Can someone help with this query?

I've had an email from a gentleman who wishes to know the location of the film "Blade on the Feather". He thinks it was Mirables but would like confirmation of this. The house originally belonged to his late Mother's family, the Martens or Holdich Marten and they sold it to the 1970s owners family early in the 20th century. If anyone can assist, please email me and I will pass the information on to him. Thank you.

St. Lawrence Stores Photographic Competition

Are you a budding photographer? Do you have photographs that you'd like to share? If so, St. Lawrence Stores is running a photographic competition for you to enter up to 3 photos of St. Lawrence and the surrounding area. Entries are open till end of March and 2 photos will be chosen to be printed and made into postcards for the shop and 2 for Christmas cards. Finalists will receive a voucher to spend in the shop. All entries to be taken into the shop.


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

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.

Additional Defibrillator in the Village

St. Lawrence has again won the Best Kept Small Village award - and deservedly so. Trophy & Certificate have now been awarded, please see here for details.

Garage Gallop Success!

Although the sun didn't shine down on us, it didn't stop people from going on the St. Lawrence Garage Gallop! Walking around the village, it was lovely to see SO many people out and about enjoying picking up a bargain or two - or in some cases, a car load! A huge thankyou to the Community Association for putting on the event and to everyone who opened up their garage to sell items and for St. Lawrence Stores for selling hot drinks and delicious cakes (kindly made by Sharon, Maggie & Jacqui) & bacon rolls. Also thank you to everyone who attended and made a purchase. See you next year!

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.