The Society is very sad to report that two of our Trustees passed away during the Museum’s forced closure for
John passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in July 2020. His humour, knowledge of the Island music scene, anecdotes about the people of Ryde from his years with the Isle of Wight Council and supply of jam doughnuts will be missed, especially during quiet times in the museum.
David, our secretary and archivist, passed away in May 2021 in Mountbatten Hospice, following many months battling with kidney problems. Again, his humour, attention to detail, local knowledge and support for the Society will be sorely missed, as will his dealing with the many queries that were emailed in.
Wishing all our supporters, customers and volunteers a Merry Christmas and wonderful 2020!
Please note we are closed from 23 December 2019 and reopen on the 4th January 2020 . See you then !
Margaret Rose returns to tell the story about the invasion of the Channel Islands, on Thursday, 19th September 2019, 7pm (for 7.30-9pm), at Yelf’s hotel, Union Street, Ryde.
Due to Ryde Carnival on the 29th, the August quiz is a week earlier, on the 22nd. Same place: Yelf’s Hotel, starting at 19.30, doors open at 19.00. Tickets £3.
A member and volunteer from the earliest days of the Society, Ron was always very willing to get involved on the publicity side of things.
He would be at the forefront of anything musical or theatrical, and helped with the various performances at the Methodist Church during the Society’s Grand Victorian Ryde Weekend in July 2011 (2/24), which commemorated 175 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade. He even played the role of Father Christmas in the yet-to-be-restored basement of the Arcade, listening to MP Andrew Turner’s Christmas wishes! (2/30)
Ever the showman, and especially happy in front of a microphone, Ron organised fund-raising musical evenings for the Society at Smallbrook Stadium, and hosted his own birthday parties at the Fleming Arms, Binstead (5/31), and then for his 90th, and last, at the New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes. Always unforgettable occasions, guests were encouraged to join in with his renditions of popular songs from his younger days.
Apart from the musical side, Ron wished to display his artistic side, and set about painting another photoboard to help fund raising for the Society. Unfortunately, due to his increasing lack of mobility he was unable to finish it, but we still have fond memories of a beret-clad Parisian artist look-alike perched on his stool, paintbrush in hand!
Ron was very proud of his long and close connection with the whole of the Minghella family, and in recent years Society President and Vice President could often be found having afternoon tea in the cafe at Briddlesford Farm.
Ron was always very cheerful, supportive and positive, even in the last couple of years when his failing health slowed him down and caused him to move to Cowes to be near his daughter. He was a one-off, and will be sorely missed.