Historic Ryde Society

‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 28 December 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.   The Museum of Ryde will be closed from 24th December 2023 to 4th February 2024. We are opening Monday, 5th February 2024. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Past Events 2015

December 29 2015 – The Quiz – the last event of 2015 raised over £150 for the Centre thanks to nearly 40 who turned out this evening. Thanks to Chris Ody for taking over in Linda and Tony’s absence. Since the first quiz – held at Ryde Castle in February 2012, over £6000 has been raised for the Heritage Centre.

November 29 2015 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – Thanks to everyone for turning out for this first fair since Tony’s death. Nearly £100 raised for the Society.

November 26 2015 – Pub quiz – Thanks to all who supported this event. Over £100 raised for the Society.

November 20 2015 – A presentation about transport in bygone Ryde was given to over 30 members of Clarries Club in East Cowes. Thanks to all the volunteers involved.

November 16 2015 – The Isle of Wight Rifles in 1915. An audience of nearly 30 souls turned out on a miserable evening to hear Island historian John Medland talk about the role of the Isle of Wight Rifles in WWI. Over £100 was raised for the Society. Thanks to all involved.

October 29 2015 – Many thanks to all those who came to raise a glass to Tony and Martin at the quiz. Tony, as quizmaster, and Martin, as regular attendee, will both be sorely missed at these events, but over 50 people ensured they won’t be forgotten. £185 was raised. Thanks to Tony and Linda for a wonderful evening. Question: Who is bigger? Mr Bigger, Mrs Bigger, or their baby? Answer: the baby – who’s a little Bigger……:D Brilliant!

October 1 2015 – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation – Historic Ryde Society was delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant, many of the Deputy Lieutenants, spouses, members of Island Councils and other dignitaries and friends to the Royal Victoria Arcade for this event. More details here.

September 24 2015 – Monthly quiz – Thanks to young Tony and Linda for running the monthly quiz, in Tony’s continued absence due to ill-health. 36 stalwarts raised over £150 for the Society. Many thanks to all involved.

September 23 2015 – Life and Death on the Mary Rose – Nearly 50 came along to Yelf’s Hotel to hear Trevor Sapey, of The Mary Rose Trust, tell the story of Henry VIII’s flagship.

September 22 2015 – Presentation to Ryde Lions – Bob White, one of the volunteers involved in the creation of the book ‘Your Journey into Ryde’ was invited to give a presentation to Ryde Lions.

September 20 2015 – Classic Car Rally – Thanks to Brian, Sandy, John, David and Molly for manning the stall at this year’s Classic Car Rally. A beautiful day brought out the crowds, and over £100 was raised for the Society.

August 27 2015 – Monthly quiz – Thanks to Tony and Linda for organising the August quiz in Tony the elder’s absence. Many thanks also to the loyal followers for proving the naysayers wrong! Over thirty turned out on Ryde Carnival night to support Historic Ryde, raising nearly £150 for the Society.

July 30 2015 – Monthly quiz – In the absence of the Tonys…once luckily on holiday, the other sadly in hospital – Linda very kindly agreed to host the July quiz. Over 30 joined us for the evening, which raised nearly £130 for the Society! Many thanks to all who came along to support Historic Ryde.

July 22 2015 – The Real Sherlock Holmes – Angela Buckley, Chair of the Society of Genealogists, HRS member and fellow Twitter fan, came to talk to a wonderful audience of 60 about Victorian supersleuth Joseph Caminada. Joseph’s story and Angela’s tales delighted the audience, and the event raised nearly £400 for the Society.

July 5 2015 – Antique and Collectors’ Fair – Nearly 100 people attended the fair at the Masonic Hall this month. Not as busy as usual, due to so many other events being held on the Island over the weekend, the fair nevertheless raised nearly £100 for the Society. Thanks to Jerry, Tony and all who helped with the event.

July 2 2015 – Monthly quiz – Due to another event being held on the last Thursday of June, the monthly quiz was postponed until July 2! Two chances of a quiz night this month, as the next will be held on July 30! A smaller crowd than usual turned out, but the event still raised £100 for the Society.

June 4 2015 – Volunteer Week Soirée 2015 – A very special soirée this year, as Historic Ryde Society volunteers celebrate the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service! More can be read here.

June 3 2015 – Churches Together in Ryde Civic Service – All Saints’ Church, Ryde. Canon Graham Morris opened the service and welcomed honoured guests and the congregation. He then went on to make the announcement of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Historic Ryde Society. HRS had a display of VE Day in Ryde at the service. Ryde Mayor Cllr Roi Milburn commenced his second year of duty.

June 2 2015 – Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announcement in The Gazette, on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953. It’s official!

May 28 2015 – Royal Garden Party – Having been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Tony and Diana attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Historic Ryde Society. Present at the party were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Princess Royal…..and about 8000 other people….. A wonderful, but breezy! day, was had by all.

May 28 2015 – Pub Quiz – HRS was delighted to welcome Chris Ody to host the monthly quiz once again. Around 30 people attended the quiz and nearly £150 was raised for the Society.

May 20 2015 – Cream Tea and Babycham Night – Nearly 80 came to hear Philip Norman’s memories of his childhood on Ryde Pier. Over £400 was raised for the Society. More details can be found here.

May 9 2015 – VE Day 70 celebrations – John and David represented HRS at the celebrations at Puckpool to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. A wet morning gave way to a lovely afternoon, although the stall didn’t receive many visitors. Some sales were made, however, to make the event worthwhile.

April 30 2015 Pub Quiz – 34 quiz enthusiasts came out on a chilly night and raised a very similar amount to last month’s effort! We were delighted to welcome some new blood to the quiz, and were assured they’d be back! Thanks to all concerned for their continued support.

March 26 2015 Pub Quiz – The March quiz saw 30 regulars at Yelf’s Hotel raise nearly £130 for the Society’s funds. Thanks again to everyone who came to support the quiz, and to the two Tonys for their unstinting work in compiling the rounds.

March 20 2015 – Outreach talk – A talk was given to Clarrie’s Club, in East Cowes. Around thirty members of the Club arrived to watch a presentation of the story of Historic Ryde Society and the development of the Heritage Centre. Brian gave the talk and was supported by David, Alan and John.

March 17 2015 – Members’ Meeting – Roger Whitby-Smith presented the first of our two WWI Centenary talks for 2015. The Phantom Flotilla told the true story of the Naval Africa Expedition of 1915/16, led by Commander Geoffrey Spicer-Simson,  which defeated a superior German force during the Battle for Lake Tanganyika. The evening raised over £100 for the Society. The second WWI talk will be about the role of the Isle of Wight Rifles in 1915. John Medland will deliver this talk at Yelf’s, on Monday, November 16, 7 for 7:30.

March 2 2015 – Re-opening – The Heritage Centre re-opened after a period of closure for redecoration. Although the work has not been completed, the rest of the Centre is still available for visitors.

February 26 2015 – Pub Quiz – The second quiz of the year attracted 40 plus once again, and over £150 was raised for the Society.

February 11 2015 – Historic Ryde Society AGM – Around 30 members attended the AGM. HRS was delighted to welcome new President, Gioia Minghella-Giddens to her first AGM at the helm. She spoke very movingly of how much the Society meant to her late mother, Gloria, who was the Society’s first President. The Trustees were re-elected en bloc.

January 29 2015 -Pub Quiz – Over 40 enthusiasts turned out for the first quiz of the New Year. Over £160 was raised for the Society.

January 21 2015 – Members’ Meeting – Over 40 members and guests were delighted with Terry Nigh’s presentation of previously unseen plates taken by his grandfather in the early 20th century. This was the first event for Historic Ryde of 2015, and started the year’s programme with a bang!

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