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2009 News Archive  



30/12/09 - Christmas Party - Full Report



Click Here to go to the full report on the recent Community Association Christmas Party.



3/12/09 - London Marathon


Kelly Lynch of Hunts road in St Lawrence is running the London Marathon in April, she is appealling for sponsorship in aid of Help for Heroes - See her letter on the Letters/Rants Page 


2/11/09 - Pumpkin Festival


See the Community Assoc. page for a full report and pictures


27/10/09 - St. Lawrence Hall Enquiry


We have received an enquiry from someone who is doing some research into Admiral John Jellicoe who lived at St. Lawrence Hall in the 1930's, see Your Letters/Rants


If anyone can help, please contact us and we will forward on the details.


27/10/09 - Pumpkin Festival Prizes


The Pumpkin Festival  will be holding a Raffle with Fantastic Prizes  to include:-


An exquisite glass pumpkin - donated by Isle of Wight Glass

£25 voucher donated by The Old Studio, 48 High Street, Ventnor


£25 voucher donated by Ventnor Botanic Gardens


+ other lovely prizes



7/10/09 - Village Hall News

It was announced by the Chairman at a Management Committee meeting that Alan Stovell of Pine Gap,Old Park Road,St.Lawrence has agreed to take over the position of Treasurer of the village-hall from Terry Ward who will be resigning in December 2009. Decorating of toilets and lobbies and repainting the railings has been carried out with an award from the Hallmark Scheme which requires the hall be maintained at a certain standard.
  The necessary quotations have been received for the repair of the bell-tower and it is hoped that some funding will be available.

5/10/09 - Christmas Party - Full Details

Full details of this years Christmas Party on the revised date of 18th December can be found on the Whats on Page.

2/10/09 - No Cold Calling Zone

Following an unfortunate incident in our Community, this scheme received unanimous approval at the AGM of our Neighbourhood Watch earlier this year when Trading Standards were invited to give a talk about it.  Cold calling was also the only subject discussed by residents of St. Lawrence with IWC’s Environment and Neighbourhood Officer when he attended the Community Association’s Drinks event in January.  I, too, have had quite a number of residents discuss this with me.


The aim of the scheme is to assist and protect those within our Community who are most vulnerable, and indeed provides us all with the confidence to deal with uninvited callers at our door.  It should be stressed though that it does not discourage legitimate businesses from leafleting or leaving catalogues.


I was therefore very pleased that Ventnor Town Council has provided a budget this year to bring No Cold Calling Zones to Ventnor, again following concerns from many residents within the whole area.  It has been agreed that these will be taken forward in St. Lawrence and Upper Ventnor where a number of incidents have also occurred. 


An information pack will be delivered to every household within our Village towards the end of October/beginning of November, and we hope that everyone will read them and place the yellow and black sticker from the pack in a prominent position.  This will hopefully then give a strong message and help to keep rogue traders out of St. Lawrence. 


Anyone who is willing to assist in distributing the packs and giving a short explanation of the scheme to each resident, please telephone me, Susan Scoccia, on 852240.


30/9/09 - Crisis Averted




12/9/09 - CRISIS


After ten years in the position of Treasurer to our Village Hall Terry Ward will be resigning at the year end. The Committee wish to thank Terry for the excellent job he has done over the past decade.

The Management Committee of St Lawrence Village Hall is now urgently seeking someone who can take on this key role. We would point out that there is no requirement for the post of Treasurer to be undertaken by a professional Accountant.

We cannot emphasise how important this position is to the financial stability of your Hall and if the position is not filled before the year end the hall may have to close.

If you are interested please contact Keith on 855467 or Judy on 852813


31/8/09 - Village Cider Press - 1st Attempt

We were planning to "christen" a new cider press this afternoon, unfortunately not 100% successful . . .
Enormous forces are required! Soft fruit ok - apples a bit iffy?
Produced about an eggcupfull of juice, from a plastic bag full of  apples.
A number of problems - hydraulic jack (borrowed from work) didn't!
Adjustable cross member not strong enough.
Temporary bolts ditto.
"Wrong sort of apples"?

Hope for better next weekend?

Will be available for general use, contact us at Maple Cottage, Seven Sisters  Rd.  Tel 857015

9/8/09 - 21 Today - Well 21,000 really

The website has today had its 21,000 viewing since its inception last spring, I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the site and to all our sponsors for keeping the site going - The Ed.

8/8/09 - Painted Lady Invasion

Have you noticed the massive number of Painted Lady butterflies that have been around for the last month or two.  Apparently they have migrated over 1000 miles from the Atlas Mountains in Morroco and have been making their way here gradually since the spring.

4/8/09 - Belly Dancing


There is a new class at the village-hall, belly-dancing is at 7-9p.m on Thursday evenings. Please call Geraldine on 866356 if you would like to know more.


30/7/09 - Well Dressing

Another successful well dressing was blessed last Saturday week , by the Rev. Anne Faulkner and the Rev. Caroline Baston Arch Deacon of the IOW, when some 30 or so residents turned up to see the well dressing for 2009. The theme this year was Geoff Hurrions idea and the design was created by Jamie Fothergill.

The Eco Island theme incorporated a carbon footprint, a re-cycling bin, a tree, and a wind turbine. Many thanks must go to our dedicated dressers, June, May, Judy, Geoff, Lynnette and Margaret and to all those who visited, helped and had a go. We had a record number this year. Special thanks to the Noyes family, who own the well and let us take over their garage each year to do the dressing and to Jill Fothergill who co-ordinates the whole event. Apologies to those folk who viewed the dressing after Sunday, the wind turbine was eaten by our furry friends and was past repairing! (good job somebody likes them!)  Look out for Whitwells well dressing in a few weeks time and dont miss ours next year.

28/7/09 - Pumpkins Galore!! - Date Change


Pumpkins Galore - please note that the date for the forthcoming Pumpkin Festival to be held at the St. Lawrence Village Hall is to be changed from 10th October (previously publicised) to Saturday 31st October.  Updates and further information about the Pumpkin Festival will be publicised in the next few weeks.


20/7/09 - Advance Warning of Works


 We have bought the building plot in Old Park Rd in front of Pine Tops and work is due to commence clearing the site on Thursday. On Monday a big digger will be employed and I intend to leaflet all the houses in Old Park Rd and IOW Glass to apologise for any disruption and inconvenience. My husband will be on-site at all times and can be contacted on 07867504712. 


  Many thanks
  Mal and Barry

Good luck with the project, keep us informed with progress - The Ed.



17/7/09 - Royal Visit


Prince Charles and his wife Camilla is set to visit the Botanic Gardens this morning. The Prince and Camilla, who is 62 today, will be officially opening the Arid Garden.


If you get any photos please send them in and we will put them up here - The Ed.



We have had very nice letter from a visitor to the Island who had a very sucessful time locating his ancestor in the Old Church graveyard. -See Your Letters/Rants Click Here


25/6/09 - Egg in an Egg


Doug Nettleton has sent in this strange photo of a perfectly formed egg which was found inside a perfectly formed egg!!



If you have anything stranger send it in!! - The Ed.


23/6/09 - New Buy & Sell Page


We have today started this new free service for any local non-commercial use. Just email us your ad and we will put it on completely free!! Use the service to clear out you unwanted stuff to make some cash or just give it away. 


Click here to go to the Buy & Sell Page


5/6/09 - Ventnor West Election Result


Wendy Ford - Lib Dem             86

Susan Scoccia - Con               562

Stephen Stubbings - Ind        555



3/6/09 - Wanted: New Committee Members


If you live in the St. Lawrence area  and love the village and its environment and would like to be involved in the local community then please consider becoming a valued member of the St. Lawrence Community Committee.   We are currently 8 strong but we have room for up to 4 new members.  Another two would be ideal. We meet every two months in the village hall.   Potential new members are invited to apply by contacting either Christine Russell (Secretary) on 852466 or Elizabeth Fox (Publicity Officer) on 855908.  We look forward to hearing from you!



26/05/09 - Blue Tits are Go


About 10 days earlier than last year our Blue Tit and Great Tit chicks both fledged today.


Picture taken 04/06 last year








14/05/09 - Peace Garden News


Thank you to the 6 people who turned up at the peace garden on Tuesday 12th and battled against strong winds to weed and mulch.Lets hope there are more people to help us next time and some summer sunshine! Next work morning June 9th.See you there !

Watch out for details of this years Well Dressing coming soon on the website.


30/04/09 - Ventnor Lions Need Help


Ventnor Lions need soft toys, or unwanted small presents people might have and would be happy to donate to the Lions for a fundraising event , also they need any size gift  bags. Please contact Theresa on Tel. 854760



20/04/09 - Election News


Forthcoming Elections - These elections are;


for Europe - to elect our MEPs to the European Parliament 

for the Island -  Also to elect our 40 County Councillors

for Ventnor - to elect our 11 Councillors for the Town Council


If you are new to the area, you have until 19th May to register your name and address on the electoral roll, or if you need a postal or proxy vote, again, you have until 19th May to register.  Please contact the Returning Officer, County Hall, Newport PO30 1UD.



15/4/09- Watch Out - There's A Pumpkin About


If you haven’t already sown some seeds and would like your very own plant to nurture for the OCTOBER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, check out the Village Shop in early May.  Plants and growing instructions available.

No age limit on the grower!


Remember, biggest isn’t always best. There’ll be prizes for all kinds at the Pumpkinfest on 10th October, so get growing !



5/4/09 - Peace Garden News


It is a year since the opening of the Peace Garden by Alan Titchmarsh and it is flourishing due in no small part to the efforts of volunteer helpers. The next Working Party date is Tuesday April 14th from 10 a.m. For any information about the garden, please call Jill on 730979.




Due to the forthcoming resignation of our Treasurer at the AGM in May the Management Committee of St Lawrence Village Hall is urgently seeking someone who can take on this important role.

In addition we also remain in a position where we need further Trustees to join us to assist with the day to day running of the hall.

If you are interested or wish for additional information please telephone me on 855467 or e-mail

Keith Leonard



31/3/09 - RIBA Award to Orchid House


The main RIBA Award won by Orchid House in Old Park Road is being presented on March 31 at the George Street Centre, Ryde.



Congratulations to Project Manager/Interior Designer Jean and her husband David on their fantastic acheivement - The Ed.


30/3/09 - Signs of Spring in Pelham Woods


12 islanders joined Dave and Hazel Trevan for a walk as part of the Wight Winter Countryside events on Sunday 29th March. The weather was perfect, blue skies and warm sun.


The walk, which started in the Old Rare Breeds car park included looking at various habitats, management , and interesting plants in Pelham Woods, including Ivy Broomrape, Sweet Violet, Primroses, Yellow Archangel and Wood Anemones.

The group were also shown how to identify some common native trees by looking at the winter twigs.


After the woods the group ascended the cliff path and found a practice ploughing match taking place organised by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on land adjoining the Rare Field Cow Wheat site.


The objective of the match was to plough land using older lighter tractors and in the long term to encourage old arable weeds like Corn Marigolds to grow on the site.


The group were shown the Field Cow Wheat site, a nationally very rare plant, confined now to only two locations on the Isle of Wight. The group were shown photos of the Field Cow Wheat in flower.


The walk concluded with a look at the Peace Garden, where spring bulbs were making a really good show, and a red squirrel which was spotted in the Stone Pine and performed on cue to delighted walkers!

The walkers made donations to Wight Nature Fund which manage Pelham Woods.


Dave and Hazel will be leading another walk on Sunday 14th June 2009 called “Discover St. Lawrence.” This will take in Charles Wood, Binnel Bay, the coastal footpath and Woody Bay.

Further details can be found in the Wight Summer Walks Booklet


29/3/09 - Ploughing Match?



We may not have the Australian Grand Prix or Jensen Button , but there seemed to be a Ploughing Match going on at the top of the Shute today.



28/3/09 - Ventnor Lions Books Urgent Request





23/3/09 - Spring Has Sprung



The fine weather over the last few weeks may be coming to an end, but as these lambs in the fields above St. Lawrence show Spring has begun in ernest.



21/3/09 - Local House Gets RIBA Award


Orchid House in Old Park Road has just won The Royal Institute of British Architects main award at this year's 36th annual awards which recognises the best in Island building and architecture.


The picture below was taken last year during construction.


19/3/09 - VentnorTV.Com Launch


Village resident Mike Furness and colleagues are a bunch of volunteers using short video films to celebrate all that is best here in Ventnor and the Island. They launch it this weekend.(21st March). Click


Good luck with the new venture - The Ed.


18/3/09 -Riding for the Disabled


Riding for the Disabled are building a special room inside the Riding School for use exclusively by the RDA.  They want to equip it with a sink and kitchen units.  The Committee is hoping that they can find someone who is having a new kitchen and who would like to donate some of their old units to the Organisation at Lake Farm, Rookley.  If anyone can help contact Sue Budden, the Treasurer, on 840496.


16/3/09 - Peace Garden News



Thank you to the 11 people who turned up last Tuesday morning and worked so enthusiastically on the peace garden. It looks splendid! If anyone has not visited lately you should go along and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the glorious range of spring flowers.
Next work morning on the garden is Tues. 14th April from 10-12, just after Easter.
We look forward to seeing you then.




Volunters URGENTLY  required  for the Ventnor Youth Cafe, Pier  St.   Can you help our
youth for a couple of hours any Thursday or  Friday from 5pm-7pm or 7pm-9pm.   A supervisor is on site so you would  not be alone , If you feel you can do  any time at all or for further  information  please contact Bob Ventress  on 852028

09/02/09 - Send us your Snow pictures


We have been sent some pictures of the recent snowfall, quite a rarity in this neck of the woods!! If you have any good pics please send them and we will add them to this gallery.


09/02/2009 - Local Part Time Driver Required


As business slowly grows up here at Real Island Food we are looking for someone to help with deliveries and thought that your readers/browsers may be a good place to start. We need someone who is a confident driver and good with people, and who also appreciates good food! The hours would be very ad hoc and part time to start with. Any interested parties please contact us on 731778

  Thank you,


07/02/2009 - St. Lawrence Community Association proudly announce;




The biggest !

The prettiest !

The ugliest  !

The tastiest !

The quirkiest !




It’ll be your chance to compete, vote, taste or just laugh at




in St. Lawrence Village Hall On Saturday 10TH OCTOBER


Watch this space and…






20/1/09- Community Association January Party


The winter party hosted by the Committee Association committee was once again enjoyed by all those villagers who came to chat and see what’s on, in and around St. Lawrence.

A number of organizations including, the Village Hall committee, The Undercliff Society The National Gardens Scheme, Neighbourhood Watch and the Table Tennis club mounted displays of their activities. Rob Reed, our environment and neighbourhood officer, informally introduced himself and explained his role.

Also it was nice to see some newcomers to the village who were made very welcome. The Community Association had their usual photographic display and sold copies of the Village postcard and booklet. They also displayed a “Watch this Space,” poster, of proposed activities for the coming year. These include another party on June 20th and a Pumpkin Festival on October 10th.  So there’s plenty more to look forward to.



19/1/09 - Village Hall News


The Undercliff Singers resume rehearsals on Tuesday January 20th. at 7.30 p.m at the village-hall after a busy month before Christmas. If anyone is interested in joining please contact Pat Collyer on 852936.

The old bell-tower at the village-hall needs restoration, repair or even removal for safety reasons.
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, over £10,000 at least. 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

It is important that as many opinions as possible are represented.

From the Management Committee of St.Lawrence Village-hall.


6/1/09 - Dakota


I have been asked if anyone knows why the Dakota aicraft has been regularly flying very low and slowly from the south recently.


Ed. I noticed it first late December and wondered if it was anything to do with the Dakota that crashed in nearby May 1962 - see for full details.