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Ryde Rescue assisted a yacht that ran aground off Ryde on Sunday (7th April). The crew spent the afternoon on-board waiting for the tide to come back in.


ISSUE NUMBER 05 Friday 12th April 2013


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

Reward won’t be extended Police investigating the disappearance of Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight are starting a fresh review of all information available in the case to date. The decision comes at the end of a six-month period during which a £20,000 police reward was on offer for facts leading to the location of the teenager, who was last seen in Cowes on November 2, 1996. Following the announcement of the reward on October 4, 2012, police received 30 reports of information up until this Thursday (April 4, 2013). Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank everyone who responded to the reward in good faith with genuine attempts to assist our investigation. Each of the 30 reports of information has been analysed and assessed in line with police procedures. None of the information led to new lines of enquiry. However, the case will not be closed. Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Ridgewood Senior Investigating Officer Superintendent David Powell said: “I am disappointed that the offer of a £20,000 reward over six months has not led to any new facts or credible leads on the location of

Damien Nettles. “The reward has been publicised extensively since last October, and the police remain grateful to all the people and organisations that have given time and support in encouraging information from the public. “Regrettably and reluctantly, we’ve had to face the conclusion that the offer of a reward has not taken us any closer to finding out what happened to Damien.” Superintendent Powell said: “Therefore, Hampshire Constabulary has taken the difficult decision not to extend the reward. “Although we always appreciate every single sincere thought and effort to help the police – the information we have received since October has repeated previous unfounded speculation, contained factually inaccurate details – or fallen short of police standards for a reliable source. “I understand and respect the Nettles family’s views on why the reward should be extended, but after much deliberation and careful consideration, I am not convinced at this time that the extension of a police reward can bring us closer to finding Damien. “I have contacted Damien’s mother Valerie

to inform her of this decision, and explain the reasons. “I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the courage and tenacity of the Nettles family. We are acutely aware that this difficult decision is a disappointment, but our choice not to extend the reward does not mean the case is being closed. Operation Ridgewood case files to be reviewed to assess what action the police can take next Superintendent David Powell said: “Hampshire Constabulary has already dedicated significant time and effort into finding out what happened to Damien Nettles. Superintendent Powell added: “I will now be dedicating further time to review all the files and information we have gathered in this case so far. “It’s important in any case of this size to pause for reflection, take stock, assess whether any other potential leads exist, and consider what other reasonable actions the police could take. “I will be keeping the Nettles family informed about my latest review of the case over the next few weeks before reaching a decision on what will happen next. “In the meantime, the case files remain open for any new facts that members of the public may have.”

Curtains Close at the Newport Loft It’s been a fairly epic winter at The Loft. They’ve hosted album launches, Speakeasys, Rock n Roll Jives, Raves, International Hip Hop, Surreal Theatre, Alternative Cabaret, Burlesque, an In-House Jazz Funk Band, Lots of Local Live Bands, Gigs Galore and a whole host of Fantastic Parties. They’ve worked with some of the most awesome musicians, DJs, artists, performers,

promoters, geeks, freaks and party people. The Really Good Bar Company, the team behind The Loft, have to return to the outdoors, so with a heavy heart, they’ve closed the doors and drawn the curtain on The Loft Club for the time being. “We would like to thank everyone for all their support over the last months, you know who you are, you have been amazing, but also a quick

word for the unsung heroes, police and licensing, who have just let us do our thing. It’s been a blast and this certainly isn’t the last you’ve seen of us. We’ll be back with more music, more parties and more good times. Come and see us in the fields, we raise a glass to you, The Isle of Wight” If you wish to speak to anyone about any of this please contact Jess or Chris on 07775 915105

Eggs Aplenty at Cowes RNLI

Children and parents flocked to Cowes RNLI lifeboat station on Good Friday to take up an invitation to tour the station and take part in a egg-scavenger hunt. Station members were on hand during the two-hour event to ensure the visitors felt welcome and learned more about the RNLI, the station, and the Atlantic 85 lifeboat ‘Sheena Louise’.

In the boathouse members of the crew helped some of the more venturesome children up on to the lifeboat. The egg hunt, organised by shore crew member Penny Maclean, involved youngsters finding the answers to clues scattered about the station, and then receiving several tiny chocolate Easter eggs as a prize.

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Important election deadlines The Isle of Wight Council would like to remind you of important deadlines ahead of the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2013. In order to vote at both the Isle of Wight Council and town and parish council elections, you must be on the list of registered electors by


the 17 April. If you have recently moved house or don’t think you are on the register, please contact them as soon as possible. The last date to apply for a postal vote or to amend a proxy vote for these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Forms are available online or by calling 821000.

The last date to apply for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. A range of information – including a list of candidates - can be found on at To speak to someone about registrations, postal or proxy votes please call the Isle of Wight Council on (01983) 821000.

Brading High Street will be closed from Monday 15th April Brading High Street will be closed from 9am on Monday 15th April until 5pm on Thursday 18th April and a diversion will be in place for routes 2 and 3 and certain school routes. Routes 2 and 3 will will terminate and operate from Tesco via St Helens and Bembridge and a shuttle bus will be in operation between Tesco and Ryde bus station. This is likely to lead to delays of up to 30 minutes on each journey please allow extra time. The diversion for routes 2

and 3 towards Ryde will be Brading Bull Ring bus stop, turn and return along New Road, left into Marshcombe Shute, Sandown Road, Steyne Road, Foreland Road, left into High Street, right into Church Road, left into King's Road, Embankment Road, Station Road, left into Upper Green Road, Carpenters Road, right into Beaper Shute and right to Tesco. The diversion for routes 2 and 3 towards Sandown will be Beaper Shute, left

into Carpenters Road, Upper Green Road, right into Station Road, Embankment Road, King's Road, Sherborne Street, High Street, left into Foreland Road, Steyne Road, Sandown Road, Marshcombe Shute, right into New Road to turn at Brading Bull Ring bus stop to rejoin the normal journey. If you have any comments about this road closure contact Southern Electric on 0845 770 8090 quoting reference number LP331PT152839.

Police appeal after disturbance at kebab shop

Police are releasing a CCTV image that has now become available to officers investigating an assault in Cowes. The picture forms part of an appeal for three specific witnesses to come forward. At half past midnight on the morning of Sunday, March 17, 2013, there was a dispute between two people outside the Dalyan kebab house in Birmingham Road in Cowes. Three customers inside the kebab house can be seen on CCTV to be watching

the argument through the window. Further enquiries have established that the disturbance continued inside the kebab house affecting some customers. Police are appealing for the people in this CCTV image to come forward and contact investigating officers as potential witnesses. They are not suspected of any crimes. The witnesses are asked to contact PC Samantha Barry at Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000.

‘Very Sad’ at Death of Baroness Thatcher Andrew Turner has said he is “very sad” to hear of the death of Baroness Thatcher following a stroke on Monday 8April. Mr Turner said : “Baroness Thatcher was quite simply the best Prime Minister of my lifetime I am very sad to hear that she has died. She turned Great Britain around from being the ‘sick man of Europe’ to a prosperous country with wealth spread throughout all parts of the nation and across all sectors of the public. Coming from a humble background herself she understood the aspirations people have to forge better lives for themselves and their families. Many people’s lives were transformed by

opportunities she created; for example for the first time tenants were able to buy their council houses and so build up some return from the rent they had paid in for many years. “It was not for nothing that she was known as the Iron Lady - and together with Ronald Regan and Pope John Paul II she brought about the collapse of communism. Of course she also stood firm in 1982 against Argentinean aggression over the Falkland Islands – sending a task force some 8,000 miles around the world to stand up for those British people living so far away. “I had not seen her for some time – but when I

last saw her although her body was frail and she had some difficulty speaking and problems with her memory – her mind was as sharp as ever. “In 1997 she signed a card wishing me well in my selection interview for the Isle of Wight and it must have brought me luck.”


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Easter Takings stolen from Pub

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a safe containing around £2,000 of Easter takings was stolen during a burglary at a village pub. The incident occurred in the early hours of the

morning on Tuesday, April 2 at around 3.20am, when someone broke into the Crown Inn, Walkers Lane, Shorwell. A 31 year old man has been arrested and is currently on police bail until Tuesday, April 30.

Anyone with information can contact police on the Isle of Wight by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


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COUNCIL TO LAUNCH NEW LOOK WEBSITE The Isle of Wight Council will launch a new look version of its website - - on Monday 15 April. The site, which had almost 11 million page views and over 1.2 million unique visitors in 2012, has been given a fresh look to make it easier for users to find information and services. The council began a review of its website early last year and began building the new site, giving it a fresh, colourful and up to date look. Richard Williams, head of ICT at the Isle of Wight Council said; "More and more people and businesses engage with the council online and it is important the council has a website that meets demand and is adaptable. "Feedback showed that people

sometimes had difficulties finding the information they were after. The refresh seeks to give more prominence and easier access to the services and information that people use by stripping out superfluous and outdated material that they do not need. "Central to this is not simply removing material but providing in its place links to sites that contain more comprehensive or more regularly updated information. "I am sure residents will see the benefits of the changes and we will of course keep the site under review and respond to feedback." Because this is a major relaunch of the site, considerable testing issues, such as links not working, report problems or give general has taken place. However in the the council has set-up a dedicated feedback. This is event of anyone finding technical email address that users can

Four Kayaks stolen from Brading Yacht Club

Police are appealing for witnesses after four Kayaks were stolen from a Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight The break-in happened at Brading Haven Yacht Club around 12am on Tuesday 9th April. Thieves damaged two CCTV cameras and removed four kayaks that were chained up outside the club house. The stolen kayaks were “all top of

Go Kart stolen in Sandown Police investigating a burglary at an amusement park in Sandown are trying to identify two youths seen with a Go Kart in Perowne Way at around 8.50pm on Tuesday, April 9. The owner of Sandham Rides in Fort Street, Sandown reported a break-in to police on Wednesday, April 10, when they discovered that the store used to house their petrol driven Go Karts has been broken into and one of the karts removed. The Go Kart was a red

Delta Series 2 marked with a Number “1”. The missing Go Kart was recovered later that day by the owner in after he found it in Perowne Way. Witnesses described the two young men they had seen with the Go Kart as white and in their mid to late teens. Anyone with information can contact police by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

the range models" which included a red Tootega Prophecy 135 and three from the Ocean range. It's believed a large vehicle would have been needed to transport the stolen kayaks due to the length and weight Anyone with information should call police 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Rob da Bank adds Duke Dumont to amazing Bestival 2013 line-up Adding even more weight to the superlative 10th birthday DJ line-up, the Bestival organisers are making it bounce at Bestival HQ with the news that current UK Top 40 Singles Chart No.1 star Duke Dumont is coming aboard HMS Bestival. Taking the top spot in the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart with ‘Need U (100%)’, undoubtedly one of the biggest dancefloor smashers of the year, Duke Dumont is renowned throughout clubland for his scintillating DJ sets that have seen him win an army of fans at the likes of superclubs such as Fabric and Bugged Out. Rob da Bank says: “I’ve been playing out the Duke’s remixes and productions for a few years now, but never really expected him to have a huge Number One smash… It couldn’t happen to a more deserving chap and he’s gonna slay our new

concept stage where he’s playing at Bestival… More news on that very soon!” Crowned Diesel U Music Champion in 2006, Duke Dumont has since gone on to gain plaudits from some of dance music’s biggest names (including Erol Alkan and Armand Van Helden), earning him the epithet ‘The producers’ producer’. And now, armed with a bona-fide smash hit under his belt, he’s coming to Robin Hill to play at a soon to be announced brand new arena, helping to celebrate a decade of dancing on the Isle of Wight! This is just a taster of what’s to come over the next couple of months as they’ll be announcing even more great acts for their 2013 line-up, new arenas, and of course our third headliner, so keep checking and our Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.

Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular performing at Medina Theatre

The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular will be performing on the Isle of Wight on Friday 12th July, 2013. Tickets have just gone on sale at Medina Theatre, priced at just £20.00

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

Police keen to trace key witnesses to an assault Isle of Wight Police are keen to trace witnesses to an assault in Scarotts Lane, Newport. The incident occurred around 6pm on Friday, April 5 close to New Street Car Park, when a 42year-old woman was attacked and left with minor injuries. A 38-year-old man was later arrested and charged on suspicion of assault and bailed to appear before Isle of Wight Magistrate Courts on Tuesday, April 30. Detectives have said that this is a rare and isolated occurrence at a time when there were several people in Scarotts Lane.

They are particularly interested in hearing from a man who tried to intervene and break the incident up. He is described as smartly dressed and wearing a ‘man bag’, he left the scene and walked towards Newport town centre. He may have been in the company of a second potential witness who was wearing a white jacket. Anyone with information can contact Newport police by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Giddings lends his support to the vectis youth rugby festival Taking place on 28th April The Vectis Rugby Festival is the pinnacle of the season for the children’s rugby club on the Island. The hugely popular annual event will see around 1,800 children playing rugby on the day at Seaclose Park in Newport, accompanied by adults, who are all there for the love of the game of Rugby Union. One of the greatest challenges for the event organisers is finding enough car parking spaces nearby for the large number of attendees. This year, John Giddings has been working closely with Vectis and has agreed that the Isle of Wight Festival camping fields can be utilised to facilitate additional space for the Vectis Rugby Festival. John Giddings, Festival organiser said, “The Vectis Rugby Festival is a great event held here on the Island every year. I am happy to be able to offer the Isle of Wight Festival

camping fields to the club and provide this brilliant event with the much needed car parking space they require”. Craig Goldsmith, Chairman, said: “Vectis Rugby Club is hugely excited to be associated with one of the premier festival organisers in the world, John Giddings who has been incredibly supportive towards Vectis and children’s rugby on the Isle of Wight. Vectis is run entirely by volunteers and the help and knowledge we have received has been superb. This year’s festival is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet and with approximately 1800 children all playing Rugby Union at Seaclose Park on the 28th April, in one of the South’s largest Festivals of Mini Rugby. We feel we can learn a lot from John Giddings and his organisation, as we strive to make Vectis Rugby Club the premier children’s rugby club in the south of England”

Asda Smart Price Corned Beef found to contain Bute Asda is recalling their Asda Smart Price Corned Beef because it has been found to contain Bute. This recall affects all date codes of Asda Smart Price Corned Beef in 340g tins. Animals treated with bute should not enter the food chain as the drug may pose a risk to human health; however, even if people have eaten products which contain contaminated horse meat, the risk of damage to health is very low. This product was tested by Asda as part of the industry testing programme and found to be positive for horse DNA above 1%. It was withdrawn from Asda’s shelves on 8 March 2013. As with all products that have tested positive for horse DNA over 1% it was tested for bute, as required by the FSA. This product has been found to contain very low levels of bute and is the only meat product where bute has been found. However, bute has previously been found in horse carcasses. The level of bute found in this product is considerably lower than the highest levels found in carcasses (the highest level found was 1900ppb). Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies previously said: ‘Horse meat containing phenylbutazone presents a very low risk to human health. ‘Phenylbutazone, known as bute, is a commonly used medicine in horses. It is also prescribed to some patients who are suffering from a severe form of arthritis. The levels of bute that have previously been found in horse carcasses mean that a

person would have to eat 500 – 600 one hundred per cent horsemeat burgers a day to get close to consuming a human’s daily dose. And it passes through the system fairly quickly, so it is unlikely to build up in our bodies. ‘In patients who have been taking phenylbutazone as a medicine there can be serious side effects but these are rare. It is extremely unlikely that anyone who has eaten horse meat containing bute will experience one of these side effects.’ Since the horse meat investigation began in January 2013, this is the first product that has tested positive for bute. If you have the affected Asda Smart Price Corned Beef you should not eat it. You should return the affected Asda Smart Price Corned Beef to your nearest Asda store where you will receive a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns about this recall you can contact Asda on 0800 9520 101 ADERTISE IN THE NEXT ISSUE!



The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

Have your say on the future of water

Local Hotel Supports Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The world has changed a lot over the past 25 years, so what will things be like in a quarter of a century’s time? Will we have seen further change in weather patterns? Will you be able to use your smart phone to track how much water and energy you are using in your home? These and other questions have been addressed in a newly published vision of the future from Southern Water, which communities across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight are being asked to comment on. Simon Oates, Southern Water’s Director of Strategy and Regulation, explained: “Our approach to developing our 25 year Strategic Statement has been all about taking our customers’ priorities for the future on board. We want our plan to deliver the results the communities we serve want to see from our services in the years ahead. “Our strategy is based on more than six months of research and discussions with thousands of people across the South East about what they want us to deliver. In it, we paint a picture of how the future could be shaped by a range of challenges, such as population growth, and detail the ‘outcomes’, or results, which our customers want to see made a reality over the next two

and a half decades. In the final part of the document, we set out our strategy for delivering on those priority issues for customers.” Mr Oates continued: “We want as many people as possible from across the region we serve to read our vision for the coming quarter of a century and tell us what they think, so we can take their feedback into account in the final version of the document. “To support that process, we are giving you the chance to win an Apple iPad, in return for providing your views. All you have to do to have your name entered into our prize draw is visit our dedicated engagement website read our draft Strategic Statement, and have your say on it.” Copies of Southern Water’s Strategic Statement can also be requested by writing to Joel Hufford, Public Relations Manager, Southern House, Yeoman Road, Worthing, BN13 3NX. Feedback can also be sent to the same address. A series of road shows will be taking place at major shopping centres and other venues across the Southern Water service area during April to help promote Southern Water’s work to plan for the future, and encourage people to have their say.

Police are reminding public to lock up their vehicles

Staff at a hotel in Shanklin have shown their support for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital by raising £1,500. James Helyer, who works at the Medehamstede hotel, and his partner Magdalena, were so pleased with the care their son, Joshua, received in the unit they wanted to give something back. James, together with the bar staff at the hotel, helped to raise the money through collections and Raffles.

Receiving the donation, Sister Pamela George, said: “This is a fantastic sum of money for us. We are planning to purchase another warming mattress which enables babies to come out of an incubator quicker and be transferred into a normal cot on the maternity ward alongside mum.” The presentation took place on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday 3rd April 2013.

Police on the Isle of Wight are reminding the public to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables, even if parked on a driveway or being left for a few minutes. The warnings come after a recent spate of thefts where cash, a wallet and even loose change were taken from different vehicles in the Sandown area. The incidents occurred overnight in Perowne Way, Sandown between Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8, 2013. In a separate incident a number of coaches parked in Fort Street overnight on the evening of Friday, April 5, were entered and food and fizzy drinks taken. Don’t be tempted to leave anything of value on the coach,

take it with you or ask the driver if there is a secure locker to store it in. Officers investigating the cases are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or who may have information relating to the crimes to contact PC Clayton at Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


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Streets in Cowes are some of the first to receive new lights Work to replace street lights across the Island has begun, with a number of streets in Cowes being the first to be fitted with this energy-saving lighting solution. The current street lighting across the Island is in variable condition and many columns and lights need to be replaced. As part of the highway service, Island Roads are installing new lights and columns to improve the look and feel of our roads and pavements and to improve safety where it is most needed to help reduce traffic accidents, crime and the fear of crime for all. Paul Herbert, Island Roads Service Director, said, “Lighting is one of the greatest consumers of energy, Island Roads will be replacing all streetlights over the next three years converting to LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lamps. Due to the efficient nature of LED, this new lighting will be more reliable and once installed they will result in less lights out of service and will also support the Eco Island Vision.” As the new streetlights are installed they automatically connect to our central management system. They will be illuminated for the first 24 hours, until this system

has been configured and will then return to normal operating mode. Longer term benefits of this system mean that the lighting will be able to be controlled – dimming and enhancing our streets and public spaces in accordance with the IWC requirements. Heritage lights may also be replaced with new heritage style columns and lanterns of sympathetic appearance so residents will not see a change to the look of the street light itself. However, the replacement lanterns will also contain a modern LED light source to continue to support this carbon efficient program of improvements.


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Riverfest 2013: Latest News Last May thousands of local people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newport’s historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The sixth annual Riverfest is again to be organised by the Footprint Trust as a celebration of river and community life. There will be no admission charge and many children’s activities will be free. The date for your diaries is Saturday 25th May 2013 from 11am. Those attending are encouraged all those attending to use public transport or to walk or cycle. A flotilla with vessels of all shapes, ages and sizes, will once again prove to be popular. The highlight of the day will be the arrival of a tall ship from The Little Brig Sailing Trust, a charity that operates the world's smallest tall ships to provide the complete sailing experience to young people. The ship will be traditionally rigged with two masts, 10 sails, and one hundred ropes. We have heard that the notorious Wight Piratesearly 18th Century Pirate and Smuggler reenactors - will be capturing a tall ship and then invading Riverfest so watch out! Cowes Sailability Club will be sailing along to Riverfest 2013 in the vessels Dougal and Zebedee. The club was formed to promote and facilitate water sports for Island people with disabilities. They have acquired the sailing boats a Caledonia Yawl and a Drascombe Longboat. In April 2009 they were proud to commission Dougal, the motor vessel specially modified for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Their RIB Zebedee provides patrol & safety support their activities afloat.

This year Riverfest will be hosting a charity fair, with over 30 local charities taking part. Their members will be on hand to explain their work and to celebrate their successes. They will also be hoping to raise funds to maintain their very important work. There will be an array of local food, crafts and photography. Traditional cakes, ice cream, preserves and sweets will be on sale including the popular Isle of Fudge! For those wanting to indulge themselves and really pig out, Newport-based French Franks will have a hog roast on offer! Locally made occasional furniture will be on show along with t-shirts and paintings. Jewellery, candles, greeting cards and other handicrafts will be on offer. Local business Engenius will be on hand to explain rainwaterharvesting and solar energy systems. Mike Stilgoe will be on hand to explain the advantages of low energy products. Shore Solutions plantsman Les Brown will be their advising on heritage plants that benefit wildlife, brighten up the garden and are drought tolerant.


Local community and voluntary groups along with water-based organisations will be present including; Ryde Inshore Rescue, Cowes Sea Cadets, Medina Valley Centre, Cowes Sailability, Maritime Volunteer Service, Medina Housing Association, People Matter, Community Action IW, YMCA, John’s Club, Ability Dogs 4 Young People, IW Society for the Blind, Adopt-A-Garden, IW Stroke Club, The Hampton Trust, Southern Housing Group, Natural Enterprise and Gift To Nature. Traditional stalls will be at Riverfest 2013 alongside more modern attractions such as a bouncy castle and a massive slide! Dads can show themselves up by having a go on the cork rifle range! The Medina Valley Centre EcoChallenger will be on show giving children the opportunity of seeing the fascinating creatures that lurk in the depths of the River. Estuary related fun for children of all ages will be on offer. Gift to Nature and the Medina Valley Centre will be on hand to talk about the Island’s important habitats. The Centre is also arranging children’s activities

with a green and messy theme! Gift to Nature will also provide activities with their pavement chalks and the never-ending doodle pad for children wanting to try out some river-inspired art; the Newport Rivers Group will be on hand with information on Medina walks, and can help explain everything you ever needed to know about the ongoing Newport river restoration. Visit the Southern Water stall for useful freebies and lots of helpful information and advice on saving water, along with a free completion. Water saving is still important despite the rain, and is one of the important messages that The Footprint Trust, Environment Agency and Southern Water wish to get across. Isle of Wight Events stewards will be guiding and assisting the public. The mobile police office will be on site with officers giving guidance on preventing crime. To find out more please contact Ray Harrington-Vail at the Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or email

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust has commissioned a set of original prints by the artist Laura Boswell The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has commissioned a set of original prints by the artist Laura Boswell, titled ‘Fourteeen Views of the Island’ for the new East Cowes Health Centre. The art work is on display in both the public waiting areas and the specialist clinical and treatment rooms as part of the organisations policy to create quality environments for delivery of its healthcare services. An accompanying exhibition of Laura Boswell’s work is also on display in the Full Circle Exhibition Space at St. Mary’s Hospital. Guy Eades, Healing Arts Director, said: “In all new healthcare buildings, as part of the capital budget, the Trust seeks to commission original artwork to support and complement the healthcare services being delivered there. These artworks make the patient experience significantly better and enable staff to offer an environment where the welfare and treatment of patients is of the highest standards. “The healthcare team at East Cowes Health Centre worked closely with the artist, Laura Boswell, in selecting locations and images from the Island landscape that they thought best suited the range of services to be offered at East Cowes. The artworks are original woodblock prints and there will be a display at the Centre for persons to see and learn about how the prints have been made.” Laura established her Print

workshop in 2005 and regularly visits the Island as she is inspired by its landscape, coastline and seascapes. Initially working in linocut prints, in 2009 Laura studied the ancient and traditional method of Japanese woodblock printing in Awaji, Japan – the East Cowes Health Centre collection of prints are all in this medium. Commenting on ‘Fourteen Views of the Island’, Laura said: “The brief for this project was to bring space and light into the East Cowes Health Centre using some of the Island's best loved landmarks. This fabulous commission has pushed my skills and knowledge as a printmaker to the absolute limit and resulted in a unique collection of prints celebrating the Isle of Wight's coasts, landscapes and towns. I have called the collection of prints 'Fourteen views of the Island' as an homage to the famous Japanese printmakers including Hokusai (famous for 'The Great Wave') who often produced collections of much loved Japanese landscapes using exactly the same methods and tools as I have for the Health Centre.” The exhibition at the Full Circle shows 1 print of the set: ‘The Needles from above Alum Bay’. The complete set can be viewed at: The display of Laura Boswell’s prints at Full Circle Exhibition Space, Level B, St. Marys is open daily, FREE of charge, until the end of May.


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FILMS IN THE FOREST AT HMS BESTIVAL 2013 From utter legends to just about the most exciting bands around, our musical shipmates so far announced for our 10th Birthday shindig are second to none but, as anyone who’s ever been knows, Bestival’s not all about the music! If you venture into the Ambient Forest late at night you’ll find the Amphitheatre transformed into a glorious cinema with live scores, cult classics, documentaries & short films all programmed by our friends from London Short Film Festival and Branchage. With a theme for each night, Films In The Forest offers up a programme of movies that’ll move you, amuse you and in some cases terrify you. Rob da Bank says, “The Films In The Forest were such a success last year with people raving to the Chemical Brothers’ ‘Don’t Think’, right through to scaring the bejesus out of themselves to David Lynch films that we knew we had to repeat it. The films selected this year are just as cool and I’m delighted that Fake Blood himself with be doing a horror soundtrack and the hip-hop night looks ace too… See you in the woods”. Thursday night is all about Musical Journeys and will see woozy dream-popsters Gum soundtracking the classic 1916

version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, plus there will screenings of Dave Grohl’s recent Sound City documentary and Karl Hyde & Kieran Evans’ The Outer Edges. Friday’s theme is Rapper’s Delight in honour of the superphat hip-hop action that Bestival has got going on this year. There will be bumping beats supplied by DJ Woody who will be throwing down his Big Fat 90s Mixtape AV Set and you’ll be able to catch genre classic Beat Street plus a secret film showing a hip-hop don as you’ve never seen him before…

Saturday is Fright Night so who better to rescore Dario Argento’s Italo-horror masterpiece Suspiria than Fake Blood? And that’s not all as you’ll be jumping out of your skin if you stick around for Sam Raimi’s gore-fest Evil Dead II. Wrapping things up on Sunday with an Outsiders theme we’ll be delving into the lives of some true non-conformists with a double bill of hedonistic sagas. The ultimate counterculture movie Easy Rider sets the tone whilst David Cronenberg’s unique take on Naked Lunch takes us to the outer limits!

Look out for London Short Film Festival short films (which will play each night in support of the main features) and keep an eye out for the Films In The Forest popcorn vendors, who’ll be on hand with award-winning nibbles cooked up by Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn. And remember keep checking and our Facebook and Twitter for the latest action. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.

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£300 million boost for SME lending Small and medium sized businesses struggling to access finance receive a boost as the first phase of the new business bank is launched £300 million will be coinvested alongside private sector investment Builds on Business Finance Partnership successes First phase of business bank programme launched Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) struggling to access finance received a boost today as the Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the first phase of the new business bank. £300 million will be invested alongside private investors to address longstanding gaps in the SME finance market. This money is the first deployment from the £1 billion of new capital allocated to the business bank in the 2012 Autumn Statement. It will build on the success of the Business Finance Partnership to leverage at least the same amount in private sector investment. The focus is on promoting greater diversity of debt finance available to SMEs by encouraging the growth

of smaller lenders and new entrants in the market. Investments will be made via new and existing lending channels on a commercial basis. New research by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) highlights that SMEs have been disproportionately affected in their ability to access finance as a result of the contraction in bank lending since 2008. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: Small and medium sized businesses are still telling me that access to finance is their number one problem, preventing them from investing and growing. That’s why through the business bank we are developing a range of measures to provide businesses with the power to choose the type of finance that suits them. The government committed £1 billion of new capital to the business bank initiative last year, and, taken together with existing measures means the government is providing nearly £4 billion to help SMEs secure lending. Although the

formal institution will not be operational until next year, the government is determined to make support available to small and medium sized businesses as soon as possible in advance of this. The government welcomes proposals from a wide range of lenders. There are opportunities for government to invest, alongside private investors, in a range of options including existing and new lending channels like smaller lenders, debt funds, asset backed lenders, supply chain finance, peer-to-peer lending and other lending platforms. Lenders should demonstrate how government could make commercial investments through managed investments or direct capital investments. It is expected that the first transactions will take place by Autumn 2013. Applicants wishing to submit proposals can find more information of the application process, together with guidance, on the website.


Earl Mountbatten Hospice awarded £777,022 Hospices across England providing end of life care for children and adults have been awarded a share of £60 million government funding to improve care environments and settings. The Earl Mountbatten Hospice and 175 other hospices will benefit from the fund, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, whilst also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes. “This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life. “And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically & physically”

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects delivering improvements that directly benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the physical environment and provide value for money. This fund builds upon the successful outcomes from the £40million scheme run in 2010/11, but will be available to all children’s as well as adults hospices. Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: “Every one of us has the right to the best quality of care at the end of our lives – hospices play an integral role in helping to deliver this. “This fund will help hospices provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.” The funding was committed as part of the DofH’s strategy to provide high quality care for all adults approaching the end of their life, launched in July 2008.


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Bikesafe is coming to the Isle of Wight Bikesafe is coming to the Isle of Wight on Sunday May 12th. It will be held at Ryde Fire Station from 0830-1630. This is open to all members of the public who may want to improve their riding skills. The day includes a morning session of presentations with input from a BASICS Doctor, lunch is provided followed by an observed ride with a Police Motorcyclist. The cost of the full day is £50 What is Bikesafe? BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads. We think that riding should be fun and by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable. The BikeSafe workshop explores the main issues facing today’s bikers. It also explores the principles of advanced riding through the on-road element. The BikeSafe Observer will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop. BikeSafe is about starting on the right path to development as it "Bridges the Gap". Riders should continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight statistics show that 65% of all motorcycle collisions happen at or near a junction and that 35% of them show that other vehicle drivers failed to appreciate or assess the path of the Motorcyclist on the main road.

Rather than laying blame solely with other vehicle drivers, many of these collisions could have been avoided by riders using a simple plan to deal with hazards appropriately and by taking better responsibility for their own safety. These issues are covered during the BikeSafe course so motorcyclists can gain more confidence, improve their abilities and get more enjoyment from riding. For the last 2 years, Hampshire Constabulary has provided a structured workshop in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services to deliver rider awareness and assessment workshops and the response from participants has always been very positive. In 2010 we were joined by Mr Bruce Armstrong of the BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) charity, who delivers life saving skills input and helmet removal techniques. This is not always what participants want to hear but the content is vital so that more riders have the skills to provide immediate care prior to the arrival of the Emergency Services.


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Argos Furniture could contain insects Argos is recalling some of their wood and canvas furniture because the wood used to make these products may contain insects. Argos has not said what the issue with these insects is but they have said that there is no risk to you or your property. The Argos Wood and Canvas Furniture affected by this recall is:Navy 4 drawer storage unit Argos (cat no 904/7370) Chocolate and cream 4 drawer storage unit Argos (cat no 875/5821)

Cream triple wardrobe Argos (cat no 901/9889) Cream double wardrobe Argos (cat no 901/9755) All of these products were sold between 19th January 2013 and 22nd March 2013. If you have the affected Argos Furniture you should return it to any Argos store for a full refund. If you have any questions about this recall you can contact Argos Customer Services on 0845 640 2020.

HMRC Launch a raft of free online Webinars HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a new raft of free online webinars giving tax help. The live webinars are led by HMRC staff and include time for participants to ask questions online. Some of the webinars are also available as prerecorded versions that can be watched at any time of day. The latest webinars cover employer annual returns, business recordkeeping and tax advice for childminders. Attendees can take part from their own home or office, or on the move using a smartphone or tablet. For more information and to book, visit

Council issue two ÂŁ70 fines for not scooping the poop Two people have recently been given fines for allowing their dogs to foul and not clearing up the mess. These fines were made possible because of information provided to the council by members of the public, allowing our staff to be in the right place at the right time and witness these people not clearing up after their dogs. If you are concerned about dog fouling in your area, you can report it to the council's dog service at



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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

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Shake up of PAYE system begins The biggest shake up of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system in nearly 70 years – Real Time Information – started from 6 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reminded employers in the South. Employers will be required to move to a new way of reporting PAYE in real time, sometimes called Real Time Information (RTI), where they report to HMRC each time they pay employees, rather than annually. This updates the PAYE system so that it is quicker, easier and more accurate. With the introduction of RTI, employers will benefit from much simpler requirements for reporting to HMRC and the abolition of the extensive annual tax return that the old system

required. David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said: For employees, particularly the one million people in the UK with multiple jobs, RTI will bring benefits as HMRC starts to get details of their tax every time their wages are paid, rather than just once a year. This will make HMRC’s records more accurate and up-to-date and will reduce the number of cases where someone is found to have under or overpaid tax during the year. RTI will deliver the new Employment Allowance, which will reduce the cost of taking on new staff for small business. RTI will make it simple to administer, to ensure maximum take-up and help

aspiring businesses grow by hiring employees or expanding their workforce. Real Time Information will be better for employers and employees. It will bring PAYE into the 21st Century. Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General Personal Tax, said: This will be a year of transition. Employers in the South will start to report PAYE in real time from their first payday on or after 6 April. We understand it may take some time before all employers will get into the routine of real time reporting. But HMRC is here to give help and support, including offering free software for employers with nine or fewer employees, regular live Twitter Q&As, YouTube videos and roadshows.

The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

32-year-old Yarmouth man arrested following break-ins A 32-year-old man from Yarmouth was detained in Brighstone at 4.35am on Saturday morning (March 30, 2013) on suspicion of burglary. He was questioned and released on bail until May 24, 2013 pending further enquiries. The arrest comes as detectives from Isle of Wight CID gather further evidence relating to three reports of burglaries at businesses on the Isle of Wight. At around 4am on Saturday, March 30, 2013, the glass of a door to the Village Shop on the main road in Brighstone was smashed. Nothing was reported stolen. It’s believed two suspects were disturbed during the breakin. Police are appealing for information from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious behaviour in Brighstone during the early hours of Saturday. Detectives are linking this burglary to two similar break-ins on the Island recently. At 4.30am on Good Friday (March 29, 2013), a burglary was reported at the pharmacy in Niton High Street. No drugs were taken – enquiries are continuing into what was stolen. At around 4.30am on Sunday, March 17, 2013, Boots the Chemist in Moa Place, Freshwater, was broken in to when thieves smashed a panel in the front door of the store. Once inside, a quantity of Diazepam was stolen from the medication shelving behind the sales counter. A Red Nose Day collection bucket was also taken from

off of the counter, although the amount of money it held is unknown. Diazepam is a prescription drug and misuse can have dangerous short- and longterm health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended. Hampshire Constabulary’s Isle of Wight District Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: “Police would like to thank members of the public who have provided information that has assisted officers in making an arrest, although no one has been charged to appear in court at this time. “We are always mindful that certain security measures can seem expensive and impractical for businesses in the current financial climate. However, wherever possible and affordable, we would encourage managers and staff to check and reinforce crime prevention precautions on their premises. “Dedicated officers with local knowledge will always seek to work closely with businesses to share information on suspicious behaviour so we can act swiftly to deter and catch criminals that threaten people’s livelihoods.” Anyone with information about these burglaries can contact CID at Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.




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Producers celebrate the arrival of Taste of the Wight Food connoisseur and High Sheriff Nick Hayward welcomed the highly anticipated new look Taste of the Wight, which has been relaunched to celebrate the best in Island food. As well as useful information on all things cuisine to suit a range of tastes and budgets, the publication aims to highlight the importance of food provenance and features local Food Heroes, making a direct connection between quality dining experiences and those local producers that make it possible. The first edition, featuring independent food reviewers Matt & Cat, will be exclusively available to all visitors as they travel across the Solent onboard both Red Funnel and Wightlink ferry services as well as from a range of Island

based outlets. David Brooks, Sales Director found the production process an exciting reminder of the diversity of the Island’s culinary landscape. “Taste of the Wight offers a

definitive product that highlights the fantastic food available on the Isle of Wight to all of our valued visitors, whilst reminding those that are lucky enough to live here what exists right here on their doorstep.

There has never been a better time to celebrate all that is great about Island food.” With so much to feature and ongoing support for the relaunch, a second edition of Taste of the Wight is

scheduled to be published in June 2013 to coincide with the main season. Further information can be found at or by calling 01983 200336.

‘Safer Sailing’ demonstration at Island Sailing Club

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The UK’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, was helping sailors prepare for the new season by another in its series of presentations which advise on the operation and use of safety equipment. The Southampton-based company held a session at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes in late March. Chris Waterman, Ocean Safety’s Training Manager, was there to talk about liferafts and lifejackets, with the aim of providing a better understanding of how they work, and how and when

they should be serviced. At the same time the company gave one of its renowned flare demonstrations, where each attendee had the chance to let off a flare. Other products were demonstrated as well and there was plenty of opportunity for question and answer sessions, as well as a fully interactive programme of familiarisation with the products. “The Ocean Safety presentations have gone from strength to strength,” commented Ocean Safety’s Training Manager Chris

Waterman, following the evening event. “The company has already held similar familiarisation sessions for boat owners and crews in Southampton, London and the West Country, a number of which have been in conjunction with hardware supplier Harken UK.” He adds “It is nice to meet sailors face to face and give them a deeper understanding of how their own onboard equipment works, much of which thankfully, they do not have to use very often.”


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Isle of Wight Festival: Much more than great music! As the first major music Festival of the year, the award winning Isle of Wight Festival not only gives festival-goers a weekend of world class music, but comes with a whole host of fun to be had. Complete with live cabaret, a real beach, hot tubs, a sauna, Champagne Garden, Bohemian Woods, treasure hunt and a vintage tea room, plus much more, there’s plenty of exciting extras and unique experiences to be part of at this years event. Head to m for tickets and all the details! Brand new for 2013 the Isle of Wight Festival presents ‘Bathing Under the Sky’. Here, festivalgoers can take full advantage of some truly luxurious spa facilities; relax in a sumptuous wood-fired hot tub, enjoy a hot shower, then unwind in a dry sauna. After some well deserved R&R, head over to one of the many fun-filled bars for a time to remember. Enjoy a taste of

the unusual, risqué fun, frivolity, music & dance in The Cabaret Club or escape to the Kashmir Café to enjoy original acoustics, real ale, scrumptious snacks and a chilled experience in beautiful surroundings. The Zebra Bar and Champagne Garden, is perfect for some VIP treatment in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the festival madness and hubbub; soothed by singer songwriters performing all day on the bespoke stage. For something a little more quintessential, take a trip to the Intoxicated Tea Roomsto enjoy fabulous cocktails, or a simple cup of tea with cake, whilst listening to retro beats & swing music and joining in with the Jive Bunnies on the dancefloor. If that wasn’t enough, get your groove on at The Hipshaker Lounge, with some of the best vinyl collections in the land and live bands playing the finest sixties, funk, soul, jazz rock, r’n’b & motown.

To make the weekend even more spectacular, why not head over to a magical corner of the Festival, Wish Upon A Star and be greeted by our festival fairies, just to help you make your special wish. For another enchanting experience wander down by the river to the brand new Bohemian Woods and discover an eccentric place with

THE SITE RIDDLER – Take part in a special adults treasure hunt around the Festival site, following a series of discretely placed clues leading you to a prize – annoyingly addictive, amusing and fun! WISH UPON A STAR – A magical corner of the festival; be enchanted in this interactive area which includes festival fairies, lanterns, bunting, pea lights, hammocks. Don’t forget to make a wish, hang it in the trees and spread your fairy dust! IN TUNE – take a trip to the Bohemian Woods and get inspired by an eclectic world music programme; photography and an artwork project from local young creative Islanders. TITILATE AND CREATE – As you enter the Festival gates, get involved and make your mark on the graffiti walls, write a message, draw a picture, tag the banner, unleash your inner artist…whatever takes your fancy. We know there’s a Picasso out there – now who are you? BATHING UNDER THE SKY – Tucked away in a private corner of the Festival next to the riverbank, this is one experience that will relax, soothe and refresh, getting you ready for the perfect day filled with great music, food and friends and not forgetting a drink or two! THE ZEBRA BAR & CHAMPAGNE GARDEN – Feel like a VIP and spoil yourself at the most exclusive intimate venue at the Festival. Sink into the sumptuous surroundings and enjoy a perfectly chilled glass or bottle of champagne, or cocktail in the elegant bar. Soak up the rays and lounge in the opulent garden, accompanied by the sweet sounds of the singer songwriters and live acoustic acts. THE BOHEMIAN WOODS – Enjoy a wander and escape to this beautiful woodland by the river and discover a magical, eccentric place, enchanted with mystifying performances and captivating art. Sprawl on the ground rugs, swing in the hammocks and lose yourself in the

mystifying performances and captivating art. A debut for the festival, here you’ll find a place for all freespirited festival-goers to experience the mix of peace, love & tranquillity by day and electrifying vibrant performances & DJs by night. For those looking to bring out their inner child, get involved in the brand new treasure

hunt, The Site Riddler and work your way around the Festival site, solving a series of clues to reveal a prize! Over one spectacular weekend, there truly is something for everyone at the Isle of Wight Festival. Join us for a jam-packed and unforgettable weekend of music and so much more from 13 – 16th June 2013.

setting of our new Bohemian Woods. The stage is set to host an eclectic mix of music from around the world played by some of the most talented musicians. Big horn sections, sweet vocals and some incredible DJ talent awaits you in the Woods. INTOXICATED TEA ROOMS – Enjoy fabulous cocktails served in vintage crockery, or a simple cup of tea or coffee with cakes and fresh lemonade, accompanied by DJ’s playing retro beats and swing music in this vintage style tea rooms. With everything from the fabulous 50’s or swinging 60’s, including ‘jive bunnies’ and rock ‘n’ rollers entertaining the crowds and doing their thing on the dance floor, this makes it definitely time for tea. THE HIPSHAKER LOUNGE – Filled with vintage sounds from some awesome DJ’s on all original vintage vinyl with some of the best collections in the land and live bands playing the finest sixties, funk, soul, jazz, rock, R’n’B, motown and then add a mix of special guests covering so much more. THE CABARET CLUB – The all-new Cabaret Club is the place to be, and be seen. Enjoy a taste of the unusual, risqué fun, frivolity, music & dance and exquisite cocktails with a touch of theatre. Be treated like a queen by a queen in the best possible taste, with table service by day for all those with the desire to be pampered by our glamorous over-the-top hostesses. Showcasing Comedy, Dance, The Cream Tease Burlesque Cabaret Show, Tim Burgess and now renowned Tim Peaks Diner experience, plus spoken word, quizzes, one of the best Drag Acts out of London; The Globe Girls, and much, much more. Then, as the dark approaches, finish the party in style with the best alternative music on site. The perfect festival ‘experience’. LIFE’S A BEACH – A real beach on site and the perfect place for those who like to be beside the seaside but don’t want to miss out on the music. With beach fun by day and beach parties by night, featuring live bands, DJ’s, morning exercise classes and some extra special performances. Get ready for some fun in the sand. KASHMIR CAFÉ – Housed in beautiful surroundings with authentic furniture, the Kashmir Café offers a sanctuary from the Festival madness, serving up delicious food, real ale and original music.


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Carice Van Houten will be performing with her band After appearing as Melisandre in one of the hottest television shows of the moment, Carice van Houten star of the hit series Game of Thrones, will be performing at this year’s iconic Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 16th June. Don’t miss this very special performance in the Strongbow Garden from Carice & Band whose debut album See You On The Ice was released last September and includes collaborations with Antony Hegarty, Marc Ribot, Steve Shelley and Howe Gelb. To get your hands on tickets for this unmissable event check out Carice van Houten said: “So proud to show 'our baby' to the Isle of Wight Festival where my heroes Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and The Doors have all played. I am looking forward to seeing Laura Mvula, Paul Weller, Jake Bugg and I am Kloot play.” John Giddings, the Festival’s promoter said: “The night is full of terrors, so thankfully Carice is playing in the afternoon…her

music sounds great- welcome another star to the Isle of Wight!” Looking ahead to the summer, the Isle of Wight Festival 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best events on the calendar. The biggest acts the world has to offer will light up the weekend, with headline performances from The Stone Roses (UK Festival exclusive), The Killers and Bon Jovi. The much loved Festival will also feature a special guest set from The Modfather himself, Paul Weller and after a 26 year hiatus The Boomtown Rats are reforming for a show on the Main Stage. Plus, witness the likes of Emeli Sandé, Jake Bugg, The Script, Bastille, Everything Everything, Rizzle Kicks, Bloc Party, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Ellie Goulding, Delilah and many more take to the stages. Head to for tickets and all the details! Check out Carice & Band’s singles Particle of Light and You.Me.Bed.Now on You Tube /

Carice van Houten

Coastal Communities fund: £27m round two now open Following huge success last year, English seaside towns now have a second chance to apply to a multimillion pound Coastal Communities Fund, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced. Applications for this year’s pot of £27.2m are now open. The funds available have been increased by over £3.5m so more communities can win awards to boost their economic development. The fund for the projects is raised from the Crown Estate’s marine assets and reinvested in coastal areas. In 2012, twenty-six projects in England from Scarborough to Swanage, and from Torbay to Tyneside, received funding to develop their areas, helping to create and safeguard 5,000 jobs, 1,400 training places, 400 volunteering opportunities and support 250 new business startups. The money was also used for a variety of projects including rejuvenating heritage areas and leisure facilities as well as helping businesses embrace digital technology and promote innovation. The projects also attracted additional funding from public and private co-sponsors of over £16m.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “This Government is committed to supporting seaside towns and we know this scheme really made a difference so I’m delighted to announce a second year of funding for Coastal Communities. “For too long seaside towns, large and small, were overlooked and this fund gives them a lifeline to grab hold of to create skilled workers and year round jobs that will build stronger communities and stronger local economies. “The fund was a huge success last year and I want to see as many exceptional projects as possible put forward in year two.” Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said: “Last year we helped organisations around the country to invest in their communities through the Coastal Communities Fund, and I’m delighted that growing marine revenues from the Crown Estate have allowed us to increase the pot by over 15 per cent this year. “From regenerating the promenade at Seaburn, developing shellfish farming facilities in Devon and giving Swanage and Wareham back their rail link, the funding has made a

huge difference to small how important it is to support small communities across the United schemes that drive local growth, Kingdom. and I’m sure year two will be just “The success of last year shows as popular.”



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Secret Dealers are casting for upcoming 4th series Do you have a treasure lurking in your living room? The hit TV show “Secret Dealers” is returning to ITV and is on the hunt for people to take part. Turn your unwanted antiques into serious money, without even leaving the house! Secret Dealers are currently casting for their upcoming 4th series and are keen to come and film on the Isle of Wight during the next few weeks and they’re looking for more people living on the island who may wish to get involved. Complete with a fresh look for the new series, Secret Dealers sees three rival antique dealers doing battle in private homes for items they can sell. The competing dealers tour the house inspecting everything of value. From jewellery, sideboards and

children’s toys, to jumbled attics, and furniture; nothing is out of bounds to the dealers. The owners are then faced with a bonanza of surprise valuations and cash offers on some of their most prized (or not so prized) possessions. They can either accept or reject the offers and the owners must then face the choice between sentimental attachment and the chance to make a fast buck. The dealers must use all their skill to sell the items and compete to make the most profit. They’re now looking for people nationwide to take part, so if you think you have at least 12 quality antique items or collectables then they would like to hear from you. Call them on: 0117 970 7674 or Email:

Floating Bridge out of action

The Cowes Floating Bridge will be out of service for approx five days from Monday 15 April for its annual inspection. Diversions

through Newport for motorists will be in place. A passenger launch will be available, which cyclists can also use.

More parking spaces at St Marys More car parking spaces are now available for patients, visitors and staff following the completion of a new car park at St. Mary’s Hospital. The new car park is for staff parking and is located adjacent to the north east car park at the top of the hospital site. This has enabled 94 parking spaces, which were originally designated staff parking, to be re-designated and made available for patients and visitors to use. The 94 spaces are nearer to the main hospital building

and neighbouring clinics. There are now an additional 74 patient/visitor spaces available in the north west car park adjacent to the Maternity Unit and a further 20 spaces in the car park near to the Laidlaw Rehabilitation Service which is situated to the south of the hospital site. Karen Baker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive, said: “People coming to hospital for treatment or to visit friends and family should not have to be concerned with where to

park and the distress it can sometimes cause. Hopefully the additional parking spaces will relieve some of the pressure, for staff and for patients and relatives. Particularly the redesignation of spaces closer to the hospital building will make things easier. However, there is no quick fix and we are continuing to look at ways of reducing the amount of traffic on the hospital site and how we can support staff to use alternative methods of transport to and from work.”


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

New wave of acts for 10th birthday On course for a truly epic 10th birthday spectacular, the good ship HMS Bestival is abuzz with excitement as a whole new raft of able-bodied shipmates join the ranks of Bestival 2013. With an already gargantuan line-up featuring Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Wu-Tang Clan, Flaming Lips, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox to name but a few, they’ve got ten fields of wonderment with over twenty stages, big soundsystems, insane sideshows, magical happenings and so much more in their 24hr escapist world, and they’re going full steam ahead this September 5th-8th to Robin Hill Country Park for the party of our lives, at the greatest show on earth. Rob da Bank said: “Bestival is ten years old this year and I always want our festival to stay fresh and new, so I’m well pleased with the latest artist additions… Courtney Pine, legendary jazz musician, is going to open the whole birthday spectacular on the Thursday and from that point on we’re gonna be treated to a plethora of new bands and talent from indie upstarts Savages and London Grammar to incredible electronic explorations from Hieroglyphic Being and Evian Christ. Not forgetting returning hero James Blake who’s part of the fabric of recent Bestivals. Hope you enjoy listening to all this lovely lot!” Getting into the buccaneering Bestival spirit, they’re very pleased to announce that James Blake will be bringing his atmospheric bass adventures to captivate the

crowds. One of the brightest talents to emerge in the past five years, James’s singular sound is one definitely not to be missed. Possibly the most exciting band on the live circuit right now, bestival organisers are extremely excited indeed that Savages are set to blow the crowd away with their frenzied post-punk. Forget any lazy comparisons to a litany of old bands, Savages are vital and we can’t wait to see them! They have also announced that UK jazz giant and all round legend Courtney Pine will be opening the show at the 10th Birthday party on Thursday evening. Renowned for pushing sonic boundaries, there couldn’t be a more apt opener for what is destined to be Bestival’s most mindexpanding extravaganza yet! They’ll have music across the weekend from reggae kingpin Max Romeo, super-bombastic doo-wop visionary Willy Moon, anthemic guitar pop types The 1975, classicalelectronica crossover geniuses Clean Bandit, hotly-tipped electro-pop trio London Grammar, the frankly sublime The Child of Lov, 80s reggae supernova Musical Youth, footwork fanatic Evian Christ, Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts, genre colliding six-piece Molotov Jukebox, altfolkers Moulettes and the jaw-droppingly authentic ‘Introducing’ Recreate ‘Discovery’ (live). There will also be plenty more live music from Filthy Boy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Ady Suleiman, Hudson Taylor, Champs, Woodpecker Wooliams, Lloyd Yates, Barbarossa, The Keepsakes, Isaiah Dreads,

Musical Youth

Parlour Flames, Charley Macaulay and Devilman. Tenth anniversary late night booty shaking action will also be in plentiful supply with a series of super-phat soundsystems due to be announced in the coming months, but just to whet your appetites we can reveal that Numbers will be showcasing Tweakaholic featuring Jackmaster & Spencer, there will be sleazy fourfour from Bicep, Chicago vibes from Hieroglyphic Being, heady jams from Addison Groove, underground party joints from Rinse FM’s Oneman, consciousness expanding sounds from Psychemagik, bass alchemy from Happa and dreamy euphoria from the one and only Chris Coco. Plus there will be deck destroying sets from PBR Streetgang, DJ Scotch Egg , Misty Conditions , Bill Brewster, Copy Paste Soul, Krysko, Applescal, Pete Gooding B2B Danny Whitehead, Pathaan, Johnno (Bugged Out), Sunday Best Forum Allstars, Flying White Dots, March Hare and Gutterslut. All this and still one more headliner and lots of new attractions to announce!


Courtney Pine

James Blake

Isle of Wight Sports

Issue 05 - The Isle of Wight Mail  
Issue 05 - The Isle of Wight Mail  

Published Friday 12 April 2013