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10/11 Island Story - Remembering the halcyon days of Nightclubs 15

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Real hope for the homeless by Peter White Kevin Newton knows what it’s like to be homeless. Before moving to the Isle of Wight, he suffered some harrowing times on the mainland, which included living rough for a year, often sleeping in freezing doorways, and not knowing where his next meal was coming from. Kevin’s strength of character, coupled with a slice of self-made good fortune enabled him to claw his way out of the depths that he found himself in. But he has never forgotten that experience, and is the prime reason why he has embarked on an ambitious project to keep homeless people off the streets of the Island. He is the founder of the charity, The Bus Shelter IOW, which he began earlier this year when the Island’s night shelter closed. He and his team of volunteers looked for an alternative building to house the homeless, but it proved far too expensive. So Kevin opted instead to buy a double decker bus, raising £7,000 in just two weeks to secure it from York. Now he and his small team are in the process of fitting it out with not only sleeping

‘Our aim is to break the cycle and routine of homelessness and allow people to regain their dignity and place in society’ accommodation for around 18 people, but also with a kitchen, wardrobes, toilet, changing area, a TV, and many more facilities. There is even space for its residents to hold meetings with representatives from Housing options, Benefits, Physical and Mental Health, Samaritans, Life Coaching, Job Searching - with even someone to assist with reading and writing. Kevin said: “I am planning to have the bus completely fitted out by October 31st, then she will be based on the paddock at the side of Carisbrooke Priory, subject to planning permission to remove a tree, which doesn't have a TPO on it, but is in a conservation area. “The bus will be driven from there by our volunteers to Shanklin, Sandown, Ryde and Newport then back to Carisbrooke. The bus will have designated stops with a 10-minute window either side. We will then feed our guests and allow them to relax in the evening. “Everyone will be expected to be in bed by 11.0pm and up and dressed by 9.0am. Anyone who misses the bus can still come to the base at Carisbrooke up to 11.0pm.” Eventually Kevin wants to extend the project by having further temporary accommodation and toilets adjacent to the bus. He added: “Our aim is to break the cycle and routine of homelessness and allow the homeless people to regain their dignity


Kevin Newton planning the plush kitchen in the bus

and place in society.” He added: “We cannot say that we will end rough sleeping on the Island, only the need to sleep rough. We can offer the support and facilities but if a person doesn't want to change then we can't do anything about it. “If someone breaks the rules, they will be asked to desist or leave. If they leave, they will only leave as far as a glamping tent next to the bus and only for the night. They will still use all the services and facilities that we offer but won't sleep on the bus. Every night, they are given the same chance and support offered to solve the issue. No one will get banned.” This is the first project of its kind in the world, and as a registered charity The Bus Shelter IOW recently received a £500 donation from the newly-formed Island charitable organisation, WightAid Foundation, which will be highlighted in the next edition of the Beacon.


Experience the magic! The Island’s leading tourist attractions, Blackgang Chine and Robin Hill Country Park, are extending the Island’s tourist season with two very dynamic and creative events during October for all the family to enjoy. Experience the magic of Blackgang’s Illuminations which return bigger, better and more magical than ever! As the daylight begins to fade, the park comes to life. Every Friday and Saturday evening from October 1st, visitors can experience the magic as the whole park re-awakens, creatively illuminated using exciting and dynamic lighting effects and sculptures. Be amazed as buildings are brought to life with character animation using 3D projection mapping. Join your favourite characters as they host an evening of magical fun; crown making with the Fairy Queen, ‘walk the plank’ pirate activities, and an amazing ‘Dino Encounters’ show where you get to meet all the baby dinosaurs – and some bigger ones. But only venture into Restricted Area 5 after dark if you’re brave enough! For the evening finale, join the Blackgang characters for ‘story telling with a twist’, a fun theatrical performance which incorporates an amazing laser show projected onto the cliff. During half term, Saturday, October 22nd to 29th, there are lots of additional activities and entertainment to enjoy, including a major new Blackgang character! Blackgang Chine is open from 10.0am – 9.0pm on October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th and during half term. For full programme visit

Robin Hill’s electric woods will again present the Festival of Light, a stunning spectacle of creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali, where ‘light triumphs over darkness’. Every evening from October 1st to November 5th, from 6.0pm to 10pm, experience the lush colours, flavours and

magic of the Asian sub-continent, set in Robin Hill’s glorious autumnal ancient woodland. Wandering through the woodlands, experience exciting, dynamic lighting effects, while down in the valley a spectacular Light, Fire and Sound show will envelope the new Parting, creating an exciting walk through to the woodland ponds. The Indian poem, ‘The Ramayana’, which celebrates the victory of good over evil, is creatively portrayed by the enchanting cinematic shadow theatre in the woodland amphitheatre, where later in the evening an amazing ‘Wings by Twilight’ falconry show will be held.

Back by popular demand, but with a new twist , embrace the spirit of Diwali by taking part in the Colour Run, a high energy walk through the otherwise dark woodland glades where bursts of special ‘Holi’ powder will be randomly released, and visitors will ward off ‘evil spirits’ by throwing coloured powder into the air and onto each other! All visitors will receive a free pouch of brightly coloured ‘Holi’ powder. The Diwali theme continues across all refreshments with an enhanced authentic Indian menu of curries and kebabs, Asian sweets, and traditional teas; providing a true ‘taste of India’. Every Friday and Saturday night, younger visitors can take part in lantern making and Bollywood dance workshops, designed to give an insight into the wonders of Indian culture. Join larger-than-life puppets Prince Rama and Princess Sita on a lantern parade around the electric woods as a tribute to their home coming in the story of Diwali. During half term, October 22nd – 30th, all the additional entertainment that currently takes place on the Fridays and Saturdays on the lead up, will be held every evening – plus more! During half term, Robin Hill Country Park will be open daytime too, 10.0am to 10.0pm to include the electric woods evening event. For more information and programme of events, visit:


Sarah’s Super return Story by Peter White

Sarah Jackson is a true inspiration for any Isle of Wight youngster looking to build a successul career. Sarah went to the mainland to become a Police Constable, and has now returned to the Island as one of our most important and influential citizens.


arah Jackson admits that when she was growing up on the Island she was not sure which career path she wanted to take, until she finally decided the police force would help her fulfil her aims and ambitions. However, when she moved to the mainland to become a Constable in August 1989, she could not have envisaged that she would ultimately return to the Island in the prestigious position of Superintendent Sarah Jackson. As such she is in charge of the Isle of Wight district of the Hampshire Constabulary. Sarah is now some 15 months into her role, with around 150 officers and staff under her command. She said: "I love policing because every day is different and we have the opportunity to make someone’s life safer and possibly better, and we also prevent people being harmed, so what more could anyone want from a job? There are times when it is difficult and times when it is challenging and that is certainly been the case in the last 15 months.

the police training centre at Ashford in Kent, during which she was promoted to Sergeant, she returned to Hampshire. Over the next 15 years Sarah worked mainly in the north of Hampshire at Aldershot, Fleet, Yateley and Farnborough, as well as at Police HQ in Winchester where she became an Inspector in 2003 and Chief Inspector three years later. She said: "After a couple of abortive attempts at Superintendent, I was finally successful in 2014. During this time I was working for the Chief Constable as his staff officer which was a very busy and interesting job, but then I had the opportunity to come to the Island. "I always said that if ever I worked on the Island I would move back here because it was all about a commitment to the community. It was great from a personal point of view because of my parents being here, and my husband Alan was very supportive because he had a job working elsewhere in Hampshire and gave that up in order that we could come here.

"It has been a busy time but I am surrounded by fabulous people. I may be the figure head but actually the people who do the hard work are my officers and staff on the ground, and I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to them because they are the ones who do the work day in, and day out, They talk to residents on the Island, and deal with their concerns; they are the ones who deliver that quality of service."

vulnerable, and minimise that vulnerability. "On the Island we have many small communities and it is about how people in those communities can support each other. Since I have been here we have had some busy times with sad events and those that you simply cannot predict. All I can say is that my focus is not only supporting the community but ensuring those who are committing crime know the Isle of Wight is the most inhospitable environment for them to exist in. "I want to make sure that anyone who thinks they are coming here to commit crime will know that they are going to get caught. We have a team who are focusing on the most prolific offenders in conjunction with our partners. "It's a balance making sure that we are working with partners and supporting the communities, but also enforcing the law and doing all we can to ensure those who should go before the court do so. "I am a great believer that we can't do it all on our own though, We need the community to help and support us, whether that be Neighbourhood Watch or people just telling us what is going on so that we can take action."

Sarah was born in a police house in Newport. Her father, John (Jock) Horne, was a police officer and also heavily involved in Island football, while mother Adrienne was for many years a nurse working in the surgery at Brading.

‘I did not really have any aspirations to join the police’ "I went to school at Barton Primary, then to Downside, and finally to Medina," Sarah recalls. "I was a Brownie then a Girl Guide and a Venture Scout, which was a big part of my life growing up. I also did some work at Medina House on School Lane, for disabled children. I enjoyed working with children, and at that time did not really have any aspirations to join the police."

Left: Sarah receiving her Queen’s Guide Award

Above: Sarah with family pet Duggie "Alan does a great job supporting me; without him I couldn't do what I do. He does all the things at home that I do not have time to do, and we also have a puppy called Duggie which is absolutely mad, but he’s gorgeous."

When she left school at 18, Sarah opted not to go to university. Instead she moved into retail management on the mainland, but soon realised that was not for her.

She continued: "I had a fantastic childhood on the Island, being on the beach, walking and doing all sorts of things. But actually not everyone here can do that, whether it's older people, or young people who are vulnerable.

She returned to the Island to live with mum and dad whilst she applied to join the police. Her first posting was to the New Forest before moving to Southampton. After a period working at

"One of my key focuses is that we, in the broadest sense – the Police, Health, Local Authority and all of our partners – try to support all those people who are

Sarah continued: "So I have done the full circle coming to the Island, and one of the interesting things is that even though I knew I was coming back home, I have been surprised how much it has actually meant to me, because I was brought up here and I know what a great place the Island is to grow up. The sense I get is that for the Island to have someone who was born here to be in charge of the police actually does mean quite a lot, for which I am really grateful. "In making our decision to come to the Island, for me it was about a commitment to both the people of the Isle of Wight as well as the policing teams and my hope is to stay here as long as Hampshire Constabulary wants me to stay, and as long as I am doing a good job. "Superintendent is the highest position I can attain on the Island. The next rank would be Chief Superintendent but that would be on the mainland. Whilst I never say never, this is not in my plans for the near future. I want to commit to the Island for a number of years."



Open Day thriller! Bembridge Lifeboat station’s Open Day saw the spectacular launch and display of the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat ‘Alfred Albert Williams’, together with the inshore lifeboat ‘Norman Harvey’. They performed a thrilling mock rescue scenario, entertaining the crowds which numbered more than 1,000. Strong winds prevented the craft stalls from attending, but there was still plenty of fun and entertainment for all ages, with activities for youngsters in the offshore boathouse ranging from dressing-up in junior lifeboat kit and colouring lifeboat pictures to ‘throwing the line to rescue a teddy bear’. The HM Coastguard and the RNLI’s Sea Safety Officer also had information stands and offered valuable advice on marine–related safety issues, with members of the crew and Lifeboat Guild informing the public about the lifeboats and their operation. Members of the Lifeboat Guild provided drinks and refreshments throughout the day. Former Bembridge lifeboat coxswain, Martin Woodward carried out personal signings of his new book ‘Bembridge Lifeboat Station – A village commitment’, proceeds from which, together with the money raised from the Open Day came to around £3,500, all going to support the lifeboats. The winter opening times for the RNLI shop and offshore boathouse will be 2.0pm to 4.0pm from October 2nd, except for the school half-term week, October 22nd – 30th, when they will be from 11.0am to 4.0pm.

RNLI crew carrying out a mock rescue recovery of a 'stretchered casualty' onto the Tamar

So many are missing the deckchairs! It’s been a wonderful summer season, but with the Ryde beach lifeguard doing a fine job treating, assisting and rescuing bathers on a few occasions, I'm pleased to report the beach and Esplanade were kept clean but the most prevalent complaint I received was the loss of Ryde deckchairs as many elderly visitors need and expect somewhere to sit when visiting the beach. Ryde Arena is now fully open again with Ryde Town Council generously providing over £10,000 for new refrigeration equipment. I was also pleased that fellow Ryde Town Council members voted to fund the School lollypop crossing patrols while

Re-surfacing schedule for Ryde East I asked for the latest re-surfacing schedule for the Ward and Island Roads’ programme currently shows the following: Circular Road between April, 2017 and September, 2017; Somerset Road between April, 2020 and September, 2020; High Park Road between October, 2017 and March, 2018; Carlton Road between April, 2017 and September, 2017. Island Roads also said please be mindful that these dates may be subject to change. I shall continue to pursue the re-surfacing of our roads since some of them are deteriorating badly, Great Preston Road being a case in point. I was told there are many roads on the Island in a worse state than those in the Ward! Property Services LLp has been established by the IW Council to provide them with an alternative approach to realising the potential of the IWC property assets. Progress on the Westridge development is still awaited and my ‘call in’ will depend on the Planning Officer's decision. *Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith. CC Ryde East Ward.


By Wayne Whittle, Ryde North East work continues to put in place new arrangements for the four unfunded crossings in Ryde. Some residents who live around Canoe Lake and Esplanade have suffered a noisy and unsettled summer with late night antisocial driving, loud exhausts and music from offending vehicles that make North Walk their base late into the early hours. They reported the goings on to me and the Police, but I was disappointed that despite the many reported incidents no CCTV camera was provided to deter the problems. I will be taking up this, and the many local burglaries around Nelson Street and adjoining area to the next police action group.


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I was asked to go along to Seaview to open the St Peter’s Church fete on the recreation ground, and also judge the fancy dress competition. As it was fancy dress, I decided to go in my own ‘fancy dress’ - the High Sheriff’s full regalia. There was a huge turn out, and so many wonderful fancy dress costumes, worn by people of all ages. Indeed, the youngest contestant was just six months old! I thoroughly enjoy going to such events, that represent one of the things I like about the Island, maintaining the tradition of village fetes, with tombola, stalls, games and the like. And at the same time a lot of money was raised for St Peter’s Church. I also attended the blessing of the new Abbot at Quarr Abbey, Dom Xavier Perrin. The abbey was full followed by a reception in the gardens. There were no fewer than 19 Bishops at the service, including the Archbishop if Toulouse, who came over from France. I was also at the Wight in Bloom awards event, where gardening personality Alan Titchmarsh handed out the certificates to the winners of best gardens all over the Island.


Temporary Closure of Town Council Offices The Town Council’s offices in Lind Street are still temporarily closed for refurbishment. This means Committee meetings may need to be relocated to other venues; please check agendas for location details on the town council’s website. You may still contact the Town Council by post or by email using the details above or contact your local town councillor via the ‘Councillors’ Contact Details’ section on the Town Council’s website. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Harp on Wight Festival 2016 The third Isle of Wight Harp Festival will be held in Ryde between October 6th and 10th. From harp courses to workshops and concerts the Festival will celebrate all that is best about this beautiful instrument. For more details go to

Coffee morning There is a Michaelmas coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, at St Michael’s Church Hall, St Michael’s Avenue, PO33 3EH on Saturday, October 1st, 10.30am-12.30pm, with freshly-made cakes with proper coffee or a good old-fashioned cuppa! Enjoy the church history exhibition and browse parish magazines going back to the 1900s. For more information, see the Facebook page (Parish of St Michael’s Swanmore, Ryde) or call 01983 616 678.

Beer and Buses The IW Bus and Coach Museum’s hugely popular third Beer and Buses event will take place over the weekend of October 15th and 16th. For full details of this event and programmes please go to

Marketing Grants The Town Council will shortly be announcing the first of the two 2016-17 Marketing Grant rounds. Look out for the adverts or register your interest by using the email address below.

October Town Council meetings and dates for your diary Full Council October 3rd, 7.0pm, Garfield Road Church Planning Committee October 11th 7.0pm, check website Finance Committee October 26th, 7.0pm, check website All meetings are open to the public; agendas are available from the Town Council’s website at

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A nightclub around virtually

They stretched from the Military Road, through Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown, Ryde, Binfield, Binstead and Newport – and there was even one in Seaview. I’m talking about those halcyon days on the Island when there was a nightclub around virtually every corner

Saturday, and buy all the latest releases, From The Balcony to Zanies, Island nightclubs were THE place to to play that night. Neil added: “I worked at Barney’s Road House on be in the swinging ‘60s, ’70s, ‘80s and beyond, and memories are Military Road when it first opened, then at the Coconut Grove in still fresh in the minds of many who packed into them night after Ventnor for a summer season. We had a noise regulation there, night. Nightclub entertainment was usually a cross between and if a light came on inside the club for more than five seconds it records on turntables and live acts, and many top groups of the day showed we were playing the music too loud because it was in a came here to perform - the likes of The Real Thing, Paper Lace and residential area. Bad Manners. But one Island group also caused sensation, as “Suddenly all the electricity would be former nightclub DJ Neil Doble cut off and any record you happened recalls. to be playing slowed down and Neil from Shanklin said: “There stopped. Occasionally, when you was an Island group called Kite really got caught up in the comprising Andy Skelton, Doug atmosphere, you didn’t realise the Watson and Tim Marshall who light had been on for five seconds, so appeared on TV’s popular talent it became quite embarrassing, with show ‘New Faces’ in 1977 and won the crowd cheering because I had on successive weeks.” made a mistake.” New Faces was the original Dave Cannon was also an Island ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ with Joe nightclub DJ, and still appears at Pasquale, Michael Barrymore and several hotels and clubs here with Lennie Henry among its winners. his Solent City Sounds sets. Dave Kite were the 1977 top group of the DJ Neil Doble (circled) inside Zanies, Sandown was a regular at La Babalu in Ryde, series, and their live performance the Bird Cage on Sandown seafront, the Ryde Queen and Medway on the Gala Final was watched by an estimated 15million viewers. Queen, the Manor House in Lake, Keats, Barney’s and Colonel Neil said: “They came back and played at Keats nightclub and I’ve Bogey’s. never seen the place so crammed. People were out through the He said: “The Ryde Queen was always my favourite, because not doors and on the grass outside. It was a brilliant atmosphere. only did I DJ there, I did the maintenance on the old paddle boat as “I remember DJ-ing in 1978 at what was then the Eastcliff Club in well. I would be painting it during the day, and playing records in it Shanklin, which later became Cobwebs. It was definitely 1978 at night - and I loved every minute! When I stood in for another DJ because Saturday Night Fever was all the rage!” at the Medway Queen, I asked him why there was a beer crate on Mike Ledger, father of Island singer Simon, used to be the DJ at the the floor where I sat. He told me it was to put my feet on when the Beachcomber Bar, but also had a shop in Shanklin High Street tide came in. I thought it was a wind up, but it wasn’t!” called The Music Workshop. He would have all the latest records, He continued: “In those days you went to a pub until about 10.30pm and American imports, so a lot of the DJs would go there Friday or



every corner... to 11.0pm, and then to a nightclub until one or two o’clock in the morning. The first nightclub I worked in was La Babalu, which was on exactly the spot where McDonald’s now stands in Ryde. The atmosphere was great in La Babalu, and there was rarely any trouble. It was probably because the beer wasn’t so strong in those days, so people didn’t get drunk so quickly. But even so, you could still get drunk on £1! “It always surprised me that Barney’s was virtually in the middle of nowhere, so you had to travel some way to get there, but there was always a queue to get it on a Saturday night. Those were the days of the early Rolling Stones with ‘Brown Sugar’ and a lot of Tamla Motown music; nothing too complicated. “When the glam-rock came round you couldn’t wait until Saturday night to play them, because you knew it would get everyone up on the dance floor.”

DJ Dave Cannon at the Ryde Queen

‘Frank Bruno came back suited and booted and was let in.’ Simon Rolfe was a doorman at the Court Jester, Sandown the night famous boxer Frank Bruno was in town and wanted to be admitted. Simon said: “Frank and his entourage came along but he was wearing Jeans. I told him he couldn’t come in until he went back to his hotel and changed. He said sorry, and he would be back in a while. Sure enough he came back suited and booted and was let in. “We had loads of personalities down at the Court Jester. Page 3 girl Linda Lusardi was there one night to make a celebrity appearance. A mate was on the door with me, and Linda was his favourite. So I asked her if she would go over and give him a kiss on the cheek. She did…and he talked about it for years! “I later went to manage Keats and we had Bad Manners up there when they were on tour. When they arrived, the bass player wasn’t with them, so I had to go and pick him up from a ferry. By the time I got back to Keats, not only were Bad Manners there, but about another nine bands who had followed them. They all played, and instead of closing at 1.0am, we went on until about four in the morning.” Dave Cannon reflected: “Nightclubs were new in the 60 and 70s, and with only one radio station playing pop music, you had to listen to juke boxes or go into nightclubs to hear the latest records. “In the late ‘80s and ‘90s a few new clubs were still opening on the Island, but overall they began to die out when pubs were able to apply for a 24-hour licence. You could stay in the pub all night rather than travel to a nightclub, and the drinks were usually cheaper in the pub. Then the pubs started getting in live bands and discos, and that spelled virtually the end for our nightclubs.”

La Babalu in 1970 just before demolition

The Ryde Queen where Dave Cannon worked as painter and DJ

So how many of these do you remember? Here’s a list of all the Island nightclubs we could recall: 69 Club, 2Bs and Images, Balcony, Barney’s, Beachcomber, Beehive, Birdcage, Blitz, Booker T’s, Brook House, Caesar’s, Carousel, Cascadia, Clarendon, Cobwebs, Coconut Grove, Colonel Bogey’s, Court Jester, Disco Blue, East Cliff, Flamingo, Gatsby, Holliers, Hooters, Julisa’s, Keats, La Babalu, Manor House, Medway Queen, Patsy’s, Ruperts, Ryde Queen, Sam’s, Seagull, Senators, Silks, Solent Court, Temptations, Zanies.


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Drainage scheme for Steyne Road A major scheme to improve Steyne Road started on September 5th . The scheme is designed to address historic problems of carriageway flooding during storm events. It will do this by renewing the gully system and increasing its capacity. The first phase of the drainage scheme along a 630-metre stretch of Steyne Road is expected to last around 16 weeks. After Christmas the second phase on an 800-metre stretch of Lane End will begin and this is expected to last around nine weeks. During work, the section of Steyne Road between its junctions with Hillway Road and Lane End Road will be closed to through traffic both day and night. Pedestrian access as well as vehicular access will be maintained where possible throughout the scheme. As soon as possible after the completion of the project, the carriageway will be resurfaced. Any queries during the works please contact Island Roads 24/7 on 822440 or

Village of Year judging Bembridge Parish Council showcased Steyne Park recreation ground for the judging of Village of the Year; thank you to everybody involved. There were four youth teams playing football, people using the outdoor gym, play areas, cricket nets, some playing hockey on the basketball court and pilates in the main hall. The judges seemed very impressed. The awards cermony was scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th at Enham Trust, Andover.

Dates for your diary Friendship Circle Coffee Morning: Village Hall, Saturday October 1st, 10.0am. Autumn Litter Pick: Steyne Park, Saturday October 22nd, 10.0am. Bembridge Village Fireworks Event: Steyne Park/ Bembridge Youth and Community Centre Friday November 4th, 6.0pm with display at 7.30pm.

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Come and join us for the Bonfire and Fireworks event at Steyne Park on Friday November 4th from 6.0pm with the Fireworks display at 7.30pm. There is live music plus refreshments on sale. There will be no entrance charge for the event but donations will be welcome.

Full Council: Tues October 18th, 7.0pm, Village Hall. Tues November 15th 7.0pm, Cloisters. Planning meetings: Tues October 4th, 6.0pm, Village Hall. Tues October 18th, 6.30pm, Village Hall. Tues November 1st, 6.0pm, Village Hall. Tues November 15th, 6.30pm, Cloisters

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The Island has produced many famous actors and this month the spotlight falls on Graham Pountney and his wife Suki Taylor ctor Graham Pountney and his wife Suki Taylor, a dancer and choreographer, have been coming to the Island since 1976, and were married six years later in Seaview. Since then Graham has starred in Howard's Way, until his most spectacular screen exit as powerboat driver Mark Foster, and guested in shows like New Tricks, Hannay and EastEnders. Meanwhile, Suki appeared in Hello Dolly with Danny La Rue, worked with the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi and now plies her skills with local wheelchair dancers and dementia sufferers.

Graham and Suki...and the lycra! ‘I think he just fell in love with my lycra all-in-one red leotard’

Graham as powerboat driver Mark Foster

They met at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Graham was a third year student and Suki taught movement. So how did they get together in that hot summer of '76? "I think he just fell in love with my lycra all-in-one red leotard," suggested Suki. On the other hand, Graham remembered it as pure lust. Whatever it was, they are still enjoying life together, both socially and in joint working projects. Suki vividly remembers just how good an actor Graham was while still at drama school. She first saw him in their production of A Mid Summer Night's Dream. His love of Shakespeare has continued and this year, the 400th anniversary of the Bard, he has been doing his one-man Shakespeare show, as a celebration. He was also a founder

of the Original Shakespeare Company, who produced their shows in the original format. Graham's appearance as Tim the Tramp in EastEnders and guest spots in Goodbye Mr Chips, Doctors and The Bill were nothing like Shakespeare. Suki danced in Europe and South Africa in her early days before being involved with the choreography for movies like Jedi, Absolute Beginners and Privates on Parade. She still fondly remembers working with Danny La Rue in the West End's Hello Dolly. She said: "When Danny changed from his civvies into his frocks he did actually change his personality as well. It was quite extraordinary." Her other theatre credits include The Boyfriend, No, No, Nanette and Mack and Mabel. Suki has her own CentreStage Dance and Drama School, based in Surrey, and Graham, who appeared in a West End production of Hobson's Choice, is also

heavily involved in writing scripts and occasionally teaching. This year they took a production to the Edinburgh Festival and Graham also presented his Shakespeare show. Currently Suki is involved with the Royal Academy of Dance project called Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing, with its theme of ‘live your life - forget your age’. She is one of a handful of chosen coaches involved with this exciting venture. "I am keen to build it up on the Island. I currently have classes at The Orchards, Newport, and Silver Sands in Bembridge. These include wheelchair dancers and some members with dementia. Music and dance is so beneficial for dementia sufferers. They love it." She can be contacted on 07940503971. Graham, who has recently appeared in a movie called Lines in the Sand, could be playing Winston Churchill in a forthcoming play involving former Islander Larry Holofcener, a sculptor, actor, poet and songwriter. His statue of Churchill and Roosevelt is world famous. The play is likely to be called The Big Sleepover at the White House, set in 1942. Suki and Graham are not your normal luvvies. No egos in sight and they are an admirable double act, on and off stage, and have come a long way from the Bristol Old Vic. To Seaview, in fact!

John’s new book Beacon writer John Hannam has a new book released on October 12th. ‘The John Hannam Interviews’ features some amazing stories behind his 40 years of interviews with pop stars of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. It will be on sale at many local Island book shops and features nearly 100 stars. More details from John's website:

The latest John Hannam interviews and archives are available via and iTunes 15


October Half Term.

Visit us at the South Western tip of the Island, explore our wonderful natural coastline and discover the world famous Needles Rocks and Alum Bay.

Visit our website for all our entertainment this October Half Term. Only pay to park your car and for the activities you want to enjoy.

01983 752401 The Needles, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD

For one wanting to see in the New Year in style

Your New Year Cruise itinerary

3 night New Year Cruise to Rouen from £129 per person Treat yourself to a New Year break by saying “Bonjour” to 2017 aboard the stylish Pont-Aven, on a cruise from Portsmouth along the Seine to the beautiful and historic French city of Rouen. On board, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a fabulous gala dinner, enjoy an exclusive entertainment programme, as well as a choice of bars, boutique shopping, and cinemas. From just £129 per person for 3 nights away, it’s superb value – so why not bring your friends and make it a New Year to remember?

Visit or call 0330 159 5200 (09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri) Prices shown are per person based on four sharing and include return cruise and programme of live entertainment. Meals, beverages, shore excursions and insurance are not included.New bookings only. Onboard parking available from £35. Terms and conditions apply - see website for full details.


Thursday 29 December 2016 Depart Portsmouth Friday 30 December 2016 Arrive Rouen, ship berths overnight Saturday 31 December 2016 Depart Rouen – time to celebrate Sunday 1 January 2017 Return to Portsmouth

Walkies just got bigger!

Dogs and dog lovers are invited to take part in the RSPCA fundraising sponsored walk, Big Walkies. Take the lead and raise money at Seaclose Park, Newport on Sunday October 23rd at 10.30am. Have a wooftastic day and raise money for our four-legged friends. Make sure you ask your friends and family to sponsor you. There will be waggy tails, trees to sniff, mega fun and reasons to slobber.

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Wizard Week

So much to see and do Autumn is coming, so let’s get outside and see what our beautiful Island has to offer! Here’s our list of activities across the Island, featuring something for everyone...

Train Fright Night! Dare you ride the ‘Train of Fright’? See birds of prey, meet the witches of Havenstreet and take this rare opportunity to visit the station at night. Walk through the terrifying Train Story with ghosts and ghouls then stroll through the haunted forest before watching fire breathing and other entertainment.

October 29th The Railway Station, Havenstreet, PO33 4DS Tel: (01983) 882204

Help save lemurs Enjoy wickedly wonderful fun during October half term. Be amazed by magic shows, enjoy train rides, walk through the enchanted woodland and meet the witches of Havenstreet. Dress up in your most spooky costume and enter our Halloween Treasure Hunt. It may be spooky and scary, but it’s great fun for all the family.

October 24-28th The Railway Station, Havenstreet, PO33 4DS Tel: (01983) 882204

Master of Disguise Newport's Fancy Dress Shop Master of Disguise has the largest Halloween range on the Island! Ghastly costumes, gory accessories, gallons of blood and this year they're offering FREE make-up demonstrations. Get 15% off all Halloween items before October 16th (Quote: Earlybird Discount)

6-7 Watchbell Lane, Newport, PO30 5XU Tel: (01983) 520200

During October the Isle of Wight Zoo team will each take on a personal challenge to prove their love of lemurs. With 90 per cent of Madagascar’s lemurs threatened with extincton, Islanders are invited to join the quest to bring lemurs into the spotlight across the world. To join in contact Tracy Dove

Isle of Wight Zoo, Yaverland Seafront Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB Tel: (01983) 123456

Spooks & Sparks Night Spooks & Sparks Night returns! Newport Parish Council, in partnership with IW Radio will again host the hugely popular event. Live music, children’s entertainment, fancy dress, food stalls and a spectacular firework display.

Victoria Recreation Ground, Newport on Saturday, November 5th. Gates open 4:45pm. Teen & Adults £5, Children £2, under 5s free.

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Have you made your Will yet? Your Will is the most important document you will ever sign, yet many people put off making one. We are urging Islanders to make sure they have an updated Will that reflects their wishes. This is important at any time of the year, but for the first two weeks of October, we are raising awareness of this important issue. Three solicitors have agreed to donate their time and skills for FREE between 1 and 14 October to encourage more people to draft a simple Will. You do not need to give a donation or leave anything in your Will to the hospice to take up this offer.

Please contact Simon or Ursula at Earl Mountbatten Hospice on (01983) 217300 for more details.  * Terms and conditions apply

Thank you to the following solicitors who are participating in this offer: Churchers Bolitho Way Solicitors | Merry & Co Solicitors | Roach Pittis Solicitors



Sell your home quicker by helping your lawyer So your agent has found you a buyer and probably a lawyer. If you want a speedy conclusion to the house sale then help us to help you, as any delay could cost you hundreds of pounds, so it is well worth making the effort.

uring the 38 years I have been in practise on the Isle of Wight, the basic conveyancing process has changed little, but the ability to access documents over the internet has improved dramatically as has the requirements for additional documents to support the sale contract. Here is a guide to what is needed. Start with the basics: For identification, your lawyer will need to see either your original passport or driving licence with your photo, and evidence of address, usually a bank statement or utility bill not more than three months old. *Thanks to dematerialisation or in other words ‘destruction’, there may no longer be any title deeds. Years ago the lenders would hold these documents but now to save storage costs they hold virtually nothing. So it is incumbent upon you to ensure you obtain from your lawyer all the documents he/she may have received on your purchase and you hold onto them! If your home is a flat then there should be an original lease. There may be defective title indemnity policies which will still be needed on your sale. If you have to buy these again then it could cost you hundreds of pounds. *For previous improvements and repairs retain any planning permissions and it is very important to keep the Building Control Completion Certificate. Fensa certificate for any UPVC windows, doors and conservatories installed after 2002. *Gas installations since April 1st 2005 including new or replacement gas central heating boilers, gas fires and other gas fittings and be supported by a CORGI or Gas Safety Certificate. *Electrical installations and changes since January 1st 2005 require an Electrical Safety or Compliance

Certificate. *Any correspondence with the Planning Authority and Building Control *Guarantees: the originals, please, with the paid invoice. *Disputes: if you have had problems with the neighbours or the Landlord then please tell us as soon as possible so that we can establish the relevance and what should be done to resolve any potential problems. We will require all correspondence. *Boundaries: have you renewed the boundary fences or talked to the neighbours about responsibility to maintain? Keep any invoices! *Solar Panels: if you have leased your roof to a solar panel company you should have the original quote, invoice, any guarantee, lease, evidence of roof survey and a domestic electrical certificate. *Notices and proposals: this could be letters from neighbours or local council perhaps regarding proposed development in the vicinity. *Flats: we almost always have to ask for more and more information so it is best to try to get it sorted from the outset. As a minimum, we need three years management accounts, current rent receipt, current insurance schedule, details of all work carried out within the last three years and what may be needed within the next 12 months. If the property retains a share of the freehold then other documents will be needed such as a Share Certificate. *Management Information Pack: this is obtained from the freeholder or managing agent. It can take several weeks to arrive and cost, so ordering early is essential.

Paul Wilks & Co

Paul Wilks Ll.B. (Hons) Licensed Conveyancer and specialist property and probate lawyer 3 Garfield Road, Ryde - - email: Please telephone us on 01983 614657 for an initial free discussion as to how we can best help you.


A caring service... Your local indepdendent funeral directors established in 1829, the Weaver family is the longest established family-owned independent funeral directors on the Island. Spanning seven generations and three centuries, Weaver Brothers Ltd has been in business in Bembridge nearly 200 years, and is now run by Terry, Richard and Caroline Weaver. With years of experience and invaluable local knowledge they are on hand 24 hours a day to offer families a personal, professional and caring service. It is of the upmost importance to Weaver Brothers to make sure all wishes are carried out exactly as required. Pre-payment plans are an increasingly popular way to deal with the costs in advance. Weaver Brothers use Golden Charter Funeral Plans because they are the UK’s leading independent funeral plan provider. Each plan offers total security and allows you to pay the cost at today’s prices. It can also really help make things easier for your loved ones at a difficult time. As Golden Charter plan holders often tell Weaver Brothers, this is a big weight off their mind. Feel free to contact Weaver Brothers Ltd without any obligation to find out more on 01983 872598 or visit our website

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Lasting Powers of Attorney not just for elderly

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are documents whereby you appoint an attorney, or attorneys, to manage your affairs and make decisions on your behalf if you are not able. here are two types, one covers property and financial affairs and the other covers health and welfare decisions.

insurance policy; if you’ve made an LPA and you need to use it, then they are in place without your family having to worry about being able to act on your behalf.

These documents are considered to be documents for older people and this is understandable as people often need a trigger to look at their particular affairs. For example, it is common for people to consider these documents following a diagnosis of a degenerative condition like dementia or Parkinson’s disease and these are typically diagnosed in older age.

If you haven’t made an LPA and you become unable to make decisions for yourself, your family or even a third party like the Local Authority would have to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed on your behalf. This takes much longer to do and is more expensive than you having chosen the person who is to act for you yourself.

It is less common for younger people to consider these documents but unfortunately accidents can happen to us all. In fact, it is arguable that for younger adults a loss of capacity is likely to be as a result of something happening quickly, such as an accident. Therefore, there would be no forewarning as there often is with a diagnosis of a medical condition and once you lose capacity it is too late to make an LPA.

It need not be all doom and gloom however, and there are many other reasons why someone might want to appoint attorneys. LPAs are particularly useful in protecting the vulnerable and disabled. It may be that a young adult has severe learning difficulties or communication difficulties and as a result would benefit from someone being able to help them manage their affairs long term

Furthermore, just because someone is younger, it doesn’t mean that their affairs would be any less complicated to pick up the pieces. In fact, it is often more complicated because of factors such as mortgages, young children, business assets and facing a longer period without capacity. For many it comes down to weighing up the chances of having to use the document and the cost of making the documents. Many people may never need to use their LPAs but we consider the documents to be like an

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Tuesday 4th October


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Saturday 3rd December

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET from 10am until 4pm Unique Christmas gifts Harp Music entertainment

1-24 December

PRE-XMAS PARTY SET MENU Three course Set menu £25

25th December

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Five course Set menu £65 Music entertainment


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Festive Food Guide

Christmas is coming, and it’s time to enjoy yourself with excellent food and fine drinks. Here are a few ideas on how and where to enjoy a perfect experience.

Kynge's Well Kynge’s Well in Brading is the ideal destination for Christmas with parties of all sizes catered for, with the recently refurbished dining room perfect for larger groups. The Christmas menu will be available from December 1st until December 23rd with a two or three course option at a cost of £23.95 for three courses. Live music will be held on weekends through the month as well as on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve


10 High St, Brading PO36 0DG Tel: (01983) 408776

Upper Green Road, St Helens, Ryde, PO33 1UQ Tel: (01983) 123456

Ganders Restaurant in St Helens is the perfect venue for gatherings of family and friends where a warm welcome and excellent food await. From December 2nd-24th our Christmas menu is available for lunch and dinner. Starters include our popular steak kebab and prawn parcels while main courses are given an interesting twist with a three-bird roast as an option

The Crab and Lobster Inn The Crab and Lobster, Bembridge is the perfect venue for your festive celebrations. Their Christmas menu is available from December 1st -24th, with two courses £16.50 or three courses £19.50. Enjoy the warm, cosy atmosphere, but pre-booking essential.

The Breeze

A delicious three-course Christmas menu awaits you at the Breeze Restaurant, Island Harbour Marina. The Breeze, having achieved a Certificate of Excellence award three years running, also has a private room for up to 80 diners for Christmas parties. A discounted two-course midweek option is available, along with entertainment every Saturday in December.

Mill Lane, Binfield, Newport, PO30 2LA Tel: (01983) 533388

32 Forelands Field Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5TR Tel: 01983 872244

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Catering to all your hair & Beauty needs, Hummingbirds is a GORGEOUS new Salon owned by two lifelong friends with a passion for making people feel good about themselves. Whether it’s a quick snip or pampering for a big day the Hummingbirds are here to make you feel and look FABULOUS!

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Self Care: Get a flu jab this autumn Summary of those who are recommended to have the flu vaccine ● everyone aged 65 and over

The Island’s new Urgent Care Service

The NHS is changing. From 1st October the Beacon Health Centre at St. Mary’s becomes part of the Urgent Care Service. Use self care, pharmacies or phone 111 to be directed to the best care for you.

● everyone under 65 years of age who has a long term health condition including children and babies over six months ● all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy ● all two-, three- and four-year-old children ● all children in school years 1, 2 and 3 ● all primary school-aged children in some parts of the country ● everyone living in a residential or nursing home ● everyone who cares for an older or disabled person ● household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised ● all frontline health and social care workers

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For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

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So caring and understanding...

As we grow older and may have to move into a residential care home, it is so important to find the right environment. Annefield Grange Residential Care can provide all your needs in one of their three care homes on the Island. As we grow older and may have to move into a residential care home, it is so important to find the right environment. Annefield Residential Care can provide all your needs in one of their three care homes on the Island. Annefield Grange, Ryde, can provide luxurious yet homely accommodation and care for up to 18 older people who need care and support. There are 18 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, some with sea views, in a prime location, with the town, church and various coffee shops a stone’s throw from the care home. Whether it is long-term or short-term respite care, everyone understands the importance of continuity,

‘All the care homes are continuously providing an outstanding service to clients’ with the wider family and friends at the heart of this transition ensuring that, if this is their desire, Annefield Grange becomes their home. An outstanding chef works closely with all clients and their families to produce a wonderful seasonal menu supporting local shops for the freshest produce and meats, which is why so many of the families stay for lunch or supper with their loved ones. Care at Annefield Grange, like Cameron House, centres on the individual, their needs, and their family’s needs, to ensure that they are all supported as part of a wider community – a family cared for together. All staff have extensive experience in assessing and supporting the needs and wellbeing of clients, based upon the principles of care and rigorous in-house and external training of all staff, who are not only deeply professional but also deeply caring, ensuring your loved ones are in the safest hands. The management team are all long-serving and divide their time between Annefield Grange and Cameron House as well as support Summerhouse to ensure all the care homes are continuously providing an outstanding service to clients while also supporting their families. Cameron House, also in Ryde, has provided accommodation and personal care for older people living with dementia for over 35 years, with care for up to 18 residents in a warm, safe, homely environment. Cameron House pride itself on having

a long-serving, outstanding team of fully trained management and staff who are committed to delivering a nurturing warm and safe environment where families can rest assured that their loved ones are comfortable, happy and content. Summerhouse, in Freshwater, provides the regulated activity of personal care and accommodation to people with mental health conditions. Summerhouse has been a residential care home for more than 30 years and provides assistance and support to 11 clients, whether it’s accompanying them to Totland Bay or shopping trips to Newport. If you feel you would like to arrange a visit, or just go along and have a chat and a cup of tea with staff at any of the homes, please call any of the numbers listed.

Annefield Grange, 85 George Street, Ryde, PO33 2JE. Tel: (01983) 617327 Email: Manager: Mrs Carley Read

Cameron House, 78 Pellhurst Road, Ryde, PO33 3BS. Tel: (01983) 564184 Email: Acting Manager: Mrs Natalie Joy

Summerhouse, Guyers Road, Freshwater, PO40 9QA. Tel: (01983) 755184 Email: Manager: Mrs Elise Grimes


Save energy at home

The Island’s energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have 10 tips for saving energy in the home, to mark their local Energy Action Week, which runs from October 23rd to 29th. The aim being to get people thinking and acting to get their bills down. Their National Heat Hero Ray Harrington-Vail said: “Every year we help around 2,000 people reduce their energy and water bills, while still staying warm and well, through our WarmerWight plus project.” The Big Energy tips: Insulate your home now; fit draught excluders; check the age of your fridge-freezer; showering is generally cheaper than bathing; children and the elderly are just as likely to be made ill by being too hot as too cold; get some nice thick curtains; if your boiler has been chugging along for years it is time to get a new one; make sure that you are not on the wrong energy tariff, don’t be loyal to any energy company, just go out and get the best deal; keep saucepan lids on, turn down heat, use the right size pan for hob, and finally book a free home visit! Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, The Footprint Trust can save Islanders thousands of pounds every year, following one of their free visits. Tel (01983) 822282 Email:

Phoenix Quality Frozen Food Staying in is the new going out! If you enjoy à la carte restaurant food, then why not try Phoenix Frozen Foods for a fraction of restaurant prices. Phoenix can offer you a full range of high quality foods. Our range consists of Light Bites - Pies, Pasties and Puddings - Individual Meals - Asian Influence Meals Fish & Seafood - Meat & Poultry - Potatoes & Chips - Vegetables & Fruits - Deserts & Cakes - Luxury Ice Creams - Tea & Coffee. CALL NOW £5.00 OFF 1st ORDER FOR YOUR FREE Min. spend £20.00 CATALOGUE


Hendrix, Tapnell’s No.1 Beacon readers were asked to name the new baby wallaby at the popular Tapnell Farm Park, and we had an amazing response. The competition winner was seven-year-old Louis Thornton from East Cowes, who came up with the name ‘Hendrix’ after Jimi Hendrix, who played t the 1970 IW Festival in one of the fields just across the road from Tapnell Farm. The name ‘Hendrix’ was really popular, and chosen by several of our entrants, so in the end we had to draw the winner from a hat, and Louis was the winner!

*Louis is see feeding one of Hendrix’s aunties – because Hendrix wouldn’t stand still for long enough for a photo!

Phoenix Quality Ready Meal Range If you are thinking of trying ready meals for the first time or you are already having regular deliveries of ready meals and fancy a change, then why not consider Phoenix Ready Meal Range. Phoenix can offer you a complete and exciting range of meals featuring all your traditional roasts including: Beef, lamb, poultry, pork plus fish and vegetarian meals along with a full dessert range. We also offer our mini range of meals for those of you with a smaller appetite. £10.00 OFF 1st ORDER Min. spend £50.00


Abbott’s can add the sparkle! Abbott’s Carpets & Flooring, Island specialists in all types of floor covering, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year They are delighted to invite customers to visit their extensive showroom to view the exciting and innovative new ranges that are now available. Since husband and wife team Darren and Sam Abbott began trading from their premises at 14A Lake Industrial Way, Newport Road, Lake, in 2007, they have seen many changes in the choice and quality of carpets and flooring, highlighted by the recent arrival of the Lifestyle Floors ‘i Love Collection’ featuring the sensuously soft iSense yarn. There are four ranges in the collection, all of which are stain resistant, heavywear domestic carpets, with a 20-year wear guarantee and the unique ‘iSense Bounce Back Guarantee’. The ranges have their own individual distinction and include the ‘Delicious’ range, which has an eye-catching sparkle effect, brought about by the inclusion of a silver yarn running throughout the carpet for extra lux. Abbott’s Carpets & Flooring also have some exceptional offers, currently available on all ranges of Clarendon and Cormar carpets and on laminate flooring. They are pleased to offer free, no obligation estimates across the Island on all types of domestic, commercial and contract flooring, from safety flooring, cushion floor and sheet vinyl to luxury design flooring, Flotex, carpets, carpet tiles and engineered and solid wood floors. Sam said: “We invite everyone to come in and see the many types of flooring on offer, and encourage them to take

samples home because they do look very different in our showroom. “Wool is still a really popular choice for carpeting, but in recent years we have found that the quality of polypropylene carpets have improved greatly, are stain resistant and as a result, have become very popular.” Abbott’s Carpets & Flooring are able to cater for all budgets, including carpets and flooring for landlords who may be looking to refurbish letting properties, and they keep various lines of carpets and vinyls in stock, which can be offered at discounted prices. Darren Abbott has vast experience in flooring, having worked as a fitter since leaving school over 30 years ago, before he and Sam opened their business. Darren carries out all surveys himself, before providing detailed estimates and Abbott’s can undertake all sub-floor preparation, with the company able to offer a ‘supply only’, or fully insured ‘supply and fit’ service, the latter being carried out by their highly experienced fitters whom are all CRB checked. Darren is out and about estimating every week across the Island and upon the customer’s confirmation of estimate, Abbott’s can usually fit any floor covering inside of three weeks. The showroom is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm, and on Saturdays 9.00am to 12.30pm.

Abbott’s Carpets & Flooring (IOW) Ltd, Unit 14A Lake Industrial Way, Lake, PO36 9PL Tel: (01983) 401012 Email: website: Also find us on Facebook for monthly giveaways and updates: Abbotts Carpet’s & Flooring Ltd and on Twitter: @abbottsfloors.


Nursing Home Xmas bazaar Solent Grange Nursing Home in Wootton will be holding their Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 26th. The event will take place between 2.0pm and 4.0pm, and there will be plenty of stalls, as well as a raffle and refreshments for everyone to enjoy.



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Acorns are falling and leaves are turning brown tree at this time of year is the spindle (Euonymus europea), so called because the hard and dense wood was used to make spindles for spinning and lacemaking, as well as for knitting needles. Spindle wood is still used nowadays to make a high quality charcoal for artists.

ow we’re into autumn the mornings may be misty and the zenith of the sun may be gradually lowering, but the days are still well lit and the weather is hopefully still mild. Autumn marks the beginning of the coppicing year, as most woodland based work is undertaken between October and March. Acorns are falling, as are the hazelnuts and the leaves are just beginning to turn brown. As the sap begins to fall in the woodland trees, the dropping leaves will soon carpet the ground. Although nowadays in England we say ‘autumn’ rather than ‘fall’, up until the 17th century ‘fall’ was in common usage in expressions such as ‘the fall of the leaf’ or ‘the fall of the year’. English settlers to North America took the language with them and fall became the more common term across the Atlantic.

Nut Meal The woodland’s wildlife has been stocking up for the leaner months ahead. I came across a fallen tree trunk that was rotting away under a grove of sweet chestnut trees. The upper surface of the trunk had been used as something of a dining area. There were the remnants of hazelnuts showing the characteristic signs of having been split open by red squirrels. The spiny casings of the sweet chestnuts had also been opened and the evidence that a rabbit had also been dining was present in the form of its droppings in the top right hand corner.

Spindle The annual display of colours continues and many trees and shrubs are still laden with fruit, seed pods and nuts that are a vital part of the diet of birds and other animals. One particularly striking hedgerow

Flesh Fly The blackberries in the wood did well, though time is running out to pick them before Old Michaelmas

Day, on October 10th, the day that the devil was cast out of heaven, landed with a bump in a blackberry bush and cursed the fruit. Apparently, it’s best not to eat blackberries after this day as, every year since that event, the devil again spoils the berry crop on the anniversary of his landing! As ever, there is often a grain of truth in a legend. It seems that in mid October an insect called a ‘flesh fly’ likes to drink the sugary blackberry juice and to lay its eggs on the berries in its own saliva, which also contains an enzyme that makes the blackberry flesh go all mushy. It’s enough to put you off your crumble!

Honey Fungus Autumn is the time for fungi and the woodland floor is once again littered with various mushrooms and toadstools. Fungi love dead wood such as this birch stump. It’s covered in honey fungus. A nightmare in gardens, but part of a naturally balanced cycle of life and decay in a woodland. It may seem that things are slowing down as autumn progresses, but it only seems that way. Nature is still busy in preparation for next spring. Some of the acorns and sweet chestnuts that fell last year have already begun to sprout small roots under the leaf litter and the buds that will form next year’s leaves are already apparent on many of the trees. Plenty of cold and longer nights ahead, but the turn of the year really isn’t that far away.


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