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Hovertravel is set to help Island commuters and customers during the forthcoming Isle of Wight Festival weekend.
Loretta Lale, Commercial and Marketing Manager at Hovertravel, explains: ‘We appreciate that many people rely on us for travel across the Solent for business and hospital appointments, or going on holiday to cruise ports and airports. So we are continuing with our highly successful priority boarding system. This avoids any unnecessary delays to our valued commuters and local residents as we fast-track these passengers to the priority boarding area at the front of the queue and on to the next available departure, ahead of the festival customers.’
Hovertravel is operating a booked craft service for the festival goers this year and this operation has worked very successfully for the past four years, keeping queues to a minimum and ensuring a quick turn round for the craft.
Loretta adds: ‘And for our Blue Card customers we will be offering a special Festival offer of £5 per day return and free Hoverbus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.’
For terms and conditions please see the Isle of Wight Blue Card Festival Offer email sent to all Blue Card holders.
The £1.2 million Train Story project will be open it was built with the aid of a £970,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) together with funds raised from supporters of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The discovery centre has an interactive gallery and two exhibition halls of historic locomotives, carriages and wagons.
Train Story is a short stroll from the centre of Havenstreet Station and, on the way, visitors pass through the carriage and wagon workshop and loco yard, where the historic trains are restored and cared for. “Inside the discovery centre a timeline and interactive screens tell stories of the Island’s railways and how they have been restored”, said Chris Tagart, Interpretation Commissioner from the Steam Railway. “And along the walkway to Train Story is an unrestored carriage body which had a second life as a holiday chalet at Thorness after its working life on the railways came to an end in the 1930s. Now it’s in position outside Train Story, the Le Maq family who owned the carriage whilst it was a chalet are restoring it to the 1950s style of their fondly remembered childhood holidays.”
Train Story is already a major addition to the attractions at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and entry is fully included in the Railway’s admission and travel ticket. To add to the visitor’s enjoyment, a guide or ‘interpreter’ is always on hand to answer any questions or to point out items of key interest. Linda Montgomery, Lead Interpreter, said, “The 150-year history of the Island’s once extensive railway system and the people who worked on it is really quite fascinating and often quite surprising. Train Story features interactive displays and film and audio from the heyday of the Island’s railways; and there’s very much something for everyone including opportunities to become a ‘locomotive driver’ in a half-scale model. Children from 2 to 102 can open the regulator, stoke the fire and even blow the whistle!”
Planning for the Train Story project started in 2008 as a means of protecting the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s historic collection of locomotives, carriages and wagons from the ravages of the weather, and displaying them to the 110,000 annual visitors to the Steam Railway.
Already proving hugely popular with visitors, Train Story welcomed visitors for most of the 2014 season during which time various additional works were completed. It fully opened in March this year and now welcomes visitors daily until the beginning of November. First-time visitor Hazel White from Southampton summed-up the views of many, “The new Train Story building is great with lots of interactive things to do. The kids can dress up as a train guard, they can view some full sized restored trains and even go inside some of them.”
The ‘Cattle Wagon’ and Locomotive Nameplates
The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) ‘cattle wagon’ No. 46924 was one of six transferred to the Island between 1927 and 1929. It was rebuilt in 1935 as a Covered Goods van by planking over the open portions of the sides and was used principally for Passengers Luggage in Advance. No. 46924 was condemned in 1948 and transferred to the Signal and Telegraph Dept as a stores van No. 1066S. It remained in this role until 1966 when it was secured for preservation by the British Railways Board along with three other goods vehicles. After transfer to the mainland it was held in store with other National Collection items, initially at Fratton and then at Preston Park, Brighton. 46924 returned to the Island and to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in 1978 on long term loan from the National Collection (under the management of The National Railway Museum) and ownership is now formally passing to the Steam Railway.
The nameplates from locomotive No.11 ‘Newport’ and No. 24 ‘Calbourne’ have also been on long-term loan to the Steam Railway since 1978 and, again, ownership is now formally passing to the Steam Railway.
The Railway Station, Havenstreet Station, Nr Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS
For further information on the IW Steam Railway please go to www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk
Thousands of walkers from all walks of life turned out to support Earl Mountbatten Hospice on Sunday, 10 May and take part in the 25th anniversary of Walk the Wight.
There were spectacular scenes across the Island throughout the day, as walkers made their way across several routes, the longest being 26.5 miles from Bembridge to the Needles Landmark Attraction.A multitude of walkers in fancy dress brightened up what started out to be a bit of a chilly start in Bembridge, but everyone was basking in glorious sunshine as the hours passed. Young children; hundreds of dogs; Walk the Wight veterans and many people with disabilities, all took up the challenge to support the Hospice.Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said it was an “inspiring and humbling occasion”.
“This was my first Walk the Wight and I was absolutely delighted to see so many people taking part and supporting our Hospice,” he said. “I’d like to say a personal thank you to every single person who walked, and everyone who helped to make the event possible. It was a fantastic day.”
Money raised from this year’s event will go towards the Hospice community nursing team, who care for up to 200 patients in their own homes.
Come and join in the fun with real hands-on science to help solve a mystery at the school. Gather your scientific evidence to solve the crime—all will be revealed at the end of the trail…
There will be an opportunity to speak to the Headmaster and staff, and find out more about what an education here has to offer your daughter to give her a head start during the early years of her education. Tours of the school will be available.
Please book online at www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/open-
Portsmouth High School is a leading independent school for girls Nursery to Sixth Form. The school is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust educating 20,000 pupils in schools across the country.
The Family Directory is a compact, essential magazine for Island parents and visiting families.Each issue is full of news, reviews, articles and cooking ideas – the magazine comes out each term to keep families updated.The magazine is full of What’s On, clubs classes, news, events and lots more The Family Directory is perfect for mums and dads with little ones aged 0-11.
To find out what’s on this 1/2 term take a look at their website or What’s On Calendar…… or facebook page for lots of ideas The Family Directory Facebook if you would like a magazine sent to your home address it’s free, to be added to their mailing list. Have fun with your family this school holiday
A celebrating of one of the most stunning plants to be grown in the sub-tropical undercliff of Ventnor Botanic Garden will begin this weekend. Part of the 2015 Garden Isle celebrations focuses on the Botanic garden’s amazing Echium plants. With their huge flower spikes growing over 3m tall. The Garden’s Mediterranean walk contains hundreds of plants, each with a flower spike containing thousands of flowers with every shade of colour from sapphire blue to dusky pink. The result is a stunning floral explosion likened to a natural firework display that all botanic fanatics visiting the Island will simply adore.
Echiums have been grown at Ventnor Botanic Garden for over 30 years, with plants originally imported from the Canary Island of La Palma. Here the plants grow to gigantic sizes in the wild, especially in the dry mountainous upper reaches of the Island, enjoying the warm climate arid terrain. At Ventnor, the original Echium plants have self seeded in the sheltered sub-tropical micro-climate giving rise to a large collection hybridised plants that flower from the end of May to late June.
Chris Kidd, Curator at Ventnor Botanic garden said, “Our display of Echiums in our Mediterranean Garden is simply stunning. Visitors are unlikely to see anything quite like it anywhere else in the UK. We don’t practice traditional formal gardening methods here at VBG, choosing to let Mother Nature take charge and create the plant communities that thrive together in our sheltered warm climate.We call it the Ventnor Method and it puts the garden at the leading edge of modern botanical science. The Echiums choose where they want to grow, we just let them get on with it and see what happens each year. The results speak for themselves and visitors usually clamour to take seeds and plants home with them at the end of their visit to try and grow them elsewhere in the UK, often with great success as they aren’t that difficult to propagate. Give them a well drained sunny spot in the garden and they pretty much look after themselves. It’s in their second year of growth that the fireworks really do begin, with a stunning flower display in early summer.”
The Echium displays are exploding into the spotlight from Whitsun onwards, with the Garden open 7 days a week from 10am for visitors to enjoy the magic of these flower fireworks. Please send your echium pictures to the gardens Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ventnorbotanicCIC
35 selected artists from across the south region The West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight Preview & Prize Giving: Saturday 23rd May 3 – 5pm
Exhibition dates: Saturday 23rd May – Saturday 11th July 2015 Quay Arts’ biennial contemporary art exhibition features over 50 selected works by 35 emerging and established artists from across the south region. Presenting a variety of mediums including; painting, mixed media, illustration, photography, textiles, assemblage, video and print. Works explore a variety of concepts, making this one of Quay Arts’ most varied and diverse Open Exhibitions to date.
Over 180 people attended the Isle of Wight’s first ever Safeguarding Adults Conference on Friday 15 May 2015.
As well as providing important updates on matters such as the Care Act 2014, which means adult safeguarding becomes a statutory role within local authorities for the first time, the conference also looked at a number of issues people may not normally associate with the Island.
Jasvinder Sanghere from the charity Karma Nirvana, spoke about forced marriage and honour based violence. Jasvinder revealed at the conference that her charity has dealt with cases on the Isle of Wight, revealing it is often a hidden crime which needs sensitive handling by professionals to provide much needed support for victims.
A presentation from Detective Sergeant Matthew Gillhooly from Hampshire Constabulary talked about the issue of human trafficking and modern day slavery and a specialist anti-trafficking partnership that has been set up across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to tackle the issue.
Although more of an issue in Hampshire than the Isle of Wight, trafficking is a growing issue nationally and members of the public need to be aware of the issues so that they can raise any concerns with the police or local authority safeguarding team.
Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: “The conference was a great success and I was pleased to see representatives from so many different organisations present, as well as members of the public.
“The speakers provided valuable insight into a number of specialist areas, demonstrating how each link to the Isle of Wight and what the community can do to provide support to those that need it.
“The event provided useful feedback from the Island community which will enable key partners to develop strategies that meet the needs of local people.”
Margaret Geary, independent chair of the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “It is incredibly important that we hold events like this, not only to keep professionals and members of the public updated on the issues facing our communities, but also to share examples of good practice and partnership work taking place locally.
“The role of the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Adults Board is to ensure the main statutory agencies – the Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire Constabulary, NHS organisations and the prisons and probation services, housing services, independent providers and the voluntary sector work together to safeguard adults at risk of harm.”
Martin Elliott, director of adult social services at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “The council was pleased to be able to provide practical assistance in organising the event, which was the first of its kind on the Island. We were delighted that the day was so well attended by such a wide range of organisations.”
Keynote speakers at the conference included Suzy Braye, Emeritus Professor, Sussex University (self-neglect); Rod Landman, ARC UK (mate crime/hate crime); Jasvinder Sanghera, Karma Nirvana (honour based violence and forced marriage); and Clare Foreman, Local Government Association (Care Act and making safeguarding personal).
If people are worried about an adult they should contact the Adult’s First Response Team on (01983) 814980. In an emergency, always call 999.