Last week we learnt some details - amidst the never-ending "partygate" scandal - of the Government's Levelling Up White Paper. And the interesting news for the Island is that we are to be included among dozens of areas set to receive extra support for education. Alongside Portsmouth and Dorset, the Island has been identified in the 55 cold spots across England where education outcomes are the weakest. Speaking on his
Published 11:20 on 6 Feb 2022
As many will know, I'm quite into politics and I've written here before about the boundary change next year which will give us two MPs to vote for in the next likely General Election - bar a snap election - in May 2024. The big question continues to be where the boundary lines are drawn between Isle of Wight West and Isle of Wight East - and the latest opportunity for feedback has been announced
Published 00:00 on 30 Jan 2022
Gordon White (Bembridge Harbour Master and practiced Master of Ceremonies) took us through our ceremonial paces and wielded his knife so superbly (luckily our Head Chef survived a close shave with the blade!) the haggis didn't stand a chance! Click here to see the video clip on Instagram Also special thanks to Suki and Graham Pountney for their reeling and thespian expertise and to Simon
Published 00:00 on 24 Jan 2022
As we start to come out of the other side of the Covid pandemic, I wanted to reflect on an Island lifeline which has seen a huge increase in need over the past two years, as lockdowns have taken their toll on the most vulnerable families among us. The Isle of Wight Foodbank has shared some figures with 5-Stories which show an almost 40% increase in the number of adults and
Published 12:00 on 23 Jan 2022
The General Committee has (some of you might think belatedly) agreed that we need to embrace Ribs, other motor boats and Paddleboards as a core part of our members' boating activity. We have therefore agreed to appoint two new captains to promote safety and develop events for motor boaters and Paddle Boards. If you are interested, or want to nominate someone, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or John Sandiford Haigh, the chair of the Succession Committee. More
Published 18:43 on 16 Jan 2022
The village of Seaview has been "effectively stripped out of permanent life due to 82% of properties being second homes" that's according to Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight MP. Bob was quoted in the Daily Mail in an article about potential licenses for AirBnB landlords in rural communities, as an effort to free up housing for locals in popular tourist hotspots such as the Isle of Wight.
Published 12:30 on 16 Jan 2022
We would like to congratulate Diane Foxley for being awarded a BEM in the New Year's Honours list for recognition of her work in the community, including keeping the community shop open during Covid. She will be receiving her medal locally very soon.
Published 14:26 on 13 Jan 2022
The Sheed Trophy was donated by Sally Francis, Victoria Prescot and James Sheed in honour of their parents, Sandy and Liz. The Trophy continues Sandy and Liz's spirit of contributing to the Club by recognising an individual or a group that through their contribution(s) to the Club, bring a material benefit to members. The first winner was Lucy Cotterell for her work on the Hole in the Wall. This year, the award was made
Published 00:00 on 23 Oct 2021
We are delighted to announce that Michael Smith has received the RYA's Outstanding Contribution Award for 2020, here (below to download) is a short video of the presentation - or find it quickly on the Club's Facebook page here... https://fb.watch/1Ccgm_2DFG/
Published 10:50 on 7 Nov 2020
We had a fantastic evening thanks to Michelin starred chef Robert Thompson who ran a pop up restaurant at the Club on Saturday 31st October.
Robert Thompson shot to fame as the youngest British chef ever to receive a Michelin star. His light, fresh and classically inspired food showcases the island's wonderful fresh produce. Alongside his Newport restaurant Thompson's, Robert has recently launched UBchef, with his exceptional team producing premium restaurant meals delivered to your door nationwide. ( www.ubchef.com ). We were thrilled that Robert was able to cook a dinner for
Published 20:05 on 14 Oct 2020