some hundreds of inhabitants of Ryde who have, or profess to have, tastes for field sports, departed for Gatcombe steeple chases on that day.
NEWS FROM RYDE IN FEBRUARY 1862
OYSTER DREDGING - Quite a fleet of oyster dredging vessels have been beating up and down the Motherbank to bring up thousands of the shell-fish.
NEWS FROM RYDE IN JANUARY 1862
The time-honoured custom of ringing the old year out and the new one in, was kept up at St. Marie's Church on the night of the 31st ult.
NEWS FROM RYDE IN DECEMBER 1861
His Royal Highness Albert Francis Augustus Charles Emmanuel, Prince Consort of England, died at Windsor Castle on Saturday 14 December, 1861, aged 42 years.
NEWS FROM RYDE IN OCTOBER 1861
This new officer of Ryde commenced his duties in St Thomas-square by crying a sale. His utterance, will improve on overcoming a little strangeness and shyness.
Carol, leader of our Publications group, had a birthday in July so we had a party to celebrate.
Congratulations to an Australian Member, Marc Dimmick, who has been awarded the 2011 Churchill Foundation Memorial Scholarship.
NEWS FROM RYDE FROM JUNE 1861
There is a by-law that awnings placed outside shop windows to keep off the sun, shall be seven feet in height from the pavement
NEWS FROM RYDE IN 1861
Hot topics include watering the streets and lighting the suburbs, who came and went from Ryde and the building of a new church at Swanmore.
PARTY ON THE PIER SATURDAY 2 APRIL
To celebrate the reopening of the pier at Ryde Wightlink are holding a Ryde Revival day at the Pier Head on Saturday 2 April 11am to 4pm
NEWS FROM RYDE 150 YEARS AGO
REPAIRS TO RYDE PIER
The damage done to the Pier last December by three coal vessels drifting through, has been repaired.
REMEMBRANCE IN RYDE CEMETERY
On Saturday 13 November a group of ATC Cadets spent a couple of hours in Ryde Cemetery placing Remembrance crosses on all the war graves.
HALLOWEEN BIG DRAW
On Saturday 30 October we held a Big Draw event in the Heritage & Learning Centre of Ryde Cemetery.
VECTIS SCENERYRYDE LIBRARY EXHIBITION 25 SEPTEMBER to 30 OCTOBER 2010
A rare opportunity, not to be missed, to see a unique collection of Brannon engravings.
As part of the Celebrate Age Festival, 1 – 3 October 2010 at Ryde Library, RSHG has a new exhibition, 'Ryde's Heritage, Our Town, Your Histories'.HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN RYDE CEMETERY 2010
The successful completion of the Ryde Cemetery Restoration project and the official opening of the Heritage and Learning Centre in Ryde Cemetery took place on Thursday 9 September 2010.
Ryde Library DisplayRYDE WHERE YOU WALK!
On Sunday16 May 2010 we put up a display in Ryde Library on businesses in Ryde.
Ryde Heritage Audio Trail launch Saturday 15 May 2010March 2010 Additions to records
In March 2010 our research team added detail to a further 20 records on the website.Invitation to a meeting of Ryde Social Heritage Group Saturday 10 April 2010
RSHG Meeting Saturday 10 April 10:30am at the George Street Centre, George Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight.February 2010 Additions to records
In February 2010 our small but busy research team added detail to another 16 records on the websiteJanuary 2010 Additions to records
Apologies for the lateness of this news item, but in January 2010 our small but busy research team added detail to another 19 records on the website. Not as many as usual but this was due to the inclement weather and winter ailments.Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project Update
Progress report from the building Contractor Osborne.RSHG Website News
There will be no updates to the website until late February.Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project
Restoration works in Ryde Cemetery commenced on 18 January 2010.SATURDAY'S MEETING CANCELLED
Due to the weather conditions we have decided to cancel Saturday's meeting.December 2009 Additions to records
In December our small but busy research team added detail to another 19 records on the website.RSHG Members Meeting January 2010
Meeting to be held at the GEORGE ST.CENTRE, RYDE from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm on Saturday 9th January 2010
November 2009 Additions to records
In November our small but busy research team added detail to another 51 records on the website.
The Transcribing Group is taking a break until the New Year.
Searching for a name?October 2009 Additions to records
If you can't find the name by using the search feature, don't forget to check the Map Page.
In October our research team added detail to 56 records on the website.Report from October AGM
Our AGM on October 10 was attended by 34 Members and 2 visitors (who both joined at the meeting). Apologies were received from 11 members.An Invitation from Barnardos
COME AND MEET BARNARDO'S! at Ryde High School Wednesday 28 October 6pm to 8:30pmSeptember 2009 Additions to records
Our busy Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added detail to 55 of the records on the website in September 2009.
Invitation to RSHG AGM 10th October 2009
Our AGM will be at the George Street Centre, 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday 10 October.August 2009 Additions to records
Our busy Research Team added detail to 57 of the records on the website in August 2009.Heritage Open Days at St Thomas' Heritage Centre Ryde
September 10 - 13 10am - 4pm
July 2009 Additions to records
Our busy Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added detail to 56 of the records on the website in July 2009
July 2009 Members' MeetingJune 2009 Additions to records
Our meeting held on 11 July was attended by 35 members and 24 guests and there were 14 apologies for absence.
Our busy Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added detail to 56 of the records on the website in June 2009.
All Change at the LibraryMay 2009 Additions to records
We have changed our display in Ryde Library to tie in with Ryde Arts Festival Week, the theme is now Arts and Entertainment.
Our busy Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added detail to 54 of the records on the website in May 2009.
Ryde History WeekApril 2009 Additions to records
Carol Strong, our Publications Group Leader, was the driving force behind Ryde History Week. She galvanised us into action to produce a display of Ryde History the town could be proud of. She also made contact with many other local history groups to invite them to participate in the week and in total 16 groups contributed to the event.
Our busy Research Team, led by Ann Barrett, added detail to 65 of the records on the website in April 2009.April 2009 Members’ Meeting
Twenty-nine members and six non-members attended our meeting on 18 April 2009March 2009 Additions to Records
Our busy Research Team, lead by Ann Barrett, added detail to 47 of the records on the website in March 2009.National Birdwatch Results Published
The 30th year of the RSPB Birdwatch saw a record-breaking half a million people take part, making it the biggest bird survey in the world.
Invitation to RSHG April Meeting
18 April 2009
10:30am at the George Street Centre, Ryde, IWFebruary 2009 Additions to Records
Our busy Research Team, lead by Ann Barrett, added detail to 29 of the records on the website in Feburary 2009.January 2009 Additions to Records
Our busy Research Team, lead by Ann Barrett, added detail to 60 of the records on the website in January 2009.RYDE PUBS OF YESTERYEAR
A fascinating illustrated talk by RSHG member Tony Gale
Saturday 28 February 2009 7:30pm at Ryde Cricket ClubDecember Additions to Records
Our fantastic Research Team added detail to 34 records.Invitation to RSHG January Meeting
Our next Members' meeting will be held on Saturday 10th Januaryl commencing at 10:30am until 12:30pm at the George Street Centre in Ryde.More Free Training Opportunities in January 2009!
Janis Mundell has organised some more exciting, free training opportunities as part of Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project.
November Additions to Records
Our fantastic Research Team, lead by Ann Barrett, were busy at work in November and detail to 70 records on the website.Free Genealogy Training
IWC's Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project is offering more free trainingOctober Additions to Records
In October our Research Team added detail to 37 records on the website. A fantastic achievement from the small team.
Report of RSHG's AGMFriends of Ryde Cemetery Website
Our AGM on October 11 was attended by 30 Members and 14 visitors, apologies had been received from a further 8 members.
Our sister group the Friends of Ryde Cemetery have launched their website.September additions to records
In September our Research Team added detail to 33 records on the website.Ryde Social Heritage Group AGM
Saturday 11 October 2008
10:30am to 12:30pm
George Street Centre, Ryde, IWFree Training!!!
Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project is running free training sessions.
August additions to records
Our fantastic Research Team added detail to 75 records on the website in August
September Nature Diary
The September Nature Diary has been added to the website,
click on the link below to view.
Heritage Open Days
As part of National Heritage Open Days, Ryde Social Heritage Group will be holding two open days in Ryde Cemetery on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September.
August Nature DiaryJuly additions of records
The August Nature Diary has been added to the website, click on the link below to view.
In July our busy Research Team added detail to 65 records on the website.
Cemetery Activity and Open Day 6 July 2008June additions to records
Despite the weather, a very successful activity day was held in the cemetery on Sunday 6th July in support of the Isle of Wight Council Restoration Project and in association with Ryde Arts Festival.
In June our busy Research Team led by Ann Barrett added biographical information of a further 78 records on the website.More School Studies in Ryde Cemetery
Dover Park School continued their studies at Ryde Cemetery last week when a group of 23 of the more able writers and artists spent an enrichment morning there.
Ryde's Heritage, Our Town, Your Histories - Book ReviewProject Celebration and Book Launch
This book is the culmination of Ryde Social Heritage Group’s Lottery-funded project and deals with the history of the town of Ryde, Isle of Wight. It tells the stories of many of the people buried in Ryde’s West Street Cemetery and others associated with them.
Over 100 guests attended Ryde High School’s Studio Theatre on the evening of Saturday 7 June 2008, to celebrate the launch of Ryde Social Heritage Group’s major publication, Ryde’s Heritage – Our Town, Your Histories.
School Studies in Ryde Cemetery
Over the last week several groups of school children have been undertaking studies in Ryde Cemetery as part of the IWC's Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project.
June Nature Diary AddedMay 2008 Additions to records on the website
The monthly Nature Walk took place at the beginning of June and the Nature Diary has been updated with photographs and text of our findings.
In May our Research Team led by Ann Barrett added information to 74 of the records on the website.Unveiling of our Brand New Interpretation Panel
12 Noon 24th May 2008 unveiling of new Interpretation Panel in the display case in Ryde Cemetery.More detail added to records
Our dedicated Research team have been working hard in April and have added more detail to 82 of the records on the website.
Report on the April MeetingRyde Cemetery Restoration Project
On April 12th we held our quarterly Members’ meeting at 10:30am at the George Street Centre. Thirty-three members and 6 guests attended the meeting.
Our sister group, the Friends of Ryde Cemetery, held an Activity Day in Ryde Cemetery on 5th April 2008Addition to records in March
In March our Research Group added information to a fantastic 82 records!A Young Historian's work in Ryde Cemetery
Sophie Sellars, a pupil at Ryde School, helped Ryde Social Heritage Group transcribe inscriptions from the memorials in Ryde Cemetery.April 2008 - Invitation to RSHG April Meeting
Our next Members' meeting will be held on Saturday 12th April commencing at 10:30am at the George Street Centre in Ryde.March 2008 - Activity Day in Ryde Cemetery
Our 'Sister Group' the Friends of Ryde Cemetery are holding an Activity Day in Ryde Cemetery on Saturday 5th April 2008 between 10am and 3pm.March 2008 - Technical Problems
We are experiencing a few technical problems with the website at the momentJanuary 2008 - Updates to website this month
Our dedicated research team, led by Ann Barrett, worked hard throughout January.....January 2008 - Report of the Meeting
January 2008 - More Fascinating Facts about some of the people buried in Ryde Cemetery
In December 2007 our Research Group added informtion, in the form of Census details, marriage notices, death notices and obituaries, to 35 of the records on the web site.December 2007 - Invitation to RSHG January Meeting and Presentation on Oakfield Primary School
The next meeting of RSHG will be held at the George Street Centre in Ryde on Saturday 12th January 2008 commencint at 10:30 am.
December 2007 - New plaque for our Display Case in the Cemetery
David Earle, Ryde Social Heritage Group’s Membership Secretary and Leader of the Mapping Group, is a man of many talents and a valuable member of our team. He recently impressed us all by making a plaque to adorn the display case we had installed in Ryde Cemetery last year.
December 2007 - The Transcribing Group is taking a Break until the New YearDecember 2007 - New Updates to Website
The dedicated team of Transcribers have been meeting in Ryde Cemetery every Saturday morning throughout the year to record the inscriptions from the grave stones and memorials.
We normally work for a couple of hours and only the severest of weather conditions would normally put off this intrepid troupe.
Our Research Group was busy again in November and 35 records were updated with census information, death notices, obituaties and other information.
November 2007 - A Cause for CelebrationNobember 2007 - More Records Updated in October
I am really pleased to announce that on 10 November 2007 we passed the milestone of uploading the 4000th individual record to Ryde Social Heritage Group’s website.
Our Researchers were busy again in October and have updated 28 records with information gleaned from a variety of records including census records, directories and death and funeral reports from local newspapers.
October 2007 - Our Successful AGMOctober 2007 - Addition to the Article on Augustus George Vernon-Harcourt
RSHG held its AGM at the George Street Centre in Ryde at 10:30am on Saturday 13th October. The meeting was well attended with 32 members and 10 guests.
After reading the article on Augustus George Vernon-Harcourt, Jane Ryder sent us information on her great uncle, Harry Higgins, who worked for Augustus for a short time between 1903 and 1906.October 2007 - Annual Report for Ryde Social Heritage Group's AGM
It has been an eventful 11 months since our first AGM in November 2006.October 2007 - New additions to the Website!
Our hard working Research Team is always busy researching and typing up information to add to the records already on the website.
September 2007 - Heritage Open Days ReportSeptember 2007 - RSHG Open Days in Ryde Cemetery
Over the weekend of September 8th and 9th the RSHG held two open days at Ryde Cemetery as part of the National Heritage Open Days event. This annual event has been set up to allow people to explore places of interest for free and learn all about their own local history. This was the first time RSHG participated in the Heritage Open Days programme.
Over the past few weeks we have been working really hard to get everything together for the Open Days next Saturday and Sunday.September 2007 - Open Day at the Crematorium - 1 September 2007
On Saturday 1 September Carol, Rachael and I went to the Annual Open Day at the IW Crematorium at Whippingham. Now you might think that’s a strange way to spend a Saturday afternoon, but all the team who work for Bereavement Services at the Crematorium, are very helpful to us as a Group and we thought it would be good to go and find out a bit more about the work they do.
August 2007 - Heritage Open Days in Ryde Cemetery
As part of the National “Heritage Open Days” Scheme Ryde Social Heritage Group will be hosting two Open Days in Ryde Cemetery on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2007 from 11am to 4pm each day.
August 2007 - Publications Group OutingJune 2007 - Next Members Meeting - 14 July
RSHG’s Publications Group which is led by Carol Strong and is made up of members Liz Graves, Rachael Mead and Janette Gregson, is working on an idea for a publication about the places of historical interest along Ryde Esplanade between the Pier and Puckpool Park.
Put 14th July in your diary, to hear Richard SmoutMay 2007 - The Funeral of Les Barrett
Les was a loyal supporter of the Ryde Social Heritage Group
April 2007 - Report on meeting
We are pleased to report we had a very successful meeting on the morning of Saturday 14th April at the George Street Centre, Ryde.
January 2007 - First Members' Meeting of 2007Programme for 2007
On 13 January, about 35 people attended the members' meeting at the George St Centre in Ryde, when Paul Donnelan gave a talk about a collection of negatives he acquired a few years ago, including photographs of Captain Goodwin BARNES, RAF, who is buried in Ryde Cemetery.
There will be four Members' meetings next year, each with an invited speaker. Entry is by membership card, or £2 at the door.November 2006 - RSHG AGM
The Ryde Social Heritage Group held its AGM on 11th November from 10:30 to 12:30 in the George Street Centre, Ryde Isle of Wight.September 2006 - New Stories added for July, August and September
Lists have been added to the Featured Graves pages for July, August and September. The links for each person are not active yet, but you can search manually to find the record. The links will be added as soon as possible.September 2006 - RSHG Members Meeting
A Members meeting was held on 9th September, in the George Street Centre, 10:30 to 12:30September 2006 - New information on LEES and CALDWELL
New documents have been added to the graves of Sir James Lillyman CALDWELL, and Sir John LEES and family members. All of this research was carried out by Kathie Ann Gibbs, who is a very active member, and can be found in the Cemetery most days. She has completed the transcriptions in OPC4 single handed!
August 2006 - Isle of Wight Society
On Wednesday, 23 August, Sally-Ann Garrett made a presentation about the Ryde Social Heritage Group to the Isle of Wight Society, at the Ryde Parish Church Hall.
August 2006 - Exhibition in the Ryde LibraryJuly 2006 - More Cemetery Walks
A small exhibition was held in Ryde Library from 18 to 29 August.
The display was a double sided set of three boards, showing some of the research carried out so far, particularly some of the stories of the people buried in the cemetery.
RSHG held two more walks in the Cemetery during Ryde Arts Festival week, one on 9th July at 2:30 and one on 14th July at 7:00.
If there is sufficient interest (10-12 people) we will plan a new route for August, with different graves and stories.
July 2006 - Butterfly Walk, 1 July 2006June 2006 - More new stories added this month
We held a Butterfly Walk in the Cemetery on 1 July, and Richard Smout took a small group for a walk lasting just over an hour and a half. Several species of butterflies were spotted, as well as some other insects of interest.
Ann and Les Barrett continue to research the lives and funeral reports of the citizens of Ryde.May 2006 - Local History Week: Walks in the Cemetery
May 2006 - More stories added this month
April 2006 - Updated list of stories added to the website
April 2006 - Mr Frederick Adams and the Undertaker
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