The Soup Kitchen

Isle of Wight Observer, January 9, 1858
SOUP KITCHEN – With the new year, and simultaneously with the increased coldness of the weather, this invaluable help to the poor was opened, and the number of applicants are becoming numerous. In years past we have made the statement, and we now repeat it, that great assistance to the funds of this excellent charity would be rendered by the donation of vegetables and herbs – the purchase of which in a town of course involving a considerable portion of the outlay of the society. There is scarcely any gentleman residing in the country but could, without inconvenience to himself, comply with this hint; and we earnestly trust that this paragraph may meet the eye of someone who may be in the position and have the desire to do so. The modus operandi of the society is this; any person can purchase as few as five shillings worth of tickets, and distribute them to 60 persons, who by paying one penny each will get one quart of soup and one pound of bread, as considerable saving is effected by making it in large quantity. A lady or gentleman attends daily to superintend the distribution.

Isle of Wight Observer January 5 1861
SOUP KITCHEN – This admirably-worked and highly-appreciated charity (in connection with the Ryde Relief Society) is once more in operation. Those charitably-disposed ladies and gentlemen who desire to help the poor at this inclement season of the year will do well at once to contribute to the soup fund. We can confidently assert, that it is impossible for donations to be better applied, or spread over a greater surface for real benefit than through the medium of this charity. The Rev J S Barrows is the secretary, and Capt. de la Condamine is the treasurer; but subscriptions will be thankfully received at the Ryde Banks.
(January 19, 1861) The proceeds of the winter soirees, held at the Masonic-hall, amounting to £6, has been kindly presented to the Benevolent Society fund and Soup Kitchen.

Isle of Wight Observer, April 8 1865
THE SOUP KITCHEN – This kitchen closed on Saturday last, having well performed its charitable work during the three months of bitter cold weather just past. This is one branch only of the Ryde Benevolent Society’s operations, so beneficial among the poor of the town. The number of quarts of soup distributed during the thirteen weeks is nearly 5000, and a large quantity of bread. Mr Dashwood, whose duty it is to make and distribute the soup, is certainly deserving of credit for the way in which he has performed his work.

Isle of Wight Times, February 9, 1871
THE RYDE SOUP KITCHEN is still quietly doing its work, and through its agency many an honest family has been relieved and comforted during the bitterly cold days of the past few weeks. During the month of January alone, as much as 1435 quarts of well-made substantial soup was distributed. We would specially direct the attention of our readers to this movement, assuring them that they may confidentially entrust to its promoters and managers whatever their charity might dispose them to give. Mr Smith, of the Literary and Philosophical Institution, Melville-street, who is the collector, would be happy to receive any sums, however small.

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