Historic Ryde Society was delighted to welcome Fireman Sam, and local Fire Officer – and Historic Ryde Society Family Member and author of And The Nightingales Sang, Arcade Series Book 3! – Damon Corr, to the Heritage Centre on Saturday July 27. Fireman Sam was in Ryde to promote the Ryde for Life 2013 project, which involved Isle of Wight firemen turning themselves into hamsters and running in a wheel non-stop for 48 hours. A very emotional Damon welcomed the end of the challenge at 3pm on the following afternoon. The 20 firemen ran 459700 metres and raised £4269.77 for the Wessex Cancer Trust. Brilliant!
HRS was pleased to have been able to help in a very small way, by providing seven collection buckets.
Following further research, the photographs brought down last week relate to the Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Oddfellows. This post should therefore read like this: In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the East Medina Lodge in September 2013, the Isle of Wight Heritage Service has kindly loaned some Oddfellows photographs to the Heritage Centre. These will be on display until the end of September.
In 1876, the Annual Movable Committee of the Manchester Unity met in Ryde. Local photographer Charles Knight, the son of Henry Knight, who owned the Royal Victoria Arcade, took photographic portraits of 332 Oddfellows who attended this event. The portraits were mounted together in one frame, with the names and where the men came from written around each one.
Now sadly fading, Historic Ryde Society is delighted to be given this chance to show this wonderful artefact to the public for the first time. Don’t miss this opportunity of coming along to have a look, before it returns to the Heritage Service for safe keeping.
The photograph shows John and Paul of the Heritage Service installing the photographs. The chat went along the lines of ‘We’ll have to get married if we get much closer……’
Historic Ryde Society is delighted to announce an innovative new fundraising idea to boost the Ice Well fund, the Ice Well fund moves to Ryde Pier!. Thanks to Wightlink, residents are now able to ‘adopt’ a starfish, snail and flowers on the upright posts supporting the railings along the eastern side of the pier. Brian will count the posts, and counting will begin from the dry end. Would you like to stroll along Ryde Pier to say ‘hello’ to ‘your post’? There won’t be anything to identify the post as yours, but names will be recorded in the Heritage Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Return to homepage.
Volunteers’ Soirée 2013 – On Wednesday, June 5, as part of the national celebration , Volunteers’ Week 2013, the committee organised a social soirée for the volunteers in the Heritage Centre. Unfortunately, due to ill health, Historic Ryde Society Gloria Minghella, was unable to be present.
Over twenty volunteers, old and brand new, arrived for a glass of fizzy and some nibbles. This was also a chance to catch up with other volunteers and meet some new volunteers for the first time.