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The Island Story                                                   28        July 2010 Issue: 90

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next month                                                                   Welcome to the July edition of the Newport
                                                                             Beacon. This month, Lions International have
Back to School
Everything you need for the new term.                                        their say…
                                                                             It all began in 1917 when Melvin Jones, part
Deadline for August Issue:                                                   of a group of Chicago businessmen believed
12noon 21st July 2010                                                        that local business clubs should expand their
                                                                             horizons to the betterment of their communities
                                                                             and the world at large by forming an “Association of Lions Clubs”.
Head Office:                                                                 Today, there are 1.3 million members from 46,000 clubs operating in
25 Daish Way, Dodnor Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, P030 5XJ                  202 countries and are the largest service organisation in the world.
Telephone: 01983 522123
Fax: 01983 537353                                                            In 1990, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation called
Web:                                                        upon Lions clubs to raise funds for an international programme of
                                                                             sight conservation. This was the world’s first humanitarian initiative
Senior Sales Consultant:                                                     to combat blindness on a global scale. Lions launched a fund raising
Erica Lewis
Sales Consultants:                                                           crusade called “Campaign SightFirst”, and raised US$ 340 million and
Adam Nordell                                       helped 40 million people throughout the world with sight defects.
Stuart Tovey                                       Closer to home, in 1950 a Lions club was formed in the UK, and in
Marketing Director:                                                          1970 the first club on the Island was inaugurated. The Isle of Wight
Nicola Cranwell                                          Lions are proud of their heritage, and have continued to uphold the
Senior Designer:                                                             principles of those Founder Members way back in 1917.
Katie Przygonski
Design:                                                                      Today there are five Island clubs: Sandown and Shanklin, Ventnor,
Rachel Dangerfield                           Newport, Cowes and the oldest at Ryde.
Web Editor:                                                                  Island Lions don’t just provide funding for local and international causes,
Lucy Morgan
                                                                             they provide services to the communities of the Island from painting a
Managing Director:                                                           room to gardening or picking up shopping for the less able residents in
Colin Hedgley
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         Cycle Track Closure Avoided                                             Island Clerks attend International
The Cowes to Newport Cycle track will remain open throughout the
summer despite extensive development works at Stag Lane.
                                                                                        Conference in USA
Successful negotiations between the Isle of Wight Council, SEEDA and
the Environment Agency have resulted in an alternative drainage plan
for the development, avoiding the need to divert cyclists away from the
cycle track.
The track sees over 57,000 cycle journeys each year and is extremely
popular with walkers too.
The agreed plan will see the existing drainage system, which runs across
the track, upgraded rather than a new drainage system being constructed
along the track. The original plan would have meant a full closure of
the track with a diversion along the main road between Newport and
While the work to upgrade the drain is carried out, a local diversion of                      John Whitney presenting the Union Flag
approximately 20m will be put in place enabling cyclists and pedestrians
                                                                              Two Island parish Clerks have recently returned from an international
to use a temporary track directly adjacent to the existing track within the
                                                                              conference in Reno, Nevada. John Whitney and Maxine Yule were among
West Medina Mills site.
                                                                              600 delegates from 10 countries attending the International Institute of
Cllr Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet Member for the               Municipal Clerks Conference held at the end of May.
Environment and Transport said: “I am delighted that we have been able
                                                                              The party of 10 from the UK included three Society of Local Council
to agree a solution to the drainage works which avoids the closure of the
                                                                              Clerk officers and 5 bursary winners from a national competition. John
cycle track. With the Wight Wheels Challenge taking place next month
                                                                              Whitney was attending as this year’s national President of the Society
and the Cycling Festival in September, it is excellent news that the track
                                                                              of Local Council Clerks as well as representing Shalfleet Parish Council.
will remain open for all to enjoy.”
                                                                              Maxine Yule, who is Clerk to Gatcombe and Newport Parish Council,
                                                                              was one of the bursary winners.
                                                                              John said ‘Much useful work was achieved to broaden international
                                                                              links between the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and our
                                                                              Society with the achievement of winning an agreement for international
                                                                              recognition of our Institute of Local Council Management professional
                                                                              grades of membership’.
                                                                              The conference theme was education and included a number of world
                                                                              renowned guest speakers. Maxine Yule said ‘The quality of the seminars
                                                                              was extremely high and the topics discussed were both interesting and
                                                                              informative. It was also a pleasure to put the Isle of Wight on the world
                                                                              map as many of the American delegates had not heard of us’.
                                                                              Although the conference took up most of the week there was an
                                                                              opportunity for John and Maxine to see the local area including Virginia
                                                                              City and Lake Tahoe.

                                                                                      Medina Riverfest at Newport
                                Come & see us at the farmers markets in                                 by A & S Whitewood
                               Newport on Fridays & in Ryde on Saturdays                                          Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint
                                 to get your bread, flour, eggs & pasta                                            Trust reported last month on the
                                   Farmer’s Market now open at Yarmouth                                           success of Newport’s Riverfest.
                                  Square - the last Thursday of every month                                       Along with the river activities there
                                                                                                                  were dozens of things to do on the
                                                                                                                  river bank and at Newport Quay,

                                                                                                                  something for all the family and all
                                                                                                                  ages. Photographs depict a selection

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           Mrs Roslyn Mary Runnette                                            Dancers can now find clothing, shoes and accessories here on the Island.
                                                                               Dancing is more popular than ever but until recently, people looking for
A Parish Councillor, Member of the Residents                                   a well stocked, specialist dancewear outlet have had to travel to the main-
Association Committee of Ningwood and                                          land or shop mail order.
Shalfleet, Specialist Lecturer at The Isle of Wight
Prison Education Department, Former Teacher                                    That changed when Flex Dancewear of 43, High Street, Shanklin (near
at Ryde School, Island representative for St                                   pet shop) opened in April 2010.
Mary’s Hospital End of Life Care Team.                                         Shop owner, Charlotte Back said... ‘Before deciding what to stock, I
Born in 1941 in Wickham, Ros studied at                                        spoke to dance teachers, professional performers and many keen young
the Northern Grammar School for Girls,                                         Island dancers. Flex is now an authorised stockist for Bloch, Capezio,
Portsmouth and Homerton College, Cambridge                                     Freed and Pineapple’.
where she gained her teaching qualification. She                               At the shop, experienced dancers Michelle and Nova are on hand to offer
later graduated from the University of Southampton                             help and advice.
as a Batchelor of Education.
                                                                               Visit: or call: 868663.
Ros brought all her experience and enthusiasm to her ‘Skills of Life’
teaching role at the Isle of Wight Prison; her classroom assistant                         Group Still Squirrelling Away
commented that she touched many lives of so many people. She was                                                 by A & S Whitewood
someone that the inmates could turn to if they needed support due to
                                                                               On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary
personal problems. She will be truly missed as a committed member of
                                                                               Celebration of the Wight Nature Fund, held at
the Education Team.
                                                                               Quay Arts, Newport, Chairman Hugh Walding
Ros was known for her passionate involvement in local issues and was           announced that a fifth nature Reserve was about
determined, through her Parish Council work, to preserve both the              to be ratified by the IW Council. Cox Mead will be
environment and quality of life for the local community.                       the latest reserve.
Ros leaves her husband Alan, who will never forget the wonderful times         When confirmed it will join the quartet of
that they spent together and the immense love that they shared. She is         Alverstone Mead, Brett’s Meadow, Pelham Woods
also survived by her father John, her sister Jean, her two children Alex       and Youngwoods Copse. Hugh explained how
and Catherine and her grandson Toby. Ros also leaves Alan’s children           the Wight Nature Fund was instigated by Friends
Darren and Emma and grandchildren Alexander, Eloise, Luke, Lewis and           of the Earth two decades ago, and adopted the
Jamie.                                                                         squirrel as its logo.
Roslyn Mary Runnette born 3rd December 1941, died 24th May 2010.               Only three Chairmen have fronted the Wight Nature Fund over the
                                                                               years. John Ralph took the chair at the birth of the society followed by
                                                                               Steve Cowley and finally Hugh Walding eight years ago. One person,
Primary Pupils Rewarded For Schools                                            Mary Edmunds, has held the post of secretary. To honour her sterling
  Walk The Wight Fundraising Efforts                                           service she was presented with a wood carving of a red squirrel and
                                                                               a celebration cake which she cut. John Ralph cut a second celebration
Hundreds of primary school pupils are being presented with certificates        cake. A charity auction came at the climax of the evening with Steve
and medals for their fundraising contributions during this year’s Walk the     Cowley, currently the Mayor of Yarmouth Parish Council ,wielding the
Wight. Over 2000 pupils took part in May’s ‘Schools Walk the Wight’            auctioneer’s gavel. Top price was realised by a wood carving of a Mad
which forms part of the more famous 26 mile long event held every year         March Hare fashioned by sculptor Paul Sivell. Six hours of home and
which raises money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.                           garden services were knocked down for £67. A boxed 1990 Vintage
It works by pupils tallying up the 26 mile distance over a period of weeks,    Champagne fetched £65 and various bottles of wine reached fair prices
either through walks during school lunchtimes, walking to school or            as did works of art. In all, in excess of £700 was raised for the charity.
walking at the weekends with friends and families.

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schools across the Island to present pupils with medals and certificates.

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     Memorial Service to be Held As                                                Gunville Community Association
                                                                                                           by Martin Cooper
     Part of Crematorium Open Day                                              Gunville Action Group: With the support of our local councillors,
An annual event that allows people to view and tour the Isle of Wight          neighbourhood officers and police, we hope to set up an action group
Crematorium is taking place on Sunday 11 July this year.                       to get things done in Gunville. For this we need the interest, support
Guided tours are provided on the day and there will also be a memorial         and ideas of residents. We invite you to a meeting on Sunday 18th
service held at the end of the day led by the Reverend Graham Morris to        July, 3.00-5.00pm in the Methodist church hall. This will start with a
remember loved ones.                                                           short Annual Meeting of Gunville Community Association, followed by
                                                                               refreshments and the setting up of our action group (GAG?). Everyone
Local organisations and companies, including funeral directors, will also      in our community is invited.
be present on the day to give advice and guidance.
                                                                               Work on Gunville Road: The new drainage work opposite the shop and
The day gets underway at 1000 with the service due to start at 1600.           the new pavement up to Forest Road show how the united voices of the
One of the aims of the annual event is to dispel concerns and myths            community, councillors and neighbourhood officers can get things done.
people may have heard about the cremation process.                             Elections: Congratulations to John Hobart (already our Isle of Wight
Refreshments will be available during the day and any donations will           Councillor) and Terry Goldstone on their election to Newport Parish
be given to the Isle of Wight branch of the Motor Neurone Disease              Council for the Carisbrooke Ward. We look forward to working with
Association.                                                                   them to get things done. Congratulations to John Ward, also from our
                                                                               area, on becoming one of the Parish Councillors for Newport West.
Further information about the event can be found by calling the
crematorium on (01983) 882288                                                  After Lunch: Our last after-lunch activity of the season was an Isle of
                                                                               Wight picture quiz with Alan Cossins: interesting and challenging as usual,
                                                                               and with a good audience of over 30. Meet & Eat lunches continue until
                                                                               22nd July, but there will be no more after-lunch events until the autumn.
                                                                               Family Treasure Trail: A walk in the Gunville area for all ages, with things
                                                                               to find out or collect on the way: Saturday 7th August, meeting outside
                                                                               the Methodist church at 2pm, with refreshments at the end, and a prize
                                                                               for the winners. Everybody is welcome.
                                                 The Island                    Gardening Club: After our Plant Sale and coffee morning, the Gardening
                                                 Leisure Line                  Club is not meeting as such during the summer, but maintenance work on
                                                                               the Community Garden and the flower boxes will continue. Ring: 524766
                                                   Tel: 564602
                                              for further information.
                                                                               Short Mat Bowls Club: We shall continue during the summer, with
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                      Adults £6.50 OAPs £6 Children £5                         Tea, coffee, cake and chat: “Nellie’s” afternoons continue on
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                                                                               Wednesdays 2-4 in the Methodist hall: tea, coffee, excellent cakes, chat,
                   FREE TEA OR COFFEE                                          and often a visit from our local police and community support officers
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        Goodwood Ladies Day
    £52.50 per person which includes boat travel, coach & admission into the
                                                                               Mystery Trip: The Gunville Mystery Coach Trip is in the planning stage,
                                                                               with enough interest for it to go ahead, with a cream tea to finish. Ring:
                                                                               529697 if you are interested: you may be in time for the first one, or you
     Gordon Enclosure. Spaces limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
                                                                               can put your name down for the next.
                                                                               Dog Mess: Sorry to come back to this, but it’s getting bad in some areas
                                                                               again. Please take a bag (spare bags available from 193 Gunville Road)
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       Newport Safer Neighbourhoods                                               Isle of Wight Community Safety
                                       Newport has its own local Safer           Partnership Commitment to Tackle
                                       Neighbourhoods team who are
                                       dedicated to providing an excellent
                                                                                        Anti-Social Behaviour
                                       service under the Policing            The Isle of Wight is a safe place to
                                       Pledge. We support law abiding        live and visit with low levels of crime,
                                       citizens and relentlessly pursue      which have continued to fall over the
                                       criminals by having an active         past three years.
                                       presence in every area. Police        The Island’s Community Safety
                                       officers and Police Community         Partnership is committed to making
                                       Support Officers (PCSOs) work         people feel safer in all neighbourhoods across the Island by tackling and
                                       with communities to build and         preventing anti-social behaviour.
                                       protect neighbourhoods where
                                       people are safe and feel safe.        The members of the partnership, including the Police, Isle of Wight
                                       The Newport team is led by            Council, Fire Service, NHS Isle of Wight, Probation Trust, the Wessex
                                       Inspector Terry Clawson and           Youth Offending Team, Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Isle of Wight, and
                                       Sergeant Ken Crosby. Newport          the Rural Community Council, have made a pledge to set standards you
                                       town centre is covered by PC          can expect us all to meet.
    Left to right: PCSO Jo Vincent-
  White, PCSO Lotte O’Sullivan and
                                       Steve Quelch, PC Richard Taylor       We will:
                                       and PC Jade Hucklebridge. The
          PCSO Dawn Clarke.                                                  • Ensure all reports are dealt with by the most appropriate agency.
                                       Pan and Fairlee neighbourhoods        • Contact you as soon as possible and work with you to resolve your
are served by PC Keith Haywood, PCSO Tracy Hinde and PCSO Dawn               problems.
Clarke. Carisbrooke is covered by PC Tracy Sainsbury, PCSO Jo Vincent-       • Ensure suitable action and support is offered.
White and PCSO Andy Brown. The Parkhurst beat is patrolled by PC             • Keep victims regularly updated and informed of progress.
Matt Rowlands and PCSO Lotte O’Sullivan. You can read more about             • Support all victims and witnesses until the case is closed and afterwards
the team in our online newsletters. Go to: and       if appropriate.
type in your postcode to find the web pages about policing where you         • Continue to work with the community to solve problems and deal with
live. Crime went down last year with 1,200 fewer victims of crime across     your concerns.
the island. Thank you for your information and assistance. We want           • Take swift and appropriate action to tackle people committing anti-
to continue this reduction in crime by listening and responding to local     social behaviour.
concerns and acting on your feedback. You can contact the Newport            • Take robust action against people who breach their Anti-Social
Safer Neighbourhoods team by phoning 0845 045 45 45 or emailing:             Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).                                          For more information, please go online to:

                   Newport Parish Council
                                                 Parish Clerk: Maxine Yule 297 367
                                    Email: Website:

       Parish Chairman:     Peter Whiteman 537215   (Newport North)            Nonvoting Youth Members:     Emily Russell
       Vice-Chairman:       Geoff Lumley 825819     (Newport East)                                          Natasha Tree

       Parish Councillors:
       Tony Coburn 524076              (Newport East)                 Richard Hollis 200986       (Parkhurst)
       Mary Craven 825819              (Newport North)                Julie Jones-Evans 521068    (Newport Central)
       Debbie Dixcey 526508            (Newport South)                Lois Prior 07890 115547     (Newport Central)
       Steven Falla 07989 684 213      (Parkhurst)                    Shirley Smart 523793        (Newport South)
       Terry Goldstone 527457          (Carisbrooke)                  John Ward 07949 130230      (Newport West)
       John Hobart 07717 716663        (Carisbrooke)                  David Whittaker 526760      (Newport West)

           OUR NEXT MEETINGS                                                MEET THE COUNCILLORS
The next Full Council meeting will be on 12th                     John Hobart - Carisbrooke
July at the Victoria Recreation Clubhouse                         John grew up in the rural centre of the
                                                                  Isle of Wight and went to primary school
starting at 6.45pm.
                                                                  at the Convent School in Carisbrooke.
                                                                  He then attended school in Cowes
The Planning and Licensing Committee
                                                                  before going to boarding school on the
meet every fortnight at the Riverside Centre                      mainland. John studied agriculture for 3
starting at 6.30pm. The meetings in July will                     years at the Royal Agricultural College
be on 1st, 15th and 29th.                                         in Cirencester and gained further
                                                                  experience in Southern Africa before
All members of the public are very welcome.                       returning to the UK to work. He lives in Newport with his
                                                                  wife, Kate, and two sons.
                                                                  Lois Prior - Newport Central
              COUNCIL REPORT                                                              Lois Prior has lived on the Isle of
The Annual Meeting took place at the Riverside Centre with                                Wight for 17 years, working as an
Cllr Peter Whiteman elected as Chairman and Cllr Geoff                                    environmental auditor for the last
Lumley as Vice-Chair. A number of representatives were                                    seven years. She has always been
chosen to sit on outside bodies and these included a decision                             passionate about the environment,
to re affiliate to the IW Association of Local Councils.                                  finding ways to allow society and the
                                                                                          environment to work together. Since
The Planning Committee will now be known as the Planning          qualifying as an environmental auditor, Lois has visited, audited
and Licensing Committee due to the large numbers of licensing     and aided over 150 island businesses, including the ferry
applications they are asked to comment on.                        companies and more recently the Isle of Wight Festival.
                                                                  John Ward - Newport West
The monthly meeting followed with a packed agenda. This           John has been living in Newport for just
included two donation requests. The wall at Barton Primary        over 5 years and is married with 2 young
School has been cleaned and re pointed, with funds from the       children who go to school in Carisbrooke.
parish council and a further donation was requested towards       He is originally from Surrey and moved
the art project for the wall. £500 was agreed. The No Man         here after falling in love with the island
is an Island project was also awarded £150. This community        and the beautiful town of Newport. John
project delivers creative opportunities to families living with   now wishes to do his part in keeping it a
autism.                                                           special place.
        You can now follow us on Twitter                          Next month meet Steven Falla, Terry Goldstone and
    - keep right up to date @NewportIWPC                          Richard Hollis.

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years to help people achieve their work goals. In 2008 they set up an
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                    Medway Queen                                                                       Everycare
                                                                                          Professional care at home services for the Island

The Medway Queen Preservation Society is pleased to announce a
successful application for significant European funding. This historic,
Dunkirk Veteran, paddle steamer is currently being rebuilt in Bristol with
the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The new funding will help to secure
future stages of the project when Medway Queen returns to Kent for
fitting out. Medway Queen was built in 1924 for the Medway-Southend          Do you or someone you know need help at home? Everycare can help!
excursion route and served there until 1939. During the war she was          Everycare is an island-wide community service that supports all types
converted for minesweeping and is famous for her part in the Dunkirk         of adults here on the island to continue to live independently at home.
evacuation exactly 70 years ago. After the war she returned to her old       They can offer a full home-based support package; from just two hours
route until 1963 when she was withdrawn. Medway Queen then spent             a week of domestic work right up to multiple day and night support
several years in use as a very popular night club on the Isle of Wight.      visits including meal preparation prompting medication, all types of
                                                                             rehabilitation and all aspects of personal care.

               Grand Donkey Days Out 2010                                    With a full team of care professionals, Everycare provides a flexible
                                                                             service that can seamlessly adapt to your individual and changing
                      For more info and to book tickets                      needs. As you would expect, they are fully registered and authorised
                     visit                        by the Care Quality Commission to provide full care at home
      This year’s extravaganza!                                              services to adults and are also full members of the United Kingdom
            Sunday 29th &                                                    Home Care Association. Their fully trained staff have many years of
                                                                             experience supporting people across the island and they are totally
         Monday 30 August
 Come along and join in all the fun from 11am
                                                                             dedicated to delivering the highest standards of quality care to
                                                                             everyone they work with.
                Sunday - Kriz K
                UK’s Number 1                                                But what if you or someone you know needs help but is concerned
             Michael Buble Tribute                                           about the cost? Can Everycare still help? Resounding, yes, they can!!!
              Monday - Mercury                                               Everycare have developed strong, local links with a number of advocacy
               The Best Queen                                                groups that can assist and help access funding for those people that
             Tribute Show Ever!                                              need help at home and may struggle to fund part or all of the cost.
       PLUS lots of family entertainment!                                    Therefore if you feel you would benefit, or know someone that may
                   PRE-EVENT TICKET PRICES                                   benefit from the service, whether they need help in accessing funding or
          Weekend tickets available - advanced booking only                  not, Everycare offers you a complimentary, no obligation meeting with
                  One Day Tickets (Sunday or Monday)                         a senior member of our professional care team to discuss your precise,
      Adult £10 per day, Children (3-12yrs) & Consessions £5 per day         individual needs.
                Weekender Tickets (Sunday and Monday)
              Adult £18, Children (3-12yrs) & Consessions £9                 Call now on: 400648.

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                  Professional care that you can depend on at home
     • All aspects of personal care                  • Hospital discharge aftercare service
     • Full domestic service and laundry             • Full palliative care service
     • Shopping and meal preparation                 • Night sitting service
     • Rehabilitation                                • Prompting medication                        
     • We can help you access funding if needed                                                           email:

           To learn more about Everycare’s services call us on: 01983 400648
          Festival Dates Announced                                                                        400 Not Out
This year’s Isle of Wight Cycling Festival will take place between 18th                                     by A & S Whitewood
- 26th September and we have had some very exciting news as the Isle              Not many buildings can boast a quadricentenary in their honour. A
of Wight has been named one of the World’s Best Cycling Routes by                 reunion for past pupils held on 5th June at Newport Grammar School
Lonely Planet!                                                                    commemorated the 400th anniversary of what was originally King James
This annual event has grown in popularity over the years with nearly              1st Grammar School.
5000 people taking part in the 2009 festival. The 2010 event features             Lord Lieutenant, Martin White, unveiled a commemorative plaque,
over 60 routes and challenges for all abilities. The full programme of all        funded by Newport Parish Council, at the entrance to this historic
rides will be available in June from all Isle of Wight Council sites and can      educational establishment.
be requested on the Council website.                                              Talking about a special occasion Martin White spoke in tribute of the
    Newport Rivers Short Listed for                                               thousands of pupils who passed through the school’s doors. He referred
                                                                                  to 1610 by saying Galileo was contemporary, John Guy was on his way to
   Community Action Awards 2010                                                   Newfoundland and King James 1st was addressing Parliament for the first
                                                                                  time. In his speech the Lord Lieutenant paid tribute to John Medland’s
The Newport Rivers Group has been short listed in the Isle of Wight               Island Story featuring the Old Newport Grammar School in the April
Rural Community Council (IWRCC) Community Action Awards for its                   2010 edition of the IW Beacon. Rev. Roger Whatley was invited to say
work on improving and enhancing Pan Mill Meadows, a small parcel of               a short prayer.
riverside land south of St George’s Bridge.
                                                                                  Guests were invited to tour the building, although it suffered fire damage
Pan Mill Meadows was purchased Island 2000 on behalf of the Newport               last December. Tea and biscuits were served in the School Hall by 7th
Rivers Group several years ago - at the time, this riverside wetland had          Newport Scouts. Later, the Reunion continued at the Blacksmith’s Arms,
become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and its fen meadow was an               where the Old Boys were able to reminisce. Of those attending Charles
enormous litter-filled bramble patch.                                             Read of Northwood was the oldest at 92. He had attended the school in
Ian Boyd of Island 2000 said “It’s amazing what can be achieved when              the 1930s before joining the RAF during WW2. Other Old Boys spoke
people work together and our thanks go out to the Newport Rivers                  of the sporting activities and the march to Victoria Recreation Ground,
Group, Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust and Green Gym whose                        Newport where sports were played. In the Headmaster’s Study others
volunteers worked together to clear the site of bramble, replace fences           remembered the punishments. One punishment was for humming a tune
and carry out essential tree work.”                                               in class!
He continued “Pan Mill Meadows is now an amazing place. A green
pocket of natural beauty bang in the middle of Newport and edged by
car parks and development. It is quite simply a fantastic example of the
difference the work of local partnerships and volunteers can make to a
community and to wildlife.”
The Newport Rivers Group now continues to manage Pan Mill Meadows
for its habitats, its species, its water quality and its flood defence capacity
through an annual programme of conservation management delivered
by the excellent HIWWT and with the continued help of the Green Gym
The results of the Awards will be announced by the RCC at the Riverside
Centre on 24th June.

                          Posh Frocks
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little frocks sizes 8-14 designer styles from just £20. New evening and ball
gowns sizes 8-16. Ex-hire dresses from £20 in sizes 6-22. Last remaining
Italian shoes £20.
Lora will be on hand to offer advice as always. Cash or cheques only.
Tel: 01983 289670
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 Summer Eating & Drinking
                                Valentino’s                                  Barbequed Chicken and Bacon Burgers
The excellent Valentino’s has been run by the Guerrini family                   With a Blue Cheese Mayonnaise
for over 20 years. It offers an extensive menu of fresh home-              Serves 4
cooked meals, from decadent Steak Diane flambe cooked                      500g chicken thigh/breast meat, 6 rashers streaky bacon,
at your table, Tournedos Rossini and locally caught Sea                    1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 garlic clove (crushed)
Bass to classic Italian dishes. Valentino’s uses local produce             Half a small onion finely chopped,
when available and also boasts an impressive wine menu.                    2 tablespoons freshly chopped tarragon,
A must have are the mouth watering home-made desserts                      50g fresh white breadcrumbs.
served from the traditional sweet trolley. 93 High Street,
Carisbrooke. Tel: 522458.                                                  Chop chicken meat in food processor,
                                                                           remove to a bowl and repeat with
                 Taste Summer -                                            bacon rashers. Heat olive oil in frying
         Outdoor Cooking, Outdoor Eating                                   pan and gently sauté garlic and onion
                                                                           until softened. Leave to cool in a sieve
Warm summer days are perfect for eating in the garden,                     and drain off excess oil. Add the cooled
taking a picnic to the beach or an Island beauty spot. Taste               onion to chicken and bacon, add
fresh local vegetables, charcoal grilled fish or lamb, summer              breadcrumbs and tarragon. Season with black pepper.
berries and ice cream. Add an island and continental                       Shape into burgers. Leave to rest in fridge for 30 minutes.
cheeseboard, matched with a delicious white and rosé
wine, Pimms, or a summer cocktail. All this, on your table or              For blue cheese mayonnaise:
ours at Chale Green Stores, Deli and Café.                                 1 egg yolk
                                                                           1 teaspoon Dijon mustard PO38 2JN 01983 551201.                          150ml olive oil
                                                                           1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
                                                                           75g blue cheese
                                                                           1 tablespoon chopped chives
                                                                           Whisk egg yolk with mustard and plenty of seasoning.
                                                                           Add oil a drop at a time gradually increasing to a steady
           Fantastic views across Totland Bay and the Solent               stream, whisking continuously. Add vinegar and crumble
                                                                           in blue cheese and chives. Combine and refrigerate until
     Pop in for a friendly welcome in our cosy relaxed atmosphere
       and enjoy one of our popular cream teas or homemade
                                                                           needed. Brush barbeque rack with oil and grill burgers for
        cakes. Also try our Fish and Chips - eat in or take away           15 minutes, turning half way through. Toast 4 burger buns
      and Whippy Ice Creams. Open 7 days a week from 9.30am                cut side down over barbeque. Top each burger with the
                                                                           mayonnaise and serve in the toasted buns.

 Enjoy the summer sun on our patio!
           Deli & Cafe open till 5pm
       Shop open till 7pm ~ 7 days a week
                                                                               magazine         Tel: 01983 551201   PO38 2JN       We are looking for full and
                                                                              part-time tele-sales people to
 Valentino’s                                                                    join our expanding team.
 The Romantic Italian Ristorante
 Various Flambe Dishes, International A La Carte Menu

         Monday - Friday                                                     CVs to Colin Hedgely - Isle of Wight Beacon
                                                                              25 Daish Way, Dodnor Industrial Estate,
     2 course £9.90 3 course £13.90
                                                                                 Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5XJ
     93 High Street, Carisbrooke Tel: 522458
Forresters of Yarmouth are delighted to announce that
                                                                   Want to be a sponsor?
we are now open for Lunch Early Bird and Evening A La
Carte John and Amanda would like to welcome clients
and friends, old and new, to a fun and relaxed culinary        Call 522123
With the Isle of Wight summer on our doorstep, we will be      to find
celebrating with promotional evenings and our new and
extensive menus and wine list. With Yarmouth’s bustling
atmosphere and the town’s events schedule full to the
                                                               out how!
brim, why not start your day or end your evening, in our

                                                               Octopus’ Garden
                                                                                                                           63 High Street
hands?                                                                                                                     Cowes
For further information visit: or                                                               Tel: 291188
telephone: 01983 761635.                                                                Beatles themed
                                                                                          cafe bistro
                                                                                 Full English Breakfasts • Snacks & Salads
   Come Together at the Octopus’ Garden                                              Homemade Specials • Kids Meals
The Octopus’ Garden Café, Cowes, is now reopen                                           Sandwiches & Baguettes
with a fresh new look. Chris would like to welcome                                           Hot & Cold Drinks          LY E
                                                                                                                       W SH          E
                                                                                                                                   N RBI
back customers to dine amongst the amazing Beatles                                Enjoy the memorabilia, listen to great
                                                                                     music & try our fantastic food!
Memorabilia collected over the years whilst listening to a
selection of classic Beatles hit songs.

The café has a warm, friendly and unique atmosphere
and offer a wide selection of high quality, fresh food
made to order including breakfasts, sandwiches, hot
meals and salads and for those with a sweet tooth why
not try a slice of their mouth watering homemade cake
for dessert.
For great food and value for money visit Octopus’
                                                                             of Yarmouth
Garden, High Street, Cowes.

                   The Red Duster
                                                                   Are Open for Lunch, Early Bird & Evening A La Carte
The Red Duster, High Street, Cowes is renowned for their
high quality of service and food. Owner’s Neil and Nikki
and their staff provide a warm and friendly welcome            Amanda & John are delighted to welcome customers and friends,
with a wonderful selection of meals for you to choose                             old & new, to Forresters
from, using local produce where possible. There is an A La
Carte menu available as well as a fixed price menu and a
great selection of wines, beers and spirits. The Red Duster
specialises in vegetarian cuisine and are also open for
breakfast from 8.30am on the weekends. The Red Duster,
37 High Street, Cowes. Tel: 01983 290311.

                           NEW LIMITED CHOICE MENU             Find us on the High Street, next door to the Police Station.
                            AVAILABLE £14.95 or £16.95         For enquiries or bookings please telephone 01983 761635
                             Menus available on request
                                                                           Or visit
                           37 High Street, Cowes Tel: 290311
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  Historic Isle of Wight                                      What A Knight!
                                                                   by A & S Whitewood
    Artefacts Go On                                                                                         its Festival Collection with 25% of sales
                                                                                                            going to charities in the Fashion Against
   Display in Libraries                                                                                     AIDS campaign. Katy Perry was responsible
                                                                                                            for one of the designs, and the collection
Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service has
                                                                                                            features clothes for guys and girls as well as
secured funding to place displays from the
                                                                                                            accessories, tents and sleeping bags. So far
Museum of Island History in local libraries.
                                                                                                            over 2 million pounds has been raised for the
Three libraries, Ventnor, Ryde and Newport,                                                                 charities. Paloma Faith, who performed at
are currently displaying the historical items                                                               the festival on Saturday afternoon is a regular
in perspex cases and on a display screen.                                                                   H & M customer.
The screens show paintings by Thomas
                                                                                                            One of the largest features at the festival
Rowlandson and his friends from their tour of                   Photo by James Gillham
                                                                                                            was a massive US style purpose built truck
the Island and Solent in the 1790s while the
                                                                                                            weighing 28tons which housed the Jack
cases show items which relate to the history         Five days before his 68th birthday Sir Paul
                                                                                                            Daniels Experience. Making its festival
of the towns.                                        McCartney put on a barnstorming performance
                                                                                                            debut on the Isle of Wight the authentic
Some examples, for Ryde, are a hat measurer          to close this year’s I.W. Festival. In a spectacular
                                                                                                            US Kenworth cab has a fuel consumption
used at Hills Store and a tin opener which was       set lasting a full two hours he left the stage with
                                                                                                            of approx. 4 miles per gallon. As part of
invented in 1880 by a local Ryde man, Henry          the crowd still wanting more.
                                                                                                            the JD Experience festival goers could taste
Knight.                                              He found time to pay tribute to John Lennon,           Jack Daniels in style whilst sitting in the JD
The scheme to show historical Island items in        George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix. Throughout           barrel area. Launched in 1866 in Lynchburg,
libraries aims to give more people some new          the show, there was one highlight after another,       Tennessee the JD Old No.7 Brand is
and different opportunities to learn about Isle      including a pyrotechnic-laden version of “Live         produced from maize and matured for three
of Wight history. The displays will change at        and Let Die.”                                          years.
least three times a year.                            When he played some of his best known                  With the IW Festival winning the 2009
A further part of the scheme is the placing of       compositions the audience felt compelled to sing       Greener Festival Award, Eco Action was
a laptop at Newport Roman Villa, which runs          along. In contrast, he took centre stage to sing       again available. Endorsed by Sir Paul
a slideshow of Roman artefacts that have been        solo a few times, most notably for “Yesterday”.        McCartney Eco Action came up with the
found across the Island.                             Proof indeed, that he is a living legend.              idea of having solar power for the Acoustic
                                                     Up and coming London trio Delooze were                 Stage. Energetic festival goers could recharge
The £2000 project has been funded by
                                                     one of the acts performing in the Strongbow            their mobile phones by pedalling a stationary
the government’s Museum Development
                                                     Bowtime Bar. Bowtime at the IW Festival                bicycle. Meanwhile the Let It Bee campaign
Service, with assistance from volunteers and
                                                     featured a number of new acts and supports             has established a field at Newchurch where
Isle of Wight Council’s Library Service and
                                                     new talent whenever it can giving new bands a          bees can indulge in their favourite nectar
Community & Family Learning Service.
                                                     chance to perform before hundreds of fans.             thanks to donations made at the festival.
                                                     In what has become a tradition the Earl                Filling some festival fans with emotion
                                                                                                            was the Saturday performance of Melanie
 Help for Heroes Fund                                Mountbatten Hospice was selling their large
                                                                                                            together with the local Medina Community
                                                     sunflowers to raise funds and Newport C of E
     Raising Day                                     Primary School ran an Old School Tuck Shop             Choir.
                                                     in order to raise some of the £60K the school          Melanie had performed at the 1970 IW
There will be a Help for Heroes Fundraising
                                                     needs to build four new classrooms.Skye                Festival and her rendition of “Ruby Tuesday”
day at The Propeller, Bembridge (next to
                                                     Sydenham, Chair of the PTA, had the original           with the choir made the link with the original
Bembridge Airport) on Sunday July 11th From
                                                     idea and with a little help from her friends and       festivals.
2pm till 12 midnight. We have the following
going on: Army vechicle display, bouncy castle,      staff fulfilled her
    Newport Jazz Club
Tony Trowbridge, Urban Artist display.               dream. Sweets on               Newport Jazz Club Presents:

♫ Jazz At ♪                                                                      ♫The Apollo♪
                                                     offer included flying
Plus a large outdoor stage with the following
bands playing: Easy 2 Handle Blues Band, Poppy
                                                     saucers, jelly babies
                                                     and shrimps.
                                                                                   Jazz At
and Jake, Raw Deal, Switch, Skybus, Disturbia,
      The Apollo ♫
14” Remotes ...and more!!
                                                       H & M provided
                                                       a relaxing area                                      ♫
                                                                                    The celebrated Unity Stompers in their 50th anniversary year
Acoustic room with various acts, carnival              backing onto the
         The celebrated Unity Stompers in their 50th anniversary year                           SUNDAY 18th JULY 7.30-10pm
groups with juggling and dance groups Stalls           River
                      SUNDAY 18th JULY 7.30-10pm Medina. Two                           Tickets £5. Tel: 523879 or Apollo Box Office: 527267
   Tickets £5. Tel: 523879 or Apollo Box will go
selling various items. All monies raised Office: 527267 (5th before H
                                                       weeks July 11-2pm),
to Help the Heroes.        or on the door if available & M had launched
                                                                                            (5th July 11-2pm), or on the door if available

Newport                                                            Diary
                                                                                                                                     Hall Mondays 2-3pm. Whitwell Village Hall Tuesdays
                                                                                                                                     1.30-2.30pm . Wroxall Community Centre Wednesdays
                                                                                                                                     9.30-10.30am. St.Helens Community Centre
                                                                                                                                     Wednesdays 1-2pm Shanklin St Saviour-on-the-cliff
                                                                                                                                     Church Hall Thursdays 12-1pm. *NEW* Brighstone
                                                                                                                                     Wilberforce Hall Fridays 9.30-10.30am. St. Lawrence
                                                                                                                                     Village Hall Fridays 2.30-3.30pm.
                                                                                                                                     Junior Badminton Club Thursday 4.30-6pm (term
                                                                   Newport. Free entry. Tel: 527655.                                 time). Sessions run by Badminton England qualified
       CHURCH SERVICES & EVENTS                                    Luncheon Club for the Elderly Tuesday 9.30am,                     instructors. £1.50 per session. Downside Middle
                                                                   Charter House, St, Thomas’ Square. Coffee & tea                   School, Pan Estate. Loan equipment available. Tel:
 Church Bell Ringing Monday (not B. Holidays)                      9.30-11.30am, Lunch 12pm. 2 courses £3.50, book by                884845.
 7.30pm, St Thomas’ Church Newport. Experienced                    10.30am. Tel: 526158.                                             Newport Badminton Summer Club (May - August)
 ringers & new recruits welcome. Turn up or email:                 Monthly Police Forum Thursday 2-5pm, Gunville                     Thursday 7-10pm, The Drill Hall Newport. All Tel Trish: 525268.               Community Centre. Tel: Ursula: 07813 705184 for dates.            welcome. Tel: Chris Amy 520314.
 Church Bell Ringing Friday (not Bank Holidays)                    Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Meeting 1st Tuesday                   Pan Teenage Gym Saturday for 11-15 yrs. Beginners
 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Carisbrooke. Experienced                of Month 7.30pm, Unitarian Hall, High St, Newport.                11.30am-12.15pm, Intermediate 12.15-1pm, Parent
 ringers & new recruits welcome. Turn up or email:                 National Federation of Royal Mail & BT Pensioners                 & child 1-2pm, Medina Leisure Centre. Pan Estate Tel Trish: 525268.               3rd Monday St Mary’s Church Hall, High St, Brading. Tel           Residents only. Proof of address required. £1. Tel
 Church on the Roundabout Coppins Bridge Sunday                    Mr B Wilshire: 615925.                                            Louise Gray: 823812.
 11am, lively, friendly service. Full range of children’s          NHS Retirement Fellowship (IW Branch) 1st Tuesday                 Parkhurst Forest Health Walk Last Monday of
 activities. All welcome. Details on:           of Month 2.30pm. Tel Norma Godfrey: 529626.                       Month 10.30am, Hillis Gate, Noke Common.
 Church Volunteers Needed Tues, Thurs & Sat                        Newport Country Market Friday 9am-12pm Holyrood                   Respiratory Department 2nd Friday of Month St
 10am-12.30pm & Weds 10.30am-12.30pm St Thomas'                    Hall, High Street. Tel: 521300.                                   Marys Hospital 2-4pm. Lung disease/breathing
 Church, Newport.                                                  Newport Lions Club 1st & 3rd Thursday of Month                    problems. Come along, don’t sit at home alone.
 Newport Family Church Church Service 11am,                        8pm The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Business meeting. All                   Seaclose Bowling Interested in bowling & making
 Newport, 25 West Street. Tel: 559238 / 07779 000170.              welcome.                                                          new friends? Join Seaclose Bowling Club Tel: 521322.
 St Thomas' Parish Centre Junior Church, 11am-                     Newport Rotary Club Tuesday 12.45pm for 1pm,                      Tai-Chi Chaun Sessions Tuesday 5.30-7pm. All
 12noon, Town Lane. For children 3-13yrs.                          Newclose County Cricket Ground, Blackwater Road,                  welcome. Tel Tom for more info: 07891 836295.
 Unitarian Church Sunday Service 3pm. High Street,                 Newport. Tel: 824576.                                             Victoria Short Mat Bowls Club Mon & Wed
 Newport, opp. County Hall.                                        Royal Air Forces Association Meeting 1st Tuesday of               9.45am-12.30pm. Sunday 1.45-4.30pm New
                                                                   Month 7.30pm, Newport Social Club. Tel R. Tiley: 526181.          members welcome. Tel: 525186.
                                                                   Royal British Legion (Newport & Carisbrooke Branch)               YOGA JO Weekly yoga classes with Yoga Jo
     COMMUNITY & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES                                 Meeting 4th Wednesday Bi-monthly 7.30pm, Newport                  Monday Chakra Yoga Anahata Studio Shanklin
                                                                   Con club. Tel Roy Tiley: 526181.                                  9.30am-11am.
     Aden Veterans Association a tri-service & civilian                                                                              Monday Hatha Yoga Summerfield Primary, Newport.
                                                                   Royal Navy Association IW 1st Tuesday of Month
     organisation have a local branch, ‘Hampshire & Isle                                                                             All Welcome 6pm-7.30pm.
                                                                   7.30pm. Simeon Arms, Simeon Street, Ryde. Tel: 812184.
     of Wight’. They hold regular social functions & always                                                                          Thursday Hatha Yoga Bonchurch Church Hall. All
                                                                   St John Ambulance Adults (18+) Tuesday 8.30-
     welcome new members. Join via national web site                                                                                 welcome 7.15pm-8.45pm.
                                                                   10.30pm. Tel John Cooper: 822794. or contact local Chairman on                                                                            Friday Gentle Healing Yoga Anahata Studio Shanklin.
                                                                   Table Top Sale Friday 10am-2pm, Parish Church                                                                                                    10-11.30am.
                                                                   Centre, Town Lane, Newport. 10p entry in support of
     Age Concern IW Support older people in your
                                                                   Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
     neighbourhood. We can enable you to do something
                                                                   Top Table Mini Market Monday & Thursday Wilberforce
     worthwhile in your spare time. Tel: Gina Williams 525282.
                                                                   Hall, Brighstone. 9.30am-3pm. Charity Stall IW Blind. Tel:          HOBBIES & INTERESTS
     Amnesty International Group First Friday of Month
                                                                   741126 to book a table to sell your goods.
     7.30pm. Tel: 523294.                                                                                                            Art & Craft
                                                                   IW Branch of REME Association 3rd Monday of
     British Airways Retired Staff Association 3rd                                                                                   Craft Market Monday 10am-2pm, Charter House,
                                                                   Month 7.30pm. The upstairs room of the Newport
     Wednesday of Month 11am The White Lion, Arreton. Tel                                                                            St. Thomas’ Square, Newport. Handmade cards,
                                                                   Social Club. Upper St James Street.
     Alan Barker: 563695 or Chris Waters: 812219                                                                                     candles, jewellery, fudge etc.
                                                                   The Royal Engineers Asscociation (IW Branch) 1st
     British Army Association (IW Branch) 4th Thursday of                                                                            Island Flower Club 2nd Wednesday of Month
                                                                   Wednesday of Month Drill Hall, Newport. Tel Ron
     Month 11am, Riverside Centre, Town Key, Newport. Tel                                                                            2pm, Wootton Bridge Community Centre. Tel Kate:
                                                                   Bostwick: 855096 or Tony Johnson: 200339.
     Mrs W Searle: 868701.                                                                                                           564369.
                                                                   Unison IW Retired Members' Group 1st Wednesday
     Calling all Buffs: Moved to the Island? Can't find a lodge                                                                      IW Photographic & Digital Society Wednesday
                                                                   of Month 2pm, Rookley Village Community Hall,
     or want to rejoin after some years? Call John Marshall                                                                          (Sept-April) 7.30pm, Arreton Community Centre,
                                                                   Highwood Lane. Discussions, speakers, quizzes &
     ROH: 07878 276 898 or 562879.                                                                                                   Main Road, Arreton. Talks, practical sessions &
                                                                   lunches. New members welcome. Tel Ellen: 521827.
     Calling all RAF Seletar Veterans ex RAF Seletar                                                                                 competitions. Summer months (May-Sept) meet
     (Singapore) veterans that would like to meet up with old                                                                        fortnightly around the island for picture-shoots. For
     friends, contact RAF Seletar Association: 01202 574656.            HEALTH & FITNESS                                             more details Tel: 521051.
     Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 2nd Wednesday of                                                                            Newport Art Group Wednesday 10am-12.30pm.
     Month 10.30am, Riverside Centre. Tel Mary Highmore:
     520028. Non civil service welcome.                           PILATES CLASSES                                                    Self help art group, Millbrooke House, Newport. £3
                                                                  Monday 7.45-9pm Beginner/Intermediate Class, Cowes                 per session. Tel Mrs. L Hunt: 525565.
     Friendship Cafe Mon-Wed 10am-2pm, Salvation                                                                                     Newport Floral Art Club 2nd Friday of Month
     Army, Pyle Street, Newport. Tea/coffee/light lunches.        Tuesday 10.45am Beginner/Intermediate Class, Cowes
                                                                  Wednesday 6pm Beginner/Intermediate Class, Newport                 2.15pm, St. Paul's Parish Centre, Barton. Visitors &
     Tel: 526312                                                                                                                     new members welcome. Tel: 532867.
     Friendship Force International Travel with a group from      & 7.15-8.30pm Beginners Course (5 wks), Newport
                                                                  Thursday 5.45pm Beginner/Intermediate Class, Cowes                 Northwood Floral Art Group 4th Monday of
     the IW to the UK & abroad staying in club members                                                                               Month (except Aug & Dec) 7.30pm WI Hall,
     homes. Programme of social events at home & abroad.          & 7-8.15pm (approx) Beginners Course (5 wks) Cowes
                                                                  Call or text Linda Groves: 07966 968050 for info &                 Newport Road, Northwood. 1 yrs subscription is
     Tel Carol: 523456.                                                                                                              £13 & visitors £3 per visit. Tel: 295416.
     Freshwater & Totland Samba Band 6.15-8.15pm                  to book.
                                                                                                                                     Sugar Art Club 2nd Monday of Month 7.30pm, St
     Monday (term time) All Saints School Hall, School Green                                                                         Paul's Hall, School Lane, Newport.
     Road, Freshwater. Community band for all ages &               Free Adults Badminton Club Thursday 6-8pm.                        Vectis Quilters 2nd Thursday of Month a passion
     abilities.                                Downside Middle School, Pan Estate. Loan equipment                for patchwork & quilting. Newport Parish Church
     IOW French Society Monthly McAuley Centre, 75 High            available. All welcome. (Term time). No fees. Tel: 823812.        Centre, Town Lane, Newport 7.30pm. Speakers
     St Newport. Tel: Trevor Philcox 741210 or France Darroll:     Fun Fitness Adult Exercise Classes Tuesday &                      from mainland & abroad. For all abilities. www.
     529032.                                                       Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Barton Primary School, Barton     
     IPs Single men & women, divorced, widowers, widows,           Road, Newport. £2 entry. All abilities.                           Wightbalance Photography Wednesday 7.30-
     bachelors, spinsters. Weekly meeting, daily events. New       Genshin Ryu Ju-Jitsu Monday 7.30-9pm. Fitness & self              9.30, Riverside Centre, Newport.
     members welcome. Tel: John: 07812 751992 or Mabel:            defence training. Shanklin Voluntry Youth Community               Astronomy
     526648.                                                       Centre, Victoria Road. For info Tel: 07530782082.                 Vectis Astronomical Society 4th Friday of
     IW Branch REME Association 7.30pm, 3rd Monday                 Green Gym Wednesday 10am-1pm. Healthy exercise                    Month 7.30pm, Newport Parish Church Centre,
     of Month Upstairs room of the Newport Social Club.            linked to practical environmental work. Volunteers of all         Town Lane. Lecture plus 2nd talk for beginners.
     Upper St James Street. All ex REME members welcome.           ages & abilities take part in activities at various sites. Tel:   Donations welcome.
     Membership sec. Len Wilby: 403038.                            866459 or Mark Russell: 822282 www.footprint-trust.               Vectis Astronomical Society's Observatory
     IW Health & Safety Group 2nd Tuesday of Month John                                                              Thursday 7.30pm, Watery Lane, Newchurch
     Ashely: 07887568278 email:                                    IOW Tae Kwon Do Club Tuesday 3.20-4.50pm,                         (opp Thomson’s Garden Centre). All welcome,                                    Medina High School. Wednesday 8-9.30pm, Medina                    use telescopes to view the night sky, weather
     Island Lesbian & Gay Christians 3rd Wednesday of              Leisure Centre. Friday 6.30-8pm, Newport Boxing Club.             permitting. Donations welcome.
     Month contact Martin or Ian:        Tel Trevor Barnes: 752411 or Peter Scotcher 07791 068079.         Dancing
     Knit & Natter Thursday 6-7.30pm, Lord Louis Library,          Island Fit Club Tel Stuart: 07950 895966. Niton Village           Line Dancing Thursday Improvers 7.30-9.30pm,
Newchurch Sports Pavillion. £3 improvers. Tel: 404456.           Storytime For 3-8 Year Olds Saturday 11-11.30am,                (local rate) email:
Scottish Country Dancing Please see                              Newport Library, Orchard Street. Tel: 527655.                   Parkinsons Lunch Support Group Meeting 3rd or ring Helen, 761353,             Tiny Talk (Cowes Monday 10-11am Newport                         Thursday of Month 12pm various venues. Tel Rosemary
for details of summer dancing at Brading. The new term           Wednesday 10.30-11.30am) Baby signing classes                   Smith: 755624.
at St George’s school, Newport, starts on September 14th.        newborn-2yrs. Nursery rhymes & learn everyday baby              St Marys Hospital Chemotherapy Support Group
All welcome!                                                     signs (BSL), play time with tea & coffee. Classes fun &         coffee & chat 1st Monday Every Other Month St Pauls
Education                                                        relaxed. Communicate & encourage talking. Tel: 281909.          Church Hall Staplers, Newport 1-3pm. All welcome
Learning Links Mon-Fri 9.30am-2pm, 129 Pyle Street,              Toddler Dance Monday 9.45-10.45am, Quay Arts,                   patients, carers & friends.
Newport. Info & advice on all aspects of learning Tel:           Newport Harbour. Tel: 528825.                                   Victim Support For Hampshire & IW. Tel: 02380 645578
527529.                                                          Tommy’s Toddlers Thursday 10am-12noon, Newport                  or email:
Museum of Island History Sept 26th-Spring 2010                   Parish Centre, Town Lane. Ages 0-5. Tel: 821961.                Victim Support Could you support a victim or witness
Guildhall, Newport.                                                                                                              of crime? Volunteers needed to work within the
Horticulture                                                                                                                     Community & Courts to provide emotional support &
IW Bonsai Society 1st Wednesday of Month 7.30pm,                RHYTHM TIME                                                      advice. Tel: 533688.
Unitarian Meeting Hall, High Street, Newport.                   Monday & Saturday (Newport) Quality music classes for            Young Carers Project. Supporting children & young
IW Orchid Society 3rd Monday of Month 7.30pm,                   under 5s. Singing, instruments, dance & fun.                     people with caring responsibilities at home. Tel: 521590.
The Charterhouse, St Thomas Square. All welcome. Tel            Call: 07950 501763 for more information.
Mrs Mary Saunders: 525021.
Indoor Games                                                                                                                    HEARING AID SUPPORT DROP IN CENTRES
Bingo Wednesday 7.30-9pm, Downside Middle                                                                                       2nd Tuesday of Month Charter House 10am-12pm.
School. 30p entrance, £2 for 3 books & £3 for 6 books.          WEST NEWPORT CHILDREN CENTRE                                    1st Thursday of Month Lord Louis Library 10am-12pm.
Newport Duplicate Bridge Club Monday 7pm, The                   Tel : 537390                                                    Last Wednesday of Month St Cross Court Scheme
Eight Bells, Carisbrooke. Tel: 523762.                          Monday:                                                         10am-12pm. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Literature                                                      Literacy and crèche (term time)                                 1st Tuesday of Month Isobel Centre Pan (portacabin
Green Poets Monday 2pm, Quay Arts Centre,                       Breast Feeding Support Group                                    beside Downside School) 9.30am-11.30pm.
                                                                Twins Group 1st Monday of month                                 NEW DROP IN CENTRE
Newport Quay. Interactive writing.
                                                                Child Minders drop in 4th Monday of month                       RNID 3rd Tuesday in the Month. The Methodist
Storytelling Club 3rd Monday of Month 8pm, Castle
                                                                Tuesday                                                         Church, Quay Street. 10am to 12 Noon.
Inn. Share stories, come with a tale to tell or sit & listen.
All welcome. Tel: 241095.                                       Stay and Play at Nine Acres Primary School
The Island Storytellers 3rd Monday of Month 8pm                 Baby Café (0 – 1yr)
                                                                2 year Language Checks
McAuley Centre, Newport, to share tales & anecdotes.                                                                                   YOUTH ACTIVITIES
Visitors welcome. Tel: 241095 for more info.                    Wednesday
Social                                                          Stay and Play at Hunnyhill Primary School
                                                                Early Communication Courses                                      1st Newport Boys Brigade Monday 5.30pm Methodist
Top Table Mini Market Monday & Thursday Wilberforce                                                                              Church, Quay Street, Newport, Anchors 5-8yrs, Jrs
Hall, Brighstone. 9.30am-3pm. Charity Stall IW Blind. Tel:      Crafty Crawlers (1 – 2yrs)
                                                                Credit Crunch Cooking / Weaning Courses                          8-11yrs, Company 11-14yrs, Seniors 14+. Tel Janet:
741126 to book a table to sell your goods.                                                                                       07944 401161.
                                                                Infant Massage                                                   1st Newport Girls Brigade Wednesday 6pm, (Term
                                                                                                                                 time). Explorers 4-8 yrs, Juniors 8-11 yrs, Seniors 11-
 MUSIC GROUPS                                                   Stay and Play
                                                                Equals Group                                                     14yrs, Brigadiers 14+. For details call Margaret Daniel:
                                                                Rhythm Time at Nine Acres Primary School                         883905.
Downland Traditional Folk Club 2nd Friday of
                                                                Stay and Play at Hunnyhill Primary School                        7th Newport Scout Group Friday 6-7.30pm Town
Month 8pm for 8.15pm, Castle Inn, Newport. Singers
                                                                New Parents Group                                                Centre HQ Boys & Girls 6-14yrs. Fun, activities,
& players of traditional folk music welcome. Tel Bob:
                                                                Friday                                                           camping, badges & more. Call Wendy: 524134 for info.
                                                                Stay and Play                                                    Assistant leaders urgently needed.
Karaoke Friday 7.30pm, Newport Football Club. With
                                                                Mindful Mums Group (by invitation)                               10th Newport Brownies Monday 6-7.30pm. For girls
Wightknights karaoke. Tel: 525027.
                                                                Health Visitor Drop in clinic                                    7-10yrs. Tel Felicity Harris for details: 825959.
Musica Sacra De Vectis The Island’s new exciting
                                                                Saturday                                                         11th Newport Brownies (7-10 years) Thursday 6-
consort is now successfully established & meet for
                                                                Rainbow Club on 3rd Saturday in month                            7.30pm. Tel Clare Langley: 822539.
rehearsals Tuesday 7.30-9pm St Michaels & Angels
                                                                                                                                 11th Newport Rainbows Tuesday 5.45-7pm. Girls
Church, Swanmore, Ryde. New singers/applicants
                                                                                                                                 5-7yrs. Tel Sheila: 527763.
welcome. Tel Graham: 209070 or Barry: 721006.
                                                                                                                                 Army Cadet Force Monday 7-9pm, for boys & girls
Newport Recorded Music Mondays 7.30pm.
                                                                             SUPPORT                                             from yr 8+ (12/13yrs). Sporting, shooting, adventurous &
Millbrooke House, Carisbrooke (entrance in Castle
                                                                                                                                 military training activities. For info on becoming a cadet
Rd). Weekly concerts, coffee break for general
                                                                 Age Concern IW Information & Advice Surgeries                   or instructor Tel Capt Norman MBE: 522427.
conversation. Tel: 524001.
                                                                 Drop in sessions Tuesday 2-4pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm.             Film Projects Wednesday 6-9pm, Newport Youth
Scottish Fiddlers Rehearsal 2nd & 4th Sunday of
                                                                 Age Concern IW, 14 Pyle Street, Newport. Tel: 525282.           Centre. For ages 13-19. Tel: 559028.
Month 6-8.30pm, Trinity Church Hall, Ventnor. Tel:
                                                                 Al-Anon Confidential help for families & friends of problem     Island Concert Band Thursday 7.30pm, Newport
855854 email:
                                                                 drinkers. Tel Sally: 852847 or Harry: 289945.                   Scout Hall. New Players welcome, ages 21 & over. Tel
Sounds Lively Singers Thursday 1.30-3.30pm,
                                                                 Alcoholics Anonymous Drinking problem? Ring the 24hr            Rachel Tweddle: 297970.
Unitarian Church, (opp Council Offices), Newport. Fully
                                                                 helpline: 02392 580 776 for local contact & meeting info.       Medina Marching Band Practice Monday &
accessible. Donations: £4 waged, £2 unwaged. All
                                                                 All calls confidential.                                         Wednesday 7-9pm, Medina High School, Newport.
welcome, no experience needed.
                                                                 Hard of Hearing Club 3rd Monday of Month 2-4pm,                 Refreshments.
White Satin Ladies Barbershop Chorus Thursday
                                                                 St Paul’s Church Hall. Guest speakers, demonstrations,          Newport Rangers (14-26 yrs) Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm
7.30-10pm, Carisbrooke CE School, Wellington Road.
                                                                 events. All welcome.                                            Congregation Church Hall, High Street, Newport. Tel
All welcome. Ability to read music not essential.
                                                                 IW Society for the Blind Last Tuesday of Month 10am.            Clare Langley: 822539.
Tel: 296519 email: Tel:
                                                                 Coffee mornings at Brookside Health Centre. For the visually    Ryde Sea/Marine Cadets Tuesday & Thursday 6.45-
07899892151 email: visit:
                                                                 impaired & their supporters, all welcome.                       9.15pm Sea Cadet HQ, the old fire station (next to the
                                                                 IW Parents for info on pregnancy, babies, toddlers,             Police Station), Station Street, Ryde. Boys & girls 12yrs+.
                                                                 schooling, news, health & cooking, go to: www.iowparents.       Tel: 296810
                                                                                                                  St John Ambulance Badgers (5-10 yrs) Tuesday
     PARENT & TODDLER                                            John’s Club Saturday 11.30am-3.30pm Teenagers                   6.30-8pm & St John Ambulance Cadets (10-18 yrs)
                                                                 Club for Teenagers with learning disabilities/difficulties.     Tuesday 6.30-8pm. Tel Sandra Snell: 822794.
Barton Primary & Early Yrs Centre Parent & Toddler               Newport Youth and Community Centre.                             Girls Venture Corp Air Cadets Monday 7-9pm, Scout
Group Monday 1.15-2.45pm, Barton Primary & Early                 John’s Club Sunday 6.30-8.30pm club for adults                  Hall, Laundry Lane, Newport. 11-18yrs. First aid, Duke
Years Centre, Green St. £1 charge.                               with learning disabilities/difficulties. Newport Youth &        of Edinburgh Award, camps & more. All welcome. Tel
Barton Primary & Early Yrs Centre Parent & Toddler               Community Centre.                                               Donna Hartley: 567415.
Group Wednesday 9-10.30am, Barton Primary & Early                John’s Club Friday 6.30-8.30pm Adults social evening            Youth Group Tuesday 6.15pm, St Johns Church Hall,
Years Centre, Green Street. £1 charge.                           for adults with learning disabilities/difficulties. Tel:        Newport. (Term time) for 7-10 yr olds. Tel: 821961.
Friday mornings Newport. Tel Louise: 528352.                     865865 for venue.
Here we go Looby Loo’ fun filled musical sessions. Birth         Manic Depressive (Bi Polar) Support Group 3-5pm,
- 5 years. Singing, movement, instruments, colourful             Shanklin. 1st Monday of Month subject to change. Tel:                WOMEN'S GROUPS
props & puppets. Newport, Wednesday mornings. £3                 761217.
per child. No need to book. Tel Louise: 528352.                  Muscular Dystophy Campaign (IW branch) 1st Tuesday              Downside WI 1st Tuesday of Month 7.30pm, WI
Parent & Toddler Group Friday 9.30-11.30, Isobel                 of Month 7.30pm Unitarian Meeting House, Lower High             House, 42 The Mall. All welcome. Tel M. Prangnell:
Centre, Furrlongs, Newport. All year round, £1 per family.       Street, Newport. Tel: 522134.                                   525637.
Tel Judith: 521973.                                              Parent Pride 1st Wednesday of Month support group               Forest Side WI 2nd Thursday of Month 7.30pm,
Rhyme Time Friday 10-10.30am & 2-2.30pm Newport                  for parents of lesbians, gays & bisexuals. For info Tel         Scout Hall, Woodbine Terrace, St Johns Road,
Library. Tel: 527655 for info.                                   Lorraine or Teresa: 07804 509865 or 0845 6520336                Newport. Tel Mrs J. Thorner: 526570.
                                                                                                              THE BEACON
 The Quay, Newport. For all bookings & private     7th: IW Bonsai Society 7.30pm Unitarian House,

                                                                                                              67,000 COPIES
 functions please contact Adrian Bolton:
                                                   High Street, Newport. Bring in a nursery tree to turn
 822209 ext. 207
 Art Club Tuesday 2-5pm.                           into a bonsai.
                                                   8th: IW Fuchsia Society 7.30pm Brading Town Hall.

 Island Business Network Thursday 6.45-
 8.30am. Breakfast provided. Tel Nick Gale:        Hampshire & IW Air Ambulance - Rosemary Norman.
 562201.                                           9th: St. John’s Church Choir present Music Of The
 IW Family History Society 1st Monday              Night, an Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber music,
 of Month. Doors open 7pm, speaker                 with the Choir of Newport C.E.Primary School 7pm at
 7.30pm. For details of next meeting Tel Dina      St. John’s Church Newport. Tickets: Adults £5 Under
 Broughton: 755526 or see:                         16s free, available from members of the Choir or Tel:

                                                                                                              THE ISLAND
 IW Home PC Users Computer Group 1st               9th & 10th: Munch Fest 2010 delivering a feast of
 Wednesday of Month 7.30-9.30pm. Talk/
 demo etc. For info visit:          genres from around the south coast at The Studio in
 or call: 873853. For Computability project        Newport, tickets include a free 14 track compilation
 phone: 822900..                                   album. Tickets are £9 for the one night or £14 for the

                                                                                                              TO DELIVER
 Lacemakers of the Wight 3rd Thursday of           two nights. Tickets, more info, and the Munch Fest mix
 Month 7.30-9.30pm. Tel Julia: 527996.             tape video is available at
 Machine Knitting Club 1st & 3rd Thursday
 of Month 7-9pm. Tel Margaret: 292034.             10th: IOW Industrial Archaeology Society Visit ‘The
 Modern Jive Lessons Monday Beginners              National Maritime Museum & Royal Observatory at

                                                                                                              THE BEACON
 8pm, Intermediates 9pm, Freestyle 10pm. No        Greenwich’. Subject to numbers - booking forms &
 partner required. £6 per lesson.                  information later. 7.30pm, Riverside Centre, Newport.
 Salvation Army Meeting Sunday 10.30am.
                                                   16th: Summerfields Primary School Summer Fair 3-
 Scrabble Club Tuesday 7.15pm start.
                                                   5pm. Join us for fun & games, stalls & special visitors.

                                                                                                              CALL 522123
 Beginners welcome, £1.50 per evening. Tel:
 822699.                                           All welcome. Summerfield Primary School, Atkinson
 Vectis Country Music/Dance Club Thursday          Drive, Newport.
 7.30-10pm.                                        17th: Art Sale Holyrood Hall, High Street, Newport,
 Wight Balance Photography Plus                    10am-4pm. Pictures, prints, postcards and birthday
 Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm. All ages and              cards, by Island artists. Pictures frames and art books,
 abilities made very welcome. For more             a raffle & refreshments. A fund raising event for
 details see                                       Amnesty International.                            17th: Summer Fun Day Cats Protection, 122                  Call: 522123 to get your event
 Wight Woodturners Second Tuesday of
 Month 7.30pm Members from beginners to
                                                   Marlborough Road, Ryde. 12-4pm. Music, bouncy
                                                   castle, games, BBQ, stalls, refreshments, face painting,
                                                                                                               into the diary. Some entries
 professionals with a wide range of skills. Full
 details on the club can be found on: www.         big raffle & more. Adults 50p. Children free.                    may incur a £10 fee.
                                                   Visit for more Island events

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                                                                                                                         Isle of Wight PO30 1PA

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        – From The Outside and In!
Feeling well and being healthy can contribute to a glowing complexion
and air of well being. Two therapists have joined the team at Cowes
Chiropractic Clinic to help you do just that.....
On the inside...
Jan Thwaites, a Nutritional Therapist with a BSc in Nutritional Medicine
can help with all kinds of skin related issues as well as general health
problems. She can, if necessary, arrange comprehensive testing and
always offers nutritional support and guidance through the patients’
healing process.
On the outside...
Emma Lloyd is offering skincare and facials using the Environ range of
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which strengthen and support the skin’s renewal process. She also of-      Your hair can become dry, brittle, frizzy and sun bleached in the summer
fers therapeutic massage and advice on how to deal with sun damaged        months. As the weather warms up the humidity in the air increases, so it
skin.                                                                      is a good idea to cut down on your conditioning so that your hair does
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                                                                      by Simon Wright
                    Hampshire Constabulary and Trading Standards are             they’re calling from, and their phone number. If you think you are being
                    reissuing advice to people who receive phone calls           targeted, ask the caller for as many details regarding the company as
                    from anyone attempting to reclaim debts after a              possible including their address. Do not make any payment, and contact
                    recent spate of attempts by would-be thieves. Police         the company to which the debt is allegedly owed to confirm whether the
                    are investigating a number of reports about cold calls       demand for money is genuine. Where possible, dial :1471 after the call has
to people who are told to settle unpaid bills with companies.                    ended to find out if the caller’s number can be obtained.
One example was where a woman claiming to be from an electric and gas            Please also be suspicious of other cold callers who claim they can assist you
supplier rang the victim to say their monthly direct debit was insufficient to   with a service but which will cost an up-front fee. A very common ‘service’
cover their fuel usage. That seemed quite feasible with rising fuel charges      being offered at the moment is the opportunity to ‘write off your debts’.
and in the current economic climate. The woman caller then asked for             Unfortunately, this often involves first having to pay hundreds of pounds as
details of a debit or credit card in order to reduce the outstanding balance     a non-returnable deposit - a sum of money you can probably ill afford - and
on the account. In this scenario, the victim may not even realise they have      often, the company then discovers that they aren’t able to assist in your
been conned as the normal direct debit will continue to be collected, and it     particular case after all.
may be some months before the fuel bill arrives to show that any payment         Anyone concerned that they have been targeted by a scam can contact either
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                         Island Story

   The Czar and
    the Banker
     The Story of
  the Hoy Monument
                     By John Medland

  At the northern end of St Catharine’s Down stands the 72
foot (24m) “Alexandrian Pillar”, these days more commonly
known as the “Hoy Monument”. At its base is the inscription
     “In commemoration of the visit of His Majesty Tsar
Alexander I, Emperor of all the Russias, to Great Britain in
1814. In remembrance of many happy years residence in his                              The Hoy Monument today. Courtesy of Wikipedia
     dominions this pillar was erected by Michael Hoy.”

There is a paradox here. Why should one of this Island’s greatest              local militia, the Isle of Wight Volunteer Corps. In addition the Island
monuments celebrate an absolute reactionary tyrant who ruled over a            seems to have hosted much of the British army as it rotated regiments
vast empire in which all his subjects were effectively his slaves; a man       to the great barracks at Parkhurst and other camps around the Island.
so mentally unbalanced that he had a meal place laid for Jesus next to         Between 1807 and 1812 the marriage register of the Parish of Brading
his own?                                                                       alone, recorded Island brides marrying grooms from 11 different
                                                                               infantry regiments.
I will argue here that strangely enough we are right to remember
Czar Alexander I (1777-1825) as one of this country’s saviours. To             The Island’s farms and its industrial sized tide-mills were working flat
understand this we have to go back 200 years to revisit one of the most        out to feed both the army on the Island and the Royal Navy Home Fleet
violent periods in European history.                                           riding at anchor in the Spithead. Hundreds more locals worked building
                                                                               warships on the Solent coast or in the vast manufactory of Portsmouth

                   Europe at War
                                                                               dockyard. The whole country was straining every nerve to fight what
                                                                               was then the most destructive war in European history.
The French Revolution of 1789-1794 created a new republican political
order that so contrasted with the essentially medieval social hierarchies
of the continent of Europe that war was inevitable. France was invaded              Czar Alexander’s Choice
from all sides. To defend itself the French Republic created a monster,
                                                                               On New Year’s Eve 1810 Czar Alexander I came to the rescue of
a huge professional-conscript army that not only trashed the armies of
                                                                               Britain when he ordered the opening of Russia’s ports to British
its enemies, but also turned on the Republic itself. In 1799, the greatest
                                                                               trade. Alexander was a complex character. He had been educated in
military genius to rise through the ranks, Napoleon Bonaparte, seized
                                                                               the political and cultural ideas of the liberal Enlightenment but was
personal power and in 1805 crowned himself Emperor of the French.
                                                                               expected to rule over a brutal military tyranny. In 1801, aged 23 he
That year Admiral Nelson’s decisive victory at Trafalgar put Britain           succeeded to the throne after his father, Czar Paul I, had been murdered
beyond the fear of immediate invasion by France. However Napoleon’s            in a palace coup. From 1805 to 1807 he had seen his armies repeatedly
subsequent victories over Austria, Prussia and Russia, from 1805 to            defeated by Bonaparte and had been forced to make peace. In 1810
1807, left him in control of the rest of the continent.                        after three years of enforced alliance Alexander had made the fateful
By 1810 Britain was almost alone. The French and their subject allies          decision to stand up to Bonaparte, whatever the consequences. Exactly
ruled Eurasia from the Arctic to the Mediterranean, from the siege             twelve months later Alexander renounced the French alliance. Britain at
lines of Britain’s last allies around the ports of Cadiz and Lisbon to         last had a powerful continental ally.
Vladivostock on the Pacific. British trade was cut out of this entire          In June 1812 Napoleon launched the largest European army ever seen,
area. Napoleon’s plan was to bankrupt what he scorned as this “nation          some 650,000 strong, into the epic invasion of Russia. It was bitterly
of shopkeepers”. With the British national debt reaching astronomical          contested by 400,000 Russian troops all the way to Moscow. Rather
levels, burdening the nation with its highest taxes in history, all forms of   than negotiate, Alexander ordered the burning of Russia’s ancient
industrial or political protest banned and the USA preparing to invade         capitol. Unable to bring stubborn Alexander to terms, Napoleon was
Canada, Britain’s ability to continue its global struggle was reaching         forced to retreat. By the end of the infamous retreat from Moscow the
breaking point.                                                                French army and their allies had lost 550,000 men.
In 1810 the Isle of Wight was a huge armed military camp. The male             With Russia liberated, Alexander’s generals begged him to make peace.
population not already serving in the armed forces was enlisted in the         They had lost some 300,000 soldiers, who knows how many civilians,
and the country was devastated. But Alexander had                                                 of the Royal Russia Company which controlled the
an iron resolve. He realised that no negotiated peace                                             monopoly on British-Russian trade. In the 1790s he
was possible with a man like Napoleon Bonaparte.                                                  returned to become a successful merchant banker in
Alexander determined that the fight would continue                                                the City of London.
until he himself rode victorious into Paris.
                                                                                                  In 1809 Hoy bought the manors of Walpan and
In 1813 Napoleon’s subject allies Prussia and                                                     Chale from Lord Yarborough and later Upper
Austria defected to Alexander. Together they fought                                               Dolcoppice Farm and the Hermitage, the property
the main French armies to a standstill in a series                                                where the monument was erected. The site was
of epic battles in eastern Germany. The largest                                                   well chosen as the pillar can be seen for miles. The
European armies ever seen fought vast battles                                                     mason in charge of the job was Andrew Morris of
involving hundreds of thousands of conscripted                                                    Niton. His original inscription has now eroded out
soldiers over fronts of many miles, often over                                                    of sight.
several days, more equivalent to the battles of the
                                                                                                  In 1815 the Great Powers of Europe settled the
First World War than the earlier battles of the same
                                                                                                  continent with a series of treaties at the Congress
war. Britain could only take a limited role. Her
                                                                                                  of Vienna that would provide a century of general
armies were committed to the liberation of Spain
                                                                                                  peace. Napoleon escaped from exile to make a coup
and the defence of Canada, which was being invaded              The Hoy Monument and the          d’etat but was quickly crushed by the Allied armies
by the USA. However Britain was able to raise yet                Hermitage as engraved by         at Waterloo. It was in these months that the first
more loans to ensure her allies had the money to arm                 George Brannon               signs that Alexander was losing his sanity became
and feed the huge armies involved.
The decisive action was the Battle of Liepzig, the largest battle of the
                                                                              In 1818 Hoy retired from London to live permanently in his homes at
century. For four days in October 1813 half a million men marched
                                                                              Southampton and at the Hermitage, which was much expanded. He
into the gunfire around the burning city. One soldier in five fell. At the
                                                                              invested heavily in local ventures such as the building of the Isle of
end of the fighting the French army was effectively destroyed, losing a
                                                                              Wight Institution (1811), Ryde Pier, the first Isle of Wight steam ferries,
third of its strength in casualties and prisoners. The rest spilled back in
                                                                              and improvements of local roads. He was noted for his generosity to his
headlong defeat. Germany and all Europe outside of France were now
                                                                              dependants and servants.
                                                                              Hoy died on June 26th 1825 aged 70. His will showed his bank accounts
The Austrian Emperor and Prussian King argued with Alexander that it
                                                                              alone were worth over £87,633, a multi-millionaire in modern terms,
was time to make peace with Napoleon. Hundreds of thousands of their
                                                                              not counting his many properties. As his two wives had produced no
men had fallen in the intense fighting or lined the walls of improvised
                                                                              living children, his Island estate was broken up and sold. The monument
hospitals across Germany. Alexander vetoed the idea. Without pausing
                                                                              is the only lasting memorial to the man.
for breath the exhausted allied armies began a winter invasion of France.
                                                                              Czar Alexander outlived him by a few months. In his later years he
Alexander was right. When the final Allied peace
                                                                                                 escaped into religious obscurantism. Any chance
terms were offered to Napoleon in February 1814,
                                                                                                 of modernising Russia was lost. After his death
allowing him to remain Emperor of France, he
                                                                                                 the Imperial Guard attempted a revolution. This
screwed up the paper and threw it to the floor.
                                                                                                 “Decembrist” revolt was repressed and his successor
Inevitably the Austro-German-Russian armies
                                                                                                 pursued his policies of repression at home and
battled their way slowly towards Paris as the British
                                                                                                 expansion of the Russian Empire abroad. This
and their allies invaded the south of France.
                                                                                                 predictably led to war and military defeat by the
On March 1st 1814 Alexander achieved his                                                         forces of Britain, France and Turkey in the Crimean
ambition and rode into Paris to take the surrender                                               War of 1854-56.
of the French capital at the head of 50,000 ragged
                                                                                                  In 1857 the owner of the Hermitage was William
allied troops. Abandoned by his generals Napoleon
                                                                                                  Henry Dawes, a former army lieutenant. He must
abdicated a few days later.
                                                                                                  have been embarrassed by having this Russophile
After a period of celebration in Paris, Alexander and                                             pile in such a prominent position on his land and
the Prussian King visited London to continue the                                                  added a second plaque to the monument: “in
international peace negotiations. There was much to       Czar Alexander I, the single man        honour of those brave men of the allied armies who
discuss. Europe had been at war for 23 years and had       most responsible for the defeat        fell on the Alma at Inkerman and at the siege of
to be politically rebuilt. In London Alexander was            of the Napoleonic Empire.           Sebastopol”.
received with rapturous public adulation. He was the          Courtesy of Louis Renault          In a matter of decades Alexander’s Russia had
hero of the hour. At the end of the trip the monarchs
                                                                                                 gone from being an essential heroic ally to a bitter
were treated a dinner at the London Guildhall given by the Mayor of
                                                                            ideological enemy. The whole cycle would be repeated in the twentieth
London. Almost certainly present was one Michael Hoy, a successful
                                                                            century when Britain, again fighting alone, would ally to another
merchant and banker, who had been elected as Sheriff of London and
                                                                            Russian tyrant, Joseph Stalin to defeat Nazi Germany and create a new
Freeman of the City.
                                                                            international order only to become enemies again in later years..
Finally the party spent two days at Portsmouth to review the Royal
                                                                            In the last century St Catherines Down was gifted to the National
Navy before the monarchs returned to their respective capitals. Hoy
                                                                            Trust and the monument to Chale Parish Council. In 1991 this council
was clearly inspired by these momentous events to mark them with his
                                                                            launched a successful appeal for the repair of the monument.
elegant regency monument.
                                                                            It remains for now as a useful reminder that this Island’s story is
                                                                            connected to the histories of many other parts of the world and past
                     Michael Hoy                                            world events.
Michael Hoy (1758-1825) had started to make his fortune in the thriving            John Medland’s book “Making of the Wight” is available in
British-Russian trade back in the 1780s. He began by running a shop                   bookshops and he will be giving evening classes on
selling English goods in St Petersburg and in 1786 became a member                       Island history at the IW College in September.
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