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.
A good crowd turned out on a cold and wet September evening to hear local historian Tony Gale transport us all to the races at Ashey and around the Island. It was a fascinating talk, with wonderful images of a bygone era, and we were entertained to learn that the Ashey event was the most corrupt in the country – possibly because of the machinations behind the copse when out of view of the stewards! The lovely photographs showed many of the lovely fashions of the turn of the 20th century, when the class divide was alive and kicking! Many thanks to Tony for his wonderful research and delivery.
The evening was introduced by Historic Ryde Society (HRS) Chair Liz Jones, who brought the members up to date with recent events and happenings in the Heritage Centre and for the Society. HRS currently has a strong membership, made up of 93 Individual memberships, 55 family memberships and 16 corporate memberships. Our new membership secretary Ro, will now take the membership forward on a rolling basis, so people can join at any time of the year, rather than the February cut-off currently in place.
Liz reminded everyone of the opportunity of raising funds for the Society through the online shopping easyfundraising site, accessible via the HRS homepage link. We’ve now raised over £220 at no cost to anyone! Keep on buying, everyone! Using easysearch as a search engine, when supporting HRS, raises 0.5p per search….every little helps, as the supermarket says….
The two Astronomic evenings last week raised £251 for funds, and a harp and sitar recital, and a 70s/80s disco night are the next two events for the diary, following on from the September quiz on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The RBA Father Christmas grotto will once again be held in the Heritage Centre. More details in due course.
Lastly, there are now four photoboards out in the community for people to enjoy a bit of free fun, courtesy of James from the Donald Mcgill postcard museum, and Historic Ryde Society. These boards are proving unbelievably popular, and in August alone, raised £250. Since they were first made two years ago, they’ve brought in over £1100! Fabulous!
Historic Ryde Society would like to thank James Bissell Thomas of The Orrery, for inviting Ian Ridpath, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas, to give two lectures on ‘The Stories of Stars’, and ‘The Planets’, at The Orrery on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, September 3 and 4.
On the first evening, a very appreciative audience was enthralled by the wonderful images Ian showed us, and his entertaining delivery kept the evening moving along at a slick pace. Historic Ryde Society was delighted to host a small party from the Island’s own Planetarium, at Fort Victoria.
On the second evening, Ian addressed the planets, and took his audience on a guided tour of each, from innermost to outermost and beyond!
Despite a stifling evening, with noisy traffic and curious passers-by, the evening was delightful and well received, and Ian said how much he had enjoyed the social nature of both evenings.
Many thanks to Graham and Lesley for organising the events, printing posters and flyers, and liaising with Ian who, at the time of first contact, was delivering a lecture series aboard the Queen Mary, somewhere off Norway!
Isle of Wight Observer September 14, 1878.
Messrs Perry, the contractors for the new works on the Esplanade, have already commenced blocking up the entrance to the Victoria Docks, and great inconvenience has thereby been occasioned to the carriers of the town, who have, we understand, held a meeting among themselves to consider what is to be done. The space at which they can land goods is now so limited that it is thought that while the works are in progress it will be better to take the goods to St Helen’s. This, we are informed, will entail an extra cost of something like1d per cwt, although the carriers do not propose to charge more than 2d. It is evident, however,that the public cannot expect to have their goods sent so cheaply or so quickly as formerly for the carriers must wait for the tide at Brading Harbour, keep men here to load and unload, and then pay freight by railway to Ryde. The Council have added further difficulties to the carriers by issuing the following notice:
Notice is hereby given, that in order to prevent inconvenience and obstruction to persons landing goods on the George-street slipway, all goods must be removed from off the slipway immediately on being landed. Vehicles will not be allowed to stand on the slipway for the purpose of taking up or putting down goods. Goods must not be brought upon the slipway except for immediate embarcation. Police have instructions to prosecute any persons causing any obstruction on the slipway.
The difficulty of carrying out such regulations as these just at the present time, when the space at disposal on the slipway and docks has been so much curtailed, has been one reason why the carriers have thought of going to Brading Harbour. It would be impossible to carry out such regulatons under existing circumstances.