Dr Noel Stimson has given a brilliant talk about Royal National Lifeboat Institution in front of guests and members of HRS on Wednesday, 17 May at Yelf’s Hotel.
Raffle and entry raised £75–after £30 donation and £10 for raffle prizes, we raised £35 for the HRS fund.
Kenneth Hicks, the President of the Isle of Wight Branch of Historical Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has given a very informative presentation at Yelf’s Hotel on 12th April’s monthly talk. Since his retirement he has studied the work of the Brannon family and collected a large number of their original engravings. Kenneth has delighted the HRS members and guests by presenting his book “An Island Legacy”, which provides a comprehensive record of Island towns, villages, land and seascapes, historic buildings and coastal views over a period of two hundred years, during which the Island has changed considerably. The book contains over one hundred and thirty original Brannon family engravings, many of which have not been seen before, with an equal number of modern coloured photographs taken from virtually the same locations.
The book “An Island Legacy” can be ordered at the Ryde District Heritage Centre.
Jo Cooper, an islander, has presented snapshots of a childhood on the Isle of Wight on the 1950s and 1960s to an audiance of 28 people on Wednesday, 8th March at the Yelf’s Hotel. The book “Isle of Memories” can be bought from Isle of Wight County Press Shop, Newport.
Balfour (1843 – 1916) was an English businessman, Liberal politician, and fraudster.
According to the Daily Telegraph, “Jabez Spencer Balfour JP, MP was probably the greatest financial fraudster in British history, an embezzler on a Melmottian scale dwarfing the far lesser con-tricks of Trebitsch-Lincoln, Horatio Bottomley, Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Archer combined.”