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Contents September 2016 4

Motivate yourself at Bestival!


IOW Studio School


Island Story featuring Royal visits


Alan Titchmarsh talks Island gardens

10, 11, 13

News from your area


So much to see and do...


Nominate your Local Hero


John Hannam interview


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Health and Wellbeing


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Motivate Yourself! Revellers at this year’s Isle of Wight Bestival will have the opportunity to start their day with an invigorating work-out, courtesy of fitness guru and TV personality Mr Motivator It will the third time Mr Motivator, real name Derrick Evans, has appeared at Bestival, which takes place at the Robin Hill Country Park from Thursday, September 8th to Sunday, September 11th, writes Peter White. Mostly dressed in tight, colourful spandex outfits, Mr Motivator rose to fame in the early 1990s through appearances on the UK breakfast television show GMTV, performing live fitness segments. And on the Saturday of Bestival he will be first on main stage, engaging the crowd in a series of fun exercises that he hopes will prepare them for an exhilarating day of music, food, fun, and the occasional drink! He said: “I do a lot of festival appearances, and Bestival is definitely one of my favourites. I am really looking forward to coming back.

‘I have every reason to laugh, smile and keep my chin up every day’ “I’m usually first on to get people going for the day. It’s a great way for everyone to get together, and then listen to some great bands, have some fun, eating and doing a bit of bonding. They are the things that make Bestival so good, and why I like being there.” He continued: “So many people who go to Bestival grew up with me, and used to watch me on television, maybe when they were at school or just going to university or starting work. So I almost feel a responsibility to help them shake off the night before. There’s nothing wrong with a few drinks, and if the work-outs are a good hangover cure, then maybe I should market them!” Mr Motivator will be appearing on stage with Aled Jones Sandra, his wife of nearly 20


years. He said: “She is the best part of me, and is coming on stage because we like to share things. That’s what keeps me going, and I have every reason to laugh, smile and keep my chin up every day. “Life is too short, and it seems these days that the news is always bad. So this is the time for everyone to have a laugh, and enjoy themselves. I get people to do silly things and look silly, and if the things I do bring a The Cure headline Saturday night bit of joy and make people feel good then long may it continue.” Bestival curators Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie, along with their incredible back-up team, have again put together an amazing four days of festivities, ranging from post-punk band The Cure to The Chuckle Brothers and a DJ set by Rob da Bank and ‘Walking in the Air’ choir boy and former ‘Songs of Praise’ presenter Aled Jones. The Human League, Major Lazer and Bastille are among the hundreds of acts for revellers to enjoy, and The Chuckle Brothers for those looking for a bit of excitement or relaxation, then there is always the world’s biggest bouncy castle, or the popular ‘Slow Motion’ area - hot tubs and all!


Get down to business with Isle of Wight Studio School With a unique curriculum designed to prepare 14-19 year olds for the 21st century, the Isle of Wight Studio School links closely with local industry to ensure students learn key employability skills through real life experiences and relevant and meaningful work placements.


mature and calm environment allows young people to successfully study an intense programme of academic study of conventional GCSE and A levels. Alongside this, students study high quality vocational options in specialisms employers look for. To top it off, enrichment opportunities excite and expand the minds of the young people, taking them out of their comfort zones, building confidence and ambition.

Employment Ready: A team of Year 10 students completed an internship with OC Sport during the prestigious La Solitaire BOMBARD Le Figaro yacht race in Cowes. They set up base in the race village and acted as ambassadors for the event. They conducted customer research and public surveys. They assisted with pupils from Queensgate Primary to don life jackets and embark and disembark boats. Students dedicate a day a week to work readiness and meaningful work placements, enabling them to gain employability skills and make a real contribution to the companies they work for. Callum Blake, said: “I recently attended a Telecom Convention in Kensington where I interviewed the award winner, Nokia. It was an amazing experience which has opened my eyes to the photography industry.”

Asa Hewison, 15, said: “Working at Esplanade Garage has taught me so much about the career I want to pursue. I carried out services and maintenance with the team of mechanics. I love it so much I even go during the holidays!’ Elliot Griffiths, 15, added: “As a competitive trampoline-gymnast, working at Isle Jump is perfect for me. I have even been offered paid employment at the weekends.” Visits to industry giants on the Island are part of the work readiness

programme that students regularly attend. More recent visits have been to IFPL and Parlex to gather insights into the nature of the companies and the products and services they provide.

6th Form: Furthering Ambition: This is an exciting year for Studio School as it opens its doors to existing and new students to the 6th form. This puts students at the forefront for University places, apprenticeships and

employment. Combining conventional academic A levels and Level 2 and 3 BTEC qualifications together with enrichment and work placements, makes the Studio School a stimulating and purposeful option for 16-19 year olds. Limited places in Year 10 and 6th form are available for September 2016, so apply now. Call (01983) 284299 or visit

6th Form: Back to Business: Now embarking on its third year, the IOW Studio School is growing to provide 6th Form progression to prepare its pioneering students for apprenticeship pathways and university admission. Offering a unique and specialised curriculum, students choose to study academic A levels and Level 2 or 3 BTEC qualifications to tailor their studies more precisely for their chosen career path. Studies are combined with regular work placements and enriching experiences to so that students can build a full and varied CV, placing them head and shoulders above the rest. The work readiness programme develops self-motivated leaders with a can-do attitude, who are driven to succeed.



‘We have so much to be proud of on this Island’ ver the past decade the Island has hosted some 50 Royal visits, all of them meticulously arranged, planned and overseen by the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White. In his role as Lord Lieutenant, Martin is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative on the Island, and is one of 98 Lord Lieutenants around the United Kingdom. He served as Vice Lord Lieutenant from 1999 until his appointment in October 2006, and is now about to complete 10 years in his prestigious role. To mark the milestone I spoke to him about the challenges, special moments and even humorous times he has enjoyed with members of the Royal Family. He said: “We have so much to be proud of on this Island, and one of the ways


of marking that is to invite members of the Royal Family to the Island to show them the variety of activities that go on. When I took office I felt I wanted to help set the agenda for Royal visits, and would invite specific members of the Royal Family to see elements of our community.” That has led to those 50 visits, most importantly by The Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. Martin recalled: “I think that has to be my highlight, having Her Majesty come down. It was a busy schedule, but I think it ran smoothly, and it was a magic day. “One of the things I remember is that Island chef Robert Thompson presented a bag of Island goodies to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It included some elephant garlic from the Garlic Farm, and when the Duke was shown the elephant

ROYAL PICTURES BY MICHAEL DUNKASON garlic, he said ‘I didn’t know we had any elephants of the Isle of Wight’! “Then at the end of the visit, we went to Somerton Farm for the Royal party to catch a helicopter back home. The late David Biles had cut the grass and when we arrived he and his family were sitting watching proceedings, but as the helicopter came down it blew the grass absolutely everywhere. The Queen thought it was hugely funny!” Perhaps Martin’s biggest challenge came last year when he had to ensure the smooth running of an event that saw no fewer than 13 Royals on the Island on the same day. He explained: “For the bi-centenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, when we had all those members of different Royal Families together, but arriving and departing at different times. It was a challenge, but it worked. The party included the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Michael of Kent, and from abroad the King of

Walking in the rain with Princess Royal Norway, the Prince Henrik of Denmark, Prince Albert of Monaco, the Aga Khan, the former King of Spain, King Juan Carlos and King Constantine of Greece. That was certainly my busiest day for Royal visits.” Only a few weeks ago there was a weekend when he had to oversee visits from Prince Michael and the Princess Royal. He said: “Prince Michael started the Round the Island Race, and as he is particularly interested in things mechanical including trains, he visited the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, which coincided with their very popular 1940s weekend. “The Princess Royal was here to name Red Jet 6 and visit the UKSA, and of course Prince Harry came here to compete in the Round the Island Race in a private capacity. “More recently the Duke of Edinburgh came to Cowes Week, and also saw some Island community activities and projects, including the presentation of The Queen's Award for Enterprise to Spinlock in Cowes. Earlier this year the Earl of Wessex came to speak to Duke of Edinburgh award winners, people going through the process, and organisers at Ryde Arena. There is another Royal visit scheduled for this autumn, so it has been

Prince Michael of Kent at the IW Steam Railway

‘It is a tremendous honour to represent this Island where I was born, grew up and went to school. I am the first person to greet a Royal, and the last one to say farewell’ School, and Sandown Grammar School a busy year, but it has worked before going to Welbeck College and particularly well.” then the Royal Military Academy Martin is already busy planning his Sandhurst. He was commissioned in the Royal requests for 2017, and he and his Royal Army Service Corps in 1964, later office composing letters that will go out the Royal Corps of Transport and he was within the next couple of months to the head of the Royal Logistic Corps. His offices of the relevant members of the 38-year Army career also included Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. commanding the logistic effort in the The role of Lord Lieutenant also entails First Gulf War, 25 years ago this year. attending major Lord national Royal Lieutenant is events representing an office you the Island. Martin can hold until attended the your 75th Queen’s 90th birthday, and birthday national when his thanksgiving predecessor service at St Paul’s Christopher Cathedral, followed Bland retired by a reception at Martin was Guildhall. He also among those attends the annual interviewed by Royal Garden party Island goodies, Elephant Garlic and all! ‘a senior man at Buckingham from the Ministry’ as a possible Palace, and other invitations have successor. He said: “Nothing happened included the wedding of the Duke and for a few weeks until I was phoned and Duchess of Cambridge. was told the Prime Minister (Tony Blair) He said: “As Lord Lieutenant you was putting my name forward as the become the continuity person on the next Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Island. It is a tremendous privilege to Wight, and I had 24 hours to think about represent this Island where I was born, it. I was completely flabbergasted, but grew up and went to school. I am the had no hesitation. It is a great honour.” first person to greet a Royal, and the last one to say farewell. I think the Isle of Wight is a wonderful place for them to visit, not only do we have a great deal to be proud of but we retain a unique Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, connection to Queen Victoria through working with tourism industry to grow visitor economy, Osborne House.” (consumer website) and Martin was born in Seaview, where he (industry resources website and tourism and his wife Fiona still live. He attended newsletters). Tel: (01983) 521555 Ryde School, Nettlestone Primary


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Garden perfect place to brighten your life Peter White talks to gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh Alan Titchmarsh first started pottering round in gardens when he was just 10 years old. Now, more than 50 years later, he may be a successful TV presenter and author, but he has lost none of his passion for gardening, and the enrichment it brings to his life.


t his home on the Island he is currently building a seaside garden. He said: “I think the most important thing for a garden is that it suits its location. I like gardens that fit into their surroundings, but so often people regard gardens as things just to look at. As a gardener being actually in the garden makes me feel good. “It doesn’t matter whether you have a small garden or a bigger one, the main thing is to make it suit you and your needs. It’s not something you need to be showing off; it should be somewhere to give you the respite and solace to make you feel better; to calm you and enrich your life, which is what it has done to me for an awful long time.” Alan has always enjoyed being part of the Isle of Wight community, and inevitably casts an eye over gardens on his travels. He said: “I am happy to see gardens everywhere. For me they brighten everyone’s lives. Life can be a bit trying at times, and more recently it seems that every time you turn on the television the news is bleak and harrowing.

“So being in a garden gets you back to the reality of life; being among things that grow, part of nature, and having the responsibility to be part of it.” Alan left school at 15 to become a gardener, saying: “I started as an apprentice and just went from there.” Since then he has become a household name, presenting gardening programmes on TV ranging from ‘Gardeners’ World’ and ‘Ground Force’ to ‘Love Your Garden’ and the Chelsea Flower Show. He smiled: “I daren’t really have any more ambitions because I have fulfilled so many. But I think the important thing is to keep on being interested, and do the things I love doing. It is like being a missionary for gardening, but without trying to bore the pants off people. “I would like people to see what I am doing, and then think to themselves ‘I could do that’. I want to make gardening easy and more understandable. For me, the more gardens there are on the Isle of Wight, then the better it is for me and everyone who lives here.”


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NEWS from your area Now’s the time to pick up your bunting! The first Isle of Wight Day, the brainchild of Island High Sheriff Robin Courage, is fast approaching! Celebrations will be taking place across the Island on Saturday, September 24th, and bunting is now available to any organisation that is planning an event to mark the historic day. An amazing 75 miles of plastic bunting, sponsored by Red Funnel, Wightlink and Hovertravel, has been made for the event, and has been distributed by Steve Porter Transport. The bunting can be picked up from any parish council office on the Island, and all the leading supermarkets and ferry terminals will also have distribution points. The bunting is available in 10-metre lengths, packed in plastic bags. Robin said: “Hopefully this will be the first of many Isle of Wight Days to be held annually. My ambition for this first year was to cover the Island in bunting,

and if we can achieve that it will really kick it off. I would like to see clubs, pubs, restaurants and any organisations who are holding events to put their bunting up a couple of weeks before the big day, and I also urge residents to ‘buy local’ and ‘eat local’ to mark the occasion. “There will be two trophies, donated by the Chamber of Commerce, that will be presented to the best decorated area and the best decorated house or business.” The People’s Parade on the evening of September 24th will start at The Quay in Newport, and pass through the town on a route that will take it up the High Street the ‘wrong way’, and then into Church Litten, and finishing at St George’s Park, where a Military-style tattoo, organised by the Island British Legion, will take place. Robin added: “We are hoping to have every Island marching band involved,

HIGH SHERIFF’S DIARY The Island High Sheriff this month focuses on an ambitious one-off sailing event that will be taking place in your area in September. He said: “I attended a dinner recently as part of my preparations for the sailing relay that will be held in the Solent, from Yarmouth, through to Cowes, Ryde and Bembridge, on September 24th to help celebrate Isle of Wight Day. “Every sailing club on the Island is involved, and the relay will begin in Yarmouth with a fleet from Royal Solent Yacht Club and Yarmouth Sailing Club. I will be carrying the baton in the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat to start the relay. “The baton will then make its way through the Solent, carried at various times by four different lifeboats - Yarmouth, Cowes, Ryde Independent and 10

Bembridge - stopping off at each venue where the various sailing clubs will be holding their individual events. “The baton will start each race, and it is a big operation on what I hope will be a day to remember, with all the different sailing clubs and four lifeboats pulling together to stage the event. The sailing clubs involved will be Royal Solent, Yarmouth, Gurnard, Royal Yacht Squadron, Corinthian, The Thames, The London, Island Sailing Club, UKSA, Royal Victoria, Wootton, Seaview, Bembridge, Brading Haven, Yaverland and Shanklin. “The relay will start at 11.0am at Yarmouth, continuing throughout the day, and it is hoped an Island dignitary will receive the baton at the finish in Bembridge sometime in the late afternoon.”

and plenty of carnival floats, and we would love to see every town and village represented in the parade. Historic vehicles will be taking part, along with around 500 Island Freemasons, who will be marching on the Island for the first time since the 19th century.” Further information visit website

Help us cut crime rate By Wayne Whittle, IW Councillor Ryde North East There continues to be a high level of burglaries, break-ins and anti-social behaviour around Ryde. The Police have increased their presence and residents who live around Canoe Lake have requested the mobile CCTV camera in the hope it will capture the late night noisy vehicular racing and activity. Some residents have also suffered vandalism to their properties. I have continued to pass on all incidents reported to me to the Police and I ask everyone to call in on the 101 number at every instance. We need to do this to give the Police a statistic that can force the Commissioner to allocate more officers and hours to police our district. There has continued to be many vehicles dumped or left on our residential streets for months at a time. If you are suffering from this please email me the make, model and registration details and I will notify the Police and relevant agencies. The process can take a while but it’s always best to get it rolling asap.


Facelift for Swanmore Meadows Local Charity Island 2000 Trust are now managing a number of the Isle of Wight Council’s countryside sites. They include three in Ryde, Swanmore Meadows, Haylands Woods and Binstead Woods as part of their Gift To Nature project. Funding boosts from Postcode Local Trust and Down To The Coast Heritage Lottery Fund will enable them to start to restore Swanmore Meadows. The money will allow them to remove some of the encroaching scrub, create all weather paths and improve the entrances at Quarry Road and Weeks Road. Interpretation panels will also be installed. The project work will be taking place from now and throughout the winter months. The Meadows remain open, but please be careful as you may encounter machinery and / or people at work. Ryde Town Council has also been instrumental in getting this project off the ground, providing money for some initial work in March, and helping Gift To Nature secure a small amount of development money from IW Council. Island 2000 would like to hear from any individuals who would like to be involved in the on-going maintenance, care or recording of wildlife in Swanmore Meadows. For more details on becoming involved please call them on 296244 or email info@gifttonature. .

Temporary Closure The Town Council’s offices in Lind Street are still temporarily closed for refurbishment. Committee meetings will be relocated to other venues as detailed below. You may still contact the Town Council by post or by email using the details below or contact your local town councilor via the ‘Councillors’ Contact Details’ section on the Town Council’s website.

Classic Cars return Ryde Town Council is pleased to be welcoming back the International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza on Sunday, September 18th along Ryde Esplanade and North Walk. Come along and see a unique spectacular collection of hand picked classic cars and bikes. For more details or to register please call 020 8439 7871

Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum The Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum was established in 1997 and can now be found in its new home at the former Southern Vectis depot in Park Road, Ryde. The Museum has a display of around 20 historic vehicles, transport artefacts, displays, photographs, a tea bar and a shop. It’s open from 10.0am until 4.0pm on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until October 30th. It will also open every day from Friday, August 26th until Sunday, September 4th, and during the October school half term holiday. Look out for more information about the Museum’s very popular Beer and Buses Weekend on October 15th and 16th in next month’s newsletter. More information about the museum can be found at

Council meetings Full Council Planning Committee Finance Committee

7.0pm September 5th, Garfield Rd Methodist Church 7.0pm September 20th, TBC – check website 7.0pm, September 28th, TBC – check website.

All meetings are open to the public; agendas may be download from the Town Council’s website at If you have a local community event coming up which you would like to publicise free of charge on this page and/or on the Town Council’s noticeboards please do get in touch using any of the contact details to the right.

Free Health and Wellbeing Roadshow Drop in to Aspire on Dover Street between 10.0am and 3.0pm on September 15th to find out more about the support available on your doorstep to help you stay safe, healthy and well. For more information visit

The Ryde Business Association The Ryde Business Association is going from strength to strength since the relaunch in May. The new website will be launched in September and plans for Christmas have started. If people would like more information about ways to get involved they can email or contact Zoe on 07598133214.

Contact Details Details of how to contact your local town councillors can be found on the Town Council’s website at www. - click on the ‘The Town Council’ section from the homepage. Alternatively, please email the Town Council offices and we will be pleased to provide you with this information.

RYDE TOWN COUNCIL Town Clerk: Saskia Blackmore/Ady White Town Hall Chambers, 10 Lind Street, Ryde, PO33 2NQ Email: Web.




Blue Flag Beach Awards boost for tourism The Parish Council successfully applied for Beach Awards for Seagrove Bay and Springvale. This is seen as an important factor in stimulating more tourism for the area and particularly significant as only four awards in total were awarded on the Isle of Wight. The Chairman and Clerk proudly hoisted the blue flags at both sites. The Parish Council were approached to consider providing funding for the Nettlestone Primary School crossing patrol service, but Vic’s Stores has stepped in to fund the crossing patrol for the next year.

Cllr Reg Barry reported to the Parish Council that negotiations to return a post office service to Seaview were at an advanced stage and hopefully will be concluded swiftly. Party on the Prom: This event again attracted significant interest and was very successful. It was reported that following expenses, £100 was raised for the Community Partnership. Farmers’ Market: The Parish Council has fully supported the Farmers’ Market by providing a site and insurance. However, it would like to recognise

Cllr. Margaret ‘Peggy’ Jarman: The Parish Council would like to express its extreme sorrow at the passing of one of its longest serving members, Councillor Margaret Jarman, affectionately known as Peggy, was also an IW Councillor from 1993 until 2005, serving as Chairman between 2004 and 2005. She took a particular interest in the allotments and also served as a judge of ‘Wight in Bloom’. She was well known within the community and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

the efforts of Mr Lee Warren, who has done all the hard work in arranging the stall holders and the dealings with the IW Council. The final market of the year will be held on Saturday September 24th in Pier Road Car Park, Seaview between 10.0am and 1.0pm. Parish Council Meetings: • Monday September 19th 2016; St Peters Hall, 7.0pm. • Monday October 17th 2016; St Peter’s Hall, 7.0pm. • Monday November 21st 2016; St Peter’s Hall, 7.0pm. All meetings are open to the public and agendas available to view on the Parish notice boards and website seven days prior. Mrs Viki Moore has been co-opted as a member of the Parish Council. All Councillors’ details are available on the Parish notice boards and the Parish website, or by contacting the Clerk. Mark Pink – Clerk. 35, Oaklyn Gardens, Shanklin, PO37 7DF. Tel: (01983) 867112 – E-mail:


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So much to see and do!’s a special Beacon guide to some of the Island’s top activities

Heritage Open Days

As part of UK Heritage Open Weekend, there will be plenty to see and do at The IW Steam Railway, includng a chance to explore the Train Story Discovery Centre and learn about Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles. Don’t forget Island Steam Days on September 11th! September 10th and 11th. Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet -

Sweetcorn Fayre

The 10th annual Sweetcorn Fayre is being held at Arreton Barns on the weekend of the September 24th and 25th. Having raised nearly £100k for local charities since 2006, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Fun for all the family. Entry just £3; under 12’s £1.

Sunset Specials and Carvery Night

Chill out on a late summer evening at The IW Steam Railway by taking ‘The Sundowner’ trip. Enjoy a relaxing journey through the Island countryside, and book a table in the Calbourne Room for a special two-course carvery supper. A real summer evening treat! September 17th. Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet -

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Wine Festival

Crisp whites and powerful reds; elegant sparklers and luscious dessert wines. Whatever your taste, come along to enjoy classic wines from around the world, including the Isle of Wight, to taste and purhase. Free admission, free parking, and just £6 for Wine Festival tasting ticket. September 24th and 25th. Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet -


Looking for local heroes! Do you know an inspirational young person who you think deserves recognition? Do you want to say thank you to a volunteer you know, or do you know someone who works tirelessly to raise money for charity? Do you really appreciate the help your neighbour gives you? If you do, then here is your chance to say a BIG thank you! The annual Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Hero Awards are being held in October and IW Radio are looking for nominations for the members of our community who deserve recognition! Just fill in the nomination form opposite and post it to Isle of Wight Radio, 8-10 Dodnor Park, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5XE or visit Here is YOUR chance to show you appreciate the efforts of someone who makes a real difference to your life.


Overall Local Hero 2015 the late Martin Poynter (above), Martin’s family (right)

Wightfibre support to Local Heroes This is the third year Wightfibre have sponsored Isle of Wight Radio’s Local Heroes Awards. WightFibre CEO, John Irvine, said: “Wightfibre takes great pride in being part of our Island community and doing the best we can to give the Island the fastest possible broadband, great TV and the best possible service. At Wightfibre we care about our customers. “It makes perfect sense, therefore, for Wightfibre to join with Isle of Wight Radio to recognise other people on the Island who also care and go the extra mile in their contribution to the community. These are our Local Heroes. It reflects Wightfibre’s company ethos of ‘going the extra mile’ for our customers”. Wightfibre, sponsoring the Isle of Wight Radio Local Heroes Awards, because we care.

Nomination Form All nominees will be entered into the overall Local Hero Award 2016 sponsored by Wightfibre I would like to nominate ................................................................................... Emergency Service Person Award sponsored by The Beacon Magazine

The Inspirational Leader Award sponsored by IFPL

Volunteer Award sponsored by The Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Inspirational Young Person sponsored by HTP Apprenticeship College

Tourism Ambassador Award sponsored by Hovertravel

Best Neighbour Award sponsored by Marvins Property Sales and Rentals

Sporting Achiever Award sponsored by Premier Ford

Make a Difference in the Community Award sponsored by Island Roads

Customer Service Award sponsored by Jewson

Carer Award sponsored by Charmes Care

Why they deserve to win this award? Write your reason on a separate sheet of paper and post with this nomination form to 8-10 Dodnor Park, Newport PO30 5XE by 14th September 2016. For more information or to nominate online see

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Low-cost Beginners’ Computer Classes for the Over-50s. CLASSES START IN SEPTEMBER IN RYDE AND NEWPORT FOR many of us, accessing the internet, sending e-mails and using an Ipad or the latest generation of mobile phones, are a normal part of daily life. But for some older people, these tasks are like entering a foreign country with a language they simply don’t understand. As a result they feel excluded and isolated, unable to enjoy the many benefits a computer or tablet have to offer along with the potential to improve their lives in so many ways. However, help is at hand with a new series of low-cost beginners’ computer classes for the over-50s, starting again in September in Ryde and Newport. The classes began five years ago at the Sherbourne Centre in Ryde, and are now also available at the Riverside Centre in Newport. Most of the students are well over 50, the oldest being 92. Proof you are never too old to learn! In fact, more than 300 students have successfully completed the courses. They are taught in groups of four to six, with

a two-hour session each week for six weeks. Although there is a small charge for the lessons, it is much less than the cost charged by some other organizations, with the money going to help fund improvements. Facilities have been improved with the purchase of specially adapted versions of the keyboard and mouse for those with stiff or arthritic fingers. All computers have also been upgraded to Windows 10, and touch-screens and Ipads are gradually being introduced. So now, even more over-50s can enjoy senior surfing and interact via e-mail with children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. This can provide a vital contact lifeline as families often live many miles apart – and sometimes on different continents. What has surprised us is the growing popularity of our ‘drop-In’ sessions. These are not formal classes, but a series of two-hour slots where people with queries or problems can literally

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‘drop-in’ to discuss individual concerns. There are usually two or three students, so the tutor obviously has to divide his time between them, but this has been working well recently. These sessions are considerably cheaper than comparable one-to-one sessions offered by other centres. In so many ways the lives of older people can be improved in a friendly, sympathetic and unhurried way with these courses. So if you have been thinking of taking the plunge into new technology now is the time to have a go – you will find it easier than you thought and the potential benefits will be enormous. For more information contact Adrian Axford on 562454.


This month John recalls his meeting with a British comedy legend


to Southampton instead of a train changed all that.

ack in September 1989 the late Bonchurch entertainment agent Sylvia Thorley, who had introduced me to numerous famous stars like the Beverley Sisters, Don Maclean and Emile Ford, invited me to her Shanklin lunchtime party for all the artists who had worked for her on the Island during that summer. It was by invitation only and she said Benny Hill was coming, as a special guest. I thought ‘that won’t happen’, but I liked Sylvia and decided to go anyway. I walked into the seafront Lincoln Hotel and there was Benny sitting at a table surrounded by lovely young ladies, and obviously enjoying every minute. One or two local girls had been Hill’s Angels in his hit television

Island Hill’s Angels Lesley and Cheryl

shows. Sylvia introduced me to the comedy legend, but I knew he never did press interviews and would not even talk to the Southampton paper and he lived in the city! She was very persuasive and on her recommendation he actually agreed to an interview. It was just as well my cassette recorder was in the car. I just placed it in the middle of the table and the beautiful girls proved a very receptive live audience.

“I had to wait in London until six o’clock to get the coach so I decided to go into the Bijou Cinema, in Victoria, to watch a Danny Kaye film. I came out inspired and thinking if he can do it, I can. I never did take that the coach back home.”

Benny Hill ‘I read all the rubbish about myself but it’s all made up’ Benny Hill was a superstar, with his shows sold to 90 countries, but he never acted like one and that was by choice. He didn’t drive a car; he lived in a modest Southampton house and even did his own shopping. It was well known that he had little time for the press. He told me: “I read all the rubbish about myself but it’s all made up. They keep saying I’m mean. I don’t spend as much on myself as Robert Maxwell or Rupert Murdoch but I do spend more than Mother Teresa does. Am I on the side of the angels or the devil? “Because I don’t spend much on myself it doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t spend it on someone else or give it away.” Benny admitted that earlier in his career he was on the brink of giving up the life of a struggling comic, but his decision to take a coach back

At the time we met in Shanklin there was nowhere in the world he could go without being recognised. He’d recently returned from Spain where he was mobbed in the street. “Apparently in some foreign countries they even stop fighting to watch my shows,” quipped Benny. It was the power of television that made Benny so famous. He began

Benny Hill with Sylvia Thorley and Richard De Vere

in the theatre but quickly realised the worldwide potential of the small screen. Benny always made shows with mass audiences in mind. “Sketches are for people and not a few of my friends. Some comedians work so that six of their mates can say ‘wasn’t that brilliant?’ I don’t want a handful of intellectuals watching me - I want millions.” Thanks to ‘Smiler’ Thorley I received the rarity of a press interview with Benny Hill. Sadly, he never starred in an Island show, but he did turn up at the Lincoln Hotel.

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Purr your stresses away – enjoy some feline company People who own a cat feel it has a positive impact on their wellbeing. Cat owners love the companionship they receive from their cat and find stroking their cat calming and therapeutic. Cats Protection is keen to highlight how looking after a pet can bring structure to people’s day, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and even lower blood pressure. In addition, a cat’s purr is widely recognised as having therapeutic benefits for humans. Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul. Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle

communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing. The Isle of Wight Adoption Centre in Ryde has over 50 cats looking for homes. Cats like Florence and Nelson who are simply the friendliest, cuddly lap cats you could wish for and with two purring felines, what more could you ask for.

Enjoy a relaxing Pampurr Evening at Newport Football Club Friday September 30th from 7.0pm to 9.0pm with Cats Protection. £1 entry with lucky ticket, mini treatments (nails, massage, reiki) and stalls, raffle, refreshments.

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Looking for volunteers

Saturday 24th September

IOW DAY CELEBRATION Ability Dogs 4 Young People needs volunteers to help run their charity shops in Sandown and Shanklin. The Sandown shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.0am to 4.0pm and Shanklin is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.0am to 4.0pm. If you are reliable and approachable and can spare a few hours a week to help this worthy cause, please get in touch. Retail experience would be an advantage, but full training will be given. Ability Dogs 4 Young People is an Isle of Wight charity training assistance dogs to help young people and children with physical and mental disabilities. Email: info@ or phone: (01983) 216246 for more information.

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Electricall celebrate 3 years Ryde-based Electricall have recently celebrated their third birthday, and have pledged to mark the occasion by continuing to provide the high quality service for which they have become renowned. Headed by company directors, husband and wife Mike and Lisa Cottier, the company offers an extensive range of electrical services across the Island. Mike has 30 years experience in commercial, domestic and industrial electrical works, and he and his dedicated team offer an honest, reliable and professional service Islandwide, and are happy to provide free, no obligation quotations. Electricall are NICEIC and ‘Buy with Confidence’ accredited and are members of the IW Approved Traders Scheme. The company prides itself on always having someone on hand to answer calls during office hours and to turn up on time for their appointments. Mike and Lisa are joined at Electricall by fully qualified electricians Steve New and Lee Scott and apprentice electrician Jonathan Caws, and all members of staff have been CRB checked, enabling them to work among vulnerable people. So for all your electrical requirements, contact Electricall, who are open Monday to Friday each week from 8.0am to 5.0pm, and can be contacted by calling: (01983) 616961, and can also be found on Facebook, Twitter or at

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Five things you should know about driving on rural roads

Roads are essential to our everyday lives. Sadly, every year on the Isle of Wight there are road traffic accidents which result in people being seriously injured or killed. No fewer than 52% of fatal crashes in Britain occur on country roads. Per mile travelled, country roads are the most dangerous roads for all kinds of road user. Car occupants are twice as likely to be killed on a rural road compared to an urban road, while cyclists are almost three times more likely to be killed in the countryside. However, road deaths and injuries are not inevitable. Here are five things you should know about driving on rural roads • Speed is a major factor in country road crashes. A study of rural single-carriageway roads estimated that a 10% increase in average speed results in a 30% increase in fatal and serious accidents. • While most rural roads have a 60mph limit, this may not be a safe speed to travel. Country roads are often narrow, single lanes and can feature very sharp or blind bends, steep inclines and no pavements or cycle paths for vulnerable road users. They may not be as well-maintained as urban and city roads. Drivers travelling in rural areas need to adapt their driving according to the road conditions. • You need to expect the unexpected, particularly in rural areas. Drivers should be aware that there could be a number of hazards on country roads from slow-moving vehicles such as tractors and caravans to pot holes and debris such as fallen branches. Rural roads may also suffer more from wet and icy conditions. These factors mean that if a driver is going too fast, they may lose control of their vehicle.

• Accidents can occur when drivers get impatient and try to overtake. If you get stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle, it’s important to be patient. Dips in roads, sharp bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles. In rural areas, avoid overtaking unless it’s absolutely essential. • If you are seriously injured in a road traffic accident and it wasn’t your fault, contact expert solicitors. Whether you’ve been injured on a country road or a busy urban route, you need a specialist legal team behind you that understands the complexity of personal injury compensation claims. Novum Law specialises in helping people who have been involved in serious accidents and can help you secure maximum financial compensation. We can also provide access to the best medical experts and care and support providers available to assist with your recovery. Novum Law is a supporter of ‘Isle Drive Safe’, the Isle of Wight road safety charity launched by families of people killed in road traffic accidents on the Island. It is run by Neal Staley, father of Evey Staley who was sadly killed in August, 2012, aged just 10 years old, by a speeding driver who was twice the drink/drive limit. For more information on the charity visit:

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When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored? In a case that is being keenly followed by the charity sector, a disputed Will has recently been sent to the Court of Appeal to determine whether an estranged daughter is entitled to money from her mother’s estate. Jessica Measham said: “This case will examine in detail the extent to which a person’s wishes, as written into their will, should be honoured.” In the case in question, a woman left the entirety of her estate to charity. She made clear that she did not want any of her estate to go to her daughter with whom she had been estranged for over 25 years. The Court of Appeal subsequently awarded the daughter £164,000, saying that this was to enable the daughter to purchase her Housing Association property. The charities have been granted permission to bring a further appeal in what will be the first major test of the Inheritance Act 1975, which allows for Wills to be varied in the context of provision for family and dependents. Jessica said: “The most important question that the case will address is what the word ‘maintenance’ means for the purposes of the Act. The Act is designed to permit judges to alter a parent’s will if they need to do so in order to provide for a child’s maintenance needs. So it will be interesting to see the degree to which this is deemed relevant to an adult child who has been estranged for a long period.” Appointments available at our offices in Cowes and Ryde, also the use of premises in Ventnor High Street and • Wills and Probate Shanklin Regent Street. • Elder Client Issues Home visits available • Conveyancing Islandwide for the disabled and elderly • Lasting Powers at no extra cost. of Attorney

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No one knows you better than you! Melissa Reeds of Glanvilles LLP explains the importance of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney documents here doesn’t seem to be a month that goes by where dementia is not in the headlines for some reason or another. With statistics showing there are 676,000 people in England living with dementia, it is easy to see why this is the case. While we often speak about finding a cure and the research that is being conducted into the condition, we don’t always consider the best way to interact with those with dementia and the information that can assist those living with dementia already. We also don’t necessarily consider what we might need if we were suddenly unable to deal with our finances or what would happen if we could no longer make decisions about our health. Forward planning is therefore the key to ensuring that we are covered in all eventualities. So what planning can be done to cover such situations? Lasting Powers of Attorney documents allow you to nominate a person or persons to deal with your affairs should you become unable to do so yourself. You do these in advance and they are like insurance policies; you make them in the hope that you don’t need them, but if something does happen, your attorneys have the ability to manage your affairs as you would have done yourself. The finance document allows your attorneys to manage your bank accounts etc and the health and welfare document allows your attorneys to make health decisions on your behalf. You should also consider what you would want

people to know about you, should you ever require care and assistance. After all, you are the best person to tell people what you do and don’t like and the things which are important to you. For example, things such your past history, working life, and family members; music you prefer; what items are important to you; do you like watching television; do you have any worries or concerns etc? The aim is to help support you when you may be in an unfamiliar place both in location (should you now reside in care) but also where your thoughts may start becoming unfamiliar to you. No one knows you better than you!

Your attorneys have the ability to manage your affairs as you would have done yourself. Finally, an up-to-date valid Will, dealing with who would deal with your estate and where your assets should go on your death is important in ensuring that your estate is dealt with how you would like it to be. A note of funeral wishes and a funeral director preference is also useful to ensure that your family knows what to do in the event of your death.

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Choosing a care home for yourself or for one of your loved ones, is one of the most important decisions you may ever have to make. After living in your own home for many years, it is important you move into a comfortable, friendly environment that gives you a feeling of reassurance, and maintains the standard of living you have been used to. Everything needs to be fresh-smelling, homely and inviting, from the living space to courtyard or garden. It is also important to ensure the home provides the level of care you or your loved one needs, or may need sometime in the future. Private healthcare company OakRay Care prides itself on being able to offer all these special amenities, and much more! OakRay providers have been successfully running Trent House Residential Home in Cowes and Broadhurst Residential Home in Sandown for three years, and recently acquired their third care home, Little Hayes, a beautiful Elizabethan-style residence in

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the West Wight village of Totland. Set in an acre of peaceful, secluded and landscaped grounds, the home enjoys sea views and is within easy walking distance of local shops. The 32 single bedrooms are all en-suite and are furnished to a high standard.

informal meetings and answer questionnaires, and their feedback becomes an integral part in decisions affecting their lives. OakRay Care management and their dedicated staff ensure all meals, provided by experienced cooks, are varied and interesting, with

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roof interiors of 160 of their houses “We stripped off the old tar paper, and then sprayed the underside of the roof with the polyurethane foam to lock and bond the roof tiles and provide insulation.

“The foam prevents future slippage or movement of slates and tiles, and creates an interior waterproof lining that can withstand winds of up to 200mph, as well as keeping out rain and snow.” It’s a simple but effective concept that can normally be carried out on a

roof felt. This virtually eliminates the need for conventional insulation, providing even more space in a loft area. ROOFLOK are able to carry out work right across the Island and on the mainland, and some of their major projects over the years have included the insulation of the Nab Tower in the Solent, and the executive boxes and part of the new stand that was erected at the Aston Villa football ground in Birmingham. They also work on large agricultural buildings, but are more than happy to highlight their expertise on domestic properties. ROOFLOK will provide a free, no obligation quotation so you can discover how your roof can be guaranteed weather-proof and your loft space can be dry, warm and condensation free.

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The Solent Deal Greater powers for South Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

Have your say on proposals to bring government funding and decision making powers to the Solent area The Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are in the process of negotiating a devolution deal with government. We would really value you spending a few minutes to provide some feedback on our proposals for a Solent Mayoral Combined Authority.

The Solent Mayoral Combined Authority could provide greater local powers and funding for: • business support and innovation; • housing and planning; • learning, skills and employment;

• transport and infrastructure.

We are consulting on the ‘draft Governance Scheme’ which is a legal document that sets out the plans that will be sent to central government.

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