Ten years ago: Pupils from Shalfleet Primary School joined Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith, and Rick Stein by producing a healthy cookbook. Eat Cool with Shalfleet School was the result of months of work by Year 4 pupils who produced the cookbook with little adult help.
Some of the pupils are pictured having a healthy lunch at the Countryman pub with trainee chef and former pupil Jenny Hayles and head chef Shaun Galvin.

100 Years Ago
June 16, 1917

THE appearance of disease in the potato crop was recorded in several counties from as far apart as Dorset and Yorkshire, sparking fears the Island could also fall prey.
The Island Council, at the behest of the Board of Agriculture, was to begin preventative spraying immediately.
By the end of the week, 7,000 knapsack spraying appliances were distributed in high-risk areas across the country.

75 Years Ago
June 20, 1942

COWES milk retailers met at Northwood House to discuss the rationalisation of milk distribution.
The Ministry of Food policy stated any urban district with a population of more than 10,000 must give consideration to rationalising the retail distribution of milk so that manpower may be conserved and economy effected in transport.
It was agreed waste was to be minimised and efficiency savings were to be made.

50 Years Ago
June 17, 1967

DESPITE the new found popularity of hovercraft, Cowes residents were quick to level complaints at the noise.
It was worried if the noise continued, hundreds of yachtsmen living on craft in the harbour would find it intolerable.
This would seriously affect Cowes as a port and it was hoped the authority would keep this matter at the forefront.

25 Years Ago
June 19, 1992

WELL-WISHERS rallied round to help raise funds to pay for a three-day visit by a group of 50 Russian orphans.
Only the week before, part-time teacher Mark Coote was planning on selling his personal belongings to help fund the trip.
However, following an appeal in the County Press, Mr Coote received more than £3,000 in donations in less than a week.

10 Years Ago
June 15, 2007

AN IW Festival reveller, who attempted to cross one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in a dinghy, was rescued by Cowes Inshore Lifeboat after losing both of his oars.
The unnamed man in his 20s was trying to cross from Cowes to Portsmouth and made a panic call to HM Coastguards by mobile phone just after 3am.
A lifeboat spokesperson said: “Although the man could not accurately tell the coastguards his position, we found him at The Shrape off East Cowes,
“He was more than a little surprised when we pointed out the boat was in no more than 18ins of water and he could have waded ashore.”