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2008 News Archive

 

 

29/12/08 - Local Coastal Expert on BBC

 

Robin McInnes the retired Coastal Erosion Expert and Art enthusiast has combined his talents and produced a study of Coastal Erosion by looking at paintings over the last few centuries. He presented his findings recently to a Coastal Engineering Conference in Venice. The full story has also been featured on the BBC News Website at;

 

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7790416.stm

 

9/12/08 - Village Hall Bell Tower Dilemma

 

The old bell-tower at St.Lawrence village-hall needs restoration,repair or even removal for reasons of safety.
  Quotations for the cost of the various options are being sought as well as the availability of any financial grants. Whatever is decided will be expensive.
  What are your views regarding the loss or otherwise of this distinctive land-mark at our village-hall?
  Please contact Management Committee Secretary Judy Stoneley on 852813 or committee member Vera Scott-Jackson on 730203, e-mail rayscott-jackson4@tiscali.co.uk
  It is important that as many opinions as possible are represented.

 

25/11/08 - Village Booklet Now Available

 

The full colour Village Booklet is available from today at Duggletons priced £3.50.

 

19/11/08 - ST LAWRENCE IN PRINT !

 

One of the many projects the Community Association committee have been working on is the production of a booklet about our lovely village. Largely compiled by Dave Trevan, our resident horticultural expert, and Peter Noble, it contains information on the local flora, some historical background and descriptions of some delightful walks. 20 pages illustrated with full colour photographs and printed in the village in A5 format on high quality paper, it is hoped that residents and visitors alike will find it interesting.

We are pleased to say that it will be available in the Village Shop from Early December, priced £3.50. An unusual and attractive Christmas present perhaps!

 

 

3/11/08- It's the Talk of the Village

 

Almost everyone I have seen in the village today has asked if I know who is responsible for the completely inconsiderate firework displays of the last two nights?

 

Do you Know?

 

Was it You? - If so I would keep a very low profile, there's alot of angry people out there suffering from sleep deprivation!!

 

2 more emails regarding this have also been received - See Rants

 

 

2/11/08 - Don’t be a fireworks nuisance!

 

Here at web central we have been literally inundated with an email [See Rants] about last night's very late/early firework display.

Did you know?

It is now illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.

Breaking this curfew can lead to a fine [Upto £5,000 and even 6 months in jail!!!!]. On 5 November your display can continue until midnight. Exceptions have also been made for celebrating other special occasions like New Year, Diwali and Chinese New Year when fireworks can be set off until 1am.

 

29/10/08 - Missing Cat- Panic Over!!!

 

Zez has now been found safe and well, much to the relief of all concerned.

 

29/10/08 - Missing Cat- Hunts Road Area

 

Hi Folks,
One of our cats has gone missing overnight, very out of character.
He is a neutered jet black half Abyssinian male called Zez.
He is microchipped. Unfortunately we are away for a few days and Rick and Haz are looking after them.

 


 
Any information would be appreciated. Could you search your garages and sheds  and car boots as he is very inquisitive.
 
My mobile no. is 07938518553
 
many thanks,
Dave and Hazel

 

18/10/08 - Peace Garden Planting

 

 

At least17 villagers turned out to plant bulbs at the Peace Garden on Saturday 18th October.

 

The weather was glorious-bright sunshine, no wind and the planters were able to enjoy glorious sea views from the site.

 

A variety of bulbous species were planted including Narcissus (various cultivars),Galanthus (“Snowdrops”), Hyacinthus “Hyacinths”, Cyclamen, Crocus, Tulipa(Tulips)Endymion non-scripta(“Bluebell”).

 

We look forward to seeing these bulbs flower in the spring and develop in future years.

 

Many thanks to all the villagers and visitors who donated bulbs.

 

Some planters went on to do some more clearance of brambles and weeds.

 

Many thanks to Jill Fothergill and her team who provided tea coffee and biscuits for the hard working planters.

 

 

Dave Trevan

 

 

 

 

13/10/08 - Zoe Conway and John McIntyre Wow Buddle Crowd

 

 

 

World class Irish fiddler Zoe Conway - accompanied by John Mc Intyre on guitar - delighted  the audience greatly when they appeared at the Buddle Inn Niton last night in a concert organised by local promoter Vic King.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/10/08 - 10,000th Web Page View Today


Amazingly after only 5 months from its launch the St. Lawrence website has now been viewed 10,000 times!!! We at web central would like to thank all those  who have sent in articles, photos, rants etc that keeps the site interesting. - The Ed.


 

 

30/9/08 - Soft Toys Request

 

St. lawrence resident Theresa Noble from Ventnor Lions has made an appeal for donations of Small and Medium Soft Toys for a forthcoming charity fundraising event. Theresa can be contacted on 854760.

 

30/9/08 - Buddle Concert Tickets Now available at St. Lawrence Post Office, Duggletons

 

16/9/08 - Riverdance Fiddler To Perform Concert at Buddle Inn


World class Irish fiddler Zoe Conway - accompanied by John Mc Intyre on guitar - delighted  the audience greatly when they appeared at Quay Arts, Newport last autumn.
The good news is that Zoe and John are returning to the Island agian, this time for two concerts. They will be at Quay Arts on Sunday, October 12th, and  at the Buddle Inn, Niton Undercliff, the following night -  Monday, October 13th.

 

Full details of Ticket prices etc. are on the What's On page


 

 

8/9/08 - Peace Garden and Well Dressing News

 

Peace Garden tidy ups will be monthly. Next one-23rd sept 10-12, and a bulb planting day on oct.18th from 10am. Any bulb donations can be taken on day or left in either of the churches. Thank you.
Also our well dressing donations enabled us to give £40 to water aid and buy several bags of bulbs for the Peace Garden and have enough to do next years dressing - yipee. We even got our report in the County Press this week, at last!

 

Jill Fothergill

 

27/8/08 - Fishers Mystery Solved?

 

Doug Nettleton has solved the mystery of why Fishers is so called - See Your Letters/Rants

 

18/8/08 - Tea Party 9th August Report

 

We managed to raise £164.25 from the sale of cakes, raffle tickets and bevereges despite the appalling weather but I did sell some at work the previous day as well which raised the first  £66.  The monies raised are going to be split as £100 to the David Hide Asthma & Allergy research centre based  at St
Marys Hospital and the £64.25 going towards the Village Hall Funds.   Thanks for your support by the way, much appreciated.  Please say thanks to all those who attended and to Ian Ridley for his generous donation and to the  lovely
ladies who baked cakes for me.
 
The 1st prize of the Hamper went to June a St Lawrence resident.

 

Fran

 

As editor in chief I felt it my duty to sample the excellent cake on offer - The Ed.

 

18/8/08 - PEACE GARDEN WORK PARTY 12th AUGUST 2008 Report

 

Many thanks to the eight stalwart villagers who supported this work party and gave up their morning to carry out essential maintenance work in the Peace Garden.

 

The weather (unusual this summer) was very kind to us, even hot on occasions and the group managed to weed around most of the individual tree and shrub plantings.

 

The donated wheel barrow proved to be very useful in transporting weeds to the new compost heap so kindly constructed by Janet and Doug Nettleton.

 

The good news is that most of the plantings are getting well established, but equally with this rather wet summer so are the weeds!

 

It was agreed to hold another work party on Tuesday 26th August 10.00-1.00 to continue the weeding tasks. We will not be advertising this one except on the website so do pass this on to anyone who may be prepared to help. You do not need to stay for the whole morning!

 

Dave Trevan and Jill Fothergill.

 

13/8/08 - Church Services and News

 

Ann Faulkner, the new priest in charge at St. Lawrence has sent in the service times and news of the Parish Church re-opening  see Church News

 

10/8/08 - Andrew Turner MP to Visit Village

 

Our MP Andrew Turner will be visiting St. Lawrence, standing outside the Village Hall, on Monday 18th August from 14.00 - 14.20 hours, which is part of his itinerary of summer surgeries to meet residents and listen to any issues or concerns
they may have.

 

3/8/08 - Normal Service Resumed

 

The website has been having some technical problems over the last week, with the loss of the What's On page data and our Broadband Connection going down for a few days, but we are now back like a coiled spring. The Ed.

 

30/7/08 - Whitwell Road Closure

 

Whitwell Road will be closed for resurfacing from Monday August 4th until September 5th. The road will be closed from its junction with Gills Cliff Road in Ventnor all the way through to Whitwell according to the signs.

 

29/7/08 - Well Dressing

 

St. Lawrence Well Dressing is now on display, the Well Dressing Photo gallery has now been updated to include this years photos.

 

27/7/08 - Its all gone Horribly Wrong

 

The What's On Page has been corrupted and all the events listed have been lost, if you have any events coming up please email  them to me again - Sorry, I will try to put back the items I can remember - The Ed.

 

27/7/08 - Well - Dressed and Blessed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. Lawrence Well is now dressed and can be viewed in all its glory just off Undercliff Drive, it will remain on display for the next week or so.

 

 

The main well dressers this year were:
Judy from St.Lawrence and June, Jill, Jamie, May & Geoff from Niton

 

 

22/7/08 - Local Resident plans Portsmouth Exhibition

 

Debbie Robins from Fishers in St. Lawrence, has been very busy putting together an exhibition for the Skills Heritage in Portsmouth (SHIP) - see What's On section CLICK HERE

 

Debbie needs to put together the financial part of her business plan and is asking if anyone in the village would be willing to assist.  This needs to be worked on the first 2 weeks after the show finishes, at the beginning of September.

 

She has worked for 3 years on this project and it is a large project involving English Heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

 

Debbie can be contacted at skillsheritageportsmouth@yahoo.co.uk

 

21/7/08 - COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NEWS

There were fewer litter pickers than usual at the Binnel Bay Beach Clean on Saturday 19th July but there was less rubbish than usual too, so we were able to leave this beautiful spot - well, spotless.

Special thanks as always to Martin and Loretta Goodyear for transporting the rubbish away.


We have another genuine Rant on the Letters/Rants Page on this subject - CLICK HERE - The Ed

 

16/7/08 -  How about a St. Lawrence presence at VENTNOR CARNIVAL  this year?

A simple walking entry with the theme:

 GALLOPING GARDENERS of  ST. LAWRENCE.

We would need a minimum of 10 entrants and 4 wheelbarrows. Wear any costume that brings gardens or gardeners to mind and decorate you wheelbarrow in any garden related way : the photo is j
ust an idea. It could be full of giant veg, a shed, weeds, snails, gnomes…or even be beautiful.

We would need only one meeting before the carnival.

 

If you’d like to have a go, please contact Christine on 852 466 before  19th July.

 
Carnival date: Wednesday 13th August.


 

13/7/08 - Shipwreck!!

 

Its Not Quite "Jamaica Inn", but the picture below shows a yacht foundered on rocks between Ventnor and Steephill Cove.

 

 

 

Its apparently been there for a few days, I hope nobody was injured, does anyone have anymore details?

 

 

  

10/7/08 - Local Writer's New Book Launch


Wendy Harris has a launch date for her new novel, Rocken Edge. 29th July at 6.30 pm at Waterstones. All are welcome to help her celebrate and have a glass of wine. There is also a booksigning on 2nd August, late morning, same venue. There will be another local signing at Niton Books (date to be arranged).

This third novel has been published by (www.coachhousepublications.co.uk)  and printed (www.crossprint.co.uk)  on recycled paper on the Island as Wendy wanted to support the Eco-Island Project. Husband, Terry, took the cover photo which was shot at Binnel Bay. So as well as encouraging tourism it is very Island-friendly. The whole Undercliff Series is packed with enticing descriptions of The Undercliff from Blackgang to Bonchurch.




Wendy K Harris [www.wendykharris.com] Author of THE UNDERCLIFF NOVELS:The Sorrow of Sisters,  Blue Slipper Bay and Rocken Edge.

 




9/7/08 - £100 Donated to Charity.


The Committee of the Community Association are delighted to announce that we have just sent a cheque for £100, part of the profit from our recent Gallop Round the Gardens event, to the charity WaterAid.

We share WaterAid’s vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation and are very pleased to be able to support their work. 

Thank you to everyone who helped by visiting the gardens.




7/7/08 - COLLEGE COUNTRYSIDE STUDENTS GET REWARDED FOR WORK ON PEACE GARDEN

 

Students from the college countryside department who helped create the Peace Garden in St. Lawrence have been rewarded with the gift of a quality digital camera by Doug and Janet Nettleton from St. Lawrence Post Office.

Doug and Janet commented that they wanted to give something long lasting that could be used in the curriculum.

Dave Trevan, course coodinator for National Certificate courses in Horticulture, Countryside and Practical Environmental Studies commented:

“Students on all our courses build portfolios of evidence. Photographs of students carrying out practical activities provide excellent evidence for portfolios that always impress our external verifiers, so the gift of the Fuji Finepix is more than welcome and will be used to gather evidence for students on all courses in the Countryside Department. It will also be used for close up photography of plants and animals”

Doug presented the camera to Pippa Burton, who is a National Certificate Countryside Student, at a ceremony that included all the students who had worked on the Peace Garden.

Also present were college assistant principal Roland White, Rob Mew,countryside section leader, Dave Trevan and John Allen (course coordinators) and Paul Coleman, curriculum technician.

 

 

20/6/08 - Gallop round the Gardens Review

 

Angie from Ventnor has written an excellent review of the Gardens open day on her website -

 

http://ventnorpermaculture.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/gallop-round-the-gardens-review/

 

Thanks Angie, for your very kind comments about our little site. - The Ed.

 

17/6/08 - Isle of Wight Festival Review now up

 

Mrs Ed. has written an extensive review of this year's IW Festival , Pics by The Ed. - Click Here

 

16/6/08 - Boat Trip along the Undercliff

 

Plucky explorer Dave Trevan has sent in some photos of his boat trip along the coast from Ventnor Haven to St. Catherines Lighthouse. - The Ed. - Click Here

 

16/6/08 - GARDEN GALLOP GREAT SUCCESS.

Nobody galloped. They strolled, meandered, admired the vistas and smelled the roses. About 200 people visited the 9 open gardens and enjoyed tea and home-made cake in the Village Hall. The sun shone and everyone looked to be having a good time.

 

Visitors came from all over the Island, South Africa, Holland, Germany and Canada. It was a pleasure to share our lovely village with them all.

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Thanks to Christine Russell from the Community Assoc. for the report - The Ed.

 

 

15/6/08 - Local Lads Score a Big Hit at The IW Festival

 

 

A couple of local Niton lads with a very nice banner were a good hearted target for hundreds of plastic bottles during the Kooks set on Sunday.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

They seemed to enjoy the attention, I wonder if they have any bruises? - The Ed got one on the head and it hurt I can tell you. - The Ed.

 

 

15/6/08 - Coming Soon IW Festival Review

 

Here is a taster pic from this years IW Festival held over the weekend, watch out for the review in a few days. - The Ed.

 

ClicIW Festival 2008k Here

 

15/6/08 - Get Your Sunglasses Out.

 

The sun is out, as are the flowers, so get out and Gallop round those Gardens today 11.00 - 5.00The Ed.

 

13/6/08 - Gardens Gallop Update

 

We've booked the Village Hall from 7.30 - 9.30 on Sunday evening so that everyone who helped with the day can get together for a debrief and chat. No catering but if people would like to bring their own food/wine that's fine - Christine Russell - Community Assoc.

 

 

7/6/08 - New - Photo Walk Around the Western End of the Village.

 

Following on from the immensely successful Eastern Photo Walk, I  have now added the imaginatively titled Photo Walk around Western St. Lawrence. The Ed. CLICK HERE 

7/6/08 - Vectis Searchers - Free Search Service Available

 

I am Secretary of the Vectis Searchers Metal Detecting Club, the oldest on the Island. We operate a FREE search service for lost metal items, maybe a valued ring, a sentimental piece of jewellery or a key or set of keys, etc. So if anyone needs help in this direction just give me a call on 856596 and I'll arrange for a couple of our members to come the rescue.

 

Thanks to local resident Joan Robson for providing the info about this valuable service. The Ed.

 

4/6/08 - Blue Tits are Go

 

The whole brood of Blue Tits we have been watching from our kitchen window fledged this morning.  This one is doing his preflight checks. The Ed

 

 

3/6/08 - Public Phone Box Removal

 

Susan Scoccia has brought it to our attention that 2 public phone boxes on Undercliff Drive are due for closure, there is still time to make your views on this to the Planning Dept. The closing date for comments is 13th June. 

 

 

3/6/08 - Cake Wanted 

 

We need help with serving teas in the Village Hall on Sunday 15th June during the Gallop Around the Gardens Day. If you can spare a few hours on the day would you leave your name with Janet at the shop or email Liz at eejayfox@waitrose.com. Also. CAKES. Could you make one for us? If so please tell Janet or email Liz.

 

Mmmmmmm Caaake - The Ed.

 

2/6/08 - New Village Postcard

 

 

The new St. Lawrence postcard is now on sale at Duggletons. Featuring our unique local landmark, the Sugarloaf, it has been produced from the winning photograph in our recent village competition. Thanks again to James Crump, the photographer. The postcard has been funded by the Community Assocaition, following a suggestion made at our 2007 AGM Hopefully it will be popular with villagers and visitors alike.

 

1/6/08 - Nature Walk Report

 

Many Thanks to David Skelsey for sending in the following report on Dave & Hazel Trevan's Nature Walk - The Ed. 

 

NATURE WALK AROUND ST LAWRENCE

SUNDAY 01 JUNE 2008


About a dozen or so residents and visitors were privileged to be led on a fascinating woodland and coastal walk, by Dave and Hazel Travan, who provided expert commentary on the fauna and flora seen.

Starting in Charleswood at the west end of Hunts Road, the diversity of trees and plant life were revealed, as the path meandered down towards Binnel Bay. An abundance of unusual ferns were noted, with other uncommon plants scattered around beneath some fine tree specimens. Dave pointed out that the woods should ideally be properly managed, as sycamores have become the dominant species. However there are a number of ancient and impressive limes and yews, together with other indigenous and non-native varieties.

The path descended towards Binnel Bay passing a large badger set before reaching the beach via a plantation of tamarisk. From there the route followed the coastal path eastwards dotted with beautiful purple sea thrift and yellow horned poppies which were in full display.

 

As a special bonus several rare Granville Fritillary butterflies were seen fluttering around with their unique markings. The rocky outcrops featured many coloured lichens amongst other coastal plant species clinging to the rock crevices. Dave also provided information on the WW2 St Lawrence RAF radar station, the foundations for which are still in place.

The walk terminated at the Sugarloaf headland and all expressed their gratitude to Dave and Hazel for such an interesting experience.

 

1/6/08 - Heron Picture

 

Richard Russel has sent in this picture taken in his garden This morning - The Ed.

 

 

 

 

29/5/08 - This Year's Batch

 

 

This years batch of Foxcubs are cuter than ever, taken in our backgarden this afternoon - The Ed.

 

 

27/5/08 - MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK (WELL ALMOST!)

 

Many Thanks to Dave Trevan for the following report on progress at the Peace Garden - The Ed.



14 villagers gave up their Tuesday morning to join the first work party of the summer at the Peace Garden.

It is just over a month since the Peace Garden opened, and during that period the dreaded perennial weeds have started to emerge.

 

 

Number 1 culprit is brambles, although as many of these as possible were dug out during the clearance process, inevitably bramble roots start to grow and these if not controlled would certainly swamp the new plantings.

Number 2 culprit is bindweed. Although not all over the site, it is well established near the entrance.

Our work party did a magnificent job to clearing nearly all the emergent brambles in the new plantings and transporting them to a rubbish heap at the back of the site. As one of our group pointed out, brambles are like an iceberg-there may only be a few small shoots above ground but below ground a large, woody root system hides- believe me digging these out is really hard work!

One group worked near the entrance and not only weeded the area but also forked it over so it looks very tidy and hopefully gives a good impression to passers by.

Well done to all of those who helped on Tuesday and also to Janet and Doug from the Post Office who cleared an area on Sunday evening.

We intend to hold regular work parties throughout the summer and these will be advertised in the Chatter and also on the new website www.stlawrenceiow.co.uk

If you are not able to make the work parties, but would like to help you are quite welcome to visit the site at a time to suit you. At the moment there are still more brambles to dig out and the Hebe hedge wants weeding. Just let Dave Trevan or Jill Fothergill know what you are up to so we know who is doing what!

The good news is that nearly all the plants are establishing well with very few failures.

Tools and equipment appeal !

Do you have any garden tools surplus to requirements or maybe you may like to donate some tools for the Peace Garden Project?

We have access to a really good secure shed on the site and would like to build up a collection of tools so helpers would not have to bring their own.
In particular, we could do with a wheelbarrow to transport our rubbish and garden forks for digging out weeds, but any tools would be appreciated.


Future plans

The work done by students from the Isle of Wight College represents really the first phase in an ongoing process of development. Future plans include:

· Extending the network of woodchip paths to cover the whole site

· Bulb planting in the autumn

· Construction of a good sized timber compost heap so we can recycle our weeds

· The planning, construction and planting of a fernery around the rocky outcrops near the sea view

· Making a timber, watertight notice board to display a laminated, coloured plan of the site and also to list plants of interest when they are established

· Siting bird boxes and bat boxes made by college students

 

 

27/5/08 - New Village Postcard

 

STOP PRESS
The new St Lawrence postcard, featuring our unique local landmark The Sugar Loaf, is now on sale at our local shop/Post Office, Duggletons.

 

26/5/08 - What's All The Fuss About

 

Local resident, Julian Pears puts forward the unfashionable case against Global Warming on our Your Letters/Rants Page.

 

What do you Greenies think - keep it succinct - The Ed.

 

24/5/08 - Woody Bay Beach Clean

 

What a load of rubbish! At first sight on Saturday evening, Woody Bay looked clean. But no. A closer look revealed the usual litter of debris trapped between the rocks. The voulnteers put on their gloves and got stuck in. A truck load of rubbish, mostly plastics, was collected.while the clouds gathered overhead. But luck was with us and we cleaned the beach, enjoyed a jolly BBQ and were home again before the rain began.

 


 

 

 

Special thanks must go to Martin and Loretta Goodyear who not only helped clear junk but also carted it away. Their help is much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

Next beach clean to be organized by the Community Association will be at Binnel Bay on 19th July. Details nearer the time.

 

12/5/08 - County Press Catches Up

 

Two weeks after the event the County Press Website publishes its story about the Peace Garden Opening

 

Maybe its in response to Disgusted of St. Lawrence's letter in our Letters/Rants Page - The Ed.

 

 

12/5/09 - New Photo Walk Around the Eastern End of the Village.

 

A photographic record of a walk around the eastern end of St. Lawrence can be seen;  CLICK HERE

 

8/5/08 - Cyrelle The Red Squirrel - The Full Story

 

The full story from cyrellesquirrel@hotmail.co.uk she's got her own email address now!! - The Ed.

 

 

Whilst out walking the dogs on the Saturday before Easter I found a baby squirrel lying in the road. It was barely moving, was very cold and bleeding from the nose. It looked like it might have blown out of the tree in the high winds and fallen to the ground hitting its head on the tarmac. I wondered momentarily whether I should leave it there and if mummy squirrel would collect it but it wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry and an oncoming car helped me to decide. I tucked it in my jacket and took it to my boyfriend’s house that was close by rather than leaving it to be run over or else being eaten by something. We tried to ring the RSPCA but they were shut until Tuesday, we couldn’t find any contact details for red squirrel groups in the phone book and there was no internet connection at the house. We were on our own.

Once it had warmed a little cradled in my hand we got a shoebox and some warm material, made it a nest and put it somewhere quiet to rest before I returned the dogs home. The next morning we lifted the lid of the box expecting it to be dead from its injuries or else from shock as so often happens with wild animals. It wasn’t but it didn’t really move. It just sat hunched in a little ball swaying and toppling on its side occasionally. We guessed it might be concussed. We looked in the IW County Press for contact details for Helen Butler as there had been three articles detailing her that previous week but couldn’t find any and so we went on the internet to look up her details. We rang the number from the Wight Squirrel Project website but the line was completely dead. (We have since found out that the number was not correct.) Unsure of what to do next we turned our attention back to the squirrel.

As it was only about 10cm long with a non-bushy tail and teeth that didn’t seem to be fully formed we guessed it might still need some milk. For the first few days we fed it using a syringe because it would not feed itself but after a while (and some advice from a lady called Sue whose number my brother found in a magazine) it began to lap up a rather sloppy mixture of milk and rusks much to our delight. It also began to move about a little and as soon as it began to do this we decided that it needed a bigger house and set about converting a wooden wine crate into a small nesting box. We also then had to give ‘it’ a name and quickly settled on ‘Cyril’; yes, we thought it might be a boy as we could see something sticking out of its fur (not that we looked closely) and besides, what else could you call a squirrel?

We continued to take advice from ‘Sue the squirrel lady’ and feed Cyril as she had advised and we cannot thank her enough for her support in the early days when we couldn’t find immediate help elsewhere; she remains an invaluable wealth of information. Indeed during our last call with Sue we found out that ‘Cyril’ was in fact ‘Cyrelle’. (If I may be so bold, according to Sue, little boy squirrels are born with everything clearly visible; it doesn’t only become obvious in maturity so ‘he’ is definitely a ‘she’.)

Very soon it became apparent that we would have to look after Cyrelle for a while until she was eating solid food and so we built her a penthouse complete with climbing branches, a forest floor and a nesting box. According to Sue we should keep hold of her until perhaps mid-June when there is enough food for her to find by herself; apparently we will instinctively know when it is time for her to go.

Seven weeks in and Cyrelle is going from strength to strength. She is now 179grams and has, over the last fortnight, begun to eat a range of seeds beginning with sunflower seeds that she loves. She also enjoys apple but will explore any food that’s around even when it’s not on offer to her! She is most active in the morning and when we go into the room she rattles the bars to come out knowing that she is allowed out to run around for a while. Her favourite games are play-fighting with hands and feet, playing chase or else stealing pens out of hands and taking them up on top of the curtain rail. She also enjoys burying her food in long hair and likes to run round to wait on the chair by the door when she hears someone coming into the room in order to jump on them and say ‘hello’. She is exceptionally tame and has delighted the few people who have been lucky enough to meet her.

This has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are very privileged to have been a part of it. However with this comes responsibility and we are concerned for Cyrelle’s welfare; we don’t want to jeopardise her immediate safety upon release nor her future as a wild squirrel. With only about four weeks to go we are, of course, anxious that Cyrelle will not survive in the wild as she is so very tame at the moment.

We want practical advice from an expert with hands-on experience of rearing squirrels and releasing them back to the wild. Sue is on the mainland. If anyone knows of such an expert on the Isle of Wight please contact cyrellesquirrel@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 


 

 

7/5/08 - WightLink Fares to rise Again

 

Wightlink are to add a fuel surcharge to there already extortionate ferry prices from 00.01 Friday 9th May. IW residents can beat the increase if you hurry, by buying residents books of tickets before the deadline.

 

Too Late now. - Ed

 

6/5/08 - Sybil the Red Squirrel

 

Dave Trevan has sent in the following story and amazing pictures


Sybil was found on a windy day by a friend of mine on a busy main road in Niton when she was a very young squirrel kitten. She was injured, bleeding, cold and close to death. Due to much devoted nursing around the clock, initially using a pipette, Sybil has made a full recovery.

She is utterly delightful and very tame, and lives on a diet of chipmunk food which includes sunflower seeds.

The next stage in her rehabilitation will be to find a suitable wildlife sanctuary that would be prepared to give her a home. In the meantime she is very happy in spacious cage, and often has the run of the house.

Red Squirrels are a protected species and it is illegal to deliberately take them from the wild. Sybil would clearly have died if she had not been rescued and resuscitated.
Her rescuers have taken advice from various professionals and are awaiting further contact.

Please note to anyone who may be tempted to capture a red squirrel:
Red Squirrels are fully protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

Alan Titchmarsh writes about the Peace Garden in his High Sheriff Diary

 

www.highsheriff-iow.org.uk/diary.htm

 

Susan Scoccia Launches Ventnor Town Plan Website - 1/5/08

 

www.ventnorfuture.org.uk

 

See County Press for Full Story;www.iwcp.co.uk/News/TOWN_PLANS_LAUNCHED_ON_WEB_1.aspx

 

 

 

Alan Titchmarsh opens new St. Lawrence Peace Garden  28/4/08

 

This afternoon's opening of the Peace Garden by the Island's High Sherrif, Alan Titchmarsh, has been a huge success.  Arriving just before 3.00pm, he made his way through the crowds of people, bidding everyone a good afternoon.  After a thought provoking speech, he then cut the ribbon and officially declared the Peace Garden open to rapturous applause.

 

He then went on to plant a tree with The Bishop and Dave Trevan who went to Kew College with Alan Titchmarsh.

 

 

 

 

A very big thankyou goes out to all the people involved in planning, designing and planting of the garden with special thanks to Alan Titchmarsh for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our lovely village and do the honours.

 

The Isle of Wight College has an article on the Students work at the Peace Garden;

 

http://www.iwightc.ac.uk/news.php?id=86 

 

 

 

 

 

New Novel from Christopher Russell 

 

 

The latest novel for children by St Lawrence writer, Christopher Russell, was published last month [March 2008] by Penguin. Written for 9 - 12 year olds, Scarper Jack and The Bloodstained Room, has been described as " brimming with action and adventure." A lot of adults are apparently enjoying it too !

 

 

 

Chris' website is www.warriorsheep.com