Day 45 – Friday 14 August 2020 – Local History Groups

Hello and welcome to day 45 of our prayer initiative for Ryde and it’s surrounding area.

I’m Mike Brooke, a Lay Minister (or what the Church of England calls a Reader) at St Johns Church in Ryde.

Today we’re praying for historic and heritage groups in and around Ryde.

The Ryde Social Heritage Group was formed in 2002 to research, document and share information about the heritage and social history of Ryde. The group also records information from Ryde Cemetery and produces maps, records headstone inscriptions and searches the archives to find information on people buried there.  The group also leads guided walks and gives presentations to help people understand the rich history of Ryde.

Alongside the Social Heritage group is the Historic Ryde Society. Formed in October 2009 the Society was created to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Victoria Arcade.  A heritage centre, open to the public, was established in the basement of the arcade.  Five years ago the society was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

In Bembridge another Heritage Society was formed in 1996, to record and present the history and heritage of Bembridge, including the famous windmill.  They have an exhibition centre in the old part of the village.

Additionally, and accessible to all on-line, is The Isle of Wight History Centre, which is a comprehensive resource for news and links to the Island’s past, from prehistory to recent times, including new discoveries and established work.

As Christians we’re well aware that history is vital to understanding who we are and where we come from.  In many ways the Bible, God’s Word, is both history and His Story. And as Shakespeare put it: “There is a history in all men’s lives.” 

So let us pray for all those local people, most them unpaid volunteers, who bring the past alive for everyone to share and learn from.

Heavenly Father, we pray for all those who give their time and resources to researching and documenting, preserving and exhibiting all aspects of the history and heritage of Ryde and the local area.  Please give them a sense of their value to all who come to share their discoveries. Help us to appreciate all the work that they put in to opening up the social and historical fabric of our past.  We pray this in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Please join us this evening at 7pm for our daily Zoom prayer meeting: