Two old pictures of St James Square, Newport.

market place newport c1910

This shows the square being used as a bus station and the date must be  around 1920.

Note;- For those of you who do no live on the island you will find the bus station in South Street and the operators are Go Ahead under the banner of Southern Vectis.

Newport market

Same location but I believe some 10 years earlier and the square was being used as the island cattle market.

Note;- The market later moved to where the Morrison supermarket now stands in South Street.

Odean Cinama, Pyle Street-Town Lane Newport

Savoy cinema, Town Lane Newport Copyright Cinema Treasures. odean-1 Maltby Interior of Odean Cinema 1936 __Maltby

I have come across these old pictures of the Odean/Savoy cinema that stood for almost 50 years on the corner of Pyle Street and Town Lane, Newport, one tends to forget its existence.

It was originally opened by the Rank Organisation in October 1936 and had over 1200 seats and remained part of their group until being taken over by Isle of Wight Theaters in January 1961 and

renamed the Savoy.

It again changed hands again in 1969 when ownership passed to the Star Group [Associated Holdings of Leeds] and remained part of the group until finally closing in 1982.

The cinema was demolished in 1984. The next information I have is of he site being developed around 2000 with a large retail shop at the ground floor and flats above [Savoy Court].

Dabells who previously had a shop in the High Street where the British Home Stores currently trades. They moved into the Pyle Street premises and open a store selling carpets and furniture etc.,

with the retirement of the owner Mr Edwards the shop closed in 2012.

Note-; Dabells purchased Fowler at the top of Ryde High Street selling cloth and dresses, the building was later sold to the Wetherspoon group  who are the current tenants

The Pyle Street store reopened in 2015  trading as Solent Beds,  again selling the same type of products as Dabells.

Boundary marker for Newport-Ryde on Wootton Bridge.

I don’t know how many of your read the comments in the Isle of Wight County Press recently about the boundary marker stone that was located in the middle of the bridge prior to the bridge strengthening work that has/is being carried out by Island Roads. I read it had been lost/broken and a new stone was being made, below is a picture of the original marker so you can compare when the new one is made.


43 Borough boundary between Newport & Ryde on the bridge


February meeting of the IET

The next meeting of the above group will be held at the Bargeman Rest, Newport on Thursday 25th February in the Sail Loft Room.

Start time will be 7.30 pm and this is an open meeting to the general public.

The speaker will be Mike Woods, BEng. FIEE. CEng and the subject will be Advanced Unmanned Surface Vessels

Wootton Bridge village sign

Village sign was located on the bridge                                           Close up of the village sign

Found these pictures in the achieves, how many people remember this wooden post with the village logo mounted on top when driving across the bridge  into the village. Unfortunately the ravages of time and rain split the post and sign and it had to be taken down, the last time I saw it, which was several years ago the logo was in the parish office store looking very tired. This attractive sign has been replaced by the village boundary signs, shown below, the stork is the village emblem [storks can sometimes be seen in the millpond].

Wootton village sign

Dr. Frank Kennedy, of Wootton

How many people remember the two village doctors Kennedy [1906 -88] & Proteus who had their surgery at Wootton Lodge which was on the corner of Church Road and the High Street [The house itself going under the name of Gilwill this has long gone [1993] but the entrance to the surgery can still be seen  opposite the Spar shop at the top of Wootton High Street. Dr. Kennedy was not an early riser and those visiting morning surgery could expect to wait awhile, he would appear in his dressing gown and say next please!!!

Note:- There is a more detail information about the house on the main web site under Wootton then properties.

We have come across some old pictures of Dr. Kennedy.

Frank Kennedy at St Barts Hospital 1923-1 Qualifying at Barts Hospital, London in 1923


Portrat of Frank Kennedy  Picture of the newly qualified doctor.


17. Dr Kennedy at Little Canada Holiday Camp c 1950s 1950 He was the camp doctor at Little Canada Holiday Camp for many years.



5th IOW rovers at camp October 1951  5th Rovers at Corfe Camp 1951 [front row seated in scout uniform] He was involved with the scout movement all his life.


circ 1960 Dr Kennedy as Commissioner of scout for Isle of Wight c 1960

Wave Project– Announcement from St Mary’s hospital

Press Release

4th February 2016

Wave Project will help children at risk of isolation on the Isle of Wight

NHS Trust Charitable funds support project on Island

An innovative surfing project is being expanded on the Isle of Wight following confirmation of support from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Funds.  The Wave Project will deliver its award-winning peer-led surfing courses, plus a weekly surf club, to help groups of young people, who are referred by services such as the child and adolescent mental health service, social services and mental health charities, feel more confident, improve their outlook and give them a sense of fun.

The funding – totalling £16,959 – will be used to employ a Wave Project Co-ordinator and cover running costs of sessions on the Isle of Wight. Sessions will also be supported with the help of local volunteers.  The initiative demonstrates how the voluntary and statutory sectors can work together in line with the principles of the My Life a Full Life programme.

Joe Taylor, Chief Executive of the Cornwall based Wave Project says: “We’re really excited to be working with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust on this project. Thanks to the support of local volunteers, the Wave Project has been running on the Island since 2014, but this new funding will enable us to reach lots more children at risk of isolation.

“Our courses have won NHS awards here on the Island, and previous evaluation has shown that going surfing once a week in a supportive environment helps children feel more confident, improves their outlook and gives them a sense of fun.”  

The Wave Project began in 2010, when the local NHS Trust in Cornwall funded a six-week pilot scheme to examine the benefits of surfing on the emotional health of young people working with professional services. The pilot project used evidence-based psychological evaluation tools to assess whether six weeks of surfing helped the group, who were referred by a range of services such as children & adolescent mental health, (CAMHS), social services and mental health charities.  Encouraged by the results, The Wave Project was established as a charity. Further funding was obtained, initially from BBC Children In Need and later from the Big Lottery Fund and other funders, and the project began to grow.

Joe continues: “Since the original pilot, the Wave Project has developed an award-winning intervention that uses the local surfers to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health. New projects have been set up all over the UK, including in Wales, Scotland and even inner-city London!”

The Project Co-ordinator’s post has been advertised in the Isle of Wight County Press and in social media.   You can find out more about the role at

Dr Nina Moorman, Non-Executive Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Fund Committee says: “As a former GP I saw many young people come through my practice with difficulties.  In many cases I am sure that something like the Wave project would have helped them.   The Trust’s Charitable Fund was in the fortunate position of having received a bequest which enabled the Fund to support this innovative project.”

Rob Jubb who works in the Island’s mental health service and is a keen surfer says: “Our initial pilot scheme on the Isle of Wight was a great success and this was recognised in the 2015 Isle of Wight NHS Trust Awards.   I am so pleased that the development of the project has been supported so that we can take the next step forward.”

You can find out more about Isle of Wight involvement in the Wave Project at prepared for the January 2015 Trust Awards event and at prepared for the July 2015 Trust AGM.

Chris Mannion, from iSurf on the Isle of Wight says: “I was pleased to support the pilot project in 2014 and this funding will enable us to expand the programme and provide many more opportunities to young people.  There is no doubt that participating in surfing can improve the outlook of young people at difficult times in their lives.”

More information about the Wave Project can be found on their website at   More information about the Isle of Wight Charitable Trust can be found 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.

Press release from St Mary’s Hospital 4th February .


Chair of the NHS board

Press Release

4 February 2015

Landmark partnership agreement for integration of health and social care services on the Island 

A landmark partnership agreement has been signed by the IW Council and IW NHS Trust for the integration of health and wellbeing services on the Island.

The strategic partnership agreement, which was approved by the Isle of Wight Council’s Executive committee meeting on the 26 January, was also formally agreed unanimously by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust at their public board meeting in Ryde yesterday (3 February 2016). The agreement, which seeks to develop community-based, integrated health and social care services, will come into effect from 15 February 2016.

Incorporated into the agreement has been the continuing development of a single integrated contact centre, featured recently by The Guardian newspaper in an article about the “health hub pioneer”, which will cover a range of services from taking 999 ambulance calls to the Wightcare alarm calls and other related Trust and Council services.

The partnership will now seek to develop the integration through a focused board to achieve effective and efficient early help and prevention, better integrated working practices among professionals meaning customers only having to tell their ‘story’ once.  It will also involve the increased utilisation of assistive technology to enable people to monitor their own health in the comfort of their own home.  Integrated teams will also be working more closely with the third sector and developing an increasing number of self-management plans to enable more people to remain in the community, supported by their community and reducing the need for hospital admissions.

Speaking after the board meeting, Eve Richardson, Chair of the IW NHS Trust said: “As part of the My Life a Full Life programme we have already been working closely together to look at how we can improve the way we deliver health and care services to the Island community as part of our five year vision for health and social care.  This landmark agreement gives us the ability to move this to the next stage and formally integrate our teams and develop more joined-up working to benefit local people and make the most of our combined skills and resources.”

Councillor Steve Stubbings, IW Council Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Integration, said: “This is the first step in our journey towards the one Island pound model; a completely integrated provision of health and social care on the Isle of Wight. I am delighted to see that it was unanimously supported by both the council’s Executive and NHS Trust Board.”

Details of the partnership agreement can be found here.  For more information on the My Life a Full Life programme visit


Message from St Mary’s

My full a full life

Press Release 

February 3 2016

My Life A Full Life message brought to thousands of Islanders

A distinctive building on Coppins Bridge is being used to help raise awareness of My Life, a Full Life – the Island’s integrated health and care programme which aims to support Islanders to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The Agency building on Coppins Bridge at Newport has been painted with a giant mural urging residents to Choose Life, Choose Health, Choose Change.

The building is well known for featuring innovative and entertaining artwork associated with local events and causes.  It is hoped that this mural will make Islanders more aware of the My Life a Full Life programme and the need to prevent health problems arising, or worsening, by encouraging and helping them to lead more healthy lifestyles.

The colourful Coppins Bridge graphic highlights the importance of simple lifestyle choices such as exercising more and eating healthily. My Life A Full Life has worked with the Agency to create artwork inspired by the national Change 4 Life campaign, the latest element of which highlights the dangers of sugar that is hidden in many foods.

The mural invites those who view it to visit the My Life a Full Life website where they can learn more about the initiative and also what they can do to lead the lifestyles that will help them live healthily and independently for as long as possible.  The website includes information on getting involved with healthy activities, links to the NHS Choices website – which has over 100 healthy living topics as well as access to information and support relating to a range of physical and mental health conditions – and more information on the national NHS’s current Sugar Smart campaign.

Loretta Outhwaite, Interim Programme Director for the My Life a Full Life Programme said: “With so many people sat in their cars in slow moving or stationary traffic we felt that Coppins Bridge was an ideal location in which to publicise the My Life a Full Life initiative and also to promote healthy living.

“Not only is the junction extremely busy, the great majority of people using it do so in cars and one of the key things people can do to adopt a more healthy lifestyle is to drive less and walk more.

“The mural is meant to get people thinking about their lifestyles and about My Life a Full Life. They can then find out much more about both by visiting the website”


Specialist support for blind or partially sighted people on the Isle of Wight

3rd February 2016         

Blind and partially sighted people in the Isle of Wight offered specialist support at point of diagnosis 

A new service providing emotional and practical support to people who have just found out they’re losing their sight has been set up by sight loss charity Action for Blind People, in partnership with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Blind and partially sighted patients will be offered the specialist support through the newly appointed Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), Laura Gardiner. Laura has been appointed to the Ophthalmology Department at St. Mary’s Hospital for 12 months to support patients who have recently been diagnosed or have existing sight loss.

ECLOs, also known as Sight Loss Advisers, work alongside health professionals, offering help and advice on a range of areas including independent living, returning to work, benefit entitlements, offering advice on coping at home, and emotional support.

Laura Gardiner, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer for Action for Blind People, said: “I lost my sight five years ago and understand the importance of having that dedicated support. Being based in the eye clinic gives me the ability to spend time with people, talking through their diagnosis and supporting them to maintain their independence.”

Loraine Brown, Team Leader for Action for Blind People said: “It can be an overwhelming experience to be told you are going to lose your sight. That feeling is compounded if people have to deal with it alone. ECLOs provide much needed information, advice and guidance and we are pleased to be working with Isle of Wight NHS Trust to provide the ECLO service.”

Kathryn Taylor, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Operational Manager, said: “This dedicated support is especially important as the number of people with sight loss is set to increase significantly over the next 20 years. NHS England has launched a national call to action to change how we deliver eye services in the NHS and we are really pleased to be working with Action for Blind People to improve support services for patients on the Island.”

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and Action for Blind People are calling for every eye department in the UK to have access to an ECLO.