Frozen Out: Our Stories

February 5, 2017

My father left the Isle of Wight in order to find a job and ended up in London where he met my mother and I was born in Streatham in 1943.

I learned to skate at about 7 years old and spent an inordinate amount of time at Streatham Ice Rink, in the 50’s 60’ in fact I met...

February 3, 2017

I started skating at Ryde Arena when I was only 7 years old. It soon became my second home for the next decade and I probably spent more time there than my actual home! I was quickly welcomed into the tight-knit family there and once I found my footing and passed my fi...

February 3, 2017

I am 11-year-old boy who plays for the under 13 Isle Of Wight Junior Raiders ice hockey team. 

Our home ice rink was Ryde Arena before it was cruelly taken away from us by AEW, it was my second home and a place I felt happy and safe. 

My team was playing a home game on t...

February 3, 2017

I started skating at Ryde arena in 1991 aged 5. My older sister started lessons as soon as the rink opened…I got jealous of how good she became so I decided I wanted to learn too! I soon became hooked and was training 3 times a week before school and at weekends.  Ryde...

February 3, 2017

Enjoying the cold weather in Sweden Jan 2017

 I'm captain of the Wight Jewels synchronised skating team which was founded on the Isle of Wight in 2005. From starting the sport with no experience to competing now against the best teams in the world it has been one hell o...

February 2, 2017

It all started in 2011 with Martin's eldest son Rhys was introduced to ice skating and the game of ice hockey. He was a familiar face in the good old disco sessions then moving onto power hour he developed an interest for hockey. With his ability improving he then sign...

February 1, 2017

I am not a figure-skater, nor an ice hockey player. I did not work there. I have no children who use the rink to skate or play ice hockey, no grandchildren or great grandchildren who use the rink regularly either so why have I been going there regularly for over twenty...

January 31, 2017

Anneliese Smith passed her level 1 field moves at Gosport on Monday 30th January. She said: 'I'm very happy passing my test as we don't have a rink in Ryde to practice anymore. So I have to go to Gosport on a Wednesday evening for my lesson and at the weekend to Guildf...

January 30, 2017

Just as Emily was old enough to play the game she loves, AEW closed the Ryde Arena!

January 29, 2017

My name is Sebastian Darlaston-Jones. I first came across ice hockey whilst watching the Winter Olympics from Sochi in 2014. I fell in love with the sport straight away and realised I wanted to play. My parents gave me ice skating lessons at Ryde Arena for my 8th birth...

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We would like to thank Wightlink for supporting us through all our ups and downs over the years, but especially for continuing to support us now with free or discounted ferry travel for our teams. This support means everything to us as without it we would not be able to continue to pursue our dreams.

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We would like to thank Wightlink for their continued support, Ryde Town Council for their generous grant, Ryde Rotary Club and Ryde Slide for their donations and all those helping us to try to save Ryde Arena for our community.