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There are three events for the hospice taking place this month
1. Friday 17th May at Newport football club starting at 7.30pm, a Fun Music Quiz. There is an entry fee of £10.00 for each team [max 4 member] and there will be a prize fo0r the winning team.
2. Friday 24th May at All Saints Church, Ryde a concert by the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.00 pm start, tickets are £10.00 each, details from the church or 01983 528989. Funds will be split between the church and hospice..
3. A mountain bike trail from Culver Down to Alum Bay and back Sunday 26th May, two distances are available, either 46Km or 92Km. Entrance fee £10.oo , for details call 01983 528989 or visit www.iwhospice.org for detail of all events.
There is a six weeks course being run at the Isobel Centre in Newport entitled “Digital Photography for beginners”
The course starts on the 4th June, the cost is £40.00/£30 concession and the start time is 12.30-2.30 pm.
“A Day of Dance” that forms part of Cultural Diversity Day and features 4 different dance workshops from around the world.
It takes place at The Depozitory, Nelson Street, Ryde PO33 2EZ
10.00 – 11.15 Indonesian Dance
The EQUALS Indonesian Dancers invite you to try your hand at the beauty of traditional style dancing
11.30 – 12.45 Samba
Brazilian Dancer Leonardo Brizad leads a session including Samba no Pe,Axe and the Rio Carnival Samba to give you the real feeling of the Brazilian dance.
13.30 – 12.45 Latino Mix
Leonardo shares the passion of the Latino moves and rhythms with Salsa, Mambo, Samba and Lambada
14.45 – 16.00 Bollywood
Rakhi Sood together with dance partner Kenny will deliver a fun Bollywood dance workshop for all abilities
Cost: £3 for one workshop, £5 for two and £8 for all four! Wear comfortable clothes
Suitable for adults and young people aged 13+
To book and further information call 01983 717868 or e-mail email@example.com
Get your votes in….
Sainsbury’s Newport Isle of Wight on the lookout for a new Local Charity partner after raising £4, 652.00 for Breathe Easy Isle of Wight Branch
• Sainsbury’s Local Charity partner scheme is back for its fifth year
• Newport customers can vote for their favourite local charity between 1st and 15th May
• For the first time, customers can vote online as well as in-store
• The winning charity will be announced in June and will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from the store’s colleagues and customers
Local residents in Newport have the chance to find Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight a new local charity to support. It’s the fifth year of the retailer’s ‘Local Charity partner’ initiative, which gives local registered charities the chance to receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from store colleagues.
Among the highlights of the partnership, included Santa’s Grotto at Christmas raising £891.00 and a Quiz night which we raised £424.00.
Andrew Savage said: “Working with Sainsbury’s Newport Isle of Wight over the last 12 months has made such a difference to our cause. We’ve raised a fantastic amount which we’re using towards Breathe Easy and we’re now looking forward to working with them on future opportunities”.
As confirmed all monies raised through our partnership with Sainsbury’s will be split across many areas of Respiratory.
Approximately 50% will go to the British Lung Foundation for further medical research into Lung Conditions and supporting the training of specialist BLF Nurses. The remaining 50% will be used locally in purchasing various items of medical equipment including specialist oxygen sats monitors, nebulisers, inhaler technique machines. Physio equipment including walkers, mini exercise bikes and other gym equipment for Pulmonary Rehab and BLF Active Exercise Classes in the hospital and in the community. Also it is planned to set up the Respiratory Gym with a TV Monitor plus Wi-Fit Programs to improve balance, co-ordination and stamina.
Over the last four years, Sainsbury’s stores and their customers have helped thousands of charities and organisations across the UK through fundraising and volunteering and have raised more than £5 million to support local communities.
There’s even more ways to vote this year. Alongside nomination forms and a drop-in box, available in-store from Wednesday 1st May, for the first time, customers can nominate online, either via downloading a voting form via Sainsbury’s website – www.sainsburys.co.uk/localcharity or emailing their nomination to Local.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sainsburys Newport Isle of Wight Store Manager Paul Dyer added: “Our work with previous Local Charity partners over the years has been really successful in letting our customers have their say. We hope our customers can take the time to vote in the coming weeks and give a local charity that’s close to their hearts the chance for us to support them”.
The winning charity will be announced in June.
With the imminent closure of the Thornton toffee/coffee shop in Ryde High St [located near Somerfield's store], it is reported that it will reopen as a Costa Coffee establishment.
The Thornton’s Newport shop is remaining open.
The Ryde “Safer Neighborhood Team” will be at the Brannon Tea Rooms on the 22nd June between 10.00-11.00am.
If any members of the public have any concern affecting themselves or their locality please call in and speak to the team.
The first meeting of the “newly elected” Wootton Bridge Parish Council will be held next Tuesday 14th May.
Venue will be the Community School, Church Road and the start time will be 7.00.
Commemorative Exhibition at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery,
Columbine Road, East Cowes
8 June – 28 September 2013
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first flight of the Sopwith Bat-Boat on the River Medina, the first successful British flying boat.
Bat-Boat 100 Exhibition Arrangements
The Bat-Boat 100 exhibition will be officially opened at 11am on Saturday 8 June 2013 at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery, Columbine Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Bat-Boat 100 exhibition will continue until Saturday 28 September 2013. Normal entry charge for the Classic Boat Museum Gallery will apply.
East Cowes Town Map Showing Bat-Boat 100 Exhibition Location
The Sopwith Bat-Boat
In March 1913 the Sopwith Bat-Boat made its first flight from the River Medina having been assembled and launched from Sam Saunders works, the “Folly Sheds” on the east bank of the River Medina south of the Folly Inn. The Sopwith Bat-Boat was designed by aviation pioneer T. O. M. Sopwith’s company Sopwith Aviation Ltd based at Kingston-upon-Thames.
The Bat-Boat gained its name from a mythical flying machine that was mentioned in one of Rudyard Kipling’s short stories. Its design featured a flying boat hull based on one of Sam Saunders’ light and powerful high speed boats and used his patented “Consuta” plywood type construction which gave excellent lightness and strength that suited an aircraft application. Sopwith Aviation Ltd was responsible for the overall design of the Bat-Boat and construction of the bi-plane wing and tail assembly.
The Bat-Boat prototype was flown by T. O. M. Sopwith around mid March, 1913, when he attained a surprising speed of 60mph on water. It is believed that a certain amount of damage occurred due to too rough a descent and when Sopwith’s chief test pilot Harry Hawker tried to fly the Bat-Boat he was unable to leave the water. After these first trials the Bat-Boat was left all night on the beach only to be wrecked in a gale. According to reports only the engine and propeller were left intact. By mid May a second Bat-Boat, built in a modified form, was on test and later on, with the addition of a set of wheels, the Bat-Boat became the first successful amphibious aircraft. In fact on 8 July 1913 the Bat-Boat, piloted by Harry Hawker, went on to win the Mortimer-Singer prize for making the required number of alightings on land and water in a specified time. Interest was shown in the Bat-Boat by the Royal Naval Air Service and an example was delivered to the Calshot base for evaluation.
In summary the significance of the Sopwith Bat-Boat relates to the following facts:
• It was the first successful flying boat built in Britain;
• It marked the entry of Sam Saunders into the aviation business;
• In amphibious form it won the Mortimer – Singer prize for an aircraft able to operate from land and water;
• It became the first aircraft type to enter service with the Royal Naval air Service at Calshot;
• It ushered in the flying boat era which was to last through to the design, construction and flight testing of the Saunders-Roe Princess flying boat some 40 years on in 1952/53
During the First World War Saunders built several different types of aircraft such as the Avro 504, the Short 184 seaplane and Felixstowe flying boats. An aircraft design department was set up around 1917.
Later in the 1920s after experiencing difficult trading conditions the Saunders company was acquired by aviation pioneer Alliot Verdon Roe, founder of the famous AVRO company. As a result of this acquisition the new company was named Saunders-Roe and used the SARO trademark name for its products. The company concentrated on producing a range of flying boats and over the years gained a reputation for high quality and innovative products, although not always generating the required financial returns expected.
At Kingston-upon-Thames the Sopwith Aviation Company expanded rapidly and produced large numbers of aircraft during World War 1. At the end of the war aircraft production slumped and Sopwith Aviation became the main part of the Hawker Aircraft Company set up by Sopwith’s Chief Test Pilot Harry Hawker.
Large Scale Bat-Boat Model for Bat-Boat 100
A highly detailed, exhibition standard, 1/8 scale model of the Bat-Boat is now under construction and will be unveiled at the start of the Bat-Boat 100 exhibition at 11am on Saturday 8 June 2013.
The model is being built by renowned local model-maker, Tony Saunders, of Tony Saunders Marine Models.
The model will have a wing span of 1.6 metres (5 feet). It will represent the Bat-Boat as it was in amphibious form when it won the Mortimer–Singer prize powered by a British built 100hp engine supplied by the Green Engine Company.
Bat-Boat 100 Donation Appeal
An appeal for donations to help fund the large scale and highly detailed Bat-Boat model is now underway. For a minimum £50 donation donors will receive a Bat-Boat 100 donation package consisting of:
o An A3 size print, suitable for framing, of a specially commissioned Bat-Boat 100 artwork by renowned Island artist Ivan Berryman;
o A copy of the Bat-Boat 100 commemorative booklet;
o A copy of the Bat-Boat 100 exhibition guide;
o An invitation for the donor and a guest to attend the official opening of the Bat-Boat 100 exhibition at the Classic Boat Museum Gallery at 11.00 on 8 June 2013;
o Acknowledgement of the donor’s name/organisation on the Bat-Boat 100 “Roll of Honour”, subject to each donor’s authorisation.
If you wish to make a donation or need further information then please contact the Bat-Boat 100 project office by telephone on 01329 315561, by e mail at email@example.com or by post to:
Bat-Boat 100 Project, c/o 7, William Close, FAREHAM, Hampshire, PO14 2PQ.
Donations by cheque please, payable to “Solent Aeromarine Enterprises”
Wight Harmony are hosting a FREE 6 week course for men aged 16 and above, held each Thursday evening starting 16 May 2013 between 7 and 9.15pm at Wootton Methodist Church, Station Road, Wootton.
The course is open to all levels of singing experience and aims to teach the basic fundamentals of good singing in four-part harmony. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to join Wight Harmony, but there is no obligation to do so.
If you are a complete novice at singing, this course will help you find your voice and boost your confidence. Have you always wanted to sing but just never got around to it? Maybe the last time you sang was in school. Maybe you are a bit self-conscious or shy.
Maybe you think you do not have a singing voice – everyone has a voice, but maybe you try to sing in the wrong vocal range – together we will discover your voice which the course will help you to develop.
Whatever your musical background, if you have an interest in singing this course has something for you, and it is structured around group teaching methods, so you do not need to worry about being too exposed!
You do not need to be able to read sheet music, and all teaching materials are provided including the sheet music and pre-recorded teacher tracks.
Singing is great fun and is a low cost, healthy and rewarding hobby, so why not give it a try!
For more details please contact:
By telephone: Gary Batchelor on (01983) 294325 or Chris Pryce on (01983) 281952