Ryde District Heritage Centre
The Start of the Pier Show
Our summer exhibition has now been installed in Ryde District Heritage Centre, and will run until the end of September. Attached is a poster advertising this event. The centre starts its summer opening hours from Monday, when we will be open six days a week, but will include Sundays during July and August. If anyone would like to volunteer to help man the centre, - even an hour or two a month would help! - please get in touch, either by e-mail, or phone 01983 717435, during opening hours – 11am – 4pm..
Our April meeting will be held in the basement of the Black Sheep, Union Street, on Thursday, April 12th, at 7pm. Tony Gale will give an illustrated talk on Ryde Election Riots.
Hope to see you there.
Cyril....the sea serpent.....
House History Workshops
Ever wanted to find out the story of your house? Historic Ryde Society is offering free workshops to set you on a path of discovery.
Richard Smout, IW Heritage Service Manager will lead workshops in Ryde District Heritage Centre on Thursday, February 16th and Thursday, March 8th, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Limited places - booking essential.
Please contect the Ryde District Heritage Centre on 01983 717435 to book a place.
The Centre is open Tuesday to Thursday, and Saturday 11am - 4pm.
Happy New Year to all HRS members!
The Heritage Centre is open Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays between 11 am and 4 pm. We always need more volunteers who can spare a couple of hours a week, to help man the centre. It doesn't need to be every week, but the more volunteers we have, the easier it will be on our stalwarts! Please consider coming along to find out ... what's involved.
We'd like to take this opportunity of reminding everyone about the AGM, which will be held at 7 pm in the Ryde Castle Hotel, on Thursday, February 2nd. The AGM will be followed by a brief talk on the Ryde Election Riots by local historian, Tony Gale. This AGM marks the start of our annual joining date venture, which means that all subscriptions will then be due. If you would like to pop into the Heritage Centre with your subscriptions for 2012 between now and the end of February, that would be fine, or you can pay at the AGM. Tables will be set out and the committee ready with open arms! Postal renewals/ or via the website also available. New cards will be issued in due course. Obviously, the more people who can come to the AGM, or renew via the Heritage Centre or the website, the less we'll have to spend on postage.....which is a constant consideration.
Apologies to those nine of you who have already registered for easyfundraising, but it's a worthwhile cause! We've raised nearly £60 at no cost to ourselves by registering, and buying items from online shops, which then give a donation to a worthy cause. For more information, click below, or go to the HRS easyfundraising page at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/historicrydesociety.
This is the bumph, if you wish to forward to family and friends......
We're helping Historic Ryde Society to raise money whenever we shop online - could you do the same?
It's very simple - just visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/historicrydesociety/ to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos, M&S, eBay and many more. Whenever we buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Historic Ryde Society. They've helped other causes raise over £2,000,000 so it really does work.
We'd be really grateful if you could use easyfundraising too. It won't cost you a penny extra to shop through easyfundraising and you can even save money with special offers and voucher codes.
Plus, if you register before 1st February you'll automatically receive one entry into the January competition to win £250 to spend with Matalan and £250 donation for your cause!
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Update on Oral History Project
We hope you all enjoyed your time over the festive season, and that it lived up to expectations. Now that we’ve come out of the other side, with a New Year stretching before us, the Memory Bank project needs to be moving on.
We know some of you are overseas at the moment, and can’t make any further contributions just now, and we realise some of you are nervous of the technology of the recorders, which weren’t available for practise in September.
It is possible for you to work in pairs or in a group, and we are happy to organise this if that would be better for anyone. The recorders are out with Joan and Brian at the moment, but feel free to phone and book them to practise at home, if you like, or come into the Heritage Centre sometime and practise there. We have a list of more than 12 people who are interested in being interviewed, so can put you in touch, etc...
We hope you all appreciate that this has to move on now, as three months have passed, and there are only another six months before we have to assess the success or otherwise of the project and justify the money spent. To date, there have only been two interviews done. Claire Kay has been kind enough to edit them. If anyone is more interested in the skills connected with this side of the project, we're sure we can arrange for anyone to learn how to do this.
If any of you are unable or no longer interested in taking part in the project, please can you let us know asap, as we will then have to start looking for other volunteers. We still believe this is a worthwhile exercise, and don’t want it to fail.
Ryde District Heritage Centre NOW OPEN!
After nearly 2 years of hard work the Ryde District Heritage Centre has opened in the basement of the Royal Victoria Arcade. This was the culmination of 18 months hard work by the founding committee members of theHistoric Ryde Society, who have gone from an initial celebration of 175th Annivesary of the Royal Victoria Arcade to a centre with planned expansion over the next 5 years.
This centre has been brought to the community with local fundrasing events as well as a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. To find out more about the work of the Heritage Lottery Fund, click here.
The next phase of the expansion will be started soon to add an educational suite with computers linked to the data base and archive, and will allow people to gain an insight into the history of Ryde.
The first stagehas now been open for 8 weeks, with a number of very interesting displays, a video archive and a very large image archive. With an ongoing Oral History Archive which is beginning to take shape.
The centre is manned by committee members and volunteers, and is open from 11 am to 3pm most days, although opening times will vary during the winter.
If you would like to help in any way, click here, or telephone 01983 717435.
The entry charge is £1 for adults and 50p for children, this is just to cover overheads.
Coming Historic Ryde Society events
Antique and Collectors' Fair
Sunday 04 December 2011
The Fair will be held in the Masonic Hall, John Street, Ryde, on Sunday, December 4th, 2011, between 10am and 3pm. Admission - 50p. Raffle and seasonal refreshments available.
Carol singing and Voucher Raffle
Friday 09 December 2011
In association with the Vernon Square Preservation Society, there will be Carol Singing in the arcade from 6pm on Friday, December 9th. There will be a small charge to include a glass of wine and refreshments. HRS will also be holding a Voucher Raffle on this day, which will be drawn at the end of the Carol Singing event.