Odd historical jottings from around Wootton [Part 4]

Harwood’s garage at the top of Lushington was opened in 1933 by Percy Harwood. who bought the land from George Moody of Park Road

There was typhoid outbreak in Station Road in 1946 caused by cattle eating contaminated grass from septic tank overflow.

LLoyds Bank once had a branch at No 33 the High Street, last known business to operate from the address was Creater Comforts in 1990. The biulding has now been converted into a house.

St Marks Church was reopen c 1970 by the Rev George Raynor and he also established a boys choir.

The Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, both group meet at the Methodist Church in Station Road.

Private house/bungalow development in Glendale Close [off Station Road] started in 1963.

Meeting to discuss a by pass for Wootton High Street held at Wootton Primary School in 1969, later meeting held at the Community Centre to discuss plans for a by-pass skirting the trees the now boarder Mary Rose Avenue, and up Station Road as part one of the proposed route, proposal rejected in current format.

Wootton Rise in Palmer’s Road built in 1905 for Herbert Guy Mitchinson.

Wootton House in Station Road, built for Cannon Phillips from Rochester around 1895 and later Miss Sheddon, supporter of St Marks church .

Wootton Holiday Camp in Church Road opened in 1937, used by the military during the second world War. at least two groups are known the Jersey Regiment and the Americans in 1944.

Our information indicates that Beechcroft House off Palmer Road way built for Major Herman Way around 1929.

To allow the construction of a sewer in Station Road the following parties were involve Walter McEwen  owner of Quarrel Copse on which Glendale Close was built– Albert Oliver, gardener– John Wadhan, schoolteacher– James Havelock, Little Briddleford Farm–G.B.Moody on behalf of Station Road Methodist Church and Southern Railway.

Fattingpark Farm, Park Road was originally owned by Robert Stayner Holford and then by Right Hon. Charles Robert 5th Earl Grey, in November 1929 he sold 160 acres to Reginald Benson and Guy Holford Benson for £2,000.

In September 1885 St Micheal’s and All Saints Church opened at Briddleford Cross Road as a gift from Mrs Mary Nunn Harvey, it closed in 1910 after St Marks Church in Station Road opened in 1909, the now redundant tin church was sold to a place in Devon and the now deserted Sunday school sold for £15.00 scrap in 1934.

Occupational week at St Mary’s

Press Release

30th October 2015

Island Occupational Therapists to highlight their work during Occupational Therapy Week 2015

Island Occupational Therapists will be highlighting their work during Occupational Therapy Week 2015 which runs from 2nd to 8th November 2015.

Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages – babies, children, adults and older people – to carry out activities they need or want to do, but as a result of physical or mental illness, disability, ageing or being social excluded, they are prevented from doing the activities they value. Occupational Therapist will work with individuals to find alternative ways to do those activities to empower people live life their way (COT 2015).

Occupational Therapists from Isle of Wight NHS Trust will be sharing their work as follows:

·  3rd November – 11:30-13:30 hours – St Mary’s Hospital, Canteen Entrance

·  4th November – 11.30-13:30 hours – St Mary’s Hospital, South Block Reception

·   5th November – 11:30-13:30 hours – St Mary’s Hospital, Main Hospital Entrance

Sara Quarrie, Principal Occupational Therapist at Isle of Wight NHS Trust says: “Our services are focused around individual patients in line with the Island’s My Life a Full Life initiative.  Occupational Therapists consider daily living activities (or ‘occupations’) such as going out, personal care, making meals, rest, leisure, work activities, improving independence at home and in the community.  Our risk assessments are often a balance between what a person wants and the risks this presents.   As part of integrated working on the Island, IW NHS Trust Occupational Therapy Teams work closely with services across Health, Social Care and Volunteer organisations. Including the Integrated Community Equipment Store, St Mary’s Hospital Inpatient Teams, Social Care, District & Community Nursing, General Practitioner’s and Volunteer agencies such as Red Cross, Age UK and Independent Living Centre run by People Matter IW at Downside Community Centre.”

 See  http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Occupational+Therapy+clips&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=7DBB996F682586B551847DBB996F682586B55184

For more information please contact the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Occupational Therapy Service – Sara Quarrie, Principal Occupational Therapist 01983 534520, or the College of Occupational Therapy https://www.cot.co.uk/

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.

Odd historical jottings from around Wootton [Part 3]

That area, on the east side of New Road where the bungalow Little Orchard plus others now stands, was an apple orchard.

It is claimed that in the 1700 s a road ran from where Hamilton Butchers shop in the High Street is now built, to Havenstreet.

It is reported that there were 7,000 troop plus ancillaries stationed on the island in 1940 in case the Germans tried to invade the island. Plans also existed to evacuate all the civilian population in case of attack within 24 hours.

During the Second Wold War there were 1594 siren alerts and 125 air raid on the island with West/East Cowes being the town that suffered most.

The Germans had aerial photograph and maps of the island in readiness for a possible invasion, and it is reported that a group of soldier raided Ventnor radar station in 1940.

1947, Functions were held at the Conservative Hall [now Bumbles Arcade] in the High St., work on the new Conservative hall had started just before the first world war and was not finished until 1922. There were dances, games  refreshments, admission 1/6 per person, together with other groups who used the hall. The name of “Bumbles” came about when the village Rector took over the arcade in the mid 1970s in an effort to create work for people of the village and named the arcade after his dog, unfortunately the intuitive did not succeeded.

During the Second World War, dances were held in the ballroom at the Lakeside holiday camp.

During the Second World War various troops were stationed in the village and the then landlady of the Sloop Mrs Golden, praised the conduct of those using the inn.

Businesses in the village just after the war, Rendle Bros, Woody Bank, New Road– M.K.Bennett, High Street [Lending Library, sweets etc]–Muriel Glassey, De-Air School of dancing–Hendy’s Newspaper shop [now Spar by the traffic lights in the High Street]–Barton & Greenham, plumber and electricians, The Nurseries, Station Road.

Wootton football teams pitch was where the new Wootton Primary school now stands, the team also played on a field on Gravel Pit and Miss Shedden allowed the use of a room in Wootton House. for meetings.

Evacuees came to the village from Portsmouth in 1940 to escape the air raids in Portsmouth.

The carving hung in the eaves of the roof of St Edmund church cost £65.00.

The death occurred 1946 of Mrs de Long at Lisle Court, Woodside.

Dr Kennedy the local doctor of many years standing  who lived at Wootton Lodge, High Street, was awarded the MBE. for services to the community.

Press release from St Mary’s 29th October

Press Release

29th October 2015

Diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community

Staff at Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been made aware of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community.   The Trust would therefore like to remind visitors to the hospital that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, if possible, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends whether they be in hospital or nursing or residential care homes.

Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing and the lead director for infection prevention and control says: “I would ask members of the public who have had diarrhoea and vomiting to refrain from visiting St Marys unless they have been clear of the symptoms for at least 48 hours.   Everyone visiting the hospital for any reason is encouraged to make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”

It is vital that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, planning to visit their friend or relative in hospital, nursing or a residential home, stays at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop to avoid the spread of infection.  Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young that are most at risk.  If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111.    Further details of symptoms are available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk

Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting as it is highly contagious.  To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill.  Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus. 

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.

Press release by St Mary’s Hospital, 29th October.

Press Release

29th October 2015

Stay Well this Winter

All Island households to receive advice – call for Islanders to look out for each other

All households across Island are to receive information about how they can stay well this winter as part of the national ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign.   The campaign urges the public to:

·       Make sure you get your flu jab if eligible.

·       Keep yourself warm – heat your home to least 18 degrees C or (65F) if you can.

·       If you start to feel unwell, even if its just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious.

·       Make sure you get your prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve.

·       Always take your prescribed medicines as directed.

·       Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over winter.

The national household drop of an eight page pamphlet is being made between 26th October and 8th November.

Commenting on the Stay Well This Winter campaign, Gillian Baker, chair of the Islands multi agency System Resilience Group said: “We are making sure we give people the information they need to help them to look after themselves and also to know where to go for urgent advice – whether it’s pharmacies, NHS Choices, NHS111 or A&E.”


Many Islanders will have sympathised with Southampton pensioner Bill Palmer who spoke about the loneliness of old age to the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34603435).   Gillian continued: “Its also critical we all do what we can to help others stay well.  The elderly on the Island compose the largest group admitted to hospital in the winter.  Many live alone and one third never or only occasionally socialise with family or friends.    They, as a result are slow to seek help, and once ill often get too unwell.  This is a golden opportunity for Islanders to look out for our neighbours and ensure they get any help they need.”

 Professor Rida Elkheir, Director of Public Health at Isle of Wight Council says:  “In colder weather, keeping yourself warm is essential to staying healthy, especially for the very young, older people or those with a chronic illness. There are a range of health problems associated with cold housing and winter weather, but in particular, a cold indoor or outdoor environment can make heart and respiratory problems worse, and can be fatal.  Our Island community is well supported by a range of organisations both voluntary and statutory who can provide the support needed by individuals.”

On 15 October the annual flu vaccination campaign started across England, encouraging parents of children aged 2-4 and in school years 1 and 2, pregnant women, people aged 65 and over and those with long-term conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These groups are at particular risk of flu and vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect against flu and stay well this winter.

Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very suddenly; it can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death. Those who are eligible for the free vaccination should get it now. It’s free because you need it.

The flu vaccination programme, is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a wider joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England which us supported by agencies across the Island, to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.

Winter can be challenging on the health of these groups but there a number of things which can help prepare against the cold weather. Protect against flu by getting the flu vaccination, those over 65 and with long-term health conditions can receive this free from their GP or pharmacist.    It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist. Take prescribed medicines as directed and pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve. 

If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who can direct you to a local service that is open.   The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter.   Visit http://www.nhs.org.uk/staywellfor more information.

More information about local services, particularly over the Christmas and New Year period, will be issued during November and December.

Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group meeting

29th October  2015

Governing Body to hold meeting in public 05/11/15

The Governing Body of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a meeting in public.    Members of the public, media and interested groups are welcome to attend.

The meeting is being held at 10:30a.m. on Thursday 5th November 2015 in the East Cowes Town Hall, York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RU.  The venue is accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.  There will be an opportunity to view information about healthcare on the Island and meet the members of the Governing Body.  Further information about the meeting and the agenda and papers will be available on the CCG website www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk at:


The CCG is responsible for the Islands health care budget and commissions healthcare on the Island and the mainland on behalf of Islanders.   The Governing Body comprises: two Island GPs; two lay advisors: one responsible for Patient and Public Involvement and one for audit and Governance; a secondary care doctor; a registered nurse;  and the Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer.

The issues for discussion at the meeting include:

·       Performance across the services commissioned by the CCG

·       The impact of current pressures on scheduled operations and non urgent GP referrals

·       Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response

·       Safeguarding Annual Report

·       End of Life Strategy

·       An update on the My Life a Full Life strategy

The next meeting  of the Governing Body will be held on Thursday 4 February 2016, between 10:30 and 13:00 in the Green Rooms 1&2, Ventnor Town Council, 1 Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1EJ.

Odd historical jottings from around Wootton [Part 2]

April 1928, Arthur Hall aged 63 married Elizabeth Johnson aged 66 a shop assistant in the library in Wootton High Street.

June 1927 John Balls 30 married Dorothy Sheppard 22 of Myrtle Dene, New Road, who’s father Edwin Sheppard was the village blacksmith [business believed to be near the Sloop].

May 1953, Barton Manor, Whippingham up for sale with 688 acre plus 22 cottages, it is believed that Miss Holt later of Westwood House bought part of the estate [Miss Holt owned a antique book shop in Nodes Hill, Newport at one stage].

1908, Miss Shedden of Wootton House, purchased land in Station Road for £110 pounds to allow St. Marks Church to be built by T & E N. Jenkson, Newport , church dedicated in 1909.

Key dates in the life of St Marks, 1944 requisitioned as a rest centre. 1945 church closed and became a furniture repository. Reopened in 1969 by the Rev. George Rayner,  and an organ                      bought  from  the now closed Ventnor Chest Hospital for £125 pound, and installed in the church by volunteers. Church Hall  {new] bought from Banbury buildings for £1800. pounds and                erected by volunteers . Hall closed in 2006 due to Heath and Safety concerns, over electrical safety. 2006 the old Ventnor hospital organ in need of replacement, new organ would cost                        £30.000, secondhand organ found in a now redundant church in Middlesborough [organ built Foster & Andrews and had 507 pipes].

Age/history of village houses,, Myrtle Dean & Holford House built 1876. Belmont Cottage, Lushington Hill listed as owned by Belmont Farm, No.78 Station Road built in 1805, 119 High Street was a thatch cottage.

1900 island map shows  the road opposite what is now Harwoods garage as East Cowes Road and at that stage was the main road to East Cowes, it is now called Palmer Road and no longer the main road to East Cowes.

Four old railway cottages at the bottom of Packsfield Lane demolished and three private houses built.

!870 population of Wootton was 73 [around 3,500 at present] and it covered an area of 524 acres.

The two cottages adjacent The Methodist Church in Station Road, were formally farm cottages belonging to Fatting Park Farm.

National School in New Road was opened in 1867 to cater for 140 children, headmaster Edmund Brading.

1953 Swings installed on Wootton recreation ground for the coronation.

During the early part of the second World War the was a heavy anti aircraft battery at Whippingham to help defend Portsmouth Harbour and the naval ships.








Board meeting at St Mary’s Hospital

Press Release

27th October 2015

Trust Board Meeting – 4th November 2015

The next meeting of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Board, is to be held on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 09:30 a.m. in the School of Health Studies, St. Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst  Road, NEWPORT, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and the papers will be available on the Trust’s website at www.iow.nhs.uk under the ‘about us’ section from Friday 30th October.  The direct link is http://www.iow.nhs.uk/about-us/our-trust-board/2015-board-papers.htm.

Items on the agenda include:

·       Recognition of staff achievements including the Employee of the Month award (nominated by serviced users and carers)

·       Updates and reports from the Trust Chairman, Chief Executive, Executive Medical Director and Executive Director of Nursing and Workforce

·       Performance of the Trust across all areas including ambulance, community, hospital and mental health services reported in the Trust performance report.

·       Emergency Preparedness, Resilience & Response (EPRR) Annual Report to the Board

·       Nursing Workforce Plan

·       Quality Improvement Plan Monthly Update

·       Reports from Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation

·       Feedback from patients and staff including actions from ward and clinic visits by Board members, and filmed patient feedback

Mark Price, Company Secretary and FT Programme Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “We encourage members of the Trust, the public, staff and anyone with an interest in the Island’s health service to attend our Trust Board meetings to see how the local NHS is governed.  Although the Trust Board meeting is not a ‘public meeting’ at which anyone can speak members of the public are invited to send questions in before the meetings to board@iow.nhs.uk.”

The next meeting of the Trust Board following this meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd December  2015.

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.

Odd historical jottings from around Wootton. [Part 1]

1905 Herbert Guy Mitchinson  aged 27 from Westbourne Sussex married Ivy Denison aged 26 who was the daughter of Admiral Denison

Mrs Mitchinson [wife of the above] of Palmers Road, a musician of some caliber,  ran the village choral in the Conservative Club Hall [now Bumbles arcade]

Coming passed where Isle of Wight Railway ran under the Station Road and approaching the rise by Glendale Close, there were beech trees on either side of the road which met overhead.

The only properties in Church Road were Wootton Lodge, the Rectory and a few cottages, the remaining frontage was fields.

One daughter of the Rev Coleman vicar of St Edmund’s, married  A.Robert Chatfield-Clark, the other married a coachman against her fathers wishes.

Wootton Farm was owned by Herbert Brown and there was a pond in the field called “Goose Green”.

The two houses of the corner of Station Road called The Cedars & Lindens were built by the local builder called Please.

The large house off Station Road called Fernhill and owned by the Brodie family was sold to developers, during building work the roof caught fire and the house was totally destroyed.

A ferry boat service [rowing boat] across the entrance to Wootton Creek was run Frank Young, and it was reported the one could obtain liquid “refreshment” from his establishment.

In 1940 an incendiary bomb fell through the roof of “Westfield” in Wootton High Street and was safely extinguished.

On the night of the 15th June 1941 a high explosive and incendiary bomb narrowly missed the searchlight post at the end of Palmers Road, which was maned by 28 soldiers from searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery

During the same period a stray cannon shell went through the roof of Thorne’s bakery in the High Street.

Due to the threat of a German invasion of the island in 1940 a company from “D” company of the Black Watch were camped in the woods on the right hand side approaching Fishbourne Lane.

A picture of the Black Watch marching up Kite hill in 1940 is shown on page 93 of “The Island at War” by Adrian Searle

1912 William Henry Please aged 34 [father Henry Please builder] of Oakcroft married Florence E Brading aged 31 of the Lindens, Station Road.

Letter from Isle of Wight Council re. the Bridge & Millpond at Wootton, February 1973

The attached letter dated 1st February 1973 was written by the then County Surveyor, Mr Reed,  to the Hon. Secretary of Wootton Creek Fairway Committee and relates to concerns over the strength of the bridge over Wootton Creek. It also addresses concerns about the silting up of the Millpond and the operation of the sluice.

Update October 2015.  Work on strengthening the bridge is schedule to start in November this year and work will be carried by Islands Roads as part of the island’s 25 year PFI. road improvement contract. But the silting up of the Millpond is outside the remit of Island Roads, as it is now privately owned.

Letter concerning the bridge and millpond Wootton                                                         Part 2 of letter