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MP comments after ‘Emotive’ Vote latest Isle of Wight news

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GO ORANGE The Island’s MP Andrew Turner has commented on the Same Sex Marriage Vote which was held yesterday evening in the Commons. The Bill received 400 votes in support and 175 against - a number of

MPs abstained and some registered a ‘positive abstention’ by voting in both the Yes and the No lobbies. Mr Turner voted against the Bill. Commenting this morning he said: “Last night’s debate

was largely conducted in a measured and respectful way – the House of Commons is often at its best when it is most thoughtful. I was particularly struck by something said by Sir Tony Baldry during the debate: cont p31

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Club on track to open After 6 months of refurbishment, Ventnor Arts Club is on track to open in February and is now inviting applications for membership on its website Exactly what the club is and what we can expect to go inside its art deco walls has been the subject of some interesting speculation despite the information being published during the planning process. People have guessed at various uses including film screenings, comedy nights, acoustic music sessions, poetry, art exhibitions, wine tastings and more. The fact is, it’s all of those as well as providing a bar, food, lounges and Wi-Fi facilities where people can meet, network, relax and enjoy mixing with people who share a love of the arts – in the widest sense. However, some guesses have been very wide of the mark; a builders joke alluded to the most popular of the misinterpretations of the members’ club concept. They stood a plastic pole in the centre of the small lounge room before they

left the site. “We’re now in the final phases of installing the electrics, security and AV systems, fitting the carpets and readying ourselves for the delivery of the sofas, armchairs before members’ preview events in midFebruary” says Stephen Izatt, Director and owner of the former NatWest Bank. “It’s been a process of discovery and one which will continue. During the refurbishment, we’ve discovered an amazing piece of 1924 architectural design along with all of the snags and challenges that false ceilings and ‘70s cladding have been hiding. And when we’re up and running the club, our activities, even our wine list will be reviewed in response to members’ feedback, as we discover their preferences.” The concept of a club like this is familiar to people in London and other cities around the world, catering for people in the media and creative industries as well as people who enjoy the creative industries as well as people who enjoy the product of their

imagination. During the afternoon, they provide a quiet place to meet, read the papers, check email or just hide away; alone or with friends. In the evening, the lights go down, the bar lights up to serve wine and cocktails, a bite to eat and on some nights, a diverse range of arts based events and entertainment. Will it work as well in Ventnor? Given the number of creative people and culture vultures who live or have second homes in Ventnor, it has every chance of providing a popular haunt alongside the restaurants, pubs and bar in a constantly improving Island town.

Suspicious Behaviour Did you see anyone acting suspiciously on School Green Road in Freshwater in the early hours of Saturday morning? (26th Jan) An incident took place at about 1am leaving a door of a collectable shop damaged. Call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111


GO ORANGE WEEKEND: SUPPORT LOCAL For the weekend the Independent Lifeboat Crews of the United Kingdom will be joining forces on Friday 15th of February 2013 to raise awareness for the lifeboat stations that operate outside the auspices of the RNLI. Throughout the UK there are around 60 lifeboat units that are not run by the RNLI and every year their volunteer crews respond to pager callouts in an identical way to the RNLI crews. Training is to the same high standard and all rescue craft must adhere to the same strict code as the RNLI. There is only one major difference. Unlike the RNLI the independent units do not have a large organisation backing them. The people seen out on the boats and in the watchroom windows are the whole team. Not only do they respond to emergencies at sea and on the shores nearby, they are also responsible for their own fundraising, training and maintenance of equipment. If something breaks it is up to those present to fix it.

Crews will join forces on Friday 15th of February The Independent Units within the UK have existed for many years and need support to continue to operate to the same high standards for which they have become known. Often mistaken for the RNLI, the work of these units can go unnoticed and the public will donate to the RNLI thinking the money is going towards their local Independent Unit. The Independent Units hope is that by all celebrating on the same day, they can highlight the number and contribution of non-RNLI units around the country. Everybody who has an Independent lifeboat unit near them is urged to join in with the day by wearing something orange or holding an ‘ORANGE’ fundraising event for your local Independent Lifeboat Station - SSILB.


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Bestival announces amazing initial 2013 line-up details Preparations for the fourday 10th Birthday Spectacular are well underway and bestival organisers have revealed legendary Saturday and Sunday night headliners, Snoop Dogg and Elton John respectively! Commenting on his Sunday night Bestival 2013 headline slot, Elton John said; “I haven’t played any of the major festivals in the UK in recent years, so when the opportunity to play Bestival came up I was very interested. I’ve heard that the Bestival audience comes in fancy dress and I can’t wait to see that they must all look amazing from the stage. At various times I have worn enormous feathered head-dresses, cloaks, hot pants, jumpsuits, clown suits, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, French maid, The Eiffel Tower and The Statue Of Liberty onstage! Wearing fancy dress makes us all feel less inhibited, so I think it’s a great way to enjoy live music. “2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album, so you can expect to hear several tracks from that album. My shows always involve audience participation, singing and dancing, so make sure there is plenty of room for movement inside those fancy dress costumes!” Taking time out from splicing the mainbrace, Rob da Bank said; “So here we are - our tenth birthday… Like a small

child proudly entering double figures… But here’s Bestival still wearing ill-fitting shorts and running about with grazed knees, giggling in the sunlight… Happy days! After 10 years of running our beloved festival, Bestival is still as psychedelically wondrous to us as the September day in 2004 when we first threw open the gates. 2013 will be a vintage year. No increase in capacity, but more land, a raft of exciting changes around the site (including some great new spaces) and all dressed and made up in Bestival’s signature style. show takes no prisoners with his laidback flow capping an almost endless catalogue of super-fat beats. With a forthcoming album produced by Major Lazer and some of hiphop’s biggest anthems under his belt, you can expect Saturday night at Bestival to blow you away. “Band and DJ-wise we’ve cast our net far and wide… As ever, Bestival 2013 will be a magical mix of the old and the new, the vintage and classic, all rubbing shoulders with the ultramodern and leftfield. From one of the biggest selling artists of all time (and certainly the best at fancy dress), Elton John, through the party blazing hip-hop of Snoop Dogg and amazing rare shows from the likes of The Knife, to the newest of the new bands and acts that I’m so excited about like

Jagwar Mar, Merchandise and Cashmere Cat plus literally the finest selection of house and techno DJs we've ever had - from Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to Besti stalwarts Erol Alkan and Annie Mac - this will be our best Bestival yet, so don't miss out!" Well, what can we say? In a UK festival exclusive (and playing his first major festival set on home soil in many years), we’re over the moon that Elton John & His Band will be headlining Sunday night at Bestival 2013! Very probably pop music’s most outrageous son, Sir Elton Hercules John’s reputation as an incendiary live act who pulls out all the stops to put on a scintillating show filled with glitz and glamour makes him, without any shadow of a doubt, the perfect megastar to bring the magic and mayhem of Bestival’s tenth birthday to a close. After partying at the original IOW Festival as a young musician in 1969, we’re very proud that Elton finally gets to perform on the Isle of Wight at Bestival 2013. With more than 30 albums and over 60 UK chart hit singles to his name, Sunday night is guaranteed to be fullon sing-along good times. We’ve already started stockpiling the platform boots, feather boas and glitter. It’s going to be a proper party! With Sunday night well and truly taken care of, we are beside ourselves with joy to announce that The Doggfather himself Snoop Dogg will be wowing the Main Stage crowd as our Saturday night headliner! Hip-hop icon, pop culture phenomenon, izzle speak don & quite simply one of the most gifted spitters ever, Snoop Dogg’s live

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One MP for the Island in 2015

Andrew Turner outside Downing Street

Following a vote in the House of Commons it has been confirmed that there will be just one MP for the Isle of Wight at the next General Election due in 2015. The Government lost the vote which supported the change by 46 votes after the Liberal Democrats withdrew their support. The Commons voted to accept amendments made to the Bill by the House of Lords which mean the revised boundaries will not come into force until at least 2018. Mr Turner, the Island’s MP commented: “This is not unexpected after the volteface by the LibDems, but it means that plans to reduce the number of MPs will not now be in place for the next election. The move would have saved around £13.5m every year, but Nick Clegg MP, who originally enthusiastically supported the plans, decided to order

his Lib Dem MPs to vote against them because he lost the vote on changing the House of Lords. That took very creative interpretation of the coalition agreement on his part – but it is in the nature of coalitions that there are differences of opinion and policy. “However, locally our cross-party campaign against the Island having a crossSolent seat is still a victory. When the changes do come in, and it is expected that they will be brought in before the election expected in 2020, the Island will have two MPs. We will go from being the largest constituency in the UK to being split into two of the smallest. We all worked together against the madness of a cross-Solent seat and were very well supported by the Island’s independent media. It was a great campaign – the results will just come a little later!”

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Cowes Harbour Commission Chairman, Roger Mathias Roger Mathias has been unanimously re-elected as Chairman of Cowes Harbour Commission from 2013 to 2016. Commenting on his continuing role with Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC), Roger said: “I am privileged to be re-elected as CHC Chairman and thank the Commissioners for their continued confidence in me; I hope to be able repay their trust over the next three years. I enjoy the challenges in serving CHC and hope we are seen as continually improving our service to stakeholders. CHC is constantly evolving to ensure Cowes Harbour meets stakeholder requirements and is ‘first in class’ for current and

future generations. "During the last few years a number of key projects have been implemented and improvements made in internal management organisation, stakeholder communications and board governance with robust procedures in place for Commissioners’ recruitment and reappointment. “As many of you know, CHC has, for a number of years, been active on planning for a protective Outer Harbour wall. One regret is that we have been unable, as yet, to confirm a financial vehicle to commence construction. In partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency, we now hope to see a start during 2013.

“Before the end of my chairmanship, I hope to see Cowes transformed into a ‘true sheltered harbour’, which will facilitate a variety of new developments and business opportunities for stakeholders in Cowes and East Cowes, and indeed across the Island. “I also look forward to helping CHC play a leading role in assisting Cowes to strengthen and fulfill its potential as a ‘world class centre of yachting’ through initiatives designed to encourage more major events and visitors to Cowes. “As Chairman for Cowes Harbour Commission, I’m fortunate to have an Experienced, skilled, and

hard-working team of Commissioners who contribute a diversity of expertise. CHC is also fortunate in having a very professional management team led by Capt. Stuart McIntosh.” This is Roger’s third term as Commissioner, having been first appointed in May 2007. In May 2010 he took over as Chairman from Jeremy Preston. In compliance with the British Ports Association guidance “Modernising Trust Ports“, Cowes Harbour Commissioners

are permitted to stand for a third term if serving as Chairman, whilst Commissioners normally stand for two, three year terms. Roger has held various senior executive director positions for companies in the European aerospace and defence sector and is currently a non-exec on a Government board. He has been a Cowes resident since 1970; he is a keen cruising sailor, a member of the Island Sailing Club, and berths his yacht in Cowes.


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FUTURE OF CAMPHILL discussed in Westminster The Island’s MP Andrew Turner and the Councillor for Parkhurst Richard Hollis this week met the Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright MP, to discuss the impact that the closure of the Camp Hill Prison site will have on individual staff and the Island’s economy. Mr Turner arranged the meeting after discussions with staff representatives and the prison’s new Governor Andy Lattimore. He took the opportunity to raise a number of issues of concern to the staff and ask about future plans for the site. Mr Turner said: “The Minister told us that all staff are being interviewed to find out what options they will consider; moving to another prison,

voluntary early departure with an enhanced payment or commuting to work to a mainland prison. Although that process has not yet finished he is hopeful there will be no need for compulsory redundancies on the Island. One concern for a number of people is that if they decide to commute to a mainland prison their ferry fares will not be covered. Although this would be looked at on an individual basis, I have received assurances that ferry fares would not be excluded from travel cost calculations. There were a number of other issues raised during the meeting and I will be going back to those affected to let them know the answers I have received.

“No decisions have yet been made about the future of the site – but I will be keeping in touch with the Minister as any plans progress”. Cllr Hollis commented: “It was emphasised to the Minister that the loss of Camp Hill Prison is extremely sad as the prisons are very important to the Island; they have provided a major source of regular employment for a very long time and there is no obvious alternative source of employment on the Island. Turning to the use of prison land, I pointed out that there is a lot of unused land surrounding the prisons and there seems little point in blighting it by the construction of two huge Wind turbines nearby”.

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Health Commissioners for the Island given green light The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been given the green light to take control of the local NHS budget as a recognised standalone organisation, following an announcement by the NHS Commissioning Board. The Isle of Wight CCG is one of only a handful of CCG’s nationally to be authorised without any conditions in the second wave of authorisation decisions. This means that the CCG has satisfied all 119 authorisation criteria set during the assessment process. The CCG had to demonstrate it was able to commissioning safely, improve quality, reduce inequality and deliver improved health outcomes within resource allocation. Authorisation is granted after experts have reviewed the CCG’s policies, carried out site visits, interviewed its leaders and assessed its

work with stakeholders and patients. The CCG will formally take responsibility for commissioning hospital, community and mental health services for the Island from 1st April 2013, overseeing a budget of £193 million. The CCG has since December 2011 been managing the budget under delegated authority for the IOW PCT and has shown a track record of achievement. The Isle of Wight Primary Care Trust will be abolished on the 31st March 2013. Dr John Rivers, Chairman of Isle of Wight CCG, said: “It is a great credit to the enthusiasm and hard work of my colleagues in the CCG that we have been authorised to take on full commissioning responsibilities. “It is important to recognise that for the CCG to succeed in the huge challenges it now faces it is

Back Row - Dr Dinesh Sinha, Joanna Hesse, Fredrick Psyk, Tracy Cooper and David Newton Front Row - Loretta Outhwaite, Dr John Rivers and Helen Shields vital that we continue to work closely with everyone involved in the delivery and planning of health and social care on the Island. “The first stage of the health care reforms is now complete and we can focus on being a clinically led organisation improving the quality of health care for all

of us on the Isle of Wight.” Helen Shields, Chief Officer for Isle of Wight CCG, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Isle of Wight CCG has been authorised with no conditions and becomes a statutory organisation from 1st April 2013. The organisation has now begun

a mobilisation plan to enable it to be fully functioning from 1st April 2013. Many staff have already been slotted into posts, and vacancies are currently being advertised “I look forward to working with partner organisations to improve the health of the Isle of Wight residents.”

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Isle of Wight sport stars backed by council scheme Forty six sporting stars from the Isle of Wight, ranging from teenage prodigies to veterans have been successfully accepted onto the Isle of Wight Council's Talented Athlete scheme. In December last year, the local authority announced it was providing grants of up to £400 and free access to its leisure centres to help support the Island's top sporting talent. Wightlink and Southern Vectis are also providing travel incentives as part of the scheme. The scheme was set up after the council’s sports unit secured external funding for a one year talented athlete programme. After receiving a large response, nearly fifty sportsmen and women in a variety of sports will

receive support. Among the people to receive support is Aidan Doughty who currently plays for the Wightlink Raiders ice hockey team, Nick Percy who is ranked in the world's top ten discus throwers for under 18s, and triathlete Cohan Tyler who is rising through the sports rankings. Also receiving support is 14 year old Renee Stewart who competes in Deaflympics swimming and Helen Little, also 14 years old who plays wheelchair archery. Fifty-nine year old Peter Newlands, whose sport is Blokart Landsail racing, has also been accepted onto the scheme, while at the opposite end of the scale, 11 year olds Daniel Cox & Ariela Richardson, who compete in cricket

and athletics respectively, will now receive support. George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for the economy said; "The Isle of Wight has a proud sporting history, ranging from the two NatWest Island Games we have hosted to producing Olympic medallists such as Louis Attril and Kelly Sotherton. "I am pleased the council, as well as Wightlink and Southern Vectis, are supporting dozens of our sporting stars to help them reach the next level in their sport and achieve more success." The full list of sports people accepted onto the scheme are: Helen Little, Ben Holdsworth, Freddie Boyce, Wallis Canning, Tayler Canning, Nicholas Percy, James Forman,

No Answers from Macquarie The Island’s MP Andrew Turner has released the exchange of letters about the funding arrangements behind Wightlink. The Island’s MP promised to write to Macquarie following questions raised by Yarmouth resident Peter Bonnell during a recent public meeting. Mr Turner’s letter to Nicholas Moore, Chief Executive Officer of the Macquarie Group in Sydney, Australia was answered by Gordon Parsons, Chairman of Wightlink and Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets. Mr Turner said: “I am not commenting in detail on

the content of the letters at the moment as together with a number of other people I am still analysing the information they contain. However I do not feel that perfectly reasonable questions have been answered in an open and transparent way. I am putting these letters into the public domain so that people can make up their own minds about that. “I am now arranging to meet Mr Parsons. If any Islanders have questions about the content of his letter that they would like me to put to him, then they can write or e-mail me and I will pass their questions on to him before our meeting.”


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Charities to benefit from fire service challenge Members of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have revealed details of a cycling challenge to raise money for charity. This year, the challenge is to cycle 100 miles on the Isle of Wight in a single day, before tackling 100 mountains in just 10 days in France, under a challenge called '100 Here 100 There'. The aim is to bring the community together to support Island cancer patients and their families in partnership with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Wessex Cancer Trust, Seeds4Change and the Firefighters Charity. The event is dedicated to

anyone whose lives have been affected by cancer and to the memory Isle of Wight fire control officer John Hargreaves, who passed away after battling cancer. It is hoped at least £20,000 will be raised this year with the money being split between the three charities. In a difference to previous challenges, the fire service is keen for anyone to take part on the 100 mile ride around the Isle of Wight on Sunday 30 June. It can be ridden individually or as part of a team each completing a segment of the route. The event is open to all, whatever your cycling ability.

Preceding the main event, firefighters Kelvin Wright and Lee Venier will be attempting the gruelling 'Cent Cols Challenge' in France, where they will cycle over and past 100 mountains in 10 days. During the course of the year there will also be a variety of supporting fund raising events connected with the main cycle ride. These will include fundraising days at Marks More details about the 100 Here 100 There Challenge is available by going to where anyone wanting to take part in the 100 mile cycle around the Isle of Wight can download a sponsorship form.

Direct sellers: one month to settle tax bills People in the South selling directly to customers and who haven’t paid all the tax they owe have one month to come forward and pay up under an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) campaign. Under the time-limited opportunity, direct sellers often called agents, consultants, representatives or distributors - must tell HMRC about the tax due and make arrangements to pay before 28 February 2013. Direct selling involves selling directly to customers and taking commission on sales without the need for a shop. It can involve demonstrating a product in a customer’s home or selling at a party. Some agents sell door to door, and many use catalogues. From 28 January, HMRC will be writing to direct

sellers to let them know about the Direct Selling campaign. After the 28 February deadline, HMRC will begin contacting direct sellers who did not come forward to take part in the opportunity, if HMRC believes they owe tax. HMRC is inviting direct sellers to a live Twitter question and answer session, with tax experts who will answer questions about the campaign, on 7 February, between 1pm and 2pm. Follow @HMRCgovuk and tag questions #dsqa in advance or on the day. Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns, said: “Anyone involved in direct selling in the South who has not told HMRC about all of their income might not be paying the right amount of tax. The Direct Selling campaign is a chance to

bring their tax affairs up to date, on the best terms. Anyone with questions should join our Twitter Q&A on 7 February, where our experts will be available to help.” Nearly £540 million has been raised by HMRC from campaigns, and a further £137 million from follow-up activity. Twenty three criminal cases are underway and four convictions have already been secured. Campaigns launched so far have targeted offshore investments, medical professionals, plumbers, VAT defaulters, coaches and tutors, electricians and online traders. To take part in the campaign, direct sellers should Tell HMRC about the tax due and make arrangements to pay any tax, interest; and penalties owed by 28 February 2013


Government forestry statement praised by CLA The The Country Land and Business Association has welcomed the Government’s response to the report of the Independent Forestry Panel, especially its commitment to protecting forestry and fighting tree diseases. As the main organisation representing private forestry owners, the CLA said it was very pleased to see that the Government Forestry Policy Statement confirms the Government’s commitment to “sustaining, managing and improving our forests and woodlands so they can contribute to economic growth and benefit people and nature”. CLA South East director Robin Edwards said: “This statement of forestry policy is timely and encouraging. It is particularly good that the Government has reiterated its pledge to give a higher priority to tree and plant health than ever before with up to £8.5million found from various sources to undertake in-depth

research into tree diseases. “We are also encouraged that it includes a promise that the Government will work with landowners to increase the amount of actively managed woodland and to review this process in five years’ time.” The CLA South East director also highlighted the Statement’s backing for developing the voluntary woodland carbon market to reflect forestry’s low carbon credentials, and the announcement of a pilot scheme to reduce regulatory burdens on landowners who want to plant woodland. He added: “The Government’s plans for making forestry more commercial are commendable. Now it is vital they are implemented. “The CLA is already engaged with Defra, the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and Fera in all areas of forestry policy. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government to deliver forestry policy.”


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Series of burglaries on the Isle of Wight Police are asking residents on the Isle of Wight to take simple steps to protect their homes and property after a series of burglaries where opportunist theives exploited insecure doors in the Ryde, Bembridge and Sandown area. Officers are investigating seven reports over the past two weeks. In all cases cash left in view was stolen. A Police spokesman issued advice to home owners on how they can protect their home and valuables Always lock the door and close the windows when you go out, even if you'll only be out for a short time Exterior doors, front and

back, should be kept in good condition and if possible be fitted with a five-lever mortice deadlock and bolts at the top and bottom. Easily accessible upstairs windows, every downstairs window and those which can't be seen from the street, should be fitted with key operated window locks High priced items such as jewellery, car keys and credit cards should be kept out of sight - Do not tempt the thief. Sheds and garages are full of tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked.

Record 9.61 million ontime tax returns A record 9.61 million people found “inner peace” and sent their tax return on time this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed today. With 10.34 million people in Self Assessment in 201112, this means that around 93 out of every 100 taxpayers (92.9 per cent) met the return deadlines – 31 October for paper and 31 January for online. Of the 9.61 million on-time tax returns, 7.93 million (82.5 per cent) were sent online – a record number. The remaining 1.68 million (17.5 per cent) were sent on paper. Anyone who hasn’t yet sent their 2011-12 tax return to HMRC will have already incurred a £100 latefiling penalty. To avoid any further penalties, they should send their return as soon as possible, as well as pay any outstanding tax due for the 2011-12 tax year.

The busiest day for online returns was 31 January, when HMRC received 578,000. The busiest hour occurred between 4pm and 5pm on 31 January, when 46,000 returns – more than 12 per second – were received by HMRC.­­ In the run up to the 31 January deadline, even the Christmas holidays didn’t stop the flow of online returns to HMRC, with 1,548 people putting the festivities on hold and sending their tax return online on Christmas Day, and another 4,685 on Boxing Day. New Year’s Eve saw 27,161 people celebrate by sending their tax return over the internet, while another 12,077 were suitably recovered on New Year’s Day to do the same. Help and advice is available from the HMRC website at or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.

Wightcare suffer following pendant problems Island residents were asked to keep an extra watchful eye on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours following a nationwide failure of the telecommunications system which supports the Wightcare alarm pendant system. The fault, which happened on February 1st affected up to 2,000 vulnerable

residents on the Island who have the emergency call pendants. The Isle of Wight Council contacted those users who it knew were particularly vulnerable by telephone to inform them of the fault. The council also contacted homecare agencies and organisations that visit vulnerable residents asking them to

be extra vigilant. Mark Howell, Isle of Wight Council head of commissioning – community wellbeing and social care, said: "This unfortunate interruption of the service was a national issue but naturally our concern is for those who use it on the Island, many of who are very vulnerable."


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Hampshire Constabulary supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month Hampshire Constabulary's team of Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) will once again be supporting events throughout LGBT History Month 2013. LAGLOs are police officers and police staff who have additional training and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. They work year-round with local community groups, schools, colleges and venues in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and are on-hand to support LGB&T victims and witnesses. LGBT History Month is held in February each year and this year's theme is dedicated to maths, science and engineering. PC Joe Finch is a LAGLO based with Newport Safer Neighbourhoods Team. He said: "I'll be visiting a local college in February to talk with students about homophobic and transphobic bullying. We'll be looking at the example of Alan Turing, the

mathematician who worked during the Second World War as a code breaker and is credited as being the father of computer science but who was so inhumanely persecuted for being gay. The sessions we run in schools always get a good response from the students and help them understand the effects of bullying and encourage them to come forward if they're being bullied." Force Enquiry Centre Officer and LAGLO Joc Kingsford runs an LGB&T reading group in Portsmouth which will be meeting throughout February. She said: "The group has been running for just over a year and has gone from strength to strength. We now have 16 members. It's an opportunity to engage with the community in a more natural environment and where people often feel more comfortable reporting homophobic and transphobic incidents to me."



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New landfill site may not be needed for decades New options for dealing with the Isle of Wight’s municipal waste could see the need for a new landfill site delayed until the middle of the century. It has previously been thought that a new landfill site may be required as early as 2015. However, recent factors – including the introduction of a new household recycling scheme – have significantly reduced the amount of waste disposed of at the existing site at Standen Heath on the outskirts of Newport. Now, as the Isle of Wight Council embarks on a project to procure a comprehensive new waste contract, it has emerged the life of Standen Heath could be dramatically extended. The worst-case scenario is that the facility will not reach capacity until 2022 and the best case scenario is that a new facility will not be needed until around 2046. Details of the landfill

capacity are contained in a report to the Council’s Cabinet published 4 February 2013. The paper – to be discussed at the cabinet meeting on February 12 – outlines options for a new contract when the current agreement with Island Waste Services expires in 2015. The report sets out how the council plans to procure the new contract and explores some of the objectives, including reducing landfill, increasing re-cycling and providing residents with better value for money, that the new contract will address. The principal aims of the new contract are to maximise recycling and the amount of energy generated from waste and to minimise the use of landfill as a way of waste disposal. The contract also aims to achieve these aims in the way that provides best value for council tax payers. The new arrangements will also seek to maintain the existing

domestic waste collection arrangements so residents will not need to change the way they currently support recycling. Councillor Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for procurement, fire, highways and transport, said: “This is a very timely report given the joint necessity to provide the best possible value to council tax payers and also to treat our waste in the most environmentally-sensitive way possible. “It provides us with a unique opportunity to provide the most economically sustainable waste plan as well as reducing our carbon footprint.” “The contract specification will set a budget and aspirational targets for reuse, recycling, energy recovery and diversion of waste from landfill, and ask the waste industry to offer innovative and forward thinking waste manage

The Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition The 21st Annual IW Hedgelaying Competition will be at Bathingbourne Lane, Nr Hale Common, on Saturday 23rd February 2013, 10am until 3.30pm. The site is offered by kind permission of Mr Tom Smith. You can find it if you drive down the road by the Garlic Festival field and keep going. Entry is free for competitors

and observers; spectators are welcome. As usual there will be a glittering display of prizes and a very good chance of winning one. This year we will include our usual large range of trophies and of course some valuable prizes, including the prize introduced in 2007 to be awarded to the best laid hedge using only hand tools.

Charity Antiques & Collectors Fair Sun 24 Feb 10:30am - Sun 24 Feb 3pm

Northwood house will host the annual Antiques Fair on the 24th February organised by the Isle of Wight Motor Neurone Disease Association. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is a tribute day in loving memory of Mavis Summerfield, who sadly died of MND in 2002. The fair is organised by Mavis' two daughters, Jennie and Doreen, who both live on the Island. Jennie says, 'Our 2013 fair will be a mix of antiques, collectables and vintage to reflect the latest

trends'. Doreen adds, 'Please help support us to raise vital funds that stay on the Island to help local people'. This fair is fast becoming an essential part of the Islands Antiques Calendar and an important part of the Islands MNDA branch fundraising for 2013. Entry to the fair is £1.75 per adult or 3 adults for just £5.00 (accompanied children free). All proceeds from the door takings are donated directly to the Islands branch to help local people living with MND.

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Continuing the assisted collection service Better access to recycling and reuse facilities Zero non-essential waste to landfill New services at the same or lower cost than current budget Providing a set down area at a civic amenity site for business waste Reducing carbon and water impact through the operation of new services


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Calder's Confessions

‘He’s ashamed of me’ Janet: My relationship seems to be going wrong, I’ve been with my partner for 6 years and when we met he used to take me out all of the time. Now he seems ashamed to be seen with me and never takes me anywhere. He stills goes out with his friends but never invites me along. When I suggest going somewhere together he makes up excuses and we end up in a row and he storms out. What can I do? Calder: Its not uncommon to slip into a dull and boring routine Janet in fact we can all be guilty of letting our relationships go stale. Its easy for you to sit there and place the blame firmly at the feet of the old man but relationships are give and take. Sit him down and tell him that you're not happy and that

you think you should be spending more time together. Perhaps make some plans or set the scene one night with a romantic dinner for two? Of course if every conversation you have simply descends into an almighty row, you may have to take more specific action! At the end of the day this is your life and if it isn't what you expected it to be, you might just have to change it yourself! Its important to focus on what you want and where you think the relationship should be going. Work out if you guys still want the same things and if you don't, maybe think about moving on. One thing that may stop your other half taking you for granted is to tell him that the situation needs to change or you're going to walk away.

‘Is my husband jealous’ Olivia: I’ve recently remarried and have four kids from a previous relationship. This wasn’t a problem at first but now my husband gets angry with the amount of time I spend with my kids. What makes things worse is the fact that my eldest son and husband fight all the time. I don’t want to have to choose between them but I feel like piggy in the middle. Calder: I have to be honest with you Olivia, this doesn't sound like a healthy environment at all. The jealousy and the arguments simply shouldn't be happening. Your husband knew full well you had a family to look after when you got together so he really doesn't have a right to be jealous does he? I would suggest that you work hard on ironing out the relationship between your

son and your new husband and then move on to dealing with the jealousy. In many cases just talking things through and trying to hear all sides can work wonders. Its a difficult situation as you obviously love your family as well as your husband but things cant go on this way can they? Reassure your man that you do love him but also make it clear that your kids have to come first. The guy is an adult for goodness sakes but right now, it sounds very much like he's behaving like a spoilt child who can't get his own way. Ultimately of course, if this isn't going to work out, you might have some big decisions to make. Try the diplomacy route first but be firm from the outset and make sure your husband knows your kids have to come first.

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‘Our son in-law is bleeding us dry’ Susan: My husband gave some money to our son inlaw so he could surprise our daughter for her birthday, he wouldn’t have been able to afford to otherwise. But, he has since asked for more and more money and my husband keeps giving it to him. I know he wants our daughter to be happy but we can’t afford these handouts, but my husband is too much of a soft touch. Calder: I don't understand why you're bank rolling

your son-in-law? Its all very well writing to me with your gripes but why on earth have you or your husband not got the courage to just say no? I also think this bloke sees you as a soft touch and, lets be fair, he's right isn't he? What you've got to work out in your own minds is how and when to put your foot down and say no! I meet people like you all the time you know. They give me their tale of woe and expect me to

wave a magic wand when the reality is that THEY are the ones who can make things better - not me! Stop cowering away from confrontation and tell this freeloader that the bank is now closed. Sure, you may find it uncomfortable at first but its just a conversation and you'll only have to have it once. The alternative is to go on propping up this idiot while you see your hard earned cash vanish from under your noses.

‘Do I still love my ex?’ Marie: I recently bumped in to my ex-boyfriend and we got chatting, I felt like we had never been apart, we swapped numbers and he has text me a few times. He hasn’t sent anything suggestive, but I still feel guilty. The problem is, I have a boyfriend and I do love him but I can’t get my ex out of my head. What should I do? Calder: If you were sat there telling me that you're free and single, I'd say go with the flow and see how

things pan out. That's not the case though is it Marie? You're already in a relationship and it would be wrong to muddy the waters and start hankering after this ex. The simple fact you're head has been turned is sounding alarm bells for me though to be honest. If you were happy and contented in your current relationship, I don't think you'd give this other guy a second thought. Take a long hard look at where you are right

now and work out if that's what you really want. Of course its not a crime to meet up with old friends but you know yourself that there's more to it in this case. If I were you, Id be focussing my efforts on my partner rather than day dreaming about somebody else. As for thinking you still love your old flame? I very much doubt it, you're probably more than a little flattered by the attention that's all.

‘My best friend stinks’ Julia: Recently I’ve noticed that one of my friends has really bad BO. A few of our other friends have noticed this as well. It is becoming harder to spend to time with her, as it is really bad. I want to tell her but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. Calder: Turn the tables Julia, would you want

everybody talking about you like this? I very much doubt it! I know its not exactly going to be easy to speak to your friend about this but sometimes, you really do have to be cruel to be kind. I wouldn't waste time dropping any hints or anything like that, just take her to one side and be honest with her.

She may or may not be aware of her problem but either way, if you start talking about it, you'll be able to help her. Ultimately, if this goes on unchecked, she is going to start losing friends isn't she? You clearly like the girl so do her and yourself a huge favour like any true friend would. Good luck.

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‘I’m scared my son will join a gang’ Shirley: We live in a really bad area and there are lots of gangs hanging around all of the time. At the moment my son only really has one friend, they both get picked on by these gangs. There have been times when his friend has turned on him in order to look tough in front of these people. I’m scared my son will try and become part of the gang so they won’t pick on him. What can I do to stop it? I don’t want my

son to end up like so many others. Calder: I think you're probably echoing the sentiments of every self respecting parent out there. Of course you're right to worry, after all regardless of how well you raise your children, the minute they venture into the big wide world alone, it can be terrifying. Aside from upping sticks and moving somewhere else, you're going have to rely on your

Bike bust up Steph: The other day my 15-year-old son was riding his bike home from school when he rode into the side of a car that was waiting in traffic. He was ok but the car had over £500 worth of damage. Now the car driver is trying to get the money from me but I don’t know what to do. I’m a single mum and I work hard as a cleaner but there’s no way I can afford that. Calder: I'm no legal expert Steph but it stands to reason that if your son caused damage - even accidentally - somebody is going to have to pay. If you have a household insurance policy, you may find that this is all covered. Failing that, speaking to a

solicitor would help you, many offer a free initial consultation. At the end of the day, the driver of this car should not be harassing you endlessly. I'm sure he is entitled to stake a claim but that doesn't mean your life should be made a misery! Explain that you are looking into the matter and that you will get back to him once you know your rights and responsibilities. Try to stay focussed on the issue at hand rather than flying into panic over the sums of money involved. If you can approach this in a calm and orderly fashion, the chances are that you'll be able to resolve it without too much stress!

son being smart enough to avoid getting sucked into this gang culture. Locking him in the house 24/7 isn't an option is it? So long as you maintain a good relationship with him and make him feel like he can talk to you about anything and everything, there is a good chance he'll be ok! Take a look round for local youth clubs and activities that might interest him. Not every child on the street is a thug and

encouraging your boy to mix with the right people will go a long way to helping him stay out of trouble. I know it isn't easy to ignore your worst fears but you do have to try to keep them in perspective don't you? Provided you keep your eyes open and actively help your son to move forwards in his life and be constructive, I'd say you were doing everything you possibly can for him.

I'm in need of some Home help Sheila: I’ve got bad arthritis and because I’m a single mum my daughter has helped look after me. But now she’s about to go away to university and I’m scared. I don’t know how I’ll cope without her but I don’t want to stop her achieving her potential. I’m going to miss her so much too that it makes me cry every time I think of it. Calder: Speak to your GP and ask if there is any help available in your area Sheila. You're absolutely right about your daughter, she can't go on caring for you at the expense of her education. We're all a little wary of change aren't we? Up to now, you've had the love and attention of your

daughter and its only natural for you to worry about how you'll cope once she's away. The only way to deal with this is to work out alternative solutions - your GP as well as your friends and wider family can help with that. Try not to worry, whilst things maybe a little difficult at first, I'm sure you won't be left to your own devices and your daughter will be home during holidays wont she? Aside from that, she will only ever be a phone call away so you should be able to talk to her whenever you like. Like I said, things will be difficult at first but given time, you'll be fine sweetheart,

threatening to post some pictures he took of me Holly: My boyfriend and I have just split up and now he’s threatening to post some pictures he took of me on Facebook. The pictures are of my sunbathing topless on holiday. They’re not porn or anything, but I’d hate the idea of all my friends and work colleagues seeing Them. I feel sick just

thinking about it and don’t know what to do. Calder: Human beings can be such vicious and nasty creatures at times. Your ex needs to be made aware of the fact that you have the law on your side here. Tell him that the threats need to stop now or you'll have no alternative but to go to the police. If he continues to

act like a child and hurl these threats, the police will definitely take the matter seriously. I`m also pretty sure that the people who run Facebook would frown on this sort of thing too so try to stop worrying. With any luck, this guy will come to his senses and allow you to live your life in peace but if he doesn't,

you will need to make a formal complaint to the authorities. Please stop worrying over this, the threats are almost certainly hollow but even if they're not, you can take steps to stop these pictures being shown to all and sundry.

‘Can I forgive him after his dirty sexual affair?’ Serena: My husband had an affair with his best friends ex-wife. He told me everything detail and now he expects me to just forgive him. We have been married for 24 years and he promises this is the only time its happened and he will never do it again. I want to believe him and get passed this, but I don’t know if I’ll ever trust him again. Calder: Betrayal is never easy to accept and after 24 years of marriage you have every right to be upset Serena. The man has shown you absolutely no respect or consideration has he? I wonder why he decided to confess? Perhaps his mate had found out? The fact is, this has happened and its something you really do have to confront. Sweeping it under the carpet is a recipe for disaster as your feelings will just get stronger and stronger and you'll end up being completely bitter forever and a day. I've always maintained that trust is a vital ingredient in any relationship and in this case, if you can't learn to trust your husband again, you may as well apply for a divorce right now. Only you can decide whether or not to move things forwards or just away but whatever you do, its got to be your decision. Keep talking things through with your husband until you're 100% certain that you have all the answers. Marriages can and do survive infidelity but each case is different and there are no guarantees either way. If you find you're getting nowhere and you're still desperate to save your marriage, marriage guidance might be the way to go.

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Road Improvements for accident hotspot in Ryde

The Isle of Wight council will be investing almost £100,000

Council and Parish & Town Council Elections The Local Elections that will be held on Thursday May 2nd 2013 will see Islanders going to the polls to elect their local representatives for both the Isle of Wight Council and Parish & Town Councils. For the first time since the whole of the island was emparished in 2010, all areas will hold elections to both the Isle of Wight Council and Town & Parish Councils on the same date – an historic “first” for the island. If you returned your registration form last summer then your name should be on the Register, but you may check your entry if you wish by calling into County Hall, Newport, or by contacting

01983 821000. The last date to register as an elector and be able to vote in these elections is Wednesday 17th April 2013. Postal Votes: The last date to apply for a postal vote for these elections is 5:00pm on Wednesday 17th April 2013. Please click here for more information. Proxy Votes: The last date to apply for a proxy vote for these elections is 5:00pm on Wednesday 24th April 2013. Please click here for more information. Official Notices will be posted on the councils website as and when they are published, starting with the Notice of Election on Tuesday 26th March 2013.


Works to upgrade the road layout at Smallbrook crossroads near Ashey will get underway this week. There have been 10 accidents where people have been hurt at the junction since January 2009 and the council is investing almost £100,000 to improve the area to make it safer. The works will begin on Wednesday 6 February and will involve the road being resurfaced and anti-skid surfacing re-laid. Minor kerb realignments will also be carried out, and improvements will be made to the roundabout

including re-marking it and installing a raised mound. New road markings on each approach will also be laid down which are designed to slow vehicles before they reach the junction. Peter Hayward, Isle of Wight Council head of highways said; "Recent figures show the junction at Smallbrook crossroads has a high number of accidents. Whilst all of these have been caused by driver error with motorists not giving way at the roundabout we feel that these improvements will make the junction

easier to use whilst helping drivers to recognise the priorities and reduce the accident rate." Between the 6th - 18th February, four-way temporary lights will be in place at the roundabout, and a road closure will be in place from 18 February until 4pm on Friday 1 March. Diversions will be in place during the closure. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during these works as delays are likely. Access to businesses and premises will be available.

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Art graduates showcase their talents Recent graduates from Solent University will be showcasing their talent in an exciting threemonth exhibition at the Wightlink ferry terminal in Yarmouth. 'Class Distinctions' runs from Friday 11th January to Friday 5th April in the Solent Link Gallery Space, Wightlink Terminal, Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. As part of this pilot exhibition for the venue, works from the University’s School of Art and Design graduates will be showcased at this innovative location to celebrate young talent and to encourage art enthusiasts to further their skills at University. Class Distinctions

combines the work of selected alumni who graduated from Solent’s School of Art and Design courses including BA (Hons) Fashion Photography, Illustration, Fine Art and MakeUp & Hair Design. Many of the featured graduates have visited colleges and feeder schools on the Isle of Wight to conduct interactive workshops. The exhibition, supported by Southampton Solent University and Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries, is the first event of its kind at the venue. It has been organised by Sarah Hand, Course Leader for Fashion Photography at Solent University, alongside show coordinator Nicola Dunlop, who

is a current student on the BA (Hons) Animation degree course at Solent. Nicola is part of the Solent Creatives, an agency which provides a unique opportunity for business and private individuals to tap into the diverse talent pool of students studying at Southampton Solent University for creative freelance assignments. Nicols said: “The exhibition aims to increase visitors to and from the Isle of Wight through this collaborative project with Wightlink IOW Ferries. Class Distinctions also aims to raise the profile of Solent’s courses for people considering going to University locally.”

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East Newport Children's Centre praised for exemplary safeguarding work Ofsted inspectors have judged East Newport Children’s Centre as ‘good’, highlighting ‘outstanding’ areas following an inspection in December. Inspectors found the centre to be a friendly and welcoming place where families are placed at the heart of what the centre does. Among areas highlighted as being outstanding were the centre’s exemplary safeguarding practices which ensure children are kept safe and families are well supported. The report stated: “The exceptional, rigorous and sensitive assessment of need results in bespoke packages of support and care. In times of crisis, families turn to the centre for support and know they will receive the help they need.” So impressed with the safeguarding arrangements in place, Ofsted Inspector Denise

Blackwell this month returned to the centre to compile a good practice case study on how the children’s centre is delivering safeguarding support to families in conjunction with other agencies (including council children’s services). Inspectors also praised the centre’s outstanding capacity to improve and the range of services, activities and opportunities it makes available for the families in its catchment area. The report said: “The inspirational pursuit of excellence from all centre staff, and their passion to improve the lives of families, show the centre has outstanding capacity to improve.” Ofsted found guidance provided by the centre’s staff to be excellent with families speaking highly of support they have received, with one parent

saying. “Given time to reflect on all they have done for me, I just want to say thank you.” Targets set by the children’s centre were also found to be outstanding, with the report stating: “Clear and ambitious targets are set and are securing rapid improvement across all areas.” The centre’s approach to partnership working was also praised, with the report highlighting that professionals hold the centre in high regard, the report said: “They work closely with social care and the multi-agency team to ensure support packages for children on child protection plans, and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, meet families’ needs.” Head of East Newport Children’s Centre, Kathy Whitewood, said: “This inspection report is a

result of the hard work given by a small skilled team since Spurgeons gained the contract in 2010. We have raised our profile and used all resources available to deliver the best service we possibly can. Parents are very appreciative of the support they received from us.” Dawn Cousins, cabinet member for children’s services and education, said: “Our children’s centres play a hugely important role in supporting families. I am therefore delighted that all eight of the Island’s centres have been judged as either good or outstanding by Ofsted – meaning the quality of support offered to families on the Island is excellent. I would like to thank and congratulate staff at East Newport Children’s Centre for their dedication and passion for improvement which led to this Ofsted judgement.”

kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy figure stolen off Rolls Royce in St Helens A kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy figure has been stolen from a vintage Rolls Royce on the Isle of Wight The theft happened sometime over night January 26/27 when the owner’s garage in St Helen’s was entered and the figure removed from the bonnet of the car. PC Buxton, from Ryde police station said: "The kneeling Spirit of Ecstasy

figure is very unusual because other Rolls Royce cars were fitted with a 'flying lady’ mascot and while the item is not the original it holds a great deal of sentimental value to the owner, as well as costing an estimated £300 to replace." Anyone with information should call PC Buxton at Ryde Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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GET THE GIG returns for 2013

Get the Gig is returning again for 2013! Four of the Isle of Wight’s top live music venues are offering local talent the chance to ‘Get the Gig’, winning a cash prize and regular performance slots at all four pubs throughout the year. If you’re a solo artist or member of a band, love playing live and want a regular pub gig then you need to enter for your chance to win. Through a series of live heats throughout February and March at the Spyglass Inn, Steamer Inn and Dairyman’s Daughter, acts will compete and be selected to perform at the grand final at the Bargeman’s Rest on Thursday 21st March. Get the Gig was created last year with Isle of Wight Radio to support the family-run pubs’ lasting commitment to local music. After huge success, the event is back to showcase more of the best local musical talent. The first heat will take place at the Spyglass Inn, Ventnor Esplanade on Thursday 21st February so get your entries in now. To find out more and to register your entry, simply visit the Isle of Wight Radio website now and upload an mp3 of your track.

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IW Encouraging entries into My Destination’s recently launched global competition… My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List launched in January Since then, there has been an incredible buzz going around the global travel community, who are now talking about ‘the world’s biggest ever travel competition’. The prize is an amazing all expenses paid trip around the world – Six Months – Six Continents! The winner will choose at least 25 destinations from the My Destination network, meeting the ‘local experts’ and being able to tick off loads of awesome activities from their own bucket list. They’ll be blogging as they go so that we can all follow their adventure! As if that’s not enough, when the winner arrives home they’ll receive $50,000… about £32,000! To enter, you have to simply make a video about a destination of your choice – it can be your home town if you like, or maybe your favourite holiday destination? Submit the video, along with a short blog and some photos, then spread the word and start getting votes! It will take a little time and thought, but we hear that lots of excited people are already preparing their videos and blogs, so we expect the entries to start flowing in soon! Entrants have until 31st March 2013 to enter but get filming ASAP to give yourself plenty of time to get lots of votes. When My Destination Isle of Wight told the Isle of Wight Tourist Board and local ferry company Wightlink about The Biggest Baddest Bucket list, they were just as excited as and decided to

get involved. Just like My Destination, they feel that this global competition could be a fantastic way to spread the word about the beautiful island. Imagine if the Isle of Wight could encourage lots of video entries about the Isle of Wight, which will be viewed and voted for by people all over the world? Even better, imagine if the Isle of Wight video gets to the top 10 or even wins?! The mini competition, with an additional local prize for all video entries about the Isle of Wight is designed to encourage as many Isle of Wight video entries as possible! The ‘mini competition’ is completely separate from The Biggest Baddest Bucket List and will therefore in no way influence the outcome of the global competition.



Tom’s Eco lodge is a luxury camping experience (also known as ‘glamping’) on the Isle of Wight. These outstanding lodges are perfect for extremely comfortable outdoor living, packed full of all the home comforts and facilities you will need for a care-free, wonderful holiday. Tom is kindly giving away a 5 night stay for 4 - 6 people. Isle of Wight Adventure Activities is the leading centre for just about all the adventure activities you could possibly wish for! Owen and his team are kindly giving away an adventure day for 4 people, including Coasteering and Mountain Boarding! Wightlink Ferries are kindly giving away ferry travel for one car.

HOW TO ENTER Entering is simple. Basically, entry into The Biggest Baddest Bucket List will automatically also include you in the Isle of Wight’s own competition also. The only condition? Your video must be about the Isle of Wight. You don’t have to live here, you just have to know it well enough to make a short video about the destination. The local Isle of Wight prizes are for just one lucky winner. Isle of Wight video entries will be indepentdently judged by Wightlink and Visit Isle of Wight. The winner will be

judged once the The Biggest Baddest Bucket List winner is announced. (IF the winner of the BBB competition is an Isle of Wight entry, a different winner will be chosen for the local prize! If there is no Isle of Wight entry in the BBB top 10, the local winner will be announced early.)


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Wig Service offers dignity and support Many people see their hair as an important part of their appearance and identity, and so it can be particularly stressful when they suffer hair loss or hair thinning. To help patients manage this sensitive lifestyle change, the Isle of Wight NHS Wight Service provides comprehensive support and care for people with long and short term hair loss resulting from alopecia or following chemotherapy – one of the few Trusts in the UK to offer this. Carol Mabey, Head of Orthotics, said “Changes in a person’s appearance can influence self-esteem and confidence, and in some cases, can make them feel uncomfortable about socialising. It is therefore important that patients receive sensitive and professional support. We provide very personal care to ensure that men and women with hair loss can feel confident about their appearance. We combine clinical and hairdressing skills to deliver a complete service in a calm, private and friendly environment.” “Our service is accessed via referral by healthcare professionals including GPs which takes up to two weeks. The patient then meets with Debbie Malcolm, our wig specialist, a fully qualified hairdresser and qualified clinician, in a dedicated consultation room for a private consultation and fitting. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is unique in providing a wig specialist to assist patients. In other

areas of the country, patients are given vouchers and left to source their own wigs.” Debbie Malcolm, Assistant Orthotic Practitioner and Wig Specialist, continued, “We fully appreciate that this can be a very emotional and sensitive experience and we will try to make the consultation as easy as possible for the patient. We see people of all ages and therefore stock a large wardrobe of wigs covering a wide range of styles and colours for the patient to try. Catalogues are available for discussion and if the style or colour is not available from stock they will be ordered for approval

at a fitting appointment, ensuring that individuals are completely happy with their final choice. Once the wig has been chosen, we can then trim and shape it according to the patient’s requirements.” One patient who is very happy with the service commented, “As a lady coming up to sixty, I have, since the age of fifteen, suffered with alopecia, which is understandably not a very nice condition to live with. But with the support, care and attention given by Debbie Malcolm in the wig department at St Mary's Hospital, I can now go out and face the world feeling very confident. I cannot

praise this department enough nor the kindness and empathy shown by Debbie.” The Isle of Wight NHS Wig Service is situated within the Orthotic and Prosthetic department. It provides professional, quality acrylic wigs which are pre-styled and adapted, as necessary, by our wig specialist. Wigs provided by the Isle of Wight NHS are available on prescription. National prescription charges are applicable (currently £63.35) however exemptions do apply and details can be found by accessing the HC12 document (A quick guide

to help with health costs) via the Department of Health website at For further information on the Wig Service, please contact Debbie Malcolm, Clinician and Wig Specialist at the Orthotics and Prosthetic department on 01983 552359. Debbie is happy to speak to anyone with concerns regarding hair loss and will do her upmost to provide any advice or information required. The Wig Service is also working with local charities, aiming to improve services for patients undergoing chemotherapy.


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Sainsbury’s Newport joins forces with police to support the local community Customers shopping at Sainsbury’s Newport will soon have the chance to meet the Newport Safer Neighbourhoods team. Officers and PCSOs will be visiting the store, ensuring customers know how to keep their homes safe, how to influence local policing priorities, and how to contact the Newport Safer Neighbourhoods team. Members of the team will be based in the store’s Foyer every Thursday on the day. Newport Safer Neighbourhoods team PC Steve Quelch said: “Police are dedicated to maintaining an active visible presence in every neighbourhood. We’re

grateful to Sainsbury’s for this opportunity to be even closer to the heart of the community where the public’s help is vital to keep crime levels low on our island. Customers will be able to ask us any questions or raise any issues with us on the day. The force is always keen to explore extra interactive ways for local Safer Neighbourhoods teams to provide an excellent service. This weekly beat surgery is enhancing our contact with the public in the island’s capital town. The front office at Newport police station remains open to the public. People can phone us on 101

“Gay Marriage would bring about a fundamental change to our society” Continued from front page: “I am confident that we are all created in the image of God, whether we be straight, gay, bisexual, or transsexual. We are all equally worthy in God’s sight and equally loved by God. I am also sure that we are and should be equally welcome at God’s table. But equalness does not always equate with being the same.” “I fully endorse those sentiments and I hope many others can do so. This is an emotive and divisive issue with feelings running high on all sides – but I hope that debate on the Island and elsewhere can be conducted with respect for other people’s points of view.  Both sides claim a majority who support them

– they cannot both be right! “I remain concerned about the lack of a democratic mandate for this proposal – not a single MP in the House of Commons was elected on a promise to bring this measure in. “Gay Marriage would bring about a fundamental change to our society – on that I hope all sides can agree.  The debate yesterday was subject to a parliamentary device called a programme motion – which greatly restricts the time it can be debated.  This Bill will now move through its various stages then move to the House of Lords where debate cannot be cut short in such a way and the details of the Bill and its ramifications and can be more thoroughly debated.”

Police and NHS trust coordinate care in the community An innovative frontline collaboration is aiming to strengthen the service given to people at risk from mental health issues on the Isle of Wight. Hampshire Constabulary and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust are working more closely together to manage incidents involving vulnerable members of the public who may require specialist support or where there are concerns for their safety. The initiative, called Operation Serenity, was launched at the beginning of November and comprises of a police officer and a qualified mental health practitioner responding to mental health crisis calls in a marked police car. The need for this type of provision was identified

with the growing number of police attended calls that relate to issues surrounding mental health. Analysis shows that the Isle of Wight police receive an average of 79 calls per month of this nature. The objective of the sixmonth pilot scheme currently operating on Friday and Saturday evenings is to provide adequate and accurate response to persons in crisis and reduce the time spent dealing with incidents by supplying a better initial diagnosis. It also offers both officers and NHS staff the opportunity to benefit from cross over training, spotting early warning signs and to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by each

Agency. Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: “Care in the community has increased in the last 10 years and projects such as Operation Serenity show the adaptability and commitment of both the police, NHS and partner agencies to educate staff to ensure we deliver the best possible standard of service.” Community Health Deputy Associate Director, Community Health Directorate at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Mark Edmond, said: “This important project is already showing benefits for patients, the NHS and Police. Where ever possible we want to ensure that patients are treated in the most suitable and appropriate environment.”


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Arts and crafts at the Barns

Wight Leather Craft at Arreton Barns

'keen to create an environment where local talent can flourish' Arreton Barns is inviting artists and craftsmen on the Isle of Wight to consider locating to new workshop and studio space at the popular craft village in 2013. A number of developments are planned for the site this year, which aim to showcase more local artisans. Owners of Arreton Barns, Andrew and Jane Gibbs, are keen to create an environment where local talent can flourish: “There are some wonderful craftsmen established here already and recently we have had several enquiries from others looking for new premises,” commented Andrew. “They range from individual jewellers to a business

that requires a fairly substantial workshop and studio. This is a large site with lots of potential and the process of creating new facilities has started. These can be customised to suit a diverse range of needs.” In fact, the site offers a number of commercial advantages for smaller enterprises. It is very accessible, being located on a main bus route, in the centre of the Island and has plenty of free car parking. There is an existing programme of promotions and special events and these factors all contribute towards building a year-round customer base for Arreton Barns. “We are also hoping to host a

number of new arts and craftsbased events this season and would be very happy to hear from organisers who are searching for a suitable venue. Some of our annual events like the Sweetcorn Fayre attract hundreds of new visitors to the Barns and we are always on the lookout for new ideas,” commented Jane Gibbs. “The Dairyman’s Daughter Freehouse and Farmer Jack’s farm shop are very popular all year round with Islanders and visitors.” Future development plans also include a gallery and the provision of more retail areas to help market the arts and crafts produced on-site. Overall, the aim is to establish the Island’s premier

arts and craft village, which has a sense of community and mutual support amongst the resident producers. “This a commercial opportunity, which we are developing specifically to suit the needs of artists and craftsmen. We are interested in hearing from anyone who feels they have a viable business plan and would like to discuss basing their business here,” continued Andrew. “At this stage a simple email would suffice as an introduction. We can then arrange to meet on-site to talk about these opportunities in more detail.” News?


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SOUTHERN WATER PRICE HIKE THE average bill for customers receiving both water and wastewater services has increased by £23 – approximately £1.90 per month - or 5.3 per cent compared with last year. The company’s bills not only cover the day to day running costs of supplying drinking water and taking away and treating wastewater but also contribute to a major capital improvement programme which is taking place from 2010 to 2015. At £1.8 billion, it is the equivalent of spending nearly £1,000 for every property in the Southern Water region over the fiveyear period. The programme includes the replacement of hundreds of kilometres of water mains and sewers, along with schemes to help prevent flooding, safeguard water supplies, reduce leakage, improve water quality and enhance wastewater treatment. In 2013/14, Southern Water will be spending more than £400 million on: The replacement of 23km of water mains to reduce the risk of bursts, leaks and supply interruptions

The replacement of 30km of sewers to reduce the risk of sewer flooding and pollution Schemes to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to individual properties Further reducing leakage. The company is on track to beat its 2012/13 target, following one of its best performing years in 2011/12. Southern Water’s Chief Customer Officer Darren Bentham said: “By ensuring investment in our communities we are able to support thousands of jobs, while delivering improved services and a wide range of environmental improvements such as cleaner rivers and seas. “Our five-year spending programme includes more than 330 environmental projects – that’s more than any other water company and makes up a large part of our investment. These projects are in response to new European legislation and will have many environmental benefits. “However, it’s a fine balance - while our charges must rise to meet the enormous cost of our investment, we have a duty

to our customers to keep our increases to a minimum.” Southern Water employs more than 2,000 staff, including 50 apprentices and 260 people in our two Sussex-based call centres. Additionally, the company indirectly supports about 2,900 jobs through its capital investment programme. Between 2010 and 2015, Southern Water is also installing more than 500,000 water meters for customers as part of its 25year plan to manage

resources in the South East. Customers who have a water meter installed tend to use ten per cent less water. As a result, the average 2013/14 water bill for customers who have a meter is £430 - £54 lower than for those who are not metered (average £484). Mr Bentham said: “Our metering programme is bringing a fairer charging system by ensuring customers only pay for what they use. People who use less water not only reduce their bills but also their energy costs because

about 30 per cent of power consumption in homes is associated with using water.” Southern Water fully appreciates some customers may have difficulty paying their water bill. Our website explains the schemes we can offer, including payment plans, special tariffs, benefits advice and charitable grants, which may help. Customers can also call our dedicated debt advice centre. Call 0845 272 0845 for more information.

MP votes against gay marriage Isle of Wight MP, Andrew turner voted against the introduction of gay marriages because he believes that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. In a statement, Mr Turner said: "I know some people will welcome my stance whilst others will be disappointed.  Many Islanders who feel strongly about this on both sides have contacted me; they are overwhelmingly against the idea of gay marriage. This vote is on a matter of conscience – but the following issues are among those of concern to me.  Any such fundamental

change should have the explicit consent of the British people. No parties’ election manifesto, nor the coalition agreement said this would be introduced.  The Government carried out a public consultation with over 228,000 responses, and claimed a ‘narrow’ margin of support; however many of those responses were anonymous and they came from across the world.  A petition against gay marriage signed by over 500,000 people, all with names and addresses was ignored.  There is absolutely no mandate to introduce this legislation

and I believe Parliament should be concentrating on more pressing issues. I also believe that churches may be forced to undertake gay marriage ceremonies through challenges on Human Rights grounds - soothing words from Ministers do not give legal protections. For instance our law is quite clear that prisoners are not entitled to vote and that is the settled view of Parliament – however the UK has an obligation to enforce judgements of the European Court of Human Rights and they say our position must change.  That is currently

unresolved. It has been argued that gay marriage is about equality – yet it is not proposed to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. There would also remain significant differences in ‘marriage’ between homosexual and heterosexual couples.  For example existing legal definitions of consummation and adultery would not apply to homosexual couples simply bringing in a new law cannot make something that is different the same and a great deal of existing legislation would need to be amended,

that could be a legal minefield. If this Bill is passed by the Commons tonight the legislation will still have to pass through the House of Lords. In the meantime, in case the legislation is passed, I am working with like-minded colleagues to protect the rights of those who have religious or principled convictions against gay marriage; for instance I am cosponsoring a Bill which would amend the Equalities Act to give protection to those who work in the public services such as teachers and registrars.


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Headbutted Outside Pub A 21-year-old man suffered head injuries after he was allegedly headbutted in an Isle of Wight pub last weekend (2nd Feb). Police have appealed for witnesses after claims a man was attacked by a man wearing a white jacket in Wetherspoons, Ryde at about 10.30pm.

Anyone with information should contact PC Nigh at Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-com users should contact 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Law on driving licence exchange tightened Foreign drivers must prove they have passed an appropriate driving test before getting a British licence under tough new rules announced by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond. An inconsistency in the law meant that previously some non EU drivers were able to exchange their licence without proving that the necessary standards to drive in this country had been met. The change in law means requests to exchange driving licences from outside the EU will only be accepted if the licence holder can prove they passed a driving test in a country where the testing standards are comparable with those in Britain. All driving licences issued by an EU state allow that driver to drive in any part of the EU and there is no need for them to

exchange their licences. This does not apply to drivers outside Europe but arrangements are in place with 15 countries that allow drivers to exchange their licences for a GB one. They don't need to take any additional driving tests as DVLA recognise that the licence they hold proves they have met the appropriate standards to drive in this country. But because of an inconsistency in the law, some foreign drivers were able to exchange a licence with another overseas country with which DVLA have an exchange agreement, and then subsequently swap it for a GB one. This meant that DVLA could not be sure that the driver had met the appropriate standards to drive in this country before exchanging their licence.


MCA STATEMENT: SEABIRDS COVERED IN OIL TYPE SUBSTANCE The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the UK authority that responds to pollution from shipping and offshore installations. The MCA is regularly called upon to react to a wide range of maritime incidents and to develop a comprehensive response procedure to deal with any emergency at sea that causes pollution or threatens to cause pollution. This occurrence of seabirds being washed up on south coast beaches

contaminated with a product is rare. We are working with partner organisations and agencies to deal with this event The Environment Agency has taken samples of the product and is currently analysing it to identify it. The RSPCA and RSPB are collecting data and the contaminated birds are being cleaned at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset. We will continue to monitor this situation and await the results of the analysis of the product. We

have received no specific reports of pollution within the English Channel area, but we have sent one of our counter pollution surveillance aircraft to investigate the sea areas between Dover and the Isles of Scilly. Results from some of the sampling by the Environment Agency show the pollutant is a refined mineral based oil mixture, but not from an animal or vegetable origin. This definitely rules out palm oil.

Stan Woznicki, the MCA’s Head of Counter Pollution, said: “We have not received any specific reports of pollution within the English Channel area, but we sent one of our counter pollution surveillance aircraft to investigate. It covered the sea areas between Dover and the Isles of Scilly, but no pollution was detected. “Initial analysis indicates that the contaminant is a refined mineral oil and further analysis results are awaited."

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TAURAS 20 Apr - 20 May

There may be some confusion since with Neptune hanging around nothing is as clear and straightforward as it should be. The bright side of these aspects can make it a very sympathetic and sensitive week.

If you have complaints or resentments simmering, then this is not the week to tackle them. You won't want to stamp your feet on the floor and insist you get your own way. Even if you did, it wouldn't work.

GEMINI 21 May - 20 Jun

CANCER 21 Jun - 22 Jul

Neptune close to Mars this week can be spiritual and very creative, but not very practical. Sometimes it makes you worry about things that don't exist, so try to keep your imagination under control.

This week try to focus on the activities and companions who are going to make you feel good. You won't want anything to do anything too physically strenuous. Pamper and protect yourself.

LEO 23 Jul - 22 Aug

VIRGO 23 Aug- 22 Sep

Don't get panicky because everything is not going to plan. The influences around at the beginning of the week are not good for lifting your self-confidence. They will slow you down, which may not be a bad thing

You feel you are in a rather undermining situation as certain plans are dissolving under your feet. Just give it a couple of days till the dust settles and then you'll be more decisive about how to cope.

LIBRA 23 Sept - 22 Oct

SCORPIO 23 Oct - 21 Nov

Relationships with others may be a little confusing. Maybe you don't want to face up to an unpleasant situation. Try to work out whether the muddle is deliberate. Someone may be trying to cause a smokescreen.

You will be in a rather self-sacrificing frame of mind. But it is important not to become a doormat. Be helpful by all means, but stand up for your rights as well. If relationships are confusing you need to be more straightforward

SAGITTARIUS 22 Nov - 21 Dec

CAPRICORN 22 Dec - 19 Jan

You may see someone you think is in need of help. In fact they are just trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Putting down limits may not be easy, but don't let a tug on your heart strings lead you down the wrong road.

Mars is now close to Neptune so you may be feeling vague and low in concentration. Push aside normal demands for a while and just idle along. Psychologically you are not in a mood to get a grip or be confrontational.

AQUARIUS 20 Jan - 18 Feb

PISCES 19 Feb - 20 Mar

You need to follow your hunches, but don't put certain people on pedestals. If you expect miracles you could end up feeling they have let you down. When in truth it may be that you expected something which was not offered

Your head may be in a sea-fog, or you feel incapable of taking direct action about anything much. Just watch you are not being misled by vague hunches, or indeed by unreliable information coming from others

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