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.

Carers IW Meeting

Carers IW would like to develop its services for unpaid carers in the St Lawrence area. Julie Cocker, their Development Officer, will be giving a half hour talk at 5:30 on Tuesday 28th November at the Village Hall. She will describe the kind of support which is available from Carers IW. This will be of interest to unpaid carers, and also people who know someone who could do with some/more support. Please click here for the Carer IW newsletter and here for the brochure which details the support on offer. The meeting will take place in the committee room at the far corner of the building along the corridor that starts at the Entrance Door. If this room is not big enough we will be able to move in to the Hall.

Shake Rattle 'n' Roll night change

There has been a change in band for the Shake Rattle 'n' Roll night, please click here for further details.

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:

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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.

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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