Historic Ryde Society was delighted to be invited to have a stall at the Classic Car Rally 2014 event, held as usual on Ryde seafront. The rain held off, and Sheila, Claire and Diana did a sterling job during the course of the day.
The new Beachy Books community project book, Your Journey into Ryde, proved very popular with visitors, and 14 copies were sold. Altogether, just over £120 was raised for the Society. Many thanks to Vic Galucci for inviting Historic Ryde Society to take part in this wonderful annual event. Thanks also to Dani, of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, who very kindly loaned a small table for the event.
Historic Ryde Society will host a talk at Yelf’s Hotel, Wednesday, September 10, 7pm. ‘The Ship that hunted itself’ is the story of an engagement on September 14 1914 between the British HMS Carmania and the German SMS Cap Trafalgar. These armed Merchant Cruisers were both converted luxury liners, and by coincidence, SMS Cap Trafalgar had disguised herself as HMS Carmania.
The Guest Speaker is David Slade, a Member of the Orders and Medals Research Society.
The talk is free to members of Historic Ryde Society. Please bring along membership cards. Non-members are requested to give a donation towards Historic Ryde Society. All welcome. Raffle as usual.
The open meeting, ‘Sophie Dawes from Squalor to Scandal’ by Adrian Searle was well attended and an entertaining evening.
Adrian related the story of Sophie Dawes, who came from a life of poverty on the Isle of Wight to influence and scandalise French society.
HRS member Raymond Young (Nome de Plume R. leJeune) has written an in depth history about this interesting woman, and brought the book to the event. If anyone wishes to buy a copy of this book, it is available from the Centre.
Adrian will be back at some point to give more information about this interesting character.
We are pleased to announce that Busy Bee Garden Centre has agreed to sponsor the next Quiz Night, to coincide with the opening of their new store.
Busy Bee has been spending the last few months building a state of the art Garden Centre with Glass Atrium, Restaurant with balcony, disabled access and a glass fronted entrance hall.
For more information about Busy Bee Garden Centre and date of opening of the new store visit the Busy Bee website here.
Brian had brought all his tools with him, hoping to find time to drill a couple of holes in the fire door……NO CHANCE! The general public came down the stairs from 10:20, although the Centre wasn’t officially open until 11am! By eleven, there had been 17 visitors already. A steady stream continued throughout the day, including members, small groups of curious children, someone who had played bass guitar in a band at the Diamond Club, visitors from the Island, the mainland and Canada. Brian finally drilled the holes at about a quarter past four in the afternoon. Over 100 people visited the Centre during the day, and funds were given a considerable boost.
Four people expressed an interest in volunteering, including a fifteen year old local boy, which is exactly the age group with which Historic Ryde Society needs to be engaging! All in all, everyone seemed very impressed with the exhibitions, some even saying they were going to return on Sunday, the last of the Heritage Open Days of 2013.
Barbara had a very busy day, with many people expressing great interest in her lace work, and she increased her fan base considerably over the course of the day. The photograph shows Oliver concentrating hard on which bobbins to move next. He did remarkably well!