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!

Garage Gallop Deadline Reminder!!

The DEADLINE TO REGISTER to join our GARAGE GALLOP as a seller is Friday 20th April.

You can take this opportunity to de-clutter, in return for a £10 charge. 
You could get together with a neighbour or friend, or work with a charitable organisation.
Any surplus income will be used to support St Lawrence activities or enhancements.

If you would like to take part, please register with Peter or Sharon at the St. Lawrence Post Office.  (852260)
This will give us a month to advertise the event which will take place on Sunday 20th MAY - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will prepare a map to show where garages are open to the public. We will also list special items of interest that you want to sell.

Refreshments will be available at the Post Office and our advertising will encourage people to enjoy a walk around "The 2016 Best Kept Village" on the Isle of Wight.

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.

SOSA Christmas Drinkies!

Some of Judith Ewing's SOSA ladies met up last night at the Spyglass in Ventnor for Christmas drinks & to have a good old giggle! Think we were possibly the loudest in the pub!

Judith's last SOSA class at St. Lawrence before Christmas will be on Tuesday 19th December, back on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Table Tennis Club Christmas Do

After an afternoon of wiff waff, the St. Lawrence Table Tennis Club had their Christmas do. Nibbles were provided by the club members with Julie Strevens providing delicious mulled wine and a gorgeous Christmas cake was brought in by Tom, whose partner had very kindly made it for the club.

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.

Missing Cockatiel

People of St. Lawrence, we need your help! Joey, our Cockatiel has gone missing from our home down Seven Sisters Road in the last hour. He has a bald chest and is quite tame with me so if you see him please call Yasmin on 01983 855488. Thank you.

Whitwell High Street Roadworks update

EDIT: Have just driven that way this morning and it appears this will now start on Monday 27th November.

Looks like the partial closure of Whitwell High Street begins on 20th November, please see below:

Island Roads on behalf of The Isle of Wight Council give notice from 0900 hours on Monday 20 November 2017 until 1600 hours on Tuesday 19 December 2017, or when the works have been completed, whichever is the sooner, no person shall cause any vehicle to proceed along High Street, between its junctions with Kemming Road and Bannock Road.  The alternative route is Godshill Road, Whitwell Road, West Street, School Road, A3020, B3327, Gills Cliff Road, Whitwell Road and Ventnor Road.  The closure is for utility water main renewal works.

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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More roadworks in Whitwell/Godshill!

Starting on Monday 23rd October at 9am till Wednesday 25th October, there will be a road closure along Whitwell Road between the Roud Road and Southford Lane junctions. I think it's Southern Water again but not too sure!

Roadworks in Whitwell

Thought you may all like to know that there will be extensive roadworks due to start on Monday 16th October by Southern Water to replace 900 metres of old water pipes. The works will begin on a section of Ventnor Road to the south of Whitwell, progressing North & finishing near the junction of Nettlecombe Lane.

There will be temporary traffic lights controlling vehicles down Ventnor Road until the works then reach Kemming Road where they will need to close off a section of Whitwell High Street, creating a short diverson for through traffic. This closure will be after the October school hols. However access will still be maintained for all residents, business & their customers throughout the closure.

The works are due to finish Spring 2018 but will be done in sections to minimise disruption.

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.

Get yer bunting out!

Don't forget folks that next Saturday 23rd September is Isle of Wight Day, so it would be really nice if we could get St. Lawrence to be awash with bunting. Let's give the Bake Off tent a run for its money!!

First Aid Course

There are 2 free places on a First Aid Course being offered by Ventnor Town Council. More info is below.  If you are interested please respond as soon as possible to Stephen Cockett at:

Email Stephen

Dear Colleagues,

Ventnor Town Council, in partnership with the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, are offering free First Aid training for local voluntary and community groups and residents associations. The course will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm and will include defibrillator training. Initially, we are offering two places to each group. There are a limited number of spaces available so a quick response is required. If you could let me know the names of the attendees from your organisation as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Tony McCarthy

Binnel Studios Summer Exhibition

On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, we popped down to see the summer exhibition of the Binnel Studios artists down at Old Park Road. With such a wealth of artistic talent on show, there were a variety of things to see. From watercolours to pottery, acrylics to objects made with gemstones, you're sure to fall in love with something.

Artists showcasing their work include:

Molly Atrill, Phil Capon, Matthew Chambers, Jane Cox, David Firmstone, Guido Oakley, Amanda Wheeler & Celia Wilkinson

New Pilates Class

Village Hall, starting Wednesday 6th September

Judith Ewing, who runs the v successful SOSA dance/fitness class at the Village Hall on Tuesdays, will be starting a new Pilates class from 6th September to run weekly on Wednesdays from 11.30am. Everyone is welcome, please bring a mat if you have one.

More info on Judith
Judith Ewing

Meet the Ed!

Hello! Welcome to your brand new St. Lawrence website. A little bit about me - I've lived in the village for 18 years with my hubby Alan (previous website Ed!) & love living here. St. Lawrence really is a beautiful place to live with stunning countryside & coastal views with a variety of different wildlife. I really hope you enjoy the new community website & I welcome & encourage people to send me any items to go on here. If you're a local business and would like to email any artwork to go along with a small piece about what your business entails, please feel free to send me details - it's totally free! All artwork/photos to be in jpg format please. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Tina x