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Welcome Welcome to the summer issue of The Family Directory. We have lots on over the summer and I remember that six whole weeks off school seems like an eternity for some. So will it be sunny days on the beach, eating 99s and trying not to get sand in the egg sandwiches, or will it be a full packed day out? See Top Things To Do This Summer page 22. Mandy from The Wight Studio had a great morning shoot with our front cover stars Jake and Toby. So if you would like your child or children to be the front cover star of the winter directory see page 40 and 44. My children are growing up fast and I am well aware of the information I needed when they were young and what I need to know now. So I hope that this directory makes the role as a Mother, Father or Carer easier by linking many more services to parents. If you know of a club or group, run an event, or have a business that offers services to families please contact us for your FREE listing on our website. Our website is growing and changing all the time. You will find an online calendar of things to do. The news page is updated every week and this is all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also join us on Facebook. Find us at The Family Directory and become a fan or find us on Twitter. We love hearing your news and ideas. To add your information please emails us at it’s FREE so let’s hear from you. Whenever you use the directory, please mention you saw the advert in The Family Directory.

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Have a happy summer and enjoy the special times with your children!

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Ventnor Mum Defies the Recession and gets the Isle of Wight Toddle biking! Ventnor mum of one, Melissa Ayling has defied the recession by launching a new venture for Toddlers and their families on the Isle of Wight just in time for summer. Faced with the reality of cutbacks and rising bills, Melissa identified a new business opportunity and has secured the sole rights to bring “Toddlebike” to the Island. Melissa was introduced to Toddlebike by her 18 month old daughter when visiting a baby & toddler show on the mainland last year. “As soon as Megan tried the Toddlebike she was hooked – so the Toddlebike came home with us and has been ridden daily since then” After seeing how enthusiastic Megan was about the toy and realising there is nothing comparable available to Toddlers, Melissa contacted Jo Hockley, the Sussex-based owner of Toddlebike to discuss launching Toddlebike on the Island. For more information about Toddlebikes, please contact Melissa at or visit the website This Spring the Family Directory ran a online competition with ‘Portsmouth Historic Dockyard the dockyard gave 3 families tickets this is one of the winners review.     

Our Trip to the Dockyard On Tuesday we went on a trip to the Historic Dockyards it was so much fun. Our favourite activity was the Action Stations, there was a climbing wall and lots of different simulators and exciting things to explore. It was fascinating because there were lots of things to do, as well as finding out about life on board ship. We also thought going on HMS victory was very interesting (we can’t believe Nelson actually slept in that cot!)We thought one of the cannon tools was a like a giant loo cleaner! We thought the name of one of the decks (poop deck) was quite funny, but very interesting. By Lily and Tallulah Shepherdly and William Morris

Welcome News and Updates Activities Family Cooking Education Things to do this Summer Summer Camp Places to Visit and Eat Parties Competition Bump and Baby Healthy Living Services Photography Island Families

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Competition Winners

Our winner for the family ticket to travel with Hovertravel to Mozzarella Joe’s Southsea was Zachary Ward the winners of the English Heritage family day out tickets to Royal Osborne was Jack Charge and the family ticket to Carisbrooke Castle was Oliver Arnell. Winner Jack Charge Thank you for the tickets for Royal Osborne. We had a lovely day. I took my Mum, my brother and my grandparents. This is a photo of me and my brother outside Osborne house. We looked around the house and learnt a lot about Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children. The house was extraordinary with furniture and paintings as they would have been in Victorian times. There was a pony and trap to ride on and we took a minibus down to a chalet that was built for the royal children to play in. The gardens were lovely and we took lots of photos. There were lots of statues and fountains. I would recommend for anybody to visit. Winner Zachary Ward  with his brother Yens  Ward  who won the Hovertravel and Mozzarella Joes tickets.

Oliver Arnell Winner The Family English Heritage tickets to Carisbrooke Castle In half term me and my family went to Carisbrooke Castle after winning the competition. When we arrived I went into the museum. My favourite thing was the coin trebuchet fire a coin at King Charles. Then we went and saw Jigsaw the donkey on the wheel ( he was very cute). After that we played on the cannons and walked up to the keep which was 77 steps! It was hard work. It was a really fun day. Thank you The Family Directory. By Oliver Arnell.

I was very excited when I found out I had won the tickets. When we got on the Hovercraft it went up really high, and then it started sliding down the concrete. When we hit the water it was choppy, it was really fun! Mozzarella Joe’s had a pretty good view straight across the Solent. I had some chicken nuggets and chips, it tasted really nice. We walked back to the hovercraft and got back to Ryde really quickly. We would love to do it again! Thank you Zachary.

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Activities Baby Signing

Hip Hop & Street Dance

TinyTalk Emily 07900 803521 01983 612577 Baby signing classes from newborn to 2 years - allows your baby to express themselves long before they can talk! We sing nursery rhymes and learn everyday baby signs (BSL), followed by play time with drinks and biscuits! Classes are fun and relaxed.

The Island Dance & Theatre Company 01983 863615 Learn the new Hip Hop / Streetdance moves from a qualified professional

Dance, Drama and Music

Marine Kayaks (See ad page 7)                                          

Caterpillar Music (See ad inside back cover) Caterpillar Music call Maggie to book your FREE trial.

01983 617778

Dance Vibez Ann Abe 01983 403175 Classes for toddlers and up-wards (adults and professional dancers) ballet, tap, free style, hip hop, performing arts, Melody Bear classes, Parent and toddler classes, exams, show work (including west end shows and charity work) Plenty of fun for all ages and an exciting way to stay fit and healthy. Ann Abe member of United Kingdom Alliance. Professional dancer and teacher. Footsteps Dance Studio 01983 865264 01983 407316 Classes in ballet, tap, freestyle & street dance for exams, shows or just for fun. Three years old to professional level and adult classes. Teachers qualified with International Dance Teachers Association. Also qualified nursery nurses. Classes in Lake and Bembridge. Gillian Cartwright School of Dance 01983 730401 Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Aerobics for 3 years to adult. Exams, Festivals and SHOW WORK. Studios in Shanklin and Lake. Qualified teachers of the R.A.D. - I.S.T.D. and B.T.D.A. The Islands most award winning dance school. Magic Movers 01983 864416 Move, imagine, laugh and learn at our movement to music sessions for 2-5 year olds with an adult companion. Discover original music you won’t find anywhere else! Cost from just £2 per family.  Call Kay to find your nearest class or visit PJ’s Theatre School 01983 611791 Not just a dance school or just for performance - Come and learn the lot ! Singing, Dance & Drama, with awards & examinations, local & West End Performances – learn with working Professionals. New classes include Hip Hop & Cheerleading in Ryde, Melody Movement Parent & Toddler Dance. The Island Dance and Theatre Company (See ad page 7) 01983 863615 Dance and Theatre school welcomes you to join us for many various classes available for girls and boys from 2½ Years to Adults. Qualified teacher of 30 years, and member of the I.D.T.A , R.A.D and N.A.T.D. Studios in TOTLAND, BRADING & GODSHILL. Rhythm Time (See ad page 6)

07950 501763

Theatre Train (See ad page 7)

01983 248844

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01983 868769

Kayaking 07912 431904

Horse Riding Hill Farm Riding School, Freshwater. 07748 253899 01983 752502 Family run stables established 46 years, all ages and abilities catered for - lessons, hacking, jumping, gymkhanas, own pony days, beach rides, parties and all aspects of pony care. Enclosed rubber school, badges and tests optional, safety paramount.

Swimming Pamela’s Swimming School - Cowes                              Reputable, ASA accredited lessons from 2.5 years to adult. Small class sizes.

01983 294014

Jane McGregor Swimming Academy (See ad page 6)       Swimming classes for all ages and abilities.

01983 563139

Water Babies (See ad page 8) Swimming lessons for babies and toddlers.

01983 717005

Tree Climbing Goodleaf Tree Climbing Fun, Safe, Exhilarating Tree Climbing for ages 8 & over.

0333 8001188

Yoga & Tai Chi lsland Yoga and Tai Chi     07738716244   01983 840994 Classes for all abilities in Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Qigong, Prenatal Yoga, Mum and Baby Yoga.

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Activities Rhythm Time RHYTHM TIME is a really enjoyable experience for children, but it’s much more than just a sing-along. It’s a well thought out MUSICAL EXPERIENCE using lots of fun songs and activities helping a child’s development and life skills. Children learn in different ways and are at different stages developmentally. To enhance their experience in our sessions, Rhythm Time offers different music courses for BABIES, TODDLERS and PRESCHOOL age children.

Using a VARIETY OF EQUIPMENT we make our sessions interactive and fun. Learning to share percussion instruments, shakers, bells, rhythm sticks, chime bars, balls, hoops, mirrors, scarves, lycra etc… we also have very important listening time with RATATAT. Joining a musical activity with others is a wonderful experience for all ages. Week by week, as they develop, so does their CONFIDENCE, CREATIVITY and COORDINATION. Mums, dads, grandparents and childminders all enjoy and appreciate what we set out to achieve with the children in their care. We’ve opened NEW Cowes and Newport sessions adding to our existing thriving sessions. We hope soon to open sessions in West Wight and Sandown areas. Also we offer sessions for Birthday Parties, Toddler Groups, Nurseries and Preschools. Book your FREE TRIAL call 07950 501763 or via our website

Explore the Island beautiful coastline with Marine Kayaks With the summer here the Isle of Wight is a perfect place to try out kayaking, ideal for a family day out or with friends. Marie Kayak have a excellent selection of Kayaks. They  can be delivered to the beach, home, or holiday park of your choice This is a great way of visiting some beautiful places by water than foot. More and more of us are joining structured swimming classes or heading to the local pool with our babies and toddlers. Our little ones love being in water and the sense of freedom it gives them. As well as, just as importantly, learning the potentially lifesaving skill of swimming from a young age.   Baby swimming originally evolved out of a desire to ensure that babies are safe and confident in water.  However, the exercises used to teach this confidence - gentle rocking, reaching for objects, kicking movements and learning to respond to commands - also provide the perfect stimulation for your baby’s brain.   With this in mind come and swim with Water Babies the UK’s leading baby swimming experts and winners of four national awards as “best national Baby and toddler activity”. Water Babies have created a course that will teach your child a core life skill, confidence in the water and ultimately the ability to swim. Classes provide a structured and stimulating activity for your baby and you using Word association, games, songs and tons of fun. Water Babies Isle of Wight now have their very own Isle of Wight based Instructor Jo Hobbs. “I was that impressed with the lessons that I have taken both my Children Imogen and Joshua to the Mainland for their Water Babies lessons for the last 4 years. I am now extremely excited to have become the first Isle of Wight Water Babies Instructor” Jo Hobbs  

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Kayaking is a fantastic sport which can be enjoyed by all the family, Paddles, seats and buoyancy aids are all provided.To find out more or to book a Kayak for a day , a few days or even a week. (See advert page 7).

Dance with A Difference™

Linda and Ken Smith are proud to announce the launch of Dance with A Difference™, on 1st July 2011. The winner In “The Best New Activity for Children” Category. in the prestigious What’s On 4 Little Ones. Dance with A Difference™ is a totally new concept in dance using music, movement and mime, where children have so much fun. They don’t even realise they’re learning which in turn encourages a lifelong passion in physical movement. All programmes of Dance with A Difference™ are specifically formulated to fully support, compliment and reinforce the government OFSTED learning guidelines of The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Linda (Founder of DWAD™ ) says: “Dance with A Difference™ has evolved over a period of 12 years. During those years, I have been in close consultation with nursery, pre-school, play school teachers and OFSTED inspectors, and with original music, designed programmes which all conform and compliment the government OFSTED, Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage 1 requirements, and is now ready to be made available to the general public to teach in Early Years Providers Settings under license. For more information visit

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Family Cooking Making biscuits is one of the most fun & simplest ways to get your children into the kitchen - weighing, mixing, kneading & cutting - developing these skills early helps to develop confident little chefs. From all of us here Happy Baking! Cookie dough recipe number one

Cookie dough recipe number two

Buttery crisp biscuits....still one of our favourite cookie cutter recipes;


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175g soft butter 200g light muscovado sugar 2 medium free range eggs 350g plain flour 50g ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder Half tsp salt

Occupational Therapy Claire Inness Occupational Therapy for Children & Young People 07790 267486 Specialist OT, providing assessments, direct therapy & training, including that related to motor co-ordination & sensory processing difficulties.

Speech & Language Independent Speech & Language Therapist 01983 618757 Specialist Speech & Language therapist with over 20 years experience offering assessments, and therapy to children aged 3 -18 years with a range of difficulties. Therapy starting from as little as £10.   

Tuition & Music Tuition Kumon English and Maths 01983 853643 Complete after school English and mathematics programmes for children 4-14 of all abilities. (See ad page 16) Andrew Pellow, F.G.M.S.,F.A.S.C.,Hon.F.N.C.M. 01983 612796 N.E.Wight. Experienced Piano Teacher, Theory, Basic Jazz, Singing, Instrumental Accompaniment. Graded Examinations or Leisure. All ages and abilities.

Independent Schools Fiveways Ryde School 01983 616272 High quality education for boys and girls aged 3 - 7 years in a secure, caring environment. (See ad inside front cover)

How to cook.... Put all the ingredients in one bowl and knead together with fingertips until a firm dough forms. l Chill for half an hour l Roll out & press out your biscuits l Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 200’ gas mark 6 oven. l Eat on their own or sandwich together with jam. Makes about 25 l

Cream together the butter & sugar and them gradually beat in the eggs. l In another bowl combine the flour, almonds, baking powder & salt. l Mix together thoroughly the dry & wet ingredients (If the mixture is too sticky just add a little more flour). l Divide into two pieces & wrap in cling film & put in the fridge for 2 hours. l Take one piece out at a time, roll onto a lightly flour surface & get cutting! l Bake for 10 minutes or until golden at 180’C/G as mark 4/350F. l

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Hordle Walhampton, Lymington 01590 672013 Independent boarding and day school for boys and girls from 2 - 13 years. We provide the best possible teaching and have small classes. (See ad page 14) Mayville High School 023 9273 4847 Independent school in Southsea. Girls and Boys from 6 mths - 16 years. Small - Unique and Successful. Mini Bus picks up from the Hover Craft to the school and back each day. The Portsmouth Grammar School (See advert page 15) 023 9236 0036 PGS is a thriving co-educational day school, providing outstanding teaching, pastoral care and cocurricular activities, which are designed to give girls and boys the best possible start in life. Priory School 01983 861222 Priory School, Alverstone Manor, Shanklin. Offers a independent education for girls and boys from 3 -16 years, with 23 subjects offered to GCSE Level. (See ad page 15)

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Independent Schools - Meet The Head

Independent Schools - Meet the Head

E J Matyjaszek BA (Oxon)

Henry Phillips

Sally Davies

Peter Hopkinson

Principal Head of Priory School

Head of Hordle Walhampton School, Lymington

Head of Fiveways, Ryde School

Junior School Head of Portsmouth Grammar School

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Never has the Island seemed so close

Fiveways Ryde

Once a gentlemen’s billiard room in what was an imposing 18th century private house, the room that is now my study enjoys, as indeed do I, an uninterrupted view across lawns, playing fields, a golf course and The Solent to the Isle of Wight. It appears almost close enough to touch and I defy all-comers to have a better view.

Being the Head of Fiveways is a super job! I am lucky enough to have been teaching at Ryde School since 1988, and in 1991 I began the process of re-locating the Pre-Prep department into the wonderful building we now occupy.

Peter Hopkinson was busy preparing for a career in the media working in a sports and art centre near Torronto in Canada, when he first discovered he wanted to teach. “I was teaching children how to use video cameras in the editing suites, so they could make their own videos and I actually found I enjoyed the teaching more than the video work.” After four summers in Canada, Peter’s passion for teaching grew, inspiring him to take his PGCE. Peter went on to become Head at Aldford School (Abbey Gate College) in Chester and then at Arnold Junior School, before joining Portsmouth Grammar School in January, fulfilling an ambition to become a head teacher at one of the largest and best independent junior schools in the country. “Since starting at Portsmouth Grammar School I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of being Head of such a large school; there are distinct differences compared to my previous headships, at smaller schools. Leading such a large and supportive community has been an exhilarating experience so far, both personally and professionally”. Peter is particularly passionate about the strong sense of community at Portsmouth Grammar School, believing it is this sense of community that ensures every pupil achieves their full potential at the school. “We encourage the children to be proud of their school and we value greatly the role they play as a member of the PGS community. This ethos starts in nursery and continues through their educational journey here, at the end of sixth form; it was lovely to see the nursery children visit our newly built, state of the art science block recently and there are countless opportunities for the children to feel part of the school community that transcend the every day, an example being the half termly family beach cleans at Hayling Island. These opportunities enrich the educational experience for our children and are invaluable.” As well as the school’s community values, Peter is proud of the opportunities the children are offered to enhance their own personal development. Children are offered numerous enhancements to their daily curriculum; sailing, swimming, strings and brass lessons are all part of the curriculum, whilst performing arts afternoons provide the opportunity for every junior child to take part in a musical production. For more information about the school please call 023 9236 0036 or see advert page 15

What distinguished Priory School for me when I took it over in March 2009 was the family atmosphere. On enrolling my younger son in 2005, I noticed the closeness of the teachers to the pupils, and the demeanour and spirit of the children. There was a core of concern that meant the children felt secure and valued. What I did not know in detail until I took over in 2009 was the calibre of the teaching staff, qualified professionals who bring to bear a wide range of experience from some of the best schools on the island, the mainland and overseas. Among its number are an ex-headmaster, an MBE and the winner of a National Science Teaching Award. This same calibre of staff allowed me to open a 6th Form in September 2010 which has just completed its first very successful year; purchase a second school bus for the increasing demand we have experienced across the island; and develop proper team sports such as netball, football, cricket, tag rugby and athletics, while also forming a school choir that won its first cup at the Music Festival this year. Much development work has been done; more is being planned. We have recently enrolled our 100th pupil, but the key to the school remains what it was, which is the web of relationships and rules that means it functions with an almost family care for each pupil at its centre, underpinned by a clear Christian ethos. (See advert page 15).

Such a view defines this wonderful prep school that has over the years developed strong associations with the Island. So many of its children have made, and continue to make, the short sea crossing, some daily, others weekly, in order to enjoy an environment and education that is the stepping stone towards a lifetime of learning. Hordle Walhampton is justifiably proud of the achievements of our Island pupils and those that have joined us have thrived in an environment that celebrates art, music and drama as well as offering a huge range of sports and activities; including an all-weather surface, riding centre, large, purpose-built sports hall, rifle range, three fishing and sailing lakes, cricket pitches and nets and swimming pool. A strong academic ethos has given the school wellestablished links with senior schools such as Winchester College, Bryanston, Harrow, St Swithun’s, Downe House, Canford and Clayesmore, to name just a few. This has resulted in many of our pupils, including those from the Island, gaining impressive scholarship and Common Entrance results; as one of our past pupils once said: “this is a school where it’s cool to be clever’.

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Finally, being both a day and a boarding school is an intrinsic part of Hordle Walhampton and Island children, and their parents, benefit greatly from both our full and flexible boarding options. All this and just five minutes from the ferry. (See advert page 14).

We have undergone considerable renovation and extension and Fiveways truly feels like my second home. I am proud to be able to offer a light, bright and fully equipped setting where children from the age of three can enjoy a happy and structured introduction to school life. There is nothing I enjoy more than watching Fiveways children develop and progress as they romp through the activities of the school year. From our extensive academic curriculum to swimming, shows, trips and activities; we have so much to offer at Fiveways - the happy children who tumble through the door each morning show me that our recipe is definitely working! I am, however, not complacent and we are constantly working to build on our high standards to ensure that Fiveways remains one of the best Pre-Prep schools in the South-East. I am always delighted to meet parents and their children to show them all that Fiveways has to offer. Do, please, telephone the office to make an appointment - I look forward to meeting you in person! (See advert inside front cover).

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The Playroom Nursery The Playroom Nursery was founded in 2001 as a registered childminding business. It has since grown to become a small home-based nursery, maintaining its homely feel. The practitioners at the setting are all highly qualified to level three or above and offer a friendly, family-oriented childcare service. A Montessori approach suits the domestic nature of the setting and free-flow play is ensured with the provision of a large outdoor area including a yurt!     “Our aim is to create a safe, nurturing and inspiring environment in which children feel safe to explore the world using their natural curiosity and can express their creativity with the support and guidance of highly qualified and selfreflective practitioners. We aim to ensure that every child in our care achieves their potential and that parents feel free to engage with the setting and are given thorough feedback about their child’s progress and daily activities.” - Mission Statement   Based in Ventnor, The Playroom provides full day-care and nursery education from 7.30am - 6.00pm. A flexible, reliable service is offered all year round, apart from weekends and bank holidays. The setting also provides holiday care, regular outings and after-school care. Funded places available for 3 & 4 year olds. (See ad page 18).

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Pre-Schools & Nursery Schools Blackberry Lane Pre-School Cowes Outstanding Ofsted approved pre-school.

01983 298344

Casa dei bambini Montessori Nursery 01983 566188 A small run established private Montessori Nursery. Providing a good educational and caring environment. The nursery is open for children aged between 2-5 years.

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with Kumon’s maths and English study programmes We all know the importance of maths and English. It has been widely shown, for instance, that young people with better literacy and numeracy skills are far more likely to succeed in gaining good employment and fulfilling their potential later in life. At the Cowes and Sandown study centres, leading supplementary education provider Kumon offers maths and English study programmes which are tailored to your child’s age and ability. Kumon’s unique method focuses on your child as an individual, providing them with transferable skills like confidence and the ability to learn for themselves. Through working at their own pace with guidance and support, your child will acquire an excellent grounding in maths and English as well as fundamental learning skills such as accuracy, time management, concentration and independence in study.

Fab Club Brighstone After School Club and Holiday club (See ad page 18)

01983 740285

Fiveways Nursery (See ad inside front cover) 3- 7 years hight quality education for boys and girls in a secure caring environment.

01983 616272

Haylands Pre-School (See ad page 18) High quality care and education.

01983 617185

Island Day Nurseries (See ad inside front cover) 5 Nurseries - Newport, Sandown, Wootton, Brading and St Helens.

01983 533334

Newchurch Nursery School (See ad page 18) Provides very high quality care and education in a superb setting

01983 868361

Nine Acres Pre-School (See ad page 18) A caring pre-school which have close links with reception class.

01983 822163

The Playroom (See ad page 18) 01983 853955 Small home-based nursery, maintaining its homely feel. Based in Ventnor, The Playroom provides full day-care and nursery education from 7.30am - 6.00pm. YMCA Winchester House (See ad page 19) Day Nursery and Pre-school, play based learning with qualified staff.

01983 862441

YMCA Day Nursery (See ad page 19) Within the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital.

01983 525423

Kumon is also ideal as a complement to whatever children may be doing at school. Not only are maths and English key to academic success, but the study skills and self-learning abilities they gain through the Kumon programmes will stand them in good stead for adult life, as well as for the pressures of homework, coursework and timed exams. For more information or to enrol, call Cowes and Sandown Kumon Instructor Harry Vernon on

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The Island Day Nursery now have 5 Day Nurseries across the Island Newport, Sandown, Wootton, Brading and St Helens

Our Nurseries care for children from birth – 3 years. There is ample provision for play and learning and walks out to the park and local places of interest. We have sleep rooms for those children who require rest or sleep during the day. Ratios of Adults to Children; Birth to 2 years - 1 adult to 3 children 2 years - 3 years - 1 adult to 4 children Our Pre-Schools cater for children from aged 3 to school age. Free pre-school places available for 3 and 4 year olds. Ratios of Adults to Children 3 years and over - 1 adult to 8 children. We open week days from 7.45 am – 5.45 pm, however longer hours and weekend care can be arranged on mutual agreement. Our Fees for Nursery and Pre-school are all inclusive of the food we serve and we have nursery cooks who prepare good home cooked meals on the premises. A full prospectus, which includes fee information as well as menus, is available on request. (See advert inside front cover). Contact us to arrange a visit.

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Parents and Toddler Groups Childminder Little Monkeys Childminding 01983 759260 Looking for childcare in West Wight? For more information please call Little Monkeys Childminding.

Parent and Toddler Groups Bembridge Tots Group 01983 568601 We meet every Thursday 10 - 12 noon, lots of toys, activities, all welcome. Please call for details. CatURpillars Babies and Toddlers Activity Session , Shanklin 01983 862485 Thursdays 12.45 – 2.30pm and Fridays 10.00 – 12.00. Ride on car, ball pool, play dough, sorting toys, baby area, singing time and lots more. £1.00 per child £1.50 per family inc healthy drink and snack. NCT Bumps & Babies 0844 243 6176 Wootton Bridge Methodist Church, Station Road, Wootton Bridge. Every Tuesday, 10.30am-12.30pm. Bumps & Babies is an informal coffee group, run by volunteers in the NCT, for ALL expectant or new mums. It takes place in Wootton and is a great place to meet other People with small children, share your parenting experiences or ideas and have an informal chat over coffee. NCT Tiny Tots Freshwater 0844 243 6176 West Wight Youth & Community Centre, Moa Place, Freshwater. Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm. We welcome all members and non-members of the NCT, from pregnant women through to parents with children right up to school age. Play areas, craft activities and books. NCT Bumps, Babies & Beyond 0844 243 6176 Rookley Village Hall, Bumps, Babies and Beyond. It is held on the 1st and 2nd Thurs of each month 9.30-11.30. Time for a chat and a cup of tea while the babies, toddlers and beyond have a play. Rainbow Corner 07826 543370 The Scout Hall, Adelaide Grove  East Cowes. open term times, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9.3011.30 starting with free-play time we provide teas & coffees for parents & carers. Followed by singing & healthy snack time for the children.  We provide fruit and other goodies but also appreciate any snack items brought by children. Play is guided by the children that come that day, for example we provide a huge range of toys, books & arts/crafts for ages 0-5 and will happily structure the sessions around birthdays & we party whenever we can! 

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Easy2name takes labeling to a new dimension, there is now no need to sit and sew labels into your belongings. You can now stamp, stick or tag clothes, saving on time and effort. The EasyStamp is just that, an ink stamp that puts your child’s name effortlessly onto lunchboxes, books, toys, shoes and even clothing. It will withstand 30 washes at 90 degrees and you will get 900 stamps from it, so for £22.95 that’s great value. Individual ink pads are also now available to replace the old ones, once they wear out. The StickEasy labels are a very popular fun product. Just stick one onto the care label of the garment and that’s it. With a wide range of colourful designs to choose from, children will easily recognise which items are theirs. EasyTags are extremely robust buttons etched with your child’s name; they will not fade or fall off. Yet they can be removed and reused when the clothing is outgrown and passed on with the applicator tool. Look out for the colourful Fab and Funky range. These gorgeous full colour labels are bang on trend. There are lots of fun designs to match your child’s interests. This range also includes allergy stickers and tags to alert other parents and carers of any dangers to your child.

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Top Things To Do Over the Summer

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Summer Camps

Places to Visit and Eat

This Summer, YMCA Isle of Wight will be hosting four brand new residential camps at Winchester House. Call 01489 772215 or visit for more details Summer Fun Camp  This residential camp offers all the benefits of a Winchester House Daycamp with an extended activity programme over five days. Our fantastic coastal location, coupled with an exciting range of adventures will make this week one to remember. Survival Camp After the success of our Survival camp at Fairthorne Manor, we’re delighted to introduce Survival Camp to the Island! Survival camp is an opportunity for children to let their imaginations run wild and learn the basics of survival in the wild. Pop Star Camp Sing, dance and play your way to being a pop star with our star-studded programme! Over the week children will get to create and explore their musical potential with fun and creative camp activities.   Dinosaur Camp Get ready to explore vast stretches of sandy beach on an Island famed for its Jurassic past! As well as exploration and discovery children will get to learn all about the dinosaurs that roamed the Isle of Wight coastline millions of years ago.     Cost (early bird /standard rate):  Survival / Pop Star / Dinosaur Camp £335. Summer Fun Camp £310.  Extra night on Friday £40. The cost includes activities, accommodation, & food. Children stay overnight in the magnificent Veranda Wing of the house.

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Places to Visit and Eat Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine

Last year’s most successful new summer event is back this August by popular demand! Robin Hill And Isle of Wight Radio have teamed again to host “Cinema Under The Stars”...5 nights of great movies shown outdoors on a giant screen during the last 2 weekends of August. Find out which movies have been chosen by going on line at from Friday 1st July, where you can find out all the other details and buy  on-line tickets. Each night the park will re-open at 7pm with pre-movie entertainment with the Isle of Wight Radio road show and live music. Popcorn, a bbq and a licensed bar will be available before the movies show at dusk (about 8.45pm). Southern Vectis will be providing a special shuttle bus from Newport to and from Robin Hill before and after each event for those who don’t want to drive. Robin Hill has a licensed capacity for these special events and the nights are likely to sell out in advance, so book early to save disappointment.   Robin Hill will also be hosting  the first Island Highland Gathering on Sunday 21st  August to raise money for the Hospice. A number of Scottish bagpipe & drumming bands are converging on the park to take part in a special the air will be filled with the sound of Scottish music all day from 11am until 6pm in the evening. There will also be some fun team events to watch with haggis hurling and tossing the caber all thrown in for good measure. See  for all the details. Advance tickets are available from the Hospice on 528989.   Blackgang Chine’s Fantasy firework parties are back every Wednesday in August and are included in the free return ticket deal that the park offers, so Island families can get excellent value for money. Robin Hill will also be doing its Really Wild Fridays in August with fun free nature & survival activities included within the entrance price. The parks offer a great value joint ticket which can save £10 for a family of four instead of buying separate entry tickets for each park...another great tip for Islander’s looking for great value this summer!

The Needles Park is the place to be this summer The Needles Park at Alum Bay is a great fun day out for all the family. The Island’s most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views. The Needles Park offers a range of attractions including the spectacular chairlift to the beach to see the Needles Rocks and lighthouse and the world famous coloured sand cliffs. At the sand shop visitors can make their very own unique Alum Bay coloured sand souvenir. Its educational as well as fun at Alum Bay Glass where visitors can watch the fascinating art of glass blowing where craftsman make a variety of items right before your eyes. At the Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory watch sweets being made and you might even be able to taste the results. There are a variety of Children’s attractions including a traditional family Carousel and Tea Cup ride, not to mention the games kiosk where you can win a prize every time! New for 2011 is Vintage Cars where children and adults alike can drive a vintage car around a track. For those dinosaur fans Jurassic Golf is perfect - a 9 hole adventure golf with 3 and 4 par holes, water feature and story boards depicting 9 different dinosaur species. 2011 will see more events than ever before at The Needles Park! With a wealth of activities and entertainment taking place throughout the year; you’ll be spoilt for choice with our great mix of free activities for kids and families. Every Thursday from 28th July to 25th August the Park stays open late for ‘Magic in the Skies’, a spectacular firework finale to end a perfect day out. There will be live entertainment, music, fire breathing and much more. Event starts at 6:30pm so arrive early to avoid disappointment. (See advert page 28)

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Parties Buttercream Dream Cakes by Tara Home baked with high quality ingredient and custom made for any occasion.

01983 246244

Caterpillar Music Birthday Parties Each Party is full of fun activities & surprises. We bring magic and song.

01983 617778

Chessell Pottery Parties 01983 531248 Children love painting! We have two children’s’ party packages at Chessell Pottery... Price includes all materials, glazing, firing plus a children’s’ sandwich platter, carton of juice and crisps We will do all we can to make your party a great success. Chocoholics Chocolate Parties 01983 856764 Luxury chocolates to children’s novelties. Prices start from 20p! Wedding / party favours. Corporate orders. Catalogues available. Email Lori on Fired Art Ceramic Studio & The Bead Shop Parties 01983 614455 You can celebrate any occasion. Hen nights, children’s parties, ladies nights and office parties. Owl and Monkey Haven Birthday Parties 01983 530885 The Haven is also proud to be introducing Children’s birthday parties for the Autumn.  Keep an eye on our website for more details and packages available. (See ad page 32) Have a Penguin Party 01983 612261 A fully catered Birthday Party at the Park, It’s a fantastic, fact-finding, family, fun birthday day out!  3 hours of fun, fun, fun.......

Owl and Monkey Haven

Fun Fashion Shoots

Come and join our ‘cheeky Monkey’s’ at the Owl and Monkey Haven and we will host you a birthday party to remember. Bespoke party packages to suit your child and exclusive hire of the ‘Wise Owl’ Lodge makes a party at the Haven a great birthday venue.

This is an party experience that you will remember forever !

Parties include a warm welcome, guided tour, keeper talk, choice of activities/arts and crafts, visit from our mascot monkey, picnic box and goodie bags. As a lasting memento of your child’s special day the birthday girl/boy receives a bronze adoption of their favourite animal. All this for just £12.50 per child subject to a minimum booking of eight children. Please contact Miranda Ley on 530885 for more information on how to make a booking.

Fun Fashion Shoot Birthday Parties - A fantastic experience for a teenager to have a fun fashion shoot at their home or hired venue. Invite their friends along to celebrate a birthday, prom night or any other occasion. At the photo shoot party guests can dress up in their favourite clothes and be a Fashion Star, Rock Chick, Party Divas  it’s up to you. The shoot lasts about a 2 hours and will generally include a change of clothes, party dress and informal casual  like jeans and t-shirt. Bring along props such as hats, scarves, shoes, sunglasses, anything that brings a bit of individuality and makes the session even more fun. This is an ideal  present for your birthday with great photographs to keep forever. Book a space now!

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Pony Parties 07748 253899 01983 752502 A pony party to remember, meet the ponies, compete in your own gymkhana, all abilities welcome. Rhythm Time Birthday Parties 07950 501763 Singing, dancing and fun! Personalised for your child. Available for 1-5 year olds. For more information about Rhythm Time Isle of Wight please call. West Wight Disco The Soundtrack to your party. All kinds of music for all kinds of event. email

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Bumps and Babies

Competition 15 Family Tickets to be won for the ‘Jay Miller Circus’ this Summer. This summer the Jay Miller Circus will be here on the Island Jay Millers 2011 Circus production is presented by a young & dynamic new Ringmaster to the Circus world, Mr ROSS FARRER, who brings an individual & energetic approach with him to our Circus presentation. Among this years talent, from the Capital City of Hungary, Budapest, comes the very talented MONIKA who not only is one of the few female hand balancers performing today, but can shoot an arrow from a bow, by the use of her feet alone, whilst upside down. Not for the fainthearted! For the first time with Jay Millers Circus is GORDON MARQUEZ, the Award Winning whirlwind juggler. Direct from finishing a tour of Switzerland, Romanian stars, DRAGOS & MARILENA. Simply watch & see if what you witness is possible!

NCT is the UK’s largest parenting charity The Isle of Wight branch of the national parenting charity NCT is ready and waiting to welcome you onto our informative and affordable antenatal courses. They are a great supplement to those offered by the NHS. We can promise specialist teachers who are qualified to diploma level and who are required to renew their qualifications regularly. It means they have the very latest information and advice available to pass on to the Island’s expectant parents - from the practicalities of coping with labour, to revealing what life is really like when your new baby arrives.

Once more, a fantastic show, designed for all the family audience. BOOK EARLY to avoid Disappointment. (See ad page 29)

To win 1 of 15 family tickets, simply answer the following question:

“What is the name of the new Ringmaster ?”

Please remember only one entry per child is permitted, please write clearly with your name address, aged and phone number and email address then send your answer to The Rainbow Directory, PO Box 119, Bembridge, Isle of Wight PO35 5WZ by the 21st July. Or you can enter the competition if you visit All winners will be notified by phone and by post. If you enter the competition your details will not be passed on.

NCT is the UK’s largest parenting charity and we have been supporting parents for over 50 years. On the Island, we have 70 members offering friendship, support, advice and fun…for bumps, babies and beyond. Let us support you in the build-up to your life-changing day and as your new baby grows (through our social events, baby and toddler groups and skilled breastfeeding advisors). NCT Antenatal classes are affordable and there are plenty of ways to make them even cheaper. We can offer reductions of up to 90% for parents-to-be on a low income. There are concessions for students and for those on government supports. We can also offer you the option to pay in instalments.   To find out more about NCT antenatal classes on the Isle of Wight call us on 0844 243 6911.   To find out more about the branch, find us on Facebook (look for NCT Isle of Wight) or visit our website


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Healthy Living

How do you manage your time? By Alex Tana

Ever moaned about being too busy with work or family or the things you love? Or about the lack of time to rest or for some “Me time”? Time is a flexible commodity and it’s up to you to choose and decide how best to manage it. So here are some quick tips for you (for more support just get in touch): 1. Declutter ~ Look at what you do: is it really all necessary? Work smarter not harder! 2. Set goals ~ What are you trying to achieve? Clear goals will give direction and motivation. 3.Prioritize ~ Select tasks in order of what is most urgent and most important, not on what you like doing best! 4. Plan ~ Allocate tasks according to priority, your other commitments, your energy level and allow the right time for each task. 5. Be flexible ~ Don’t feel guilty if things go wrong, just adjust your plans and carry on. 5. Reward yourself ~ If you do well then... reward yourself as this will reinforce habit and motivation.

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic Faking It?! Parents often say that they were not sure if their child really had a problem or was just looking for attention. In 15 years of chiropractic paediatric practice I have never come across a child that had invented their pain. Kids have more interesting ways of using their time! It is not normal for children to suffer from headaches and if the common causes (dehydration, fatigue, eyestrain) have been eliminated then it may well be that their neck is out of alignment. Muscle spasm in the neck can also make it difficult for a child to concentrate and if the cause was birth trauma they may not even know they’ve got spasm and discomfort- it’s been there all their life......... “Growing pains” or leg cramps are often a sign that the pelvis is out of alignment – adult patients with long term lower back problems will often tell me they suffered as a child. So, please listen to, and observe, your children and if they are uncomfortable - get a McTimoney chiropractor to check them over. Rebecca Taylor DC McTimoney Chiropractor, GCC Reg 00916, BUPA Registered.

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Services Local Business Services

Chocoholics Chocolate Parties 01983 856764 Luxury chocolates to children’s novelties. Prices start 20p! Wedding/party favours. Corporate orders. Catalogues available. or email Lori on CardyKits Fantastic new products for Adults and Children at trade enquires welcome. Wightbuzz 07779 239122 The networking group for small businesses. £20 annual membership will afford you promotion via social media, word of mouth &  networking meetings.

Job Opportunities Barefoot Books   07779 239122 Become a Barefoot Books Ambassador and make money working from home - with the right balance of career and family. Visit CardyKits Self employed commission only sales people required, for further details of this position, and other posts to come.

It’s your Will - Use it

Do you have room for one more? There is currently a great demand for foster carers across the Island, in particular for teenagers. As the Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Team we are able to offer high quality support to our foster carers. As one of our foster carers you will be working with a team of dedicated staff who will be on hand to provide you with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our experienced team are always available to give you all of the advice that you will need to enable you to successfully look after the children and young people in your care. If you want to make a difference to a child’s life and you have “Room for One More”, contact us for more information on 01983 566011.

If you do not make a Will, the Intestacy Rules will apply to your estate and these can have some unforeseen and problematic consequences: If you are married and have children, your assets may not automatically pass to your spouse. This can cause severe problems for your spouse and be very difficult to change, particularly if your children are under 18.  If you are not married your partner will have to make a claim against your estate. No matter how long you have been living together your partner will not automatically receive any benefit from your estate.  By making a Will you can: Appoint the executors of your choice; make proper provision for your partner spouse or civil partner; make proper provision for children of a previous marriage or relationship; ensure funds are provided for the education and maintenance of children under the age of 18; leave gifts to other family members friends and charities; provide details for special funeral arrangements; as part of a scheme reduce or eliminate liability to Inheritance Tax.  It’s your Will – Use it  Call Paul Wheeler Solicitor for more information.

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Island Families

Photography Marko, Nancy and Jonathan Campbell - James Why do you like living in Yarmouth? Great community feel and the seaside

Favourite Local Park Victoria Country Park

Favourite Local Club / Class West Wight Sports Centre

Favourite Child - Friendly Restaurant Captains Cabin

Favourite Place on the Island Bembridge Beach

Best Children’s Book

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Favourite Beach

Bembridge Beach

Anna, Jeremy, Maya and Joss Why do you like living in Wootton Bridge?

It’s so central! We moved here to be near the childrens’ school but now find it incredibly handyfor getting anywhere on the Island.

Favourite Local Park

Puckpool is a huge favourite with our children - it’s the winning combination of climbing frame, zip wire and funky swings. We like to park at Appley then walk/cycle there along Ryde seafront.

Favourite Local Club / Class

Jane McGregor’s swimming academy in Ryde has been a great favourite ever since Maya was a baby.

Favourite Child – Friendly Restaurant

We’ve always loved The Bonchurch Inn for its quirky, family-run charm and good food. The Italian owners never fail to welcome children with open arms - and the risotto and pasta dishes are spot on after a run around the Botantical Gardens in nearby Ventnor.

Favourite Place on the Island

Wootton Creek. It’s hard to beat launching our Mirror dinghy from the bottom of the garden and slipping off for a few hours around the Creek.

Best Children’s Book

‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. Sweet story told in delicious lyrical language, ccompanied by beautiful and amusing illustrations.

Favourite Beach.

I’m not going to give away our absolute favourite (sorry!) but one beach we go back to time and time again is Steephill Cove in Ventnor.

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Places to Visit this Summer

Places to Visit this Summer Owl & Monkey Haven The award winning Owl and Monkey Haven has been purpose built to provide a safe, happy environment for primates and birds of prey who find themselves without a home. We welcome you to get to know the delightful characters we care for, whilst relaxing in a bespoke and tranquil setting using our superb facilities: Tea room, conservatory, gift shop, play area, excellent disabled access and ‘Wise Owl’ Lodge. We recently introduced a daily events programme which consists of keeper talks, animal feeds and up close viewing of our owls. Keepers will amuse you with their personal insights to each of the animals and gladly answer any questions. Our ‘little monkey’s’ play area is aimed at the under 5’s and consists of rockers, slide and decking area equipped with trikes and bubble cars. This is set in an enclosed environment surrounding the conservatory, allowing parents the chance to relax whilst watching their little one’s play.

and Friends Stall, Raffle, Silk Marbling, Facepainting, Three Bouncy Castles, Chair-o-planes, Sit ‘n’ Ride Austin Cars. Sit ‘n’ Ride Train. The Ryde Extreme Performers and Play Rangers will also be coming along with plenty for the children to enjoy. For more information on the NAS Isle of Wight Branch Train Walk event please call: 07827 308768 email: or visit:

The Dairy Deli Farm Shop The Dairy Deli Farm Shop is now celebrating its first anniversary with an Award for The Best IW Food Shop from The IW Good Food Guide. The range of produce has expanded hugely since its opening in 2010 and now boasts a very popular coffee shop area serving light lunches, freshly baked cakes and delicious clotted cream teas. The Dairy Deli’s herd of pedigree dairy cows have been working extra hard this year as their Award Winning Calbourne Classics Ice Cream has been especially selected by Red Funnel to celebrate their 150 year anniversary.

Excitement is brewing as the new ‘Funky Gibbon’ play area goes under construction. This is due for completion during July, so older children watch this space...! Lar gibbons, Rasmaya and Somer will love watching and playing alongside the children. They love an audience and are partial to singing and making a noise too!

The Fish Counter is back again every Friday and Saturday offering freshly caught Bembridge Crab, delicious Scallops, Mackerel and much more. See advert page 29

Activity trail booklets are available from the Wise Owl Lodge and children may even be lucky enough to see a guest appearance of ‘Fudge’ our Monkey Mascot. Island concessions, birthday parties, marmoset & lemur encounters, group bookings and annual passes are all available. Please visit our new website: for more details. See advert page 23

All aboard the Train Walk for autism The Isle of Wight Branch of The National Autistic Society (NAS) will be holding a lapped 150m Thomas & Friends™ themed Train Walk at IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet on Sunday 24th July from 5.30pm – 7.30pm to help raise vital funds for the charity.Based upon the classic Thomas & Friends books and characters, the Train Walk sees local families and friends walk together in a long train to help raise funds for local people affected by autism on the Isle of Wight. Money raised from the NAS Isle of Wight Branch Train Walk will go towards new and existing branch activities and projects to include a mobile sensory toy library and after school club. Louise Foley, NAS Isle of Wight Branch Officer, said: “Our Train Walk event is going to be wonderful for families affected by autism and I’m extremely grateful to Liz Taggart and everyone at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway for giving us their support. All of the children taking part will be rewarded with a certificate and some goodies. There will be a prize for the family who raises the most money. As well as the sponsored walk there will also be the opportunity to see Thomas having a rest from his busy ‘Days out with Thomas’ event. After the walk there will be activities available in the large playing field and large marquee to include: Bring & Buy Thomas

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Time Travellers Go… Gruesome at Carisbrooke Castle For those with the stomach for the more gruesome side of history! Not for the faint-hearted, youngsters can journey into the horrors of medieval surgery and disease, mingle with a rat catcher and have their face painted with the pox! There’s so much to see and do at the many English Heritage sites on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire - each offering different periods of history to explore, gardens or grounds to enjoy and with entrance prices offering great value for money. Families are welcome to bring picnics, but many sites offer excellent catering facilities ranging from tearooms to restaurants. Saturday 27 - Monday 29 August 10am-5pm. Normal admission prices apply + £1.00 per participating child (including EH members): Adults £7.30 Concessions £6.60 Children £4.40 Family Ticket £19.00 English Heritage Members free. English Heritage members receive free admission to all properties and free or reduced entry to events. For more information on English Heritage properties to visit and events to enjoy on the Isle of Wight or in Hampshire and the south-east, visit or call 0870 333 1181

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The Key to your Family Needs

The Family Directory is looking for a front cover star for the winter directory. The winning child or children will be asked to go on a photo shoot with The Wight Studio some where on the Island and one of the images will be on the front cover of the winter issue. So if you would like to enter them please send two photos of your child or children with your name, date of birth of child or children, contact phone numbers by 23rd September 2011 toÂ

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The Family Directory - Summer 2011. Isle of Wight

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