It’s been a busy but very sociable day at Ryde District Heritage Centre and for the volunteers in general….
On Tuesday, November 26, 33 volunteers and significant others gathered together at Ryde Castle Hotel for a social evening together. The group was delighted that HRS President Gloria Minghella, and husband Ed were able to join us, following Gloria’s major surgery earlier in the year. This was the first time Gloria had felt well enough to venture out since her operation, and everyone was thrilled to see them both! It was a lovely evening.
On Wednesday, November 27, there were two more social events! In the morning, as small group from Ryde Lions had a tour of the Heritage Centre and a coffee morning event as a social gathering! Ryde Lions President, and HRS members Barry Jehan and his wife had been in Dubai twenty-four hours previously, and found things slightly chilly on their return home, but still found the time to come down to the Centre and meet up with friends and say ‘Hello! We’re back!’ The group spent a couple of hours in the Centre and were agreeably entertained by volunteers Peter, Molly and Sally-Ann. If you belong to a similar group which would be interested in a visit, please get in touch.
In the evening, Tony, Brian, Vic and Diana opened the Centre for a visit from eighteen members of the 41 Club. Based in Cowes, the 41 Club are former Rotarians, who have monthly meetings, visiting sites of interest across the Island. All were fascinated by the ice well and the stories of the 19th century ice trade, which HRS hopes to be able to bring to the fore once the rooms have been brought up to a suitable standard.
The 41 Club invited the four to join them for dinner at Yelf’s Hotel, and donated £50 to the ongoing work at the Heritage Centre. Historic Ryde Society is very grateful to Ryde Lions and the 41 Club for their interest and support of the group and what we are doing for Ryde and the Island in general.