Past Events 2011

To read about forthcoming events, please go to the Calendar page.

December 9 2011 – HRS joined forces with Vernon Square Preservation Society, who came to the arcade for their annual Carols and Mince Pies event. Ryde School Brass Band provided the music, and everyone was invited to have a look around the Heritage Centre during the interval. The HRS Christmas voucher raffle also took place on Friday, and raised over £200 for the funds. Thanks to everyone involved.

December 4 2011 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – over 200 people flocked to the Masonic Hall in John Street for the fair, which has now become an established event on the HRS calendar. The raffle raised over £70, teas, coffees and refreshments over £120, and the whole event added over £500 to the funds! Well done to all involved in another successful day. To read more, click here.

December 1 2011 – Unveiling of the World Island Games Sculpture in the Royal Victoria Arcade, and visit of Ryde’s Town councillors to the Heritage Centre. To read more, click here.

November 10 2011 Open Meeting – Noel Stimson enthralled the audience with his thoughts on the sinking of the Titanic, and the resultant conspiracy theories. Tony was able to bring members up to date with the new plans for the Heritage Centre, and Diana updated the company on Membership numbers and the website. Since opening in mid-August, we have gained many new members, who are able to take advantage of our half-price offer between now and the February AGM.

Hallowe’en Paranormal Investigation – Paul, Heather and the team enthralled nearly thirty members of the public and committee members with their paranormal investigations of the inhabitants of the arcade. Over three and a half hours of contact with the spirits meant a fascinating time for all and a truly unforgettable experience – one which I’m sure will be repeated in the future! To read more please click here.

September 9 2011 Open Meeting – Adrian Searle entertained an audience of over thirty members and guests with his tales of local folklore of the Isle of Wight. By the end of the evening, he even had the audience talking in local dialect! A fascinating evening resulted in over £100 being raised for the Heritage Centre. A photograph of Adrian in full flow has been added to the fundraising events gallery page.

Royal Victorian Ryde 2011 – to read more about this event, please click here.

June 27, 28,29 2011 – Ghost Walks – Maglyn, aka our very own Lynne Phillips, led three ghost walks around Ryde in the week preceding the Royal Victorian Ryde 2011 event. As word spread, so did the popularity of the walks, and the Wednesday evening was a sell-out. Everyone remarked on how much they had enjoyed themselves, and Tony presented himself in a new light to the committee……………

April 14 2011 Open Meeting – The April talk by Steve Sweetman, of Portsmouth University, was entitled ‘In the Shadow of the Isle of Wight Dinosaurs’. This was held at the George Street Centre, Ryde, on Thursday, April 14. Steve gave a fascinating talk about all the smaller creatures sharing the Island with the more well-known, large dinosaurs, with which we are all very familiar. The island was teeming with life, from the tiniest insectivorous mammals, to the largest sauropods. A new discovery of Steve’s will be featured in the April 15 edition of the County Press. The evening raised £100 for funds.

April 6 – May 7 2011 – HRS is delighted to have been invited to have a display in Ryde Library for the month. Many thanks to Bob Elliott for this kind invitation to spread the word. More information here.

March 29 2011 – HRS committee were invited to the launch of the new late night serivce by Hovertravel. Read more here.

Ceilidh PosterMarch 19 2011 – A very successful and enjoyable ceilidh was held at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne, on Saturday, March 19. Nearly £550 was raised for funds, and several people expressed an interest in joining the society. Huge congratulations to Lesley, Tina and Liz for all their hard work.

January 27, 2011 – Celebration of the successful and highly acclaimed completion of our first major project – the rotunda images in the Royal Victoria Arcade. The evening raised £100 for funds, from the sales table. All food and drinks were contributed by local businesses and individuals, to whom we are very grateful.


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