Report of Society Meeting: 30 June 2017

Over 50 members and visitors attended the meeting of Ventnor and District Local History Society held on June 30th. The speaker for the evening was Janet Griffin who is the Society’s Vice Chair and long time member of the Society from when the meetings were held in Knight’s Court.

Janet’s talk was entitled “The Ventnor Connection ” and she commenced by saying that her connection was through her husband’s family. She had researched Ralph’s family (Griffin) and they had been connected to the Ventnor area for over 250 years back to when his 5 times grandfather was baptised at Godshill Church, and Janet showed a series of Weller drawings of local village churches from the Museum archives.

It was interesting to hear that at least two families had ten children. In the 1881 Census some of the family lived in Lowtherville Road, and pages from the 1903 edition of the Ventnor Red Book included names and addresses which many of the audience recognised. Ralph’s grandparents came from the Wandsworth area and opened a Boarding House in Victoria Street, advertising in 1950’s editions of the Ventnor Guide,  which are in the Museum archives.

After Janet’s talk the remainder of the film “Ventnor Unseen” which was unable to be shown earlier in the year because of a “technical hitch”,  was shown.  It started with two Ventnor Carnivals and a very interesting film of the “Great Storm of 1987” of which nearly all of us had some tale to tell about that night!

The Raffle organised by Molly Reed and Maureen Beavis raised £43.50.

Margaret Davidson

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