Dates for your Diary

March Events

Sunday 1st March – Yaverland to Sandown Monthly Beach Clean from 11am – 1pm. Pick up your litter pickers and bag from Yaverland Car park and help us clean up our beautiful Marine Conservation Zone!

Wednesday 4th March – Quiz Night at The Mill Bay Ventnor in aid of Mountbatten.   £6 per person and includes a hot buffet.  Call 01983 852394 to book

Thursday 5th March – Women Only Trial Session at West Wight Men in Sheds from 10am – 1pm. To book a place or for more information email men@westwightshed.org or call 01983 897352.   There will be male members of the management committee present.

Friday 6th March -    Coffee Morning with a Theme between 10.30 and 12.30. Hosted by the Friends of Northwood Cemetery in the West Chapel at Northwood Cemetery. Hot and Cold Drinks plus Biscuits. Free of charge but Donations welcome. Theme for March is Books and DVDs. Prices start at 50p!  All welcome.  Any enquiries call Tony on  295807 

Friday 6th March -  The Music Playhouse at Freshwater Methodist, Brookside Road. 2:30pm to 4pm. Live vocals and musicians. Song sheets provided for Vintage Romantic and nostalgic Love Ballad numbers. Tea/coffee and biscuits interlude. Free event - donations welcome. Organised by Dale Sloan (Community Navigator), telephone 07736 151626.

Saturday 7th March – Vectis Radio Station Open Day from 10am to 12 midday at the studio based at the Riverside Centre, Newport.  Come and see how it all works behind the scenes, meet some of the presenters, have a cuppa and some cake.  All we ask is a minimum £1 donation to help keep your community radio station running.

Sunday 8th March - Antiques and Collectors Fair at Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes in aid of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association - IOW Branch.  The Antiques Fair will be open from 10.30am-3.00pm selling a wide variety of goods including furniture, books, jewellery, silver, vintage items, garden antiques, china, glass and much more.  FREE valuations will kindly be provided by well-respected local valuer Tim Smith. NB -Valuations between 11.30am and 1.00pm only.  Admission to the fair is £2.50 per adult with accompanied children free (all entrance fees are donated directly to the IOW branch of MND).  Tea/Coffee and Light snacks will be available to purchase.  All enquiries to Jennie on 643323 or via email eandjlewis@aol.com

Tuesday 10th March – Cowes Speak at The Anchor, 1-3 High Street, Cowes from 8pm – 11pm.  1st show of 2020!!! The Cowes Speak Comedy variety show is back with a fun mixture of comical fun and frolics.  We have Musical fun from your local weekly music man Chris Q Things, Music & Stuff, bringing back his blonde locks to serenade you all. Our regular magician extraordinaire, the officially 2nd best magician on the south coast, Huxley magic! And Spokenword from a wonderous word slinging Owl, the fantastic Superb Owl!  So come along and join us for a chaotic evening with your host Adam Gaterell Arts.

Wednesday 11th March - Whippingham Community Centre present a talk by Susan Weeks about the history of her home in Sandford. Doors open at  7pm for a 7.30 pm start.  An opportunity for you to hear a fascinating story with a spooky twist.  Entry on the door - £2.00 pp to include refreshments.  For more information contact Dawn on 07717018131

Thursday 12th March – World Café for Ryde from 6pm – 8pm at Ryde Castle Hotel. This event is a way to bring the community together to make a positive difference to young people steering them away from crime by helping them build resilience, and promote a better relationship between residents/young people and businesses with the Police and other stakeholders in Ryde.  If you would like to attend register via email to letstalkryde@mail.com

Saturday 14th March – A Repair Café for the Island at Shaping Newport 30 High Street, Newport from 10am – 12noon.  If you would like to find out more about what is involved in starting a Repair Cafe on the Island or in your local community come and hear about the experiences of other Repair Cafes and the next steps that are involved.

Saturday 14th March – St Patrick’s Day at Wootton Community Centre from 7pm.   Wight Hot Pipes and The Crew.  In aid of WightAID. Tickets £5 available from Wootton Community Centre or online www.wightaid.org/events

Saturday 14th March – Quiz Night at St John’s Community Hall, St John’s Road, Newport at 7pm.  £2 each and under 14’s free. Light refreshments available.  All proceeds to st John’s 2020 Vision.

Saturday 14th March - Variety Show fundraiser sponsored by Green, Roberts & Butler Veterinary Surgeons and Ace Waste to raise funds for Vectis Radio. 7.30pm at Riverside Centre. Free parking, cash bar. Acts include Huxley, The Ohmz Trio, Horse Box Theatre Company, John Hacker folk singer, Oceah Taylor singer, Captain Nash Pirate Adventures, Doris Pink Florist with a competition, First Act 2011, Matt Legg musician.  Hannah Brewer is the compere for the evening.  Olly Fry is the producer. There will be a raffle too.  Get your tickets, only £9 each, by emailing tickets@vectisradio.fm

Sunday 15th March – The Band of the Hampshire Constabulary will be at All Saints Church, Ryde at 2.30pm.    Bring the whole family to this charity concert in aid of Scouts Isle of Wight and Citizens Advice Isle of Wight.   Free Entry.   Refreshments, raffle and collection.   Call 07548 918810 or email pauls@iwcab.org.uk to reserve a seat.

Sunday 15th March – Discovery Bay – British Science Week 2020 from 10.30am -3pm at Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown.   Celebrate British Science Week with a day of scientific discovery and natural history!  Drop-in laboratories and pop-up displays featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to pond life, moths, moss and poo. It’s free for all the family!  Find us upstairs in the Education Room at Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA.   Please note though that normal fees apply for entry to the Dinosaur Isle museum downstairs.

Wednesday 18th March – Red Squirrels on the Isle of Wight.  A talk by Brenda Craddock from the Wight Squirrel Project at Freshwater Library.   Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start.   £3 admission shared between FOFL and Wight Squirrel Project.

Saturday 21st March – Spring Craft and Gift Fayre at Newport Minster, St Thomas’ Square, Newport from 10-am – 2.30pm.  Local people, local handmade crafts. Stalls include:  Handmade jewellery
embroidery and knitwear, handmade bags, hand carved wood, sand craft for kids, homemade cakes and light lunches together with tea, coffee and other refreshments.  Free entry. Everyone welcome. If you would like to have a stall contact Kim on 07868 165537

Sunday 22nd March – Table Top Sale at Unitarian Meeting House, Newport from 10am 1pm.  Raising funds for Vectis Radio.   For more information call Sharon on 521341

Wednesday 25th March - East Cowes RNLI Branch invites you to an evening with The Slipshod Singers and RNLI Sink or Swim Ukelele Band at Whippingham Community Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 to include a buffet, bring your own drinks. Booking essential. To book ring 293664
Friday 27th March - Illustrated talk by Prof Andrew Bradstock on former Bishop of Liverpool David Sheppard, the subject of his recent biography. The Friends of Holy Trinity Bembridge invite you to the Cloisters, Bembridge for Drinks and Nibbles at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are £5, to go towards improvements to the church.  Available from the Ink Shop or in church.

Saturday 28th March - St. Mary's Church Cowes is holding its Spring Fair from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Parish Room.  There will be the usual stalls, including a raffle and tombola.  Also, our usual high-quality lunches, teas, coffees, cakes, etc. All welcome, free entry.

Saturday 28th March - The Newchurch Male Voice Choir will be presenting a Concert of popular songs at Binstead Methodist Church.  Start at 7.30pm. Entry Free. Refreshments and Raffle. All Welcome.

Saturday 28th March - Table Top Sale at Cowes Methodist Church from 10.30 to 2.30. Raising funds for N.S.P.C.C. and Cowes Methodist Church.   To book a £5 table phone 07958802708.  Organised by ‘Whitehill’

Sunday 29th March – Easter Pop Up Market at Sandown Airport from 10am – 5pm.   High quality products, Easter Delights, Food, Drink, Easter Egg Hunt, Entertainment and something for everyone.   Proceeds donated to Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Broadlea Primary School.



REGULAR EVENTS

Every Monday – FREE fun quiz night at Ye Olde Village Inn, 61 High St, Bembridge.   7.30pm for 8pm start.   For more info call 872616

Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10am – 3pm – West Wight Men in Sheds, Totland Recreation Ground. Come along and Learn Things, Make Things & Drink Tea. Why not come along on a Monday morning between 10 -12 for our weekly coffee morning and find out what we are all about.

Every Monday - The Games Lounge for 50+ year olds at the West Wight Sports & Community Centre. Drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Entrance fee £2. Take part for free with table tennis, pool, board games etc. and socialise over hot drink refills.

Last Monday of the Month – Rummikub and Scrabble Club at The Cloisters, High Street, Bembridge from 2pm – 4pm.   Cost £2.50 which includes tea/coffe and cake.

Every Tuesday – Freshwater Chess Club meet at the Conservative Club, Queens Road, Freshwater in the quiet upstairs room from 7pm until 10pm.   New members welcome of all grades.  Contact Derek Rouse on 752911 for further information.

Every Tuesday – Badgers (Ages 7-10 years and Cadets (aged 10-18) meet from 6.30 – 8pm at St John Ambulance HQ, 12 Manners View, Dodnor Park, Newport, PO30 5FA

Every Tuesday  - Social duplicate bridge at Silver Sands Court, Church Road, Bembridge, PO35 5AA at 1.45pm. £2 per head.

Every Tuesday night at 7.30pm.  Whist Drive at Porchfield Cricket Club, Colemans Lane, Porchfield.  Monetary prizes.  £2.50 admission includes raffle.  New members welcome

Every Wednesday - Crafty Knit & Natter from 10.30 until 12.30 at Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road, East Cowes. Organised by Community Spirited.   Come along and meet other like-minded people.  £2 per person.  Call 296592 for further information.

Every Wednesday - Bridge for Beginners at the West Wight Sports & Community Centre. From 2pm to 4pm. Turn up and play for £2.

Fourth Wednesday of the month -  Alzheimer Cafe at The Broadway Centre, 1 Broadway, Sandown, PO36 9GG from 2pm — 4pm. An informal meeting place, for people living with dementia, their families, friends, carers and those with an interest in dementia.  Everyone welcome.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoon -  Freshwater Gentle Duplicate Bridge Club  from 2pm to 4.30pm at Freshwater Conservative Club, Queens Road, PO40 9ES. Fee: £2.50 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits)

Every Thursday: Over 50s table tennis takes place at West Wight Sports and Community Centre, 1.30 - 2.30 p.m. £2.00

Every Thursday – Tapline (Tap, Tea and Chat).  If you’ve tap danced before, even if it was a while ago, why not join our group of ‘mature’ ladies who love to tap dance (and chat).  Meet at The Pavilion, Victoria Rec, Newport from 1.30-3.30pm.   Learn new routines and enjoy a cuppa afterwards.   Sessions cost £3.  Free parking.  Call Sheila on 527763 for more info

Every Thursday – Older Persons Youth Club from 10.30 until 12.30 at Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road, East Cowes. Organised by Community Spirited.   Come along and join in this friendly group.  £2 per person. Bacon sandwich £1. Call 296592 for further information.

Every Thursday – St John Ambulance adult volunteers meet from 7-9pm.  Anyone from 18+ years welcome to come along.   There is no financial cost to anyone joining us as an adult volunteer, we just ask for their time.   Meet at 12 Manners View, Dodnor Park, Newport, PO30 5FA

Last Thursday of the month - The Newport Alzheimer Cafe  meet from 6pm – 8.30pm at the Church Hall of St John’s Church, on the corner of Terrace Road and Drake Road (opposite the former Nodehill School).  An Alzheimer Café is a meeting place giving information educational advice and guidance to people with dementia, their families, carers, professionals and to people with an interest in dementia.   Newcomers very welcome, no need to book just come along.   For further information and transport call 01983 220200

Second Thursday of every month – ‘Our Space’ drop-in at East Cowes Town Hall from 12pm to 2pm.   Co-ordinated by Churches Together in East Cowes & Whippingham.   This event is attended by agencies such as Community Spirited, Sight for Wight, Stroke Association, health centre and police who are on hand to offer advice and assistance where needed.  There are free refreshments, soup and bread for lunch or hot drink and biscuits available.

First Friday of every month – Ryde Alzheimer Cafe meet at All Saints Church, Queens Road, Ryde between 11.30 am- 2 pm. The venue is the church hall attached to the magnificent All Saints Church (the one with the big spire).  An informal, supportive and friendly atmosphere for people whose lives have been affected by dementia.  Newcomers Very Welcome!

Every Friday from 10am – 12pm – Weekly Drop in at Downside Community Centre, Furrlongs, Newport.    Help and information with finding local activities, debt, education, employment, forms and applications, finance, housing, jobs, health and getting involved in the community.   Everybody is welcome.  This is a free, confidential and friendly session.

Every Friday – Freshwater Market, Memorial Hall, Avenue Road from 8.30am til 12 noon.   Great range of stalls with something for everyone.

Every Friday - Community Teapot at St. Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Cowes every Friday morning, from 10.30 am until noon.  Come just for a cuppa, biscuit and friendly chat.  There are no prices, just affordable donations.  All very welcome - for more information communityteapot@mail.com

First Saturday of the month – Table Top Sale at Sandown Conservative Club, 92 Station Avenue, Sandown from 10.3 am – 2pm.

First Saturday of every month at Bembridge Friendship Circle meet at the Village Hall from 10am – 12pm.  Book Sale, bric-a-brac, raffle, tea/coffee/hot chocolate and cakes. Come along and support this event and all proceeds to towards the community bus.


Every Sunday (6-7pm) Mindfulness Practice Group in Freshwater Bay. This space is open to all curious hearts and minds. Mindfulness is a way of taking charge of your life. It has the potential that can work consciously with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Suggested donation £ 5. Further details: www.mindfulnessisleofwight.co.uk