Barn dance

There will be a barn dance at Wootton Bridge Community Club on Friday 19th June starting at 8.00pm until 10.30pm.

The Caulkheads will be providing the music and admission is £4.00 per head, to reserve a ticket or information telephone 01983 880118

New Community Garden Centre in Wootton

Care in the garden

A new well stocked garden center has opened at the junction of Park Road and Lushington Hill in Wootton Bridge.

It is run by the charity “Care in the garden” and offers training to allow people to achieve a placement in horticulture. Pop along there is plenty of stock available and advice is on hand.

For information about the organization see or telephone 07722868939.

Pending road work in Station Road, Wootton Bridge

Island Roads have published the following temporary traffic order and it effects Station Road, Wootton..

Notice is given, that from 18.30 hours to 6.00 hours for approximately 3 to 5 nights between Tuesday 26th May and 26th June vehicle will be prohibited from travelling along the road during those hours, diversions will be posted

Wootton football team c 1985

Wootton Football club mid 1980

This picture was provide by Len Parker who was a member of the team and he has supplied names of the those members of the team he can recall, can anyone fill in the missing players

From the top left;- George Lee [manager], Mark Cooper, Len Parker, Trev. Halliday, Dave Langridge?, Simon Lamb?
Bottom left;- Simon Ditcham, Pete Shephard, Stev Stay, Stev Vanner, Orchard?, Kim Rose.

Events at the Methodist Church Station Road.

There are a number of events being held at the church over the next few weeks:-

Friday 27th April. Talk by Andy Gustar of Hamilton’s Butchers, Newport [event to include a chicken/bacon supper costing £5.50].

Monday 4th May. [Bank Holiday] Cowes Concert Band in concert with Andy Norman. Retiring collection.

Friday 17th May. Challenge and Adventure, a power point presentation by Karen Eales supper will be provided cost £5.50.

Free parking is available in the railway car park opposite.

Village Coffee Morning

A village coffee morning is held each Monday at 10.00am at the Methodist Church, Station Road, Wootton Bridge.

Coffee and cakes are available, all are welcome, free car parking is available in the station car park opposite the church.


Open house is held every Wednesday from 10.30am at the church, coffee is served, have a chat and light lunches are served. As above free car parking is available.

Events at Church Close Club, Wootton Bridge

The British Red Cross, holds Whist Drives at the Church Close Club off Church Road, Wootton, on Friday’s 13th & 27th February.

Friday’s 13th & 27th March.

Friday 3rd & 17th April.

Friday 1st, 15th & 19th May.

All activities start at 7.30pm.


Royal British Legion meet on the third Friday of each month at the Club starting at 2.30pm.


Wootton Community Church meets at the club each Sunday, starting at 10.30am, contact Mrs Newman on 883228 for details

Occupants of Ivy Hall and Hollydean

This article has been written to record ownership of the 160 year old imposing old house located in Mill Square and known as Ivy Hall, it has just been extensively refurbished by the current owner.

The reference to Hollydene is to record the fact that it was the home of Maise Holt who died aged 103 years, she was one of the first people in the county to do work on dyslexia.

Hollydene, Wootton

ivy hall

1852    Lt. John Campbell R.N.

1860    Capt. John Campbell Fullerton RN at Ivy Hall

1865                    Ditto

1875    Mrs Fullerton

1888    Record of George Taylor retired farmer from Binstead living at the hall

[see additional info. under Lily Taylor]

1891    Census. George Taylor and his wife Jane

1891    Census. Lily at a dressmaker in Ryde, but living with her parents.

1895    Lily Taylor bought the land in Sloop Lane from Frederick Blake of Newport for £250.00 [This included Hollydene]

1901    Census.  George and his wife Jane at Ivy Hall

1901    Census. Lily at a dressmaker in Ryde, but living with her parents.

1907    Jane died, buried at Binstead 1st June 1907 aged 84 years.

1908    George died, buried at Binstead 16th Dec 1908 aged 86 years.

1921    Electoral roll lists Lily Taylor.

1925    Electoral roll lists Lily Taylor.

1929    Electoral roll lists Lily Taylor.

1933    Alice Coleman living at  Ivy Hall with Miss Taylor,

1938    Electoral roll Miss Taylor and Lucy Holt’s [Maisie mother] living at Ivy Hall.

1942    Lily died at the Vectis Nursing Home Ryde December 1942, buried 6th January 1943, unable to locate at at Binstead cemetery, report states she was of independent means.

Will proved 27th October 1943, Bequeth to Harriett King of Alton, the sum of £20.00 and the freehold of Ivy Hall, together with the orchard, land and buildings, plus 2 houses adjacent.

I bequeath Hollydene in Sloop Lane to Lucy May Holt, known as “Maisie”

I give Riverside to Percy and Mary Rider with 110 ft of rear garden.

1947    Relative of the Taylor family living at the house.

1980    No Ivy Hall listed but No. 2 High St? shows Ahmud Hossenbocus and his wife Ann living there.

1994    Angela, Marianne Freebrey and Irene Massey

2003    Martin Freebrey

2003    Mrs Varrg

2009    Property bought by M. Ryan


Hollydene, Sloop Lane

1920    Thomas Henry and Lucy Holt.

1922    Thomas Henry and Lucy Holt.

1929    Lucy Holt

1933    Lucy Holt and Phoebe Fisher.

1938    Electoral roll George and Nora Earle.

1943    Maisie Holt inherits Hollydene

1946    Lucy Holt [Maisie mother] died, buried at St Edmunds.

1947    Electoral Roll Charlie and Elizabeth Taylor

1947    Valerie Cowie.

1948    W.J.Roberts.

1966    Mary Taylor.

1970    Maisie Holt.

1972    Mr. Ffrench.

1973    Neville Place.

1974    Ivy Marsden.

1975    Ronald and Winifred Fellows

1976    Julia and Christopher Mew.

1977    Maisie Holt

1980    Maisie Holt.

1994    Maisie Holt.

2003    Maisie Holt.


Lily Taylor

1864    Lily Taylor born in Binstead,  parents George and Jane Taylor.

1871    Census.  Living in Ryde as a boarder and student, aged 6 years.

1881    Census George, Jane and Lily all living at Newham’s farm Binstead, farm employing 6 men and 2 boys.