A talk by Tim Wander on G. Marconi and his work on wireless transmission here on the Island will be given at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Monday 6 July. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30pm. Isle of Wight Family History members free, visitors pay a nominal sum. All welcome

New Island Waste Contract

The long awaited decision on the preferred bidder for the island waste contract for the next 25 years [until 2040] and reported to be worth £225 million has now been published, subject to final negotiation it will be AmeyCespa. who will replace the current provider Biffa in November.
The company is a subsidiary of a Spanish conglomerate trading under the name of Ferrovial.
AmeyCespa currently has a number of existing waste contacts in the UK.
The other final bidder was Veollia with who the council will discus the contract if the AmeyCespa negotiation fail.

Odd jottings from around the island

It is reported that the company national CeX who deal in second hand electrical goods will be opening a branch in the store recently vacated by Ann Summer, in Newport.

The Blacksmith Arms in Calbourne Road is on the market.

Two restaurants in Newport are up for sale, these are Lugleys in Lugley Street and and the Valentine Bar in St Thomas Square.

Board meeting St Mary’s Hospital

The next board meeting at the hospital will be held on Wednesday 1st July starting at 9.30 am.

The venue will be in the conference room in the School of Health Sciences, South Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport.

The meeting is open to members of the public, the genda can be viewed by visiting

Hovertravel, Ryde event

Hovertravel of Ryde are having a weekend’s celebration from the 2nd to 5th July to commemorate 50 years of operation.

There will events at the Ryde terminal together with  live music, fancy dress and special giveaways.

Barton Manor Open Gardens

Explore the historic grounds of Barton Manor on Sunday 5th July between 10 am and 4 pm, and enjoy an array of entertainment and attractions on offer. The event will be themed ‘Go Yellow’ – marking the end of the Hospice’s annual Go Yellow fundraising drive. Everyone is invited to dress up and add to the occasion. There will be local entertainment by Island musicians, a pop-up cafe selling a selection of the fare available at the Hospice’s Sunflower Cafe and a gift shop. entry is £4 for adults but FREE for 14 years and younger. Parking is also free. Donations to the Go Yellow Hospice.

Newport Rowing Club-Regatta

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July.
Newport Rowing Club (founded in 1863) will be inviting clubs Hants and Dorset ARA, to take part in the Medina Regatta.
Saturday’s racing for men and women crews in all statues using coxed fours over a straight 1500 meters, will start at 11.30 am and finish about 3 pm.
Sunday’s events starting at 12 noon, will be for small boats and juniors using a shorter course of 1000 meters.
Spectators are welcome to join club members on the grass banks around the Boathouse at Hurstake where refreshments will be available or to view from the new footpath at Seaclose – car parking free on Saturday and Sunday.

All at Sea – Beach Festival

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July. The second annual All at Sea Festival will be taking place this year at Small Hope Beach, Shanklin, celebrating all the best of the seaside.
The highlights of the event are the Isle of Wight Birdman and the original Cardboard Box Boat race.
There will also be fun entertainment for the children including pirate lessons and sandcastle competitions, food and drinks available for all.
Prizes will be awarded for the costume, flight, pre launch routine, crowd reaction and entertainment value.

Science and Technology fun day

There will be a Science and Technology fun day at Isle of Wight College on Saturday 27th June starting at 10.00am and lasting until 2.00 pm.

Full details can be found on the college web site or telephone 01983 526631, Entry is free and everyone is welcome