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Ambitious plans to revamp neglected Newport Harbour

Long neglected and unloved, Newport Harbour could have new life breathed into it if regeneration plans announced by the Isle of Wight Council become reality. Partners are being sought to work with the Council over the next 15 years to transform the harbour in line with a Harbour Masterplan published this week, which would make the area a bustling, waterside cultural and leisure destination, while still maintaining its historic role as a working harbour. It is hoped that the plans could bring up to 500 permanent and temporary jobs to the area. Over 250 flats and 40 houses, including affordable housing, would be at the heart

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of a new harbour community. An iconic cultural centre would replace the Riverside Centre, with a new hotel on the site of County Hall car park and new business units. An opening cycle and footbridge across the Medina would maintain river access for working and leisure craft while giving easy access to both sides of the river and linking the various areas. Multi-storey car parking at Seaclose would encourage people to park and stroll along the river into town. The proposals have been welcomed by local business leaders. Norman Arnold, chair of the Federation of Small Businesses on

the Isle of Wight and the Island Economic Board, also backed the proposals. He said: “Local business across the Island welcome the publication of the plans for Newport Harbour. They contain some really exciting ideas to breathe new life into the harbour and we are particularly keen to see the plans for the new harbourside business units creating more jobs in the county town.” Cllr Wayne Whittle, the Cabinet Member for Business Development and Regeneration described the plans as ‘ambitious but deliverable and the result of imaginative feedback from

local consultations’ adding that they had already been well-received by potential developers. For those concerned about the future of the Riverside Centre, Mike Bulpitt, CEO of Community Action who run the centre had some comforting words. He said: “I’m keen to see investment in Newport and do recognise that the harbour area needs to be the focus of this. We just need to make sure that the development leads to improved space and facilities for the various voluntary groups and services currently based at the Riverside site. “If ‘Riverside’ moves a few hundred yards but a new,

larger facility is provided, which allows the current wide range of services and hopefully some new ones, to flourish, that would be fine.” Last week’s meeting of Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council voted to hold a special public meeting to consider the Masterplan. The date will be announced shortly. It is proposed to adopt the masterplan as a supplementary planning document to guide future planning applications. You can comment on the plans until April 20 through the Council’s planning portal.

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Catch up with the Coronavirus. See page 5 for more

Coronavirus scare prompts self-isolation

The IW Observer has been told that a GP at an Isle of Wight surgery immediately decided to go into self-isolation after coming into close contact with the only person so far confirmed as having coronavirus on the Island. There are also unconfirmed reports that two other staff members at the surgery also self-isolated following an incident on Friday of last week. The source said the person later confirmed as having coronavirus entered the surgery instead of calling 111, which is advised. Once it was confirmed the person, who is thought to have visited Italy recently, was diagnosed, the staff on duty acted swiftly to try to avoid any spread of the virus, and at least one senior member of staff, a GP,

remains in self-isolation. And we understand the surgery was deep cleaned over the weekend before re-opening as normal on Monday morning. Having contacted the IW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who are responsible for primary care including GP services, but without any response, the IW Observer decided not to publish the location of the surgery on the Island, nor name the senior staff member in self-isolation, although both are known to us. A spokesman for the Department of Health would only say: "As a matter of policy we do not comment on individual cases and we only provide information on geographical breakdowns as far as we feel it is appropriate.”

Play it SAFE says Council Leader

IW Council Leader Dave Stewart is urging Islanders to Play it SAFE during the Coronavirus outbreak. He told a meeting of the corporate scrutiny panel that people should use a mnemonic to help remember key points. He said: “The S stands for be Sensible, we’re being urged not to shake hands and to wash our hands frequently, they’re sound precautions. The A reminds us to take Advice – call 111 if you need to. F stands as a humorous appeal to Fone a Friend, keep in

touch but you don’t necessarily have to be visit them in person. The E in SAFE serves as a reminder that Everyone counts, keep in touch by phone with neighbours and others you know, especially the elderly to check they’re OK.” He also said the risk level was much lower on the Island than in many other places and the Council and Health Services were wellprepared. Islanders should take account of official advice but ‘keep calm and carry on’.

IW Festival is going ahead 'at this time' A post on the Isle of Wight Festival website reveals that 'at this time' the Festival planned for June 11-14 at Seaclose is set to go ahead despite Coronavirus concerns. However, organisers said they are closely monitoring official guidance from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and other government and health bodies ‘as information

evolves’. The Festival is due to see headline performances from Lionel Ritchie, Snow Patrol and Duran Duran along with a host of other acts. Organisers said that the safety and health of staff and visitors is their 'main priority' and asked people planning to attend to keep up to date with developments on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Walk the Wight still on but situation being monitored Organisers are hoping Walk the Wight with Mountbatten, the major annual fundraiser for the Island hospice, will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, May 10, but will continue to monitor the situation because of the threat of Coronavirus. A Mountbatten spokesperson said: “In light of the changing situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), Mountbatten is regularly assessing and reviewing our plans for our forthcoming major fundraising events, including Walk the Wight. “At the moment, Walk the Wight with Mountbatten 2020 is going ahead as planned and we encourage people to continue to sign up as normal. Our main priority is always the safety and health of all our participants, external supporters, staff and volunteers, who help Mountbatten to stage the event.  “We will, therefore, implement any official recommendations or advice from Public Health England and other relevant organisations as the situation changes and further advice is given.   “Please follow the latest official advice and information on coronavirus, which can be found at www.mountbatten.org. uk, UK Government, Public Health England and NHS” Now in its 30th year, Mountbatten’s unique and world famous walk annually attracts thousands of people to walk across the Isle of Wight countryside to raise money in support of Islanders facing death, dying and bereavement.


News in brief Easter adventure at Botanic Gardens An interactive Easter adventure take place at Ventnor Botanic Garden on Easter Sunday, April 12 in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust. Enchanted Isle Princess Parties and Ventnor Botanic Garden have teamed up to put on the Enchanted Garden Easter Adventure, with the help of four well-known characters, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, Captain America and Spiderman. They will form part of the magical trail, with visitors having to solve riddles and find clues to claim their chocolate prize. The Easter trail will be open between 11am and 1pm, and a percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to Wessex Cancer Trust.

B0dy found at Seaclose Park The discovery of a body in Newport on Wednesday morning led to the emergency services being called out. A Police spokesman said: “We were called at 10.12am following the discovery of a man’s body in a building near Seaclose Park, Newport. The death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”




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‘Time for tea’ – reminder from tiddler on the roof!

Trevor Fry and Darcy Muncer Maisie, the miniature schnauzer, has a head for heights and an even better sense of teatime, and she’s been making sure her owner Darcy Muncer stops for a break as he repairs the thatch on St Agnes’ Church in Freshwater. Maisie, who is three, has been going up ladders with Darcy since she was just eight weeks old. She loves life aloft, settling quickly in her basket on the scaffold wrapped up cosily in an old fleece; she naps right

through until 9.55am, when she makes sure Darcy knows it’s time for a cuppa for him and labourer Trevor – and a bowl of biscuits for her! Darcy has been thatching for 30 years, having started his apprenticeship in 1990 and has been a Master Thatcher for 20 years. He loves his job, and the company of Maisie makes life even better; he describes her as ‘the apple of my eye – we’re inseparable’. Darcy said: “In the mornings Maisie gets

ready for her harness and waits eagerly at the door to go to work. She’s never shown any nervousness about being up high and when I’m working she’s usually in her bed up on the scaffold, although if the weather is really bad she stays warm and snug in the van.” The recent storms have led to some older thatched roofs looking a little worse for wear and Darcy says he has had as many calls in the last five or six weeks as he had in the previous nine months – about a year’s worth

of work. The beautiful and peaceful St Agnes’ Church was built in 1908 on land donated by Hallam, the eldest son of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Hallam spent his early childhood and the last 20 or so years of his life at Farringford House in Freshwater Bay. It is the only thatched church on the Island and their next fundraising project is for extensive repairs to the original wooden floor.

Fly-tipping problems at Island's beauty spots Fly-tipping garden waste is causing growing concern in some of the Island's newest protected nature spots. It was one of several offences reported to the Local Access Forum (LAF) by the charity behind Gift to Nature which now manages 29 sites here. Natural Enterprise's Graham Biss said there were cases of people lighting bonfires on them while the scourge of dog litter was 'terrible '. He said the initiative started

in 1997 in partnership with the IW Council wanted to keep the sites it controlled open, safe and well-managed while maintaining high conservation standards on a budget of £120,000 a year, described by LAF Chairman Mark Earp as a major undertaking. But anti-social behaviour, in its various forms, is increasing, said Mr Biss, who added: "We don't want to be policemen, especially we want people to enjoy these places as well as respect them

and our own message is based on dos as well as don'ts. A lot of this trouble is down to ignorance." Gift of Nature was now supporting climate change actions in line with its educational drive. He said he was proud of his team for 'taking what was a negative and turning it into a positive' by producing 'Steps and Adders', a free countryside code game available from the Gift of Nature shop in Holyrood Street, Newport.

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Level 42 Far East tour postponed Level 42, the Island’s most successful ever group, have been forced to postpone their planned tour to Japan and Singapore because of the ongoing threat of coronavirus. The band’s front man and founder, Mark King, wrote on social media: “We are trying to book the new dates now and will post an official announcement when we have them.” They were due to perform in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama in May before moving on to Singapore. But thousands of the Far East fans now face what could be a lengthy wait before being able to watch the band who have always been hugely popular in that part of the world. Meanwhile, another Isle of Wight performer has also had her plan disrupted by the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Singersongwriter Lauran Hibberd was due to appear at the South By Southwest festival in Texas later this month, but the event has been cancelled.

How to self-isolate and try to keep yourself safe Everyone has probably heard the phrase 'selfisolate' repeatedly on the news recently after more cases of coronavirus were reported around the world. But what does that really mean? The advice if there's a chance you could have coronavirus is to call 111 and isolate yourself from other people, say the NHS. This is to restrict the movement of people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease in an effort to prevent the spread. Who needs to self-isolate? Anybody who feels there is a chance that they could have contracted coronavirus needs to self-isolate, before calling 111 for advice. How do you self-isolate? The best place to self-isolate yourself is obviously your own home, where you should stay for the duration of your quarantine. This means you shouldn't go to work, school or public areas, and not use any public transport or taxis. If you need something from outside your home, you can ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you.

But you're advised to not allow visitors to your home. What if you are not at home? Of course, it's possible that any coronavirus symptoms could arise while you're out and about. If this is the case, the official advice insists that you do NOT go to a GP surgery or hospital, as that could spread the virus inordinately. Instead, you should try to find a room to isolate yourself away from others. Ask for help if you need to, but try to stay at least two metres away from other people. How long should you self-isolate? You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection. What are the symptoms of coronavirus? Coronaviruses symptoms are: a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath. But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Call 111 with any concerns

If you’re concerned and feel you have the symptoms, you’re advised to contact 111 for help and assistance. Islanders are being reminded to avoid visiting your GP or hospital.




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Lifeboat helps transfer 'time-critical' patients Yarmouth Lifeboat crew were called in by the NHS to help transfer two 'time-critical' patients from the Island to Southampton on Tuesday night (March 10) for admission to Southampton General Hospital. Volunteers from Yarmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Yarmouth RNLI were called out at 11.20pm and worked together to safely move the patients into the lifeboat at Trinity Landing in Cowes and transfer them to the mainland.

Island skaters show their Huge investment in new steel to pick up medals school in West Wight A multi-million-pound investment in a new school in the West Wight has been confirmed by the Government. It has allocated £4.5 million from its Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) for a modern, oneform entry primary school on the site of All Saints' Primary School, Freshwater, which is due to close. The news has been welcomed by the Isle of Wight Council which will now develop detailed plans for the new school ahead of a planning submission in the summer.

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children's services and education, said: "This is fantastic news for education in the West Wight. This significant investment from the Department for Education will benefit not only the local area but the wider community as a whole. "I believe our children deserve the very best we can offer and this investment in the Freshwater site allows us to provide just that, a modern, high-quality school fit for the 21st century.” The latest announcement

comes only a week after the Council revealed an estimated £12 million is set to be spent on the Island over the coming years on new schools and classrooms. Successful PSBP bids have already seen the refurbishment of Barton Primary School (Newport), and a new build at Queensgate Primary School (East Cowes), with major works also planned for Binstead, Brading, Dover Park (Ryde), Greenmount (Ryde), Wootton and Wroxall Primary Schools.

Two of the Island’s synchronised skating teams picked up medals at the Steel City Trophy in Sheffield. The Isle of Wight Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club’s Wight Sparkles took to the ice, and skating to music by iconic pop group The Spice Girls in the Basic Novice category, they beat tough competition to pick up a silver medal. Also among the medals were the Club’s youngest team, the Wight Sequins, who finished a highly impressive third in the PreJuvenile category to take the bronze. Their performance was an improvement of their fifth-place finish last year. The club’s other team Wight Crystals also performed extremely well in the Mixed Age category, but just missed out on the medals against tough competition from 11 other teams. The Isle of Wight Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club’s successes are even more remarkable, bearing in mind they have had to train on the mainland since Ryde Arena closed its doors four years ago, leaving the

Island with no ice ink. On Facebook, the Isle of Wight Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club said: “Medals, huge personal best scores. What a fantastic ending to a fantastic season. This has been such a boost to all the teams and with their limited ice time is so impressive and truly highlights the dedication and determination of these skaters. “And as we hang up the Toy Story, Greatest Showman and the Sparkling sequin dresses the hard work starts again, choosing music, planning routines, designing dresses, fundraising all for next season. Always an exciting time for skaters when they start working on new routines with coach Terri Smith. As always a huge thank you to our supporters who assist us with carrying on skating. Wightlink in the Community continue to sponsor the teams, without which the commute to the mainland would be impossible.”

Chance for your property to star in a blockbuster

Could your home be the star in a film, TV show or advert? Even if you’re camera-shy your home could be just what a film crew are looking for, and if they choose your property fees can range from £100 a day to £1,000 an hour, depending on what they are looking for. Dadina Sagger from Island People has set up IOW Locations and is urging people to sign up properties of all sorts to show film companies that the Island has the wide range of

properties needed to bring productions on the Island. Dadina regularly has film companies contact her to discuss possible locations and wants to bring employment and work to the Island instead of other locations in the UK. She said: “Please register your home, cafe, garage, school, tennis courts, boat yard, offices, lock ups, salon, shop, stables, pubs and so on. Think of what you watch on TV and you will realise the huge range of locations needed. As

well as getting paid for film crews using your house, if productions are based here it can encourage tourism as well. Nothing is too small; they might need your front door that’s on a corner near the shops or pub, or a flat above a shop.” Registering your property is free, quick and easy at iowpeople.co.uk/iowlocations-registration-form/ or email info@iowlocations. com with any questions.

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HUG getting out on the water

Hovertravel’s User Group (HUG) is announcing two new events, planned for April and September. Loretta Lale, head of commercial at Hovertravel, explained: “As we continue in our quest to create a user group which represents our customers accurately, we are exploring additional new ways to engage with our stakeholders. For 2020 we are taking the HUG on the water with two evening events which will allow customers to ask questions and float new ideas.”

There are 40 places on each of the two events, planned for 27 April and 16 September, open to anyone who would like to attend and who has a question which will benefit other customers. Questions will need to be submitted via Hovertravel’s website in advance and answers will be provided during the 20-minute private charter flight by a team of Hovertravel staff. Loretta said: “We will have representatives from our commercial, operations, finance and engineering

departments onboard to answer your questions. We already engage on a daily basis with customers answering a very broad range of questions. The new HUG events will provide an opportunity for customers to enjoy our hospitality and have their queries answered in an informal setting.” If you are interested in attending either of the HUG on the water events, please submit your question at hovertravel. co.uk/hover-user-group/.

Dougie hangs up his final edition Using mobile when driving will prove very expensive Long-serving newsagents owner Dougie Gulliver is calling it a day after serving his customers in Brighstone for the last 19 years. Although Dougie says he has enjoyed every minute of his time at Brighstone Newsagents, even though his only day off each year was Christmas Day, but will be calling it a day when his lease expires at the end of March. He said: “I will miss the villagers, but I am going back to Cowes where I came from, and will be looking for a job where I can have more than one day a year off.” Trevor and Claire Corsham will be taking over the business and have applied for planning permission to turn it into a newsagents and tearoom.

Police road safety officers used Twitter to warn Island drivers they faced a crackdown on using mobile phones while behind the wheel. They tweeted using the hashtag #WeCouldBeAnywhere and issued their first ticket to an offender 'within a minute' of leaving the station, on Wednesday. The fixed penalty notice for using a hand-held phone while driving is a fine of up £200 and six penalty points, with three penalty points if you don't have full view of the road ahead or proper control of the vehicle. Drivers who passed their test in the last two years automatically lose their license. If you're taken to court you could face disqualification and a fine of up to £1,000, or £2,000 if driving a lorry or a bus.




News in brief Bike ride for Mind A team of financial experts will be getting on their bikes to raise money for a mental health charity. The Robert Half South Coast Team are taking on the 60-mile Isle of Wight cycling challenge in support of the firm’s corporate charity Mind, on Thursday, May 14, Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, and Mind believes nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at justgiving. com/fundraising/ roberthalfsouthcoast


Wellbeing on water with Wightlink Mystery over who should sort out Colwell Bay leak

Science Week event cancels Unfortunately due to a sewage-contaminated flood in the Newport Downside Centre, all events scheduled on Friday, March 13 for the British Science Week are cancelled. For more information see citizenscienceiow.wixsite. com/events

Illegal drug issue being tackled The proactive work to tackle illegal drug use and drugs supply continues on the Isle of Wight. A vehicle was stopped in Clatterford Road, Newport, and the driver, a 20-year-old man, was found in possession of cannabis. He was dealt with by means of a community resolution whereby he must attend a drugs diversionary course. Officers also seized a quantity of suspected cocaine and cannabis from the driver of a car parked at Culver Down. Enquiries continue.

New hotel for Daish’s Daish’s Holidays, which has a hotel in Shanklin, has confirmed the acquisition of the Esplanade Hotel in Scarborough, the company’s 10th hotel and complements the business’ existing portfolio of coastal destinations.

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Passengers on Wightlink's Victoria of Wight were treated to a range of complimentary mini self-care sessions at they crossed the Solent on Wednesday. Guests and passengers travelling across the Solent were able to enjoy a mix of yoga, hypnotherapy relaxation, meditation, sound bath and mini facials. The Awakening founder Kate Taylor said: “I wanted to create an event on board Wightlink

to demonstrate that self-care can take place anywhere, and what could be better than to have some wellbeing on the water?” The Awakening itself takes place on the Island at Weston Manor House in Totland on June 6 and 7. There will be more than 50 different wellbeing workshops, yoga and meditation sessions, inspiring talks and more. Find out more at www.awakeningfestival. co.uk

A Totland Bay resident has reached the ‘end of his tether’ in attempts to ensure that the walkway at Colwell Bay is safe warmer weather returns and people start walking along the seafront. Ted Hynes first noticed there was water running across the Promenade around eight years ago and claims it has been streaming across the path constantly ever since with green algae causing a serious slip hazard. He first reported the issue to Southern Water at the beginning of October last year, and offered to meet with engineers to show them the problem, but he says they ‘lost the jobsheet’. A further scheduled visit was cancelled in error and a visit that did take place at the end of October failed to resolve the issue. He says that Southern Water gave him a number of reasons for the constant leak, including that it stemmed from a water mains incorrectly connected in a nearby lane, that the water stemmed from a private supply and was therefore nothing to do with them and finally they wrote to tell him that water testing showed no ammonia or chlorine indicating that the leak was ground water and therefore the responsibility of the local council. After a complaint to water watchdog, the Consumer Council for Water, was upheld in December, Southern Water finally confirmed on January 20 that they had reported the matter to the local authority. An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said: “We will be carrying out an inspection of this path, and if cleaning is assessed as necessary we will include it in our current programme of jet washing surfaces of revetments taking place later this month and next month. “Although the cliff and the path is in private ownership, the area concerned is a public footpath. The Council’s Rights of Way department has countless paths where ground/surface water has recently been flowing both along and across them, due to the persistent and heavy periods of rainfall this winter.” Mr Hynes responded: “I’m at the end of my tether. I’m only trying to protect the public. If a child falls and has a nasty accident somebody could well be on the end of a big insurance claim. Ground water would ebb and flow, this does not – it is a constant stream of water. “Southern Water just seems to want to pass the buck to the Isle of Wight Council. I just hope that when the Council come to inspect it they realise the real problem and they get together with Southern Water to solve this problem once and for all.”

Free dementia skills session at Godshill Dementia Adventure is coming to the Isle of Wight to run a free dementia skills session at Godshill Park Farm on April 1, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, for people who are caring for, or supporting, someone living with dementia, in an unpaid capacity. Alongside the dementia skills session, Dementia Adventure will also be running a two-day volunteer induction programme for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the same location on April 1 and 2 from 9am to 5pm. Dementia Adventure is a registered charity, working nationally, dedicated to supporting people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.

They provide a range of services - all with nature in mind - including supporting dementia holidays, training and free dementia skills sessions. Evidence shows people with dementia who engage with nature and outdoor activity have increased and sustained levels of well-being and quality of life. By focusing on what people can do, rather than what they can’t, we help support people to ‘Think Differently About Dementia’. We are running 9 holidays on the Island this year and are looking for volunteers to help support the holiday. Click here to see the holiday on the IOW that we run. For more information about Dementia Adventure and the work we do, please visit: www.dementiaadventure.org

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New energy saving hub on Newport's High Street Utilita, a Pay As You Go (PAYG) energy company, has opened a new Isle of Wight-based Energy Hub in Newport’s High Street as part of its drive to have more face-to-face conversations with people about how to make their energy go further and pay less. One of the UK’s top 10 energy companies, Utilita is seeking to help households save up to £163, equivalent to a 13 per cent reduction on the average energy bill. They can install a free Smart Meter in the customer’s home or garage with a small in-home display which shows how much energy is being used in real-time. The company is also well-placed to support people who are experiencing fuel poverty. The Energy Hub will be promoting

the Energy High Five campaign, five free and simple ways to reduce energy wastage. It is also selling a range of energy-saving devices, many Alexaenabled giving voice control over electrical items. Utilita CEO, Bill Bullen commented on Utilita’s biggest Energy Hub launch to date: “Today an alarming 25 per cent of residents on the Isle of Wight are facing fuel poverty, a figure that spurred us on to open the latest Energy Hub here on the Island. It’s clear that more support is needed, and we will work closely with local charities to reach those people.” The Isle of Wight Footprint Trust helps some 2,000 vulnerable energy customers every year on the Island. Ray Harrington-Vail, the charity’s founder,

said: “Fuel poverty is a major issue on the Island, affecting 11 per cent of households. We welcome the opening of the Utilita Hub, which will encourage people to obtain cheaper energy. The Trust will be working with Utilita staff to assist local residents.” Five jobs have already been created in the Hub for Islanders, with two more to be appointed in the coming weeks. Utilita is also looking for ambassadors to help spread the word about the Energy High Five campaign. If you are interested in finding out more, email energyhigh5@utilita.co.uk. Any local community groups interested in using the dedicated community space free-of-charge can book a session by emailing Isleofwight@utilita.co.uk.

Ryde flies the flag for Commonwealth Day

Ryde celebrated Commonwealth Day with a joint event involving Ryde Town Council and The Royal British Legion. The event, which included a flag raising ceremony centred on the theme ‘Delivering a Common

Future’, highlighted how the 54-member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals such as protecting natural resources and

boosting trade. The event was attended by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen, the Mayor of Ryde Michael Lilley, Councillor Charles Chapman, Brian Richardson MBE, Lynn Ashby and representatives

of the Royal British Legion, together with students representing Ryde schools and The Military Preparation College.

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Consultation needed over Dinosaur Isle proposals

Spinnaker abseil for Island charity Sandown Town Council are working with local County Councillors to agree full consultation and communication on proposals for the future of Dinosaur Isle, as part of the ongoing development of Sandham Gardens and the surrounding area. Town Mayor Gary Young said: “We have written to the regeneration team highlighting the interest of stakeholders, and the need for any development to balance the needs of tourism, which has been prioritised in recent consultations, and the wider community."

Town and county councillors Cllrs Debbie Andre, Paul Brading and Ian Ward all spoke at the most recent Town Council meeting, highlighting their commitment to ensuring residents would have the opportunity to be fully involved in the process. They also supported residents' demands for inward investment for Sandown, citing the improvements in Sandham Gardens as an example of working in partnership with major companies. Deputy Mayor Paul Brading said: "The Town and County Council recognise the need

to listen to the views of local residents, and we have asked for a future meeting of the Cabinet to be held in Sandown to enable as much engagement as is possible, given the commercial sensitivities of this type of initiative." Mayor Young added: "The town has pressed for investment for years, investment that enriches the assets and public realm, as well as providing much needed employment for local people, as well as boosting the economy of the town."

It’s visible from the Isle of Wight, and you could be abseiling down it for charity. This June, Age UK Isle of Wight and Red Squirrel Property have partnered up to encourage people to abseil down Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Age UK Isle of Wight is looking for adventurous fundraisers to take on this adrenaline-filled challenge on Saturday June 27. Fundraising Manager, Elisha Leachman, said: “We have teamed up with Red Squirrel Property Ltd to support brave fundraisers who want to take on this incredible challenge whilst

helping out a great local charity! “Age UK Isle of Wight is an independent charity, 100% of all fundraising support we receive stays on the Island to support older residents to love later life.” Interested fundraisers can secure their place with a £50 payment, plus commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £200 for Age UKIW. For those that fundraise £300+ the £50 payment will be returned. To find out more about Abseiling for Age UKIW, and to register to take part, visit: bit.ly/abseil20 or call (01983) 301343.

Low Vision exhibition

Celebrations planned for RVYC 175th anniversary Do you want to know more about sight loss and vision impairment on the Isle of Wight? Sight for Wight is hosting a free Low Vision exhibition at Newclose Cricket Ground, Newport to explain more about the conditions. An expert from St Mary’s Hospital,

A host of events are planned to celebrate the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s 175th anniversary. Founded on Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24, 1845, the club was based at what is now the majestic Prince Consort building on Ryde’s seafront. While the club flourished in Victorian and Edwardian times with Royal patronage and many noblemen and gentlemen becoming members, between the wars the club declined and by the 1950s there was very little

activity. But a union between RVYC and Fishbourne and Wootton Creek sailing clubs, plus a move to its current position at the mouth of Wootton Creek, breathed new life into the club and it continues to flourish as a community sailing club. Commodore, Chris Rickman, said: “There’s a host of events planned to mark this milestone but celebrations will focus on the weekend of May 23 to 25 with a special anniversary race, a sail

past and on-shore social events. “We’d like as many former club officers and members to join us on Sunday, May 24 to help us celebrate this special occasion and to share their memories of their time at the club”.   One of the first events to celebrate the anniversary is a talk on Wednesday, March 25 by club archivist, Hilary Martin. Contact the club for more information on (01983) 882325 or office@rvyc. org.uk

Laura Gooljar and Professional Vision Services are among a host of specialists who will be attending the event to provide information. It’s taking place on Saturday March 21, between 10.30am-2.30pm.

Firestone generated by new partnership The IW Coppice Group, the Woodland Apprentices and the Forestry Commission have demonstrated the value of a new partnership that is both regenerating Firestone Copse, near Wootton, and putting locally sourced woodland products into Island garden centres. The ground-breaking agreement allows local woodland workers to coppice wood at Firestone Copse and use the produce for products such as charcoal, hurdles, bean poles and other

garden equipment for sale at locations across the Island. This sustainable approach to woodland management is good for woodland wildlife, good for the local economy and is the blueprint that Forestry Commission will be using to involve local woodland workers in managing its vast estate across England. Coppice products that have been gathered from Firestone are on sale now at Jubilee Garden Centre, near Arreton.

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Another supermarket coming to Newport? Quarr Abbey exhibition of mosaic big success A successful exhibition of mosaic work at Quarr Abbey led to a beautiful picture of The Needles and the lighthouse as seen from Headon Warren heading to the mainland, after being purchased by a visiting couple. Attracting almost 450 visitors over six days the centrepiece sold on the

second morning along with other works by local artist Helen Goodman. This was the first exhibition since 2006 for Helen, but she will be back at Quarr Abbey in July when she will be exhibiting more work with Martin and Melanie Swann during Open Studios.

Discount travel for Walking Angels BBC local democracy reporter Louise Hill A bulk-buy food store could come to Newport, if planning permission is granted. Talks are developing with The Food Warehouse, a branch of Iceland, and the Isle of Wight Council to take over the empty unit in the Wakes Retail Park in Newport, where PC World used to be. In a planning application submitted to the Council to change the use of the building, Barton and Willmore

planners said The Food Warehouse was committed to the space and would occupy the site if the application was granted. Around 20 to 25 jobs could be created if the application is granted. Currently, only bulky goods such as larger electrical appliances, furniture and household textiles can be sold from the unit, but the application submitted on behalf of NewRiver Retail, proposes to turn the space into a food store with

a potential 30 per cent floorspace for non-food goods. Even though there is an Iceland in Newport, The Food Warehouse, which was launched in 2014, offers a wider range of products, including bulk purchases. Comments on the application can be made until March 27.

Hovertravel is partnering with care in the community group, Walking Angels, to provide discounted travel across the Solent for their members. The Walking Angels membership programme offers all Isle of Wight care workers, healthcare assistants and personal assistants the opportunity to join a caring community, whether they work for an organisation, are selfemployed or are a full-time carer for a relative.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, said: “We are proud to be an active member of the Island community and supporting carers through Walking Angels will make it easier for them to travel across the Solent. “ Hovertravel is one of 35 Island businesses offering discounts via the Walking Angels affiliate scheme. More information can be found at walking-angels. co.uk

Finds of kite and surf-board spark major Solent search

Shanklin among best small British towns Stock Photo: Cowes lifeboat Nick Edwards An extensive air and sea search of the Solent took place in the dark on Saturday evening following concerns that a kite surfer was missing. The alarm was first sparked by the finding of the kite near the entrance of Cowes Harbour and then, later, the recovery from the sea of a surfboard. But after a thorough search by Cowes and Lymington RNLI lifeboats, plus the Hamble

independent lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter, it was discovered the surfer was in fact safe and well at home. Cowes lifeboat, which launched just after 8pm, returned to station about an hour later. It was the first time Ady Stothard had taken command of the lifeboat after recently qualifying as a helm; it was also the first ‘shout’ by new crew member Jack Banks.

Shanklin has been named as one of the most charming small towns in the whole of the United Kingdom. The popular Island seaside town attracts thousands of visitors each year, especially to its seafront and beautiful Old Village. Shanklin has been ranked in fifth place by worldwide

travel site, Big 7 Travel for towns with a population of 10,000 or fewer. The towns were rated based on their ‘charm factor’, which includes natural scenery, general friendliness of the community, food and drink scene, history or culture. Rounding off the top of

the list were Beddgelert in Snowdonia, Polperro in Cornwall, Castle Combe in the Cotswolds and Rye in Sussex. Shanklin beat the likes of Cushendun and Portrush in Northern Ireland, Crail in Fife and Hawshead in Cumbria.




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It’s Rainbow Run and Bubble Fun!

Photo credit: Robin Crossley Wessex Cancer Trust’s Rainbow Run is bringing bubble fun to Sandown Airport for the first time this summer. The popular family fundraiser, featuring 10 giant inflatables and five colour stations, will this year include two new bubble stations, making it more chaotic and colourful than ever before. Rainbow Run - Bubble Fun will take place on Sunday, July 26, and tickets are now on sale. Now in its third year, the 3km event has so far raised more than £70,000 for Islanders affected by cancer, with nearly 2,000 people taking part. Wessex Cancer Trust’s Community Engagement Manager, Lorraine White, said: “We’re super excited to be adding bubbles to the mix at this year’s Rainbow Run! “The combination of giant inflatables, rainbow-coloured powder paint and an

amazing atmosphere makes it such a popular and fun event but we think this new addition is sure to make it our best yet. “Please join us on July 26th and walk, run or dance your way through the Island’s happiest 3k while raising money for Islanders affected by cancer.” The event, which is again sponsored by ARID Design and Management Consultants, will also include live music, food vans and a licensed bar. You can sign up at www.wessexcancer.org. uk/event/rainbow-run-2020 Sign up by April 12 to take advantage of our early-bird ticket prices. All participants will receive a medal for taking part and those who raise more than £50 in sponsorship by June 26 will become star fundraisers, receiving a branded T-shirt to wear on the day.

Chance to explore history of The Bay To mark British Science Week, the Isle of Wight’s Discovery Bay calendar is celebrating in Sandown. There will be opportunities to explore with the Bay science team with a walk along the bay to help add to their collection of curious and spectacular collection of specimens. Ian Boyd, the Common Space and Arc and Artecology team, said: “Sandown Bay is a popular coastal resort, but it’s the Bay’s extraordinary natural history, 100 million years of wildlife, from ammonites and iguanodons to cuttlefish and goldeneye, which stands out as world class. “The coastal waters are marine protected areas, the towering sand and chalk cliffs and ancient woodlands are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and its marshes and wetlands are Sites of Importance for Nature

Conservation. “Add to these accolades the nationally important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designations that frame its setting and it’s an extraordinarily rich environment, for wildlife and for people, and a major contribution to our UNESCO Biosphere designation too of course.” Discovery Bay first launched in 2017 to showcase the free and year-round resource, for education, recreation, tourism and wellbeing. This year the event is being held outside in response to the current public health situation. Discovery Bay’s real-life ecological surveybeach-comb-fossil-walk starts on Sunday March 15, starting at 10.30am at Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown. The walk will finish at approximately 1pm.

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Success for Island at awards ceremony

Captain Bloomer lined up for Hullabaloo 2020 The Isle of Wight has been recognised as a national leader in transformation and partnership with three iESE Transformation Awards for community-based projects. The Isle of Wight Against Scams (IWASP) won gold for its customer focus, while the Council's partnership programme for sustainable travel, delivered with a number of partners, won silver in the green public service award. The Living Well service, delivered via Age UK Isle of Wight, also picked up a silver award for transformation in health and social care. IWASP, hosted by the Isle

of Wight Council's trading standards team, has grown to more than 30 partners with one common aim, to keep Isle of Wight residents safe and protected from scams. This year iESE celebrated 11 years of the Public Sector Transformation Awards and received hundreds of nominations from local authorities across the UK. The event showcased the best in public sector transformation in which the Council was recognised with three awards and four certificates of excellence. Councillor Dave Stewart, Council leader and Cabinet

member for strategic partnerships, said: “Partnership is key to our success as an Island. Our aspiration is to take the lead and move our Island forward with the support, cooperation and collaboration with other local experts. “This is why I am so pleased to see recognition of three fantastic collaborative initiatives at the iESE awards this year; all who are doing some great work to support our community in very different areas, from green travel to supporting the most vulnerable people within our communities."

The Common Space and Shademakers UK, the organisers of Hullabaloo 2020, are welcoming renowned Belgian artists, Captain Boomer, to Sandown Bay as an exciting addition to this year’s Hullabaloo event. Hullabaloo will take place over the weekend of May 16 and 17 with a special Education Day for Island schools on May 15. It takes place along Culver Parade, Sandown from 10 am each day It is an event for people of all ages with a magic mix of science demonstrations, wildlife encounter, art activity, heritage displays, live music, madcap carnival and seaside tradition! The event transforms an area the size of a theme park, stretching across Culver Parade, from the beach to the Willow Walk, Dinosaur Isle and Browns Café and Golf Course. New this year at Hullabaloo are international artists The Captain Boomer Collective, bringing a giant sea ‘beast’ to create a highlight for this year’s focus on the coastal

environment and the Isle of Wight Biosphere. Across the festival weekend, artists, musicians, scientists, national museums and local organisations will gather in The Bay for one of the highlights of the Island’s event calendar. The Hullabaloo Education Day will be a showcase for the Isle of Wight Music Hub and their work with schools across the Island, creating new Biosphere songs which will be performed and presented on Friday afternoon. The visiting schools will also get a special preview of weekend’s acts and activities, from event artists, performers and exhibitors. Arts Council England has awarded the project a £65,500 grant from National Lottery funding. Local organisations are stepping in to add to the required matched funding including The Common Space, Wightlink and Ryde Arts.

Reprieve for badgers as effective test for TB found A change in Government policy has been welcomed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Last week Defra, the environment department, announced that culling badgers to tackle the spread of TB in livestock is to be phased out in favour of vaccination. Badgers are protected species and special licences are needed to shoot them. Culling was introduced in 2013, there were no culling licences granted on the Island, and this announcement means that none are likely to be granted in the future. Defra plans to gradually phase out "intensive culling" following a breakthrough by the Animal and Plant Health

Agency. Previously it was not possible to vaccinate cattle as tests for the disease could not differentiate between vaccinated animals and those infected by bovine TB, but an effective test has now been developed which can be trialled alongside the vaccine. Debbie Tann, CEO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: “The badger is one of our most beloved and remarkable native species and I urge the Government to rapidly invest in a strategic and widespread badger and cattle vaccination scheme, that can finally bring the wanton destruction of a precious protected species to an end.”

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Two in hospital after car crash A man and a woman were taken to hospital following a car crash involving three vehicles near Yarmouth on the road from Newport last Sunday afternoon. One vehicle had its roof removed, as the incident was attended by Isle of Wight Police, Fire crews from Newport and Freshwater and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.




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Three new Deputies named for Island

Mary Case Three new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed to serve on the Isle of Wight. helping current Lord Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon with her duties. Graham Biss, Mary Case and Gill Kennett have taken on the formal, voluntary role to support the Lord Lieutenant until their 75th birthdays.

Graham Biss Graham is a strong advocate for the rural sector. He is Vice Chairman of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society and Chairman of the County Show, President of Island’s Young Farmers Club, and Member of the IW Rural Fund Local Action Group. Mary has been member of the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association since 1984 and is

Gill Kennett now a bee farmer. She is a founder member of the Island Farmers’ Market and at present is Treasurer and co-ordinator. A former High Sheriff, she recently became President of the Community Action IW Awards. Gill’s working career was in the NHS where she worked as a nurse, a midwife and an Associate Director. She is a trustee of

Carisbrooke Castle Museum Trust and West Wight Sports and Community Centre Trust, and a non–executive director of Two Saints, a not-for-profit Housing Association. Gill is also a Freshwater Parish Councillor.

Basement flooded

Heavy rain caused the basement of Yarmouth's George Hotel to flood. Freshwater Fire Service attended to pump the water out of the building and into the sea, using their main pump, and two others. Source: Facebook - Friends of Freshwater Fire Station

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Brading Community Choir searching for new voices

Brading Community Choir are looking for new members. The choir describe themselves as a friendly group of singers, who meet once a week in Brading church hall, from 7.30pm to 9pm each Tuesday. If you would like to join, you don’t need any previous experience of singing in

a choir, and there are no auditions. The musical director, Mark Cox, chooses a variety of different songs, and arranges them into four part harmonies to suit all voices. The choir has recently sung medleys by the Beatles and David Bowie, calypso songs, sea shanties, songs from

musicals, as well as some classical pieces. Over the last few years the choir has performed at Nunwell House, Christ Church in Sandown, several care homes over the festive season, and performed with the Brighton Youth Orchestra in St Mary’s Church, Brading. More performances are

planned for this year. They are especially looking for more men to join the choir.Everyone will be made welcome if they go along on any Tuesday evening, or telephone Georgina on 07714 366967 for more information.

New traffic trials on Medina Way and Coppins Bridge underway New traffic arrangements are to be trialled from Monday (March 16) to see if vehicle flows on Medina Way and Coppins Bridge at Newport can be improved. The trial will specifically test whether queues in the left-hand lane of the Medina Way dual carriageway, on the approach to Coppins Bridge from Cowes, can be shortened. Under the new arrangements, the destinations for each lane on Medina Way southbound will be amended. The left-hand lane, currently marked ‘Ryde’, ‘East Cowes’ and ‘Sandown’, will be marked ‘Ryde’ and ‘East Cowes’. The right-hand lane, currently marked ‘Town Centre’ will be amended to ‘Town Centre’ and ‘Sandown’. On the final section of the approach to Coppins Bridge, beyond the Fairlee turnoff/Link Road slip lane, the two lanes will again be marked with new destinations. The left-hand lane,

currently marked ‘Sandown’, will be marked ‘Downs’ and will be for all vehicles using Snooks Hill to access Staplers and beyond. Vehicles bound for Sandown will be directed to use the right-hand lane along with vehicles destined for Newport town centre. Traffic flows will be monitored to enable an informed decision to be made on whether to keep the new layout, make further changes or revert to the existing layout. Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, Councillor Ian Ward, said: “As promised, we have listened to recent feedback on traffic flows along Medina Way and on the approach to Coppins Bridge, particularly on the left-hand lane, and have modelled a potentially new approach to traffic management. “In addition, we continue to look at other improvements at the busiest Newport junctions."



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Youngsters celebrate return of rare treasures An invasion of a special kind arrived at Carisbrooke Castle recently as more than 300 schoolchildren descended on the grounds. The Isle of Wight youngsters were there to learn more about their Anglo-Saxon ancestors as part of a two-day living history event to celebrate the new Anglo-Saxon Treasures exhibition that is now showing at Carisbrooke Castle Museum. The students, from eight Island schools, took part in a range of activities to bring the exhibition items to life, including dressing up in period costumes, handling replica artefacts, listening to traditional AngloSaxon stories and myths – and watching a

thrilling Viking/Saxon battle. The event was organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Education Service and English Heritage and helped to celebrate rare treasures returned to the Island from the British Museum. Included in it are some artefacts excavated from Chessell Down in the 1850s which had been held by London’s British Museum. Other items excavated from the site of Carisbrooke Castle and the Anglo-Saxon period. The exhibition, which is now on display, is funded by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

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Glimpse back into the past at Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Photography has played a crucial role in how we understand and look at the past. Many of us don’t think about photography as it has become so ingrained in our everyday social and cultural life, but this wasn’t always the case. During the Victorian era, having a photograph taken was only reserved for those who had the means to afford to, and even then usually only for a special occasion. Photographers too, were often gentlemen and women with the money and time to buy the equipment, and learn how to process and develop the images. These early photographers recorded what they found interesting in everyday life, which today can help us look at and understand the past in a new light. Carisbrooke Castle

Museum has thousands of photographs in its collection, from formal Victorian portraiture through to contemporary photographs showing the ever-changing face of our towns and villages. Many images have been taken by amateurs, but there are lots of photographs attributed to the many working photographers on the Island including Brading and Cantelo, Kirk, Debenham, and the Royal Photographers of Hughes and Mullins. This visual record of the Isle of Wight and its people can allow us to see how people lived and worked, and discover forgotten buildings and events. This theme will be explored in an Insight session at Carisbrooke Castle Museum from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, March 24.

Mike Osborne, a volunteer at Carisbrooke Castle Museum and a photographer and researcher, will talk about the role of photography in the collection, including how images are researched, how dates can be found, and what they can tell us about

our past. To book your places e-mail info@ carisbrookecastlemuseum. org.uk or ring (01983) 523112. Booking is essential. Tickets cost £8 and include refreshments.

'Coward' jibe as former allies turn on each other BBC local democracy reporter Louise Hill Proceedings turned sour at an Isle of Wight Council meeting this week when one Councillor was branded a ‘coward’ by another. During members’ questions at the Corporate Scrutiny Committee meeting, Cllr Geoff Brodie asked a question of the acting chair Cllr Michael Lilley, a former political ally as a member of the 1957 Group, which called into doubt the nature of the scrutiny provided on the committee. Cllr Brodie, Newport East ward representative, said: “Now that your committee

has a Conservative administration majority are you, the Vice Chair, the Chair and the Leader of the Island Independent group not just providing a cloak of respectability to corporate scrutiny rather than meaningful and unrewarded challenge?” He also asked why scrutiny committee chair Cllr Andrew Garratt and Cllr Lilley had not ‘stood up’ to the administration over the control of the committee’s agenda in the past two years, saying if they had it may have secured the confidence

of all opposition councillors. Cllr Lilley replied, saying a written response would given to Cllr Brodie from Cllr Garratt, who was unable to attend the meeting due to personal matters, and one from himself as vice chair. Cllr Brodie said: “People do not realise you have now joined the Island Independents just so you can keep your position on this committee, in one of the most dishonourable acts I have come across in this Council in the last few years.” The meeting was closed

shortly after the remarks, but not before Cllr Brodie called Cllr Lilley a coward. In a statement, Cllr Lilley, the former independent Green councillor, confirmed he had joined the Island Independents. He said: “I firmly believe it will give me an even stronger voice and that I will have the best opportunity to grow and develop as a local independent councillor for the benefit of Ryde East residents and the wider Island community.”





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Southern 360 launch to help improve lives

Isle of Wight housing association, Southern Housing Group, has launched a new, dedicated initiative to help focus its resources on improving the lives of its residents. Southern 360 integrates the Group’s award-winning community investment, care and support services and specialist independent living for later life. Alan Townshend, Chief Executive of Southern Housing Group, said: “The launch of Southern 360 comes at an exciting time for Southern Housing Group. Southern 360 supports the Group’s three-year corporate plan, which we launched in January, to grow our capacity for community investment and amenities for local communities.” One of the hallmarks of Southern 360 is its approach to innovation, backed by high-quality research. Virtual reality headsets are used with older and more vulnerable residents, to give them opportunities and experiences that they would otherwise struggle to access. 

Working with residents at Byrnhill Grove and Furze Brake on the Island, the team found the virtual reality headset helped increase social interaction and improved memory recall for people suffering from dementia. The use of virtual reality in care settings has been proven to help reduce depression and anxiety as well as tackle loneliness and isolation. Southern 360’s pilot project has been so successful that the virtual reality headsets will now be rolled out this summer to Southern Housing Group’s sheltered housing and extra care schemes across the south of England, with the help of exchange students from Northeastern University in Boston, USA. Naomi Keyte, Southern Housing Group’s Head of Sheltered and Care Services, said: “Southern 360 allows us to show that by working with partners, with our combined skills and expertise and our shared goals and values, we can make a real difference to the communities in which we are all a part.”

Caring for the carers at St Mary's Lounge The carers team based at St Mary’s Hospital has supported 1,200 carers since the Carers’ Lounge was opened two years ago and they see approximately 65 new carers every month. Many people on the Island are caring for somebody and may not be aware of the support available to them. When the cared for person is admitted into hospital it can cause extra stress, worry and upset. The Carers Lounge helps with the pressures of caring and provides a place for unpaid carers to find information and access a range of support services. They are open to all carers of adults regardless of their funding status. Carers can visit the Lounge and talk to the team in confidence about any issues they are facing and want support with. Sarah Hart, Team Leader for the Carers Lounge, which is run by Carers’ IW said: “Carers are often the person sitting by the hospital bed every day, checking that the patient has eaten enough, or helping with tasks and care at the bedside. “We can help them understand what is happening and offer a ‘safe space’ to reflect. We can communicate with medical and other professionals to find out specifics and obtain clear answers for carers. We help carers to know their legal rights, negotiate the benefits system and understand the value of carers assessments and powers of attorney. “We can also provide practical help such as a Carers Card to help with flexible visiting, parking and low-cost meals in the hospital, refreshments and a bed for an overnight stay, if

required. We also connect carers to our Carers IW Community Team, so that after discharge from hospital, support for the carer is ongoing.” If you are a carer or are not sure about any aspects of your caring role in someone’s life, pop in to see them. The Lounge is situated inside the entrance to Appley Ward - just follow the yellow signs.

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World dance moves for St Thomas' pupils

St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School in Carisbrooke will be the first school on the Island to offer the DDMIX Schools dance fitness programme, designed to get kids moving using dance moves from around the world. Gemma from DDMIX visited this week to give a training session on the programme to staff, who she described as "brilliant". DDMIX is a social enterprise company set up by Dame Darcy Bussell, a former ballerina who shot to national prominence as

a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. She said: “Movement to music makes children come alive and changes the way they feel. With the DDMIX program, kids get an exciting and diverse learning experience that is physical, aerobic and high time on task. A spokesman for the school added: “The staff at the school, embraced the training session with passion and enthusiasm and look forward to using it with their classes.”

Pupils learn about history of Holocaust on trip to Germany Two pupils from Cowes Enterprise College, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), visited Germany as part of the Belsen 75 project, which is run jointly by UCL and the Holocaust Educational Trust. Year 12 students James and Rosie joined 250 other students from across London and the South for the threepart programme. Students listened to a Holocaust survivor recount their experiences before spending a day visiting the former Nazi concentration camp, Bergen-Belsen, for themselves. The project aims to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. The final part sees students finding an innovative way to share their experience in an educative ‘legacy project’ which they will implement across their school in the coming months. Rachel Kitley, Principal at Cowes Enterprise College, said: “It’s really important that our pupils learn about the history of the UK and beyond and that they have once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can support their learning. Both pupils found the experience extremely informative and humbling, and have since taken the opportunity to share their learnings with their peers.”

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Remember to spoil your mum on her special day

Mother’s Day will soon be upon us - on Sunday, March 22 as you ask - and there’s no time like the present to start thinking about how to spoil your mum on this special day. She’s your one and only mum so she certainly deserves more than a Facebook message to show her you appreciate her and everything she does for you. Once you’ve grown up and left home one thing mum always appreciates is spending some quality time

with you, and a delicious lunch or dinner is always a winner. You need to book a table as soon as possible; it won’t be very impressive if you end up trailing round from place to place on the day trying to find somewhere to buy her a meal. The Stag or The Castle Inn, who are advertising on these pages, will look after your mum and make her feel really special, and they’ve both got special offers for IW Observer readers. And of

course, if you’re taking your mum out to eat you get to enjoy the experience too! Another popular Mother’s Day treat is a beautiful bouquet, and we’re not talking garage forecourt flowers. Please don’t just call up and ask for any old bouquet, think about her favourite flowers and colours and scents or even the meanings of flowers. Pink carnations are one flower that symbolises the love for a mother, and they look

good and last a long time. Summer Lilly’s will be able to give you advice on many other appropriate blooms. All mums like to be pampered and a beauty treatment is one way to make her feel and look beautiful. If you’re not sure exactly what would go down well a gift voucher is always a good option to consider. Why not call Hidden Beauty and chat through the options? Accessories are perennial favourites and allow your

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mum to jazz up an outfit whether the colours match or coordinate. A handbag made from recycled water bottles and packaging is a thoughtful and eco-friendly gift, and if it comes with free chocolate – what’s not to like? My Funky Bag will also deliver your gift to your mum’s door. A unique Pearl Experience at Isle of Wight Pearl is sure to delight. Mum gets to pick her own pearl and it can then be set into a stunning piece of jewellery that she will treasure forever. And you can finish the special experience off by taking her to a delicious lunch – again remember to book in advance. There’s no getting away from it, some mums are next to impossible to buy for. They either have everything they could possibly want or you can never quite find quite the right gift for them. Perhaps for this kind of mum you might want to consider a gift wonderful natural reed diffuser from ChilliWinter. Surround her with gorgeous scent throughout her home for long beyond Mother’s Day. Whatever you give your mum on March 22, the most important thing is that you give her a gift chosen with love. Call our advertisers directly or check out their websites to book or buy a present. You love your mum, so make sure she knows it.





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Another award for IW Footprint Trust

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The Isle of Wight Footprint Trust has won the 2020 Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year accolade in the regional Energy Efficiency Awards. Speaking about the Award, Ray HarringtonVail, the general manager of the charity, said: “Our clients are people in fuel poverty living on the Isle of Wight, one of the highest areas of poverty in the South East, at around 11 per cent. The Island has higher than average number of older people, many of whom are vulnerable. This is coupled with high levels of child poverty at around 30 per cent. Higher than average amounts of illiteracy

and innumeracy is also an issue. Much of the housing stock is old and poorly insulated.” The Footprint Trust charity has been helping fuel poor people on the Isle of Wight since 2003. This has been achieved through a number of projects, offering tailored guidance and information. The Footprint Trust received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013 for innovative work helping the community. It is also the recipient of the National Energy Action Award for inclusivity 2018 and has two Big Energy Saving Network energy champions among its staff.

New minibuses will mean more trips out for Southern Housing residents

Southern Housing Group is rolling out three new minibuses to help residents and customers of its care and support services to get around the Island. The minibuses are fully adapted to meet a wide range of mobility needs and have flexible seating to accommodate wheelchairs. Each minibus sports the Group’s new Southern 360 logo and the Southern 360 team is helping Southern Housing Group’s Isle of Wight care home residents to socialise, get to activities and appointments or simply visit the shops. Residents from Southern Housing’s Furze Brake in Newport were invited for an

exclusive first look and a maiden voyage in the new vehicles. Resident Brian said: “We feel so lucky to have these new minibuses to use. They are much easier to get in and out of and we are looking forward to getting out and about for trips and visits.” Director of Community Investment and Care at Southern Housing Group, Anabel Palmer, said: “Whether this means being able to visit the shops on Ryde High Street, travel to appointments or social outings and sight-seeing, these new Southern 360 minibuses will make the world of difference for our residents.”

Businesses combine to help Brainy Bunch Island businesses Bellissima and Sugar & Spice Lingerie, are coming together again to raise money for The Wight Brainy Bunch. Last Autumn the two shops based in Union Street, Ryde, organised a fashion show at Bar 74, raising £1,300 for Against Breast Cancer.   Tina Lettington, owner of Bellissima, said: “Our customers really enjoyed the event and as soon as it was over asked when tickets would be available for the next one, so have decided to do it again.”  

The show will feature spring-summer fashions from both stores and involve over 16 models, followed by a shopping event and entertainment at Bar 74. Sheila Wilson, from Sugar & Spice Lingerie, said: “We asked our customers earlier this year which charity we should raise money for this time and The Wight Brainy Bunch was suggested by many.”    Tickets are priced at £10 and include a discount for both shops.

Spring into spring with a £5,000 win

The Isle of Wight Lottery is giving away yet another big cash prize! Having given away £10,000 to one lucky winner in February to ease the winter blues, it’s now time to give spring a spring and bounce someone into sunnier times a whole £5,000 better off! Could you do with a cash boost? A new car? A holiday? The Isle of Wight Lottery is only £1

a week to play and with over 500 guaranteed winners every year, and better odds than most lotteries, can you afford not to be in it? There’s still time to sign up and get a chance to win – visit iwchamber.co.uk/lottery and select ‘Join Now’ and sign up using a debit card.

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Under orders for Island Dinghy Championships

The inaugural Isle of Wight Dinghy Championships are set to take place on the Island this summer. Hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, over the weekend of June 20 and 21, the event has been organised and supported by a group of Island dinghy sailing clubs to attract a varied fleet of boats. It is open to all dinghies with a PY between 1438 (RS Tera) and 761 (Shadow catamarans), together with RS Feva, Aero, Lasers, RS100, RS400, Spring 15, Scows as well as mixed handicap fleets.   Entrants must be a

New York visit for Ryde performing arts students A group of performing arts students from Ryde Academy travelled to New York over the half term. As well as seeing all the famous sites they also participated in a number of workshops. All students took part in two drama workshops with working professionals. The first took place at TW Studios, a space where professional auditions and rehearsals take place. Students joined a professional actress,

who trained at Juliard and is currently working on the show Deuce, who gave them lessons on focusing and how to be present in the moment as well as directing some of the students' audition pieces. The second workshop was in the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre and they learnt about method acting. The three dance workshops were at the world renowned Alvin Ailey Studios, another

at the TW Studios and The Broadway Dance centre. Students were able to take classes in hip hop, jazz and contemporary with Oli Brunton, aged 14, taking advantage of the scholarship he was awarded when Eric Campros, teacher at the Broadway Dance Centre, visited the Academy earlier in the year.

Subway scores high 5 for food hygiene

member of an Island-based sailing club to take part. Commodore, Chris Rickman, said: “We’re planning five races over the two days and look forward to welcoming the best of the Island’s dinghy sailors to our Club.” Around 80 boats are expected to enter and racing will take place in the eastern Solent with committee boat starts for all classes. For more information, visit iwdinghychampionship. co.uk or email sjprime78@ outlook.com

Environmental conference to cover timely subjects With climate change seemingly never out of the news The Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society’s 2020 annual conference is bound to be popular. This year’s subject ‘Environmental change on the Isle of Wight, past, present and future’ will be discussed on Saturday, April 4. Themes to be covered include past, present and future trends, species invasion, land use and landscape and the effect of climate change on habitats and species. There will be talks by national and local experts all with knowledge

of the Island. The conference will be held at Newport’s Riverside Centre from 9am until 5pm and tickets are priced at £12 to include lunch and refreshments. Booking is essential, see tinyurl.com/ sxzpskv for tickets and more information.

New scheme unveiled to cut road works disruption

Management at staff at Ryde's Subway at 72 Union St are celebrating after being awarded the highest food hygiene rating with a 5, scoring its operations, confidence in management and in-store hygiene as ‘Very Good’ after a recent visit from the Environmental

Health team. Owner Hugh Wastnage, who fully refitted the store in August 2019 to the new Fresh Forward design, was delighted with the endorsement from the local authority. He said: “The level of Subway standards, and the strict operational

procedures we follow, should always result in a 5 rating. I am pleased to now have this confirmed on the door for our customers to view for themselves, and I hope it will give new and returning customers the confidence to visit us in Union St to see our new look store and enjoy our

delicious and ever changing menu." This recent rating now gives both Subways on the Island a 5 rating after Town Lane, Newport received the same score in March last year.

A new permit system designed to give better control over works by utility companies and highway contractors on the highway network is to be rolled out next month. The permit scheme is a Department for Transport requirement for all local authorities from April 2020. Island residents and visitors should benefit from bettermanaged utility works and less disruption to the network. Under the permit scheme, the onus will be on utility companies, and other works promoters to demonstrate the need for planned works and also give more details on what is envisaged, including traffic management arrangements. In addition, all works

promoters will have to demonstrate that there has been appropriate consultation around schemes that are predicted to have a high impact on road users. Kevin Burton, Island Roads network manager, said: “The whole aim of the scheme is to ensure works on the highway can be better controlled. “It will enable the Council to ensure works are coordinated and undertaken in a safe and expedient way, having given due regard to informing customers in advance of any predicted disruption. “It will mean management of the network can be done in a more robust way with the end result that inconvenience to road users is kept to a minimum.”

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Jade Honey

First shows revealed as Ventnor Fringe returns

The Music Of The Moody Blues

The evening is an intriguing insight into the ‘Kings of the Concept Album’ – the Moody Blues. Relive classic, million-selling albums Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, On the Threshold of a Dream, To Our Children’s Children and more.

March 13 @ 7.30pm

Seven Drunken Night

Direct from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland’s favourite sons ‘The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.

March 18 @ 7.30pm

Circus of Horrors

The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter. The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World Wide Hit will take you on a rock n’ roller coaster ride of amazing and bizarre acts.

March 22 @ 7.30pm

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Ventnor Fringe, the multiaward-winning arts festival, which features gigs, comedy and performances in unusual spaces around Ventnor, will return for an 11th edition from July 28 to August 2. Popular ‘pop-up’ venues and spaces Harbourside and Parkside will both return, transforming whole areas of the town. Among the first events to be announced are live gigs with Gengahr, who have hit 2020 running with new album ‘Sanctuary’ offering a more expansive and ambitious sound than ever before. Produced by Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman, the North London’s alt-pop four-piece have carved

a distinctive sound. Joining them will be Willie J Healey, a young man at top of his game, with his unique blend of dreamy soft pop, garage-rock and ‘70s Americana. Following extensive radio play of a new single ‘Why You Gotta Do It’, a new album is pencilled for release in the coming months. Also on the bill is postpunk, art rock, legends in the making, Do Nothing, fronted by the distinctive presence of Chris Bailey, who channels influences ranging from LCD Soundsystem, The Fall and Talking Heads. From New Wave to Woodstock, California Dreaming is a live tribute to the rise and fall of

the Woodstock generation in a show exploring the 60’s counter culture movement ,the Hippies, featuring songs by The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stiils & Nash, Mamas & Papas, James Taylor and The Doors. Away from the music spoken word poet Luke Wright brings his new show The Remains of Logan Dankworth to The Magpie, the Fringe’s majestic Big Top in Ventnor Park. Other shows to be confirmed here include a return of Impromptu Shakespeare, the Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit were an entirely new and unique ‘Shakespeare’ play inspired by audience suggestions. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award

Nominee Ahir Shah returns to host Pick of the Fringe, showcasing a new selection of fast-rising comics. For the younger members of the family, a new Sunday Fun Day is being launched, featuring award-winning children’s presenter Andy Day and his Dino Raps Show, alongside street dance workshops, circus skills, soft play and giant games. Collectively this makes up just over 5% of the full programme yet to be revealed, showing just how far the event has come, in both scope and scale, firmly placing the Isle of Wight on the map.

The Man Behind the Microphone... Back in November 2018, Northwood House staged a new play, its first for 100 years. Voices over Passchendaele sold out and was widely applauded, with excellent reviews. It told the story of Captain Peter Eckersley’s humour, genius and dislike of authority as he developed the first radio systems during the last years of WW1. Voices over Passchendaele ended as the war ended. The Man Behind the Microphone continues his amazing story as the Father of British radio broadcasting. Written by a world authority on the history of Marconi and the birth of British broadcasting, Tim Wander, many of the same cast from Voices over

Passchendaele will reprise their roles to tell the next chapter in the story. The Man Behind the Microphone premieres on the Isle of Wight, for two performances only, on March 13 and 14 at Northwood House. House opens at 7:00 pm, lights down at 7:50 pm. Tickets to be booked in advance on northwoodhouse.org/event/the-manbehind-the-microphone-a-truestory/ Your email receipt is your entry ticket, so be sure to print it off and take it with you. *Members of Northwood House Charitable Trust can purchase discounted tickets at a price of £10 per person by telephoning (01983) 293642*


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THEATRE, LOCAL EVENTS & CINEMA Orpheus Rocks at Shanklin Theatre Rehearsals are well underway for First Act’s next production, Orpheus Rocks! In this light hearted version, Orpheus is a self obsessed rock star, who has to rescue his wife, Eurydice, from the Underworld. Packed with ’80s songs to add to the fun, the large cast promises to entertain. The theatre group, with additional needs, will retell the Greek myth of Orpheus and

Eurydice at Shanklin Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, at 6.30pm.


March 30 & 31 @ 6.30pm Shanklin Theatre, Prospect Road, Shanklin, PO37 6AJ

Fools at Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining are pleased to bring together two iconic shows, after their success with Only Fools and 3 Courses and Fawlty Towers, they now have Fools @ Fawlty Towers! Four professional actors will portray different characters during the evening’s entertainment including Basil, Del Boy, Rodney, Manuel, Uncle Albert, Trigger,

Sybil, Boycie, Slater, Raquel, Tony, Cassandra, and a superb three course meal. Lovely jubbly!

After its successful season of Madama Butterfly, Carmen and La Traviata last year, Russian State Opera returns to delight you with the premiere of Opera, Aida. The brandnew production guarantees to delight you with sumptuous sets and splendid new costumes.

March 21 @ 7pm Ryde Castle Hotel, Ryde, PO33 1JA £35

March 25 @ 7.30pm

Murder Mystery Evening Sight for Wight presents Murder Mystery Evening at the Isle of Wight College restaurant. Due to the popularity of their last event, they are now offering a second chance to test your super sleuth skills in solving ‘whodunnit’ whilst enjoying a delicious meal served by the fabulous Isle of Wight College Restaurant. For booking enquiries and reservations, contact Sight

for Wight on 522205 or email fundraising@ iwsb.org.uk May 22 @ 6.30pm Isle of Wight College, Medina Way, Newport, PO30 5TA £18

The Overtones

Easter Bonnet Tea Party Northwood House are supporting Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses by hosting an ‘Easter Bonnet Tea Party’. Taking place on Friday, April 3 from 2.30pm with pianist Bryan Rhodes Smith to provide the softest and sweetest sounds, this tea party will be a great one - especially because funds are going to a good cause. Make sure you wear your most fanciest Easter bonnet

The Russian State Opera Presents Aida

- dress to impress and all that! For more information or tickets, email catherine. flury@gmail.com or phone 01983 298 060. April 3 @ 2.30pm Northwood House, Cowes, PO31 8AZ £23 - tables for 8/10

For the last decade The Overtones have been a household name after appearing on dozens of television shows across the U.K. and Europe including Dancing On Ice, BBC Breakfast and This Morning to name just a few.

April 3 @ 8pm






Sonic The Hedgehog

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s ‘Onward’ introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest.

Sonic The Hedgehog is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog.



Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town.

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

Birds of Prey

The Invisible Man

You ever heard the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it.

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Fox’s The Call of The Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

John Suchet “Tchaikovsky” The Man Revealed

In this exceptional talk, John reveals the man behind the 1812 Overture, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker. The complex and contradictory character, the sadness and emotional turmoil he suffered, the turbulent love life — all these fed into some of the best-loved and most familiar music ever written.

April 4 @ 7.30pm

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Open day raises funds to help animals in need

Friends of the Animals raised over £1,000 during an open day to celebrate their 30th birthday. The grand raffle was a key fundraiser, with a range of prizes donated by generous individual supporters, supermarkets and other national and local companies. The charity last year provided veterinary treatment for 3,400 poorly animals and over the last 30 years has re-homed over 9,000

pets and helped to spay or neuter more than 40,000 animals. The charity’s founder, Helen Sinclair MBE, paid tribute to staff, volunteers and supporters. She said: “The people who support us all through the year really are the lifeblood of Friends of the Animals. I’d like to pay tribute to all our wonderful volunteers who help us in so many ways, more than 95 per cent of our work is done by them,

supported by a small, hard-working and dedicated team of staff. “We are always looking for more volunteers so that we can help even more animals who need us. There are lots of opportunities, from fund-raising and helping out on our stall in summer shows, homechecking prospective adopters, administration, fostering animals or helping out with car-boot sales. Whatever your skill we will find

something fun and interesting for you to do. “Here’s to the next 30 years.” To celebrate the milestone the charity is offering 30 per cent off their already reduced charity prices for spaying and neutering. One thrilled winner was six-yearold Sofia Forment from Newport who correctly guessed the name of Sparkle, the giant rabbit. Her Mum Donna said: “Sofia was so over

the moon to win this giant bunny. Sparkle is now sat at the bottom of her bed, but at first she did try to get it into bed with her.” If you would like to find out more call (01983) 522511 or call into their Head Office at 17a Riverway, Newport.

South Wight residents' views sought on plans for new Hub Since the closure of Chale Green Stores and Café, the South Wight community has lost a key place for meeting up, as well as a local shop and Post Office. South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) are hoping to open a Community Hub, offering a space for people to meet socially and reduce feelings of isolation for young people and families as well as a place to hold meetings, offer training and other community activities. For the last five years, SWAY has been providing clubs and activities for young people in the South Wight and assisting families and putting them in touch with a variety of organisations to support them. SWAY want to hear the views of

local people to help develop their plans and are holding a number of public meetings and is keen for anyone who wants to find out more to contact them. Meetings will be held in Niton Village Hall on Wednesday, March 18, Chale WI Hut on Thursday, March 19, Whitwell Village Hall on Friday, March 20, Brighstone Village Hall on Tuesday, March 24 and Brook Village Hall on Wednesday, March 25, all starting at 7pm. You can also send your views to swayyouth@ aol.com or call (01983) 731873. The organisation are also planning a series of meetings with parish councils, community groups and prospective funders to look into the viability of the project.

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Find out how to get published at free Cowes library event

Bay CE School cash boost for Brainy Bunch The Wight Brainy Bunch has been given a cheque for more than £1,500 from Sandown’s The Bay CE School. Kathryn Grimes, founder of the charity, was presented with the money after it was raised on Blue House Community Day. The Wight Brainy Bunch is a charity very close to the hearts of students and staff, as one of the Year 10 students is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

The Blue House student council worked tirelessly to plan the day, which included a non-uniform day, cookie bake-off and sale, a raffle and stalls. The day ended with over 100 students and staff taking part in Blue House Quiz. Gareth Bricknell, Head of Blue House, said: “I am really proud of the Blue House student council for all of their hard work and commitment to making the community day so successful. The local community supported the event

and donated lots of fantastic raffle prizes, which alongside our fundraising activities, helped us raise a considerable amount of money to help Island families going through a tough time.” Kathryn said: “What a wonderful bunch of students, working together to raise money and awareness of our little charity. So thoughtless and selfless. Thank you all so very much.”

Talk on Hooke and his difficult personality

Have you got a book in you? Have you ever dreamed of being a published author? Do you want to find out how to get published? If the answer is yes, then Philip Bell from book publisher, Beachy Books, will be at Cowes Library tomorrow (March 14) between 10.30am and 1pm with some of the books he has published over 10 years. He welcomes members of the public to drop in and have an informal chat about how to get published. Cowes Library supporter’s group will be providing cakes and refreshments. There will

also be a selection of Beachy Books for sale including children’s books, poetry and Isle of Wight history. Philip is a published author, most notably by Walker Children’s books, having had his story chosen by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. He said: "I know what it’s like to be a struggling author. I feel all the highs and lows along with the authors I work with because I’m a writer too. I’ve developed a thick skin over the years from countless rejection letters. But then one day, after all the hard work, I got published."

Grants available for IW history students The Isle of Wight branch of the Historical Association can help Island students who have a place to study history at university in 2020. Students may apply for a bursary of up to £1,000 towards the cost of a special project, books, travel or other expenses related to their studies. Their website history.org.uk also gives advice and guidance on applying to university and how to make a successful transition to higher education. The Historical Association is a national charity that supports the teaching and learning of history at all levels. It was founded in 1906 by a group of history teachers and historians to support the need for good

history resources in schools, but within a few years had widened its aims to further the study and investigation of history for all. The Isle of Wight branch holds regular meetings with a range of historical talks from experts. Their next meeting is on Friday, April 24 on ‘The real Wolf Hall: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell’ with Dr Tracy Borman from Historic Royal Palaces. Applications for bursaries close on April 3. Further information and an application form is available from history teachers. For more information about the local branch email history.org.uk/branches/ resource/1134/isle-of-wightbranch-programme.

Cowes Lifeboat to the rescue A group from the Arts Society Isle of Wight visited Carisbrooke Castle Museum to hear a talk from Nick Minns on the subject of Robert Hooke, FRS, a natural philosopher, architect and polymath. He was also the discoverer of Hooke’s Law, a law of physics that calculates elasticity in solid objects. Hooke was a Freshwater boy, born in

1635, who was eventually able to pursue his education in London at Westminster School and in Oxford at Wadham and Christ Church Colleges. Nick Minns described Hooke’s ‘difficult’ personality and supported his talk with a set of paintings by Rita Greer. He described how this ‘local boy’ worked with Sir Christopher Wren and

Robert Boyle, and was a thorn in the side of Isaac Newton, making for an interesting and enjoyable afternoon. Their next talk takes place on Tuesday, April 7 and is on the subject of the Life and Loves of Catherine the Great. You can find out more on their website theartssocietyisleofwight.org.uk.

A report that a lone yachtsman, aboard a 24-foot boat had engine trouble, was unable to lower his sails or drop anchor, led to Cowes RNLI lifeboat dashing across the Solent to assist. Despite the yacht having a faulty VHF radio it was eventually located in Beaulieu River. The lifeboat

crew discovered that the yachtsman had managed to lower his sails and to make slow progress with a small engine that kept cutting out. The yacht, which had been on passage from Gosport to Christchurch last Saturday, was given an alongside tow by the lifeboat to Buckler’s Hard.




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Birthdays PIPPA ALLMAN, happy birthday Pheebs! Love you millions, have a fab day. Mum xxxx PHOEBE BERRY, Happy birthday to the sweetest, most generous, and most gorgeous sister in the world! Lots of love from Fia. xoxoxoxo


(Caitlyn) Happy birthday to our wonderful, beautiful daughter. We love you so much and hope you have a brill day. Love, Mum & Dad xxxx CHLOE FREED, happy 13th birthday. We hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy your teenage years. Hopefully without the tantrums! Love you always, Nan & Grandad xx

FIONA Happy birthday to my wonderful Fi. Love you forever and ever. Love Alex xx

JESSIE FIELD, Happy Birthday to Aunty Jessie! Thanks for being the best ever. Love from Molly and baby Freddie X CLAIRE HESTER, Bring out that delicious chocolate cake. Open that sparkling bottle of Pinot Blanc. Let us celebrate your bright and new chapter ahead! Best bday to the best sister-in-law anyone could ask for! From Helen x JONNO KEANE, happy birthday darling boy. You have grown into such a charming young man, and I am so beyond proud of you and everything you have achieved. Here’s to growth and many more accomplishments. Love, Mum xxxxxx

DAD/GRANDAD Happy 50th Birthday dad/ grandad! Thank you for everything you do for us! The big 5-0! Officially half a century! Getting old now lol;) Love Rosie, Jake, Dallas xxx JULIE LAW, happy birthday nanny. We love you <3 from Ellie, Nala and Poppy xxxxx

ALISHA & SIMON What do late nights, parties and hanging out with friends have in common? You won’t be able to do any of them from now on! Happy wedding day. We love you both so much, Mum & David xxxxx

BONNIE & ZAIN Congratulations on finding the perfect partner in crime. We are so happy for you. Here’s to many more happy years together. Love the two of you so much!

Engagement BROOKE AND JOHNNY, Congratulations on your engagement! Who would’ve thought that you will eventually find someone who can stand you Brooke? Just kidding, you are amazing, and I couldn’t be happier for you. So much more to come. Love you both! From Lola xx LEO & AMBER, I’m so happy that the two of you are engaged! Now for the fun part — the open bar! I mean, wedding. I definitely meant wedding. Love Dad XxX

LILLY & LEE We’re the luckiest parents in the world to have watched you grow into the beautiful woman you are today. We’re now so fortunate to welcome Lee into our family too. Love Mum and Dad xo


From Em xxx VICTOR & MAISIE, Wishing you all the best with the ceremony. May the honeymoon last forever! From Jean & Milo x

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Crossword Across


1. Naked (4)

1. West Yorkshire city (8)

3. Fond of othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; company (8)

2. Famous public school (5)

9. Increase (7)

4. Kind of soup (6)

10. Person paid (5)

5. Urge forward (5)

11. Lobby (5)

6. Light bulb fitting (7)

12. Away from the coast (6)

7. Looked at (4)

14. Rue (6)

8. Edict (6)

16. Roof of straw or reeds (6)

13. Archaism (anag.) (8)

19. Serene, unruffled (6)

14. Blooms (7)

21. Venomous snake (5)

15. Spanish sailing ship (7)

24. In front (5)

17. Cuban cigar (6)

25. Artillerymen (7)

18. Proverbs (6)

26. Opposite (8)

20. Scrounge (5)

25. Notion (4)

22. Implore (5) 23. Bathroom powder (4)

For the answers to the crossword, see page 2.




Chess puzzle

Spot the winning move? White to play & mate in two moves. Puzzle kindly supplied by John Wrench. To join a club email: chessplay@mail.com. Last weeks solution: 1. g7+ Kg8, 2. Kg6 (any black move), 3.f7++

Find the following list of words relating to the Spring time! BLOSSOM EASTER FLOWERS SUNSHINE MARCH SEASONAL PASTEL


For the answers to the Spot the Place a digit from 1-9 in each empty cell so that each row, each column and each 3x3 block contains all the digits from 1-9 only once.

Spot the differences

Difference see the Isle of Wight Observer website

Can you find all eight differences between the two pictures of the 30 year anniversary for Friends of the Animals?




Special guests in Shanklin for girlguiding's World Thinking Day

This celebration of the joint birthdays of the founders of Scouting and Girlguiding, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell is an annual event known as World Thinking Day. On the Island Girlguiding members enjoyed an afternoon of activities at Lower Hyde Holiday Park in Shanklin. This involved Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers with their Leaders based on the theme for 2020 ‘Living Threads – Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.’ Special guests included the Island’s Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, High Sheriff Geoff Underwood and Chairman of the IW Council Cllr. George Cameron with a surprise visit from Girlguiding SW Deputy Commissioner Sarah French. Following the activities in February, there were presentations to some of the Island’s volunteers. Shirley Saunders and Lesley Clifford were presented with Thank You Awards as they are standing down after five years, and they also received gifts and flowers from the Island’s 1,000 members. Six

volunteers were presented with Good Service Brooches. Marion O’Nions with 40 years’ service and Deborah Meadows with 50 years’ service were given long service awards by Sarah French for their exceptional service to girlguiding. Both Marion and Deborah have been leaders, advisors and District Commissioners. Brownie Paige Steel said: “This event has really been fun. I really enjoyed making my Light of the World, although it was hard to do because it kept slipping from my fingers. I got there in the end though and my light worked well.” Tessa Bryson, Ranger and helper with 2nd Carisbrooke Brownies said: “I had so much fun, from teaching Brownies how to work together and make story bracelets to doing acting with the Rangers. I loved it so much helping the Brownies discover their true creativeness. I can’t wait for it to happen all over again next year when I can learn so much more about different World Thinking Day traditions.”

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Nature Notes

Such cute little ‘hands’ but moles can be ferocious! With its pale, finely lined palm and fingernail claws, the mole’s tiny paw looks uncannily like a human hand, but it is wielded with ferocious force when beating off rivals for females etc. In The Wind in the Willows referenced last week, until revealed as the hero of the hour in the battle for Toad Hall, ‘Moley’ is portrayed as a rather shy, timid creature. But while it would come off worst in a tussle with a stoat or a weasel, the mole is anything but when in pursuit of worms, its diet of choice. As John Lewis-Stempel recounts in his best-selling nature book Meadowland, the little furry mammal is ‘the most violent diner; he bites off the worm’s head, then with his claws squeezes out any earth left in the worm, before sucking it down like spaghetti’. The underground system of tunnels dug by moles with those same cute little ‘hands’ will extend for hundreds of yards and be passed on to future generations. Once its hunger is sated, and a mole will consume over half its own weight in worms each day, it packs the rest in a chamber leading off one of these, keeping them alive by paralysing them with a toxin secreted in its saliva. Up to 500 have been found, thus kept nice and fresh, in just one of these grisly larders. The pint-sized mammals (in fact each one weighs less than a bar of soap) start to breed about this

time. They aren’t pigs, but the male is called a boar, the female a sow. Just to confuse things further, they produce a litter of three or four pups. These mature at five or six weeks and set off on their own, when they are particularly vulnerable to predators such as buzzards and owls as well as dogs and cats. You can find them all over the country, but not, as with snakes and various other mainland British species, in Ireland, so long as the soil is deep enough to let them move with ease. Nor will you come across any in coniverous forests, moors and sand dunes, maybe because food is relatively hard to find. They can make a mess of your lawn, but farmers also regard them as pests as they disturb the roots of crops. For the mole, mole hills are another useful store for worms and insects, but they wreck farm machinery and can contaminate grass used to make silage. Yet moles tear into cockchafers and carrot fly larvae, which will render a whole raft of vegetables inedible, while their excavations help drain and aerate heavy soil. They can live up to six years but most only make it to three. Once they were killed in huge numbers to make gloves and other items using traps and strychnine poison, highly dangerous to virtually everything else, including us.

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Holmesy! by David Holmes

one man against the world david@iwobserver.co.uk

We will weather this latest crisis - Just Keep Calm and Carry On!


Island Soapbox

Send your letters into us newsdesk@iwobserver.co.uk or post them to us IW Observer, Suite 6, 17 St.Thomas Square, Newport, IW, PO30 1SL Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in these letters are not those held by the IW Observer or its staff. They belong to the author and the author alone - Letters must be no longer than 250 words please.

Contract full of pot holes! Dear Editor, much has been written about Island Roads, the detail of their contract and the quality of the Council’s judgement when agreeing the terms of that contract. This little addition to that theme is to highlight one Island Roads' non-delivery on an undertaking given over the resurfacing of the truly suspension-threateningly pot-holed Priory Road, Shanklin, already a couple of years late. Secondly, it is to ask whether the Council had the forethought to insert a clause which required Island Roads to make good

without further cost in all instances where their re-surfacing failed within the duration of their contract. Given the frequency with which re-surfaced roads show already the collapse of their substructure, causing sinkage and crazing of the tarmac, one certainly hopes so. Landguard Road, Shanklin is just one dreadful example. The reality that such areas still await repair suggests that it is not only on the rugby field that the French are trampling on us this year! Michael Pugh, Shanklin

Calm down, calm down! Dear Editor, I am seriously concerned for David Holmes reading his column last week, ‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’ Calm down old chap, we don’t want you singing ring-a-ring a roses instead of happy birthday! Let me assure you that rumours Boris Johnson has appointed Lord Buckethead as Minister for Self Isolation are completely untrue. Hans Bromwich, Cowes

‘What's goin’ on?’ You’d think it would be impossible to keep the populace in a permanent state of panic, but sections of the press and social media seem determined to give it a go. We’re always threatened by one catastrophe or another. So far I’ve survived the Millennium bug, foot and mouth, bluetongue, BSE, Mad cow disease, Ebola, SARS, bird flu, global warming, climate change, terrorism, drought, flood, gales, skin cancer, obesity, diabetes, Brexit and Smart motorways! In my youth, there was Greenham Common and the threat of imminent nuclear war. Remember actor Patrick Allen solemnly voicing ‘When you hear the air attack warning, you and your family must take cover immediately’? In my house, we went as far as barricading the windows with mattresses we didn’t see out for years. Dire warnings of a global Aids epidemic were bravely borne in the 80s, mercifully, that didn’t kill quite as many as the tombstone based TV and press ads suggested it would. I smoked in my teens, almost everyone did, until the health warnings overwhelmed us. All but the most determined gave up when we realised that tobacco was better for the manufacturers than us. Once I’d quit, I ate wine gums, which seemed a good substitute for 20 Marlboro. As a smoker, I weighed just 69 kilos but put-on another 30 within a year. One day I will throw away those old 28-inch waist Levi’s and concede defeat, but I’m not ready just yet. My fear of lung cancer did fade eventually, only to be replaced by the fear of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. These days, when we watch TV, we’re often informed that if we’ve been affected by any issues in the programme, there’s a helpline number. Until now, I’ve resisted, but I’m now starting to panic about panic buying, so who should I call? I’d like to know what

happened to community spirit. What’s the point of having sanitised hands if no-one else has them because all the hand-sanitiser is owned by the few, denying the many? And why clear shelves of loo-roll? Apparently, people think it’s manufactured abroad and could be in short supply. Myth buster time, we are not, nor ever will be short of loo-roll, it’s made right here, in GB-B, Gone Bonkers Britain. Some people have lost the plot, while others laugh at their fear. A good number of Islanders believe the answer is (or was) to ‘ban all ferry movement, pull up the linkspans, isolate the Wight’. Those poor souls don’t understand how grocery logistics work. Some 95 per cent of our shopping is done in big supermarkets, we abandoned small, independent shops years ago. Remember? Nor did we choose self-sufficiency, although it was a great comedy device for Tom and Barbara Good. Can it really be 45 years since The Good Life first appeared on the BBC? On the Island, the only easily eaten thing that are grown in great quantities are tomatoes. Meat needs ‘processing’ on the mainland before we can eat it. With a few exceptions, almost everything we need arrives here on trucks. If we stopped the boats who would bring all the goodies? Finally, in the new world order, lorry drivers are getting the recognition they deserve, so let’s get a grip and use our (just one) loaf. When this is all over, hopefully we’ll think about what we buy and where. It does seem a regrettable certainty that many of us will get this damn virus, but thankfully most will shake it off. High risk groups should of course take sensible precautions, but this is England, so heed Council Leader Dave Stewart’s sage advice, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’

‘Until now, I’ve resisted, but I’m now starting to panic about panic buying, so who should I call?’

Just look where it all began! Dear Editor, at a time when our world is consumed by numerous examples of mankind’s destruction of the planet fuelled by human greed, how convenient to suddenly have the new COVID-19 virus. In one foul swoop we are seeing the undermining of the world's fastest growing and polluting economy. As a direct consequence many industries and companies across the world, big and small, will be reevaluating their just in time interdependence on Chinese components exported halfway around the planet because they are a few pence cheaper, and will no doubt be rediscover the value of sourcing all manner of needs much closer to home. Many of the world’s economically unproductive, our elderly and those with complex and costly medical needs, are most at risk by this new virulent virus. The prospect

of their early demise will ease medical sector pressures worldwide. The fear of contaminated bank notes will drive public acceptance towards a cashless society, enabling greater state monetary control. Heavily polluting air travel and cruises will become the aspirational playground of a bygone era. Social distancing will reduce many gas guzzling supermarket trips, and drive more ecologically sound online/home delivery shopping alternatives. The list goes on and on, indeed, if you were to design a strategy to establish a new world order for the greater good, without having to resort to war, what better way? So where did this mysterious Coronavirus originate from? A live food market in Wuhan? D Icky, Ryde

Such a terrible decision Dear Editor, it was a terrible shock at the hospital today to find no cafe and the usual friendly welcoming faces, even worse to discover the long impossible walk to where they have been pushed. Who ever could have thought out this terrible planning and then to top it all to learn that Costa Coffee are moving into the main foyer. Now who are

seriously going to patronise that company? Do the powers that be realise just how much the Friends of St. Marys give to the wards and departments? I think there should be a massive outcry of such a terrible decision. Time to name and shame. Dawn Burrow, Wroxall

So little trust in politicians Dear Editor, I find it somewhat ironic that during our time of national crisis, when it has never been more important to believe in politicians, there has never been so little trust in them. Having spent the last decade undermining our NHS with the relentless reduction of hospital beds, nurses, doctors, with ever-

increasing waiting times for treatment, the Government would have us all believe the nation is ‘well prepared’ for the coronavirus epidemic. Well, we will see. One thing is for sure, there will be a day of reckoning for politicians by the British public. J Worth, Yarmouth

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13th March 2020


Further cash boost for UKSA project


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UKSA, the non-profit maritime charity, has revealed another significant donation has been pledged to the organisation. This follows on from the announcement of the single largest donation in UKSA’s 30-year history being made early this year. UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows said: “We are thrilled that long term supporter of UKSA, the Whirlwind Charitable Trust, have confirmed they are making a £300,000 grant to support the development of our new accommodation centre. This, along with the $1.9 million donation from the TK Foundation, has unlocked and secured our ambitious plans for UKSA’s future.” Crucial to UKSA’s plans is the building of a new, modular accommodation on its waterfront site in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. The new accommodation centre will enable an additional 3,000 children and young people to visit UKSA every year, enabling the organisation to continue growing its impact on their life skills and career prospects. Willows adds: “We deliver maritime adventures and training programmes that have a positive and lasting impact on young people’s academic, health and sporting abilities. The creation of tangible pathways inspires young people to broaden their horizons, leading to continuous employment in the maritime sector. The new accommodation is an urgent requirement for us, as the demand for places continues to grow year on year.” The UKSA site will remain fully operational throughout the development works, with building work commencing in the latter part of 2020 and completion of the works planned for mid-2022.

13th March 2020






Joel picks up super six at Westridge Golf awards


By Peter White

Local Football Fixtures

(Kick-off 2pm unless stated) Wessex League, Premier Division Cowes Sports v Fleet Town (3pm) First Division East Cowes Vics v Ringwood Town (3pm) Laverstock and Ford v Newport (3pm) Andy Butler Sports Ground Specialist IOW Memorial Cup, Second Round Sandown v Whitecroft & Barton Sports – Ian Smith Third Round Adgestone v Pan Sports – Arron Tree Carisbrooke United v Brading Town – Brian Hayward Northwood St Johns v Binstead & COB – Matt Sainsbury Oakfield v Bembridge – Keyson Colebrook Shanklin v East Cowes Sports – John Hopkinson Ventnor v West Wight – Andy Jones Yarmouth & Calbourne v Cowes Sports Reserves – Steve Raybould Ken Morris IOW Junior A Cup, Second Round West Wight Reserves v Sandown Reserves – Ian Gordon Third Round Brading Town Reserves v Vectis – Andy Doncaster Whitecroft & Barton Sports Reserves v Northwood St Johns Reserves – Chris Cass IOW UNISION Junior B Cup, First Round Niton Community Reserves v Pan Sports Reserves – Andy King Harwoods Renault Saturday League, Division Two Newchurch v Niton Community - Dave Jukes Newport Reserves v Seaview – Keith Ruth Osborne Coburg v AFC Wootton – Ben Orton Combination One Binstead & COB v Ryde Saints – Stephen Todd Combination Two AFC Wootton v Bembridge – Dale Smith Ryde Saints ‘A’ v Osborne Coburg – Chris Beard Vectis v Newchurch – Richard Mcfarlane

Neil Cooper

TUESDAY Wessex League, Premier Division Cowes Sports v Alresford (7.30pm)

Cowes Golf Club

Tuesday Coleby: 1, Viv Jenkins net 28; 2, Dave Mumford 29; 3, Jonathan Cooke 30; best gross: Viv Jenkins 37. Pyrah Stableford: 1, Ian Hobson 39 points (ocb); 2, Ryan Chandler 39; 3, Dorian Holmes 39. Texas Scramble: 1, David Williams, Craig Insley & Keith Arnold net 57.4; 2, Paul Young, Andrew Read, Howard Burt & Glenn Hammond 63.45; 3, Paul Woodcock, Kate Palfrey, Len Rowley & Howard McHale 65.4

IW Gold Cup ties

Harwoods DACIA Isle of Wight Senior Gold Cup quarterfinal tie between Cowes Sports and Binstead & COB will take place on Tuesday, March 24, kick-off 7.30pm. Referee: Tom Berry, Assistant referees: Arron Tree and Keyson Colebrook. Newport will take on Northwood St Johns in their Gold Cup quarter-final tie, also on March 24, at Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes, kick off 7.45 pm.

Newport Golf Club

Saturday Stableford: 1, Pat Smith (8) 42 points; 2, Adam Wilson (17) 40 (ocb); 3, Pete Redhead (9) 40. Stableford, 1, Ashley Wright (8) 38.

Cowes & District Snooker League Week 18

Results: Con A 2, Lib C 5; Con B 2, Lib A 5; WC Con 3, Con C 4.

Lib A WC Con Con C Con A Lib C Con B




18 18 18 18 18 18

78 65 65 58 56 56

48 61 61 68 70 70





6690 7224 7047 6754 6514 6531

6080 7198 7153 6591 6668 7070

610 26 -106 163 -154 -539

78 65 65 58 56 56

Highest Scorer of The Week: S. Cates, 25 Hc (Lib C) 91 v 43 K. Wheeler, 30 Hc (Con A). Highest Break: R. Green (WC Con), 61 (twice).

Members of Westridge Golf Club gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 2019 season and recognise the individual competition winners. None more so than 14-year-old Joel Tarry from Cowes, who won a magnificent six major trophies, including the Junior Club Championships, the Club Championships and the Annual League Cup.  Joel, seen pictured with

his winner's trophies, only started playing four years ago, but has already grown into a talented young player resulting in him being selected for the Hampshire Under 16 team for the 2020 season. He said: "I'm delighted to have won so many competitions in the past year and hope to do just as well this coming year too.  I'm also thrilled to

have been asked to play for Hampshire and am really looking forward to this season and see if I can do even better. “The Westridge Golf Centre is a fantastic place to learn how to play the game and I couldn't have done this without the support of Mark Wright and his team as well as all the members at the Club, and my parents.  Hopefully this is just the

Island Vecta Billiard and Snooker League League Week 17 Newport Con 7, Ryde BL 8. Vince Salter (108) 166/1 v Pete Whiteman (107) 200/4; Terry Phillips (1) 161/1 v John Barnes (74) 200/4; Dave Cox (-28) 200/5 v Tony Worsfold (62) 135/0. Arreton 10, Newbridge 5. Joe Lashmar (66) 179/2 v Trevor Rider (118) 200/3; Kevin Rose (71) 200/3 v Trevor Whillier (4) 176/2; Phil Kennerley (29) 200/5 v Kev Whillier (-35) 135/0

Newport Con Chillerton Ryde B.L. Arreton Newbridge





14 13 14 13 14

10 7 9 5 3

4 6 5 8 11

123 108 108 92* 78

*Arreton deducted one point for two man rule.

start though". The 2019 Captain, Dave May, said: "I challenged Joel two years ago to win all the major trophies and he’s just about done it.  I’m absolutely delighted for him and look forward to seeing his development over the coming years, he’s definitely one to look out for.”

Tres Amigos retain basketball crown Tres Amigos retained the IW Basketball title they won last year, after playing consistently throughout the season. The final round of results were: 3Agents 28, 3 Stars and Moon 33. Try Hard Trilogy 33 3Upbobbyshmurda 21. Triple Ages Spread 24, 3 Wise Beards 33. Tres Amigos 33, Three-Bound 16. The League now moves into its play-offs, which is based on a seeding and handicap, in a best of three series. Tres Amigos (1) v Seed 8 or 9. 3Stars and Moon v Three-Bound. Triple Aged Spread v 3 Rising Reds. 3 Wise Beards v Try Hard Trilogy.




13th March 2020

Island bowlers into last 16 of Ladies National Triples

Mark Downer sails to Memorial Trophy win

Pictured: Island trio (l to r) Anne Bernard, Gay Allen and Pauline Proud with their opponents in blue tops The Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club ladies trio of Anne Bernard, Gay Allen and Pauline Proud took on Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club’s J. Hudson, S. Dadson and J. Halliwell at Five Rivers in the area final of this season’s Ladies National Triples. Bournemouth got off to the better start and had taken a seven-shot advantage after the first third of the match. Then the Islanders settled in to the game and from that point onwards dominated the contest, and with four ends left to play they had reduced the deficit

to only shot. Scoring on each of the remaining ends they went on to record an excellent 15 shots to 10 victory. They will now play in the last 16 of the National Championships at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club against England international skip Wendy King’s trio from Swale Indoor Bowls Club from Kent on March 22. The club recorded a substantial 152 shots to 78 win when they took on Shanklin Bowling Club in a home friendly match. Ian Hampshire, Sandra Aldridge, Steff Ball and John Hutchinson led the way with a 29-9

win followed closely by Val Croucher, Tony Harris, Ted West and Mark Morris who came home 30-12 ahead. There was a 27-11 win for Auriol Ash, Norman Cooper, Shirley Searle and Roy Jemson, with Angela West, Jane Swinfield, Pat Hartigan and Malcolm Coston succeeding by 27-12. Margaret Carrett, Leen Hampshire, Alan Davis and John Carrett finished in front by 24-14, and the only losers were Pam Grundy, Barbara Moye, Bob Westhead and Andy Eyres who went down by 20-15.

round races were run. The first got away to a clean start, and Mark was first to round the windward marks as Raymond and Jo led the chasing fleet and were never far apart. In the second race Jo, followed by Raymond, were in the lead with Mark third. But by the time he reached the windward mark on final round, Mark was well ahead of his wife and Raymond, but then had a ‘senior moment’ and failed to round the spreader! Having thought about it after he had finished, he retired so everyone else moved up a place. In the final race Raymond was well ahead of Jo, Mike Toogood and Andy Christie with Mark trailing in fifth, before Jo came in first less than half a boat length ahead. But with nine points to Raymond’s 12 and his wife Jo’s 16, Mark emerged victorious.

A healthy group of 11 Bembridge Illusions contested this year’s Stratton Memorial Trophy, and the event saw Mark Downer win the Trophy, established in 2012 in memory of Vernon Stratton who was always so inspirational in all his efforts with the Illusion Class. The first race saw Mark and Raymond Simonds leading the way with Mark winning, less that half a boat length ahead. He dominated the second race with Raymond and Philip Russell vying for second and third places with under a boat length separating them at the finish. In the third race, John Raymond picked up a third just ahead of Alastair Speare-Cole. The fourth and final race of the day saw a change at the top with Alastair and Jo Downer both coming in ahead of Mark. On the second day condition were not so good but three

Havenstreet and Locos end all square in table tennis tussle

Matt Mair of Freshwater A in Division Two

As the Isle of Wight Table Tennis Association drew to a close, match of the week was in Division Two between second placed Freshwater A and third placed Havenstreet Locos. Havenstreet’s Ian Loosemore and Bernie Forward were both on form with Forward getting the better of Freshwater’s Rob Warren in five sets, and Loosemore managing the same against Lawrence Fo. Their team mate Mike Lee also had a great victory over Fo although he lost to Matt Mair. After a topsy turvy match, the score was 5-4 to Havenstreet but Freshwater drew level after an emphatic doubles victory. Ryde Raptor’s Spike Hughes finished his debut season in Division Two with two victories against Rookley A and ended the season on 65 per cent, an impressive average after the move up from Division Three. Newport Vics C won the Division Two championship, with second and third place still to be decided between Freshwater and Havenstreet who have some outstanding matches.

St Lawrence Lizards are confirmed as Division Three Champions after their 6-4 victory over Ryde Rockets. Derek Pittard continued his fine performance as he won all his matches and ended the season on 96 per cent average. Second place is yet to be decided as Ryde Revellers and Ryde Rackets have a game each outstanding but at present they lay equal on points. Division One had already ended and Ryde A were dominant all season and took the Championship, with Shanklin Sharks second. Many of the top Division One players will be in action from March 13 in the Pairs League. Results: Division Two: Rookley A 7, Ryde Raptors 3; Newport Vics C 7, Ryde Rookies 3; Ryde Red Kites 8, Newport Vics D 2; Shanklin B 6, Ryde Rascals 4; Freshwater A 5, Havenstreet Locos 5. Division Three: Newport Vics E 7, Ryde Ramblers 3; Ryde Revellers 5, Wootton Wombles 5; Ryde Rockets 4, St Lawrence Lizards 6; Ryde Rackets 6, Ryde Rebels 4; Ryde Rustics 7, Ryde Regals 3.

Lawrence Fo of Freshwater A

League Table Team








Ryde A Shanklin Sharks Ryde Royals Ryde Raiders Newport Vics A Newport Vics B Havenstreet Sleepers Havenstreet Hooters

14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14

14 11 8 6 5 2 2 0

0 1 3 3 3 3 2 1

0 2 3 5 6 9 10 13

123 95 84 72 64 46 42 33

17 45 56 68 76 94 97 107

123 95 84 72 64 46 43 33

13th March 2020





IWRFC underdogs battle into final of Hants Plate

Farnborough 20 points Isle of Wight 22 A dramatic semi-final victory at Farnborough took Isle of Wight RFC into the Hampshire Plate final for the first time since 1997. In a contest where the lead changed hands several times, IW deserved the win but were pushed to the very limit before securing the spoils. Having lost at the semi-final stage to the same opposition twice in recent years, IW went in as underdogs against higher league opposition, though Farnborough went into the game winless in the Hampshire Premiership this season. The Island started well, leading to a try for Luke Blackman after nine minutes, which Lewis Murray converted. But minutes later they conceded a try to the hosts, with conversion striking a

post. Murray was on the mark with a penalty goal, before striking the crossbar with an effort from halfway. Then as IW moved the ball wide and looked poised to score, the home winger intercepted and raced in for a try to level the scores. Buoyed by this, Farnborough finished the half on top and concluded the action with a penalty and taking the lead 13-10. The hosts continued the second half on the up and pushed the Islanders back, until a brilliant crossfield kick from Murray was skilfully collected by Chris Ormerod, who ran in for a fine score. Unfortunately IW were again found wanting at the restart, as Farnborough gained a foothold in the IW 22, before spoiling IW line-out ball and scoring a converted try.

IW now trailed 20-15 and found themselves spending more time in their own territory, but the defence stood tall and regained possession. Calm heads were required and IW now played some of their best rugby, methodically working their way out of danger and into Farnborough territory, with notable contributions from George Huish and Fountain Inn Man of the Match Dave Blackman. With a scrum just inside the home side’s half and normal time about to expire, the Islanders launched a lengthy string of phases. The ball was moved wide at just the right time with slick hands from the backs feeding replacement Cameron Browne. The young wing had plenty still to do but stepped inside expertly and made sure of the touchdown to

level the scores. Murray was under pressure having missed the previous conversion, but from a more difficult angle he nervelessly guided the kick inside the near upright and IW were back in the lead at 22-20. There were eight minutes of stoppage time, and Farnborough had one final chance from an attacking scrum. A penalty left their kicker with an angled 40 metre effort to win them the game but the kick dropped just wide and short, and IW greeted the final whistle with joy and relief. Isle of Wight will play Alton or Locksheath Pumas in the final at a mainland venue to be decided, possibly on the first Saturday in May. The club’s second team host Bognor II at Wootton Rec tomorrow (Sat).

Blake grabs hat-trick as Ventnor power in Ventnor 34 points Fawley 5 Ventnor’s impressive victory in Hampshire League Division One was just reward for what the team had been threatening to do for several weeks. Playing with terrific physical intensity, the home team took the game to a strong Fawley side who defended resolutely but were never able to get a foothold in the game. For Ventnor, it started in the pack with the front row of Adam Pratt, skipper Lewis Jones and Ben Savill dominating set-pieces, and veteran Todd Riches reminded everyone of his power and experience as he returned to the second row. The back-row of Dominic Marsh, Harry Colson and Chris Hill were at their marauding best and were well supported by Dean Magnurson who seemed to attract the ball like a magnet. Sam Lines opened the scoring, sliding in after Paul Berry fed Calvin Edwards. Fawley reacted strongly and it took some stern defence to keep them out, before Ventnor wrestled back control and won a penalty within kicking range. Riches lined it up but the ball swept across the face of the posts - straight into the arms of the charging Ed Blake who touched down with an outstanding piece of opportunism, for a 10-0 half-time lead. The home team soon extended their advantage with a crash-over from Blake before Jake Babington scored his customary try having twice been close earlier. Blake converted and the important try bonus point was in the bag. Tristan Price came on for Riches and Justinas Urbonas replaced George Finan whose constant threat was halted by a blatant piece of thuggery by the Fawley outside-centre. Blake duly completed his hat-trick with a typical powerful drive. Fawley got one back when Ventnor fumbled but the Islanders went straight up the other end and Colson completed the scoring with a drive for another try which was duly converted by debutant Tom Crewes. A J Wells Man of the Match: Paul Berry. Red Funnel Moment of the Match: Chris Hill. VRFC match sponsors: Barry Pike, Mike Buttle, Ron Hunt, Signpost Express, The Crab Shed at Wheelers Bay, The Spyglass and Ventnor Haven Fishery.

Wightlink support for Cowes Under 16 girls Cowes Youth U16s Girls Football Club have received new sponsorship from Wightlink. Each year, Wightlink supports a number of sporting teams and organisations on the Island by providing discounted travel. Their main objective is to enhance life on the Island by supporting individuals and youth development on the Island.

Cowes Girls was founded in 2018 with the help of Cowes Ladies promoting the team and encouraging girls from across the Island to play football. They finished the 2018-2019 season top of the Hampshire Girls Youth Football League and went into the 20192020 season, known as League Champions. The team currently sit

4th in the League table with a few games still remaining and they also have big plans for next season. Head Coach, Martin Wragg; said, “As a team, travelling away a lot during the season, the majority of our costs are spent in travel, so it’s much appreciated that Wightlink can help.”




13th March 2020

Tickets now available for Ainslie’s Cowes SailGP Fans can now secure tickets to Sir Ben Ainslie’s SailGP home debut when the global championship returns to Cowes on August 14 and 15. Following a dominant performance in Sydney at the first event of the season, the Great Britain SailGP Team presented by INEOS established itself as a title front-runner and will face off against six other national teams on the Solent, which saw some of the most thrilling action in Season One. Cowes SailGP Season Two will take place during Cowes Week and fans can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster, currently available at a 10 per cent discount until April 2. Land-based ticket holders will have access to a premium view of the racecourse from Egypt Point, while Blue Funnel Cruises will transport fans with on-water tickets to the centre of the action beside the flying F50 catamarans. Additionally, the global championship has curated a new behind-the-scenes experience that includes an

exclusive tour of the SailGP Technical Area at ABP Port for an up-close look at the world-class athletes and record-breaking race boats. Ainslie said: “Sydney was one of the best sailing events I’ve ever taken part in and it was also a great start to the SailGP season for the team. However, Cowes is the event we are most looking forward to. Nothing beats competing in front of your own fans, it’s always a special moment to see the packed shoreline of supporters.” Land-based access tickets provide fans with a frontrow view of the world’s fastest sail race boats along the shoreline at Egypt Point on the Cowes seafront. Tickets start at £25. In partnership with Blue Funnel Cruises, on-water tickets offer a spectacular view in the heart of the action. At £60, the On-Water Go viewing experience is like no other, as guests are transported via boat to the race area, and are stationed within the perimeter of the track for the racing.

Veal picks up crucial points

James Veal

Ryde’s dream of Lords comes off the rails against Swindon Ryde Indoor Cricket Club’s dream of playing at Lords is over. Alas, there was no glory for them in the regional finals of the ECB Indoor National Club Championship after they were well beaten by Wiltshire champions Swindon in their semi-final at Taunton. Played at Somerset’s Indoor Cricket Centre, the Island’s leading indoor side were without star all rounder Josh Proctor as they fell to a Swindon team who also comfortably beat Cheltenham Civil Service in the regional final and have now made it through to the national finals at Lords. Ryde skipper Stuart Robertson won the toss and chose to bowl

first but found the Swindon opening batsmen quickly getting into their stride. Ollie Morgan was the pick of the bowlers well as he took 1-20 and Dave Pratt stepped in with two catches and a run out, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Wiltshire side scoring a very challenging 139-4 off their 12 overs. Ryde got off to the worst possible start as they lost two wickets in the first over and, although Ash Goldsmith (27 not out) and Mark Oatley (24) fought hard, the Swindon attack was always on top and Ryde’s total of 64-5 meant they fell to a 75-run defeat.

The Wightlink Wight Mountain cycle race team opened their 2020 season with the Dunsfold Road Race, part of the Surrey Cycling League. The race for cat3 riders was an eightlap circuit covering 51 miles, and weather conditions and a poor road surface meant it was going to be a tough race right from the start. Unfortunately, both Charlie Orchard and Jerry Cooper found themselves on the wrong side of a split in the peloton and were quickly dropped from the front group. James Veal was well placed, managing to stay at the front end of the bunch which is the safest place, but with 50+ riders all trying to get into the

top 10 positions it is often the most difficult position to maintain. With the pace of the peloton rising for the final lap, James entered the final climb still in the top 10 riders but unfortunately got blocked and after having to avoid slower riders lost a few places. But a good sprint enabled him to finish in 14th position. This was good enough to earn two points towards his 40 needed to move up a category. Kev Chant and Matt Allsopp raced the season opener of the Surrey league at Dunsfold, a second and third cat race. The riders completed nine laps of the 58-mile road race. Two laps into the race a group of

eight riders formed a break in which the gap to the peloton grew to as much as almost a minute. Allsopp seeing the danger that this posed did a large turn on the front to help bring the breakaway back in. By the fifth lap, the group was all back together. Two laps remaining and a rider went on a solo attack which ended up being the winning move. The unfortunate timing of a horse rider on the road with a lap and a half to go meant that the peloton split into two groups with Chant in the second half of that group and unable to chase back to the leaders.

Lucky 13 tough it out at Larmer Tree weekend The Isle of Wight Road Runners had a group of 13 runners take on the Larmer Tree Race weekend, organised by White Star Running and taking place in Cranborne Chase, west of Salisbury. It was a very hilly route and the weather made it even more difficult with lots of mud, wind and even hail. The opening day had the 10-mile race and the half marathon. Bryony Andrew completed the 10 with Gordon Mucklow, Kev Winchcombe and Gill Bushnell completing the half. The following day was the marathon with Steve Apsey, Neil McCall, Julie Rasmussen, Jane Andrew, Lisa Upstell, Julie Ray, Tarnia Butler, Elaine Harris and George Butler all completing it. Jane Andrew said: “There was amazing support from our spectacular support crew who managed to meet us on course when we needed them.”

13th March 2020





More frustration for Vics as another match off

Less than 80 days – and more than 200 trophies! Sailors from around the world are preparing for their adventure in the Round the Island Race on Saturday, 30 May, now less than 80 days away, and will be competing to win over 200 trophies. This year there will be a 38ft Beneteau Oceanis called ‘Ellie B’, out on the start line with a crew of five visually impaired individuals and three sighted supporting team members. The crew range from mid 30s to mid 60s and will all get involved in helming, winching and trimming. Rick Smith, Volunteer Skipper for the Visually Impaired Sailing Association (VISA GB) said: “After 28 years of sailing and racing I wanted to give others the opportunity to experience this amazing race. “The selected Round the Island crew are all competent sailors but for the majority this is their first ever race. We will be doing two days of

training in the Solent and I’m sure by race start they will be comfortably confident. It is so rewarding to hear how their confidence has been boosted after time on the water and consequently translates into their everyday lives, empowering them to do more.” Dave Atkinson, Race Director, said: “The Island Sailing Club is extremely proud of our flagship event, particularly as it welcomes all types of sailors and boats from first time racers, family cruisers and professional sailors. This is why our ethos of ‘A Race For All’ really comes alive with all those competitors competing side by side on the same race track. Sailors interested in competing in the event will be able to keep up to date with the latest news on social media using the hashtag #RaceForAll and enter via the Round the Island website roundtheisland.org.uk

Esme winner of Munchkin Cup Esme Colley and her horse Carys won the Munchkin Memorial Cup in the latest Winter Jumping Series event at Lake Farm Riding School. The cup was donated by Janet Morter in memory of her horse, Munchkin, and awarded to the rider who it is felt has improved

throughout the series. Esme started the series on the lead rein but has now completed her round without any help. It proved a very successful winter series, that has now drawn to a close. Photos by: Keith Pollard

There was more frustration for East Cowes Vics manager Richie Woodburn and his players this week when their Wessex League Division One match at Laverstock and Ford, due to be played on Tuesday evening, was postponed. A waterlogged pitch caused the game to be called off, meaning Vics have not played a competitive match since their defeat at home to Andover New Street on February 8. They will be hoping for better luck tomorrow (Sat) when, weather permitting, they take on Ringwood Town at Beatrice Avenue (3pm). Vics boss Woodburn (pictured) said: “It seems just lately everyone else has been able

to play apart from us. We will have some catching up to do. I only have a small squad, and you can deal with a game once a week. But when it comes to playing two or three games a week, and I only have 16 players, that’s when we have problems, and are going to suffer. So that is why I am feeling a bit frustrated.” He added: “Although we have been training a couple of times a week, it’s not the same as playing matches, so all our fitness is going to disappear. But I am not going to use that as an excuse. I shall just say all my lads must be fresh and ready to go, so let’s get out and win some games.”




13th March 2020

Browne smart double keeps Newport in promotion hunt

Newport 3 Alton 0 Newport maintained their push for promotion from the Wessex League, Division One with a convincing win over one of their main rivals. The three points took Port within a point of Alton, but more importantly they are now just five points adrift of fourth placed Bemerton Heath with a game in hand, and Bemerton still have to visit the Island. Knowing a fourth placed finish will be good enough to go up this season, Newport manager Andy Sampson said: “This is the time when you start looking back at some games, and thinking we might have taken more points than we did. “We have Laverstock away tomorrow (Sat) which will not be easy because they have picked up a bit lately, and then next Saturday we are away to leaders United Services Portsmouth, which is also a tough one, with Fawley at home in between on Tuesday. “We know they will be two tough Saturdays, but if we can pick up points that would be a bonus, as we still have fifth-placed Downton and

Bemerton Heath to come to us.” After a tough first half against Alton, Newport took the lead just before the break when Connor Kelly’s long free kick was headed back across goal by Scott Sampson for Jordan Browne to nod in. They added to their lead just after half time, with Browne pouncing again to knock in Kelly’s corner. Kelly then added a third with a fine leftfooted drive from 25 yards. There might have been a fourth for Port after Jared Cousins was brought down by visiting keeper Justin Courtnage who was sent off, but Kelly blasted the penalty high over. Then just before the end Newport were down to 10 men when defender Spike Hughes was red-carded, but by then the points were already safe. Meanwhile, Sampson has strengthened his squad for the vital run-in by signing former East Cowes Vics striker Joe Butcher on his return to the Island after several months away. Sampson said: “We have a lot of games coming up, so Joe will be a useful addition to the squad.”

More frustrations in Yachtsmen defeat Tadley Calleva 2 Cowes Sports 0 Cowes Sports face another vital game tomorrow (Sat) as they try to cling on to the Wessex League, Premier Division status. The Yachtsmen are at home to Fleet Town, a team only five places above them in the table, and a match manager Max Draper (pictured) believes is winnable. The Yachtsmen remain second bottom in the league, but still five points ahead of Amesbury, and within three of Bournemouth, the side immediately above them. Draper, frustrated at the way his team were beaten by Tadley Calleva, feels two more victories will ensure his side retain their Premier League status, and the sooner they secure them the better. He said: “It was frustrating at Tadley, because we lacked a cutting edge, and you could tell we hadn’t played for a month. It was an awful game on a poor pitch, but we made a mistake and they scored, and then we made another silly mistake in the second half to give them another goal. So hopefully we can put the record straight when we play them at home in the return.” Draper added: “We knew this would be a tough season, and at the moment Amesbury are doing us a favour. But we can’t rely on them, and we know we need to win at least two more games, then we can build properly for next season. “We had a good, honest chat after the game at Tadley, and this is not the time to turn on each other. We know we are in a tricky position, and it has been like this at the club for some time. But the lads are confident and I am confident we can get it right.”

Brading Reserves reach final of Hampshire Plate Brading Town Reserves made it a superb club double by joining their first team in a major Hampshire FA final. The reserves beat Osborne Coburg 2-1 to reach the Hants Plate final, following the first team’s exploits to reach the final of the Hants Intermediate Trophy. Two first half goals were enough to see the reserves through to the final. A 20 yard strike from skipper Tim Shaw and a stunning volley from Ben Charman gave them a two-goal interval cushion and, although Coburg pulled one back in the second half, Brading always had the edge. However, they were indebted to Flynn Powell who made a superb save to deny Coburg an equaliser. The only other time the visitors threatened was when Joshua Woodnutt headed against his own post. Brading had an ideal opportunity to increase their lead when we were awarded a penalty but the otherwise excellent Alex England Boirand missed the spot kick. Elsewhere, the weather again played havoc with the Island junior football fixtures, with only two First Division matches played. Ventnor beat Cowes Sports Reserves 4-2, and East Cowes Sports saw off Sandown 2-0. In Division Two, Newport Reserves were 4-2 winners over Oakfield, while in the IW Memorial Cup second round Adgestone knocked three past Niton Community without reply. In Combination One W&B Sports Reserves beat Ryde Saints Reserves 4-2, thanks to goals from Luke Bennett, Robbie Taylor, Damien Cassford and Kieran Lewis. In the same division ECS Reserves won 3-0 at Oakfield Reserves. Vectis Reserves continued their charge in Combination Two, knocking six without reply past AFC Wootton Reserves.

13th March 2020





Wilson double sends super Shanklin into Trophy final

Shanklin 2 Fareham Town Reserves 1 Super Shanklin joined Island rivals Brading in the Hampshire Intermediate Trophy final thanks to two goals from Pete Wilson at the County Ground. Wilson grabbed the crucial winner from the penalty spot four minutes into time added on to secure an historic victory for the IW League, Division One club. Ironically, Wilson would have missed the semi-final tie had it been played on its original scheduled date. But a waterlogged pitch cause a seven-day postponement, and he was back from his short break in Rome to guide Shanklin into the all-Island showdown. Wilson said: “ It’s the first all-Island Hampshire Cup final, and it’s brilliant for Island football.” Paul Haward, the Shanklin manager, said: “I thought the game was going to penalties. I’d even written my list of who was going to take them for us. But when we won the penalty, Pete stepped up to score, and I screwed my bit of paper up and ran on the pitch to celebrate with the lads. “We were camped in their half during the second half but we just kept going until the end and managed to get the win. It’s great playing mainland teams, but for two Island sides to get to the final is something quite special.” The final, due to be played on the mainland, has now been switched to Cowes Sports’ Westover Park ground. It will take place on Saturday, April 25, with a 6pm kick off. Shanklin had the better of the first half, but it Fareham created the first real opportunity when a tightangled lob shot after 15 minutes was touched over by home keeper Jack Powell. Ironically, Powell was due to miss the tie as he was going to his own stag party. But the late cancellation of the party meant he

took his place in the line-up. A free kick from veteran Iain Seabrook caused panic in the Fareham defensive ranks as Shanklin pushed for the opener, but the ball was finally scrambled clear. However, the Island side’s deserved breakthrough came on 22 minutes, as Wilson picked up the loose ball 25 yards out and ventured to the edge of the area before hitting a shot that swerved and deceived the visiting keeper. With Ollie Fleming in commanding form at the back for Shanklin, Fareham struggled for opportunities, and nearly fell further behind when another curling free kick from Seabrook fell to Wilson, who blazed over the eight yards. It appeared to be a costly miss as Fareham broke straight upfield from the goal kick, and a cross from the left was converted with a low angled shot that was more of a miskick, but somehow trickled into the far corner. Shanklin applied the pressure in the second half, with a stinging shot from captain Seabrook tipped over the bar. But that was the last action for Seabrook who was forced off with a knock. Powell was forced into a low save as the visitors countered, and just when it looked like the game was heading to penalties, Shanklin wing-back Gary Scott-Jackson was sent tumbling inside the box. Wilson, deputising on penalties for Seabrook, coolly stepped up to send Shanklin through. Goal hero Wilson added: “It was a really tough game, but we dug deep.As soon as Iain went off, I was definitely having the penalty. I would have been first up in the shoot-out. I had two chances to put us ahead, but just couldn’t get my head over the ball. “The conditions were quite tricky actually, especially in the first half with the wind, and I think that might have helped my first goal a bit as the keeper fumbled it.”


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By Peter White

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History in the making! Brading and Shanklin flying the Island flag

Action from Shanklin’s semi-final win over Fareham Reserves

Red-faced planners try to shed light on ‘error’ Shanklin goalscorer Pete Wilson with manager Paul Haward Isle of Wight League club Brading Town will be looking to complete an unprecedented double next month by winning two major Hampshire FA cups on the same afternoon. But arch Island rivals Shanklin will certainly be attempting to rain on Brading’s parade in one of the games. Brading’s first team will lock horns with Shanklin in the Hampshire Intermediate Trophy, at Cowes Sports’ Westwood Park ground on Saturday, April 25 at 6pm. That final will be preceded by Brading Reserves’ clash against mainland outfit Testlands in the Hampshire Plate final on the same ground at 2pm. It promises to be an historic day for Island junior football whatever the outcome, as neither Brading nor Shanklin have ever won the Intermediate Trophy before. Following Brading’s semi-final victory over Moneyfields Reserves the previous week, Shanklin booked their place in the final with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Fareham Town Reserves at the County Ground,

Brading manager Steve Lawton

thanks to two goals from Pete Wilson (see full match report Page 39). Both Brading manager Steve Lawton and Shanklin boss Paul Haward are already relishing the showdown. Lawton said: “We have always been close rivals with Shanklin, and they are well contested games, so it should be a very good final. It’s all about which team turns up on the day because player for player we are very closely matched. “It is brilliant for Island football, because there is always a lot of talk about how we are struggling at grass roots level over here, but I think the top half of the IW League Division One is as competitive as it has been for several years. That has probably helped Shanklin and us do so well against mainland clubs in this competition.” Lawton added: “It is brilliant for our club that the reserves are also in a final on the same day, at the same ground. It gives us the chance to support them, and them to support us, as well as hopefully creating a bit of history. It is great for

our club and good for Island football.” Shanklin manager Haward admitted: “It is a unbelievable achievement for Brading, reaching to Hampshire finals, but all we are thinking about is trying to beat them. Perhaps we couldn’t have imagined we would get this far, and have already created club history by reaching the final. So one more win would make it extra special.” Haward reckons: “I suppose they are massive favourites. The games between the two teams over the years have been pretty even, but they have really improved this season, so we are expecting a tough one. But whatever happens it is good for the Island having two teams in the Intermediate final, and it shows how strong Island football is at the moment. “But that game is still a long way away, so we have got to keep producing the goods so we can feel good going into the final because momentum is very important, and I just hope there is a big crowd turning up for both finals.”

An ‘error’ by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning department involving floodlights for Newport’s new football ground has led to another application being submitted. Plans for the new complex, near the Racecourse Roundabout in Whippingham, had been approved, but an amended application has had to go in to allow for longer use of the floodlights. An application by South Coast Leisure was approved in January to allow a 3G pitch to be built as well as the football ground, with marginally taller floodlights to accommodate the pitch. However, a condition of the granted permission limited the use of the floodlights to four days between Monday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, which should have been seven days a week. A note in the planning application said the condition had been

inexplicably changed despite not being requested or justified in the officer’s report. Paul Airey, planning agent for South Coast Leisure, said confusion may have arisen because of the revised lighting but the new condition was not necessary. He said: “When the Council issued the permission they changed it inadvertently. They did not mean to do it but it has to be taken back to where it should be. It is an unfortunate error on their behalf. There is no justification for it.” Plans have been approved for the new football ground which will re-home Newport, who are currently ground sharing with fellow Wessex League, Division One club East Cows Vics, because their former home ground, St George’s Park, will be demolished and built on at the same time the new stadium will be built. McDonald’s have submitted plans for the new retail park.

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