Advance Notice Of Lecture

The Historic Ryde Society will be presenting a talk by Roger Whitby-Smith at the Yelf Hotel Hotel, Union Street, Ryde on 17th March at 7.30pm. Subject of the lecture will be “the Phantom Flotilla.”

St. Mary’s Board Meeting

The next board meeting of St Mary’s Hospital, Newport will be held on Wednesday 28th January in the School of Health Sciences Building in the South Hospital.

The meeting is schedule to start at 9.30am and finish at 12.30pm and is open to members of  the general public.

Short Mat Bowls

Short mat bowls are held at the Wootton Community Centre, Brannon Way every Tuesday from 10.00am until 1.00pm and on Friday from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.

New members welcome

Talk and slideshow, Binstead

David Langdon will be giving a talk and slide show at Holy Cross Church, Binstead on Saturday 23rd January starting at 3 pm. His presentation will be on his recent visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan which is lies at the eastern end of Himalayas. Light refreshments will be available after the lecture.

Admission will be by ticket costing £5.00 which can be obtained in advance from Hilary on 615551, Tina on 611020 or Joan on 614053. Alternatively payment can be made at the door.

Military Whist Drive

A military whist drive will be held in the Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, Wootton Bridge starting at 7.15 pm on Friday 23rd January. Free parking is available in the station yard opposite.

For details contact Colin Goodenough on 882588.

World War One Road Show

There will be a combined First World War road show at the George Street Centre, Ryde on Saturday 24 from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm. The road show is being sponsored by Carisbrooke Castle Musuem, Ryde Social Heritage Group, Historic Ryde Society and Vectis Military Historical Association.

There will be displays of wartime memorabilia and experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

Historic lecture in Ryde

The Historic Ryde Society is hosting a lecture at the Yelf’s Hotel, Union Street, Ryde on Wednesday 21st January commencing at 19.00 hours. The lecture will be presented by Terry Nigh, and will feature old pictures of the island taken by his family over the years.

Entry is free to members but a small donation is requested from non members.

Footnote;- Almost 40 people attended the lecture which was a presentation by Trevor Nigh of pictures taken [from glass negatives] in the the earlier part of the 1900s by his grandfather.

New Hospital Facility

NHS Trust to open new 13 bed community based unit to ease pressure on St. Mary’s

NHS Trust to open new 13 bed community based unit to ease pressure on St. Mary’s

New facility to be called ‘Poppy Unit’

The health and social care system on the Isle of Wight has been under pressure this winter and a variety of new schemes have been put in place by the Island’s multi agency System Resilience Group chaired by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).   The Island received £2.4m to support the NHS through this winter and this has been used for a variety of projects including the opening of a 13 bed ‘step down’ unit in the Community.  The new Unit also facilitates changes at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Board of Isle of Wight NHS Trust have now approved, subject to ratification on 28th January, the opening of the 13 bed community facility for patients who no longer need to be in an acute hospital but could move to alternative accommodation to complete their inpatient stay. Whilst at the Unit the final co-ordination of their discharge arrangements will be made.  For some the discharge may be to your nursing or residential care home.

The new service, to be called ‘Poppy Unit’, will be located at Solent Grange, a nursing home just outside Newport.  The Unit, which will be located on one floor of Solent Grange, will be managed and staffed by the NHS Trust and will have a separate Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration from Solent Grange. It is expected that individuals transferred from St. Mary’s will only spend up to five days at Poppy Unit whilst longer term arrangements are made for them. 

Nikki Turner, Associate Director for Community and Mental Health Services at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “This new Unit is for when a patient is ready to leave an acute hospital bed and they no longer need active treatment provided by a hospital consultant.   Our hope is that this new temporary facility will help ease the pressure on St. Mary’s but more importantly provide a good quality experience and environment for patients who, for a short period of time, need to be placed somewhere whilst longer term arrangements, for example a package of care, is put in place.”

The Trust has appointed Charge Nurse Stuart Elliot to lead Poppy Unit.   Stuart said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me and the team we are putting in place to run Poppy Unit.   The same quality standards, policies and procedures that apply to other Trust services and facilities will be followed at Poppy Unit.   We’re looking forward to providing a quality experience for everyone every time.”

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.


Newport, the commercial capital of the Island and the chief railway centre up to the early 1960’s, also has a large residential population.
As the Roman Meda the town is of considerably antiquity, and is worthy of note that several of its central streets still bear names of Latin derivation. The borough received its first charter from Richard de Redvers, in the reign of Henry II. It was then, as its name signifies, the “new port”. Carisbrooke being at that time the seat of government for the whole of the Island. For upwards of three centuries it sent two representatives to Parliament, among them the great Duke of Wellington, George Canning, and Lord Palmerston.
The layout of the town is very much influenced by the Roman street layout, but planned by Richard de Redvers the First Earl of Devon before 1135. The principle streets being High Street running from the base of Snook’s Hill to Carisbrooke Road or Mall, Pyle Street running in parallel, the two main squares being S. Thomas’ and St. James’ together at right-angles is St. James’ Street. Other notable streets are Crocker, Lugley, Quay and Sea streets. Holyrood Street used to connect from the High Street to the main railway station.
St. Thomas’s Church, in a square just off the High Street, dominated the town. It is modern (1854-6), but somehow suggests antiquity. The building which was formerly on the site dated from the time of Henry II, and was dedicated to the martyred saint of Canterbury, Thomas-a-Becket. In St. Thomas’s Square is the tall Cross forming the local War Memorial. It is also surrounded by many Grade II listed buildings.
The Market Square or St. James’s Square present a most interesting sight on market days, when cows, sheep, pigs, rabbits, fowl, etc., are brought from all parts of the Island. In the Market Place stands a Memorial of Queen Victoria, erected “To Victoria, the Queen,” by the people of the Wight.
The Guildhall, where the corporation business is transacted and the petty sessions and county court held, was built in 1814-16. It replaced the ancient guildhall with all its memories of Charles I. There is a statue of Lord Chief Justice Fleming, who was a native of the Island. The clock-tower commemorates the first of Queen Victoria’s Jubilees.
In Quay Street, opposite the Guildhall, was the Literary Institute and Reading Room together with Calvert’s Hotel. Alongside this is a small lane known as Watchbell and in olden times had a bell hanging to notify residents of a fire.
The old Grammar School, a stone structure, high gabled with mullioned windows, at the corner of St. James’s Street and Lugley Street, a few yards west of the Station, was erected in 1619, and is substantially perfect, but the interior has been sadly misused. The building is interesting as having been the lodging of Charles I at the time of the Conference with the Parliamentary Commissioners, which resulted in the abortive Treaty of Newport. The King’s bedroom looked into St. James’s Street, and the old school-room was used as the presence chamber, where during the negotiations with the fifteen Commissioners of the Parliament which ended in the farcical treaty, having taken place on 27 November 1647. The Parliamentary Commissioners lodged at the Bugle Inn, the conference taking place in the old Town Hall.
Among other interesting old houses in the town are God’s Providence House (1701), the Chantry House in Pyle Street, Hazard’s House (1684) in Lower High Street, and Castle Inn (1684) at the top end of High Street or Castlehold.
In Upper St. James’s Street, running southward the Isle of Wight County Secondary School and the Seely Library with reading-room.
Many of the buildings mention above will be found in the following articles.

Source: Isle of Wight by Ward Lock & Co. Ltd. 21st Edition.