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On board were nine passengers and
the conductor, Fred Bull, aged just
19. The bus, just in from East Cowes,
had made its first stop at Cross Street
where a lady and two little girls had
the good luck to get off. Charlie then
set off down Union Street with the
remaining passengers, among them
Jack Nunn, 45, a ship’s rigger returning
to Essex after several days working at
East Cowes.
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Pier Street in 1913. On the right, the King
Tudor front and on the left, the side of the
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Charlie told the subsequent inquest
how he had driven down Union Street
in third gear, “Everything went well
until I reached the Post Office, when
the bus shot ahead all at once. I tried
the foot brake but there was nothing
there and I pulled the handbrake
as hard as I could and I shut off the
engine.” A witness at the inquest, Reg
Yeldon, told the court, “I was outside
the Post Office. My attention was first
caught by the rolling of the body of
the bus going from side to side, then I
heard a loud noise which I think was
the brakes being applied, or reversing
the gears, and the bus then seemed to
gather speed. It was travelling at about
30 miles an hour, the fastest I’d ever
seen a bus go down the street.”
Edward Stock, another witness,
watched in horror as the bus hurtled
past him, “The driver was going fast
and I wondered if it was going to make
the corner at the bottom at that pace.”
By now lunchtime shoppers were
rooted to the spot, looking on in horror
as the bus careered helplessly down
the road and it was obvious to all that
the bus and its occupants were in
serious trouble. Winifred Teesdale told
the court, “As it got near the bottom
of Union Street I happened to look at
the conductor who was on the bottom
step. The bus got quicker and when
it passed me it was over on its two
nearside wheels.”
Charlie took the corner at nearly
30 miles an hour, “I tried the best I
could to swing round in to Pier Street.
I got part of the way round but what
happened then I don’t know. I just
trusted to Providence to get round.”
Providence wasn’t enough. Charlie
had no chance and shocked onlookers
saw the bus take the corner practically
on two wheels and then topple over
onto its left-hand side, felling a
lamppost in the process. Jack Nunn
suffered serious head injuries and
was killed instantly, his body ending
up lying on
the ground in
between the
lamppost and
the bus. Charlie
was pulled from
the wreckage
through the
broken windows,
frightened and
in a serious state
of shock but
somehow with
only superficial
injuries, “All I
know is that I fell
under the bus…
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The hotel demolition
in October 1931; a
sketch by Tom Smitch
of the County Press.
he right, the King Lud with its mock
ft, the side of the Royal Pier Hotel.
Note from the Editor
Welcome to the May edition of the Beacon magazine. This
month we are celebrating National Coffee Week and you
can too - support your local coffee houses and cafes, with
some great special offers not to be missed. Turn to our
National Coffee Week feature in our Eating and Drinking
section for all the details.
We are lending our support to all of our Island’s athletes
who will be attending the NatWest Island Games in June
on Jersey. You can read more in our Sports News about the
Island’s golf team who are hoping to return home with gold!
We have all the local news for your area and if you have a
story, photo or would like to get in touch about an issue in
your area, please email me: [email protected]
Have a great month! Sarah
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for the 16th International NatWest Island Games
in Jersey on June 27th.
This is just part of Wightlink’s ongoing commitment
to over 50 local organisations to support all aspects
of Island life. We wish all the athletes every success
in this year’s Island Games.
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First World War battlefields –
closer than you might think…
Remains from the Great War lie, largely hidden and
unknown, just off our south coast shores. Many are the
final resting place of those who lost their lives when the
vessels sank. Fascinating and moving stories of bravery
and sacrifice surrounding these sites are being revealed
by the Maritime Archaeology Trust through their
Heritage Lottery funded 'Forgotten Wrecks of the First
World War' project.
At the end of this month, Yarmouth town and harbour
will embrace yet another fun filled weekend of
entertainment and interesting things to see and do for
the whole family. The harbour will be filled with the
colourful spectacle of the visiting gaff rigged vessels,
some of which will race in The Solent on Saturday.
There is also a Sunday morning race from the Royal
Solent Yacht Club with the Queen's Jubilee Race.
Over the weekend, there will also be street
entertainment, live music, classic vehicle displays and
lifeboat demonstrations. There is also a craft fair and
continental market in and around Yarmouth town; St
James’ Church will host the colourful Flower Festival,
whilst the McGaffers' Beer Tent holds one of the Isle of
Wight's largest real ale festivals across the weekend.
The Old Gaffers Festival 2015 will take place from
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May. For further
information see the Old Gaffers’ website or telephone
(01983) 761704.
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Thanks to Joan Street for this beautiful
photo of a peacock butterfly on a hyacinth,
taken in her garden.
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Until October 2015, you can see some recovered artefacts
and find out about the Forgotten Wrecks in a temporary
exhibition at Sunken Secrets, Fort Victoria. The fouryear project aims to bring together personal and family
information, artefact records, historic and archaeological
research, and tell the stories behind the sites, through
exhibitions like the one at Sunken Secrets and via the
project website, educational materials and public events.
The Maritime Archaeology Trust are keen to hear from
anybody with links to any of the south coast’s First
World War wrecks.
One example is the SS South Western which was
torpedoed south of the Isle of Wight by UB- 59 in March
1918. Only 6 people survived the sinking. The ship
remains on the seabed were only recently positively
identified and the Forgotten Wrecks team are keen
to hear from anyone with links to the ship which was
sailing from Southampton to Saint-Malo, France.
If you have any information about the South Western
or other vessels lost off the south coast during the First
World War, you are invited to contact the team at:
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My Studio
School Journey
By Ebony Lane
At first, I was unsure
about being at the
Studio School as
the thought of being
placed in a new
environment with new
people frightened me.
However, the school has
given me a fresh start
and a second chance to
aim higher. That I cannot regret, but only be grateful
for. Also, looking back at where I was, I have gained a
considerable amount of confidence along the way from
this school. I feel as if this opportunity will teach me
new things, not only about business and work life but
about my career pathways, various skills and the way
I evolve as a person. I have already made memories
that I will be able to keep for a long time, such as The
Boat Show in Southampton, coasteering, the welcoming
atmosphere of both students and teachers and the
enjoyable activities that we learn from, yet enjoy also.
We would love to hear from schools
colleges and academies across the
Island with your news and events.
Please email
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My journey so far has been immensely active, the way
one minute we are in classroom learning about algebra
and the next we are jumping off cliffs! You learn from
outside activities as well as writing in a book. I think
that is very important to remember . Despite this, this
time last year I couldn't imagine doing such daring
activities but I did it and I don't regret a second of it as
I know it will be a clear memory for me to keep for the
Personally, I recommend the Studio School to young
pioneers because it’s a modern scheme with a family
feel. It is giving me the chance to experience what
I missed when I was at my lowest last year and
couldn't even bring myself to go outside. However, the
atmosphere is somewhat tranquil at The Studio School
compared to the off putting rush in the corridors at my
old school. I hated the pressure, but thankfully it has
all been released thanks to this fresh opportunity. It
just shows you that if you are ready for anything, that
anything will be ready for you; you just have to grasp it
with both hands. I needed this new chapter in my life
and I'm glad I turned the page as I can't wait for the
rest of my story to unfold. So far, I’m not being let down.
I can’t wait for what the future has to offer.
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Wight Karting offers the Isle of Wight’s only all-weather
outdoor 500 metre floodlit track for all ages from 8 to 88.
Open seven days a week, all year round (for advanced
bookings of 20 plus). Facilities now include privately
bookable party venue, conference facilities and stag/hen
The completely new state-of-the-art circuit and clubhouse
includes the ‘La Babalu’ Diner offering sandwiches and
burgers made to order. Adults race in the fleet of Formula
One style Sodi 270cc, four stroke karts with top speeds
exceeding 45mph! Trust us, it will bring out the competitive
spirit in you! Cadet karts have 160cc engines, seat belts
and head rests for maximum safety and with restricted
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COWES news
News from Paul Fuller,
Councillor for Cowes West
and Gurnard
•Baring Road is due to be resurfaced
the week commencing Monday 11th
May. A planning application has been
received to develop 11 dwellings on
the site of the Glen in Worsley Road.
A planning application is also pending
for 11 dwellings at land adjacent to
Dottens Farm. Once this application
is received, I will letterdrop to
householders nearby.
•Work to restore the Cowes
Hammerhead Crane has been
postponed due to nesting ravens.
•My grateful thanks go to Richard
from Safesite for going above and
beyond the call of duty for securing the
Frank James Hospital.
News from Councillor Lora
Peacey-Wilcox, Councillor
for Cowes Medina
been announced that the shop the
post office were thinking of using,
is not suitable. They are looking for
premises, but from May to August 5th
will only be in a portacabin in the car
ROAD: I have now received the
statistics over the accidents in the
area. Twelve accidents in less than
eight years - I will continue to push
to have some kind of traffic order/
calming in the area.
attended a large gathering at Lakeside
to consider the most productive way
of using the limited mental health
•The IW Council and IW NHS
were successful in their bid for
Vanguard Grant funding. This money
(upto £10million) will be used for
Community Wellbeing projects.
Report. Please let me know if you have
not received yours.
•Consultation on the future of
Wightcare is due to take place this
month. Providers, including Age
UKwill assist supporting residents
who use the service.
Please contact me at any time if
you require my support, or visit
one of my monthly surgeries!
•At the Full Council meeting I
supported proposals which reduce
councillors’ allowances by 2.6%.
•The IW Council rejected the
application to declare Northwood Park
a village green. At the hearing it was
made clear by trustees there was no
intention to develop within the park.
•I have been delivering my Annual
resources we have on the Island. Some
good ideas emerged and it appeared
almost everyone was ‘singing from
the same hymn sheet’ with regard to
MEDINA YARD: I have had
communication from a number of
residents about their concerns. I have
raised these with JTP, the people
dealing with the site. I was pleased
they listened and took action with
regard to the potential problems
including at Bridge Road where you
may not be able to turn right; about
no bus service, which they then began
to negotiate and about coach parking/
drop off areas. There is still contention
over the site.
delighted to attend Ryde Fire Station
and award Cowes man Simon Clarke
with his long service and good conduct
award. Thanks for all you do.
Paul Fuller JP, CC
Email: [email protected]
As a rule of thumb surgeries are
1st Tuesday, 4:30-5pm
Cowes Library; 5:30-6pm
Sports Bar, IW Community Club,
Cowes; 2nd Thursday, 6-6:30pm,
Woodvale, Gurnard;3rd or 4th
Wednesday, 1-1:30pm Little Gloster,
Gurnard; 3-3:30pm Cowes Enterprise
College, Cowes; Last Thursday, 5:306pm, Portland, Gurnard.
VIKOMA: I know I get passionate
about our local firms, but was at an
event to hear what a success this
Island company is who are now
delivering and supporting business
across the world.
DOG FOULING: It comes up
regularly! This time a bad spate in St.
Mary’s Road. If you can keep a record
of times and dates, I will do my best to
get some enforcement down there.
IYWAC: It was dreadful to hear the
news about the organisation having to
close. Still no news on the site.
I have had one dealt with another
comes up! This time in Pelham Road.
I am pleased to say that is the 3rd
abandoned car now removed, (very
quickly) by Island Roads.
Yellow Welly Fun Day - Bank Holiday May 4th
Cowes RNLI will be open to the public for guided tours from 10am to 4pm with attractions
including instruction on knot-tying. Light refreshments will be available, including homemade cakes, and visitors can try their luck at a Yellow Jar stall. Among games being staged
will be ‘Upcycle a Welly’ where you are invited to decorate the RNLI’s iconic welly. Wellknown local yachtswoman, Natasha Lambert, will be judging. A lifeboat display will be
launched off The Parade at approximately 11am and you will also be able to inspect a local
fire appliance and hear mobile Coastguards talk about their work. Meanwhile, moored on
Trinity Landing will be the Hampshire marine police catamaran.
Chivertons of Cowes is under
new management
New owner Jason Sellick
is working hard to
revamp the once popular
newsagent back to its
former glory. An exciting
addition to the shop is the
supply of party helium
Photo l to r: Jackie Johnson,
balloons and banners
Jason Sellick and Rachel Bradley
which can be supplied for
private parties and events. Jason told the Beacon, “We
are reopening and expanding the greetings card and
stationary section. We currently stock scratchcards and
also hope to reinstate the lottery soon to Chivertons."
Newspaper and magazine delivery will continue as
usual: “We have a great delivery team, and we would
love more customers!” Jason explained.
Chivertons can order newspapers and
magazines from a list of over 3000 titles
and deliver them directly to your door.
Chivertons of Cowes
5 Shooters Hill, Cowes
PO31 7BE. (01983) 716789
Pop in and talk to the team to arrange
delivery of your favourite titles.
Spring Floorcovering Offer
Magical May Half Term.
Visit us at the South Western tip of the Island, explore our
wonderful natural coastline and discover the world famous
Needles Rocks and Alum Bay.
100% PERMALON easy care
In our Spring offer we’ll upgrade
the carpet you chose to the next
available weight - at no extra cost!
For example choose a 40oz and we’ll
upgrade it to a 50oz.
Lots more choice, colours, styles and designs available
in-store along with all the friendly and experienced
advice you need so call or visit today
Visit our website for all our free entertainment this May Half Term.
Only pay to park your car and for the activities you want to enjoy.
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(opposite Hurst’s main entrance)
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All the friendly advice you need, so call now for a
free no obligation quote.
Essential new pit stop for
cyclists now open in Cowes
•Essential on-the-spot repairs in
SpyVélo’s workshop (opposite the Pit
•Equipment sales, including bike
parts and accessories, to make
travelling by cycle possible whether
you are here on holiday or are doing
the daily commute.
•A refreshment stop offering a range
of sports drinks and high energy
nutrition and snacks, as well as
coffee and other more traditional
snacks to keep you hydrated and
ready to roll!
SpyVélo workshop and SpyVélo Pit
Stop and Coffee House are located
next to the Floating Bridge in Cowes.
They are situated on one of the
main gateways to the Island and the
Round the Island cycle route, as well
as being on the busy commuter route
for foot passengers, cyclists and
drivers travelling to and from Cowes
and East Cowes.
The SpyVélo Pit Stop and Coffee
House is opposite SpyVélo workshop
and is right next to the Floating
Bridge. There you can buy coffee,
cold drinks, snacks and basic cycling
Meanwhile, larger repairs,
accessories and specialist equipment
will also be offered from SpyVélo - a
fully equipped workshop situated
just 10 metres across the road at 42
parts, all whilst you wait for the
Medina Road, Cowes. SpyVélo has
Floating Bridge.
two sister companies: SpyPrints
SpyVélo Pit Stop will offer a range of provides vinyl graphics, apparel and
goods and services for all cyclists:
design and SailSpy is the GoPro
sailing specialist.
•Repair facilities to enable you to
SpyVélo Workshop
undertake essential maintenance
42 Medina Road, Cowes
en route or access the professional
(01983) 299314
workshop opposite.
•An information point (also available [email protected]
online via SpyVélo website) with
Cowes Cycle Pit Stop and
information on cycle routes and
places to visit. Maps and promotional Coffee House
37 Medina Road, Cowes
material will be available so you
07748 502967
can make the most of the Island’s
[email protected]
extensive cycle routes.
Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, Age
UK, Cowes Sailability, Needles
National Coast Watch, RNLI, Classic
Boat Museum, Isle of Wight Search
and Rescue, Friends of Northwood
Cemetery,Wessex Cancer Trust and
many more.
Tours of Northwood House and a
volunteers’ fair are highlights of
the Open House on Sunday, 3rd
May, from 11am to 3pm. Do you
want to learn a new skill or make
new friends? Visit the stands at the
Volunteers’ Fair during the Open
Day. Organised in conjunction with
the Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre,
stands include Ability Dogs 4 Young
People, English Heritage Trust,
We look forward to hosting BBC
Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time
on Tuesday 26 May. Tickets cost £4.50
and include a complimentary drink.
Doors open at 5.10pm with recording
starting at 6.10pm.
Turn your unwanted items into cash
at the Cowes Car Boot Sales: 10th
Organised by Action Challenge, we
May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August,
are pleased to welcome Isle of Wight
6th September, and 4th October.
Challenge into Northwood Park
Held in Northwood Park off of Ward
during the Bank Holiday weekend,
Avenue, sellers arrive at 9am and
Saturday 2nd May to Sunday 3rd
buyers at 10am. Refreshments and
May. Participants can walk, run or
toilets are available in the Community
jog the entire (106 km), a half (54 km) Hall.
or a quarter of the Island (33 km).
Part of the Isle of Wight Walking
For further information about these
Festival, look out for the alpacas
events and more, visit
walk from the Red Jet Terminal to
Northwood Park.
or call 01983 293642
Ward Avenue, Cowes
Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ
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Taking a closer look at the Island's
golf team…
In June four very
determined young
men will be going for
the elusive gold team
medal at the NatWest
Island Games in
Jersey; a truly ‘Island’
team hailing from
Freshwater, Osborne,
Shanklin and
Westridge Golf Clubs.
The team is led by Darren Masterton. As captain,
Darren brings a wealth of experience to his third games,
having achieved two silver medals in the team and a
fourth in the singles in Bermuda. Darren has been Isle
of Wight Golf Union (IWGU) Island Champion three
times, four times Isle of Wight Golf Alliance Champion
and five times champion at his home club of Osborne.
Ryan Harmer, 19, from Freshwater Bay Golf Club has
captained Hampshire Under 18 team at the England
Golf County finals; played for Hampshire Colts and has
recently debuted for the Hampshire First Team. Like
Darren he’s also had success at his home club winning
the championship there in 2013 and 2014.
Josh Oddy, 17, from Westridge, got his call up last
year to the England Under 16 team in matches
against Scotland and then Ireland. Josh is a two time
winner of the Hampshire Under 16 Championship and
qualified for the matchplay section of the Hampshire
Men’s Championship at the tender age of just 14. At
Westridge Josh won the 2014 Men's and Junior Club
Championships as well as holding the course record at
five under par. Jordan Sundborg, also 17, plays out of
Shanklin and Sandown and was in the England Under
16 Regional Squad from 2011 to 2013. He has also been
a member of the Hampshire Tournament Squad since
2012 and he will be making his debut for the Hampshire
First Team in Guernsey later this year. Jordan currently
holds the Hampshire County Foursomes Championship
partnered by Nat Riddett, as well as being the current
Island Men’s Champion and a three time winner of the
Junior Championship.
Having Island golfers rallying behind them to help
finance their bid for gold, as well as businesses like
Premier Ford Rental providing transport, the team have
every chance of achieving their dream of gold. And you
never know, an individual gold might be with in reach
as well and we haven’t won one of them since Dave
McToldridge in 1993!
Sporting sponsorship powers athletes to the Island Games
Over 200 Island athletes, representing the Island in 12
sports, are being given a helping hand by Wightlink to
get to Jersey by providing complimentary travel across
the Solent. Mark Persad of Wightlink told us more: “We
are really proud to support those competing at the 16th
Natwest Island Games. Wightlink has been supporting
the Isle of Wight team since the start of the games,
which are so vital in showcasing our local talent on an
international platform. We’ll all be rooting for them as
the Games get underway.”
The support is part of the ferry company’s wide-ranging
community sponsorship programme that supports over
50 local organisations. This includes helping young
people and youth organisations, individuals who have
the potential to excel in their area, disadvantaged or
vulnerable members of the community and Island sports
teams and groups. The company’s chosen charity for
2015 is the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, a service that
offers counselling, advice, information and support
services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of
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Saturday 2nd May
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If you enjoy meeting people,
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Sailors & landlubbers of all ages
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Megan Turner
Photographs from left to right: Megan
today. Fighting for her life (note the
ruler). At five weeks old. Five year old
Megan with her mum and dad.
Megan Turner is seventeen this month which is something of a miracle in itself. Back in May 1998 she was born
16 weeks premature at St Mary’s Hospital and weighed in at just 1lb 6ozs, which was less than a bag of sugar. Like
any new birth it was a joyous occasion but her parents, Ann and Steve, had been made aware their celebrations might
be cut short as there was only a ten per cent chance she would survive. With Steve as the inspiration and Megan
being a real fighter they remained positive and after many weeks she finally left hospital as a bonny baby of 5lb 6ozs.
Initially she could lay in Steve’s hand.
Apparently, one or two were worried
about this.They had obviously seen him
play as a goalkeeper in Island League
football! Joking aside, he always remained
confident and coped by recording so
much detail including pictures of the
very caring staff and any progress
she made. The nurses at the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) made their
own diary and kept it tied to the incubator,
where she spent the first 10 weeks of her
precious life.
One of the staff wrote on the diary
cover, as if she were Megan. It read:
“Will anyone who looked after me on
my holiday here please make an entry in
my diary.”
Ann still has it and it makes fascinating
reading. There were many scary moments
and the lingering worry that she might be
brain damaged.
Megan has read it once and told me.
“When I read it I got choked up because
they obviously thought so much of tiny
little me. I owe my life to them. They
called themselves my ‘NICU aunties’,
using the initials of their unit.”
Just after Megan came out of hospital
she came live on to my radio show and
managed the odd gurgle. She’s been back
on several occasions and I have enjoyed
watching her progress. When we met
up again for this interview she gave me
a great hug and then didn’t stop talking.
She’s exhilarating company and has so
much energy!
Megan was around the age of five
when her parents explained all about
her dramatic fight for life. They took her
to an event promoting blood donors and
she was the perfect example of how blood
helped her pull through. She needed it
virtually every day of her hospital stay.
Megan explained it in her own unique
way, “Dad was the smart gene, mum was
the crazy gene and the sexy gene was
down to the blood transfusions!”
Originally, it was thought she would
take some time to catch up on normal life
but, luckily, this has long been overcome.
She enjoyed her school days, particularly
at Solent Middle. Over the years her
favourite subjects were History, English
and German. Now she writes poetry.
“I also liked drama but this was kind of
bullied out of me at school but I am hoping
to go back to it,” said Megan.
Currently she’s studying for an office
and administration diploma at the IW
College and next year will be attending
a Performing Arts Level 2 course at the
same venue. Hence her ambition to act,
sing and dance.
“I can flap my arms and warble a bit
so I am hoping to do alright. When I was
at school I was once typecast as a mad
Megan, who lives in Cowes, already has
a dream to work permanently at Osborne
House but she has to be eighteen. In
summer she’s a volunteer guide and
loves every minute. Once, a family told
her that she had made their day with her
enthusiasm and knowledge. To Megan,
this kind of comment was worth more
than money.
The Turner family has continually
supported the NICU at St Mary’s. They
are so grateful for all the love and care
that was offered during Megan’s fight for
Ann has an amazing box of memorabilia.
They had to buy a cat drinking bottle to
feed her with milk. During this delicate
routine she also had a breathing tube in
her mouth. The nappies were made from
breast pads and the bootees were so tiny.
They had a ‘100 Day Party’ for Megan
during her hospital stay. There were also
more fun moments. When she had to go
to Portsmouth, with eye problems, they
had a special passport made which was
stamped on every trip. At one time they
had to shave Megan’s head to get into a
vein and Ann still has the original hair.
When Mum and Dad were out of the
room I picked up one or two secrets from
Megan. Ann turned down a date with Steve
on at least three occasions. Eventually she
relented and he bought her a bunch of red
carnations on their first one, “Now when
Dad buys mum flowers she wonders what
he’s done or broken!”
Over the years, one or two national
magazines have contacted Ann for a
possible story. When they have discovered
that Megan is now perfectly normal, with
no problems, they have not phoned back.
They are just a devoted family and a joy
to be with. Ann told me: “Megan’s a good
friend, great company and a pleasure to
be with.” Steve added: “She’s come a long
way and achieved a lot. I’m really proud
of her.”
I left the last words to Megan: “John,
I still want your job of meeting all those
famous people.” I’d better watch out.
Megan Turner Meets has a certain ring
to it!
Little Hayes Care Home
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For 25 years Friends of the Animals has helped many
thousands of sick, injured and unwanted animals and
have also performed 28,800 spays and neuters. However, the charity urgently needs your help as next year
the lease on their Newport premises expires. A builder
has calculated the number of bricks needed to secure a
permanent base for the charity and Friends of the Animals will be working hard to raise the £200,000 needed.
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Trend Youth Cafe
proving popular with
after school crowd
Trend, the UK’s first dedicated upcycling youth
cafe is now open on Newport High Street, in the
distinctive former Osbornes’ gentlemen’s outfitters
shop (opposite the Guildhall). Trend is the latest
practical scheme to come from the Island-based
charity The Footprint Trust, who were recently
presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary
service to the Isle of Wight community.
Trend Cafe provides a drop-in centre for young people aged
between 11-19 and gives them the opportunity to meet in
a safe environment, with low-cost drinks and snacks. Free
internet access using upcycled computers is available,
and tabletop games and puzzles are proving very popular.
There is a wide range of information available about issues
that affect young people, and a recent mocktail afternoon,
promoting healthy alternatives to alcohol, proved to be
very popular!
Alongside the social opportunities, young people can take
part in upcycling workshops and learn skills in creation,
design and enterprise. Volunteers and guests bring a
broad range of skills into the cafe, and the Footprint Trust
is working with partners to host taster sessions of other
activities available on the Island, such as art workshops
led by artists from Quay Arts. Local businesses have
already come forward, offering help and support, but The
Trust would like to hear from you if you can donate shop
fittings, staff time, materials or would like to buy upcycled
items from the Trend shop.
Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Rachel Brown told the
Beacon about the positive effect on the Island’s youth:
“We are delighted that the first few months of Trend has
proven to be such a success. It gives us a real opportunity
to build on our established work and open up links into
employability by designing and delivering this youth-led
green enterprise project”.
The project can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or by phone (01983) 822282. You can follow
what happening on twitter @trendiw or on the Trend
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ISLAND STORY by Alan Stroud
The Royal Pier Hotel And Young Fred Bull
Until 1931 the Royal Pier Hotel stood at the bottom of Union Street in Ryde where today’s
roundabout now stands. Traffic coming down the hill was faced with a notoriously difficult righthand corner into what was then Pier Street, where the hotel stood on the left-hand side. One
afternoon in March 1929, Charlie Wheeler, a driver for the Enterprise bus company, lost control of
his bus as he drove down Union Street. In front of horrified lunchtime shoppers two people were
killed in the crash that followed as Charlie tried in vain to get round the sharp corner.
On board were nine passengers and
the conductor, Fred Bull, aged just
19. The bus, just in from East Cowes,
had made its first stop at Cross Street
where a lady and two little girls had
the good luck to get off. Charlie then
set off down Union Street with the
remaining passengers, among them
Jack Nunn, 45, a ship’s rigger returning
to Essex after several days working at
East Cowes.
Charlie told the subsequent inquest
how he had driven down Union Street
in third gear, “Everything went well
until I reached the Post Office, when
the bus shot ahead all at once. I tried
the foot brake but there was nothing
there and I pulled the handbrake
as hard as I could and I shut off the
engine.” A witness at the inquest, Reg
Yeldon, told the court, “I was outside
the Post Office. My attention was first
Pier Street in 1913. On the right, the King Lud with its mock
Tudor front and on the left, the side of the Royal Pier Hotel.
caught by the rolling of the body of
the bus going from side to side, then I
heard a loud noise which I think was
the brakes being applied, or reversing
the gears, and the bus then seemed to
gather speed. It was travelling at about
30 miles an hour, the fastest I’d ever
seen a bus go down the street.”
Edward Stock, another witness,
watched in horror as the bus hurtled
past him, “The driver was going fast
The Royal Pier Hotel in 1907.
and I wondered if it was going to make
the corner at the bottom at that pace.”
By now lunchtime shoppers were
rooted to the spot, looking on in horror
as the bus careered helplessly down
the road and it was obvious to all that
the bus and its occupants were in
serious trouble. Winifred Teesdale told
the court, “As it got near the bottom
of Union Street I happened to look at
the conductor who was on the bottom
step. The bus got quicker and when
it passed me it was over on its two
nearside wheels.”
Charlie took the corner at nearly
30 miles an hour, “I tried the best I
could to swing round in to Pier Street.
I got part of the way round but what
happened then I don’t know. I just
trusted to Providence to get round.”
Providence wasn’t enough. Charlie
had no chance and shocked onlookers
saw the bus take the corner practically
on two wheels and then topple over
onto its left-hand side, felling a
lamppost in the process. Jack Nunn
suffered serious head injuries and
was killed instantly, his body ending
up lying on
the ground in
between the
lamppost and
the bus. Charlie
was pulled from
the wreckage
through the
broken windows,
frightened and
in a serious state
of shock but
somehow with
only superficial
injuries, “All I
know is that I fell
under the bus…
The hotel demolition
in October 1931; a
sketch by Tom Smitch
of the County Press.
but I was one of the lucky ones.”
He was indeed. Poor Fred Bull was
not so lucky. The 19 year old, one of
a family of 12, and described as “a
promising young lad and a popular
fellow,” was pinned face down on the
road underneath the platform with
much of the weight of the bus resting
on him. Someone had telephoned for
an ambulance and by the time it got
there the crowd had lifted the platform
and pulled him out. He was taken to
Ryde Hospital where he spoke briefly,
complaining of chest pains, but quickly
lapsed into unconsciousness, dying
15 minutes later. He had been a bus
conductor for only twelve weeks.
Back at Pier Street the wrecked bus
lay on its side until mid-afternoon, “Her
ripped front and her battered side with
its broken glass presenting a sorry
sight. A sense of gloom passed over
the town. “
The Inquest jury exonerated Charlie
Wheeler from all blame, describing the
braking system of the bus as “useless.”
They also said something should be
done about the dangerous corner. The
Council, who had twice turned down
the chance to buy the hotel, were
now stung into action. They bought it
for £13,800 and it was demolished in
October 1931. Fred Bull, Jack Nunn
and Pier Street then quietly passed
into history.
W IN A C AR W O R TH O V ER £ 10 ,0 0 0 !
the team at the
s in 2015 and as part of this celebration,
Isle of Wight Radio is celebrating 25 year
This money will
ntbatten Hospice in a bid to raise £35,000.
illnesses who
will help support Islanders with life limiting
be used to employ a community nurse, who
wish to be cared for at home.
About the prize…
Funds will be raised through a spectacular raffle, with every ticket
bought entered into a prize draw it win a car! One lucky winner will
become the proud owner of a silver Peugeot 208 Access. The five door,
1.2 petrol car is worth over £10,000!
How to enter…
on each raffle ticket purchased from Isle
Simply fill in your name and telephone number
(on Halberry Lane) and all Hospice shops
of Wight Radio, The Earl Mountbatten Hospice
payment to any one of the outlets and you
across the Island. Return these tickets and your
t Britain and over 16 years of age to enter.
are in the draw! You must be a resident of Grea
And the lucky winner is…
The closing date for entries is Thursd
ay 10th December 2015. The draw
will take place LIVE on Topping in the
Morning on Isle of Wight Radio
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AT SOME point in your life it is likely you
will be faced with the very distressing and
daunting experience of arranging a funeral
for a loved one, or a person close to you.
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At a time like this, choosing the right funeral which is needed at such a time.
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will guide you and your family through this
of staff, who are all professionally trained
very difficult time. A funeral can only take
to the highest standard and are dedicated
place once and by combining memories,
music, hymns, poems and readings, a service to serving the needs of their community. A
can be made more personal and reflect that Jaguar hearse and limousine form part of
the impressive fleet of cars that are used,
person’s life. A funeral service is an event
including a striking Victorian horse-drawn
that aids the natural grieving process.
William Hall Funeral Directors is an
independent funeral director and a member
of The National Association of Funeral
Directors (NAFD) and The National
Society of Allied and Independent Funeral
Directors (SAIF), both of which are funeral
trade associations, which ensure the highest
professional standards are maintained and a
strict code of practice is adhered to, which
they regularly monitor.
Formed in 1992 by William Hall, with the
aim of offering a unique and individual
service to families, William Hall Funeral
Directors has helped, guide and support
thousands of families on the Isle of Wight.
William Hall Funeral Directors provide
a professional, caring service 24 hours a
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A funeral plan is a thoughtful way of
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who do not wish for a full burial but would
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and your loved ones will benefit from peace all shapes and forms; this is, in the true
of mind, knowing everything is taken care of sense, creating life from death. Springwood
cemetery prides itself on being a peaceful
in advance.
and tranquil place of natural outstanding
beauty and a haven for wildlife. Since the
cemetery was created, bird feeders, nesting
boxes, slowworm areas, kestrel boxes and
stands have all been added, these have
encouraged and protected wildlife, as a
result it now has resident squirrels, hares,
foxes, kestrels, owls and many other birds
within the cemetery.
nearly a million people in Britain have taken
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William Hall’s committed service begins as
soon as you contact them, often extending
Springwood cemetery
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William Hall Funeral Directors also own
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in 1995, Springwood Cemetery was one of
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a most thoughtful decision
They can also offer advice on prepaid funeral Within the cemetery there are consecrated
and non consecrated areas, catering for
plans. A funeral plan can save you money
all beliefs. Each grave has a tree planted in
and provides invaluable peace of mind for
you and your family. The reassurance gained memory of their loved one and a simple
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With Isle of Wight Radio celebrating their
25th birthday, they thought it only right that
they asked Miss Dotty’s Cakes to make the
birthday cake! Here, Miss Dotty talks us through
the process of what goes into making one her
incredible cakes…
Here is the base layer of the cake
that is made from chocolate ganache
The back computer screen was
actually made from Rice Krispies!
Buttons and switches added...
This shows the beginning of the
detail being applied to the cake, so
it is starting to look like the mixing
desk used in the studio at Isle of
Wight Radio.
Here is the grey fondant being
applied to the base.
The finished cake!
Presenting the
birthday cake to
Topping in the
Morning’s Paul
and Emily.
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme
Get in touch today!
01983 523000
[email protected]
Charity No: 1007947
Avenue Road Dental Practice
Freshwater I PO40 9UT
This month’s news sponsored by Glanvilles
Paying care fees under the
new Care Act 2014.
The new Care Act has now come into force and one of the
headlines is that a person can defer selling their house to pay
for care. This seems very reassuring, however there are some
details you may wish to consider to avoid being caught out.
A deferred payment agreement
is an arrangement with the Local
Authority that enables people to
use the value of their homes to help
pay for care home fees. If you are
eligible, the Local Authority will help
pay your care home bills and you can
delay repaying them until you sell or
after you die.
When deferring payments there will
be interest to pay which could be
considerable. There may well be a fee
to set this up and the Local Authority
can charge interest up to a maximum
rate of 2.65% (reviewable every 6
months). Assuming the property is
going to remain empty, that asset is
not going to produce income, unlike
investments for instance. Renting
out the property may be an option
and may ensure more favourable
terms on your home insurance. Most
importantly the legislation is clear
that if a person in need of care has
lost mental capacity, for example
through dementia, the local authority
will only agree to defer payments if
there is an application by someone
with the benefit of a Lasting Power of
If you or someone you know has a
degenerative illness and you want
the choice of being able to keep your
home during your lifetime, then don’t
delay, call us now for an appointment
to talk through your options on 01983
527878 or email [email protected]
- Protect your
pension pot
From April 2015 the rules surrounding
pension funds changed and there are now
more choices than ever before about how you
can access your pension pot. It is possible
that fraudsters may try to take advantage
of these new rules by trying to persuade you
to cash in your pension and hand the money
over to them ‘to invest’.
Watch out particularly for people contacting you out
of the blue or adverts claiming to offer free pension
reviews or no-obligation consultations. Investment scams
can look and sound believable, with smooth-talking
salespeople, slick websites or sophisticated brochures and
prospectuses. This can make it hard to tell them apart
from genuine investment opportunities.
Not everyone is trying to defraud you or con you out of
your money, but just be aware that if something seems to
be too good to be true, it quite possibly is. Be on high alert
and don’t be afraid to say no or put the phone down!
An efficient and friendly service for:
• Wills and Probate
• Elder Client Issues
• Conveyancing
• Lasting Powers of Attorney
• Property Disputes
& CO
Appointments available at our offices
in Cowes and Ryde as well as use of
premises on request in Ventnor High
Street and Shanklin Regent Street.
Home visits available Islandwide for the
disabled and elderly at no extra cost.
Please telephone: 563765 for more information.
[email protected]
*Our Cowes office is now located at 13 Denmark Road, Cowes.
Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, number 515176
Also, please be vigilant if you have elderly or vulnerable
neighbours and report your concerns to the police. You
may have been wise enough to turn away the unsolicited
caller, but your neighbours may be grateful that you
reported the incident to save them from becoming a
If you’ve information about any crime, please call
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or log on to www. where you can also give information
without anyone knowing who you are. Your call is free, no
one will know you called and you may earn a cash reward.
You can also follow me on twitter @IOWCrimestopp
PC Simon Wright
May ushers in an abundance of blooms to the
garden. Many trees and shrubs are almost bowed
down under the weight of blossom and herbaceous
perennials are shooting out of the ground so quickly
that you can almost watch them grow!
As well as all the flowers, the
subtle tints of fresh young foliage
make up a marvellous tapestry
of colour. The weather can, as we
all know, be a little changeable in
May. There can be beautiful warm
days, but still sharp and cruel
frosts that may can damage tender
plants. However, you should be
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Nigella ‘Love-in-a-mist’ is an old cottage garden
flower, a favourite for scattering wherever
there is a gap in the flower border, but also
good for short-term massed bedding and for
drying. Love-in-a-mist is a vigorous annual that
produces sky-blue flowers, surrounded by a
ruff of slender leaves.
Grow in full sun in any moderately fertile, well
drained soil. Sow seeds in the flowering site in
spring and thin seedlings to 23 cm apart. They
can be sown in autumn for earlier flowers and
should be protected with cloches during the
winter when it is cold and wet. Love-in-a-mist
last for about eight weeks, and it is worth
deadheading or sowing a later batch to extend
the season.
IF you have problems with damp, book your free visit
today. This company offers a unique product, the
Schrijver Damp Control System, which is an awardwinning solution to problems caused by rising damp,
penetrating damp and condensation.
The Schrijver System works in a completely different
way to any other traditional damp proofing methods and
the principle is simple — remove the moisture and you
get rid of the problems caused by damp.
The company does this by installing a series of small,
discreet handmade elements into the external face of
the wall to lower humidity levels and reduce any excess
moisture in the walls, which will protect your home and
the health of you and your family. Moisture is drawn out
of the wall into these elements and then channelled into
the outside air.
For All Your ElectriCall Needs
Tel. 01983 616961
[email protected]
This months special offer:
£120 exc VAT
This report lasts up to 10 years and is invaluable if you are:
• selling your home
• preparing a property for rent
• buying a previously occupied property
See Offers page on website for more details
*This offer is for homes up to 4 bedrooms - Price is exclusive of
VAT. Offer valid with this coupon only, until 31/05/15
Frank Schrijver engineers now on the
Island for an entire week, every month.
Post Puller – For Hire
Removes all posts with
concrete footings
l Established 1986
All the work is carried out externally — there are no
chemicals, no need to re-plaster or redecorate and no
mess, just a permanent solution to the problems caused
by damp, backed up by a lifetime guarantee. To arrange
a free visit or find out more, call 01689 800101.
l Quality fencing, gates and posts supplied & fixed
CALL JEREMY SHORT: 01983 753651 anytime
or Mobile: 07767 014680
15% discount on all projects installed by May 29,
2015. Quote code IWB15. T&C apply.
Schrijver System
Effective for:
Rising Damp Penetrative Damp
Installed entirely from the outside NO Replastering! NO Redecorating!
01689 800 101
15% discount quote ‘IWB15’
l Skilled labour, free estimates & work guaranteed
l Landscaping service & tree work
l Fully insured
Call our friendly
sales team now to
advertise on 522123
Does your house suffer from
If so you may be in need of a Cavity Wall
Extraction or Rubble Clearance.
Call 01489 588052 / 07914480630
for further advice or quote.
[email protected]
Manager’s specials: See in store
Open 7 days a week
*There is a fitting service charge
(We are next to Jollyes)
12 Hurstake Road, Riverway Industrial Estate
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5UU
Telephone: (01983) 533150
*with this
Prices from
£4.99 per SQM
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Phil’s Handyman Service
-Any Job Considered
-No Job Too Small
Tel: 752027
Mobile: 07955 381269
01983 741207
Island Repointing
Damp Proof Couse Installation & Cavity Clearance
Vacuum Grinding
Islandwide Coverage
All aspects of interior and
exterior work undertaken
For a free Island wide quote
please call 07773936814
Natural Stone & Brick
Masonry Waterproofing & Brick Replacement
Fencing, panels, trellis and
much more. For all your
fencing and gardening needs
Chris Greenen
Telephone: 01983 520380
Tel: 01983 531461 or 07715 397896
SOS Flat Roofing
Small Job Builder
• UPVC fascias and guttering
• Guarantees on all work • Fully insured
• Free estimates and advice
Kitchens l Bathrooms l Painting and decorating
Brickwork pointing l Renovations
Quality work l Excellent References
High Performance Elastomeric Systems
Call Paul on: 01983 759676
All types of building work
Call for a no cost fixed quotation on
07767608987 / 07770 051209
Commercial Grounds Maintenance
Bathrooms Fitted
City & Guilds Qualified
Friendly, Reliable Service
No Call Out Charge
Fully insured for domestic & commercial work
Call Mark on 759035 or 07984651393
Hotels  Bars and Pubs
Business and Retail Parks
Landlords Property Developers
Property Management Companies
Industrial Estates  Care homes
Holiday Homes
Call Simon: 07792 961718
for the INDUSTRY
For a friendly &
professional service call
Simon: 07792 961718
Grass Cutting  Strimming  Weeding  Hedge Trimming
Fencing  Tree Felling NPTC & Stump Removal
All rubbish removed  Fully Insured  20 Years Experience
TV & Home Entertainment Specialist
Following the closure of Audiovision Service, I am
still carrying out service and repairs to audio-visual
equipment in the West Wight. I can be contacted on
my mobile, by e-mail, or on 752023 - where you can leave
a message which I will respond to during working hours.
Tree Work l Fencing l Landscaping l Turfing
Ground Clearance l Paths l Patios l Hedge Cutting l Seeding
Thank you for
your continued
Tel: 07598 122142 E: [email protected]
Fully insured to £5 million NPTC Lantra Qualified
Contractor to the local Parish Council
26 Years Experience
Telephone: 01983 754508
Gardening... Home furnishing
SLS Property
Specialising in small jobs,
a professional and friendly service.
Plumbing, carpentry, Int/Ext
decorating, household repairs.
Fully insured. References available.
Free estimates. Contact Stuart on:
01983 754725 / 07979 081439
[email protected]
Call our friendly sales team now to
advertise on 522123
Greg Collett - Trained Professional Operator
Tel: 01983 752191 Mob: 07717 532 772
Mark Carter
Windows • Doors • Conservatories
Fascias • Soffits • Guttering
Oil and Gas Engineer
Worcester Bosch Accredited Installer
Serving the West Wight and Cowes area
Unit 4, Marsh Close, Sandown Tel. 404036
E. [email protected]
Tel: 619111 Mobile: 07771 557769
Gas Safe
Registered 28450
Oftec Oil
Registered C12814
Boilers Installed, Serviced & Repaired
Heating system repairs and upgrades
Landlord Gas Certificates issued
Agas & Rayburn Serviced
Swimming Pool Boiler Services
Fires, Cookers, Hobs & Ranges installed
Power Flushes and system Cleanses
Pre purchase House Inspection
If it uses gas we can fix or replace it
Natural Gas & LPG & oil
the electric shop
Avenue Road • Freshwater Tel: 01983 755988
Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Cookers l Refrigeration
Home Laundry l Cleaners
Televisions l Microwaves
Most leading brands available:
Call IW-760559
We now do
bulk bag deliveries
Free delivery in
the West Wight
For all your building requirements
Property Repairs/
Sand l Ballast l Chippings l Cement l Plaster l Plasterboard
Decorative stones l Plywood l Sawn & planed timber
Fence Panels l Trellis l Fence posts in timber & concrete
Decking Railway sleepers l Large range of our own paving slabs
Hand & electric tools l Plumbing fittings
Above & below ground pipework l Bricks & blocks l Tool hire
Free Estimates
Golden Hill Park - Freshwater
Tel: 01983 756655
Save £££s!
Quality Workmanship
Lowest Possible Costs
Tel 531367
Osborne Swiss Cottage
Learning Team Volunteer
If you have some free time, are
good with kids and love history
then you could be just who we
are looking for!
We are seeking friendly and
approachable volunteers to help
deliver our learning programme
for families and schools.
Could you help us to bring history
to life?
For more information please visit
or call 01793 414752
English Heritage offers a range of volunteering and work placement
opportunities - there’s something for everyone.
As an English Heritage volunteer you can:
 Meet new people
 Receive training and support
 Be part of a friendly team
 Indulge in your passion
 Learn new skills
 Engage with your local heritage
 Gain valuable work-related experience
So why not volunteer for English Heritage and try something new today?
SPOTthe difference
Brought to you by
Spot the six differences, fill in the form below and send this page
in to us for the chance to win one of this month’s prizes
The Walking Festival
Tel: 01983 823070
Congratulations to
our March winners:
£50 Wightlink voucher
Sue Palmer - East Cowes
A luxury Pedicure at Mad 4 Beauty
- Ryde
Jenny Bell - Bembridge
Easter hand-tied bouquet
courtesy of Isle of Wight Flowers Freshwater
Jackie Robinson - Shanklin
Meal for two courtesy of Driftwood
Beach Bar n Grill - Sandown
Verity Richards - Seaview
The April winners will be announced
on 5nd May on Topping in the
the island’s favourite 107 & 102
Prizes available are:
Send your entries to:
IW Beacon Competition,
8-10 Dodnor Park,
Isle of Wight
PO30 5XE
Isle of Wight Walking Festival
A Pair of Walking Boots
Courtesy of The Isle of Wight
Walking Festival
LP's of Seaview
Tapas & Wine for two Courtesy of LP's of
Seaview to the value of £40. Reservation Required,
T & Cs apply. High Street, Seaview. Tel: 07851 268369
CLOSING DATE: 31st May 2015
When sending your entry to us you
MUST ensure that you use the correct
Terms and conditions available on
request. Prizes must be redeemed
within 30 days of the draw date.
I am happy to be
contacted by sponsors:
£50 Voucher to be used on any booking
to and from the Island
For Wightlink's catamaran service from Ryde Pier Head
to Portsmouth Harbour. T & Cs apply.
Pillar Candle
To the value of £12.60 courtesy of IW Natural Must be
collected from the workshop by 30th June. 1A Union
Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2EA. Tel: 07974 246147
Prize Preference:
.......................(choose one only)
Name:................................................................................. Telephone:.............................................................................................
Postcode: .................................................................................... Email: ............................................................................................