Monday, March 20, 2017
Ten years ago: The unique environment around Quarr Abbey won a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The cash for the Quarr Abbey Heritage Project was to be used to prepare a conservation plan for the abbey church, its ancient ruins and the habitats of several rare and protected species.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Ten years ago: Mystery circles in the sand and grass at Compton intrigued visitors and would have no doubt sparked the fascination of the Island’s former UFO society.
The truth, though, was much more mundane than alien life. It was, in fact, the work of Eric Geddes, of Freshwater, who used 37 planks of flotsam wood to create it.
However, the origin of a second nearby spiral was a mystery, consisting of more than 1,000 stones.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Ten years ago: Around 100 bags full of debris from the cargo ship Napoli were washed ashore on the Island beaches.
Items included BMW first-aid kits, boxes of chocolates and bottles of shampoo.
The debris had swept in from the coast of Dorset, where the 62,000-tonne ship ran aground and broke up in stormy weather a month earlier.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Ten years ago: This oyster would have made a monster meal in itself but was one shellfish not for eating.
Fisherman Mike Towill took advantage of a particularly low tide one Sunday and went to pick oysters at Woodside Bay.
Among them was the 1.5 kg specimen, which was as big as a dinner plate and thought to be at least 80 years old.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Ten years ago: There was something a little unusual about a group of ten recruits who demonstrated their firefighting skills at Ryde Fire Station.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Twenty five years ago: A stunning mural adorning the visitors’ room at Parkhurst top-security prison brought together an unlikely combination of professional artists, high school pupils, prisoners and children with learning disabilities.
It was the first time a project of that kind — involving the outside community — had taken place in any prison in the UK, let alone a top-security one.
Monday, February 6, 2017
25 years ago: The IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet, was voted the best independent railway in the country.
Presented by the Association of Railway Preservation Societies, the award recognised only the most outstanding contributions to railway preservation in the UK.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Fifty years ago: It was a melancholic scene at Coppins Bridge, as another Island rail landmark disappeared.
The viaduct bordering the river, which had once kept the lines safe from flooding, was demolished by the IW County Council.
Because of the proximity of houses and shops, the use of explosives was ruled out, so it was the tried and tested method of a wrecking ball which erased this small slice of Island history.
Monday, January 23, 2017
25 years ago: Bembridge man Colin Fyrth gave his granddaughter, Leanne, a load of old junk for Christmas but she was still the envy of children across the Island.
The scrap parts of a chicken coop, old lawn mower, gas pipes and larder door were skillfully refashioned in an electrically powered miniature car.100 Years Ago
January 20, 1917
Monday, January 16, 2017
LOOKING BACK Ten years ago: Councils and governments putting right the ills of society, stopping war and saving the planet from environmental disaster, were some of the hopes of IW schoolchildren for 2007.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
LOOKING BACK Ten years ago (pictured): The opening of a bus shelter may not normally seem worthy of celebration but for the residents of Crossways, Bembridge, it was a special moment.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
100 Years Ago - December 30, 1916
A FEW lucky few soldiers were back home for Christmas, taking a rest after the horrors of The Somme.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Ten years ago: David and Doreen Perkis became proud grandparents twice within the space of just two hours.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
50 years ago: A car which spent 20 years buried in a garden was unearthed from its tomb after finding a new owner.
The car was buried following a disagreement the previous owner had with his wife, who was displeased with having to sit in the footwell on long journeys around the country.
Converted from a motor-tricycle, the 1901 De Dion Bouton Quad had the distinction of being the oldest car on the Island and would hit speeds as high as 4mph.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Ten years ago: A species of moth new to Britain was identified on the Island.
It was discovered by Totland entomologist Sam Knill-Jones, who originally thought it to be unremarkable until sharing it with fellow expert, Steve Pittis.
Mr Knill-Jones gave it an English name, the sorcerer, which he hoped would be adopted.
Ten years later and his legacy is very much intact as the Sorcerer Aedia Leucomelas.
Monday, November 14, 2016
25 years ago: Council tractors became trapped by the tide in Ryde harbour after a simple job for Medina Council went awry.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Ten years ago: An application to build a wind farm at Wellow was turned down by IW councillors.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Ten years ago: Youth football club Rew Valley was awarded a Community Action Award despite being established for only five months.
Monday, October 17, 2016
LOOKING BACK Two llamas joined Somerton Middle School on their sponsored walk for the Worldwide Fund for Nature.
Monday, October 10, 2016
TEN?Years Ago: Youngsters at Ryde Junior School tucked into a big breakfast in aid of the BBC Radio Solent Daisy Appeal.