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Friday July 2, 2010 Issue 66

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FIRE IN THE AMAZON! ...BUT WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT

SCORES of exotic animals, some of them endangered species, were saved by the Island’s fire service when a blaze broke out at Amazon World in Newchurch. Robert Westby, manager of the popular tourist attraction, praised the actions of the fire fighters, who quickly brought the blaze under control despite encountering problems with sourcing water. No animals died or were harmed in the fire, apart from two pairs of hooded rats. “The fire crews did really well, said Mr. Westby, 34. “They were soaking the roof because the fire

BY JASON KAY kept re-igniting itself. Someone told us that there were nine fire engines and about 50 firefighters. “The heat melted the side fascia of Amazon World and we had to drop some nets over to prevent the birds from escaping. But if the fire service hadn’t got here as quickly as they did it could have Continued on page 3

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“DEREK & SANDRA CURTIS & STAFF FROM AMAZON WORLD ZOO PARK WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES WHO ATTENDED OUR RECENT FIRE. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE WELL-WISHERS WHO HAVE CONTACTED US WITH THEIR SUPPORT.” Watery Lane, Nr Arreton Tel: 867122 Email: info@amazonworld.co.uk www.amazonworld.co.uk


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DRAMATIC BEACH RESCUE

FOUR PEOPLE were rescued from the treacherous rocks at Blackgang beach at high tide today on Monday (June 28). The Gazette can reveal that Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104 plucked four people from the rocky Blackgang beach in a dramatic rescue. Their boat flipped over in the waves just off of the infamous ‘wreckers’ beach Monday 28 June and rescue services were scrambled just after 2.15pm.

Coastguard rescue teams from both Ventnor and the Needles attended the scene along with Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, but crews were unable to rescue the distressed sailors, and the Coastguard Helicopter winched them to safety. A 70-year-old pensioner was among those rescued from the rocks. The Needles Coastguard set up a cliff rescue and

rope system whilst Ventnor team manned the helicopter landing site in Chale A holiday-maker who was walking his dog at St. Catherine’s Point told how he saw the boat rounding the point and was concerned about its speed. “He was driving a bit like an idiot,” said Gary Brownhill. “He was bouncing around like nobody’s business. I guess he didn’t know the tides and how

the water is around there. “The craft kept getting launched into the air – I don’t think he realised how dangerous the water is when you round the point. “We saw the helicopter arrive and we weren’t surprised to see that it was that boat they were rescuing. I think someone went through one side of the windscreen because it was lying broken on the beach.”

CRUISER SAVED AFTER FIRE ALERT

COASTGUARD search and rescue teams, RNLI lifeboat and rescue helicopter 104 were called out to respond to a boat fire in Yarmouth on Friday June 25. Solent coastguard received the distress call from a 36 foot motor cruiser “Great Escape” shortly after 12pm. The skipper of the boat informed coastguards that he had a fire onboard his vessel and heavy smoke was issuing out the engine room. The coastguard helicopter rescue 104 was scrambled from Lee-on-solent to assist in the rescue. The RNLI lifeboat from Yarmouth located the motor cruiser just off Hurst Point spit. The Coxswain launched a small tender from the lifeboat with a mechanic on board to assist the stricken vessel. On arriving the mechanic found the motor cruiser with two persons on board, the fire had been extinguished using the on board fire fighting system. Lifeboat crews assisted in refloating the vessel after it became stranded on Hurst beach. The vessel was recovered under tow and taken to Lymington, no-one was hurt in the incident.


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A LUCKY ESCAPE

Continued from front page was deserted when the fire was discovered, and staff had been allowed to go home early. been a lot worse.” Mr. Westby was the first A hose had to be run from a fire hydrant outside the Garlic person to find the fire. He Farm field on the main Arreton said: “The fire broke out Road, down Watery Lane between 5.15pm and 5.30pm. and into Amazon World and Both myself and Head Keeper a water tender also attended Rachel Patrick tried to put out the fire which happened on the fire but it was so intense and we knew that there were petrol Sunday June 27. “It was spontaneous strimmers down there so we combustion,” said Amazon weren’t going to hang around. World owner Derek Curtis. There were big cylinders on “The cause is unknown but the Wight Salads side and we it is thought it was because it didn’t know what was in them. “It was the intense heat was so hot – maybe it had been smouldering away for some that caused the damage as it time. It was behind a huge ignited the machinery in the concrete U shaped wall in the maintenance garage. We have quarantine area, between the lost a lot of machinery: ride-on back of Amazon World and the mowers and chainsaws. But we did also lose two pairs Wight Salads nursery.” Normally the attraction of Hooded Rats from our would have been crowded with rat-breeding programme. “As soon as the fire service visitors, but it coincided with the World Cup game between got there they got on top of England and Germany, and it. It was a high fire, not a

wide one – perhaps because it was such a hot, calm night. We were checked over by the ambulance crew (for smoke inhalation) when they arrived, but we didn’t need to go to hospital.” He added: “We were back at work the next day – no part of the attraction had to be closed. Maintenance came down in the morning and replaced the side of the polycarb greenhouse that had been damaged, before we opened. “I would like to thank all the services involved and to all the well wishers who have rung up. The RSPCA offered to help and other attractions offered their staff – it’s all been very nice and very positive. Now it’s business as usual.” The fire service said they couldn’t rule anything out but couldn’t pin point the cause either, so have labelled it an inconclusive accident.

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UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON DOG WALKER A REPORT of an unprovoked assault on a 78-year-old dog walker in Newport is being investigated by Island police. The victim was walking his West Highland white terriers on the old railway track footpath from Mews Lane towards Halberry Lane at approximately 11.30am on Thursday, June 17. He encountered another man walking his dog on the footpath. It’s alleged this man assaulted the 78-year-old who was knocked to the ground, leaving him shaken and with injuries to his face and his right hand. The suspect is described as: ● White ● Aged in his early to mid 40s. ● Approximately 5 ft 8 in tall. ● Greying hair, which was spiked at the front. ● He was wearing a dark blue coloured shirt and light coloured three quarter length shorts. ● He was walking with a black puppy dog, described as a terrier breed with smooth hair. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101 or 0845 045 45 45. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

BUS INJURIES - CLAIM POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was hurt in an incident involving a bus in Ryde. Officers are investigating a report that a 50-year-old man from Newport received serious injuries to his shoulders and arms as he tried to board a Southern Vectis service. The allegation involves a number nine Southern Vectis green double decker bus in John St in Ryde between 4 - 5pm on Thursday, June 17. The man was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was later discharged. PC Dave Dovey of the Isle of Wight’s Targeted Patrol Teams (TPT) said: “The exact circumstances surrounding how this man received his injuries remain unclear. Police are investigating several allegations and lines of inquiry. I would like to thank people who have given information to the police already. The driver and other Southern Vectis staff are co-operating fully with the investigation. Police remain keen to speak with more independent witnesses who we know were either on the number nine bus or in the John Street area of Ryde between 4 - 5pm on Thursday afternoon.” The area was busy with pedestrians and passengers. Anyone with info should contact Ryde Police Station by phoning 101 or 0845 045 45 45. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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FRESHWATER WOMAN HELPS IN CAMBODIA

A RETIRED teacher from Freshwater is building an orphanage in Cambodia after spending time teaching in the country. Sue Wiggans, 68, who taught at Totland CP School (now Western Community Primary School) until she retired early on medical grounds in 1982, visited a Khmer-run orphanage near Angkor Wat in Cambodia in February 2009. She then returned in November as a volunteer teacher at the orphanage and after discovering some unpalatable truths about the organisation she has decided to use her retirement nest egg to build a new one. “I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at the orphanage in the open bamboo classroom, and found myself loving each child,” said Sue. “Sadly, as the weeks went by, I became aware that funds were not being used honestly, and there was a lack of accountability. “Over half the children on site were relatives of the director or children of other staff members, and the rest were brought in from the villages for the benefit of the tourists. Added to this, I discovered that money I had sent out during the summer for land (the site is at present on rented land), had not been used for this purpose, and the land I had been shown as what I had given had belonged to the director for many years. “We spent four weeks, without avail, trying to encourage the director to become accountable in order to continue to receive sponsorship from a banker in Hong Kong; he was unwilling to change his ways. So, with great sadness for the children, who are always the losers in this scenario, and feelings of anger and frustration at the dishonesty of the director and how his personal greed was depriving the children of what was rightfully

theirs, we said our goodbyes.” By a series of linked coincidences, a meeting was granted for Sue with His Excellency Seang Nam, MP who has been elected by the people to take charge of the town and its environs. “He is very highly respected and is a well-known and generous benefactor and he very generously offered to give land for a project and to be our Patron. His gift to Honour Village Cambodia is 3190 square metres of prime building land in a beautiful rural setting; a small village and pagoda adjoin the land, which is waiting on every other side for future residential development. It is, quite simply, a superb location,” enthused Sue. “I had gone back to Cambodia to help an existing project, and

now I am founding a new one,” she exclaimed. “I had thought I would spend about eight weeks each winter volunteering with

Sue Wiggans in Cambodia an established organization, and now I know that I shall spend ten months of each year living in Honour Village - a new life-style at nearly 68, all within the space

of ten weeks. I am busy selling my personal possessions at boot sales, proceeds to Honour Village, so that my bungalow at Brambles Chine, Freshwater, can be let to holiday–makers while I am away. “We have bought two traditional wood houses on stilts three metres high, which were very rare bargains at £2653 and £3960. Taking down and reassembly will cost £1047 for each house. We hope to welcome our first children no later than March, 2011, and probably before this; meanwhile we have appointed a manager (£154 a month), one security guard (£42) and a gardener/odd job man who is deaf and mute (£28 + village

resident). All salaries are for six days a week. We have an accountancy student who already has sponsorship. These people are waiting to take up their positions and are meanwhile volunteering as they are able. “The latest news on Honour Village is that “Faith Hope and Charity” in Totland have given a cheque for £500, and the prayer group have given a cheque for £100. Together, this provides sponsorship for one child for a year – so our first child is now sponsored!” Would you like to help Honour Village Cambodia? Could you encourage a group of friends to join together to sponsor a child for £50 a month? Could you hold a coffee morning, or promote a sponsored activity at school, at work, at your club or among friends? “Every penny of every donation will go towards the work of Honour Village,” said Sue. “I have information leaflets available, and would be very happy to give an illustrated talk about Cambodia and Honour Village to any group who would like to know more. I am here on the Island until the end of August, so time is of the essence!” If you would like to help with the foundation work, and the cost of equipping Honour Village with basic necessities, your donation, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. Cheques made out to “HONOUR VILLAGE CAMBODIA” (Please write account number: 25789160 and sort code: 30-95-99 on back of cheque) may be handed in at any branch of Lloyds TSB, or sent to Mrs. Sue Wiggans, 65, Brambles Chine, Freshwater, IW PO40 9SG. You can also send money via Sue’s Pay Pal account (used only for Honour Village), using her email address: sue.wiggans@ talktalk.net.


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SEX FIEND FACES JAIL

A FATHER of six who claimed disability benefits was warned by a judge at Newport Crown Court to expect a substantial prison sentence after being found guilty of six sex charges against children. Evil sex fiend Benjamin Scott of Hunnyhill Newport was found guilty on Wednesday June 23, by a jury of six men and six women, to six charges of sex with children under the age of 16. Two of Scott’s victims were forced to relive their horrifying experiences in front of the jury, during the eight-day trial. The court heard that one victim, who can’t be named for legal reasons, fainted during an exam following a termination, after falling pregnant with Scott’s baby. Scott befriended his

under-age victims, some whom were as young as 13 years old and still at school, on social networking sites. The court heard that he tried to shower his under age victims with gifts and presents such

as necklaces and teddy bears. The abuse went on for a number of years and he engaged in full sex with them when they were 13, 14, and 15 years old. In a personal victim impact statement from one of the victims read

to the court, one of the girls said, “I am still being treated for depression and receiving psychiatric help for the abuse by Scott.” The court heard she now suffers from depression and is unable to go out at night on her own. The schoolgirl stopped going to school after the termination when she was 15 years old. She told the court that she had lost a lot of weight and a lot of friends over having the abortion. She now finds it hard to talk about babies and when they are brought into conversation she becomes very tearful as a direct result of the experience she has been through. She went from a bubbly outgoing young girl to a person who is now very withdrawn. She failed her GCSE

exams as result of the pressures put on her by the pregnancy and the abortion and the court heard that she fainted whilst sitting one exam. Scott belittled her. She said: “I trusted Ben but he said that I was not good enough for him and he wanted, ‘a real woman’.” The offences came to light when one of his victims began a social work course and had to complete an assignment on an experience in her life. The course tutor reported this to the police who started a probe. The jury took less than four hours to find Scott guilty. Scott’s current partner Kelly Falconer, who is six months into a pregnancy and due to give birth in October, supported him during the eight-day trial and sat at the back at the court. She broke down when the verdicts were given.

Scott stood dressed in a black suit shaking his head, clearly troubled, as the jury foreman replied guilty to six of the seven charges that had been brought against him. Miss Fremantle for the prosecution said that as a result of the conviction Scott now fell into the bracket of a Schedule 15a offender, under the dangerous offenders act. Barrister Mr. Tony

Martinto for Scott made a bail application. He asked for Scott to be released on bail so he could sort out his personal affairs, transfer his flat, benefits and his car over to his partner. He also wanted to visit his six other children. Judge Ivory Pringle refused the bail application and remanded Scott into custody until July 15 for

sentencing. He requested a pre-sentence report to explore how dangerous Scott is to the public. He said, “You made a 15 year old girl pregnant and carried on full sexual intercourse with her and the other victim over a long period of time. “You have been found guilty and this will attract a significant prison sentence.”

MORE ‘ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR’

DO YOU know this young man? You might not want to own up to it after reading this. But the police and Southern Vectis would very much like to know his name as he is the second culprit to be caught relieving himself on the top deck of a Southern Vectis bus. So drunk that he cannot walk down the aisle without staggering

and holding on to the seats, he walks towards the camera as he opens the zip of his trousers. Then he proceeds to wander from one side of the bus to the other, with all on show, until eventually urinating all over the floor and seats just in front of the stairwell on top of the bus. After managing this monumental feat – or so it would seem, given

his inability to stand unaided – he looks straight at the camera lens like a rabbit caught in headlights. Yes, that black dome thing is a camera and it’s recorded your every move. This disgusting display was on a route 2 bus from Ryde to Sandown and Shanklin on June 12. The culprit got on at Ryde and got off in the Sandown area – the

incident was recorded on camera at 10.22pm. Two girls and four other males were with the drunken youngster, and all were sat at the back of the bus. The driver remembers that he heard a commotion on top of the bus and a young man shouting, “I need the toilet. I need the toilet,” just before the incident. The driver stopped the bus and went upstairs to find out what was going on, and then ordered the culprit to leave the bus for causing the affray. He didn’t see what had just occurred and Southern Vectis realised after studying the CCTV footage later. “It’s just totally anti-social behaviour yet again,” said Steve Roscoe, Acting Operations Manager at Southern Vectis. “We’re just not going to tolerate it. We will pursue offenders and take it through the courts – taking

“Although this is the private prosecutions if second incident of this necessary. “We will publicise kind recently it is not a offenders to our staff regular occurrence. It’s

“It’s just totally anti-social behaviour yet again” and they will be barred from utilizing our vehicles or using our premises.

also not representative of 99.9 per cent of our customers and we hope by identifying the

culprits at an early stage that we can eradicate this form of anti- social behaviour because it is distressing for other customers.” If you know who this young man is you can call The Gazette on 402599 or email us at newsdesk@iwgazette. co.uk or contact the police on 101.


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SHED DESTROYED IN FIRE

FIREFIGHTERS attended a shed fire in Alverstone that was in danger of spreading to a nearby copse. Fire crews from Sandown, Newport and a water carrier from Ryde were called to Ivanhoe House, Alverstone Road in Alverstone. Jane Reed, 46, who called the fire servcies said that she feared that it was going to catch the copse alight. She spoke to The Gazette: “There was a lot of smoke and flames. The flames were licking at the branches of the overhanging trees. “My husband Micheal helped another neighbour with a hose pipe from the back garden of the empty house, they were trying to stop the flames from spreading by spraying the trunk of the tree near to the shed whilst we waited for the fire service to turn up.” On arrival they found that neighbours had demolished a fence in order to take water from a garden pond to try and stop the fire from spreading to the overhanging trees. Alverstone Road was closed for a short time whilst crew dealt with the incident at the rear of the empty house. The large shed was completely destroyed by the fire. Watch Manager Jeff Pidgeon said: “When we arrived the shed was well alight. Crews in breathing apparatus used two hose reels to knock the fire down and prevent it from spreading to the nearby copse.”

A FAIRLEE BAD ROAD CRASH

The accident scene on Fairlee Road

TWO PEOPLE were injured following a two-vehicle collision on the Fairlee Road in Newport. Police say the incident happened shortly before 2pm on Monday June 21. Police were forced to close the main road into Newport while ambulance crews attended to a trapped woman. IW Fire crews from White Watch Newport station attended, supported by the Rescue tender also from Newport, which helped to release the trapped female. 20-year-old Hayley Ratcliffe from Cowes was extricated from White Volkswagen Golf and placed on a spine board suffering from neck and back injuries and she also received an injury to her wrist. She was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s hospital for treatment.

Paramedics treated an 84-year-old pensioner from Brighstone who was travelling in a blue Ford Ka at the scene for a shin injury. PC Geoff Turner from Shanklin Road Policing unit launched a witness appeal at the scene asking for people who witnessed the accident to contact him. He said: “I would like to appeal to people who may have seen either of the vehicles prior to the collision on the Fairlee Road.” Fairlee Road was closed for an hour whilst the clean up operation took place. The Stapler’s Road area of Newport was hit hardest with reports traffic queues of over four miles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shanklin Road Policing Unit on 101 or outside of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 0845 0454545


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DEATH CRASH DRIVE AN INQUEST in Newport heard how a man, who was high on a cocktail of drugs, lost control of his car and drove into the path of an emergency ambulance. Robert Hammond, 53, a recovering alcoholic from Sandown, was driving his best friend Jeremy Sutcliffe and his son Keegan to Ryde for a day out at the amusements when the crash occurred. Hammond lost control of his red Corolla at the Racecourse, Fairlee Road in Newport on November 1 last year and died from injuries sustained his subsequent crash with the ambulance. The specialist paediatric ambulance (the only one in the whole of the South Central ambulance service) was operating its blue lights and sirens and had on board a premature baby who had been born at Southampton General Hospital two days earlier.

Paul Faithless The inquest heard from witnesses who were travelling behind Hammond’s vehicle minutes before the smash. Claire Barnes from East Cowes was returning home with her son Jack in her car when she saw Hammond ‘s red car in front of her green Citroen.

BY JASON KAY The inquest heard that she was two cars behind the red Toyota Corolla and both cars were travelling at between 40 and 50mph. She told the inquest that as they went down into the dip on Fairlee Road Hammond’s vehicle looked as if it hit a verge, it did a two o clock turn, hit the ambulance and then flipped over onto its roof and landed on the footpath. She saw the ambulance driver, Paul Faithless, leap out of the ambulance clutching his chest. “I could see smoke or steam coming from the car and was worried as I had my nine year old son in the car so I moved the car back a short way,” said Clare. Both she and her son were very distressed and had to be driven home by a police officer. The premature baby in the ambulance had been born two days previously at Southampton General Hospital to Christine Brodie. Although the baby was on a drip it was safe to be transferred to the Island. The court heard that due to limited space in the ambulance the mother was unable to travel with her baby. Christine Brodie arrived at the hospital to be told that her newborn premature baby had just undergone a brain scan following an accident on the way to the hospital. The mother explained to the court that her baby is still undergoing treatment for injuries sustained to the shoulder and chest during the accident. Roger Grant who was travelling from East Cowes towards Newport said that he gave precedence to the ambulance on the Wootton roundabout. He saw the red Corolla

lose control and thought the car may have had a front wheel blow out. He was behind the ambulance and said that he saw the back of the ambulance shoot three feet into the air. He called

Christine Brodie 999 and gave details of the accident. Former policeman Ian Hunt was driving a medic car and became aware of the ambulance and pulled in to let it pass. He then saw the red car coming toward the ambulance and saw it swerve three or four times in the road before colliding with the ambulance. He told the coroner he saw a cloud of dust and debris and thought the driver in the red car had “pickled his brains”. He pulled over and operated the blue lights on his car. He saw the red car on its roof and a child in the back banging on the roof, held upside down by a seatbelt. He thought that the driver had lost control after seeing the blue lights. The court heard how an off duty police officer, Sgt Lithgow, smashed the window with his boot and freed the child. Jeremy Sutcliffe who was a passenger in the Corolla could not really remember the accident and had suffered serious head injuries.


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ER HIGH ON DRUGS He was in hospital for nearly four weeks following the accident and is still receiving rehabilitation treatment. Anthony Taylor and his family were travelling towards the Fishbourne ferry from Newport. He told the court that it looked as if the red car had moved out in order to overtake. There was a large crash like an explosion and he saw the red car fly into the ambulance. His wife Charlotte rang 999 whilst Anthony helped at the scene. He spoke to the ambulance driver who told him that there was a baby in the ambulance. Michael Walters stopped and saw two or three stationary cars, the ambulance and a red car on its roof. The neonatal nurse was pinned in the back of the ambulance by the incubator containing the newborn baby. He stayed in the back of the ambulance for about 20 minutes, trying to free Charles Walker, the neonatal nurse. Charles Walker remembered a flash of red through the communications hatch before the crash. He said that the incubator had broken free from its fixings and landed on his leg. He sustained a cut to his head, a fractured shoulder and a dislocated knee and bruising all over his body. He spent 19 days in hospital after the crash. The neonatal nurse had previously carried out 300 transfers without incident. Ambulance driver Paul Faithless explained to the court that the pair were booked on the 12pm ferry to carry out another transfer. He told the court that he was travelling at around 50mph and wasn’t going to “hammer it” because of the young patient in the back. He described seeing the car coming towards him fishtailing across the road. “It all happened so quickly – it was over in one or two seconds. Then there was smoke as the air bags exploded. It was an horrendous situation – I thought I was going to die,” he told the court. He explained that he wanted to get out of the ambulance.

“The thing that stuck with me was sight, sound and smell. I remember falling on my knees and hearing crying from the other car. I had pain in my chest and I thought I’d damaged it. “I called out to Charles as I thought the incubator had broken free. I was trying to get the response bag in the back of

Robert Hammond the ambulance to offer some assistance, but I was just in so much pain. I had serious chest pains, bruising and burns on my arms from the airbags and an egg on the back of my head. I was off work for three months.” Police who arrived at the scene were worried that the car would catch fire. The court heard that whilst carrying out a search of Robert Hammond’s clothing a wrap of amphetamine was found. Dr Bateman told the inquest that Hammond was a recovering alcoholic and was also suffering from depression and suffered from scirrosis of the liver. Dr Briscoe, who carried out the postmortem on Hammond at St Mary’s Hospital, said that external injuries were a 6cm wound to the head, a 2.5cm

wound to his cheek, bruising on the chest, a fractured tibula and fibula, severe injuries to all of his ribs and damage to his spinal column. He concluded that death would have been instantaneous. Hammond’s sisters broke down in tears as his injuries were outlined in the court. No alcohol was found in his blood but potentially fatal levels of amphetamine were found in Hammond’s system. PC Giles from Fratton Road policing unit, one of only two specialists in the UK who are trained on field sobriety and impairment, told the court that Hammond had potentially fatal levels in his body that could have caused serious driver impairment. Mr. Hammond had previously worked for a hydraulics company as an engineer, but after settling on the Island had become a chef. He was also a talented poet and a musician. The coroner said that he had taken a big step in facing up to his alcoholism. In his closing speech the coroner said that Mr. Hammond’s vehicle’s wheels had left the road and come into contact with a grass verged area before skidding into the path of the ambulance. He told the ambulance driver, Paul Faithless, “There’s nothing that you could have done to avoid this and you need to stop blaming yourself.” Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, he said that he had given this verdict because Hammond had taken illicit, illegal drugs. He said that from the evidence that had been presented to him that Mr. Hammond ought never to have been driving with the high level of drugs in his system.


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MUSIC DOUBLE AT OSBOURNE HOUSE OSBORNE HOUSE grounds will be alive to the sound of music this weekend (July 3 and 4) with two alfresco music evenings being staged. On Saturday and Sunday outdoor concert lovers can experience the magic of the gardens by twilight accompanied by enchanting string melodies performed by the Bossard Quartet from Southsea. Offering up a fabulous repertoire for every musical taste to enjoy, the all female players will be performing popular pieces from Bach to The Beatles and from Strauss to Snow Patrol. Tickets cost just £5 each. Then on July 17 opera lovers can join the renowned London Festival Opera to enjoy possibly the first programme of opera to be presented at Osborne House since Queen Victoria was in residence. Set within the wonderful grounds, with the majestic house as a backdrop, A Victorian Night at the Opera will feature the great works of Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Verdi and Puccini as well as lighter repertoire from the world of operetta, including the ever popular Gilbert and Sullivan. London Festival Opera will appear in authentic Victorian evening dress to recreate the atmosphere and grandeur of times past, with performances accompanied by an instrumental chamber ensemble. Truly an historic evening not to be missed by opera connoisseurs, or newcomers alike. Tickets are priced at £15. Gates open at 6.30pm and performances run from 7pm until 9pm. Pre-booking for all evenings is essential – tickets can be purchased by calling 0870 333 1183.

REDUCED FARES ISLAND residents who have to travel to the mainland for hospital treatment are to get reduced fares on services in a scheme funded by ferry operators Wightlink. Foot and car passengers will receive a 50 per cent discount on routes between Fishbourne and Portsmouth, Ryde and Portsmouth and Yarmouth and Lymington. The reduced fare will also apply to one person travelling with the patient, or two parents if the patient is a child. Russell Kew, Wightlink’s chief executive, said: “We recognise that we are an important lifeline for Islanders. When someone is ill the last thing they want to think about is whether they can afford the cost of the ferry to a mainland hospital.” Wightlink was recently the subject of an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) inquiry, along with Red Funnel and Hovertravel. The three firms run the main ferry services to and from the Island. People had complained about high prices, unclear charging and declining service, but the OFT said it was not going to refer the matter to the Competition Commission.

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CHEFS GIVE NAOMI HOUSE A BOOST

THE GARDENS of Stratton House, owned by Daryl and Roy Kirby, were opened again for the yearly Tea at Three afternoon, which raised £1,400 for the Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Students from the IW College came to serve teas in their sparkling white uniforms. Tutor Rachel Shanks was with students Sophie Pearce, George Borrett and Alex Peake – the school links and the Gateway to Hospitality students made cakes and scones. “The local college have supported us since we began six years ago,” said Daryl Kirby. “The catering students provide

food and the horticultural side of the college gives plants to sell, which is wonderful. “Although it is for the Hospice it has turned into a community afternoon with many local residents looking forward to meeting friends and neighbours for a relaxing afternoon,” she explained. Face painting and a lucky dip entertained the children whilst a raffle, tombola and a ‘find the wine’ game kept the adults amused. Five marquees had different stalls selling items such as plants, books, vegetables and home made cakes.

“Many Island businesses have donated and supported us with plants, cakes and vegetables and local people made cakes and helped to sell the refreshments,” said Daryl. “The football was against us, but we still had over 200 people attend,” said Daryl of the Sunday (June 27) afternoon, which clashed with the England vs Germany game. “We even put a television in the trees for football fans.” Roy and Daryl Kirby are volunteer fundraisers for Naomi

House. “We had a lovely garden and wanted to do something for a local charity,” said Daryl of their cliff top home next to Winchester House in Lake. Naomi House is the local children’s hospice and palliative and respite care is offered to children and their families on the Island at their Sutton Scotney premises. A home from home environment gives families a caring environment, but £2.5m is needed in donations per year to allow the hospice to continue its work.

NEW RUN FOR GREYHOUNDS ISLAND commuters can now get to London and back even cheaper. Leading coach company Greyhound UK, which operates direct, low cost, luxurious travel to London from Southampton, B o u r n e m o u t h , Portsmouth, Fareham and the Isle of Wight has launched weekly, monthly and yearly season tickets. The move is designed to retain existing commuters and attract more to Greyhound’s services. Alex Warner, Managing Director of Greyhound UK, said: “Many commuters have realised just how stress-free commuting by Greyhound is, with our legroom, plug-sockets, wi-fi, friendly drivers, quick journey times and complimentary newspaper/magazine. So, to help make commuting even easier, we have introduced season tickets.” He continued: “Season

ticket holders can travel as many times as they like on any Greyhound service, any day of the week, subject to availability, for as little as around £8 return each day, based on a five day working week. Season tickets have been on sale for just a few days, but they are already proving very popular.” Customers can buy season tickets on board Greyhound services, or at www.greyhounduk.comor call 0900 096 0000. A weekly season tickets costs £43. A monthly season ticket costs £169 and passengers will also be given two free single tickets for friends and family. A yearly ticket is £1,755 and passengers will be given 12 free single tickets for friends and family. In addition, annual season ticket holders will be assigned a ‘guardian angel manager’ available on a special hotline.


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ON YER BIKE FOR CHARITY

EIGHT fire fighters from the Shanklin station of IW Fire and Rescue were among more than 80 Islanders who got on their bikes for charity last weekend. The charity ride took place in London, with the 28-mile trip

taking the cyclists from the Chelsea Royal Hospital down to the Thames Barrier and back. The annual event, for Leukaemia Research, attracted around 6,500 cyclists nationwide, and the Shanklin boys reckoned they raised

around £2,000 for the worthy cause. Steve Chapman, one of the riders who took part in the event, said: “It was a fun way of having a good day out, and raising money at the same time. Two coaches from IOW Tours took us up to London without

charge, Dibbens Removals took all our cycles for free, and we were also sponsored by Wightlink. “We try to raise money for a charity each year, and this time we agreed it would be for Leukaemia Research. We also raised around £500 from a

car wash earlier in the summer.” Along with Steve Chapman, the Shanklin eight who took part in the ride were Adam Wood, Darren Wood, Steve Bradley, Trevor Gossett, Tony Lockier, Steve Marsh and Harrison Marsh.

APPEAL TO FIND MAN BIG BLUE OFF

A PSYCHIATRIC patient walked out of a hospital unchallenged and was not missed for several hours, The Gazette can reveal. David Glasby, 45, walked out of Seven Acres psychiatric hospital just after midday on Tuesday June 29 after being granted Section 17 leave. Island Police have launched a manhunt asking members of the public not to approach Glasby due to his mental state but to contact them if he is seen. Glasby is sectioned under the mental health act and had been receiving treatment at the unit. Glasby, who is white, with dark receding hair and green eyes, was last seen wearing a black thin waterproof jacket. A spokesman for

Hampshire and IW Police said, “Mr Glasby was last seen in the West Cowes area of the island. She went on to confirm that they were working with other police forces and the hospital to try and locate the missing man.” A spokesman for St Mary’s Hospital said that they could confirm that a patient had not returned after being granted Section 17 leave. This leave is granted and reviewed on a daily assessment carried out by doctors within the unit. He went on to say that the leave is part of a recovery process. Anyone who sees the man is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Newport Police on 101 or 08450 454545. Are advising people to contact them if they think they have seen him.

A BIG BLOW

THE BIG BLUE Festival due to be held on the Isle of Wight between September 17 and 19, 2010 has been cancelled due to the potential threatened injunctive relief being sought by the owners of White Air Festivals Ltd. “With only 11 weeks to the start of Big Blue, the decision to cancel now has been taken to limit any further risk or disruption to the event, its suppliers and those who were planning to attend the event,” said a spokesperson for Big Blue Festival. “We are really grateful for the support we’ve had from a wide range of participants, suppliers and public, which gives us great confidence in the principle of running an extreme sports festival on the Isle of Wight in the future. The Isle of Wight

provides a naturally stunning setting for an Extreme Sports event, that can not only bring top international sportsmen in their field to compete, but also provide everyone the opportunity to get involved and try something new themselves.” “We are hoping to do the festival next year and are going to put our energy into planning for that event,” said Jo Bootle of Big Blue Festival. Big Blue Festivals are separate to the previous company that ran an extreme sports event on the Isle of Wight. All ticket sales will be refunded with immediate effect. For all enquiries, including any ticket enquiries please contact sarah. alexander@bigbluefestivals.com or call: 01983 247286.


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ALPACAS NOT ON MENU THE BRIGHSTONE and district Old Comrades Association were blessed with a beautiful evening for their annual barbecue at Moorfields alpaca farm in Chilton Lane. Around 85 members attended the evening after many were earlier involved with the Armed Forces Day in Ryde. Organiser and Chairman, Reg Hunt, had been a standard bearer in the parade. Within the barns, lit by fairy lights, guests were treated to barbecued food by Aidy Bolton of the Riverside Centre, provided by his father in law Phil Thorn from his butchers in Freshwater. “A lot of people walked to the farm as it was such a lovely evening and a great night was had by all,” said Reg Hunt. Afterwards there was dancing to music from Eric Stevens and Peggy Thompson, led by Jim Long (95) and his wife Ann. Jim who was a prisoner of war in

the Far East is still waiting to hear if he will be able to complete another parachute jump for charity this year. A raffle included a basket of fruit from Hollis’s general stores in the village and a deck horse race was run as the light faded. “It is such a lovely location,” said Reg Hunt. “We watched the full moon come up over the sea. People could also see the alpacas, their wool and the garments made from it.” “It’s the second time they’ve been here and they seemed to enjoy it, so they came back,” said Robert Gordon who runs the farm with his wife Rosemary. The alpaca farm has an open day next Saturday (July 10) with cream teas available to buy. Proceeds will be split between the local guides, brownies and rainbows and this year’s nominated charity, which is the Air Ambulance. “We have around 70 alpacas on the farm, they are shorn

in May and the wool is sorted and then sent away to be spun in to yarn. The colours are all natural and the wool is sold here on the farm,” said Robert. The barbecue made a profit of £137 after expenses were deducted and the money will be used to subsidise future events. On August 15, VJ Day, there will be a drum head ceremony to commemorate the end of the war with Japan in 1945, in Warnes Lane Field, at the back of the main car park in Brighstone. The Archbishop Jan Baston will officiate and there will be readings from the Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White and the High Sheriff, Peter Kingston. Medina Marching Band will be lending their drums to pile for the altar and will also display on the field. Cream teas will be available in the Wilberforce Hall with proceeds to the Royal British Legion.

NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR VECTIS RADIO THE ISLAND’S Vectis Radio is moving to a new bigger studio at St Georges Park, home of Newport Football Club. The radio station has been on air five months, and managing director Steve Ray said: ”Our success from a soft launch has been absolutely brilliant. We never envisaged that we would be in this position so soon. Our community involvement has and is increasing at a rate that a bigger studio with the opportunity to grow is required.” Ian Mac, Station Controller and Director said: “Our programming and sound is fantastic, what we set out to do from our vision we are and with so much more. The quality

of our local presenters is unrivalled. We are looking to increase what we do in the coming months so keep listening and watch our website. “Finding a new studio was not an easy because there were many options open to us. The move to St Georges Park gives us the potential to grow and have other studios in various parts of the Island to make us an all inclusive Community Radio Station. “With over 25,000 unique hits on our website, with listeners all over the world many ex Islanders or holidaymakers new and Derek Sandy at the old premises old from around the UK Steve Ray added “We are primary goal of supporting and worldwide makes us businesses and an invaluable asset to the so pleased that so many local history and future of the people are buying into our organisations and local Social Enterprise that has a events by local people.” Island”


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WORKMAN SUFFERS BURNS FORTY firefighters battled to stop the explosion of two gas cylinders on a roofing area at the Crown House, Market Hill in Cowes. It is believed that a workman set alight a straw-filled roof with a gas blowtorch, whilst he was carrying out repairs to the felt roof, shortly after 3pm on Monday June 21. Fire crews from across the Island were called to the blaze

when the alarm was raised after the roofer contacted the Fire service from his mobile phone. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus fought the blaze for over two hours using high-pressure hose reels and the Bronto sky lift aerial ladder platform. A number of people were led to safety by the Island fire service. Fire crews rescued the roofer using a short

extension ladder and he was treated by paramedics for burns and smoke inhalation. An elderly man was also led to safety using the internal staircase after going to investigate the smell. Duty officer Jeff Walls praised his men for the way that they had tackled the blaze and had stopped it from spreading to adjacent properties within the block.

A SEVEN and half ton delivery lorry demolished a concrete dustbin, flattened a bus stop, smashed a lamp post and then smashed into a tree. “Minutes earlier a young mum was pushing a buggy past this spot,” said one neighbour who came out to his house to find a dazed and confused delivery driver. The neighbour, who asked not to be named, was washing up in his kitchen when he heard a loud bang and a crunch of metal followed by a revving engine. The driver and his mate walked away with minor injuries after the accident in Victoria Grove, East Cowes, just before 11am on Monday June 21. Speaking to The Gazette after the incident the driver’s mate, nineteen-year-old Nathan Sheffield from Southampton, whose side of the vehicle took the full force of the smash, explained that he had only been working for the company for six weeks. He said: “I was sat in the passenger seat. I’d just bent down to get something from my bag, and the next thing I knew was when I looked

to my left and saw this tree coming straight for me. The noise was horrible, it was very scary, and I thought I was going to be seriously hurt. I was very lucky I walked away with a cut thumb.” The pair were part of a Delivery to Home (DTH) crew working on behalf of Night Freight, delivering sofas and large goods to homes on the Island. Police and a rapid response paramedic attended the scene. The driver, 38 year old Ranjit ‘Jazz’ Jasser, also from Southampton, was treated for muscle damaged to his leg after hitting the steering wheel. The paramedic treated him at the scene. A spokesman for Hampshire and IW Police said: “Police can confirm they are investigating a report of a road traffic incident near the junction of Victoria Grove and Beatrice Avenue in East Cowes at approximately 11am Monday (June 21). A lorry was involved in a collision, which damaged a tree, a bus stop and a lamp post. “Officers are appealing for witnesses and information to help trace the driver of a blue saloon car spotted in the area

at the time of the collision. The car was last seen heading in the direction of Adelaide Grove.” This driver or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Simon Ellis at Newport Police Station by phoning 101 or 0845 045 45 45. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

Senior duty officer for IW Fire Service, Justin Harden, confirmed to The Gazette that a probe has been launched into the cause of the fire. He said: “Fire crews from across the Island responded to a roof fire after a 999 call was received from a builder. They recovered two gas cylinders that were located in the roofing area. One cylinder had to be cooled before being

removed to a safer area. A number of properties have been left with smoke and water damage after the fire fighting efforts.” Mr. Harden explained that fire fighters efforts to bring the blaze under control were hampered after the straw lining within the roof space caught alight. He said: “Fire fighters deployed techniques like those when tackling a

thatched property fire to bring the fire under control.” Mr. Harden added: “A number of fire pumping appliances had been called in to deal with the blaze, including the Command and Control unit from Yarmouth. “Two pensioners (a male and a female) who are residents within the complex were being given support by the Red Cross fire support unit.”

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GET TASTE FOR COMPTON BEACH WINDSURFING SUMMER SOLSTICE

WE HAVE recently passed the summer solstice – the day that marks the beginning of summer and has the longest hours of daylight. This year the summer solstice was on Monday June 21. To celebrate the solstice this beautiful labyrinth was built by Eva Wolfram and friends on Compton beach on Sunday June 20. “Labyrinths are ancient tools used for conscious contemplation since the beginning of time,” explained Eva. “In a world full of distractions, a labyrinth provides a dedicated space and pathway for taking an active pause and ponder. It also gives walkers the opportunity to connect with their centre, with the earth under their feet, and with the sky above, allowing them to put their lives in perspective. The tidal summer solstice labyrinth celebrated the life-giving power of the sun and marked this turning point in the seasonal cycle, giving walkers an opportunity to consciously step over this threshold and reflect on its significance for their personal lives.” As probably the oldest sacred site on the Island, the Longstone above Mottistone is the place where solstice celebrants often meet to hail the dawn on solstice day. Some years this can amount to a large gathering of people around the

Longstone as the sun rises, and Island druids often bring mead and bread to offer in worship amongst the congregation. The Longstone is in fact two stones: one stands around 12 feet tall and the other lies next to it, and they both formed the entrance to a Neolithic long barrow. The barrow is now nearly flattened, but the area it covered can still be seen. The times when the Sun is at its furthest from the celestial equator are called the summer and winter solstices and these occur in mid-summer and mid-winter. The world ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin solstitium meaning ‘Sun stands still’ because the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south stops before changing direction. This year on June 21 the sun rose at 04.43 and set at 21.21 and the total hours of daylight were 16hrs, 38m, 22 secs. The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is closest to the sun at its maximum of 23° 26’ and this happened at 11.28am. If you would like to see more of her work, Eva Wolfram will be building ‘Skylark’ and interactive labyrinth installation at Freshwater Bay on July 17 and 18 as part of Live Arts. This exciting labyrinth installation will take inspiration from the nesting skylark native to

FOR ANYONE aged 8-16, UKSA are running a full week of taster sessions in windsurfing, sailing and kayaking from their experienced and qualified instructors. A typical seven day programme will include dinghy sailing, windsurfing and kayaking with a range of other fun activities in between. These sessions include raft building, pool games, crabbing, iron man competitions, dragon boating, discos, fashion shows and land based initiative games. The full programme of social activities, and team games, ensure the week results in non-stop action, fun and variety. The emphasis of the activities can be varied and is flexible to cope with the weather and differing levels of individual ability. It’s a great way to make new friends, explore new watersports, and ensure those long summer holidays pass with the Downs in Freshwater come to walk and sit in it fond memories you will look Bay. The skylark is a on Saturday or Sunday. back on for the rest of your life. threatened species, which Follow the trail signs from This programme is also excellent the National Trust is the entrance gate nearest working to protect, helping Dimbola Lodge. Parking is at Freshwater Bay public it to nest in Easton Field. “We will celebrate the car park with the entrance skylark’s home and use only three minutes walk natural materials, poetry from there. and music to highlight the This Live Arts event is beauty and fragility of its synchronised with the Open Studios weekend and habitat,” said Eva. You can help create the supported by West Wight A 69-YEAR-OLD pensioner who Partnership battered a country and western nest-shaped labyrinth Landscape singer to death with a scaffold on Saturday, or simply and the National Trust. pole is starting a life sentence of 11 years after being found guilty of murder at Winchester crown court. William Heywood, armed with a metal pole, went to meet Richie, after his partner fell in love with the country and western singer. Heywood’s partner Ann Allen told him she was leaving him to go and live with married singer Richie Ball. The court heard that the pair watched Ball performing at the Sands Hotel Culver parade in Sandown and she had fallen in love with him. Ball and Allen started to have an affair behind Heywood’s back. Later she told Heywood that she didn’t love him and her future was with the country and western singer. Heywood tracked the pair down to the pub where Richie was performing. Heywood armed with the pole attacked the singer as he was returning to his car. The pensioner smashed the pole across the singer’s head fracturing his skull. Richie spent three weeks in a coma with brain damage before he died. A jury returned a unanimous verdict of murder after Heywood Sunrise over the Longstone

for developing independence and character, away from home in a safe and structured learning environment, with a focus on fun. Junior (8-12years) and Youth (13-16 years), August 14 – 21 and August 21 to 28. The course can be undertaken on a residential or non-residential basis. Residential options include all food, accommodation, use of equipment and full 24-hour supervision. Courses cost £370 for residential and £310 non-residential. For further information please call UKSA on 01983 203034 or visit wwww. uksa.org/fun

PENSIONER GETS LIFE SENTENCE

Richie Ball claimed he attacked the singer in self-defence. Speaking after the sentence relatives of Mr Ball, Stuart Ball and Marnie Butcher, said: “We would like to thank the police officers involved with the case regarding the brutal killing of our father. “Our father was an extremely talented and popular man who we were all very proud of. His work as a musician touched many people and for this we are grateful, and know that his death has not just affected us. “We would like to give special thanks to friends and family for their continued support and love at this extremely stressful and tragic time.”


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IT’S A SUMMER BABY BOOM!

IT’S BUSINESS as usual at Amazon World Zoo Park where the baby boom is well under way. The latest addition to the collection is a baby Linnaeus Two Toed Sloth born on Thursday June 24. This new arrival follows the recent births of a Ring-Tailed Lemur (6.04.10) and a Giant Anteater (26.05.10). Linnaeus Two Toed Sloths are native to South America where they can be found hanging upside down in the tress of the rainforest. As the name suggests sloths are slow moving creatures and generally sleep for 18 hours a day. They are in fact so slow that their fur tends to be covered in a layer of algae. These highly arboreal animals only come down from the trees to defecate or swim across rivers. When they are not sleeping they spend their time feeding on a variety of leaves, shoots, fruits, flowers and bark. With a body length of between 46 and 86 cm (18 - 34 inches) and weighing around 4 to 8.5 kg (8.75 - 19 lbs) they are a good-sized meal for predators such as birds of prey and ocelots. Amazon World Zoo Park is

part of the international sloth breeding program and the latest edition brings the total number of sloths born at the zoo park to eight. The new youngster is the third baby to be born to parents Amber (aged 14) and Solarna (aged 8) who roam freely in the newly developed Secrets of Xenarthra section which also houses a pair of Tamandua (Lesser Anteater) and a group of endangered Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. Sloth Keeper Vicky Hills commented that she was, “very excited about the new birth and is pleased that the breeding programme is so successful.” All of the sloths born at Amazon World Zoo Park have been parentraised and four of those bred have since gone to other collections both in the UK and abroad to form breeding pairs. Sloths are pregnant for up to eleven months and once born the single baby, who is around 25 cm (10 inches) long and weighing approximately 340 g (12 oz), will cling to its mother’s stomach - this is the only time in its life when it will not be upside down. They rely on their

mother’s milk for around four months after which time they start eating solid food, and are fully weaned after eight months at which point they start to venture off

on their own. They become fully independent at eighteen months old and move away from their mother to start their own life. Linnaeus’s Two Toed Sloths

are currently classified as of Least Concern by the IUCN as they are widely distributed across their range and inhabit many protected areas. They are not

commonly hunted for food as there are taboos against their consumption in several native cultures however they are often captured and sold as pets to internal tourists.

ICE SHOW COMING TO RYDE

A NEW ICE show spectacular, ‘Ice Party Champions’, will be skating into the Island’s Planet Ice this summer. Six performances, showcasing an impressive line-up of celebrity and champion ice skaters, promise a fantastic mix of ice skating and all-round family entertainment. Winner of ‘Dancing on Ice 2007’, Kyran Bracken, will compere the event and perform alongside actress and 2010 ‘Dancing on Ice’ winner Hayley Tamaddon. Hayley will be skating with her winning ice skating partner and professional skater Daniel Whiston alongside 2002

Olympic Pairs champion Elena Berezhnaya and eight-times British Champion Steven Cousins. The show will be directed by Steven Cousins and will feature a host of amateur ice skating champions and local winning skaters, providing an incredible spectacle of top class skating and a must-see show during the summer holiday. The Ice Party Champions summer extravaganza skates on to the Island on September 1, for three nightly performances before moving to Basingstoke for a further three performances over

September 4 and 5. ‘Dancing on Ice 2007’ winner, Kyran Bracken MBE, said: “Following on from the popular ‘Kyran Brackens Ice Party’, which was so well received over the last 18 months in Jersey, Bristol, Bournemouth and Blackpool, I jumped at the chance to link up with Planet Ice and their fantastic venues for this two venue show. The show will have the same format and spectacular entertainment as previous Ice Party shows, with a focus on those who are champions on the ice.” Planet Ice spokesperson, Heath Rhodes, said: “We

are delighted to be working with Steven and Kyran for these September shows. We know the general public love an ice show and it’s great news that we already have Hayley and Dan. It seemed logical to team up for these latest productions given how pro-active both parties have been in the last few years creating and staging great quality ice shows.”. Tickets are now on sale from the box offices at the Isle of Wight on 01983 615155 and Basingstoke on 01256 355266, Ticket prices start from £13 for adults and £9 for children, with limited spaces at each venue.


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DANCING TO LE Paige Henderson, Hannah Maskell, Hannah Kurowski

(Back) Edith Johnson-Jelf, Faith Norster, Emily White (Front) Jessica & Georgia Endacott-Newbery (Twins)

A FEAST of fantastic dancing will be showcased at ‘Legends’, the annual Hilary Hall School of Dance Show at Medina Theatre over the next two Sundays (July 4 and 11). Featuring the music of ‘legends past and future’ with numbers from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Elvis along with contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga and Michael Buble, the shows are bound to astound. Choreographed by Hilary Hall and Eloise Shutler, the shows will be danced by 120 of Hilary and Eloise’s students aged from three to 19 years. Youngsters from the Nichola Bailey School of Voice, based in the same Albert Street premises as Hilary Hall School of Dance in Ryde, will also feature on the bill. Hilary Hall founded her school of dance over 30 years ago and is both principal and an examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). Graduates

from her classes, including her daughter Charlotte, have gone onto work in West End shows, and to film and international stage work. Eloise learnt to dance at Hilary’s school before leaving the Island to become a professional dancer. She was lead dancer in a UK tour of ‘Essence of Ireland’, was in

a worldwide tour of ‘Dancing Queen’ based on the songs of Abba, worked on ‘Spirit of the Dance’, ‘Fire of Dance’, for P&O Cruises and worked the last two panto seasons playing Fairy Kindheart opposite Letitia Dean’s Wicked Queen. “I worked for ten years as a professional dancer and

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it as wonderful, but it was time to come home,” said Eloise who has now made her home on the Island with husband Patryk Wesolowski who she met on a tour of ‘Fire of Dance’. She returned to Hilary’s school to teach dance in September last year and the first show, on Sunday July 4, falls on her and Patryk’s first wedding anniversary. Patryk, who was also a professional dancer, having

trained at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland, teaches a boys ballet class at Hilary Hall School of Dance. The school teaches modern, tap, ballet and jazz dance styles of dance. Three of the dance numbers in the show came first in the IOW Dance Festival in March at Shanklin Theatre. One of these was a modern trio of Faith Norster, Edith Johnson-Jelf and Emily White and achieved the

highest mark in the festival for a trio. New students at the school are always welcome. Contact Hilary Hall on 612145 or Eloise on 721961. For the Nichola Bailey School of Voice please call 07970 655175. Legends is on July 4 at 7pm and there are two shows on July 11 at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £4.50 for children.

Jessica & Georgia Endacott-Newbery

Edith Johnson-Jelf, Faith Norster, Emily White

(Back) Ella Maskell, Carrie Anne Heath (Front) Hayley Morris, Victoria Monaghan

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ARTISTS THROW OPEN DOORS AN EVENT on the Island that will see artists and craftspeople throw open their doors to the public will get underway later this month. Isle of Wight Open Studios begins its first weekend on July 16 – 19 in the south and west Island areas before moving to the north, central and east on July 23 – 26. By opening their doors to their homes and studios, the event provides a unique, educational and inspirational experience to the public, while also supporting professional development and the local economy. Organised by IW Council’s Arts Unit, it features a cross-section of local artists,

some of the Island’s best silversmith jewellers, fine artists and ceramicists, as well as an exciting number of newcomers. Visitors can find all participating studios in the brochure ‘Isle of Wight Artists Open Studios 2010’ which can be picked up for free at Quay Arts in Newport, libraries and other selected outlets. It can also be downloaded at www. isleofwightarts.com. The brochure also gives details of free family arts events such as earth-casting, origami and tree dressing. Isle of Wight Artists Open Studios began in 2003 with just 30 artists but has grown since then with almost 100 artists taking part this year.

Joanna Burton in her studio

PICNIC OF PEBBLES

A VERY stony faced family will be setting up their inedible picnic at Freshwater bay over the weekend of July 17, 18 and you might like to take a look – or get involved. Built as an interactive project the family will be made from pebbles on the beach and the picnic will be made from painted clay. The sculpture will comprise of a group of figures depicting a family enjoying a picnic on the beach, and will be created using galvanised wire netting filled with pebbles from the beach. The food elements of the picnic will be created from clay by children from the local schools – Yarmouth Primary, All Saints’ Primary, Weston Community Primary and West Wight Middle School are involved at this stage. You can come along to Freshwater Bay and be involved in making the Pebble People on Saturday July 17 between 10am and 4pm and/or join in the mass celebratory picnic on Sunday July 18 from 12 to 3pm. “The objective of the project is to involve the local

community (especially families and children) and also to create a quirky, natural looking feature to provide a visitor attraction to Freshwater Bay over the summer months,” said Irene Fletcher of West Wight Landscape Partnership (WWLP). “Pictures of the pebble people made for a past Brighton Festival were shown to the Freshwater Bay Residents Association to give them an idea of how the sculpture will look. Ours will not be as stylized as these and will be open to interpretation, as they will be produced

by audience participation,” she explained. “The sculpture will be removed at the end of the summer holidays. There will be no environmental impact as all materials used will be inert or natural beach materials. We will also be running a photography competition and a geology exhibition, informing people about the pebbles and geology of the area.” Irene Fletcher of the WWLP, P e n n y Rushton, o f

Festival Arts and local volunteers Brooke Engledow and Jenny & Chloe Jackson, will lead the sculpture project. There will also be a FREE clay food making classes for families on Saturday July 3 (tomorrow) from 12pm to 1.30pm and from 2pm to 3.30pm at the West Wight Youth Centre. Places are limited and must be booked by either calling Irene Fletcher on 759779 or emailing irene.fletcher@iow. gov.uk specifying your preferred session time.

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DECADE OF SUCCESS Left to right: Jo Realy, David Kilshaw, Ryde Mayor Cllr Brian Harris, Chairman John Bentley, Jackie Bainbridge, Centre Manager Julie Adams, Cllr Dawn Cousins & Sarah Berry

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THE FOYER marked ten years of success this week and Chairman, John Bentley, and Project Manager, Julie Adams, cut a commemorative cake, witnessed by IW Council member for Children’s Services Dawn Cousins. Former residents of the Foyer, the newly appointed Mayor of Ryde, Cllr. Brian Harris and Cllr. Graham Pearce also joined in the celebrations. Julie Adams gave a short speech on how satisfying it was to witness first hand the personal transition of young people through their stay and beyond and thanked many agencies and partners for their goodwill and support. In ten years The Foyer has supported over 566 young people, which John Bentley described as a tremendous achievement, making a real difference to the lives of those concerned. He paid tribute to the contributions made by the young people who pass through the Foyer. “With their energy and good humour they continue to challenge and inspire me and we must ensure that our combined effort continues to make a real difference,” he said. Residents had the opportunity to write a letter to themselves, setting out their goals and hopes for the future, which they placed in a time capsule with brochures and newspapers, to be opened in 2020. After the ceremony residents offered a guided tour, showing guests the accommodation and what the staff had done to help support them with facilities like: Anger Management, Job Club,

BY ELISA MARTIN Boxing, Arts and Crafts and a residential Gym, which is also open to other young people who are aged between 16 and 25. Current resident David Kilshaw,19, said The Foyer has given him an opportunity to get back on his feet. After a domestic dispute left David homeless. Currently training to be a social worker, staff at The Foyer are helping him find a place to live on his own and to apply for jobs. Former resident Jo Realey, 22, mum of one to four year old Cameron lived in The Foyer for one year, after being kicked out of home because of family

difficulties. Jo said that The Foyer gave her the stability and support that she needed and that she is now studying an access course at college so she can go to university to study paediatric nursing. She added that without the help and support she had received The Foyer she would have been homeless and on the streets. Jo said “even now that I have left The Foyer they still give me the support and guidance”. Cllr Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “It was a pleasure to meet the young residents at The Foyer at the tenth birthday celebrations. The Foyer provides a valuable service for young people on the Island and the council is pleased to work with partner agencies to support its work.”

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WORK A REAL EXPERIENCE A GROUP of students from Carisbrooke High School undertook work experience this week with the Ryde Fire and Rescue service. The students from Year 10 what it would be like to be were brought together and part of the Service. Led by given a general insight of fire fighters, Matt Sainsbury

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and Martin Poynter of the Fire and Rescue Service, the 10 students were taught fire safety and all associated hazards. The tuition included how to pump from open water, the effects of fire

alarms, and the rules and responsibilities needed to become a fire fighter. Matt Sainsbury described the students as “extremely well behaved, taking all the right instructions at the right time and doing the right things”.

Students said the event had given them more awareness about the dangers of fire and that they would use the knowledge they learnt in the future. Although it was tiring and extremely challenging in parts, they have described it

as a “good experience, and would do it again if given the opportunity.” Martin Poynter said: “This was the first time that we had run a work experience programme for students, and we would do it again.”

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Bestival pulling out the stops BESTIVAL have signed up to the 10:10 – an ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: cutting emissions by 10 per cent in 2010. As proud recipients of an ‘Outstanding’ Greener Festival Award in 2009, one of only 13 festivals worldwide to achieve this top level award, Bestival are pulling out all the stops to make Bestival an even greener and more environmentally friendly event than it already is. As part of their green masterplan they have signed up to the 10:10 campaign making a firm commitment to reduce Bestival’s carbon footprint by 10% in 2010. Bestival, with the support of environment specialists Julie’s Bicycle - http://www. juliesbicycle.com/ - set a carbon output benchmark in 2009 and are already putting in place measures to reduce this by 10% at this year’s event by reducing carbon emissions from onsite

energy use, waste and water consumption. Initiatives happening across the site include the Plugged In Bandstand stage, which will be totally solar-powered once again this year, and the whole surrounding area (previously called The Village) will become Bestival’s version of

which was great but they are calling on Bestival goers to help – especially with putting waste into the correct bins so it can be recycled properly. They are also asking that campers take their tents home with them as they are, “tricky devils to recycle due to their mixture of components, and even worse, once they get mixed

encouraging people to travel to the Bestival by coach or train. They have also created a new onsite bus and coach station, so those who do come by public transport will have a much shorter distance to walk with all their stuff. If you really must drive, t h e y a s k

Tomorrow’s World – envisaging an inspired, sustainable, green and fun future. Plus all the other power generators in the Tomorrow’s World area, that power the WI Tent, Farmer’s Market and Sushi Yurt will be run on local Wight Made Biodiesel - made from the 1,600 litres of used cooking oil collected from the all the food stalls at Bestival 2009. Over half the waste at Bestival 2009 was recycled

u p w i t h items that could have been recycled they often make the whole jumbled lot utterly unrecyclable which means it all gets sent to landfill,” say the Bestival. There will be even more composting toilets at Bestival this year too, which are cleaner, less smelly and don’t need water or nasty chemicals to work. One big area where they are looking to reduce their carbon footprint is by

that you check out their Car Sharing service - www. liftshare.com/event/20 - and fill your car up with people, thus splitting the carbon emissions between more people. The Bestival Green Team will return for their 4th year and will be handing out recycling bags and free cigarette butt bins to help people to Keep Bestival Tidy. And ‘We Are What We Do’, the social movement behind the ‘I’m not a Plastic Bag’

shopper and Historypin, will unleash their latest creation onto Bestival this summer: A massive, fantastical, trash-guzzling creature, with a penchant for recyclable waste. Part monster, part foodie snob, he will be roaming the festival munching cigarette butts, paper plates, plastic cups and tin cans out of the hands

of festival partiers. And as a sign of his appreciation he will be leaving his bitemark on anyone that feeds him their trash. Bestival are not responsible for any limbs lost. You can sign up to 10:10 yourself; and then get your work, school, friends, parents et al to do the same at www.1010uk.org

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NEW HOPE FOR PENSIONERS IAIN DUNCAN SMITH and Steve Webb have outlined the steps they plan to take to fundamentally reform and repair Britain’s outdated and inadequate pension system, basically by raising the retirement age and encouraging workers to save more money. On the Island where almost a quarter of our population are over retirement age, with the number predicted to rise to over 30 per cent in twenty years time, this news must be of particular interest. Following the confirmation that the State Pension will be linked once again to earnings, Iain Duncan Smith used his speech to set out how the Coalition Government planned to reinvigorate retirement by helping

Percentage of people working above state pension age (females aged over 59, males aged over 64) South East Isle of Wight

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Percentage of people aged over 65 Isle of Wight In 2010 In 2030
 South East 17.2% 23.3% Isle of Wight 23.6% 30.8% Source: Office for National Statistics Population Projections

triple guarantee, ensuring our pensioners get the best possible deal. “Everyone needs to take responsibility for achieving the income in retirement they aspire to. We will support them in doing so by giving people the chance to save into a workplace

We are getting older: • Since 2007, in the UK there are more people over state pension age than children under 16 • In 25 years, nearly a quarter of the population is expected to be over 65. • Today there are nearly 12,000 people aged 100 or over. By 2050 the number of centenarians is projected to be over 275,000. • One in four boys born in the UK today can expect to live to 100. For girls the odds are as high as one in three. • People retiring today can expect to live, on average, 7 years longer than their parents’ generation. millions of Britons to get back into a savings habit that has declined over the last decade. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith said: 
“Britain used to have a pensions system to be proud of, but due to years of neglect and inaction we are left with fewer people saving into a pension every year and the value of the State Pension has been eroded, leaving millions in poverty. We must live up to our responsibility to reinvigorate the pension landscape. “People are living longer and healthier lives than ever, and the last thing we want is to lose their talent and enthusiasm from the workplace due to an arbitrary age limit. “We also need to recognise that to meet the challenge of providing an affordable, stable pensions system in a society with ever increasing life expectancy, people will need to work longer. “And we will reward their longer working life by making sure that when they do retire, their pension is worth getting. We are taking radical action to restore the earnings link with the

pension and the freedom to work beyond retirement age if they want to.” Speaking alongside his Departmental colleague, Pensions Minister, Steve Webb said: 
“I’ve worked all my life to get a fairer deal for pensioners. Up to ten million people are not saving enough and we cannot allow this

situation to continue. “Our plans to reinvigorate pension saving will be underpinned by automatic enrolment into workplace pensions from 2012. But we need to make sure we get the details right, which is why we’re announcing a thorough and speedy review, to make sure that it pays to save.” This radical agenda will be driven by: • Restoring the link between the State Pension and earnings from 2011 • A call for evidence from the public and interested parties on raising the state pension age to 66 • Consulting on how we will quickly phase out the Default Retirement Age • An independent review of how to make auto-enrolment work. A team of three independent experts will spend three months looking at how to make automatic enrolment work before reporting back to Government in the autumn. Alongside the announcement the Department published its call for evidence about the right point at which the state pension age should rise to 66 for both men and women.

Working for longer, retiring for longer • By the early 2020s, people over 50 will comprise almost a third of the workforce and half the adult population. • People are spending longer in retirement – someone retiring at 65 in 1981 typically had about 14 years in retirement. Today, someone retiring at 65 can look forward to an average retirement of over 21 years We aren’t saving enough • Around 7 million people are currently not saving enough to meet their retirement aspirations. • In 2009 nearly 13 million jobs had no pension provision – up 2.4 million since 1997. State pension • If the state pension age had risen in line with average life expectancy at the age of 65 since 1926, when the state contributory pension was first introduced, the state pension age would currently be 75. • When the earnings link was broken in 1980, the basic State Pension was 26% of average earnings. By 2009 it was 16%. The restoration of the earnings link will halt this decline.


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MEDINA STYLISH

MEDINA High School students made sure that their end of their GCSE exams was celebrated in swinging style, with a 1950s Hollywood themed prom. More than 200 Year 11 students and staff donned glamorous prom dresses and tuxedos for the event, held at Landguard Manor, Shanklin,

on Friday June 18. After arriving in cadillacs and limousines, they dined on hot dogs, chips and ice cream before dancing the night away to a swing band, courtesy of the Isle of Wight Music Service, and top Island dance DJ Omar Lakhssassi. There was even an Oscarsstyle awards ceremony, in

which Wira Karokaro and Lizzie Maddin were named Prom King and Queen. Best dressed male was Will Rogers, best-dressed female was Hollie Young and the Michael McIntyre comedy award went to Stuart Woods. Fred Fairman was named Continued on page 25

Prom King: Wira Kardkaro and Prom Queen: Lizzie Maddin

Jasmine White, Shannon Hardy

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Michael Lynton and Becky Goodman

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Izzy Pike, Lauren Mursell, Joanna Prismall

Hollie Young, Shannon hardy, Jasmine White, Lauren Mursell, Izzy Pike, Marisa Paige Grimes, Bethany Heal, Florrie Caws, Yasmin Black, Molly Dixon Tash De’Lacy, Lizzie Maddin, Jessie Manning

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Continued from page 22 most likely to make the headlines and Cyrus Dean most likely to win an Oscar, while the emotional newcomer award went to Conor Taylor. To end the evening and celebrate the last three years at Medina, students launched lanterns into the sky, which they had marked with messages of goodbye and good luck. “The students were a credit to their school, I am incredibly proud of them and I wish each of them all the best in their future pathways,� said Miss Paula Newton, Head of Year 11.

Joe Conroy and Annie Lenoard

Amy Jean Bartlett, Bethany Heal, Susan White

Tiffany Boudewija, Holly Roberts, Hannah Sharp, Tom Peach, Natalia Cook, Claire Warne, Richard Wiseman, William Doyle, Emily Travis

Paris Kelynack, Susan White, Kate Mationan, Molly Dixon

Marisa-Paige grimes, Izzy Pike, Georgia Lakey

Holly Newton, Michael Waters

Charlie McCallum and Jade Wightman

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WHAT A CARISBROOKE HIGH SCHOOL students celebrated the end of GCSE exams with a glamorous prom at Gurnard Pines. 130 year 11 students dressed in gowns, cocktail dresses and tuxedos were treated to a disco and buffet. A presentation ceremony saw Elliott Rawlinson and Geraldine McDonald crowned prom king and queen. Other awards made were: Girls best hair and makeup: Sophie Wright; Boys best hair and tie/bow: Elliott Rawlinson; Best dressed man at the prom: Alex Davison; Best dressed lady at the prom: Jess Waite; Best comedian of the year: Lewis Gardiner; Most likely person to become a millionaire: Joe Blake; Person most likely to win a Nobel Prize: Charlie Hibberd; Best couple: Elliot Wheeler and Brogan Watkinson; Most ‘blonde’ female: Karianne

Jordan Draper, Charlotte Hoare

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Steph Burgess, Jade Botham, Kerryanne Warne, Rebecca Hawkes

Hannah Thompson, Scott Henderson

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SUPER PROM! Cameron Barns, Aaron Bar, Remi Appell Josse Wheeler, Sophie Wright, daisy Price, Lara Wright, Remi Appell, Harry Short Morris; Best teacher: Mrs O’Sullivan. Chris Hodgkinson, one of the prom organisers, said, “It was a fantastic evening. We are always surprised by how grown up the young people are at the prom. The dresses were beautiful and the boys all looked stunning in their dinner jackets. Despite the heat everyone had a lovely time and it was a nice end of year celebration.” The students said they had a lovely time and really enjoyed it. David Jeapes, Headteacher, said, “All indications are that this group of young people will secure the best GCSE pass rates the Island has ever seen. We are immensely proud of them for all their hard work and they thoroughly deserved their Prom. It is great that so many of them have decided to stay with us as a Sixth Form and I am sure they will continue to grow and develop as a year group”

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KINGS AND QUEEN Jessica Harvey, Shaeli Cook, Kelly Salmon, Katherine Dziuba

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DJ Dave

Becky Newnham, Lucy Moul

EVERYONE was a star for the day as the red carpet was rolled out for Ryde High School’s prom at the Ryde Castle. Heads turned as the guests arrived at the venue on Ryde seafront, which many chose to do in style from stretch limousines and stylish cars. The 60 students and teachers then walked up the red-carpeted steps and into the Ryde Castle’s foyer – an ideal entrance to the glitzy evening. As they mingled in the bar the Year 11 students were treated to canapés and cocktails served in fancy glasses. Pictures on the wall advertised the teacher-themed cocktails and the Hoddle Waddle and Holyome Quiff were particular favourites. Mr. Hoddle is the Head of Ryde High and Mr. Holyome is the Deputy

Head of the School, but they took the jokes in good humour. Dinner was served at star themed tables decorated with helium star shaped balloons and star glitter. David Greenough and Sascha White were voted Prom King and Queen and Ash Smith was voted Prom Joker for being the most entertaining student. After the meal there was dancing to the sounds of DJ Matt Dean. Organised by Tina Emery, teacher of Health and Social Care, Chantelle Knight, teacher of Food and Technology and Year 11 student Jamie Harwood, the night was hailed as a great success. “It was amazing, it was so good. They all had a wonderful time,” said Chantelle

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NS OF THE CASTLE Sascha White, David Greenoughlol

Lucy Moul, Shaeli Cook

Kayleigh Pand, Bryony Reeve, Lauren Collins

Rebecca Arnett-Jones, Jessica Williams, Grace Crumplin, Gabrielle Turner

Sophie Leonard, Taylor Stoake, Koren Manders, Rhiannon Baxter, Max Jenkins

Daniel Dunn, Joanne Smith

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THRILLS ‘N SPILLS IT WAS thrills and spills for people who attended the fifth Isle of Wight Soapbox Derby Challenge at Downside Middle School. Despite competing with the hottest temperatures this year, and the England game, the event still pulled crowds and plenty of entrants for the high speed go kart racing last Sunday (June 28). This year’s event was exclusively lead by community volunteer group Pan Together who also organised other attractions for the day including giant inflatables, trampolines, bands,

martial arts displays, and food vendors including a hog roast sponsored by Barratt Homes. Haven Falconry had a marquee with a static display of their birds of prey and also staged a flying display at 1.15pm. Paul and Sally Martin took Archie and Sparkie, the Harris Hawks, Whisper the Barn Owl, Milly the Kestrel and Peppa the Lanner Falcon who all took part in the display. Also on show was Merlin the European Eagle Owl, Willow the Saker Falcon and Little Owls Ronnie and Reggie. The event was MC’d by Vectis


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radio’s Ian Mac. Peter Kingston, the Isle of Wight High Sheriff, attended the event and is the fourth consecutive High Sheriff to attend the IW Soapbox Derby. Defending champions 8th Newport Scouts had to relinquish their title to team Isis who won this year’s event. People attending the event were also able to take advantage of hospitality provided from the Isobel centre and were also able to watch the football whilst enjoying food and drink in the Isobel Centre cafe. Mark Peddie, Chair of Pan Together, who coordinated the

event said: “It was an excellent day and event – I think everyone had fun and I look forward to putting on next year’s event. There was a great community spirit and a big thank you to those volunteers who help set up the site and run the day.” Pan Together is a voluntary run community group who have to raise the funds for the Isle of Wight Soapbox Derby Challenge each year in order for the event to go ahead. If you would like to become a volunteer or have an idea for fundraising please contact Mark on 07825 835 931.

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8th Newport Scouts Isis 8th Newport Scouts Streamline Only Just Splashful Wardens Idris Streamline

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ROUND ISLAND QUAY ARTS TO STAGE THE HARD WAY THE WEST COLLECTION

TWO MEN found an unusual way to make their way around the Island, and raise money in the process. Charlie Head and Brad Symington travelled the 60 miles by stand-up paddle surfing - paddling with an oar while standing on a surfboard. The non-stop journey took 14 hours and raised about £500 for the Bembridge RNLI lifeboat station. The pair had to battle through strong currents, and Mr. Head said: “The journey was amazing fun, but very hard work. We had little sacks that we kept between our feet, with water, sandwiches and some dried fruit in them. The food was only just enough.” The men, who both also teach watersports, had been planning the journey since May. A practice attempt was abandoned after four hours due to poor weather conditions. The pair had expected the fundraising effort, travelling in a clockwise direction on 11ft long boards, to take 10 hours in total.

They started their journey from Bembridge and Mr. Head, 31, said: “It was definitely a challenge. With some of the bays, we were able to cut straight across but in other places we were a couple of miles out to sea. We tried to stay close to the coast where we could to keep some perspective on where we were.” A key part of the challenge for Mr. Head, from Bembridge, and Mr. Symington, originally from Cape Town in South Africa, was doing the journey in one day. “The key is to get the tide right,” he said. “They switch every six hours and change depending on where you are on the island. The tides can get so strong you can hardly paddle against it.” The Bembridge Lifeboat Station Appeal was launched in June 2008 to raise £1m towards a new boathouse for a new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat. Stand-up paddle surfing originated in Hawaii in the 1960s, as a way of surfing teachers being able to see the people they were teaching.

THE LORD Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White will publicly open Quay Arts’ major summer exhibition The West Collection – A Quay Vision at a reception this Saturday, July 3, from 6pm – 8pm. There will be introductions by Quay Arts trustee, David Firmstone MBE and a short speech by Carinthia West, only daughter of General Sir Michael West and Christine West. The art works in this private collection include work by leading modern artists including L.S Lowry, Bridget Riley, Roy Lichtenstein and Peter Blake. They were collected mainly by Christine West over a period of forty years and later the collection was bequeathed to Carinthia West. The exhibition also

showcases Quay Arts’ history and rich cultural heritage paying tribute to those who were involved in helping to create what is today, a thriving hub of creative activity. As part of the this opening ceremony the Michael West Gallery will be renamed The West Gallery in recognition of both Christine and Mike’s joint contribution. The couple helped to spearhead a campaign in the 1970s that led to the transformation of a 19th century disused brewer’s warehouse into today’s flourishing art centre. Visitors to this opening will be first in line to buy a copy of a limited edition catalogue especially produced for Quay Arts to ensure the legacy of this magnificent exhibition marking its history and exhibit internationally acc-

laimed artists’ works. Each catalogue if filled with the stories and memories of Quay Arts’ history, plus a series of beautifully photographed and reproduced plates of some of the works being exhibited

in this exhibition. This catalogue provides a lasting memoir for all art lovers and friends of Quay Arts. This exhibition has been made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund award.

Fragment by Bridget Riley

HANGING OUT WITH CARINTHIA

Mick Jagger

CARINTHIA WEST is the daughter of Christine and Michael West who helped establish Quay Arts in the 1970s. As a model and actress of the 1970s, Carinthia ‘hung out’ with some of the world’s most respected musicians and performers, taking photographs on her SLR Canon camera, and experimenting with different types of film. Many of her subjects were also her close friends at the time, and include David Bowie, Dame Helen Mirren, Eric Idle, Carly Simon, James Taylor, to mention a few. For this tongue-in-cheek and anecdotal exhibition she

has chosen portraits of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young, George Harrison, King Hussein of Jordan, and the Pink Floyd pig amongst others. Carinthia will be giving a talk about her parents and her work on Sat July 17 from 5 – 6pm with a drinks reception from 6pm to 8pm. There will also be a film screening by The Bespoke Film Company in collaboration with Island schools, on the history of the Quay Arts and The West Collection at 6pm in the Anthony Minghella theatre. ‘A Quay Vision’, an exhibition of the Wests’ art collection, will run in the Michael West Gallery from

Sat Jul 3 – Sat Sep 4. ‘Hanging Out’ by Carinthia West runs from: Sat Jul 17 – Sat Aug 28, Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, IW, PO30 5BD.

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OSBORNE TO WOW ‘EM

POP IDOL Will Young and a host of top stars from the 1980s, including Bananarama, will be appearing at two concerts in the grounds of Osborne House later this summer. Will Young, the original ‘Pop Idol’ who won the series in 2002, has since become most successful British male solo artist of the 2000’s and has sold over eight million records. He will entertain the crowds on July 31 at this year’s Osborne House Summer Concerts with hits spanning across four multi-platinum albums in a setting built for royalty – even of the music kind! Then the following night 80s music will be bursting out of the venue. It will be time to get out your shoulder pads as ‘80s Party Night’ see Rick Astley, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones and Go West join headliners Bananarama to complete the Sunday line-up. John Giddings, organiser of Osborne House Summer Concerts and the IW Festival, is thrilled to have teamed up again with Green Eye Events, Riverside Productions and English Heritage to put on this unique weekend. “We are proud to continue the tradition bringing great artists to the grounds of

Osborne House. Both Will Young and Bananarama were such huge success at the Isle of Wight Festival last year that we had to bring them back to the Island!” he said With one of the most exciting sporting and social events of the British calendar,

the globe. Rick will be performing the songs that made him famous at this year’s concert. Part of the New Romantic movement and hailing from Sheffield, ABC charted ten UK and five US Top 40 singles between 1981 and

“Both Will Young and Bananarama were such huge success at the Isle of Wight Festival last year that we had to bring them back to the Island!” Cowes Week, starting on the same weekend the Island is set for an extravaganza of entertainment across the Saturday and Sunday. So here is a run-down of what to expect from the Will Young concert and the 80s music extravaganza: In 1987, the world was greeted by a new vocal talent. Shocked by the powerful, mature soulful voice of a 21 year old, the UK obliged by sending his debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ to the top of the charts for five weeks. The artist was, of course, Rick Astley. The rest of the world soon followed suit and the following two years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around

1990 and are best known for combining synthesizers with orchestra to produce a polished, bright pop-oriented sound. Fans will take a trip down memory lane with the much loved 80’s band. Since her departure from The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle has gone on to become a phenomenally successful solo artist. Fans will be entertained with her hits ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Circle in the Sand’ and the number one classic ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ Howard Jones had an impressive run of hits throughout the 80s and 90s. With a large and loyal fanbase he has continued to be one of the most talented

writers and performers out there and will be joining his 80’s peers on stage at Osborne House. Peter Cox and Richard Drummie make up Go West. Their self titled album ‘GO WEST’ sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and established the pair as a chart force and one of the greatest singersongwriter duos to emerge in the 80s. 2010 is the 25th Anniversary of the release of the band’s first album and they are on the road again. Charley Macaulay’s sensational voice, uplifting sound and innovative writing style has won her much desired praise and attention, and has established her as one of the UK’s most exciting new talents. Reaching Number One in the UK Undiscovered Chart, Charley is destined for a bright future and will be supporting Will Young. Tickets for the concerts are on sale and are available from www.ticketzone.co.uk or through the ticket hotline 08444 99 99 55. There are also over the counter sales on the Island at Liberty’s Ryde, HMV Newport, Tourist Information Centre (Ryde, Newport, Sandown, Shanklin, Cowes & Yarmouth) and Wight Link Ferry Terminals.

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TWO fantastic concerts are being staged in the grounds of Osborne House this summer – and you can be there FOR FREE! Former Pop Idol winner Will Young is headlining at Osborne on July 31, and a sensational 80s music night is being staged on August 1. The Gazette is giving readers the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for one of these super events. We have SIX PAIRS of tickets for each concert to give away. So whether it is Will Young you want to see, or whether you want to enjoy the sounds of the 80s, all you need to do to stand a chance of being there is to enter our easy Osborne House Summer Concerts Competition. For the Will Young Concert

answer this simple question: In which year did Will Young win ‘Pop Idol’? A: 1992. B: 2002. C: 2008.

For the 80s Night Concert answer this simple question: What is the name of the IW Festival and Osborne House Summer Concerts organiser? A. John Gibson. B: John Gielgud. C: John Giddings. Send your entries to Osborne House Summer Concerts, The IW Gazette, Unit B18, Spithead Business Centre, Newport Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 9PH. Or you can enter on line, sending your answers to: newsdesk@iwgazette.co.uk

clearly marking the email Osborne House Summer Concerts. Please ensure you include your full name and address and preferably a day time telephone number: If you want tickets to see Will Young, mark your envelope or email: “Will Young”. If you want to see the 80s music night, mark your envelope or email: “80s Concert”. Entries must be received by Wednesday July 14. The winners will be announced in the July 16 edition of The Gazette, and tickets will be sent directly to the winners by the event organisers. No correspondence cannot be entered into, and the editor’s decision is final.


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ISLAND NEWS

BY SWANMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL

SWANMORE 4D EXPERIENCE

SWANMORE GOES PUPPET CRAZY!

By Luke Tyers

ON TUESDAY June 8, most of Swanmore’s year 7 and 8 pupils got packed ready for an exciting trip to London. We got on the 10.30am hovercraft, then we got off the hovercraft and onto the coach to take us sight seeing, and we saw Big Ben, the London Eye, the river Thames and the HMS Belfast. Then we went to our hostel in Piccadilly, the rooms were boring, they only had beds in them. The next day Swanmore went to the Globe theatre then we went to Tate modern after that we went to the London Dungeons that was scary in the mirror maze, then we went to the London Eye, but before we went on the London Eye we went to see 4D experience, that was amazing! Then we went to the London Eye that was awesome. Planet Hollywood and the Lion King were excellent, I think the best character was the lion.

Callum Piper, Jamie Booth and Jack Marsden with their finished clay puppets

PUPPET THEATRE

By Callum Piper

ON TUESDAY June 8 Swanmore Middle school went to London, and the people who were left behind made tremendous puppet shows. Firstly they had to plan it, then make it, then perform it. Congratulations to joint 3rd place Dave and the beanstalk and the three Shreks, 2nd the three little pigs and 1st place the three tarty Cowes. Well done Callum Piper for the best effort of the week, well done Aaron Olive, Sam Jones, Beth, Fox and Grace Beaney for making the best puppets. I think everybody enjoyed this weeks wonderful experience.

ON TUESDAY June 8 most of years 7 and 8 went on a school trip to London. Unable to go were 48 children, so they stayed at school and had fun. First thing Tuesday morning the children who didn’t go on the trip went to the main hall and got their names read out by one of the following, Mrs Amy, Mrs Foot or Mrs Hemper, whoever called your name out, that would be your form teacher for the week. After they had registered, all the children and staff who were helping in that week went down to Mrs Hemper’s classroom to watch a Power point presentation on what they were going to do that week. The children had to make a

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puppet show based on a fairy tale, but you had to make it a modern version. Tuesday was planning and starting to write your script because without a script you can’t do anything. Wednesday the children had to finish their scripts and start making settings, Powerpoints, etc. Thursday the children had to finish everything and start practicing for performing live or filming it. Six children couldn’t though as they were in Sandown with about 25 ks2 children for an athletics competition and if you came in the top four you would qualify for the semi finals on

June 17. Whilst six children in ks3 were off in Sandown the rest of ks3 had a BBQ. Also on Tuesday the children had a dodge ball tournament, the teams were whoever you were in a form with that week and Mrs Foot’s team won. On Wednesday they played indoor rounders and Mrs Amys team won because they cheated, so I’m told. One of Swanmore’s teachers Mrs Foot has a daughter in Mayfield called Rosie and she qualified in long jump, she came first out of about five other year 6s. So we all hope that Rosie does well, but we hope Swanmore does better. Go Swanmore!

CITY OF LONDON EXPERIENCE ON TUESDAY June 8 year 7 and 8 of Swanmore middle school set off for the experience of a lifetime. We visited many places such as: museums of different kinds; a huge synagogue and many other places. When we first arrived in London we took a tour around London on an open top bus. We got to see many marvels views many in which we took photos of . Later during the week we visited a lot of other places which we enjoyed very much. We loved every minute and are very grateful to all the teachers especially Mrs Sotherland.

SWANMORE IN LONDON

ON TUESDAY morning 80 Swanmore pupils travelled up to London on a coach. We stopped for lunch for a while then set off again. In London we went on a sight seeing tour of London. We saw lots of tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Oxford Street, HMS Belfast and the River Thames. We got on the coach and went to the central synagogue, we saw some scrolls in a giant case. Then we went to the hostel where we were staying the night and eating there.

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The second day we went to the Globe Theatre, it was quite interesting. After that we went to Tate Modern, the paintings were strange, but cool. Then it was on to the London Dungeons, it was amazing. I thought it was one of the best things on the trip. The London Eye was huge it took 30 minutes to spin round only once. Last, but not least, the Lion King. It was amazing, I loved it, it is a must watch.

SWANMORE’S LONDON TRIP

THE SCHOOL trip to London was very funny and eventful! When we arrived in London we went straight off the coach and straight onto an open top bus; to see the main sights of London, this is were I discovered my ‘waterproof’ coat was so waterproof; it started too hail and rain really hard so me and other people with no coats got soaked! I think the funniest part

of the trip was when me, Leah and Courtney Cairns had just got out the shower and Courtney had forgot her make-up wipes so she had mascara all down her face, she really did look like a clown. Then a girl we didn’t know opened the door; saw Courtney and ran back out again! On the first evening we had a quiz night in the park just up the road from the hostel. Mr. Williams told

us all to get into groups and he’d come round and sort it out, but a big group of us went to the far corner of the park; we messed about and talked, then Mrs Snook came over and told us the quiz was over and we were going back too the hostel now, which was good because none of us actually wanted to do it. The worst thing about London was dragging our big, heavy suitcases up to

the 5th floor; 12 flights of stairs! Planet Hollywood was great fun. I had Tim Green sat opposite me and he got up when thriller came on the big screens, and started dancing, but someone came behind him and pulled his chair out so when he went to sit down he fell straight over. It was so funny! London was a great trip; I hope to go again!


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THE TRIP TO LONDON

THE TRIP to London started on June 8 and ended on June 11. It was great, but like every trip it wasn’t perfect. We are here though to talk about the good points about the trip to London. The first good point is when we were all having a great time in London we were on the tour bus the sun was shining then suddenly it started to pour down with rain it was really unexpected, but funny. After that we went to the synagogue, it was great. When we got back we went to the hostel for the first time and had tea. After that we went and had a quiz in the park and it was really funny because we were all messing about, well most of year 8, and we didn’t even realise that they were already doing the quiz. The next day we went to a load of museums, they were really boring, but then we went to the London dungeons, it was really

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scary. Izzy and me had to leave because we couldn’t go on, it was that scary. Then we went to Planet Hollywood, the food was great. It was funny when Tim Green was dancing to thriller then a boy came up behind him and pulled his chair away. He then tried to sit down and fell over. It came to the second to last day. We went to a couple of more museums, they were boring again. After that some of us went to the aquarium because we didn’t want to go to the London Eye, but the aquarium was great and funny. Then we went to the Lion King, it was a great show. On the last day we went to one more museum then went home. The journey home was fun. We had a great laugh and a great time and we will always remember the trip to London.

SWANMORE’S PUPPET THEATRE

DURING the ks3 trip to London, those who stayed behind partook in a puppet theatre project aiming to win the audiences vote to be the best. It took four days and a lot of work but the groups managed it and performed in front of their competition. They had a long list of things to do such as; making costumes, making and painting the puppets, designing backgrounds, writing the script and create our own sound effects. Part of the four days, on our

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breaks we took part in two sessions of dodge ball, a game of rounders, movies and munchies and a barbecue. It was a great experience for everyone who joined in and for those watching who found it an enthralling time. The winners were Aaron’s group and they were very happy to have won because theirs truly was the best, there were so many types of play. There was an animation, a few videoed plays and some were performed live.

By Josh I

A LOOK AT LONDON

SWANMORE Middle School was lucky enough to have a trip to London arranged, which the majority of children went to and enjoyed. Whilst going to around 15 other great attractions, The London Dungeons was a HUGE hit and seemed to be a wonderful experience for the children. The Dungeons seemed to be more entertaining amongst those less scared, though some frightened children had to be escorted to the exit. One of the evenings was spent at Planet Hollywood, a place to enjoy a well cooked high class meal. Most of the pupils enjoyed the television showing the children on the screen along with music and one child (Tim Green) got rather over excited and after finishing his entertaining dance had a nice sit down on the floor when he missed his chair. The weather was an unfortunate let down for the children on the open bus tour as many pupils

By Izzy Pointer

ON JUNE 8, when half the year group had gone to London, forty seven Pupils were left here at Swanmore. We were split into three groups and were given a task; the task was to create a puppet show, by putting a modern twist on our favourite fairytales. Our group chose to do ‘three little pigs’, however, we changed the name to ‘three tarty cows’, and added humour and a few comical twists, such as changing

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experienced rather heavy rain and cold wind. Many still enjoyed the tour though and the weather cleared up after a short shower. Tate Modern wasn’t much of an interest to half the pupils who attended the trip, but the teachers seemed to take a liking to the newest art of the 21st century. The Lion King was a brilliant performance which had the most amazing children with amazing voices performing. It captured the eye of all the pupils and was a very exciting show. Some children chose not to go to London, but they still had a great time at school performing and making their own puppet shows to show the children when they got back. These were all brilliant performances. London was a great experience for all the children who took part and most of Swanmore is hoping to receive a trip like that again.

THE HIGHLIGHTS of Swanmore middle school’s KS3 trip to London. 80 year 7 and 8 pupils visited London for four days and three nights. We left on Tuesday June 8. The four best things we visited were The Lion King west-end show, the not-as-scary-aseveryone-thinks London Dungeons, Planet Hollywood and The London Eye. The first of the 4 best things we visited was the London Dungeons, some people may think that it is extremely terrifying, but it’s not. There are things that will make you jump or scream, but it’s funny. Walk through a hall of mirrors in the dark, with no way out, learn about Sweeny Todd and Jack the Ripper, experience the great fire of London and take a backwards boat ride to your death, delightful. Some people even screamed at their own reflections in the hall of mirrors. 8/10. Afterwards we had a trip on the London eye, a lot of really good views, but a bit boring going round. Before entering the Eye, we saw a 4D short movie about the Eye. 7/10. That night we visited Planet Hollywood for an all American meal; listen to music, and you might even be shown on-screen on every screen in the restaurant. They had a menu choice of cheeseburger, plain burger or veggie burger with fries or salad, or you could have tomato pasta. The best meal I ever had, 7/10. The next evening we saw the Lion-King west-end show, the best west-end show I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen two). The food, drinks and souvenirs were extremely expensive, but apart from that, everything was excellent. There were more songs and scenes from the original cartoon film, and they made it better. 8/10 However, everything has to have a downside, our hostel was terrible, the toilets smelt of mould, the rooms were tiny and the beds sounded and looked like they were going to break! 2/10. Overall I would give the entire trip, 7/10, covering all of the museums, places, shows and tours we visited, plus the hostel.

DRAMA AT SWANMORE A FUN WEEK AT SWANMORE the big bad wolf for Daisy Duck. Although there were many good moments, my favourite part was the rehearsals. After almost two hours of intense filming, we finally had one good video – video number thirteen! The problem was the sound and picture. You could not hear or see anything! So we had to perform it live after all!

By Cole Downing

WE HAD a very fun week at Swanmore June 8 - 11. We had a group task which was to make a puppet show and perform it to an audience which was very difficult, especially making the puppets, but altogether it was quite fun. Over that week we also had other good events happening like dodgeball and rounders. We also had a BBQ and a movies and munchies session.


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LONDON TRIP

SWANMORE IN THE DUNGEONS

By Molly Batchelor

HELLO AND WELCOME, Swanmore have been to London! One of their activities was going to the London Dungeons, known as one of the scariest places in London. The dungeon is a historical walk through the past tortures that made people perish. However along the way there were jumpy surprises including a man chasing you, a woman trying to chop off your head, and a man showing us women and men getting tortured including a man getting his pride and joy chopped off into three different sizes! However the females of the group had there tongues chopped off! Gladly everyone came out in one piece and no-one was hurt. I loved the London dungeons because it was thrilling!

NOT LIKING LONDON

LONDON started off bad with the long travel, and it did not really get any better and stayed bad for the rest of the trip. I think that the only good thing on the London trip was the London Dungeons. The rooms were not very good because the walls were cracked and the wallpaper and stuff off of the wall was falling onto our bed, and also some of the slats of the beds were falling off! Every night the German kids kept coming to our door and trying to open them with their

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key cards, and kept knocking on our door! Anyway, the London Dungeons were quite good and pretty funny as well. One of the funny things about them was when somebody opened the door and it made quite a lot of people jump and that was quite funny. Also it was quite good when we were in the mirror bit and nobody really knew where they were going! I did not really like this trip to be honest.

THE FIRST day was long… Most of the day was spent in the coach getting us there. The coach trip was quickly followed by another open-top bus tour and onto the beautiful Synagogue. Shortly after we proceeded to the hostel. Legs aching from sitting down for so long, we were vastly disappointed with state of the rooms we were accommodated in. Putting ‘fresh’ sheets on the bed, we then all gathered in a small room on the second floor to have a brief meeting. Dinner was poor and we were promptly sent off to our rooms where we were to spend the night. At the crack of dawn the next day, we all woke up with high spirits as we set off to embark upon adventures ahead of us. The most remarkable event of the day had to be the London Dungeons. Trekking through London’s past, with scary surprises at every corner. Also that day, we found ourselves at the Globe Theatre,

By Annabel Manley

Tate Modern, London Eye and onto Planet Hollywood for dinner. The day after that everyone, woke with tired eyes but high morale as we once again, set off to endure another jam-packed adventure day. The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and the Lion King were on the Thursday. I could not praise the Lion King enough. What a spectacular performance, truly remarkable and definitely recommended to EVERYONE. Friday was the return journey, firstly we went to the British Museum, which in my opinion, did not take my fancy. I bought a cook book for my mum and dad in the gift shop, went back to the hostel to pack and then we left. The return journey did not feel quite as long as anticipated, but all the same disappointing to leave London and all it’s joys behind.

OUR TRIP TO LONDON! SWANMORE NOT

Tuesday June 8: • We arrived in London and went on an open top bus tour around the city. When we were on it started to rain and we all got soaking wet! • After that we went to the synagogue and had a look round there. • Then we went to the hostel and settled in. Wednesday June 9: • We woke up got ready and went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and had a guided tour. • After that we went to Tate modern and had another guided tour to look around some of the paintings. • After the interesting tour at Tate modern we went to the London dungeons and I nearly got scared to death there. • Then we were in for another fright as we were about to experience the London eye which was extremely good.

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ALL IN LONDON

• Once we had all worked up an By Ben Morley appetite we headed for Planet Hollywood for dinner. SWANMORE years 7 & 8 go to London… well at least most of them. Some people stayed Thursday June 10: at school. On Tuesday 8th of June we were • Once again we woke up got told we had to make a puppet show based ready but this time we headed on a fairy tale. Me and my group based our for the Natural History Museum story on little red riding hood. In our groups and saw loads of interesting we had to split in to smaller groups were stuff. some of us would write the script, make the • After that we walked round to puppets, make the background or get the the Science Museum and had sound effects. a look round and met loads On lesson five we had a dodgeball tournament of Dutch boys which was very where we split into three groups and played funny. games against each other which was rather • After that we went to the hostel funny. Wednesday June 9 we had to carry on and got changed ready for the making our puppets and writing our scripts. Lion king which was very good. We had to finish all this by Thursday June 10, so we could rehearse our play. Friday June 11: On Thursday I had to go to the athletics • We woke up, got ready and at Sandown High School where we had to headed for the British Museum compete against Bishop Lovett, Ryde Private which was quite good after that and Mayfield. While the other people who we headed home, stopped for stayed at school had a BBQ! lunch and got KFC! Then set off On the last day of the week we watched a for the hovercraft. film with loads of popcorn!

THE BEST OF LONDON

ON TUESDAY June 8, 80 students from Swanmore Middle School spent four days and three nights in the capital, London. First they had to meet up at the Hovercraft terminal at 9.30am. Then they went on a coach to London. Afterwards they went for an open top bus tour. Unfortunately, it rained, and they got really wet, well, the ones on the top did. Then they went to the synagogue, and learned about Jews. The worst part of the day was the youth hostel, out of 10 I give it 0.5. Day two in the morning went to the Globe Theatre which was quite boring. The Tate Modern was boring, the London Dungeons were good, loads of people got really scared, then it was time for the London Eye.

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Some people didn’t want to go on it so they went to the London Aquarium. That was really good, lots of sharks. That evening, they went to Planet Hollywood for dinner. Very, very nice. Day three was at museums. They went to the Natural History Museum. It was alright. Then the Science Museum, that was good, but only in some places. That night they went to the theatre, and watched the Lion King, I’ve heard nothing but praise. Day 4 we went to the British Museum. That was good, but I’m told they had bad elevators. Then there was the wonderful trip back to the Island.


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CHELSEA PENSION THERE was a fantastic turnout for the second Armed Forces Day parade and activities day at Appley this year, and the day was made even more special by the visit of four Chelsea Pensioners in their stunning scarlet coats. Organised by a committee of armed forces organisations, the council and Ryde Town Council, the day began with a march along the North Walk and into Appley Park led by three of the four Chelsea pensioners: I/P C. Cassell BEM, Sgt. J. Eggleton

and I/P W. Campbell. I/P S. Lewis (94) did not take part in the parade, but was able to enjoy watching as they progressed down to the park to the music of the Medina Marching Band veterans. “As far as we were concerned it was an honour to have them there,” said John Taylor, lead organiser of the event with reference to the regal Chelsea Pensioners. Following the veteran’s parade was a cadet parade, led by the


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NERS STEAL SHOW Vectis Corps of Drums. The veterans lined the road and clapped the cadets through after they finished their parade. This was part of Cadet 150, celebrating 150 years of the commencement of the cadet movement. At the park Lord Leiutenant Major General Martin White presented Veterans Badges to Mr. D Toogood, Mr. B Holbrook, Mr. R Potter and Mr. A Gregory. An Affiliation Certificate between the

Cowes Royal British Legion and Cowes High School Combined Cadet Force was also presented. The Territorial Army 165 Port Regiment RLC (V) brought a Mexi float – a powered pontoon – and a 100ft long assault course for the children and youngsters to play on, which was very popular and busy all day. Warrant Officer Mark Toms ran a cadet challenge over the course, which was won by

1024 Squadron Air Training Corps. A crane and a rough-terrain fork-lift truck were also on the Mexi float, which came over from Marchwood. Families making sandcastles on the beach posed with the army lads and the heavy equipment, which was available for people to look over. “It took them 21/2 to 3 hours to get over here from the mainland and they had to wait until midnight for the high tide

to leave,” said John Taylor. “The IW Military Vehicle Trust brought at least a dozen vehicles and a 25lb artillery piece,” said Mr. Taylor. “And the IW Rifles did a display and brought equipment and weaponry and there were stalls by various military associations.” Ryde Independent Lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter staged a rescue demonstration involving a winching operation from the lifeboat, which was


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watched by many from the beach. Both bands from the parade played on a stage in the park throughout the afternoon and ‘Alive and Kicking’ played a selection of numbers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In the evening a Proms in the Park concert was given by the Trident Concert Band. A cheque for £530 raised by Trident at a concert at the Riverside Centre in March for Help for Heroes was presented to the deputy High Sheriff, Geoffrey Hughes by Robin Taylor of Ryde Royal British Legion. The evening finished with a wonderful firework display. The Chelsea pensioners came over to the Island on Friday afternoon by hovercraft and tickets were provided free by Hovertravel. “They treated them like royalty,” said Mr. Taylor appreciatively. “SSAFA Forces Help St Vincent’s’ Residential Home supplied a bus to take them to the Royal British Legion Club in St James Street for a buffet tea. Host families looked after the pensioners who also had a meal at the Bay Grill at Appley Café at Saturday teatime,” he added. “The only disappointment was that the BBC and ITV showed no interest in the event – they didn’t even turn up at Southsea for the Chelsea Pensioners,” said Mr. Taylor. “The IW doesn’t exist for them unless it’s something major or nasty.” Armed Forces Day is now an annual event, having changed its name from Veterans Day last year. “We want this event to grow. I’m looking for anyone who is interested in sponsoring next year’s event – any type of sponsorship would be welcome,” said Mr. Taylor. “We would very much like to thank our sponsors Wightlink, IW Council, Ryde Town Council, Newport Council, the MOD, Appley Café and Hovertravel,” said Mr. Taylor.


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Contract until DURATION January 2011

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RFM/6351 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

LOCATION

Experience is essential however some specific training is provided. Duties will be general food preparation and the cooking and serving of meals within a busy restaurant. Duties will also include preparation and serving of function meals and carver.

LOCATION

LOCATION

Waiting Staff/General Asst JOB TITLE

Ryde

Exceeds National minimum wage, WAGES dependant on experience. 35 hours per week. 5 days over 7, between 9.30am and 10pm.

Night Porter JOB TITLE

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6537 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

Sandown

DESCRIPTION

No experience necessary as full training will be provided. Duties include a mixture of serving customers, food service, bar work, housekeeping such as making beds, vacuuming and related tasks. £5.90 per hr. WAGES 40 hrs per week 6 days from 7 Between 7.30am and 8.30pm

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6352 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Cleaner JOB TITLE

LOCATION Freshwater

DESCRIPTION

Required to join current cleaning team in retail store. Duties include sweeping, mopping and buffing the retail floor and back areas, emptying bins and cleaning the toilets

£6 per hour. 12 hours per week, 2 WAGES hours per day Monday to Saturday, 6am -8am.

DURATION

Permanent

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Waiting Staff JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Sandown

DESCRIPTION

Must have good customer service and communication skills. Previous experience is preferred although full training will be provided. Duties involve taking orders, serving meals, clearing away and re-setting tables, and keeping all areas clean and tidy. No live-in accommodation is available for this position.

WAGES

Wage meets national minimum wage 36 hrs per week 6 days from 7 Split shifts

DURATION Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6508- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Chef de Partie JOB TITLE Binfield, Newport LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Up and coming new restaurant aiming for AA Rosettes (Fantastic location on the medina river in Newport Isle of Wight). New owners looking for motivated and enthusiastic Chef De Partie. Availability for weekend essential, must have own knives and whites. Basic food hygiene certificate essential. Duties include: Preparing food, helping running the kitchen on a day to day basis, keeping the kitchen clean and tidy. two of the shifts will be split, three straight shifts and overtime available in the Summer months. £7 WAGES per hr

DURATION Permanent

40-45 hrs per week 5 days from 7 between 9am – 9.30pm

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10662- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Sales Manager/Director JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Newport

DESCRIPTION

We are a new national internet-based company that needs an experienced Sales Manager/Director designate. This will be an exciting but challenging role made for a driven and ambitious person Experience in the field of website advertising is essential . Additionally applicants will be required to recruit, train and manage a small, dedicated tele-sales team.

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm and Sat WAGES Mornings Salary by Negotiation – to be discussed

DURATION Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10727 -Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Housekeeper JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Shanklin

DESCRIPTION

WAGES

18 -22 hrs per week between Mon – Sat.

DURATION Temporary to October 2010 approx

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6466 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Night Porter JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Ryde

DESCRIPTION

Experience would be preferred but not essential as training can be provided. Manual work is involved. Duties include thorough cleaning of the public areas and assisting with the setting up of function rooms and all other associated duties. Will be required to work until 7.30am on Sundays before bank holidays. Will also be required to cover for sickness & holidays.

£6 WAGES per hr

DURATION

Temporary – to start end June 2010 for an unknown duration

16 hrs per week Sat 11pm – 7.30am And Sun 11pm – 6.30am

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6504- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

JOB TITLEChef LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Full time hours, mainly straight shifts.

CareTITLE Assistant – Nights JOB

LOCATION

Sandown

Experienced carers for night shifts to day, assisting with delivering care to clients with advanced dementia. NVQ would be preferable however training can be provided. Must be committed and flexible in approach to work and be able to work as a team member.

Negotiable WAGES wage depending on experience. 36 hrs per week Tues, Weds, Thurs nights 8pm – 8am

DURATION Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6514 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Care Assistant JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Sandown

DESCRIPTION

Experienced carers to cover various shifts day and night and weekends, assisting with delivering care to clients with advanced dementia. NVQ would be preferable however training can be provided. Must be committed and flexible in approach to work and be able to work as a team member.

Negotiable WAGES wage depending on experience 25+ per week Days/Nights/Evenings

DURATION Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6515 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

LOCATION

To join a small friendly team working in our contemporary cafe bar serving holiday guests, leisure club members and day visitors. Also assisting with the preparation of food for functions, events and parties. Must be used to working with fresh ingredients and be calm under pressure. Mostly straight shifts, good salary and opportunity for the right person.

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Cleaner/Driver JOB TITLE

Cowes

Wage is Negotiable

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DESCRIPTION

Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage. Applicants must be able to provide references. Duties will include cleaning hotel bedrooms and bathrooms, making beds, cleaning communal areas, and general hotel housekeeping tasks.

Wage meets national minimum wage

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Shanklin

DESCRIPTION

Must be fully flexible regarding working days and hours and hold a current, clean driving licence with D1 entitlement. Must be aged 25+ years for insurance purposes and have some experience. Duties involve cleaning cars, vans and mini-buses, collecting vehicles from and delivering to customer’s addresses, light maintenance, checking tyre pressure, fan-belts, fluids, collecting drivers from other jobs and all related tasks as required. Wage meets national minimum wage WAGES 24+ hrs per week 3 days from 7 8.30am – 5.30pm

DURATION

Temporary initially for 6 months – may lead to a permanent contract

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JOB TITLE

Sports and Fitness Instructor

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Must have minimum level 2 current fitness industry qualification. Must also have running experience. Racquet sports experience would be an advantage. Duties include fitness instruction in the gymnasium and studio, leading the running club, encouraging members in racquet sports, and all other associated tasks. £6.50-£7 per hr depending on WAGES experience. 22 hrs per week. 3-5 days from 7. Between 8am -10pm

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6517 -Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

JOB TITLE

Carpet Estimator/Salesperson

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Must have previous experience of estimating. Good customer service skills are essential. Duties to be all aspects of estimating carpets and sales. Driving licence is essential. Applicant will be required to undertake a work trial prior to employment, to be discussed at interview.

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10768 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Sous Chef or JOBJunior TITLE Chef de Partie

LOCATION

Gurnard

DESCRIPTION

An exciting new restaurant has recently opened in Gurnard and is proving to be very successful. All dishes are freshly prepared on a daily basis so experience of a busy kitchen is essential together with being able to work on your own initiative. A major part will be in the preparation of dishes. The cuisine is contemporary British with Mediterranean and Scandinavian influences. This position will provide an excellent opportunity and a unique experience for the right person to be involved with the dynamic young team.

WAGES

Negotiable depending on experience Full time, flexible hours

DURATION

LOCATION

Cowes

DESCRIPTION

£6 per hour. 12 hours per week, 2 WAGES hours per day Monday to Saturday, 6am - 8am.

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW10782- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

JOBMaintenance TITLE Person Newport

DESCRIPTION

Must be able to work alone, have experience of general DIY, woodwork etc essential. This position will entail general DIY duties within our nursery working in line with the expected Health and Safety policies and procedures of the company. We offer in house training, flexible working hours, family friendly policy, pension, staff welfare scheme. £6 per hour. Monday to Friday. This WAGES position has no guaranteed hours, you will be called upon as and when we require.

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10766- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Head Chef JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Sandown

DESCRIPTION

You will be experienced and have good customer service skills. You will manage all aspects of a busy kitchen including stock counting and control, food preparation and cooking and maintaining hygiene standards. 40 WAGES – 48 hrs per week. Mon – Sun. Days and evenings

Temporary DURATION July – September.

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6525 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Cleaner JOB TITLE

LOCATION

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Casual Nursery Assistant JOB TITLE

Required to join current cleaning team in retail store. Duties include sweeping, mopping and buffing the retail floor and back areas, emptying bins and cleaning the toilets.

LOCATION

Newport

Wage is negotiable depending on WAGES experience. 20-40 hours per week, 5 days from 7. Between 8am and 6pm.

Cleaner JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Seaview

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Newport

DESCRIPTION

No qualifications or experience necessary. The position will entail assisting the other team members in planning running fun, stimulating activities for the children and carrying out general nursery duties.

Meets National Minimum Wage. WAGES This position has no guaranteed hours and you will be called upon to cover staff sickness and holidays.

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10764- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Cleaner JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Newport

DESCRIPTION

Experience is an advantage but not essential for this position as training can be given. You will be involved in general cleaning in a retail store to include staff areas. Duties will include mopping, vacuuming, emptying bins, use of floor cleaning machinery and any related tasks. You will also be cleaning/checking toilets.

WAGES

£6.25 per hour. 12 hours per week, Mon to Sat 8am to 10am

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10779 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Waiting Staff JOB TITLE

LOCATION Yarmouth

DESCRIPTION

Required for a busy seafood restaurant in Yarmouth. Must be 18+. Must have experience at waiting on tables and bar work. Duties to include greeting customers, taking orders, pouring drinks, serving food, using a cash register, and cleaning duties. £5.80 - £6.50 per hr. 25 – 30 hrs per WAGES week over 5/6 days. Some split shifts

DURATION Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10513 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Kitchen Porter JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Cowes

DESCRIPTION

Required to join current cleaning team in retail store. Duties include sweeping, mopping and buffing the retail floor and back areas, emptying bins and cleaning the toilets

Shanklin

DESCRIPTION

Previous experience within a similar role is preferred, but not essential as full training will be given. Duties will include washing up of kitchen items / clearing away and assisting in the kitchen where required. Will include working weekends.

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

Niw/10794 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

£6 per hour. 10 hours per week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and WAGES Saturday mornings 6am -8.30am.

Permanent DURATION

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/10784 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.

Meets National Minimum Wage. 10 – 20 hrs per week. Split Shifts WAGES Between 8am – Midday and 6-10pm.

Permanent DURATION

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

RFM/6521 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number.


The Gazette, Friday, July 2, 2010

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SOLAR BEST AT BARTON

BARTON PRIMARY won the Best Solar Design category at the Isle of Wight heat of the ‘Hampshire and Isle of Wight Solar Challenge’ held at Summerfields Primary in Newport on June 21. The school will now go on to represent the Island at the regional final of the Challenge in Winchester on July 8. The Solar Challenge is a competition that encourages Key Stage 2 pupils to understand and harness the power of the sun to use as an alternative source of energy. Six schools on the Island

took part and each school was given two solar powered car kits, both consisting of a body template, solar cell, motor gearing and wheels. Using the guidelines, the children had to build both a solar powered car and a working model of their choice using recycled materials. The programme fits into the Key Stage 2 curriculum and provides schools with a way of raising the importance of renewable energy sources and environmental concerns. Isle of Wight Council Principal Officer for

Environment Jim Fawcett organised the Isle of Wight heat and said, “The participating schools really embraced the project and the standard of the solar powered cars and models was truly fantastic. “The pupils also learnt a great deal about renewable energies and how solar power works. For example, they learnt that if their shadows blocked out the sun, then their cars didn’t go as fast. “I look forward to accompanying Barton Primary to the final in Winchester and wish them

luck in the competition” Also during the day, the Fastest Car competition was won by Arreton Primary School with Summerfields Primary School in second place while Sandham Middle School were runners up in the Best Solar Design category. As category winners, both Arreton and Barton primary schools also won a £50 voucher to spend at the Centre for Alternative Technology online shop. The Hampshire Final will be held at the Intech Science Centre and Planetarium on Thursday July 8.

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DELEGATES CHECK

Kerry Jackson, Ian Stephens, Sandy Stephens, Jerry Whitsey, Vanessa Churchman, David Ball SUN, SEA and 80 delegates from around the world. Last weekend saw the arrival of representatives from the 24 islands who will be taking part here next June in the 2011 NatWest Island Games. The representatives were hosted in the beautiful Lakeside Hotel at Wootton. During their

sites where the athletes will attending the Royal Yacht held at Newclose Cricket Ground. Yet again people were impressed be accommodated, including Squadron for an official dinner Lower Hyde, Shanklin and were with the Chairman of the with the beautiful setting but impressed with all of them. Some team managers were concerned that athletes would be more interested in the planes at Sandown Airport as Cheverton Copse Holiday Park is placed

“What a memorable event, superb food and location and the weather allowed us to show off Cowes and the waterfront to perfection.” stay they visited the venues where the sports will be held, including Fairway at Sandown, which will be the home of the athletics. They were also taken to the

so conveniently near to the runway! The Fort Holiday Park was singled out, especially as The Caulkheads pub provides such splendid food and entertainment. The evening saw the party

“Yet again people were impressed with the beautiful setting but Holly Kirby completely stole the show when she arrived to play guitar and sing.” Council, Cllr Ian Stephens. What a memorable event, superb food and location and the weather allowed us to show off Cowes and the waterfront to perfection. On the Saturday morning it was off to the opening ceremony for the Primary School Island Games and many visitors had their pictures taken with the schools representing their particular Island. The evening dinner was

Holly Kirby completely stole the show when she arrived to play her guitar and sing. People were so impressed with her performance that you could have heard a pin drop and she had to go home to collect copies of her CD as they were so much in demand. In all a most memorable weekend and we now look forward to June next year and the arrival of nearly 4,000 visitors.


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OUT ISLAND SITES ST HELENA ‘RYDE’ TO GAMES VICTORY PUPILS FROM primary schools in the Ryde area stormed to victory as the Island of ‘St Helena’ at the third annual Primary School Island Games. Organised by IW Council’s sports unit, over 400 children took part in the games held at Sandown

High School, which saw schools represent different international islands just a year before the NatWest International Island Games are hosted here in 2011. The islands that were represented during the games included Cayman Islands, St Helena, Rhodes, Greenland, Menorca, Gibraltar, Western Isles and Bermuda. Each Island was represented by seven clusters of primary schools. These were Ryde, Sandown, Ventnor, Cowes, including East Cowes, Newport, Carisbrooke and West Wight. St Helena triumphed overall after achieving the most success, winning an impressive six out of the seven sports, followed by Cayman Islands (Sandown area) in second place and Greenland (Ventnor area) in

The opening ceremony was led by the Unidos Samba Band, followed by over 80 volunteers and the recently successful IW World Island Youth Games team. Following the arrival of the teams, Mass Fusion performed a carnival dance act before the Island Games Association chairman Jorgen Pettersson officially opened

third. This year’s games also welcomed the full International Island Games Executive Committee and guests from all other 24 member islands who watched the opening ceremony and the competitions.

the games. Following the opening ceremony, around 1000 spectators watched a full day of tennis, girls football, athletics, tag rugby, netball, cycling and basketball. Every primary school was involved in the games, with several of the cluster areas holding trials and regular practice sessions over

the past three months in preparation for the event. The official mascot for the 2011 Isle of Wight International Island Games - a giant red squirrel whose name will be chosen by children over the coming months - was also involved during the day, cheering the children on and posing for photos.


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The Gazette, Friday, July 2, 2010

JUNIOR ROWERS KEEP FLAG FLYING

Ryde’s winning J14 Coxed Four - winner of the Boys J16 Fours event at Woolston Regatta. L to R - Andras Hicks, Max Reeve, Dale Buckett, Cox Bryony Reeve and Sam Corney

RYDE ROWING CLUB’S Junior Squad flew the flag for Island rowing at Southampton Rowing Club’s Woolston Regatta. With the Club’s Senior squad focusing on their preparation for the Henley Veterans Regatta the Juniors produced some fine performances. In particular their J14 Boys’ coxed four of Dale Buckett, Anndras Hicks, Sam Corney and Max Reeve with Bryony Reeve coxing, racing in the J16 event against boys two years the seniors were in top-form to win the event. Another fine performance came in the Boys’ J16 Single Sculls, where again the two Ryde J14 scullers were racing older opposition but Sam Cornney still managed a second place, with Harvey Kirkby finishing fifth.. There was however disappointment for the second J14 crew of Bryony Reeve, Holly Evans, Harvey Kirkby and Harrission Sparry - who were forced to withdraw through illness. One Senior Club members was able to attend, Ian Hayden racing in the Men’s Senior Sculls where he finished second to stay in the running for this Hants & Dorset ARA Championship.

VENTNOR BEATEN GOLF FULL OF FUN AND FROLICS!

VENTNOR slumped to a six wicket defeat at Alton in an all-day fixture in the ECB Southern Electric Premier Division. Ryan Hale, Alton’s naturalised Australian, did the damage, smashing a fine 110 in his first Southern League century for three years as the home side won only their second game of the season. The hosts’ victory was enough to take them off the bottom of the League with Ventnor slipping to just one place off the basement. With Mark Fletcher and Andy Whyte injured and Danny Briggs now a regular in Hampshire’s t20 line up, Ventnor gave a debut to Roger Miller, the former Andover skipper, who joined the club from Havant. Miller contributed 39 as he and Matt Compton (27) helped their side reach 81-3. A splendid knock of 70 from Ian Hilsum pushed the score to 196-4 and with Neil Westhorpe hitting 35 and Sean Nowak 40, Ventnor

eventually totalled 254-7 from their 64 overs. Alton took advantage of a disappointing Ventnor bowling performance, scoring at five an over as Hale dominated proceedings to lead his side to victory inside 48 overs. Ventnor bounced back from that setback to score a dramatic three run win over Totton & Eling in the second round of the Southern Electric t2o Cup at Southern Gardens. Sean Nowak top scored with 36 in the Islanders’ modest total of 109, five wickets falling for just 14 runs as the innings petered out. Any hopes of a win seemed remote as the home team progressed to 33 without loss before Mark Holmes’s spell of 2-15 brought Ventnor back into the game. Roger Miller and Charlie Freeston then made further breakthroughs and with the hosts wobbling, David Beven took three crucial wickets to give his side the upper hand. An excellent penultimate

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maiden over from Miller set up a tense finish and with four runs needed from the final delivery, young Beven held his nerve to bowl a ‘dot ball’ to clinch a narrow win for his side. Ventnor’s second team continued their fine run to clinch an eighth successive win in Hampshire League Division 3, as they disposed of South Wilts III. The mainland side scored 186, and Ventnor suffered an early setback when James Cheek was dismissed without scoring but rarely looked back once Ben Woodhouse (36) and Richard Wilson (30) had got the innings under way. Fit again Martin Blackman with 31 and Darren Taylor with an unbeaten 39 saw their side home with 11 overs to spare. Chris Lammiman with 74, James Lucy (48) and Stuart Peak (46) top scored for Shanklin’s first team as they rattled up a score of 282 in the Harwoods Renault League against Ventnor III, and then bowled out the opposition for 163.

THERE was plenty of madness and a few frolics at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club to celebrate the height of summer. Plenty of members were up at the crack of dawn for the 5.30am start of the Midsummer Madness Texas Scramble. The early bids who caught the worm and took first place with a nett score of 53.79 were Ben Nicholls, Marino Zanti, Christian Zanti and Dave Coleman Runners up were Tony Williams, Peter Brooke, Chris Gould and Julie Miller 56.47, while third place went to Neil Jackson Sheryl Jackson, Stephanie Hart and Debbie Berry on 57.36. The Ladies’ Midsummer Frolic competition off the first tee was won by Jill Boynton and Debbie Berry with 57 points. No doubt Debbie had to make her way to the clubhouse afterwards

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for ‘drinks all round’ after scoring a hole in one at the ninth – right in front of the clubhouse balcony. In second place were Anne Fisher and Wendy King (57) while off the 10th tee Tina Woodward and Alix Goddard took the honours (63) from Eileen Eccles and Lesley Ismail (61). Peter Brooke won the Monthly Stableford Division One in sweltering conditions with 42 points, ahead of Ian Miller (40) and John Richards (39). Division 2 went to Ian Roome (39) from Andy Groves (38) and John Carter (38). An Open Medal off the ‘whites’ saw Paul Cavaciuti (68) beat Keith Taylor on countback, with Division 2 honours going to Tony Theakston (69) with John Salter (71) second. The Junior Stableford winner was Jordan Sundborg (41). Conner Knight (39) was

second and Josh Tutty (39) third. Other recent results: Ladies: EWGA Medal (British Heart Foundation) Silver Nett Winner Christine Smith 68. 2nd Debbie Berry 70. 3rd Deborah Richards 71 Bronze 1: Winner Liz Jolliffe 72. 2nd Brenda Connery 74. 3rd Lynn Aylott 76. Bronze 2: Winner Christine O’Brien 75. 2nd June Westmore 76. Seniors’ Monthly Stableford (Age Concern): Division 1 (0-16): Winner Noel Dobbs 37. 2nd Gwynn White 37. 3rd John Bushby 36. Division 2 (17-28): Winner Trevor Mitchell 45. 2nd Andy Hicks 42. 3rd Alan Parker 40. Open Stableford, Division 1: Winner Keith Taylor 37. 2nd Paul Cavaciuti 36. 3rd Jordan Sundborg 35. Division 2: Winner Mike Jones 38. 2nd Paul Cock 35. 3rd Colin Ratcliffe 32.

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ROUND HUGE SUCCESS

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PRESIDENT’S ISLAND BIG DAY OUT

AFTER a fantastic day of sailing hundreds of the over 1,700 competitors in the 79th edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race headed for the Island Sailing Club (ISC) to the event prizegiving. The Sunday morning’s (June 20) prizegiving was introduced and MC’d by ISC Sailing Secretary Chris Thomas who welcomed onto the stage the Commodore Bill Pimlott, Roger Thompson, UK Head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management and one of the world’s best offshore racing sailors, Mike Golding OBE. The Commodore made special mention of the small army of volunteers and the ISC teams who help to pull this event together each year. Roger Thompson highlighted how much J.P. Morgan Asset Management enjoys working with the Island Sailing Club and said that this great event just keeps going from strength to strength. Roger Thompson and Mike Golding handed out the trophies to some very proud competitors including the winner of this year’s Gold Roman Bowl, Brian Appleyard and his crew on the Nordic Folkboat Nordic Bear. The full 2010 Results for individual classes and the list of trophy winners are in the 2010 Results Book at: www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/ code/php/main_c.php?section=resu ltsa&page=resultsbooks Highlights: Gold Roman Bowl & JPMam Salver - First Overall IRC
GBR731: Nordic Bear Brian Appleyard Silver Roman Bowl & JPMam Salver Second Overall IRC
FGBR707: Madelaine

Madelaine and Isobella Donald Silver Gilt Roman Bowl & Jpmam Salver - First Overall Isc Rating System
K771: Twilight Patrick Moreton Fidelis Trophy - Second Overall ISC Rating System GBR5119: Min-O-Din Steve Pearson Line Honours Observer Trophy & Jpmam Salver - First Monohull to finish
GBR1R: Icap Leopard Mike Slade Freedom Challenge Bowl First GP/Mocra Multihull to Finish
17: Idec Conrad Ritblat Trophy & JPMam Salver - First Irc to finish
GBR1R: Icap Leopard Mike Slade 
Lloyds Bank Trophy - First

ISC rating system boat to finish
GBR2016: Osprey Mr Nickolas Imregi Other Highlights Raymarine Rir Young Sailor Trophy GBR9027t: Pocket Rocket Matt Ponsford JPMorgan Asset Mgmnt Family Trophy - First Family Boat
GBR9585T: Pickle Jeremy & Max Vines New for 2010
Tenacity Trophy - Last boat to finish within the time limit
GBR2421L: Prohor Next year’s Round the Island Race takes place on Saturday June 25. Importantly this will be the 80th Anniversary Race and the organisers are anticipating a record entry.

PRESIDENT ALLAN TIMBRELL hosted the annual Bowls Isle of Wight President’s Day match at his home club, Camp Hill Bowls Club. The afternoon started with a charity “Spider” for a bottle of whisky, which was won by Tony Evans of Camp Hill. Charity collections, continued throughout the afternoon, with all money going to the “Make-aWish Charity, who help children with life threatening illnesses achieve their dreams. The match result was a win for the President’s team by 129 shots to 98. The top rink for the President was Jim Maish, Trevor Williamson, Mike McCreanor and John Attrill. The top rink for the Vice President was Carol Venier, Colin Beavis, Tony Bray and John Edwards. The County team played two matches, against touring Somerset CBA and Wiltshire CBA. The first match against Somerset was played at Ryde Marina Bowling Club and was played on eight rinks, five of which were won by the Island team. The overall result was a win by 161 shots to 134. Rinks and scores: Alan Harrison (Sandown), Simon Gibbs (Ryde Marina), Alan Timbrell (President) and Bob Mortlock (Sandown) won 21 – 13. David Brown (Camp Hill), Jim Maish (Sandown), Dennis Mulherne (Ryde Marina) and Barry Rodwell (Ryde Marina) lost 18 – 22. Steve wake (Ventnor), Chas. Bloomfield Ryde Marina), Nigel Rance (Shanklin) and Derek Stevens (Plessey) won 22 – 13. Gary Soal (Ryde Marina), Dennis Buckley (Ventnor), Dave Chester (Westland) and Alan Bell (Shanklin) won 30 - 6 Brian Barrett , Mike McCreanor (Both Ryde Marina), Ted Nelson (Totland Bay) and Paul Longhurst (Plessey) won 17 – 15. Tony Hendey (Plessey), Ian Morill (Ryde Marina), John Ailkins (Shanklin) and Roy Smith (Plessey) lost 15 – 19. Norman Lockwood (Shanklin), Ted Pinkney (Totland Bay), Roy Dicker (Ventnor) and Ken Gales (Newport) won 22 – 21. Alan Bugby (Bembridge), Clive Milford (Westland), Dave Fredericks (Ryde Marina) and Tony King (Plessey) lost 16 - 25. The match against Wiltshire was played at Totland Bay Bowling Club, and the Island team only managed to win on two rinks. with an overall score losing by 120 to 108. Rinks and scores: David Jerram Ryde Marina) Jim Maish (Sandown), Mike Bradford (Shanklin) and Roy Smith

(Plessey) lost 17 – 27. Malcolm Addison (Newport) Terry Thorner (Camp Hill), Allan Timbrell (President) and Barry Rodwell (Ryde Marina) lost 17 – 27. Alan Bugby (Bembridge), Brian Wallace (Newport), Ian Morrill (Ryde Marina), Peter Clayton (Plessey) won 23 - 15. Dennis Bryant, Reg King (both Totland Bay), John Wilkins (Shanklin) and Dave Fredericks (Ryde Marina) lost 18 – 19. George Stevens (Newport) Richard Vickery, Dennis Mulhern (Both Ryde Marina) Tony Hendey (Plessey) won 22 - 13. David Brown (Camp Hill), Seamus Morris (Ryde Marina), Roy Dicker (Ventnor), John Edwards (Totland Bay) lost 16 - 18. The Men’s County competitions have now reached the quarter final stages, the matches to be played are: Singles: Miles Farrington (Plessey) v Rob Ribbens (Westland), John Marsh (Shanklin) v Phil Turner (Ventnor), Travis Meller (Shanklin) v Adam Clark (Cowes Medina), John Pearce (Plessey) v Simon New (Cowes Medina) Pairs: Ben Mackett (Cowes Medina) v Barry Bridgeman (Ventnor), Alan Bell (Shanklin) v Alan Best (Ventnor). John Pearce (Plessey) v John Crews (Plessey) Paul Dickenon (Cowes Medina) v Roy Smith (Plessey). Triples: Bob Mortlock (Sandown) v Guiseppi Cretella (Ryde Marina) Jack Berry (Shanklin) v Geoff Lewis (Shanklin). Richard Jefferys (Shanklin) v Darren Griffith (Cowes Medina), Chris New (Cowes Medina) v Ken Kelleway (Plessey). Fours: Richard Jeffereys (Shanklin) v John Picking (Cowes Medina), Ray Byham (Cowes) v Chris New (Cowes Medina). Colin Worsfold (Plessey) v Dave Gustar (Cowes Medina), John Gallop (Shanklin) v Phil Brooks (Shanklin). Ladies’ County competition: Pairs Semi-Finals: Alpha Simpson (Ventnor) 26, Ann Hoath (Ryde Marina) 11. Joyce Wilson (Shanklin) 26, Eileen Young (Shanklin) 12. The final will be between Judy Anderson and Alpha Simpson (Ventnor) v Daphne Stanton and Joyce Wilson (Shanklin). The singles quarter finals will be played by Dot Gossling (Totland Bay), Alpha Simpson (Ventnor), Margarety Haynes (Newport), Pauline Proud (Ventnor), Gay Allen (Bembridge), Jann Frederick (Warner), Auriol Ash (Ventnor) and Sue Noble (Warner).


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GEARING UP MASTERFUL SHOW FOR LADIES’ SPECIAL DAY

COWES WEEK is gearing up for what could be its biggest Ladies Day, since it was introduced at the world-famous regatta four years ago. Ladies Day, which will be on Wednesday, August 4, was first introduced with the simple objective to raise the profile of sailing as one of few mainstream sports where men and women compete on equal terms. Commenting on Cowes Week’s Ladies Day, Michelle Warner, Sales & Marketing Director for Cowes Week Limited, said: “Over the last decade we have seen a marked increase in female participation at Cowes Week. The number of female skippers alone has leapt by 150 per cent since 2002. Ladies Day is an opportunity to celebrate women in sailing and spread the message that Cowes Week is fully inclusive.” To highlight the increasing involvement of the fairer sex, the Ladies Day Trophy will once again be awarded as part of the Ladies Day celebrations and Cowes Week Limited is pleased to announce that nominations for the Trophy are now live. Nominations are invited for female sailors who have achieved something outstanding for the sport – from the Corinthian sailor and those overcoming difficulties in order to succeed in sailing, to those who have undertaken remarkable challenges. The nominated individual just needs to have competed in the regatta in recent years and be available to enjoy a celebratory glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne with us on Ladies Day! Over the last five years, a diverse cross-section of female sailors have received the Trophy. The inaugural Ladies Day Trophy was awarded to the late Betty

Moore in 2006. At the age of 88, it was fitting that Betty should become the first recipient of the Trophy, having sailed at Cowes Week every year since 1947! In 2007, Gavia Wilkinson-Cox received the Trophy in recognition of her sailing achievements in the Dragon class and her work in raising funds for the sailors of the British Olympic and Paralympic Teams since the 1990s. In 2008, Kerry Gruson - one of the first disabled woman helms to compete at Cowes Week - was recognised for her work teaching sailing and advancing accessible sailing for people with disabilities. Last year, Sam Davies became the fourth recipient of the Ladies Day Trophy for her outstanding achievements as one of the world’s most talented female offshore sailors. Onboard Roxy she completed her first solo, non-stop round the world Vendée Globe race in 2009 in an incredible time of just over 95 days. Nominations can be made by visiting the official website at www.cowesweek.co.uk and will close at midday on Friday 30 July 2010. The entries will then be judged by a panel of experts, and the Trophy presented on Ladies Day. Celebrations throughout the day include: • A 10 per cent discount on all Gill purchases for female shoppers in the Aquatogs store in Cowes as well as at the Gill retail unit at Cowes Yacht Haven. • A complimentary personal skincare consultation and a pampering hand and arm massage courtesy of Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare on Cowes Parade (subject to availability). • A female focused “Get Your Kit On” challenge hosted by the RNLI.

Ryde R. C. Veteran B Sculler - Ian Hayden. Gold Medallist. British Rowing Masters Championships RYDE has become the first Island Rowing Club to compete and win medals at British Rowing Masters Championships, held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. Over 420 crews and Scullers competed at the long established National Veteran Championship Regatta, which has been re-named as a “Masters” event, in-line with international regulations. The Ryde Club had a coxless quad, of Russell Page, Simon Saunders, Mick Jenner and Ian Hayden, racing at Masters/ Veteran B status for which they had high hopes, but an equipment failure just after the start cost them dear and they dropped behind the leading crews before recovering to finish third but outside the medals due to the limited entry in this event. The four members of the quad raced in the singles with Simon Saunders and Ian Hayden racing in the Veteran/Masters “B” status and Mick Jenner and Russell Page at Veteran/ Masters “C”. In both events

the competition was much stronger requiring the scullers to battle through a number of heats to reach the finals. For Simon Saunders, who has only just returned to competitive rowing, the standard proved to be too high and in spite of a good performance he failed to make the final. However there were no such issues

now focus on the Henley Veterans Regatta in mid July before competing in the last few Coastal Regattas. The Wightlink sponsored Ryde Club also competed at the latest Hants & Dorset ARA Championship Regatta at Poole. The Club’s J14 Boys crew of Andreas Hicks, Charlie Gedling, Dale Buckett

“The standard proved to be too high and in spite of a good performance he failed to make the final.” for Ian Hayden, who won his heat and semi-final to cruise into the final where he produced another fine performance to take the Gold medal. Both Russell Page and Mick Jenner fought their way through hotly contested heats to reach their final where Mick Jenner finished in the Bronze medal position to secure the Club its second medal of the day and Russell Page finished sixth. The veteran squad will

and Max Reeve with cox Bryony Reeve, competed in the Men’s Novice Four against – much older and larger opposition where, although failing to make the final, they produced a very encouraging performance. They then competed in the J16 Fours – with just one change, Sam Corney coming in for Andreas Hicks and where, once again they were competing against older opposition, and they finished in an

COWES WEEK BACKERS GET ON BOARD

COWES WEEK Limited (CWL) is still without a main sponsor, but are receiving support from many other backers to ensure the future of the annual regatta. Artemis Investment Management, one of the UK’s leading investment companies with a strong association with Cowes Week over the years, is the latest to get on board,

signing a major boat branding sponsorship package for this year’s Cowes Week. The Artemis logo will appear on the bows of the Cowes Week competing boats, providing the company with significant brand exposure at the world’s best-known sailing regatta. This new deal is part of Artemis’ wider new commitment

to British sailing, and the new source of investment in Cowes Week benefits everyone competing this year by ensuring that entry fees are maintained at 2009 levels. In a further commitment to Cowes Week, Artemis will again be sponsoring the Cowes Week Red Arrows display which has become a regular fixture at the event in recent

years. “The Red Arrows display on the final Friday of Cowes Week has been one of the shore-side highlights in recent years, not only for the sailors but also the thousands of spectators who come to enjoy the atmosphere, and we didn’t want to see it disappear,” said Mark Tyndall, CEO of Artemis.. “We supported the Red

Arrows last year and will do so again this year.” Stuart Quarrie, CEO of CWL added: “Cowes Week has enjoyed a great working relationship with Artemis Investment Management in recent years and we are delighted that we have the opportunity to further this relationship for the ultimate benefit of Cowes Week sailors.”

impressive second place – with the gap between them and the leaders closing fast at the finish. Sam Corney and Harvey Kirkby also competed in the Boys J16 Sculls event, again against older opposition, Sam finishing second and Harvey fifth in a closely contested final. Ian Hayden, fresh from his gold medal winning performance at the GB Masters Championships, competed in the Men’s Senior Sculls securing a relatively comfortable victory to put himself back in the lead for this Championship – he then paired up with J14 oarsman Andreas Hicks to race in a coxless double, where they finished third in the final. Bryony Reeve and Holly Evans competed in the Girls J16 fours in a composite crew with BTC finishing in 3rd place. James Cleary, making his debut in the Men’s Novice Sculls event was well in contention in his heat at the turn but his inexperience let him down and he just failed to make the final.


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VENTNOR LOOK TO TOPPLE TWENTY-20 BIG HITTERS

VENTNOR will be hoping history repeats itself when they entertain ECB Cockspur twenty20 cricket cup champions Bournemouth in the quarter-finals of the Southern Electric t20 Cup

at Steephill on Sunday week, July 11. When the teams met in the Steephill ‘bowl’ last year, Ventnor won, inflicting the only t20 defeat on Bournemouth,

who won the Electric Cup in 2008 and went on to lift the national trophy in front of the Sky television cameras at Derby last September. In the other quarter-final ties, Alton host Andover,

Bashley (Rydal) receive Havant and Portsmouth travel to Hook & Newnham Basics. The final is under the Rose Bowl floodlights, home of Hampshire, on Thursday August 19.

FIREMEN SAY ‘HOZE THAT!’

THE IW CRICKET Board completed a convincing victory when they played hosts to the UK Fire & Rescue Cricket Section (UKFRS CS) at Newclose CCG. Due to some good bowling by the Islanders, the UKFRS were all out for just 159 from 39 overs. Only James Lucy, 40 (IOW FRS) and Kevin Newbold 43 not out (Nottinghamshire FRS) made significant contributions. The total was never going to be enough and the Island side knocked off the runs in just 22 of the 50 allotted overs to avenge last year’s defeat..

The following day the UKFRS CS travelled a few miles across the Island to play an IW Select XI at Shanklin CC. Again the Fire Service team were first to bat, and managed a bigger total than the day before. Ross Daynes 108 not out, (Essex FRS) and David Wilson 55 (Durham & Darlington) pushed the score to a respectable 235 off 40 overs. But again the score was not enough and the IW Select XI reached the total with an over to spare. Wickets for the Fire Service team were shared between Kevin Newbold, Tom Bayliss (West Midlands FRS)

and Craig Tennant (West Yorkshire FRS). Thanks to the Isle of Wight’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Steve Apter who played for the Select XI. Next up for the UKFRS CS is a trip to Leeds to play Leeds University and the Prison Service on July 14 & 15 at Kirkstall CC. The Section has players from all over the country,and opponents this year include the Army, RAF, Police, MCC, Yorkshire Academy. The Section is supported by the Chief Fire Officers from across the country allowing personnel to represent the section at the exigencies of each respective service.


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