Island Roads as part of the road network improvement have replace the borough boundary marker on the bridge over Wootton Creek, however location has been changed and the marker has been repositioned on the landward side of the new construction facing the millpond, some local landscaping has yet to be done

.New boundary sign -- Wootton Bridge

A photograph of the old boundary marker which was sited in the middle of the bridge on the seaward side with old bridge stonework in the background is shown below

Boundary marker-Newport-Ryde-on-the-bridge

Open day Roman Villa, Cyprus Road, Newport

There will be an open day at the above villa on Friday first April 2016, from 11.00am until3.00pm.

This is to commemorate the 90th year since the villa was discovered on the 24th March 1929.

For further information e-mail or ring 01983 529720.

First Sam Saunders lecture by the RAS. 24th March

IoW RAeS Named Lecture Flyer 2016

The above lecture by the Royal Aeronautical Society will be presented in the lecture hall at the Isle of Wight Technical College on Thursday 24th March starting at 18.00 hrs.

The subject matter is the Bloodhound SSC. car and will be given by Tony Parraman who is a member of the team.

This is an open meeting and open to the general public

Recruitment underway for a Lay-Chair for the WISR board [see below]

Press Release 

November 26, 2015 

Recruitment underway for lay chair for Whole Integrated Systems Redesign (WISR) Board

The search is on for the right person to help lead new moves to improve the way health and wellbeing is delivered on the Isle of Wight.

Partners in the ground-breaking My Life a Full Life programme are looking for a lay person to chair the next phase of their work to bring together services supporting the Island’s health and wellbeing. This phase of work – the Whole Integrated System Redesign – or WISR – is being funded from the £3.41 million the Island has so far received as part of the national NHS New Care Models programme to transform the way health and care is delivered across England.

My Life a Full Life is one of the 50 projects across England developing new ways of providing care and wellbeing services, under the New Care Models programmes. The new models developed, will act as blueprints for the future of the health and wellbeing system in England.

Besides delivering benefits for people, the project will also help ensure health and wellbeing provision is sustainable given the fact that more and more people are living longer, often with complex needs, at a time when NHS and local authority funding is struggling to keep pace with demand.

On the Island, the My Life a Full Life programme has led the way in meeting that challenge and is now entering the next stage through its WISR work. The programme is seeking to appoint to its redesign board, an independent lay chair, who has strong links to the Island.

Dr John Rivers, GP and Chair for the My Life a Full Life programme said: “Care services on the Island are under significant pressure.  With an ageing population and rising demands on services we know that we must adapt our Island based services to provide the best quality of care for service users and carers.  To get the best from the Island’s systems we need a root and branch review to establish where we can make changes that will improve the quality of services and outcomes for Islanders and also be more efficient.”

“During this process we will be inviting all lslanders to work in partnership with us to develop services in a way which reflects local needs.  Having a lay person in such an important role within the redesign review will ensure that Islander’s voices are at the very heart of the decision-making process.”

More details about the role and how to apply can be found on . Applications by Curriculum Vitae.  Closing date 18th December 2015.

An announcement by Macmillan nurse

Island nurse says everyone can play a role in tackling lung cancer awareness 

19 November 2015

For immediate release.

A Macmillan nurse from the Isle of Wight is urging the public to get behind lung cancer awareness month this November by being signs and symptoms aware.

Emmaline Cornwell, a Macmillan lung cancer clinical nurse specialist based at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust says; ‘On average, Macmillan Cancer Support estimate 122 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer every day in the UK1. Almost 40% of these people will be diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital2.

‘A big problem is that people don’t always associate their symptoms with lung cancer and assume that they are normal, everyday ailments – worryingly, half of those diagnosed experienced symptoms for more than three and a half months before they sought medical advice3. That’s particularly common with people who smoke, who may just dismiss what they consider to be a smoker’s cough.

‘Early diagnosis can, in some cases, mean the difference between whether curative treatment is an option or not. The top three signs to look out for are a persistent cough/change in cough pattern, coughing up blood, or chest pain4. Although these symptoms can have other causes, it is best to get them checked by your GP. They may be able to put your mind at rest. Or if they think it might be cancer, it’s always best to be diagnosed as soon as possible.’

The call for awareness follows Macmillan Cancer Support’s new analysis in March which identified that UK survival rates are lagging ten years behind some other European Countries, with lung cancer a particular problem. The CONCORD-2 global study5 identified that for lung cancer, Austrian survival rates in the 1990s were better than the survival rates the UK has been able to achieve to date (14% for Austrian patients diagnosed 1995-99 compared with 10% for UK patients diagnosed 2005-09).Emmaline concludes; ‘Early diagnosis is one area where we can do more. Just by being aware of key symptoms, and encouraging friends or family members to get checked out if they recognise the signs in them you could help play a part – particularly in the over 65 age group who are more at risk and may be less aware.’

Macmillan is only able to support posts like Emmaline’s thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise and give their time to help. If you’d like to support Macmillan on the Isle of Wight, please contact the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, or email

Cancer is the toughest fight many people will ever face, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone. If you have any worries or questions about lung cancer, visit or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.


Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium to close

The aquarium at Fort Victoria has announced that is to close, siting rising cost and addition zoo regulation for their decision.

It was opened in 1984 with the aquarium tanks being built into the arches of the military fort at Yarmouth, and specialized in exhibiting fish and invertebrate found around the island.

Seaview Wildlife Encounter to close

The Wildlife Park at Seaview on the Isle of Wight closed last Sunday after 44 years, it was first opened in 1971 by the current director parents.

She blamed increasing legislation as one reason why the park was closing, and the fact that the business does not earn any money outside the tourist season.

The park has been home to donkeys, alpacas, penguins, otters and other animals and has been enjoyed by many young visitors in the tourist season.

The animals will be re homed in other collections.

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

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.