Events in Wootton in the run up to Christmas

Thursday 3rd December. “Lights of Love” Carol service at the Cedars public house, 6.30pm. Mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. Collection for Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Friday 4th December. Caulkhead Barn dance, Wootton Bridge Community Center, 8-10.30 PM. Musicians welcome to join in. Admission £4.00 for reservation. Tel 880118 or e-mail

Saturday 5th December. St Marks Church, Station Road, A Christmas Event, 10.00am-1.00pm. Coffee morning, light lunches, seasonal stall, gifts ideas, craft stalls and other displays. To book a stall contact Joan on 883565. There will be Christmas music on the keyboard at 11.00am played by Howard Baker.

Saturday 12th December. Christmas Party Tea  3.00pm at St Marks Church  Station Road. All age groups welcome. Phone Joan on 883565 to reserve a place.

Expect traffic delay due to reconstruction work on the bridge at Wootton Creek


Bridge over

This is a view of the bridge on the seaward side around 1910, and if you look carefully you can see one of the first buses coming down Kite Hill towards the bridge, it was rebuilt around 1866.



A view of the bridge on the seaward side around c.1935

Island Roads have posted a sign on the approach to the bridge saying that work is schedule to start from the 16th November on strengthening the bridge supports.

The notice also states that work will last until February 2016, and there will be single line working during that period so there will be delays.

New Bus service for Wootton & Havenstreet

A report in this week’s edition of he County Press states that the Wootton Bridge Community Interest Company [WBCIC] is working to re-establish a bus service connecting Wootton, Havenstreet and Ryde. It is reported that funding is available and the service will operate Monday to Friday, the buses will be driven by volunteers.

No other information is available at this stage

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

End of village bus service.

Route 34

Friday 4th September 2015 saw the last journey of the village bus service N0 34. This this was part of the county council’s financial cuts.

This service was started upwards of 10 years ago by the Isle of Wight Council using the now none existing Wightbus.

The intial service was numbered No 29  and served the village with a direct link to Newport, I remember the first month of operation saw 542 people use the service.

Southern Vectis then registered the profitable route and provided s service 10 minutes before hand, hence the loss of the Wightbus, which was redeployed to Freshwater area.

The number of people travelling did not meet the bus company’s expectations and the service was discontinued.

I took some time to get a service reinstated, this time using school bus and providing a reduced service, The Folly and East Cowes were included at various stages and this caused the village people to move away and use the No 9 service direct to Newport.

In an effort to provide a service to the older residence, a bus service No 34 was introduced covering Wootton, Havenstreet and East Cowes but was not a great success.


Development plans Wootton High Street

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of the old Minghella ice cream factory sit in Wootton High Street [behind Majestic Wine Shop].

The plans call for the redevelopment and modernization of the ice cream factory and conversion into an open plan office building.

To the rear [was vehicle parking] the plans show outline proposed for 8 residential units, these will consist of 3 set of 3 bedroom semi-detached houses and a pair of 2 bedroom semi detached houses, with car parking for a single vehicle.

Any objection to the proposals have to be submitted by the 31st July.

Cancellation of village {Wootton] bus services

Route 34 Monday & Thursday from 5th Jan

;Southern Vectis has announced that from the 6th September the single decker blue bus; services No 34, that provides a link around Wootton -Havenstreet and East Cowes on Mondays and Thursday and No 34a  that runs on Tuesday and provides a service between Wootton-Havenstreet and Binstead will cease to operate .

Transfer of Wootton Garden Society silverware to the Parish Council

Transfer of silverware to Parish Council

This is a copy of a letter from the trustees of the now inactive  Wootton Bridge Garden Society on the 15th April 2008 transferring the societies silverware into the safe keeping of the Wootton Bridge Parish Council.

Trustees of the garden society making the transfer, Eddie Grove & Derek Feek. Lynda Smith parish clerk to the Wootton Bridge Parish Council accepting on behalf of the council to keep safely the silverware until such times the society may be reformed.

One for your diary

Wootton Bridge Parish Council will be holding this year’s Party in the Park on Saturday 25th July on the recreation ground off Church Road.

The fete takes place from 12 noon until 5pm and this will be followed by music from 6.00pm until 10.00pm