Concerts in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice

This is a programme of events until April 2016 to be held in aid of the hospice. tickets can be booked by either visiting the web site or by e-mail to Tina Groves at alternatively ring 01983 535331 ext 157.

Venue will be The John Cheverton Centre, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2ER  


Auction details of land in Station Road 1894

Auction April 1894  Auction details 1894

The above information relates to an auction held at the Bugle Hotel, Newport, April 1894. It is in relationship to land in Station Road Wootton, between Gravel Pit Lane and the Cedars public house, the map below shows the area in question and the two cottages are those on the corner of Gravel Pit Lane


Auction land 1894l   1894 map of Station Road,  Wootton Common [Now all Wootton Bridge]


Media Release by St Mary’s Hospital

Media Release

28th September  2014

Incident Response Exercise Today 18:45hrs to 20:45hrs

Isle of Wight NHS Trust, including the Ambulance Service, and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are category one emergency responders to major incidents.  It is a statutory requirement that category one responders test their ability to respond to major incidents.

A test of the Fire Evacuation procedure at St. Marys Hospital will take place between 18:45hrs and 20:45hrs on Monday 28th September.  The incident will involve mannequins as patients including the ambulance service high tech mannequins which exhibit symptoms.   One member of staff will play the role of a patient in a wheelchair.

The scenario involves the outbreak of a fire and the evacuation of ward areas on Level C, the highest part of St. Marys Hospital.   The OHPiT Ward & Discharge Lounge will be used as the wards to be evacuated from.   During the exercise the left-hand lift will be available for public use whilst the right hand side lift will be used for the exercise.

Alan Sheward, Executive Director for Nursing at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “It is important that we test our systems for responding to an incident involving fire.     We will do this whilst offering as near normal service for real patients and we will endeavour to minimise any inconvenience to patients and visitors who we hope will understand the need for us to undertake this important exercise.”

Information will be posted around the relevant areas of St. Marys Hospital during the exercise to warn patients, staff and visitors.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Executive Member for Public Health, Public Protection and PFI, said: “It is extremely important that our Fire and Rescue Service personnel and resilience processes are tested regularly, so that we can ensure a high quality service is achieved in the event of a real-life incident.  It is also really positive to see our emergency services working closely together on this realistic test scenario, further bolstering relationships across Island responders

Wootton Bridge Horticultural Society awards

Further to my earlier posting I have now recieved all the correspondence that was exchanged with the Wootton Bridge Parish Council in 2008 re the safe keeping of the societies awards, and its possible use at some stage in the future by another horticultural society or similar organisation. This documentation has been added to the web site as a permanent record of their existence.

Wootton Bridge Horticultural Society 1


Wootton Bridge Horticultural Society 2

Wootton Bridge Horticultural Society 3

Wootton Bridge Horticultural Society awards 4


Sinking of H.M.S.Gladiator April 1908.

Mid afternoon on the 25th September 1908 the Royal Navy ‘s warship H.M.S Gladiator, of some 6,000 tons was slowly steaming up the Solent at a reported 3 knots, the viability was poor and it was snowing, sea state was also high. Unknown to the captain on board Gladiator, the American liner SS. St Paul of some 12,000 tons was outward bound from Southampton en route to America. HMS. Gladiator         H.M.S.Gladiator

Soldiers at Fort Victoria in nearby Yarmouth who where use to the liners passing down through the narrows by Hurst Castle, heard the liner’s fog horn sounding, almost immediately they heard a second signal from another ship approaching up the Solent. A few minutes later they heard a loud noise and realized that the ships had either collided or one ship had hit some rocks. They were quickly out of their barrack and rushed down to the shore to give any help they could.

SS. St Paul       S.S. St Paul.

They saw H.M.S. Gladiator slowly come out of the sea mist with a list, the soldier realized that the captain was heading for a nearby by sandbank in an effort to ground the warship. They saw sailors deploying anchor chains in an effort to slow the crippled ship down, they answered their officer’s commands without any thought for their own safety. The ship slowly stopped before the sandbank was reached, then slowly capsized, those watching on shore then heard the command “abandon ship”.

.The soldiers saw some of the crew jump into the rough sea and try to swim for the shore, others scrambled up the side of the sloping and listing  ship. As the warship slowly capsized water reached the engine room and boilers, they exploded and the ship was enveloped on clouds of steam  Those on shore saw two whalers being launch from the ship and ran to help one as it reached the beach. It was found to contain those who were injured and from the sick bay [these were later transferred to the military hospital at Golden Fort which was nearby], the other boat was swept into the nearby Yarmouth harbour, The soldiers watching events on the shore released that that those swimming in the sea were having trouble reaching the shore due to the sea state, they tried relaunching Gladiators whaler, but each time they got the bow pointing out to sea. the waves swung the boat sideways. They then rushed to launch their own boat and found it was being repaired with a plank missing, they managed to make it seaworthy and launched it. They reached those swimming in the sea but the nearest sailors grabbed hold of the oars and the boat became unmanageable and was swept back to the shore this happened eight times, luckily each time with the boat crew and sailors. By this time some of the sailors had been swept farther out to sea, and due the sea state and lack of a suitable boat the soldier’s were unable to rescue them. In was not possible to rescue those that had climbed onto the side of the ship and they had to hang on until ships from Portsmouth arrived.

The person who organizes the beach rescue efforts was a Lance Corporal Crips together with the soldiers for 22nd Company Royal Engineers  at Fort Victoria. They were later given a vellum certificate from the Royal Humane Society and there were other awards. It is reported the the soldiers at Fort Victoria were also presented with the captain’s gig from H.M.S.Gladiator and a silver salver in appreciation of they efforts in rescue sailors from the ship. The army also awarded L/Corp. Crisp an increase of six pence per day on his army pension. Another unsung hero of that day was a nearby resident a Mrs Twaddle, who provide blankets and hot tea to those on the beach. There was an interesting sight in Yarmouth for several weeks after the sinking with various branches of the service wearing parts of the other service uniforms due to shortage of equipment.

Later in 1908 L/Corp. Crisp received an army posting to Sierra Leone, however he managed to see the Gladiator raised and towed away before leaving Fort Victoria, as a mark of respect he was rowed across to the mainland in the captain’s gig and was heard to remark “if we had been able to use the boat on the day of the collision we would have saved all the sailors”. L/Corp Crisp served in the army for another nineteen years, retiring in 1927 with the rank of Warrant Officer.

Damage to the Gladiator.

The damage to the Gladiator by the St Paul in the collision, was a gash in the side of the ship some 40 foot by 20 foot penetrating some 12 feet into the ship. The extent of this damage caused the Captain Lumsden to steer the ship towards the shore and try to beach the ship on a sandbank, but the damage was to great and the ship floundered and finished resting on the side of the sand bank. Damage to St Paul was confined to the ship bow and she was able to make her was back to Southampton under her own steam

GWreck of the Gladiator off Yarmouth


Salvage operation.

The work of salvaging the Gladiator, posed many new problems in salvage operations for that period of time, the ship was lying on its side and there was a possibility that it could slide into deeper water. Therefore a scheme had to be devised to stop the ship moving while efforts to re float her took place. The contract to salvage the ship was won by the Liverpool Salvage Association and they appointed Captain Young to be salvage master. The scheme proposed and accepted, was to use shore based steam winches bolted on specially reinforced concrete pads, to which hawsers would be attached to the ship. Underwater framework would be constructed to houses hydraulic rams to retain the ship in position whilst the salvage operation took place. The guns were removed and divers cut away as much of the superstructure as they could, to make the lift easier.  The day of the salvage arrived, the underwater rams were activated and positioned against the ships hull, the hawser took up the strain and slowly the ship was raised upright. The next task was to pump out the water and repair the damaged hull so that the warship could be towed away, This took place in October 1908, it is reported that the cost of salvage was £76,000 and the ship was sold for scrap for £7,000.


Chief salvage officer Capt F. Young ton board the Galiator 1908

Captain Young salvage operation master

Raising of the Gladiator

Salvage of Gladiator under way mid 1908

Royal Navy board of inquiry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          At the board of inquiry held in Portsmouth, it was stated that at the time of the collision H.M.S. Gladiator was only travelling at three knots due to prevailing conditions and sounding her fog horn at the correct intervals, however for reasons unknown, the captain ordered the ship to steer to the wrong side of the approaching liner. The board praised the captain for his subsequent actions after the collision in trying to save the ship and sailors lives, also the discipline of his crew. However the board found the captain guilty and he was dismissed his ship on half pay.

Footnote.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               On the 25th April 1918  SS.St. Paul was in dock in New York having been converted to a troop and awaiting the arrived of a shipment of troops for France. Suddenly and without reason the liner slowly capsized, it was re floated, but the salvage operation was difficult due to location. Why did the ship capsize ten years to the day of the collision in the Solent?

SS St Paul capsized    St Paul capsized in New York April 1918.


Source;- County Press archives and other sources.



























Press release by St Mary’s Hospital

24th September 

Getting medicines right in hospital and at home

Local Pharmacy service up for National Award

An innovative new local service to help prevent re-admissions to hospital and support people in their own home has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Pharmacy Reablement Service led by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust with Pinnacle Health Partnership LLP has been shortlisted in the Primary Care Innovation category of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2015.

Developed in partnership with the Local Authority and Social Services,  the service supports people with poor physical and mental health to better manage their medicines by providing one to one support from the time they come into hospital to when they return home.  It is estimated that around 6% of hospital admissions are caused by problems with medication.

Before being discharged from hospital, patients that are identified as being at a higher risk of re-admission due to an inability to manage their medicines are assessed by a hospital pharmacist. The assessment looks at how well they know their medicines, their cognitive ability, home circumstances, memory, and ability to manage their medicines. This information enables health professionals to put in place the necessary help and support needed for when the patient goes home.

A referral to a community pharmacist can be made and a home visit arranged whereby a full Medicines Review is carried out to make sure the right medicines are being taken, any discontinued medicines are safely disposed of and if any support services such as home delivery and repeat prescriptions are needed, these can be arranged.

The service has run for 3 years and already it has reduced readmissions, made hospital stays shorter, and released over £800,000 worth of health care for local patients. Commenting on the difference it has made, Gill Honeywell, Chief Pharmacist at St. Mary’s Hospital, said: “Medicines are the one form of treatment that patients are expected to manage themselves at home, yet they can be the most complex care, requiring special instructions, multiple times a day, and self monitoring for side effects.

“A hospital stay usually involves changes in medicines which can complicate self care even further. We provide an opportunity for patients to open up about their medicines when they come into hospital, help with any problems and changes, and the reablement service enables us to continue that support after they go home, handing over to our community pharmacist colleagues safely to continue to help patients get the most from their medicines. This close working between hospital and community pharmacy is being used as a service model for other areas and we are really pleased to see it recognised nationally in this way.”

Feedback from patients and carers who have received a community pharmacy home visit have said they felt less anxious and more confident about managing their own medicines. Community pharmacists participating in the service feel personal and professional satisfaction at making a significant impact on the patients’ ability to remain at home. Participating in the service has also altered pharmacists approach to managing other patients who have been recently discharged from hospital.

Gary Warner, local community pharmacist and managing partner of Pinnacle Health Partnership LLP said: “The recognition by a national organisation of the innovation in care for our patients highlights the work and dedication of pharmacists in the community. At a time when the NHS is struggling to make ends meet, the Island is starting to make better use of our clinical skills to support patients out in the community rather than always at the hospital or surgery. I’m particularly proud of my colleagues who gave up lunchtimes and evening meals to attend patient’s homes to help and support them in the initial pilot phase and now we have clear evidence that this brings tangible benefits we look forward to working with the Trust to make this a sustainable and resilient service.”

The winners of the HSJ Awards will be announced at an event on 18th November at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London.

The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.


Good review for the Beacon Health Center at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Press Release

 22nd September

A ‘Good’ rating for the Beacon Health Centre.

The Beacon Healthcare Center at St. Mary’s Hospital has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the national regulator for all healthcare providers in England.

In March of this year the CQC carried out a comprehensive, announced inspection of the Out of Hours service at St. Mary’s Hospital, which is a joint venture agreement between the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Lighthouse Medical Ltd, and found the Beacon Health Centre to be good for providing safe, well-led, effective, caring and responsive services.

During the visit the CQC spoke with a range of staff including GPs, practice nurses, managers, administration staff and patients to hear about their experiences and found the practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs. Staff treated patients with kindness and respect, maintained confidentiality and involved patients in decisions about their treatment.

The systems used to ensure information about patients who used the out of hours service was shared with their own GP was effective and clinicians were able to prioritise patients and make the best use of the resources available. Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned and delivered following best practice guidance. Emergency equipment was well maintained and serviced and staff understood and fulfilled their responsibilities, received appropriate training for their roles and staff felt supported by management.

Patients using the service said they found it easy to make an appointment and were treated with compassion and dignity. All of the comments made to the CQC were positive and emphasised the caring and respectful attitudes of staff and the excellent standards of care.

Commenting on the ‘Good’ rating, Dr Mark Denman-Johnson, Medical Director of the Beacon Health Centre, said: “This is a great report with a score of good in all five areas and no recommended areas for improvement, after what was a robust review by the CQC. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the GPs, the Advanced Nurse practitioners, the Trust’s reception staff and the Lighthouse management team. Partnership with the Trust and especially the Emergency Department and 111 service allows us to provide an integrated service and have a patient centred focus.”

Isle of Wight NHS Trust Medical Director, Dr Mark Pugh, said: “We are delighted to have received a good rating from the CQC for this service. The Beacon Health Centre is one of many areas that we are proud of and this is down to the staff and their commitment to ensuring patients consistently receive excellent care that is safe and of a high standard. We look forward to working with the Care Quality Commission to continually improve the standards of services we deliver.”

The full report is available on the Care Quality Commission website at

The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.

Christmas waste collections 2015

The following information has been issued by Amey who are the new contractors responsible for collecting island waste from the 1st November and for the next 25 years.

Normal collection date.                                                                    Revised collection date

Monday 21st December.                                                                         Saturday 19th December.

Tuesday 22nd December.                                                                       Monday 21th December.

Wednesday 23rd December.                                                                 Tuesday 22nd December.

Thursday 24th December.                                                                      Wednesday 23rd December.

Friday 25th December.                                                                            Thursday 24th December.

Monday 28th December.                                                                         Monday 28th December.

Tuesday 29th December                                                                          Tuesday 29th December.

Wednesday 30th December.                                                                   Wednesday 30th December.

Thursday 31st December                                                                         Thursday 31st December.

Friday 1st January 2016.                                                                          Saturday 2nd January 2016

Collections will revert to normal from Monday 4th January 2016

Leaflet by Southern Water

The leaflet below has been leaflet produced for distribution by Southern Water, It show interesting information as to how they intend to supply the island with water in the future, especially in light of all the new houses being built, currently about 50% of our water comes from the River Test in Hampshire, what happens to our water supply if there is a drought in Hampshire?

Leaflet produced by Southern Water

Other information show on the leaflet to conserve water/supply the island is as follows

1.Reduce leakage, 2. Upgrade water treatment works ? 3. Build a desalination water plant on the Isle of Wight.