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Don’t hold out for Mars award

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON AS RECENT events demonstrate, these are interesting times for women on the Island. First, there was the hoo-ha engendered when the CP asked nine well-known people about their hopes for the new year.

Make historic house your home

Make historic house your home

Friday, February 5, 2016

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK OAK beams from a ship wrecked on the nearby coastline are part of the rich history of a Grade II listed former rectory which took shape centuries ago in the beautiful back of the Wight.

Why no need for bridge planning?

Friday, February 5, 2016

LETTERS From Keith Hook, Wootton:
I was told, “never presume” so I rang the Isle of Wight Council planning department. to ask where the planning permission was for the work on Wootton Bridge as I was unable to find any mention on the council’s website.

Looking for Priory Boys’ School former pupils

Friday, February 5, 2016

LETTERS From Howard “Abu” Gates, Newport:
I AM organising a school re-union on Saturday, June 18, at the Ambassador Club, Gunville, for people who attended Priory Boys’ School in the mid 60s, especially those who will be 65 this year.

‘Fools’ remark insulting to chalet owners

Friday, February 5, 2016

LETTERS From Joy Willoughby, Coventry:
I take great exception to the remarks made by Cllr John Nicholson in your article “Chalet Plan Backed” (CP, 29-01-16): “Any fool can see that these chalets are not fit for human habitation full stop, never mind the period they are let during the season.”

Apparently I am cat nip to tigers!

Friday, February 5, 2016

LETTERS From Mrs Brenda Hyde, Newchurch:
THE other evening I watched the BBC Inside Out programme’s coverage of the arrival of the new tiger Simi at IW Zoo.

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Exotic orchid is wasps’ favourite

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GARDENING ANOTHER exotic appearance at Ventnor Botanic Garden — before the chilly snap — was this mirror orchid, photographed by Colin Pope, who is cataloguing all in the garden.

Looking back at the Isle of Wight, January 29

Looking back at the Isle of Wight, January 29

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LOOKING BACK Ten years ago: A landmark tree, which had been part of a Newport street scene for decades, was felled.

Ideas ahead of the big day

Saturday, January 30, 2016

CHARLOTTE HOFTON A THRILLING mystery hangs over the Island, in terms of anticipation far exceeding the build-up to the Oscars and likely to keep us in a state of feverish impatience throughout this weekend.

They have no power

Friday, January 29, 2016

LETTERS From Bill Moore, Gunville:
Having spent a lot of time and effort in commenting and pointing out the short comings in the planning application to build 50 houses at the end of Ash Lane, Gunville, it was rather a disheartening and bitter experience to see a tick-box exercise carried out, when it was passed by the planning committee.

Power of a pending coffee

Friday, January 29, 2016

LETTERS From Hazel Wyld, Freshwater:
Pending coffee. Can we do this? So, who is up for it?

Traffic lights to monitor councillors’ attendance

Friday, January 29, 2016

LETTERS From Jonathan Young, Niton:
There is a very simple mechanism by which Isle of Wight councillors’ attendance at meetings can be monitored and a bright light shone on those who treat the public with contempt by behaving like fractious, bored, schoolkids.

How about rescuing humans?

Friday, January 29, 2016

LETTERS From Anna Hardy, Shanklin:
I shivered in admiration at the sight of three ladies dipping in an icy cold sea ‘for Freda’ (CP, 15-01-16).

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Queen of Hearts European appeal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

GARDENING A READER wonders if there is anyone out there who has seed from Stan Jackson’s famous Queen of Hearts tomato that has not cross-pollinated with other varieties.

Looking back at the Isle of Wight, January 22

Looking back at the Isle of Wight, January 22

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LOOKING BACK
Ten years ago: The Island gained its own fully trained team equipped and ready to mount a rescue similar to one that saved a whale in the Thames the weekend before.

Farrow the yellow brick road

Saturday, January 23, 2016

THE ISLAND is always keen on getting worked up about quite trivial matters, while all around us everything proceeds towards financial and constitutional apocalypse, particularly with Hampshire poised to clasp our frail state of penury in its mighty grip. Devolution they call it.

Dramatic views bring surprise

Dramatic views bring surprise

Friday, January 22, 2016

PROPERTY OF THE WEEK Watching a pod of dolphins out in the English Channel last summer was a treat for the owners of Wyndgreen, high up in a wonderful spot on the edge of Ventnor.

Desperate plight no fault of this council

Friday, January 22, 2016

LETTERS From Mike Starke, Chale Green:
A TORY grandee once opined that, ideally, councils should meet once a year to ratify the privatised contracts for services flogged off to profiteers and to have a lunch afterwards.

Cabbage patch kings

Friday, January 22, 2016

LETTERS From Alan Jones, Sandown:
While driving round the Island there appears to be acres of cabbages being left to rot, or being eaten by sheep. Why is this?

Tourists are Godshill’s lifeblood and they need toilets

Friday, January 22, 2016

LETTERS From Marian Lane, Newport:
I was incredulous to read Cllr Stuart Dyer’s reported comments that Godshill’s public toilets are “only useful for tourists”(CP, 15-01-16).

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