Public Footpath Closure

From Isle of Wight Council:

"We have had to close public footpath V99 at St Lawrence. The closure is because of landslips along it making it unsafe - please don't try to use it.

The closed route runs between Binnel Bay/ V124 to public Footpaths V97/ V96.

We will update you when we know more."

Parish of St Lawrence, Isle of Wight

The Old Church in Seven Sisters Road will be open daily from Monday 22nd June, 10am-4pm for Private Prayer.

Please respect all signs inside the church so that we may keep everyone safe and do not enter the church if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. [The Parish Church on Undercliff Drive remains closed due to building work.] All church services and events are still suspended.

Contacts: Rector — Revd. Dr. Nigel Porter, 01983 731922 Churchwardens: Sam Twining (852101) and Jill Fothergill (730979)


The Government has announced that public worship may resume from 4th July; however the number of churches in this benefice (Chale, Niton, St. Lawrence and Whitwell) dictates that there must be careful discussion about how this should happen in our four parishes (five churches).

Further news will be announced as soon we have it! In the meantime of course, the Old Church in Seven Sisters Road remains open for Private Prayer, 10am-4pm.

Get voting folks!

Local resident, Kathy Orme, has entered the photo opposite as part of a "Village Life" competition being run by Allied Westminster. The village hall could be in with a chance of winning £1000 and the Church, £500 so PLEASE vote! You can vote by clicking here - fingers crossed!

New Year, New You!

Ladies - fed up of trying the same old exercise class? Want something a little different? Then why not try Burlesque Chair Dance! It's a fun way to get fit. No matter your age, size, shape or ability, everyone is welcome.

Dancing is done barefoot with leggings and a vest top/t shirt so no nudity or stripping!

Classes in the South Wight area are run by the lovely Vicky Fisher who can be contacted by clicking here

So if you want to feel sexy, gain confidence, make friends and get fit, why not give it a go! What have you got to lose?


Good news - the popular SOSA dance fitness class is back at the village hall as from Tuesday 23rd July, 9.30 to 10.30! So if you're looking for a fun & friendly exercise class where you can learn different types of dance & make some new friends along the way, then this is just for you. Ladies only, no partner required. £6 per class. No booking necessary, just turn up in exercise gear & bring water.

Our little visitor

The other evening we were treated to this gorgeous little leveret in our back garden! Thinking this was highly unusual for a Hare to be in a garden I contacted the Hare Preservation Trust who confirmed our sighting. They said it's not uncommon for Hares to have their babies which adjoin their usual habitat as gardens provide good cover & sheltered spots for the youngsters. We feel very honoured & privileged to have seen this little beauty so close up. A real treat.

Garage Gallop update

Just a quick message to invite anyone else to join in with the Garage Gallop 2019. Taking place on Sunday 19th May between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Your chance to de-clutter and sell unwanted items and just £10 per garage/driveway with all profits going to support future St. Lawrence events. It will be widely advertised and hope to attract many from all around to our lovely Best Kept village. Please let me know ASAP if you would like to sign up as need to start preparing the map with evryone's location.

Pete Martin

Lisle Combe News

We thought you might like to see one of our new photographs of the house by Steve Thearle, who popped in on a nice sunny day back in October to capture some lovely images of the house and garden.

It's a busy time at Lisle Combe, the house opened for the Bed and Breakfast season on the 1st April. Since then, we have welcomed guests from all over the world, mainly from different parts of the UK, at the moment. They are enjoying the warm weather and sunshine, one of our guests even swam in the sea yesterday!!

For details of our events, including our new Cream Tea events, please click here

Robert & Ruth

Isle of Wight Hospitals during the war

I've had an email from a lady who is researching Isle of Wight Hospitals during the war & found Underwath in St. Lawrence which she thinks used to be a preparatory school and then a nursing home. She would like any information or photographs if possible please. If anyone can assist, please email me and I will pass the information on. Thank you.


Could you be a Good Neighbour?

Age UK IW has a Good Neighbour Scheme on the Island to support older people over 50 years of age in times of need, when they have no one else to turn to. We need volunteers in your area to help your local older residents with this scheme.

Can you change a lightbulb for an older person? Put their rubbish out? Fetch some shopping? Chat to them over a cup of tea?

If you would like to become a volunteer, or just find out more information about the scheme just ring 01983 525282 and ask for the Good Neighbour Scheme or email [email protected]

You can make a real difference to the life of an older person with just 10 minutes of your time!

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St. Lawrence wins Best Kept Small Village 2018!!!

St. Lawrence has again won the Best Kept Small Village award for 2018!! Well done St. Lawrence. Trophy & Certificate have now been awarded, please see here for details.

Ventnor Heritage Centre Facebook Page

Ventnor Heritage Centre now has a Facebook page where you can ask for information & share photos and stories about the area, which covers St. Lawrence. The page can be reached here

Many thanks to Lesley Matravers for sending me this info

New Notice Board

St. Lawrence has a new notice board! Made of sturdier stuff than the old one, this is made from metal so much more weather proof. Located in the same position as the old board, so outside St. Lawrence Cottage. Many thanks to the Community Association for part-funding and erecting the board and also to Ventnor Town Council for paying half the cost.

St. Lawrence has a Defibrillator!

There has now been a Defibrillator installed in the village outside St. Lawrence Stores/PO. Many thanks to Warren Donbavand of St. Lawrence Electrical for installing it free of charge.

Also, many thanks to everyone who was involved in getting the defib - fundraisers, campaigners, everyone who donated money or their time. And also to everyone who has had training in how to use it correctly because without them the defib would be pretty useless!

Well done to everyone - and there are rumours we could be getting a second defibrillator. Will keep you posted when I hear more definite news.

Memories of St. Lawrence in the Snow

This morning I received a lovely email from a gentleman who used to live in the village down Old Park Road for many years. He sent in some stunning photos of St. Lawrence in the snow back in 2010 when we had that really snowy winter. Here is an extract of his letter:

"Our family us older parents and our 2 sons lived there together for that period.   My father in law was very well known - Buster Bartlett who you must have crossed paths with as he did tireless work for the community. He was the UK’s oldest county & local councillor (He was 94 when voted out).

I digress …… with snow in national news I wondered IF you would like a few photos from the last significant snow fall in the village, the winter of 2010 it stayed for nearly a week I believe."

"We loved our time there and along side Buster we all were involved in the community but now our 2 sons and 5 grand children live in Devon and Cardiff plus cost and time involved with ferry travel it forced our move to Somerset.  Miss St Lawrence mornings, sea views and Ventnor coast but do not miss limitations of island life and travel problems."

Always lovely to hear from ex St. Lawrence people! You can see his photos on the Gallery here

Photo by Wendy Lacey
Photo by Wendy Lacey

Photo by Wendy Lacey
Photo by Wendy Lacey

Rock 'n' Roll night

The Rock 'n' Roll night at the Village Hall on Saturday 25th November was a huge success. Everyone had a great time enjoying the music & being entertained by Brian Sharpe's Half Moon. Big thanks to everyone involved who helped to put this event on.

House Sitter Service available

There is a new experienced house sitter service now available. Jo has recently moved to the Isle of Wight from Devon and is seeking a home to care for over the winter months. For more details, you can view the full ad on the Ads page by clicking below.

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Defibrillator Fund

Money raised from the Isle of Wight Day Treasure Hunt & Coffee Morning was £150 which will go towards a defribillator for St. Lawrence.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone who donated money or bought something at the Parish Church.

Dinner parties at Lisle Combe

If you want to host a special occasion or dinner party, you can do so at the beautiful Lisle Combe. Please click below for more details.

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Isle of Wight Day Treasure Hunt & Coffee Morning

On a lovely sunny Saturday morning, we set off to the Parish Church to join in the Treasure Hunt. Armed with clues & a pencil, off we went on a walk around our lovely village, answering the questions set by Jill Fothergill & Bridget Garton. By the time we'd got to the 12th Century Church we were in need of some sustenance - luckily for us there were refreshments laid out for any weary travellers. Ticking off more clues and after a much needed biccie, we carried on with our walk. An hour and 13 mins after starting the hunt, we arrived back at the Parish Church where coffees/teas/juices and cake were on offer. It was a lovely way to see the village whilst finding out some interesting facts along the way. A massive thank you to Jill Fothergill for all her time & effort in putting the event together and also to Bridget & June for running the tea stall & to everyone who made the delicious cakes.