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Fuelling up a storm! “I was quite gobsmacked by what he told me”

NHS partners with Pompey

- David Holmes

Island highway’s boss Jay Jayasundara

Continued on page 3 A regular contributor to the IW Observer has spoken out about a chance meeting with top Island highways boss Jay Jayasundara – widely known as JJ - who talked to him unprompted at a Newport

petrol station about a secret deal he negotiated between Island Roads and the IW Council. David Holmes, who writes our ‘Holmsey’ opinion column, said he decided to reveal details of the

conversation after he heard that a planned confidential briefing of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) on the highway network was cancelled this week. Members of the Cabinet and

Scrutiny Committee were due to attend the meeting on Tuesday, but it was cancelled after only two members of the eight strong committee signed a non-disclosure agreement or ‘gagging order’, after

A partnership between Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust was announced yesterday (Thursday) which it is hoped will improve Island hospital services. Both Trusts have agreed to build on current joint working to share expertise and resources. Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “This is good news for our patients and really positive news for our staff. By working more closely together we will be able to continue improving our services and we will be able to better tackle some of the big issues facing us including recruitment, staff retention and working as efficiently as possible. “In time it might mean that we can provide more care closer to home.” The Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan, launched in September 2019, sets out a shared vision to provide

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Find Bob, our friendly squirrel! Find Bob somewhere in this week’s paper and one lucky winner will win a pair of tickets to Osbourne House. Tell us which page number Bob appears on (not including this one). You can email the page number and your name to spotbob@ iwobserver.co.uk or text 07749 591550. The deadline is midday on Thursday. Last week he was on page 26. The winner of last week’s Wight Squirrel Project goodies was Kenny Harrison.

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New plans for car parking charges across the Island A new 30-minute parking charge of £1 is being proposed for Newport High Street in a move aimed at supporting businesses and boosting local trade. The IW Council said the new Newport tariff was aimed at people who wanted to pull up, nip in one or two shops and then be on their way again. Newport is the only high street on the Island where motorists pay to park, with the minimum stay currently one hour for £1.50. However, parking charges are set to be introduced along Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor esplanades all year round, rather than just in the summer months. The new charges will fall in line with those already implemented for parking along Ryde seafront. The Council is proposing to maintain free parking in Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor high streets to support the business community in those areas, but is also proposing to introduce parking charges along Cowes seafront, including Gurnard; a flat rate £2 per day fee at Cowes park and ride and to raise car park charges by broadly 20p per hour Islandwide. Meanwhile, Island parking permit arrangements will be consolidated with increased flexibility in payments and coverage. A single annual parking permit will be introduced for £600, cancelling out previous permits which cost £324.50 or £462, with the new permit working for 24 hours or two hours in a short-stay car park. Councillor Ian Ward, cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said: "We

want to do as much as we possibly can to help our local businesses thrive against the challenge of online shopping by encouraging people to shop local. “Thirty-minute parking for those who simply want to pull up, and nip in one or two shops is something businesses in Newport have been crying out for. We hope our proposals will generate more passing trade and promote a higher turnover of spaces which we know is so important to improving the vitality and viability of the high street.” Councillor Ward said the proposed changes were designed to make parking charges fairer and simpler across the Island, ahead of a detailed review of parking facilities and fees which is due to report in May. He said increases were ‘proportionate’ and helped to promote the use of sustainable transport, adding: "The Council continues to be committed to supporting the future vibrancy and viability of the Island's high streets. "Over the past 12 months we have suspended parking charges during the weekends leading up to Christmas, undertaken a range of town centre promotion and improvement projects and worked with town councils and business associations in Newport and Ryde to attract £1million in Government funding from the Heritage High Street programme. "This includes committing £500,000 in match funding to projects designed to improve the high street environment."

Tax increase for police precept Isle of Wight and Hampshire residents are also facing a tax hike to support police across the area. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane is proposing an increase of £10 in the force’s council tax precept for 2020-21. This represents a 4.96 per cent increase to the Band D precept and is the maximum increase possible without a referendum. It comes as the force has increased its percept every year since 2013/2014. The PCC said this will ensure that for the next financial year there will be ‘significant investment’ in policing within Hampshire Constabulary policing area. The money will help police implement the recruitment of the 156 new police officers promised by the Government last year, as well as invest in new equipment and in the refurbishment of some estates. If approved, the increase would mean that the current Band D council tax precept for Hampshire Constabulary will rise from £201.46 to £211.46. The precept increase of £10 in 2020-21 could be followed by precept increases of 1.99 per cent in the following years 202122 and 2022-23, according to official documents.

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JJ speaks out on forecourt

Continued from page 1 being told that, if information disclosed in the meeting was ‘leaked’, Island Roads could sue them and they would be personally liable. Yet during the chance meeting on Sainsbury’s petrol forecourt in Newport just before Christmas, Mr Jayasundara amazingly told David he had personally negotiated a deal for Island Roads to pay the Council compensation for missed targets in the PFI contract. David said he first noticed a Mercedes 4x4 with a personalised number plate and then recognised the driver, Mr Jayasundara, who was having trouble fuelling his vehicle. David explained how to get the pump working and then enquired: “You’re highways Jay aren’t you? You’ve had a pretty hard time in the press.” After confirming his identity, Mr Jayarasunda said that one local paper, taken over by Newsquest, a national publisher of local newspapers, ‘had to write a number of negative stories’ and that he and Island Roads were ‘an open goal’ for such coverage. He went on to say he didn’t deserve negative coverage as he had personally saved the Isle of Wight Council ‘millions’, telling David that he had negotiated a deal which had not been made public, for Island Roads to pay the Council compensation for missed targets in the PFI contract. Speaking yesterday (Thursday) David said: “I was quite gobsmacked by what he told me but wasn’t going to make

it public. However, when I heard that councillors had been threatened with legal action if information was leaked, I was stunned. JJ doesn’t know me from Adam, but was happy to chat in a public place about information he made perfectly clear was not in the public domain.” Mr Jayasundara’s role in the PFI has been highly controversial because he was originally brought in when the Council was led by Tory David Pugh to negotiate the PFI contract. He was paid more than £180,000 a year, around £540,000 in total by 2013 when the contract was signed. He was engaged again in 2018 to find savings on the contract he had himself negotiated. The Council said he would be paid £70,000, but last April it became clear that he had already been paid £130,000 for just eight months work, including £750 a month for accommodation, and would remain at the Council another year until this April. He is paid through his own company, Jasmine Consulting, believed to save him thousands of pounds in tax payments. Councillors Lora Peacey-Wilcox and Carl Love both confirmed they had refused to sign the gagging order because they had been told they could be sued personally by Island Roads. Mrs Peacey-Wilcox said: “I decided not to sign because knowing how leaky County Hall is I wasn’t prepared to put everything I own on the line. My husband John and I have worked hard

for what we have.” Karl Love also said he felt threatened by the conditions imposed. He said: “It is unbelievable that Scrutiny Committee members are not indemnified against being personally liable as Cabinet members are. It makes it impossible to do the job of holding the Executive to account properly.” Long term PFI critic and former Scrutiny Committee Chairman, Cllr Geoff Brodie said: “If Mr Jayasundara did indeed make these remarks then it seems entirely double-standards that elected members are required to sign confidentiality undertakings when this consultant is discussing socalled confidential matters to seemingly anyone who approaches him. This is the biggest contract the Isle of Wight Council have ever had; the public should have a right to know how much it is costing them.” We approached the Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads; they both declined to comment. A spokesman for the Council confirmed that Mr Jayasundara had been forwarded a copy of our e-mail, but he also failed to respond. Compensation could be payable by Island Roads because, during the highway PFI’s seven-year core investment period, which ends this year, they were contracted to bring the Island’s highways network up to an ‘agreed average standard’. It is believed that standard has not been reached.

Support for NHS Trust


News in brief Last orders please!

Continued from page 1 high-quality services for local people. IW NHS Trust, Hampshire and IW Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Isle of Wight Council plan to work together to improve services to meet the needs of the local community. This latest announcement is said to be one of the ways the changes will be delivered. Maggie Oldham (pictured above) added: “One of the biggest challenges our trust faces is the scale of our services, some of our hospital-based services are led by a very small number of clinicians, sometimes just one or two consultants. We have seen over the last few years that we can’t go it alone. Working with our neighbours is the only way that we can continue to improve the services we provide while making sure that they are sustainable.”

A Brading pub is closing its doors at the weekend. The Kynges Well pub has been open for five years but will shut for the last time on Sunday. Owners Matt and Tom posted on Facebook thanking everyone for their support over the past five years.

Southern Vectis gives discount Southern Vectis are giving the first 50 people who buy a day rover ticket via the Southern Vectis app on February 14, 50 per cent off. They said the romantic day should be for everyone, not just the couples. The code for the discount is PROUDLYSINGLE.

Car collides with pole A car has crashed with a telegraph pole and rolled into a field near Thorness on Wednesday. Emergency services were on the scene and the pole had fallen down due to the impact. There was said to be one casualty but no one was trapped in the vehicle.

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Chance to have your say in roads survey

Island Roads has launched its annual customer survey and is encouraging residents to give feedback on the range of services it provides, as part of its work to improve Island roads. The survey is part of a range of measures that the company uses to review the services it provides and helps the company to determine how it can improve performance year-onyear. There are 12 short questions covering aspects of its work from road surfacing and maintenance to street cleansing, verge and grass cutting together with our customer services operations. Since the company started its highway improvement programme in April 2013, a significant volume of the roads, pavements, structures and street furniture (benches, signs etc) across the Island have been upgraded, new street lighting installed and improvements made to other highway services. The company is keen to continue its regular dialogue with the public to help it

understand where improvements can still be made. Stephen Ashman, Island Roads Service Director, said: “As an organisation we are committed to delivering our work to the highest standards not just in terms of our contractual obligations but also to the satisfaction of the local community. “We are very grateful for the number of compliments that we receive on individual aspects of our work each month, but this survey allows us to gauge people’s views across wider aspects of our service, so we can determine where we might need to make further improvements.” Residents have until Friday, February 28 to complete the survey which can be completed online via the company’s website, islandroads.com. Paper copies of the survey are available from Island Roads offices in Daish Way, Newport, County Hall reception, IW College and libraries across the Island.

No local precept rise for Ryde Ryde Town Council (RTC) voted for no rise in the local precept for the coming year when they met on Monday (Feb 3). The Mayor of Ryde, Cllr Michael Lilley said: “I am proud to be Mayor of this fabulous town and was pleased to chair such an exciting meeting that has brought real positivity, opportunity, and good news for Ryde residents. Over the year we have pushed through some exciting new projects which, alongside careful financial management, enables us to expand services in 20/21 without increasing the precept.

“I wish to thank the RTC staff team, and our many collaborative partners particularly Ryde Business Association, Ryde Regeneration Forum, Ryde Society, Aspire, Ryde Arts, Isle of Wight Council and all the amazing Ryde community groups. Team Ryde is moving ahead." Projects for the forthcoming year include a partnership with Historic England to improve the High Street and Union Street, potentially taking over the harbour, and continued support for Ryde community groups and businesses.

No virus on Island - but keep informed with national website The leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Dave Stewart, has advised Island residents that they are able to keep up to date with information on coronavirus by checking Government webpages. He said: “National Government webpages are being regularly updated, so anyone who is looking for information should check there first.

"The Isle of Wight Council is monitoring the situation carefully, and we have been working closely with partners in Public Health England and the NHS both here and on the mainland. "Our Emergency Planning teams are working in close consultation with our health Partners and I am confident that we are well-prepared should a situation develop on

the Island. "However at this time I can confirm that no cases or concerns have been raised for the Isle of Wight." Advice is available at gov. uk/guidance/wuhan-novelcoronavirus-informationfor-the-public. Anyone with concerns can also call NHS 111.

Keep cars locked warn Island Police Island Police are warning against leaving vehicles unlocked after a spate of thefts from cars in Rookley. Over last weekend entry was gained to at least eight vehicles in Rookley and loose change was stolen from some of them. The incidents happened between Friday night (Jan 31) and the early hours of Monday (Feb 3) in Manor Crescent, Main Road, Dolcroft Road and Niton Road. Officers are asking anyone else who has been affected in the area to contact the West Wight Rural Police team on 101.

They also took the opportunity to remind motorists to leave their vehicles securely locked and use a garage if you have one. Security lights should be checked to ensure they are in working order and make sure CCTV is functioning if youhave it. Further information on how to keep your vehicle secure can be found at https://www. hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-andsound/

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Night shelter to stay open


News in brief Red roses in Yarmouth Ladies out and about in Yarmouth next Friday may be among the lucky recipients of a charming gesture by the recently appointed Town Crier, Steve King. He will be proclaiming good wishes to all for Valentine’s Day and handing out red roses to 60 ladies to celebrate the romantic day.

Council tax increases planned with extra costs for garden waste IWYT ‘still A shelter providing rough sleepers with a warm, safe place to sleep is being extended for a further 12 months and its services are being expanded. The Isle of Wight Council has been successful in securing £288,700 from the Government's Rough Sleeping Initiative to fund a range of measures to help the Island’s rough sleepers find accommodation and support. Around £50,000 will be used to transform the current winter night shelter in Newport into an intensive assessment hub, providing 15 emergency beds. The grant will also enable the council to expand its 'Housing First' project with homeless charity Two Saints and fund an additional 'Health and Criminal Justice Navigator' to work alongside health and criminal justice services on the Island to reduce homelessness. Jamie Brenchley, the Council's Service Manager for Housing Needs and Homelessness, said: "I am really pleased that for the second year running we have been successful in securing extra government funding to support us to achieve our aspirations to end the need to sleep rough on the Island. "We have made tremendous progress over the last 12 months, reducing rough sleeping on the Island by 79 per cent. This would not have been achieved without the collaboration and support from our partners. Homelessness is 'everyone’s business' and we are now starting to see the impact of

services across the system coming together around individuals to help make change possible.” Since opening last November, the winter night shelter at the former Barton Primary School site has supported 34 rough sleepers get off the streets, of those, 14 have been assisted into sustainable, long-term accommodation. The shelter was due to close in March but can now remain open for a further 12 months with enhanced services. The funding will also enable an expansion of the Housing First project, which uses a property as a starting point, rather than the end goal. Around £40,000 will boost the number of units of accommodation available to the project from three to 12. Councillor Clare Mosdell, Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and housing needs, said: “It’s great news the Government is supporting our projects to tackle the issue of rough sleeping on the Isle of Wight. We will now use this money to help some of the Island’s most vulnerable people who find themselves without a home for a range of reasons.” Local member Councillor Geoff Brodie said: "Neighbours to the former Barton school site and other local residents have been very supportive of the shelter since it opened. They will be pleased at this continuation, particularly as it keeps the site in use without any significant changes.”

Rising council tax and increased fees for garden lovers are among key proposals in the latest budget proposals from the Isle of Wight Council. Council tax to rise by 3.99 per cent, the equivalent of £1.09 a week for a Band C house. The cost of the green garden waste service, which recently signed up 3,000 new members, will rise from £60 to £72, generating £120,000 more. But more than £6 million is to be put into children’s services. In papers released this week the Council has announced it had been able to balance its books in the current year, despite a predicted £1.2 million overspend due to pressures in adult social care and children services. However, to make the necessary £4.5 million savings next year, the Council will have to make further changes through cuts, income generation or efficiency savings. The proposals will go ahead if the budget is approved by full council on February 26. Council leader Cllr Dave Stewart said cuts would only equate to seven per cent of the budget, or £300,000, with no planned redundancies, with the rest of the budget made in other ways. Cllr Stuart Hutchinson, cabinet member for finance and resources said he had ‘never known so many uncertainties’ about the budget, with the delay of the Fair Funding Review, which the Council hope will bring an extra £2.5 million, Brexit and ongoing talks on the Island Deal, which could see £6.4 million put into the Island. Cllr Hutchinson said there had been some trying issues and with the ‘rapidly growing elderly population’ on the Island, more money needed to be put into social care. He said: “In every discussion that has taken place we have been mindful of the impact that a cut in budgets would mean and we have tried to find a balanced and fair way to do this but, of course, there are areas where it has been tough to do so. “We feel this budget continues to give protection and support for the most vulnerable and balances that need with ensuring we provide continued services for the hard-working taxpayers who fund what we do.”

going strong’

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust have just celebrated 35 years since they moved into premises at 1 St John’s Place. They posted the anniversary on social media this week adding the message ‘still going strong as champions for young Islanders’.

Body found in Ryde home A body was found at a home in Ryde on Wednesday. Firefighters were called to Dover Street at 3.22pm to assist police following the discovery. The body was said to be a man in his 40s. The death is not being treated as suspicious.




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Anglo-Saxon treasures return to the Isle of Wight after 150 years

Be extra careful with rat poison The Wight Squirrel Project have issued a plea to Islanders to think of red squirrels when using pest control. Every year they get reports of bait put down incorrectly and squirrels dying as a result. They advise that bait boxes must be used and sited correctly. Helen Butler MBE said: "Please do not use rat poison where you have red squirrels. As well as threatening this endangered species it’s actually illegal and you could be prosecuted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. If there is no other option then dig the bait box down into the ground and cover it up. It's heart-breaking to see a squirrel that's died of eating rat poisoning. They die in absolute agony and their little fists are clenched in pain. None of us want rats in our homes, but please think very carefully about other wildlife whenever you put down bait or call in a reputable pest control expert."

A collection of 1,500-year-old AngloSaxon treasures discovered on the Island in Victorian times are returning for a new exhibition for February at Carisbrooke Castle Museum. The objects are now in the care of the British Museum and have never been exhibited on the Island. Little is known about the Anglo-Saxons, which makes the objects both interesting and of great historical valuable. Dr Rachel Tait, Curator of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, explained: “Far from being a sleepy backwater, in AngloSaxon times the Island was at the frontier of international trade in goods and ideas and these people created a

rich material culture.” Gill Kennett, Chairman of Trustees of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, said: “It’s a real achievement for Carisbrooke Castle Museum to secure the loan of items like this from the British Museum. It’s great to be able to host them alongside items from the Isle of Wight Heritage service and English Heritage. It also opens the door for an ongoing strong partnership with the British Museum.” Many people don’t realise that Carisbrooke Castle Museum sits within the walls of the castle, but is a standalone organisation run by Islanders and supported by an independent local charitable trust.

The display of the historic architects is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. This is the first ever UK-wide scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections. A programme of events will also be offered during the exhibition, with details to follow. ‘Anglo Saxon Treasures of the Isle of Wight’ opens at Carisbrooke Castle Museum on Saturday, February 15. Entry to the museum is free, but normal admission charges apply to enter the Castle, which is owned and managed by English Heritage.

Progress in mental health services - but more to do

Community-based mental health services on the Island are making progress according to inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The health regulator published a report last week saying that the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has taken action to reduce waiting times and improve how the service reviews risks to patients. An unannounced inspection in December found waiting lists had reduced, caseloads had reduced to safe levels with risks reviewed regularly and risk assessments completed on time. However, morale within the service remains low with staff feeling that senior managers did not understand the pressure they were under. There is more work needed to introduce new care pathways to ensure best practice is followed. Dr Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the Trust, said: “I want to thank everyone in the Community

Mental Health Team for their hard work. It is positive news for our community that waiting lists and caseloads are reducing and that the team is getting better at managing risk. “We know that there’s a lot of work still to do and working in partnership with Solent NHS Trust we will continue to transform mental health services on the Island and make a positive difference for our community.” The CQC carried out a full inspection in May last year and gave an overall rating of 'Requires Improvement' to the Trust in September, however mental health services remains ‘Inadequate’. A warning notice was issued to the Trust instructing it to make improvements in the service. In October, Isle of Wight NHS Trust announced that it would work in partnership with Solent NHS Trust to make the necessary changes.

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Lovely Jubbly - Del Boy visits Hovertravel for new TV series

David Jason at Hovertravel Sir David Jason’s current TV documentary series featured the muchloved actor visiting Hovertravel at Ryde in this week’s episode. Entitled ‘David Jason’s Great British Inventions,’ the show was broadcast on Freeview channel More4 on Tuesday. Hovertravel’s Fleet Captain, Steve Atrill, explained: “We were honoured to host an actor who has made so many of us laugh throughout his career and his interest in our hovercraft came from an informed and genuine passion

for British engineering. We arranged a special trip for Sir David so we could explain the technology which powers our craft, giving him and the viewers some insight into the current world of passenger hovercraft operations.” Sir David and the film crew visited Hovertravel last year to capture the actor meeting the pilots and engineers who keep the craft flying. He was shown around one of the hovercraft by Hovertravel’s Fleet Captain and given a demonstration of its

extreme manoeuvrability and marine capabilities. In the series Sir David Jason explores his favourite great British inventions and discovers how and why they were first created. So far, he has looked at the evolution of the wheel, driven a Reliant Regal Supervan invoking memories of his role as Del Boy in ‘Only Fools and Horses,’ and explored the lives of the Britons who helped make flight a reality for humans.

Big increase in children in care numbers on Island BBC local democracy reporter Louise Hill The number of children in the care of the Isle of Wight Council has risen by nearly 30 per cent in the last five years. At the end of December, 260 children were in the care of the Isle of Wight Council, a rise of 34 children in a single year. Since the start of 2015, 58 children have been placed in the care of the Council, starting with 202 in 2015 and rising to 228 in 2017. More children have entered the care system since then. In 2012, ministers ordered children’s services on the Island to be delivered by Hampshire County Council, after Ofsted warned vulnerable children were at risk due to inadequate services. Now, with improved support for the children and more carers, 46 per cent of children in care are placed with Isle of Wight foster carers and 30 per cent with independent fostering agencies. Independent foster carers usually care for

more challenging placements, such as siblings, older teenagers with complex needs and disabled children. The Isle of Wight Council has been trying to grow its foster care network to give every child in its care the best chance of finding a foster carer. One foster carer said: “It is so rewarding when you know you have played a part in helping a child during their time on need.” A Council spokesman said the authority was proud of the fostering community on the Island; he said: “There are Island children who need local homes. As a foster carer you will be given the opportunity to help those children by providing a secure and nurturing home. You will change the lives of children within your local community, and they will change yours, too.” Anyone interested in fostering can call (01983) 823160 or find out more online at iwight.com/fostering.





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IW Story Festival - inspiring imagination at the Riverside Dr Ian Green

“Please come back if you get bored!” Popular Island veterinary surgeon Dr Ian Green of Green Roberts and Butler, known as The Carisbrooke Vets, has retired. He first moved to the Island in 1985 and became a partner in the firm that bears his name in 1993. He specialised in small animal and exotic wildlife medicine and as a member of the Association of Avian Vets was much respected and trusted by bird owners on the Island. The announcement of his retirement on Facebook triggered a large number of tributes to the care he had given Island pets over the

years and although many wished him a long and happy retirement one wag joked that if got bored he would be welcomed back to work with open arms. In an open letter Dr Green said that he had ‘mixed emotions’ in announcing his retirement after 27 years at the practice admitting that he would ‘miss it enormously’. He thanked his clients for their custom and friendships he had forged over the years and reassured them that the values of the Carisbrooke Vets will continue in the ‘capable hands’ of the team he leaves behind.

Back to the drawing board for Crossways BBC local democracy reporter Louise Hill Well known authors and illustrators will be travelling to the Island during the February half-term to delight the lucky children attending the Isle of Wight Story Festival. Originally an offshoot of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, the IW Story Festival has become a popular event in its own right and will be providing magical entertainment for children and families on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, taking over the Riverside Centre in Newport. There will be story-telling sessions at pocket-money prices,

with tickets starting at just £3 which include an adult to share the magic with a youngster. There will also be lots of free workshops and activities, including the opportunity to create an outfit for World Book Day on March 5. Supported by the Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council there are still sponsorship opportunities from £50 for individuals and businesses, and you can become a Friend of the Festival for just £1 or a Groovy Friend for £10. Former Mayor of Cowes,

Geoff Banks, who sponsors the Festival with his wife Kay says there is a lot to be gained from supporting the event. He said: “Instilling a love of reading in children gives them a great head start in life and supports all aspects of their education. Bringing favourite characters to life in a child’s imagination is such a wonderful gift to give a youngster and is quite simply magical to watch. I’d love people to get in touch and find out more about what we are doing and how they can get involved.” Storytellers appearing

at the Festival include illustrators Nick Sharatt and Korky Paul. Nick has illustrated lots of Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson books and Korky Paul’s drawings of Winnie the Witch will be instantly recognisable to many children. Authors include Paul Barrett, who writes entertainingly about his enormous lop-eared rabbit Louis. You can find out more information at iwstoryfestival.com and you can contact Geoff Banks at iwstoryfestival@gmail.com.

Developers behind the controversial Crossways housing scheme in East Cowes have gone back to the drawing board. The Isle of Wight Council’s planning committee deferred the application in December, with uncertainty about the number of houses that would be built. Previous applications had suggested it would be 165 houses. The team behind the Crossways plan, iWight Developments, a partnership between the council and Public Sector PLC, said it wanted to build more sustainable and affordable housing on council-owned land. Cllr Abraham, Cabinet member for housing said the Island needed sustainable housing developments, and he hoped Crossways would be one of them. He recognised the proposals were controversial and unpopular. He told a meeting of the Isle of Wight Assosiation of Local Councils: “We are actually going to go back now and consult with East Cowes Town Council as to what we can actually provide on that site. It is not about withdrawing it, but working out what we can provide on that site that makes it more acceptable for the community.”

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‘Fake news’ on transport cuts IW Observer & BBC local democracy reporter Louise Hill Rumours that a rural bus service would be cut, tweeted by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, have been denied by the boss of Southern Vectis. At a meeting of the Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils, Brighstone Parish Councillor John Cirrone asked if it was true the Southern Vectis Route 12 service would be reduced. The service currently runs six times a day through the village. Tweeting earlier this month, Mr Seely said he had

written to Southern Vectis ‘questioning the decision to reduce the level of service’ on the route. He also asked Southern Vectis to consider running a later service. Cllr Cirrone warned reducing rural bus services would kill Isle of Wight villages, and called on the Isle of Wight Council to take action. He said: “It is all linked. If you have a good bus service, children can access after-school activities. When the council are building houses, can

this be a factor? You need good infrastructure, with bus services, for an inclusive society, otherwise the Island will just become a holiday villa.” Other town and parish councillors from across the Island echoed Cllr Cirrone’s concerns. They had also heard rumours about other routes being reduced and feared a lack of buses would isolate rural communities. Southern Vectis general manager Richard Tyldsley rubbished the rumours. He

said: “Can I just point out we are not reducing bus services on the Isle of Wight? I do not know where that came from. “We improved the service last year so there is no reason to get rid of it.” Another rumour on the IoW Fixed Link Tunnel Campaign that Red Funnel were planning to cut Red Jet services to one and a half hour intervals was also firmly denied by the service operator.

New artwork promotes private contemplation at St Mary’s Hospital A new collection of art works has been installed to welcome visitors, patients and staff on the first floor of St Mary's Hospital, Newport. The works on display have been installed by local music promoter Steve Double to create a space for creative reflection in a busy hospital environment. Many of the artists included in this latest exhibition form a part of the flourishing local music and arts scene and have exhibited in other Island galleries. They include Tim Fawcett,

Stephen Butterfield, Holly Maslen, Tony Trowbridge and Amanda Blake. Steve Double, who works for the NHS in the Estates department, also set up Folk Hospital, the popular lunchtime acoustic concerts, which have featured performers from Ventnor Fringe Festival and Newport Jazz Festival among others. Events staged have supported the 70th birthday of the NHS, Black History Month and The Philippines Independence Day.





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Sell out for ‘two halves’ of an interesting life

The opening of Shanklin Theatre’s new bar

Michael Portillo (pictured right) made the most of his visit to Shanklin Theatre as part of his speaking tour ‘Life: A Game of Two Halves’. Refusing to be collected by car from Ryde he insisted on travelling to Shanklin on Island Line, describing his ride on our aging railway system as ‘interesting but enjoyable’, a typically non-committal observation from this former Government minister. Following that journey, adding to the railway experiences he is now famous for recounting, he officially opened the new theatre bar by cutting a red ribbon. He commented that it was refreshing to be the first person to pour a drink in the immaculate, recently refurbished watering-hole prior to the performance, as usually such events take place during intervals when things don’t look quite as pristine. This was far from his first visit to the Island, he used to holiday here as a child and visited during his political career. The performance on Saturday evening covered his journey from aspiring politician to one of the most recognisable politicians of our time. At

one time he was responsible for giving daily briefings to then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – no job for the faint-hearted and he was later tipped as a future Prime Minister himself. That part of his high-profile political career came to an abrupt end at around 3.10am on May 2, 1997 with the shock announcement that he had lost his Enfield Southgate seat to Labour in the General Election of that year, widely known as ‘the Portillo moment’. Although Portillo returned to the House of Commons and the Conservative front bench as Shadow Chancellor in 1999, he never really regained the momentum he had lost. His bid for leadership of the Conservative Party in 2001 failed, and he retired from active politics in 2005 and he is no longer a party member. Since then he has made many more journeys. He has built a successful media career, both as a commentator on current affairs and a presenter of TV programmes. Since the BBC series Great British Railway Journeys aired in 2010, in which he recreated expeditions described in an 1840s copy

of Bradshaw’s Guide, he has become known for his love of trains, particularly those powered by steam. It’s little wonder then that Islanders flocked to hear the reminiscences of the ‘two halves’ of the life of this charismatic and interesting man. All tickets for the performance were sold out.

First exhibition for Ryde granny

L-R: Carol Jaye, Mo Martin, Mayor Cllr Michael Lilley and Cllr Phil Jordan

Ryde grandmother Mo Martin has launched her first exhibition at the Monkton Arts Café in East Street. Dozens turned up for the opening night on Monday, including Ryde Mayor Cllr Michael Lilley, Cllr Phil Jordan and Carol Jaye, former chairwoman of Ryde Arts Festival. Mo, who is self-taught, is exhibiting paintings and collages showing early influences to current interests, including many Island-related pictures.

Proceeds from sales will be used to support Vernon Square Garden in Ryde’s where Mo is a volunteer worker. She said: “It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of art in our lives. It ticks all the boxes for good mental health, encourages creativity and social interaction as well as self-esteem, especially in children.” The exhibition runs till Saturday, February 15 and is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

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Big cat house is new home for lions Kumba and Vigo Two rescued lion brothers have moved into a new lion house at the Isle of Wight Zoo on Sandown seafront. Complete with a heated sleeping area, the new accommodation features specially reinforced full-height windows which allow the public close-up views when Kumba and Vigo are not enjoying the outdoors. The two brothers were brought to the zoo last year after being saved from a Spanish circus where they spent most of their lives cooped up together in a lorry trailer. When they were young they were neutered, beaten and their claws were cruelly and painfully removed. Since their arrival, The Wildheart Trust,

which operates the zoo, has been working on fundraising and sponsorship for the new supersized accommodation to accommodate the lions’ extraordinary size. Although early neutering prevented the growth of manes it did not limit the pair’s physical size. The zoo’s Animal Manager Marc Fox said: “After such an unfortunate start to their lives, we are so pleased to be able to provide Kumba and Vigo with really modern, comfortable and engaging new accommodation. They will now have a stimulating environment which caters for all their needs, whilst offering visitors to the zoo an awe-inspiring immersive experience when they come nose to nose with these two gentle giants. The new house

offers fantastic views of the brothers when they are relaxing in their indoor quarters or taking small chunks of meat from their new on-show feeding hatches. “Outside they will be able to spend time exploring the new landscaping or sitting on their raised platforms to survey their new territory. Keepers will offer a variety of different enrichment methods to help keep them stimulated, ensuring they have a really good quality of life.” Construction company Willmott Dixon donated skills and labour for the design and build of the new house, which significantly reduced the cost of the project for the zoo. A spokesman for Willmott Dixon said: “We

were absolutely thrilled to be involved in such a special project and our people provided a substantial amount of their own time and skills. Their passion, along with the valued support of our supply chain partners, made this project possible. The values held by the Isle of Wight Zoo are closely aligned with our own and it was a privilege to play a role in providing a new home for Kumba and Vigo.” The zoo is now encouraging visitors to come and welcome the lions into their new home as every visit raises vital funds for their ongoing care. It costs approximately £12,000 to look after each lion every year.

Could you be a Cowes Harbour commissioner? Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is looking to appoint two new Commissioners to serve on the independent Board of the Trust Port of Cowes, one of the busiest leisure harbours in the UK. Each year, the Commission conducts a recruitment campaign for new Commissioners and this year CHC is seeking two high calibre individuals to become nonexecutive members to the Board. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a familiarity with local issues relating to Cowes Harbour, coupled with an emphasis on skills and experience in marine and port safety, HR, business strategy, or chartered surveying. Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the community to further widen diversity on the Board. To find out more about these volunteering roles at Cowes Harbour, go to cowesharbourcommission. co.uk/board_of_commissioners. Applications must be submitted before midday on Monday, February 24.

Find out how a low carb diet can help you live with diabetes

Cowes Harbour Commission

The Diabetes Group IOW is hosting Dr Lorena Arnez, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Mary’s Hospital, as guest speaker at their forthcoming event on Thursday, February 13 from 6pm to 8pm, at the Riverside Centre in Newport. The meeting will give people the opportunity to learn more about a low carbohydrate diet and its impact on people with diabetes, in particular Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is mainly caused by the modern way of eating, where excess carbohydrates are consumed over a number of years, so diet is an important way to help those with diabetes to live better lives, and in some cases can lead to reduction or withdrawal of medication.

Ian Bast, chairman of the group, said: “Many residents have approached us wanting more information about how a low carbohydrate diet works, so we are delighted to be hosting Dr Lorena Arnez who will be sharing her expert knowledge and helpful information about a low carbohydrate diet with a focus on its powerful impact on Type 2 diabetes. I would urge anyone interested in finding out more about this important subject to come along to this event.” It is free to attend the event and you can book a place by emailing info@diabetesiow. org.uk. The group’s AGM will follow the meeting with a chance to network with other visitors and members of Diabetes Group IOW.



News in brief

Two cars crash into homes


Apply for funds now to tackle social exclusion

Two cars crashed into houses last Sunday (Feb 2). The first collision took place on the corner of Crocker Street and Mill Street in Newport causing damage to the wall of the property. A little later there was a similar incident in Fort Street, Sandown. Although emergency services were called both times, thankfully there were no serious injuries in either accident.

Deadline on Monday The deadline for nominations for the High Sheriff’s Children’s and Young People’s Awards 2020 is on Monday (Feb 10) with the ceremony on Monday, March 23. The awards are aimed at young people who have overcome adversity. Nomination forms are available at https://bit. ly/2GTwY0N.

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The Wave Project

Groups who work to tackle social exclusion on the Island are invited to apply for grants of up to £16,000 from the Isle of Wight Foundation, which is funded by the organisations which form the partnership behind Island Roads. The foundation has given almost £500,000 to local good causes since it was formed in 2014. Scores of groups have benefited from the foundation’s support, with many using the funding to purchase new equipment, fund training courses, buy minibuses, improve facilities or make them more accessible to those with disabilities. Eligible projects must support the foundation’s aims of improving access to employment and building better communities. Both were identified as being key areas of need by community representatives when the foundation was deciding where best to focus its work. Philip Horton, chairman of the Isle of Wight Foundation, said: “We have been incredibly humbled to learn about the work undertaken on the Island by a wide range of charities and groups. It has been a privilege to support them in their work and see the huge benefits brought to individuals, groups and local communities. We are looking forward to supporting even more projects as

Island Roads’ work to improve the highways network continues and would urge eligible groups to apply for funding as part of this year’s grant call.” Among the groups to receive support from the Isle of Wight Foundation has been The Wave Project, a charity that helps vulnerable children and young people to experience a better life through surfing. A grant from the foundation funded new equipment to help more children and young people to take part in their surf therapy sessions. Abbie James from the charity said: “The grant that we received from the foundation has been pivotal in strengthening the project and has allowed us to reach even more young people. Throughout the whole process, the team at Island Roads was really helpful and super supportive.” As well as grant funding, eligible projects are also supported by Island Roads employees who are given the opportunity to be project sponsors and give time to share their skills with grant recipients to help them deliver their projects. Funding applications can be made from until midday on Monday, May 4. Full details can be found in the Isle of Wight Foundation section of islandroads.com.

The best things in Wight are free!

Polish Heritage Day Applications for funding for events on Polish Heritage Day are open until March 1. The heritage day celebrates Polish culture, heritage and the contribution made by Poles living in the UK. You can find out more and apply at gov. pl/web/unitedkingdom/ polish-heritagedays-2020.

Funds for Wight Dash Wight Dash, the charity which supports Island women and girls, has received £9,240 from the tampon tax fund. It will be used to deliver support sessions to women who are still suffering from traumatic childhood events.

A new project is seeking the best free things to do on the Isle of Wight to feature on a leaflet and website. From taking a trip on a vintage bus to exploring underwater wildlife on a family-friendly rockpool safari, we all have our favourite free things to see and do on the lovely Isle of Wight. Perhaps you’d enjoy an ass-ignation at the donkey sanctuary, or hope your dreams come true at Bonchurch’s secret wishing seat? A new project run by Ryde-based design agency Pinkeye Graphics, supported by a Sustainable Transport Innovation Grant from the Isle of Wight Council, is collating the best free things to see and do under the banner Free Wight. A website is already online and there will be a leaflet distributed across the Island in time for the 2020 season, and now is the chance to submit ideas for inclusion - at no cost, of course. Fabulous Free Wight suggestions include animal encounters and fascinating buildings, luscious landscapes and unusual transport. There are cultural gems like the free galleries at Quay Arts, plus the Independent Arts-run People’s Pop-up Gallery. Cat James of Pinkeye Graphics said: “Free Wight started as a bit of a laugh a few years ago on social media, and originated with The People’s Ride, alternatively known as Sainsbury’s

travelator. However, from this little gem a big idea was formed, and people soon started submitting their own favourite free things to do on the Isle of Wight. One of my personal faves is looking in awe at the dinosaur footprints at Hanover Point.” Free Wight is looking for suggestions big and little, from huge events like the Cowes Week sailfest, to smaller things with niche appeal, such as making a call from one of the country’s oldest working phone boxes. It’s in Bembridge in case you were wondering. Free Wight’s Matthew Chatfield addd: “To be included on the Free Wight website, you shouldn’t have to buy a ticket to see or do the free thing. We’ve included events such as the Island’s fabulous carnivals and parades. A thing has got to be worth seeing or doing, there are plenty of free things that are just dull. We aren’t interested in them. Visit freewight.org.uk to check out what has been included. If you think you have something that needs to be added to the roll call, submit it via the Free Wight website or pop along to Quay Arts in Newport on Thursday, February 13 between 11am and 1pm and share your own free things to do and see. The event is free, of course, and includes light refreshments.

A very sad goodbye to Snakebite the donkey A much-loved resident of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has died after a long struggle with the neurological condition stringhalt, which caused a lack of control in the muscles and tendons of the hind and legs. Snakebite, who was easily identified by his stripy legs, was well into his 30s and had lived a full and happy life at the Sanctuary with many friends and admirers, both two-legged and four-legged. He had been on strong painkillers for some time, but it was finally felt his pain was becoming so severe that it could no longer be controlled, and the sad decision was taken to put him to sleep.

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More than warm words needed to save wildlife Elizabeth Fairhurst, Maiya Dixon and India Dale

Ryde wins national award for tackling youth drinking Network Ryde, the Town Council’s youth service, has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking as part of the Ryde Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP). Maiya Dixon of Network Ryde and India Dale, one of the young people involved in the project, received the CAP Innovation Award from Elizabeth Fairhurst, CAP Board member, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords. She said: “Ryde CAP works closely with local partners including local youth service Network Ryde. The young people attended a workshop to learn more about alcohol harm and then worked with local artists to produce embroidery, creative

writing, dance and painting. Feedback showed that taking part in the project enhanced their confidence and selfesteem and increased their awareness of the harm that excessive alcohol use can cause. Well done Ryde CAP.” Ryde Mayor Michael Lilley said: “I am delighted to hear this wonderful news about the award. It is very much well deserved. Ryde Town Council is extremely proud of Network Ryde youth service’s partnership with Ryde CAP and the pioneering work it is undertaking in Ryde. The CAP project was amazing, and Ryde Town Council has already recognised those involved in its 2019 Town awards. This national recognition

is the icing on the cake and just shows the innovation and creativity of our young people in Ryde. Well done everyone.” CAPs are partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to help communities tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords reception, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought major reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and underage street drinking.

The Environment Bill which is currently before Parliament has been described by the Prime Minister as the ‘huge star of our legislation programme’, but the local wildlife trust says more than warm words are needed to protect the future of wildlife. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) is the leading wildlife charity across the two counties with more than 26,000 members Chief Executive Debbie Tann said: “The Environment Bill is an absolutely crucial piece of legislation that could have the potential to put our local natural environment into recovery after decades of decline. “It is fantastic to hear the government committing to linking up our fragmented and isolated landscapes into a ‘Nature Recovery Network’, but the current proposals aren’t strong enough to guarantee real change. We need to see more ambitious and clear targets for nature, combined with local nature recovery strategies with real power to influence local decision making over planning and council spending. We need the Bill to have more teeth to help restore our local natural heritage.” Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said in response: “The decision to leave the EU has created an historic opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced. “I am very interested in what HIWWT say. I want to make sure that the Bill is the best it can be, which means setting new standards both here and internationally. The Trust is one of a number of groups that I need to talk to, but I’ll be aiming to speak with them this week to make sure I fully understand their concerns.” You can find out more about the work of the Trust at hiwwt.org.uk.

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Holy Cow! Four million cuppas for Wightlink

(L-R) Farmer Paul Griffin, Chris Griffin, Captain Sam Mitchell, Steward Louise Tapp and Louise Griffin Wightlink is celebrating two years of partnership with Briddlesford Farm Dairy at Wootton. Over that time, the farm’s award-winning pedigree Guernsey cows have produced close to half a million litres of milk for customers of the ferry company’s Costa Coffee and Wight Taste outlets. That’s enough for four million cups of tea or coffee. Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield said: “Briddlesford is just three miles away from our Fishbourne terminal. We have reduced our carbon footprint by radically cutting food miles while supporting an Island business.

Our customers love the taste and sometimes the milk is so fresh, our colleagues serve it with our tea and coffee the same day it was bottled.” Farmer Paul Griffin said: “We are delighted to supply our milk to Wightlink. Our cows are some of the best performing in the world, and we are fully audited for food safety and the herd’s welfare. We achieve high standards by caring for our livestock as if they were part of our own family. They are practically part of the family, as our cows are all descended from the original 12 that my great-grandfather

Ode to the year 2020 attention IW Councillors This year is 2020, please start it with clear vision, Consider all the options before coming to a decision; Don’t meet behind locked doors so you always get your way, You decide the future of us all, we don’t get a say. You must protect the homeless, the vulnerable, the poor, Don’t close down any more centres, please don’t slam the door; Don’t build more houses for the rich, don’t chop down more trees. Stop and see what damage you’ve caused; just listen to our needs. We do need houses for the sick and for those who have lost all, Don’t blindly follow where the money is, you’ll be

brought to Briddlesford Lodge Farm in 1923. “Our girls are an iconic and beautiful feature of the Isle of Wight countryside. By grazing the grass, they keep it in optimum condition. Without livestock on the land, the pasture would quickly revert to scrub.” Briddlesford Farm Dairy is just one of many Isle of Wight companies that supply Wightlink with local food and drink including sandwiches and pastries from Grace’s Bakery in Ryde and coffee made from freshly-ground beans at Island Roasted in Newport.

Sculpt your sandman snowman in Sandown

heading for a fall; Don’t listen to your advisers, they’ve messed up from the start, Just listen to your voters, who speak straight from the heart. We want to keep our island, a green and pleasant land, Protect it from developers who’ve got things out of hand; Who are these offshore Bankers, with money to invest? Taking over our Island, will they never rest ? Despite what our Councillors tell them, We’ll fight them tooth and nail; Will they get it into their thick heads; THE ISLE OF WIGHT IS NOT FOR SALE. Sheila Cawley, East Cowes

Make a date to build a snowman on the beach in Sandown on Sunday, February 16. The popular annual Sandman Snowman event will run from 10.30am until lunchtime opposite Browns Golf Course, and best of all it’s free! Ian Boyd founder of The Common Space, a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates free public space in the Bay, said: ‘It doesn’t often snow on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, so the idea behind Sandman Snowman has always been that you don’t need to wait for it to snow to build a snowman, and you don’t have to wait for summer to visit the beach.”

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Passes lead to donations towards Lifeboat service

YMCA young carers

YMCA - caring for the young carers Driving instructors, from Driving Lessons Isle of Wight (DLIW), recently presented a cheque to support Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat. The donation of £800 was gratefully received by Operations Manager and Coxswain Mark Birch, several crew members and the lifeboat’s orange monster mascot. The money was raised by DLIW’s annual mock driving test day together with a donation made by instructors for every test passed by their pupils throughout the year. One pound is donated for every pass, with a total of 400 passes during 2019, more than one a day.

Young carers gathered at the Riverside Centre for the launch of a short film explaining what it is like to spend your life caring for a relative. While it can be immensely rewarding it can also be challenging, lonely and may have an overall negative impact on the life of the young person. For instance, due to their caring responsibilities young carers on average don’t perform as well as their peers at all levels of education and

many go on to work in lower paid roles. YMCA Young Carers currently support 270 young carers on the Island providing one-to-one support, respite care and counselling. The film, asking people to ‘walk in our shoes’ was designed and voiced by Island young carers and asks people to be considerate, respectful, to speak thoughtfully and give them some support. It can be viewed at youtube. com/watch?v=zclHPOg2IAE.

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and there’s more... Brand new menu launched Chef Steve Harris has worked hard to create a brand-new menu for Long Island. “Writing the menu has been great fun, the food is so different from what we offer at White Lion and Chequers Inn, but with the same high quality.”

Online booking You can now book online via our new booking system on longislanddining. co.uk, or our facebook @longislandiow or telephone 01983 716281.

The in place to party Long Island are now taking party bookings for up to 60 diners or 110 guests. It’s a great venue to hold a party because it has the WOW factor; it will certainly impress your guests. It’s a great venue for birthdays, small wedding parties, office parties and the ultimate venue for your 2020 Christmas party.

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Long Island, Newport under new ownership Long Island restaurant and cocktail bar located in Holyrood Street, Newport is now under the new ownership of Mark Holmes and Steve Harris, who currently own the Chequers Inn, Rookley and the White Lion, Niton. Mark commented “This is a fantastic venue it looks amazing; I am very excited and cannot wait to open the doors. We will be serving some of the old favourites but with a modern twist.” The new menu has been written by Steve. “We are creating simple and delicious food for everyone to enjoy. We are using beef sourced from Willis’s, Ladyacre Farm in Niton, which has been a hit in our other establishments. “I am very excited about this new challenge, having the opportunity to work alongside a passionate new team makes creating a new menu all the more rewarding. The food at Long Island will be totally different from the White Lion and Chequers Inn, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.” Long Island was known for it’s cocktails, Mark says “Joining us is Benny Mehlfeld, probably one of the best mixologists on the Island. Ben has worked hard to create a fantastic cocktail menu, with something for everyone. In addition to the cocktail menu we will be running cocktail and drink promotions.” The opening hours of the restaurant have also been extended; Long Island will now be open lunchtimes Wednesday through to Sunday from 11.30am. Mark commented, “We feel that we can offer great quality and service whilst not breaking the bank. Our lunch menu offers you a great choice with dishes starting from as little as £5.00.” Long Island is a great place for parties and can be hired out exclusively. We can cater for up to 60 dining and 110 guests. Mark says, “In booking your party at Long Island you will not be disappointed, we can offer tailored menus, set menus

and buffets.” The restaurant boasts a fantastic sound system which, with great food and fantastic cocktails, makes for a memorable experience. You can now book online via longislanddining.co.uk or through their facebook page longislandiow This is one restaurant that will almost certainly be full on Fridays and Saturdays so it’s suggested you book your table well in advance!

“We are creating simple and delicious food for everyone to enjoy.”

Photo: Main: Mark Holmes (right) and Head Chef Steve Harris Inset: Manageress Holly Ogiliev and Mixologist Ben Mehlfeld

Lоg Island Opening Hours:

Wednesday/Thursday 11:30am - 3pm 5pm - 11pm Friday 11:30am - 3pm 5pm - Midnight Saturday 11:30am - Midnight Sunday Midday - 6pm SERVING LUNCH


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“This is one restaurant that will almost certainly be full Fridays and Saturdays so it’s suggested you book your table well in advance!” Long Island is part of the Chequers Inn, Rookley and the White Lion, Niton group.

24 HOLYROOD STREET, NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT, PO30 1SL. Tel: 01983 716281 m: 07841 520673

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Treat your loved one this valentine’s day

A host of ideas to make your day extra special

The feast of St Valentine next Friday, February 14, is the most romantic day of the year. It is a day to make your loved one feel extra-special, and our advertisers in this special feature can certainly help. If you’re planning to treat your beloved to beautiful flowers then give Bembridge Flower Shop a call; they can deliver across most of the Island and have some wonderful arrangements especially for Valentine’s Day. A dozen red roses is traditional, but perhaps their ‘Perfect Pinks’, a display of effortless elegance, would be more appropriate. Maybe a unique piece of jewellery or gift from jeweller F.Robert Frise’s wide range in Freshwater would be appreciated. The family business was founded in 1952, so they’ve been

helping generations of Islanders choose just the right present. A meal out is always a popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so why not book quickly to make sure you can enjoy a delicious meal out at the ever-popular Eight Bells in Carisbrooke? Their popular pub classics and daily specials are all made in-house, and you can always be assured of a warm welcome. If one or both of you is vegan, an increasingly popular and healthy way of life, then head to Ventnor Botanic Gardens. The Edulis restaurant has a unique partnership between their Head Chef and the garden’s Curator. They shun food miles, instead believing in food metres – produce cut in the garden and served on your plate the same day. Sometimes it pays to think outside

the box. How about a guitar or ukulele from Willy’s Guitar Shop in Cowes? They sell quality vintage and pre-owned instruments and what’s more they can also teach you to play. A visit to this quirky little shop is an experience itself. Why not go up, up and away with a flight or trial lesson in a Cessna, flying from Sandown Airport? A trial lesson allows you take control of the aircraft under the supervision of your experienced, friendly instructor. But careful - it will make spirits soar but may spark a lifelong obsession for taking to the skies. Easy Weigh in Newport will be able to provide you with exotic and hardto-find ingredients to demonstrate your love by preparing a meal at home. They also have everything you need

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Plenty of heart-warming attractions for lovers Continued from page 19 to make home-brewed beer, cider or wine. They are also super-helpful with advice, meaning you can’t really go wrong. If you haven’t got the patience to brew your own drinks, then a trip to Majestic Wine Warehouse in Wootton will give you all the supplies you need. A special bottle of wine or champagne could be just right and they have a special offer to save IW Observer readers money. A theatre trip may be one way to celebrate the day, The Thrill of Love at the Apollo Theatre explores the intriguing love life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to hang in Britain. When Ruth met the wealthy, womanising racing driver David, her fate was sealed. But there are lots of questions raised in this play that will get you thinking. A trip to the Pleasure Island adult store in Newport’s Pyle Street may help you find a perfect love token, but it’s probably best if we don’t elaborate too much in a family newspaper! Finally, why not spread the love that abounds at this time of year to our nonhuman friends at the Monkey Haven or Wroxall’s Donkey Sanctuary? Animals always make us smile and uplift our spirits – and what could be better in the middle of February?

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Cupid - winging his way towards Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without Cupid, the most recognised symbol of love. Whenever someone thinks of Cupid, the mind automatically goes to an image of a winged baby carrying a bow and arrow. However, his name wasn’t always Cupid and he wasn’t always imagined as an infant. Cupid was once known to the Greeks as ‘Eros’ the God of Love who portrayed a slender, young boy with wings. However, following the Hellenistic Age that ended around 31BC when Rome conquered Greece, he was portrayed as the chubby little baby we are familiar with today. In both Greek and Roman mythology, Cupid always had his bow and arrow which he would shoot out the ‘power of love’ wherever he wanted it to land. Some artists actually picture cupid as blindfolded and according to Shakespeare, the reason was due to often changing his feelings about things, especially those to do with love. It’s said that Cupid actually had two arrows or perhaps one arrow with two very different tips. If he fired the gold one, it would land in the female

heart and she would immediately be filled with love and desire to be with the certain male forever. The other tip is said to be blunt and if a heart is struck by it, the message was that one person in the relationship wanted to end it and be free from the person forever so that a different, new relationship could be started.

Facts about Cupid Many experts in the fairytale world believe “Beauty and the Beast” is the modern day version of Cupid and Psyche. While Cupid is shown with wings, Psyche whose name means ‘soul’ is imagined as a butterfly. To make her mother happy, Psyche was given the mission to find her way to an underworld cave where she’d locate a box and bring it back to Venus. Her selfishness and curiosity got the better of her and she decided to open the box. She wanted to be loved so desperately that once opened, she was struck dead. Cupid found her and used the golden arrow to bring her back to love, and made her his wife. Cupid and Psyche are said to have had a daughter who was given the name Voluptas meaning ‘pleasure.’ In addition to all the Valentine’s Day cards, decorations and things associated with February 14th, several musicians have written songs about Cupid. One song in particular ended up being ranked as number 452 on the Rolling Stone list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The song was written in 1961 by R&B artist Sam Cooke.

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Charity begins at Home-Start for the staff at Island Roads

Alison Griffiths (middle) receiving a cheque from Island Roads staff fundraising committee members Joe Robinson (left) and Maria Escandell (right) Staff at Island Roads have presented £1,902.15 to the local charity Home-Start IOW. The money was raised from a variety of events during 2019 when Home-Start IOW, a Newport-based voluntary organisation offering support to parents and carers facing difficulty, was the chosen charity of Island Roads staff. Fundraising activities included two quiz nights when the winning teams handed back their prize money, a Wimbledon sweepstake, bake and sell events, dress down days and a Christmas raffle. Staff member Ben Meakin also agreed to a body wax by colleagues. Each year Island Roads staff choose a charity to support through fundraising activity. Maria Escandell, of Island Roads’ staff fundraising committee, said: “Island Roads employs around 200 Island people who are all very keen to do their bit to support good causes in the local community. Once again we were pleased to be able to raise a good amount for Home-Start IOW which undertakes some really important work in support of families

across the Island. We know Home-Start IOW will put the money to good use and we would like to thank all those staff who have helped us raise this year’s total. “We look forward to supporting another local good cause in 2020.” Alison Griffiths, Senior Co-ordinator at Home-Start IOW said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive the news that staff at Island Roads had chosen Home-Start IOW as their charity of 2019. “Every penny raised during the year will support our work with Island families. Being a parent can be a very tough job and sometimes things happen in life that make it even more of a challenge. “Thank you to all at Island Roads from everyone at Home-Start IOW.” In addition to the money raised for HomeStart IW, Island Roads staff also raised a further £84 for Save the Children through a Christmas jumper day last month. Island Roads staff will shortly announce their chosen charity for 2020.

Frack Free Isle of Wight (FFIOW), a local campaign group opposed to new oil and gas extraction sites on the Island, has launched an appeal for original artwork to be used in the campaign. Anybody who has concerns about the effects fossil fuel exploration and extraction may have on the Island or wider environment is invited to send in ideas and designs. Artwork submitted could be used on tee shirts, banners, placards as well as in social media outlets and other digital and conventional media. A spokesman for FFIOW said: "We know that the Island has a real pool of artistic talent and that many people care passionately for the landscape and wildlife of the Island. This is a great opportunity for local artists to get involved with protecting the Island's environment whilst also having the opportunity to showcase their work to a wide and diverse audience. We are hoping to

get some real community engagement and look forward to seeing inspiring artwork that will help energise and engage people from all walks of life.” Last November UK Oil & Gas PLC (UKOG) announced they intended to submit planning applications early in 2020 for exploratory drilling operations at two rural locations on the Isle of Wight. UKOG held a public engagement meeting in Newport in December to explain their plans for the sites at Arreton and Godshill. Two meetings at Arreton Village Hall will be held by FFIOW on Sunday, February 9 where people can learn about what is planned, the possible impacts and give feedback on the UKOG meeting. Doors will open for the first session at midday and again at 2pm, the format of both sessions will be the same. All are welcome to attend.

Woolly jumpers are moving the goalposts for mature gents! A new exercise group aimed at gents over 40 meets every Friday in Binstead Community Centre, offering gentle exercise in a social environment. The brainchild of Alice Blue, who runs the popular Spring Chicks Keep Fit and Dance Group for older women, the group has been set up after a number of enquiries from men who were looking for something similar for themselves. Alice’s husband Simon (63) and his mate Steve (42), both ex-rugby players deliver the sessions, which are based around rugby drills. Simon explained: “We chose rugby to be the basis of the activities and exercise, not because we are going to actually play the game but because a rugby ball can be much easier to work with. I have tendonitis these days, and one or two of my contemporaries have the start of arthritis in their hands.

"Catching a rugby ball can be much easier than catching a football. Age is no barrier to the group; it is truly about getting an hour of companionable exercise with a few laughs, and no one in lycra calling instructions!” The name Woolly Jumpers refers to the fact that generations of boys have used two woolly jumpers on the ground to mark out goalposts. As men get older they can find themselves sitting at home in their woolly jumpers, perhaps a little bored and lonely, watching sport on TV rather than doing something active. The group provides companionship as well as exercise. Steve added: “The Binstead Haka may not have the bellicosity of the New Zealand Haka, but it makes us chuckle!” More details on Facebook page The Woolly Jumpers Men's Group.

Celebration of 10 Artists asked to submit years at the Tap anti-fossil fuel designs Sandown Mayor Gary Young presented Kevin Barclay-Jay, the landlord of Sandown’s Tap public house, on Avenue Road, with a special certificate to celebrate his 10th year as landlord and licensee. Cllr Young said: "Everyone knows how difficult it is for businesses at the current time, and Kevin has worked tirelessly to develop the Tap, as well as contribute to the wider community. Kevin is a tremendous advocate for the town, and how it can be improved with limited resources, and he has supported countless community groups, such as Sandown Football Club. We greatly value what he has done and, hopefully, will continue to do for the next 10 years and beyond." Cllr Young, along with the six other Sandown mayors who have served since 2010, signed the special certificate in recognition of Kevin’s tenure at the Tap.

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7th February 2020

Jade Honey

‘Whispering Bob’ gets the shout!

The Wight Strollers Sleeping Beauty

This timeless tale takes place in the heart of Fairytalia, where a beautiful princess has been cursed by a wicked fairy to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and will sleep for a hundred years, or until she is awakened by True Love’s First Kiss…

February 15 @ 7.30pm

Wannabe - The Spice Girls Show

Stop right now! Thank you very much. It’s time to Spice Up Your Life like it’s 1996. Relive the ’90s through the hits of the Spice Girls on this Spice World journey; all you have to do is Say You’ll Be There.

February 28 @ 7.30pm

Experience 1970 has signed up one of rock music’s legendary presenters, Bob Harris, to compere the final day of the three-day 50th anniversary event in September. This summer sees the golden anniversary of ‘The Last Great Event’ when a staggering crowd estimated at up to 600,000 swamped the Island to see a blistering five-day festival starring Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, The Who, Free, The Moody Blues and many more. And as the three-day Experience 1970 anniversary event reaches a climax on Sunday, September 6, ‘Whispering Bob’ will take to the mic to guide festival goers through the main stage proceedings. Confirmation of Bob Harris’s role at the festival coincides with an early release of tickets

for reservation. For many, Harris provided the soundtrack to a rock generation. He joined BBC Radio 1 in 1970 at the same time as the IW Festival of Music was seared into history as the biggest rock event ever staged in the UK. He presented Sounds of the Seventies and seamlessly moved into TV in 1972 as the Old Grey Whistle Test’s main presenter for the rest of the decade. Experience 1970s chief organiser Chris Hewitt said: “I am ecstatic that Bob Harris has agreed to compere Sunday’s live music at Experience 1970. If there is one programme that is synonymous with the album and live music culture that first emerged in the late ’60s and blossomed in the ’70s it was the Old Grey Whistle Test – and Whispering Bob was at the helm for most of those great programmes.

“So it is fitting he will introduce the bands and acts as our event climaxes on the final day. Among those he is likely to bring on stage are The Robert Vincent Band, who he has championed in recent years, plus The Doors Alive and Are You Experienced, who will bring a real flavour of 1970 back to the festival’s original site.” Bob Harris continues to broadcast with the BBC – he has his own Bob Harris Country weekly Radio 2 show – but his association with the rock scene in its ’70s heyday remains unshakeable. In 2011 he was made an OBE for services to broadcasting. The Experience 1970 bill is taking shape for the September 4, 5 and 6 weekend and two new additions have just been announced. The legendary Arthur Brown, from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and

a mainstay of the inaugural 1968 IW Festival, is confirmed along with rising harmony trio Fire In Her Eyes, specialists in psychedelic rock who recently played Jimi Hendrix’s London flat museum. Already original 1970 IW Festival acts have been lined up including Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle and Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs. Two further Major 1970 acts are due to be announced imminently. And top bands have been signed and confirmed to recreate the 1970 sound of The Who, Rory Gallagher, Free, ELP, Jethro Tull and Supertramp as well as Hendrix and The Doors. Experience 1970 tickets are now available to reserve/order. For details, email hawkethos@ gmail.com or phone 07970 219701 or 07966 532556.

Jack Up is back! Ben Hart: Wonder

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. Described by David Walliams as ‘the living embodiment of magic’, Ben has recently played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV appearances

February 29 @ 7.30pm

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Fresh from the success of their ’80s and ’90s Christmas party nights, organisers of the hugely popular Jack Up The Summer festival are preparing to wind the clocks back once again with the launch of another great retro-themed disco party aimed at giving party-goers something to look forward to at Lower Hyde Holiday Park. Taking place on Saturday, February 22, revellers are advised to dig out their flares and prepare to boogie all night long to the very best of T.Rex, Chic, Sister Sledge, Mud, Earth, Wind & Fire, Abba, Boney M, Kool & The Gang, The Sweet and other amazing Seventies chart toppers! Multi-talented five-piece band The Zoots will be performing back to back party hits as part of their smash-hit live show. The band have played more than 1,000 UK dates and performed at iconic

venues like Old Trafford and the London Palladium! If you like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and the Rocky Horror picture show or are just generally up for a great feel-good party night to remember, this event is without question the one for you. A series of DJ sets with all your favourite ’70s party classics will continue through until 1am.


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THEATRE, LOCAL EVENTS & CINEMA The Campfire Sessions Pop down to Brown’s Family Golf and Café in the heart of Sandown Bay for a free, family friendly event - The Campfire Sessions! There will be tonnes of live music, marshmallows on sticks for the pit fires, a fully licensed bar and hot food available. All ages welcome! The music line up so far includes Daniel Roberts, Christopher Tunnell & Paul Green, The

Spammy Oatis and Gary & Laura (Dirty Little Secret).


February 21 @ 6.30pm Brown’s Family Golf & Café Culver Parade, Sandown, PO36 8QA

Captain Nash’s Treasure Hunt Ahoy there! Looking for an adventure? Come and take part in Captain Nash’s Treasure Hunt, running all day on Saturday, February 8 from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Save £1.00 when you come dressed as a pirate, mermaid or princess. Begin at Captain Nash’s pocket money toy shop to begin your hunt for the Captain’s lost pages of his ship’s log. Captain Nash has hidden

6 treasure markers around Arreton Barns the aim is for you to find all 6 markers to win and claim your prize. February 8 @ 10.30am Arreton Barns, Newport, PO30 3AA £5.00 per child

Robbie Williams Tribute at Trinity Theatre! A rollercoaster ride spanning the 25 year career of the legend that is Robbie Williams is coming to Trinity Theatre. This action packed show features all of Robbie’s hits, including: Rock DJ, Angels, Let Me Entertain You, She’s The One, No Regrets, Feel and many more. The show stars Hollyoaks heartthrob Tom Vaughan who has performed to sellout crowds to

As well as being the all-round entertainer we all know and love from the telly, Count Arthur Strong is also a lifelong fan of astronomy, since having been given a microscope, or whatever it is they use, for Christmas when he was a small precocious baby. In fact, it’s said the first word he spoke was ‘Uranus’.

February 15 @ 8pm

audiences as large as 20,000 people. “He looks like Robbie, he moves like Robbie and he sounds like Robbie.” March 1 @ 7.30pm Trinity Theatre, Cowes, PO31 7QR Tickets £16.50

Nick Sharratt comes to the Riverside Centre Join Nick Sharratt for a family event as he goes on an intergalactic adventure celebrating his fabulous picture book ‘You Choose in Space’. He’ll be doing lots of drawing, playing space-themed games and you can help him invent some hilarious new space creatures. Nick’s much loved other picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants.

Count Arthur Strong - Is There Anybody Out There?

He’s also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular books and the man who draws Tracy Beaker. February 22 @ 11.30am Riverside Centre Newport PO30 2QR £5

Revenge by Robin Hawdon

Bill Crayshaw MP leads a charmed life, hailed in the corridors of Parliament, lauded in business, and loved at home. That is until he returns from a business trip to find his party agent has been killed in a terrible, tragic accident – or was it?

February 20 @ 7.30pm





The Gentlemen

Little Women

The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Four sisters must navigate through their young adulthood as they find their place in the world after the American Civil War. But there might just be more to life than finding love and settling down.

Bad Boys For Life


Marcus and Mike have to confront new issues (career changes and midlife crises), as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department to take down the ruthless Armando Armas, the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel.

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


You ever hear 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.

Amid the anarchic chaos of the First World War, two young British soldiers are tasked with carrying a critical warning message across enemy territory in a bid to save the lives of 1,600 men.

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return on Friday 28th February.

February 28 @ 7.30pm

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Praise for Hovertravel from on-line reviewers Air Ambulance needed more now than ever Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 2,262 call-outs in 2019, compared to 1,429 in 2018; an increase of 58 per cent. The life-saving charity ended the decade with their busiest year on record, having experienced their busiest month ever in July 2019, when they responded to 244 pleas for help. The charity has revealed that of the 2,262 incidents they responded to in 2019, the largest number were to cardiac arrests, accounting for 28 per cent (640) of all call-outs. Road traffic accidents accounted for a further total of 17 per cent (388). Chief Executive Officer Alex Lochrane said: “In 2019 we increased our paramedic and doctor numbers and expanded our fleet of Critical Care Team Vehicles. As a result, we are now able to reach more patients than ever before in need of our advanced medical care. This has only been possible thanks to the ongoing generosity and unflinching support from members of all our communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.” HIOWAA began operations in July 2007 and, in November 2019, flew their 9,000th mission. To donate or find out other ways to support the charity, visit: www.hiowaa.org

Hovertravel have been proudly displaying their Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in terminals and onboard craft. With a score of 4.5 stars from 728 reviews, Hovertravel are pleased with the public feedback on the website that gives travellers the opportunity to rate their experiences. A total of 91 per cent of the reviews score the company as either excellent or very good. Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial said: “We welcome all feedback and are grateful to all those customers who take the time to give us a review. It obviously

helps the millions of other Trip Advisor users but also helps us to learn and we share the comments across all our teams. Alongside delivering the reliability, punctuality and onboard experience of our flights, we aim to exceed the customers’ expectations in terms of being a friendly, accessible service. Many of our reviews praise our staff and their polite, helpful attitude.” Hovertravel is the world’s only yearround passenger hovercraft service and independent sites like Trip Advisor help to provide extra information about the

experience. With a large proportion of international visitors and customers who wish to tick a hovercraft flight off their bucket lists, Hovertravel encourages its customers to share as much detail about their experience as possible. Other cross-Solent operators are also reviewed on the site. Red Funnel has 84 per cent of customers saying their experience was excellent or very good. Wightlink’s average score across three separate review accounts is 79 per cent.

Island company wins award for on-line health scheme

Active club supports life-saving charity

Bembridge Little Theatre Club raised over £750 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which was selected as the Chairman’s Charity for 2019. They presented the cheque at

their recent AGM. The club was formed over 35 years ago and during that time have put on over 80 productions to a high standard, with many receiving awards. They have an active and

enthusiastic membership In that time the club has presented 70 to 80 varied productions all to a high standard and many have received awards.

A company that seeks to integrate information needed for health, care and well-being online is celebrating national recognition. Isle of Wight based MyLiferaft has been awarded Best Digital Personal Healthcare App in the fourth annual Social Care Awards, hosted by Global Health and Pharma, and included in the list of the top 100 Global Digital Health technology companies compiled by the Journal of Health. MyLiferaft stores and connects a wide range of patient information, cutting out frustrating repetition and inconsistency present across many care networks. Linking social services, GP, hospitals, practitioners and family members it`s a straightforward tool that can be used to store your information and control who sees it. It also keeps track of appointments and assessments and reminds you about them. The founder of MyLiferaft is Nicola Murgatroyd whose daughter, Faith, had Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Together they faced an uphill struggle managing Faith`s complex care needs. Not one to sit around grumbling, Nicola created MyLiferaft for the benefit of everyone caring, or being cared for. She said: “My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by people who live with a long-term condition. I realised that gaps in shared information across health and social care existed. However, there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that`s what we have created with MyLiferaft - a tool which helps you to let others know what you want.” The standard version of MyLiferaft is free and can be used with a PC, tablet or smartphone at any time of the day or night. An upgrade to a premium version is available giving access to a wider range of features, visit MyLiferaft.com to find out more.

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Independent Life Boats win 2020 charity support

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat Red Funnel has announced that Isle of Wight Independent Life Boats, a collaboration of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue, have been chosen as its Charity of the Year (COTY) for 2020. The three lifeboat groups joined forces to submit a joint application and will share the funds raised. Funding will support the groups’ common goal of saving lives at sea and along the coastline. The groups are entirely operated by volunteers and are privately funded through donations. Speaking on behalf of the group, Mark Birch, Operations Manager at Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this distinction. Alongside our Independent lifeboat family, Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue, we are committed to ensuring that anyone in need of

assistance in or around our waters knows that our volunteer crews are on call 24/7 and ready to offer assistance.” Principle Fundraiser Rod Adams, of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat added: "To have a major sponsor such as Red Funnel supporting us for a whole year means a great deal to us. It could not have come at a better time as major projects now under way need every bit of support we can get." Red Funnel received 60 applications from charities all over the Isle of Wight and Hampshire. Independent Life Boats topped the poll after voting by Red Funnel’s staff and then customers. Fran Collins, CEO at Red Funnel, said: “We’d like to give our congratulations to the Isle of Wight Independent Life Boats which has been selected as Red Funnel’s 2020 Charity of the Year. As a fellow maritime organisation, this year’s elected charity has a great synergy with Red Funnel, and we look forward to working in partnership throughout

the year as the group continues to raise funds for its vital work at sea and along the Hampshire and Isle of Wight coastline.” The two runners-up in Red Funnel’s COTY section process were the LEAF Foundation who run the Monkey Haven, caring for creatures in crisis and raising awareness of global environment and animal welfare, and Daisy Chains IW, that supports Island children diagnosed with long-term health problems, lifelimiting conditions and disability and their families. Red Funnel has committed a cash donation and equivalent support to the sum of £5,000 each, to both the LEAF Foundation and Daisy Chains IW. The company will also work with the charities on specific projects over the next 12 months. A final count of all funds raised for last year’s charity Mountbatten is due to be announced in February.

Royal British Legion looks to the future The annual conference of the Island’s Royal British Legion (RBL) was held at Nine Acres School, with guest speaker Helen Lewis from Age UK, who spoke about their work on the Island, including the promotion of Age Friendly Champions in each community. In attendance was County Patron, Major General Sir Martin White and the County President, Cllr. Ian Ward. Standards from across the branches on the Island were displayed. Lively debates on the future and continued growth of the RBL locally and nationally were held along with detailed discussions on plans for commemorations in 2020 including VE Day, VJ Day and the 100th anniversary of the return of the Isle of Wight Rifles from the First World War. The County Committee and County Conference Committee would like to thank all who attended and look forward to another busy year for the RBL on the Isle of Wight.

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Wedding Anniversaries


JONES (Daniel)


Happy 21st birthday Mol Mol. Hope you have the best day and enjoy your night out. Hugs, Nan & Granddad x


Wishing you a very happy 7th birthday. Looking forward to your birthday party! Aunt Liz and cousins xx





(Julie & Dave)

Happy birthday for yesterday Sylv.

50 years together and still as strong as ever.

Stepping into your 50’s! (I know you’ll hate me for saying that!) From your neighbours xx

Happy birthday Dan!


SALTER (James)

Happy birthday our lovely James. Can’t quite believe you’re 30. We love you always, Mum and Dad xx

In Memoriam

CLARKE (Phillip & Jen)


Happy wedding anniversary my lovely friends. With love Christine & Seb xxx


(Jessica & Callum) Happy 5 year anniversary for Wednesday you two!

Happy anniversary to our dearest Mum and Dad. Wishing you all the happiness for years to come. Love you both so much. Krista & Henry

Love you both millions, From the whole family X

6 years have passed. All my thoughts are with you everyday.

Love & miss you so much xx



Help with travel costs for IW young carers

Head of Port Operations Dean Murphy with Trudie Augustus-Harris from YMCA Young Carers

The Island’s young carers are to receive help with cross-Solent travel, thanks to a new partnership between Wightlink and YMCA Young Carers. The ferry operator has announced its plans to work with the Islandbased charity to support respite trips to the mainland for the children and young people it helps. Trudie Augustus-Harris from YMCA Young Carers said: “We are delighted that Wightlink has chosen to support our work and assist us with travel for our group respite trips which take place throughout the year during school holidays. “We currently work with around 280 registered young carers aged between five

and 18 to provide practical help, support and respite, but it is estimated that there are more than 1300 young carers on the Island. Wightlink’s support is going to make a huge difference to the number of children and trips we are able to offer throughout the year, we are really grateful for their support.� Keith Greenfield, Wightlink Chief Executive, said: “Support for the Island’s young carers is an important part of our commitment to supporting the Island’s young people, whether that be through the council’s Talented Athlete scheme, via our partner schools or through the many groups, clubs and organisations we sponsor.�

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Sea shanties aplenty at Nature Notes Yarmouth Old Gaffers

Turnstones foraging with a Purple Sandpiper

Along with the biggest annual gathering of gaff-rigged boats in the UK, with up to 100 craft attending and, for the third year running, ‘A Celebration of Sea Songs and Shanties’ will be taking place on The Green, opposite Yarmouth Harbour, and in various other locations around the town, starting on May 29. A host of local, national and international performers will be performing, including the famed Sheringham Shantymen. who will be headlining on the Saturday, and John Conolly, headlining on the Friday. The event will be building on the success of previous years with other performers including Guith, Chain Ferry Gang, Ventnor Jazz Band, Shalfleet Shanty Singers and Yarmouth’s own Slipshod Singers. Some acts will be appearing at various pubs and venues around Yarmouth over the weekend in addition to the main stage in the marquee on Yarmouth Green.

The event kicks off on the Friday around mid-day with performances running on to early evening. They will continue from lunchtime through to early evenings on both the Saturday and Sunday, with food, ice cream, an Island Ales beer tent and children’s entertainment all on hand to ensure that visitors can relax and enjoy the event. On Sunday evening, the celebration will come to a dramatic close with a Fantasia of Sea Songs, including renditions of such favourites as Rule Britannia, complete with flag waving and audience participation. Thanks to the generous support of Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners, Island Brewery, Wightlink, Yarmouth Town Council and others. There will be no charge to access the event but collections will be made to raise funds for the Needles NCI, National Coastwatch. Car parking will also be available.

Turnstones often the centre of attention A regular winter visitor to East Cowes Esplanade, and on occasions to Yarmouth, Newtown and Bembridge, this is a bird that often prompts the question from passersby 'What's that?' Because while not superficially all that remarkable, the Turnstone can't help but draw attention to itself by its noisy, hyperactive behaviour, all quick little steps and busy foraging. As shown in these pictures, it would otherwise blend indiscernibly into piles of shingle and seaweed, for both its summer livery of chestnut and black and winter change to dull brown providing good camouflage. These are the colours of the upper parts and wings. Below shows mostly white with bits of black, in flight it displays a striking pattern of contrasting bands. Red legs turn to yellow as the weather gets colder. As its name makes clear, this medium-sized wader they call the 'beach ransacker' in Ireland spends much of its time poking about in seaweed and pebbles. Its food is highly varied, consisting of small molluscs, insects, larvae, worms and the eggs of crabs and it will compete

with its companions over any finds. Although a migrant to the UK, it can be seen all year round in small numbers as different populations arrive throughout the seasons. Those wintering here or passing through. They are faithful to the same section of coastline from year to year. Studies show that the two populations overlap during migration, those breeding in Greenland and north-east Canada tending to arrive first, while those from northern Europe come in later. Some fly on to winter in west Africa. A purple sandpiper has been seen spending the cold season with the East Cowes turnstones for several years now (you can spot it at the front of the group above). Over all, the UK population dropped by 13 per cent between 2000 and 2009, losses variously blamed on climate change, hunting and habitat loss, as well as coastal development and human disturbance such as water recreational activities which should be of particular concern to us here on the Island.

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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.

Wanted: Someone to trust to oversee the Trusts Dear Editor, Right across our NHS nationally there is a worrying pattern of questionable behaviours cascading down from the highest echelons of senior management, in what appears to be an attempt to conceal a growing catalogue of systemic and catastrophic failures. The public assumes those in charge of our NHS have the highest scruples, but with many scandals only coming to light when exposed by concerned whistle blowers, sadly one can no longer assume NHS Trusts are totally trustworthy. Here on the Isle of Wight, we must confront the issue of treating and caring for a predominately elderly patient community. It is important we do not end up with a our own version of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal, by making patients

comfortable via neglect, rather than syringe driver, conveniently out of sight in their own homes. The various initiatives being introduced to discharge patients speedily from hospital, and be cared for in the community, needs to be properly monitored and inspected on a regular and unannounced basis by a genuinely independent body. They should first and foremost have patients welfare at heart, and the necessary authority to hold organisations and individuals to account. They also need powers to immediately sanction and/or remove them if deemed necessary. Such scrutiny would not only protect NHS Trust leaders and their service partners, but also, most importantly weak and vulnerable patients. Hans Bromwich, Cowes

Giving Tatchell a miss

I’m horrified; my new iPhone just told me that I’m spending two and a half hours each day interacting with it. Why tell me that, rather than warning me that I spend too much time at the gym? OK, I made that last bit up! My job involves a lot of waiting and hanging around, so I try and use the time purposefully. Gadgets like mobile phones allow us and others to know exactly where we are, thanks to inbuilt GPS. Mine now tells me how many steps I’ve taken each day, although I’m not sure how accurate it is. Giving it a good shake boosts my total, but doesn’t make me any fitter. These days when you express interest in anything online, you get targeted adverts direct to your mobile or desk PC, and Facebook is full of them. In the beginning I found that spooky, the first time was after a brief visit to a big car accessory shop that also sells bicycles. I popped upstairs and walked past the bikes, without stopping or speaking to a soul. Then 30 minutes later, back at home, all my devices were suddenly full of ads for bicycles; how creepy. I asked my daughter what was going on. ‘It’s your Bluetooth’ said techsavvy Madeleine, ‘if you had your iPhone in your pocket, the shop knows you were there and what you looked at’. That impressed me, although I’ve found it hard to use that particular technology in my funeral business. Passers-by do occasionally look in my shop window, but it doesn’t seem right to send them follow-up ads for coffins. I wonder, if we’d had the funeral of Apple boss Steve Jobs, could we have upgraded his casket every 12 months? Anyway, I’ve found a way of beating this ad technology and I’ll share it with you.

But before I do, did you know that when a business sends you an email, they can tell if you’ve read it or not? They also know how many pictures you viewed, for how long, and if you looked more than once. When they call, innocently asking ‘did you get our email?’, they already know the answer. Let’s say it’s a car dealership, they just want to get you into the showroom to close the sale. These days that takes about two hours; needs assessments, gap insurance, paint protection, alloy wheel cover and extended warranties, it all takes some explaining. And Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) are a nice little earner, creating more profit for some dealerships than car sales. You make lower monthly payments with PCP by deferring some of the car’s initial cost. You just return it in 36 or 48 months, never having owned it. The Financial Conduct Authority says dealers can earn up to £1,100 more this way than they would from old fashioned HP, where you pay a deposit and monthly repayments until the car is dented and unreliable, but at least it’s yours. Where was I? Oh yes, explaining how to beat the system of advertisers discovering what you’re interested in and cluttering up your electronic devices. My solution is simple; I’ve been doing it for at least a year and so far, the techbots haven’t rumbled me. True, the ads still come, but I no longer find them hard to look at. Just do exactly as I say. Go on to Google and enter ‘bikinis’ in the search engine, simply click on the most attractive images you see, and hey presto, you’re sorted. When the ads appear, click on them occasionally and I guarantee they will never stop appearing, even if you never actually buy a bikini!

“If we’d had the funeral of Apple boss Steve Jobs, could we have upgraded his casket every 12 months?”

Dear Editor, Peter Tatchell has won a string of awards for supporting humanitarian causes. But I can't forget that he first came to prominence by outing what were called 'closet ' homosexuals, a thoroughly deplorable tactic when seeking to promote equality for all - or anything else. Call me old-fashioned, but I have always considered that a person's sexuality is no-one's business but one's own. Nor can I ignore the fact that he campaigned to reduce the age of consent to 14, writing to a

national newspaper in 1997 'While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful'. Although I live on the mainland, my work means I often need to stay on the Island during the week. I miss my family so I like to get out and meet people, but I will not be taking up the invitation to spend an evening with Mr Tatchell at Quay Arts on February 19. D Jenkins, Basingstoke

Why not replace trains with buses? Dear Editor, Last week Holmsey told us that most mornings he is in his car, not standing in the cold waiting for the bus. Many people are not so lucky; they may only have one car per family or no car at all. At the moment there is a train service from Ryde to Shanklin, which it is proposed to replace at a cost of £50 million. Two other options come to mind: one, which the Government has apparently rejected, includes a tram. But there is another alternative which (as far as I am aware)

hasn’t really been discussed. Why not convert the railway into a dedicated bus route? Buses could run every half hour or even every quarter hour. They could travel between Shanklin to Ryde much more quickly than buses that have to share the roads with other vehicles. They could pick people up at frequent stops, or even be flagged down anywhere along the route. If the council would like to run with this idea can I have a share of the £50 million saved please? R Roberts, Newport

Residents’ parking denied in favour of SailGP Dear Editor, Watching the Cowes Week yacht racing from the Queen's Road Green was denied to hundreds of Islanders last year because of the rent-free 'footprint' given to SailGP. The SailGP event itself was wonderfully exciting, though rather brief, and took place on the Solent. The problem was shoreside. Although I can understand that the organisers would want to entertain their exclusive guests in a very large two-storey marquee, but why did they need to take up all our public parking places as well?

When I tackled the Council Officer about this issue after last year's event, I was told that we could park at Northwood House. What is being ignored is the fact that hundreds of Islanders can't walk down over the steep hill to the Green and back again. There is no free Sail Bus as in days gone by because the public purse is empty! There will be a briefing meeting chaired by the SailGP agent at the New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes on Thursday, February 13. Please encourage your Councillor to attend. Michael Arnell, Cowes

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7th February 2020

7th February 2020


Sport Observer

By Peter White




Tributes paid to popular speedway rider Ayres

Fixtures and Match Officials for Saturday (Kick-off 2pm unless stated) Sydenhams Wessex League, Premier Division Fareham Town v Cowes Sports (3pm)

Wessex League, First Division East Cowes Vics V Andover New Street (1.30pm) Folland Sports v Newport Hampshire FA Trophy, Quarter-Final Shanklin v Clanfield – Referee Appointed by HFA Hampshire FA Plate, Quarter-Final Brading Town Reserves v Carberry – Keith Ruth The Harwoods DACIA Senior (Gold) Cup, Second Round Binstead & COB v Bembridge - Dave Jukes Northwood St Johns v East Cowes Sports - Ian Smith The Ken Morris Isle of Wight Junior A Cup, Second Round Sponsored by the Harwoods Renault Saturday Football League East Cowes Sports Reserves v Osbourne Coburg - Andy Doncaster The IOW UNISON Junior B Cup, First Round Newchurch Reserves v Yarmouth & Calbourne Reserves Chris Cass Niton Community Reserves v Pan Sports Reserves - Richard Mcfarlane Osbourne Coburg Reserves v Vectis Reserves - Chris Beard Ryde Saints “A” v AFC Wootton Reserves - Dale Smith Harwoods Renault Saturday League, Division One Cowes Sports Reserves v Brading Town - John Hopkinson Ryde Saints v Ventnor - Steve Raybould Sandown v West Wight - Matt Sainsbury Whitecroft & Barton Sports v Pan Sports - Steve Currie

Danny with Sky Sports speedway commentator Nigel Pearson

Danny Ayres riding for Wightlink Warriors Tributes have been paid to speedway favourite Danny Ayres, a regular visitor to the Isle of Wight, who has died, aged just 33. Danny’s last appearance at the Smallbrook Stadium was only last May when he rode in a three-team tournament, representing the Wightlink Warriors against the City of Southampton and the City of Portsmouth, and rode unbeaten on the night. He also competed against the Warriors regularly when

riding for clubs that included Midlands outfit Cradley. Warriors co-promoters Martin Widman and Barry Bishop paid tribute to the rider known as ‘Mr Entertainment’, saying: “Danny really was dedicated speedway rider who had grown both as a person and rider in the time we knew him. He was always pushing himself, while supporting his team mates whether that was as a guest or his official teams.

“He always wanted to be the best he could be, proud of every win, every lap, every cheer from the crowd. Danny never said no to any opportunity to race or practise on the Island’s track – he loved it and we loved him, especially when he was guesting for us with his entertainment, his all out style, his confidence. “Everyone associated with the Warriors, Wizards and myself send our heartfelt condolences to Danny’s

New venue for thrills and spills of SailGP

Division Two Adgestone v Newchurch - Andy Jones Newport Reserves v AFC Wootton - No Referee Niton Community v Oakfield - Andy King Seaview v Vectis - Keyson Colebrook Yarmouth & Calbourne v East Cowes Vics Reserves - Brian Hayward Combination One Carisbrooke United v Sandown - Stephen Todd Oakfield v Whitecroft & Barton Sports - Ian Gordon West Wight v Ryde Saints - No Referee

Westridge Golf Club

18-hole Stableford: 1, Phil Brennan 38 points; 2, Jeffrey Foster 37; 3, Roger Merrifield 35. 18-hole Medal: Division One: 1, Grenville Shipley 58; 2, Geoff Budd 62; 3, Gordon Debenham 63. Division Two: 1, Roger Merrifield 61; 2, Tony Jennings 62; 3, Peter Purcell 63. 18-hole Medal: 1, Phil Brennan 61; 2, Martin Whitehead 63; 3, Tony Jennings 65

Osbourne Golf Club

Midweek Stableford: 1, Keiran Foster 37 points; 2, Paul Entwistle 36; 3, Paul Cates 34. Saturday Stableford: 1, Luke Meads 36; 2, Grant Hesse 34 ocb; 3, Derek Wright 34. Division 2: 1, Darren Barsdell 39; 2, Nigel Bowden 32; 3, Kenneth Daniel 31. Division 3: 1, John Cooper 32; 2, Paul Entwistle 31 ocb; 3, Bob Streets 31.

Newport Golf Club

Saturday Stableford: 1, Yolande Farrer (6) 38 points; 2, Mark Hancott (5) 36; 3, Nawin Supracoson (13) 34. Sunday Medal: 1, George Ringer (7) 69 net (ocb); 2, Rex Ringer (11) 69.

SailGP, the thrilling high-speed sailing event which will return to the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week, has another venue included for this year’s series. It has been announced that the Copenhagen SailGP will take place in the Danish capital on September 11 and12, marking the fifth event in the global championship’s second season. Tickets will go on sale in April. The event was very well received on the Island last year, with thousands lining the banks at Egypt Point to watch the yachts skim and sometimes virtually fly over the Solent at speeds reaching 50 knots per hour. This year’s return to the Island is already being eagerly awaited, even though 2019 proved a disappointing home series for the British boat, which was forced to retire after a high-speed plunge. Now organisers are confident the Copenhagen leg of SailGP will work to deliver an unforgettable sporting experience that will create a positive and lasting effect on the capital city, and introduce Danish athletes and fans to the global championship that is quickly becoming the sport’s premier event. SailGP Season 2 kicks off on February 28 in Sydney, and will be followed by events in San Francisco, New York, Cowes and Copenhagen. For the first time, a Danish team will compete against defending champion Australia, along with France, Great Britain, Japan, the United States and fellow new entry Spain, vying for sailing’s largest monetary prize of one million US dollars.

family, friends and fans.” Sky Sports speedway commentator Nigel Pearson, also former promoter of Cradley, was a close friend of Ayres. Nigel, also a regular visitor to Smallbrook, said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Danny Ayres. He was always great company and a great entertainer during out time with Cradley. This once again puts into perspective just how precious life is. Rest easy, Danny.”

Reminder for sailors about safety information scheme As the 2020 sailing season approaches, the Regulations and Technical Services committee (RATS) of the Cruising Association (CA) reminds cruising sailors that the voluntary safety information scheme known as CG66 ceases in July. Now is the time to make sure you've registered with its replacement, RYA SafeTrx. RYASafeTrx aims to provide a similar Search and Rescue (SAR) database to the CG66 scheme with the added advantage of additional methods of adding data and of communication. The system is managed by the RYA but open to all boat users. It is not necessary to be a member of the RYA to use it. Details of vessels, their communications and safety equipment and of emergency contacts are entered in one of two ways. The first is by using the RYA SafeTrx website which is at: https://safetrx.rya.org.uk. It is necessary to register in order to enter data. The second is by using the RYA SafeTrx App. This is available on Apple iPhones and iPads with iOS 8.0 or later and on Android phones with Android OS 4.2 and above. It is not available on Windows phones or Android tablets.

Cowes & District Snooker League Week 14

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

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





14 14 14 14 14 14

59 54 53 44 44 40

39 44 45 54 54 58

5109 5621 5487 5246 5038 4939



4559 550 5471 150 5505 -18 5233 13 5494 -456 5178 -239

Pts 59 54 53 44 44 40

Individual performance of the week: C. Elliott (Con A, 35) 73 v 60 K. Drummond (WC Con, -10). Most Consistent: D. Avey (Con C). Won 10, Lost 2. Highest Break: R. Green (WC Con), 61 (twice).




7th February 2020

Hurricanes edged out in thriller at Eastleigh

Eastleigh RFC 2nd XV 50 points Sandown & Shanklin RFC 47 The 17th round of Hampshire fixtures saw Sandown & Shanklin face Eastleigh RFC 2nd XV in what proved to be a real dingdong thriller, with nearly 100 points scored. But Hurricanes Director of Rugby Damien Marriott was not impressed with the defeat! He said: "I expect better from myself and better from the team. Our game management needs to improve, our discipline has to be better and, overall, we got beaten up. Eastleigh deserved the result for their commitment.” The reverse fixture earlier in the season was a one-sided affair, with the Hurricanes winning 91-0, but this time the teams went toe to toe in a real close encounter. The Hurricanes got off to a good start, and an early charge from prop Ben Shannon saw them score the first try. But lacklustre defending allowed Eastleigh to hit back with two converted tries to take command. Hurricanes centre Michael Barrett then picked off a pass and sprinted home to cut the deficit, before a fine back line move freed up the space for centre Rob Newton Jnr to power over, with Sam Flux converting. Barrett's second try of the game soon followed, before the hosts side struck back to cut the deficit to 21-26. Moments later the Hurricanes streaked away again, this time phase carrying from Sam Rees and Sam Dawson gained metres, and when the ball came to Flux he offloaded to Owen Williams who sprinted in under the posts. Another

conversion extended the advantage to 21-33. But before the interval Eastleigh mustered their fourth try leaving the score at half time 26-33 to the Hurricanes. Eastleigh began the second half with a bang, scoring in the corner. The conversion was pushed wide, but the hosts were back in contention, 31-33. With the wind behind them the Hurricanes looked to play more in the Eastleigh half, and Williams went in for his second of the game. Flux converted for 31-40. The home side then pinched another score back, to keep pace with the Hurricanes, as the enthralling game entered its final quarter. Sandown & Shanklin searched to increase their lead, this time with the carrying of Zak Chiverton and Flux getting into the Eastleigh half. With the defence in disarray, quick hands found Number 8 Alex Smith who charged in from 20 metres to score. The conversion increased the Hurricanes margin again, 38-47. With not long left on the clock, the hosts turned up the pressure and yellow cards were shown to Hurricanes pair, scrum-half,Oliver Scovell as he attempted to intercept the ball, and hooker Alex Cole, who didn't retreat from a tap penalty. With the Hurricanes down to 13 men in the last minutes of the game, Eastleigh managed to score one try for 43-47. Then after a tense period of pressure, a line from the Eastleigh centre caught out the Sandown defence and he scored, with the conversion securing one of the narrowest and most remarkable comebacks in the league.

Island XV turn up the power to overcome Tottonians II Tottonians II 19 points IW 31 Isle of Wight RFC first XV travelled to play Tottonians 2nd XV, in only their second game of 2020, and having finally built some winning momentum in their previous outings, they were hoping this mid-table clash would be a defining point. So it proved with the Island side running out comfortable winners. With the game at a stalemate for the opening 10 minutes, with both sides wanting to assert their dominance early, IWRFC opened the scoring with Tom Marriott finding the space, and Lewis Murray converting for good measure. With confidence boosted, IW moved into the next gear and applied unrelenting pressure to a weakening Tottonians defence. This was soon rewarded with a penalty in front of the posts, which Murray slotted over with ease. Eagerness to get straight back at the visitors saw Biffa man of the match Alex Hay shown a yellow card for handling the ball on the floor at a turned-over ruck, and IW turned their heads to not conceding for the following 10 minutes. Discipline kicked in, and not only did they keep Tottonians at bay with a man down, but Luke Blackman knocked his way through several players and secured another try for the Rangers, taking the score to 0-17. With IW back to a full 15, the home team

managed to sneak in a try before half time, but were unable to convert it, and as the second half kicked off, the home side had clearly woken up. With some good running rugby, they managed to score early and converted the try, to make the game much tighter at 12-17. IW gathered themselves and built up from their disciplined play which proved helpful in the first half. Fountain Inn man of the match and first team debutant Louis Herbert trundled through the opposition from the kick off, before it was quickly out to the backs, and with some sensational work through the hands, Chris Ormerod was free to score. Only 10 minutes passed before IW scored another try, this time George Huish powering himself over the line to secure the four-try bonus point, and Murray again converted. Tottonians did score a consolation try before the end, but IW were able to celebrate a wellearned victory. The club’s heavily depleted second team were determined to fulfil their fixture at Tottonians Vets, and did so though a few players short. Showing determination and team spirit, IW had their moments but were well beaten 63-0. The seconds now look forward to two home games later this month, and the opportunity to climb off the foot of the table. IW firsts travel to Romsey this weekend, and will be hopeful of another win to continue their good run of form.

Vectis U14s run riot at Fareham Fareham Heathens 0 Vectis Under 14s 70 points Vectis Under 14s travelled to a very wet and muddy fixture at Fareham Heathens, and with the ground virtually unplayable, the teams met in a 10-a-side on a half width pitch which presented its own challenges, not least in keeping track of who was on and off at any time. Hugh Owen opened the scoring and Archie Lucy touched down for a quick second, before Fred GiemzaPipe drove over. The second quarter brought a whole new team but more aggressive rucking from Vectis.

Connor Rollason, Henry Takel and Giemza-Pipe kept the scoreboard ticking, and Rhys Mundell crossed for a great captain’s try. Good hands put Jamie Priddle in space to score, and GiemzaPipe completed his hat-trick. Ben Martin (2), Priddle and Reuben Cobb completed the rout, but those who didn't score also deserved huge praise for their efforts in difficult conditions. Debutants Tom Skinner and Luke Chapman fitted in really well, showing endless capacity and enthusiasm to learn and there were hints from both of the skills to come.

7th February 2020





Ryde turn in a Royal show to pip determined Vics A

David Hilliam of Newport Vics A in Division One Game of the week in Division One of the IW Table Tennis Association League was between Newport Vics A and Ryde Royals, which proved an exciting match full of long rallies and quality defensive and attacking play from all taking part. Newport’s Dave Hilliam was in great form, beating Ryde’s Ricky Lock and Conal Howells in four sets each, but could not get the better of young Hugh Idle, who won all his matches with ease in straight sets. Newport’s Paul Freeborn was the unluckiest player of the night, taking Lock and Howells to five sets but losing out both times. In the doubles though, Freeborn had his revenge with team mate Hilliam in a brilliant five set victory over Idle and Lock, and the match ended 6-4 to Ryde. The upset of the week was the trouncing of Division Two leaders Newport Vics C by the fast improving Freshwater

Nicky Dando from Ryde Revellers in Division Three team, with Lawrence Fo and Rob Warren winning all their matches, while Fo joined team mate Matt Mair to win the doubles and take the match 7-3. Second placed Havenstreet Locos kept up the pressure on Newport with a 9-1 victory against Newport Vics D, but Newport’s Sam Pascoe scored a well deserved victory over Mike Lee. In Division Three, Ryde Revellers lead the table by nine points over favourites St Lawrence Lizards after their 10-0 victory against Ryde Ramblers, although St Lawrence also won 10-0 against Wootton Wombles, and they have a game in hand. It looks to be a fight to the finish between the Revellers and the Lizards, although with two games in hand Ryde Rackets are in with a chance of taking the Division Three title too.

Results: Division One Newport Vics A 4, Ryde Royals 6. Ryde Raiders 3, Ryde A 7. Shanklin Sharks 9, Havenstreet Sleepers 1. Division Two Rookley A 5, Ryde Kites 5. Havenstreet Locos 9, Newport Vics D 1. Ryde Raptors 7, Ryde Rascals 3. Freshwater A 7, Newport Vics C 3. Ryde Rookies 8, Shanklin B 2. Division Three St Lawrence Lizards 10, Wootton Wombles 0. Ryde Ramblers 0, Ryde Revellers 10. Ryde Rebels 9, Ryde Regals 1.

Portsmouth 2nds first half try burst ends Ventnor hopes Portsmouth 2nd XV 24 points Ventnor RFC 10 Despite giving as good as they got for most of the match Ventnor lost their Hampshire League One clash as Portsmouth Seconds scored four first-half tries. Ventnor started strongly and were unlucky that, after a sustained attack, the final ball from Sam Lines to Alex Enache just went to ground. However, Portsmouth soon set out their tactical plan, playing 10-man rugby and kicking deep.

Ventnor played all the rugby in the first half but the home team scored four tries, two of which were converted. Ventnor had one bright spot; Jake Babington, on his own linepunted out of defence, and Babington was able to smash the catcher and Cameron Griggs was over the ball in a flash with the penalty won. Blake took the quick tap, and broke through before flicking out a pass for the speeding Enache to power over. Portsmouth didn’t score another point, but frustratingly Ventnor were not able to capitalise on their second half dominance.

The work of Adam Pratt and Ben Savill at scrum-time was being negated by the home team’s tactic of slewing the front row. In addition, Ventnor’s line-out was failing, the wind proving troublesome to both hookers. Skipper Lewis Jones was probably the worse offender but he more than made up for it with his tenacious tackling and demented bowling-ball drives. Max Wheeler was also prominent in defence and attack and, with Harry Colson, gave Ventnor’s back row a powerful presence. Ventnor scored their second try when Blake cut a diagonal line,

Calvin Edwards straightened the attack and Paul Berry set up the ruck. Quick ball from Malkin gave Edwards the chance to put Babington over in the corner. Another positive for the Islanders was the welcome return of James Green who, after a long injury, came on for Ian Lane. A J Wells Man of the Match: Alex Enache. Red Funnel Moment of the Match: James Green




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Vics so close to causing upset United Services Portsmouth 1 East Cowes Vics 0 There were mixed emotions for Vics manager Richie Woodburn and his players after they went desperately close to an upset against the side currently top of the Sydenhams Wessex League, Division One. Woodburn admitted he was ‘gutted’ that Vics did not get at least a point for their efforts, but was full of praise for the attitude and commitment of his team throughout the whole 90 minutes. Alas, it was again dubious decisions by the officials that denied Vics any chance of securing something out of the game that would have edged them further away from the bottom of the table. As it is they have the perfect opportunity to make up for their disappointment when they entertain Andover New Street tomorrow (Sat), a side currently lying fourth in the table,

Ryan Gregory

but capable of going top if they win their games in hand on the three teams above them - US Portsmouth, Hythe and Dibden and Downton. Reflecting on the defeat at US Portsmouth, Woodburn said: “We were awesome, and should have been 3-0 up at half time. We played on the fact that every season US Portsmouth look as though they are going to get promoted, but at this time of year get the jitters. We frustrated them, and I can never in all my managerial career remember being beaten, but could not have asked any more from the players.” Vics luck was certainly out when Ryan Gregory had a shot that crossed the line, hit team mate Scott Saunders who was behind the goal line - so not offside and the ball rebounded back to the USP keeper. But the referee ruled ‘no goal’. Vics had another effort that hit the bar and a post before rebounding back to the home keeper, before Harry Furness

got clear before the interval only to shoot over when well placed. The only goal came on the hour when USP leading scorer James Franklyn found the net, and the referee allowed the goal even though the player appeared well offside. But Vics’ defence stayed resiliant, with Liam Newbold having a fine game in his favoured right back role. Woodburn added: “I am waxing lyrical about the ifs and buts, but unfortunately we didn’t get any points. Although the result was frustrating, it was a pleasure to watch some of the stuff we played. Now we have a big game at home to Andover New Street, and that will be a real test for us. Perhaps all we need is the rub of the green rather than things keep going against us. I am sure Andover won’t take us lightly, and if we apply ourselves in the right manner we won't be far away again.”

Newport drop vital points as ‘goalden’ touch deserts them

Pictured: Action from Newport v Ringwood Newport 1 Ringwood Town 1 Newport manager Andy Sampson admitted his side were not at their best as they surprisingly dropped a couple of vital points to a side well below them in the Sydenhams Wessex League, Division One table. Newport’s push for an outside chance of promotion stuttered with Sampson agreeing: “It was disappointing because we were not fluent like we have been in previous games. We misplaced a lot of passes and gave the ball away quite too easily. But we still created enough chances to have won the game.” An early opportunity fell to Jordan Browne who shot high and wide and then Connor Kelly forced a great save out of the Ringwood keeper. But in the 35th minute the Island outfit fell behind as Ringwood skipper Ryan Osman let fly from outside the area, and the ball deceived home keeper Gary Streeter to nestle into the back of the net. More Newport chances went begging, but Streeter was also called on to make one crucial stop before Newport finally levelled on 66 minutes when Jordan Browne managed to get a touch onto a free kick from Connor

Kelly to steer the ball into the net. Newport still had the time and chances to wrap up the points, but further opportunities were wasted, and Joe Craig also rattled the woodwork, seeing the ball rebound straight into the Ringwood keeper’s hands. Sampson said: “That late chance just about summed up the day for us. We just lacked that bit of composure to put a couple of opportunities away but credit to Ringwood, who worked hard and were at us all game, making it hard. “Having said that we should still have won, and even when we went in at half time trailing I was still confident we could get the result. We had been playing so well since just before Christmas, but this was just one of those off days.” Newport will be hoping to redeem themselves when they visit Folland Sports tomorrow (Sat) with a 2pm kick-off. Sampson added: “They are under new management now, and have drafted in a few new players. So obviously they have improved, and we are anticipating a much tougher game going there than it was at home when we beat them 6-0.”

Action between Brading and Whitecroft and Barton

Phipps heads Brading into last four despite Burford dismissal Brading reached the semi-finals of the Hampshire Trophy with a fine 1-0 victory over Island rivals Whitecroft and Barton at Cowes Enterprise College. It was a second successive defeat for W&B after losing their IW Challenge Cup clash to Northwood St Johns in a penalty shoot-out a week earlier. Brading’s resurgence continued with an outstanding defensive display that kept W&B at bay, even though they were down to 10 men after half an hour when Aaron Burford was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge. That dismissal could have swung the tie W&B’s way, but Brading stuck manfully to their task, protecting keeper Will Hunt superbly before snatching the only goal of the game. Josh Younie picked you the ball wide on the left and his cross was met by James Phipps who headed into the bottom corner for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. Brading are away to Moneyfields Reserves in the semifinal on Saturday, February 29, kick off 2pm. The club are currently exploring the possibility of running a coach to the match for supporters. Meanwhile, Ryde Saints were the big winners in the Division One of the IW Harwoods Renault League, putting nine without reply past hosts Carisbrooke United. Sandown were also in a goalscoring mood, winning 5-0 at home to bottom of the table Pan Sports. Seaview and Vectis both maintained their challenge for runners-up spot in Division Two, with Seaview winning

by the only goal at AFC Wootton and Vectis taking the points off Niton with a 4-3 scoreline. West Wight Reserves inflicted more misery on Whitecroft and Barton by beating their reserves 1-0 in the Combination One meeting of the second and third teams in the table.

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Winter dressage series gets excellent support The weather was kind for the penultimate show of Lake Farm Equitation Centre’s winter dressage series which has been kindly sponsored by Rouse Ltd, independent financial planners based in Newport. The earlier classes were very well supported with many of Lake Farm’s riding school pupils competing and achieving great results. Harriet Young (Intro), Jacqueline Stay (Prelim), Heidi Carden (Novice) and Martine Harbour (PYO) all gained a qualification for

the Island Dressage Championship to be held later this year. Organisers of the event were pleased to receive such positive feedback from the mainland BD judge who had commented on the high standard of riding she had seen. The winter series concludes on March 29 where series champions will be crowned. Entries are open. Pictures by Keith Pollard






7th February 2020

Ladies trio secure place in National Triples area final

Headline sponsor revealed for RS Elite Championship The RS Elite Association have announced Brewin Dolphin as the Headline Sponsor for the Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix, to be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes from July 9 to 12. The event incorporates the RS Elite UK National Championship and an International Invitational Regatta. It is set to be the largest RS Elite event to date with a projected entry of up to 60 boats, and entries expected from the UK, Guernsey, Germany, Norway, Italy, Australia and the US. The RS Elite Class held a highly successful National Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron in 2012, when there were in excess of 40 entries. Since then, the Class has grown in the UK and internationally. The 2020 Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix will be a showcase for the boat, which is known for highly competitive sailing by top sailors who include Olympic medallists and World Champions. Paul Fisk, RS Elite Association Chairman, said: "The Association is hugely appreciative of Brewin Dolphin's generous commitment, which is vital to ensuring the event's success and will go a long way towards building the RS Elite fleet internationally. This announcement will boost the already high buzz of excitement around the event. We look forward to working in close partnership with Brewin Dolphin and the Royal Yacht Squadron to deliver another memorable RS Elite regatta." Brewin Dolphin has been helping people to meet their financial goals and fulfil their aspirations for over 250 years. Hal Catherwood, Brewin Dolphin Regional Director, Islands & Central Regions, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the RS Elite International Grand Prix. The event provides a real opportunity for the Class to demonstrate the attributes that have seen it grow in recent years, and we are looking forward to being a part of it.” Left to right Anne Bernard, Gay Allen and Maggie Lawley, who subbed for Pauline Proud who will be back to play in the area final. The Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club trio of Anne Bernard, Gay Allen and Maggie Lawley - substituting for Pauline Proud - won their way through to the area final of the Ladies National Triples after recording a 23 shots to 21 home win against the Dolphin Club, Poole. They were behind in the early stages but a five on the seventh end put them in front and thereafter they were never headed. They scored 11 shots without reply from the 10th to 13th ends put them 21-9 ahead. They looked on course for an easy victory but Dolphin came back strongly to reduce their deficit to only three shots going in to the final end. The home team restricted them to a single shot to gain a place in the final. This will be played at Loddon Vale on February 15 against Bournemouth. In the Mens Over 50s National Triples Alan Cawdell, Ian Morey and Bob Mortlock had a close home quarter final

match against the Palmerston Club. In a close tie Mortlock’s trio edged ahead after the first quarter and with only two ends left were five shots to the good. Three shots for the opposition on the penultimate end closed the gap to only two going in to the last end. The home three restricted the away trio to one shot to qualify for the area semi final by a single shot. They will now play at home against the trio of England Over 50s international Chris Daniels of the Bournemouth Club. The mixed Men and Ladies team took on Whiteknights in an away friendly and were 26-shot victors. Jane Swinfield, Alan Davis, Ian Ball and Roy Jemson ran out 27-8 winners. There was a good 21-9 success for Annie Morris, Seamus Morris, Steff Ball and John Carrett. A good contribution to the win came from Angela West, Peggy White, Jeff Henshaw and Simon Gibbs recorded a

Island football cup draws 17-9 win, and there was a 15-all draw for Barry Rodwell’s quartet. Losses of five shots and nine shots were suffered by the rinks skipped by John Hutchinson and Carol Jones respectively. In a mixed home friendly against Riverside there was a convincing 68 shot success, with the rink of Bob Stubbs. Alison Maundrell, Brenda Rodwell and John Carrett winning 46-7 win. Daphne Lacey, Seamus Morris, Jane Swinfield and Barry Rodwell won 31-9, and Trish McMurray, Pat Bugby, Ted West and Roy Jemson scored a 20shot victory. Angela West, Jane Kilby, Pete Swinfield and John Hutchinson drew; there was a two shot loss for Auriol Ash, Mike Davidson, John Rich and Shirley Stubbs and a 25-14 defeat for Annie Morris, Barbara Moye, Alan Bugby and Simon Gibbs.

IWCP Challenge Cup semi-finals

Shanklin or Binstead & COB v Northwood SJ. ECS v Brading Town or Bembridge.

The Ken Morris Junior A Cup third round

ECS Reserves or Osborne Coburg v West Wight Reserves or Sandown Reserves Brading Town Reserves v Vectis Shanklin Reserves v Seaview W & B Sports Reserves v Northwood SJ Reserves or Binstead & COB Reserves

The Andy Butler Sports ground specialist, Memorial Cup second round Adgestone v Niton Community Oakfield v Newchurch Newport Reserves v Yarmouth & Calbourne

The U.N.I.S.O.N. Junior B Cup second round

Bembridge Reserves v Ryde Saints A or AFC Wootton Reserves Byes: Newchurch Reserves, Yarmouth & Calbourne Reserves, Niton Community Reserves, Pan Sports Reserves, Osborne Coburg Reserves, Vectis Reserves.

7th February 2020





Yachtsmen hit back to pick up precious point

Mixed emotions for slider Kim Kim Murray, the Island’s winter sports expert, admitted she had mixed emotions after she managed to finish only 14th in a World Cup skeleton event in the spectacular Swiss resort of St Moritz. Following her gold medal in an Inter-Continental Cup race in the US the previous weekend, Kim, from Binstead, went into the latest skeleton race full of confidence. But once again World Cup competition proved a big step up. The 31-year-old GB international said: “Although this was my second best World Cup result of the year, I could have done even better. But regardless, it is always a pleasure to be in St Moritz, the birthplace of our sport.” Kim and her fellow skeleton sliders have now moved on to Altenberg in Germany for this weekend’s competition.

Ewan Cranwell scored from the penalty spot Bournemouth 3 Cowes Sports 3 Cowes Sports staged what turned out to be a rare fightback this season, coming from two goals down at fellow strugglers Bournemouth to salvage a point. The Yachtsmen were looking for a morale-boosting victory against the side just above them in the Sydenhams Wessex League, Premier Division. But the relegation dogfight ended all square, giving the Island side a glimmer of hope ahead of their crucial remaining fixtures. Yachtsmen boss Max Draper said: “Unfortunately we tend to be too flimsy at the back sometimes. We were two goals down, managed to pull one

Ashley Brett scored second half equaliser

back, but then conceded again straight away. Thankfully we then came from behind, which we haven’t down too often this season, to take a point.” He continued: “We looked very good going forward, but to be honest we gave them all three of their goals. Afterwards we had an honest conversation in the dressing room, and moved on. We should have won the game with the chances we created, but a draw was better than nothing. “But we know now what we have to do to stay up. Our next half a dozen games are against teams around us, so it is in our hands. We have just got to fix the small details that are costing us, because I am confident we will score goals; we

just need to stop conceding. This is now the serious part of the season, which is hopefully a good thing because it will wake us up from our slumbers.” After Bournemouth took a two-goal advantage, Ji Nash pulled one back for the Yachtsmen, only for them to concede again to trail 3-1. Ewan Cranwell pulled another back from the penalty spot before the break, and in the second period Ashley Brett’s effort earned the draw. The Yachtsmen are away for Fareham Town tomorrow (Sat), a side currently tucked comfortably in mid-table, but with games in hand on most above them.

IW Road Runners take on Ryde 10 Isle of Wight Road Runners were well represented at the Ryde 10-mile race, the seventh race of the season in the Hampshire Running League. The course went from Ryde Esplanade, through Nettlestone to St Helens before looping back through Seaview to Ryde. IWRR had 50 athletes competing, and Personal Bests were achieved by Andy Tickner, Sarah Ward, Kenny

Harrison. Pete Sexton was third in his age category, and Holly Newton was the third Island lady home. Men's A team were Stuart Backhouse (1.06.30), Darren Cole (1.07.47), Steve Apsey (1.11.30) and Andy MacArthur 1.11.46. The Women's A team were Holly Newton (1.13.57), Julie Dixon (1.23.44) and Judy McCabe 1.24.13.

Ryde again crowned champs after cooking up another win Ryde 1 have repeated last year’s feat by adding the Leslies Motors Division One league title to their earlier cup triumph as they maintain their domination of indoor cricket on the Island. With two games still to play, Ryde 1, who have lost just one game over the last two seasons, have an unassailable lead following a comfortable 73-run win over bottom side Island Bakeries. Dave Pratt (25), Mark Oatley (41) and Josh Proctor (27) were all not out as they helped Ryde to 152-2. Kieran Annis hit 35 for the Bakers in reply but their total of 79 never threatened to stop Ryde from taking the points. Ryde’s closest challengers, EPP, fell to their second defeat as they were beaten by Brading by 21 runs. Brading’s Alan Johns top scored with 25 not out in his side’s 119-3, but it was Chris Higgins who bowled superbly to grab 3-18 who made sure EPP were all out for just 98 (Ali Wheble 29). The other game in Division One saw Northwood 1 force six run outs to restrict Shanklin & Godshill 1 to 103, despite a good start from the Egerton-Read brothers (Seb 28, Steve 26). Northwood 1 took no time to chase this down as Callum Witham hit 30

not out for a 6 wicket win and take his side into second place. Ryde 2 are close to making it a double for their club as their win over Ryde School means a victory in their final game of the season in two weeks’ time and will give them the title. Batting first, the School scored 97-4 (Charlie Bligh 30 not out) but Ryde 2 chased this down, for the loss of just one wicket, mainly thanks to Guy Bonnett who top scored with 28 not out. Cowes remain the closest challengers after they overcame Prison Officers by 76 runs. Josh Rice (38 not out) and Jack Summers (25 not out) helped Cowes to score 128-3. Steve Sprake took 3-30 but this was matched by the Cowes bowlers who all bowled tightly and held the Officers to just 52 all out. Games for the final two weeks of the season move to the Island Free School’s Rew Valley Sports Centre. Games scheduled for Sunday (Feb 9): 5pm Newport v Disability Team (Div 2); 6pm Shanklin & Godshill 1 v Ryde 1 (Div 1); 7pm Brading v Northwood 1 (Div 1); 8pm Northwood 2 v Prison Officers (Div 2); 9pm EPP v Island Bakeries (Div 1).

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7th February 2020

This week’s highlights...

Rugby Union

Indoor Bowls Ladies reach area final

Island XV turn up the heat

By Peter White



Defiant boss Draper insists Yachtsmen can beat drop!

Cowes Sports 2 Baffins Milton Rovers 2 Cowes Sports manager Max Draper is confident his side can make a late surge to ensure they do not become embroiled in a relegation lottery in the Sydenhams Wessex League, Premier Division at the end of the season. The Yachtsmen followed up their weekend draw against Bournemouth by picking up another vital point in their midweek home clash with Baffins Milton Rovers. Although they remain second bottom of the table, they are now within two points of the two clubs immediately above them, Solent University and Bournemouth, with Amesbury rooted to the foot of the table.

It is not yet known how many clubs will go down at the end of the season - almost certainly one, but it could be as many as three. However, the Yachtsmen will almost certainly be secure if they finish fourth from bottom, and that is what Draper has challenged his players to achieve. The Island side again showed their determination at Westover Park in midweek when they came back from 2-0 down to claim a draw, thanks to two second half goals from Gareth Bricknell. Officials and managers from all the Wessex League clubs were summoned to a meeting at Totton last night, where they were expected to discover how the FA and Hampshire FA will formulate promotion and relegation in the respective leagues at the end of the season.

But defiant Draper said: “For me it is irrelevant. We have the quality, and if we want to stay up it is all about us, not about how many teams go down. We have games coming up where we can pull away from the bottom two or three. I still believe that if the lads continue to put the effort and commitment in, then we should not have any worries.” Commenting on the draw against Baffin Milton Rovers, Draper said: “We showed a bit of bottle to come back to 2-2, and in the end I felt we should have won. But we are beginning to score goals, and that is all that matters. Overall, the lads did well so I can’t complain. “We were without four regulars through injury and illness, but the lads who came

in played well, and Ashley Brett, as well as Aaron Burford, who we signed recently from Brading, put in a great shift in the centre of defence. “But such is the optimism that we have got to a stage now where we have picked up a point but are a bit disappointed. We now have seven or eight games where I want us to pick up points week in, week out, because we know every point will help.” He added: “We were without Gareth Bricknell for nine weeks when he fractured his cheekbone, and then he picked up a suspension on his first game back. He was a massive miss for us. He is a big leader, and having him back on the pitch is a big bonus.”

Tour of Britain finish on Island takes step closer Hopes are still high that the final stage of next year’s prestigious Tour of Britain cycle race will take place on the Isle of Wight. Such are the complexities of staging the event, that this year’s race has long since been formulated. But it is believed negotiations between the Isle of Wight Council and event organisers SweetSpot are progressing so well that a contract could soon be drawn up to ensure the final stage of the 2021 cycle race takes place here on the Island, in September. Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart has even revealed the route the cyclists would take if the Island is given the green light. They would begin in Ryde, and then head up Union Street and make their way to Newport. The cyclists would

then make their way towards the Military Road, head to West Wight, and finish in Freshwater. Cllr Stewart said: “People can use this opportunity to develop their businesses, offer their tourism facilities and more. The crucial element is working with town and parish councils to make the most of it. “What I have to do is work out with my colleagues a plan to make sure we, as an Island, take advantage of a really great opportunity.” This year’s Tour of Britain in September will start in Cornwall and finish in Aberdeen. Stages for the 2021 event have yet to be revealed, but will start in Aberdeen and hopefully finish on the Island.

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