All posts by Matthew Chatfield

Ryde Arts – which way now?

Monday 19 March, 1900, Yelfs Hotel in the Reading Room

This year marks the end of a two-year Arts Council England project, GROW which has taken performance and making to new places in the town and sought to grow talent and creativity. As we all know, it’s best to initiate change at a point of strength and so we would like to invite you to help mould the future of Ryde Arts. Continue reading Ryde Arts – which way now?

GROWRYDE: Ryde Arts Festival 2017

By Carol Jaye: Chair of Ryde Arts Festival

It all began when my old wooden greenhouse could not be trusted to stand up to any more gales.

Now, I am a thrifty gardener and there were 42 sound glass sheets holding up the wooden frame. Off I went to see Ryde’s Allotment Officer, Terry Clarkson and asked if he knew anyone who would like to have the glass. This was how I met George who has a plot on the Quarry Road allotment, in my home town Ryde, in the Isle of Wight. A few days later George arrived with a mate and while they were loading the glass they told me how they were building a shed for the children at Oakfield Primary School who were learning about WW2 and the Dig for Victory campaign. Continue reading GROWRYDE: Ryde Arts Festival 2017

Shakespeare & Religion – A Shakespeare 400 Celebration 2016

Shakespeare & Religion – A Shakespeare 400 Celebration

Shakespeare lived through the most turbulent times in English religion – the Reformation, Puritans & Catholics, the Gunpowder Plot.

Yet no play of his is about religion – OR IS IT?

Join Edmund Matyjaszek, ex Director of the Poetry Society and Ellen Weeks Speech &  Drama Specialist for a celebration of Shakespeare’s verse.

A feast of poetry from his plays and his sonnets PLUS launch of “The Rosary: England’s Prayer” published in association with the Catholic History Society.

St Mary’s Church, High Street, Ryde 7pm Thursday June 30th refreshments available

A Ryde Arts Festival Event for Shakespeare 400
(he died 1616 – 400 years ago this year)