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Looking back at the Isle of Wight January 5, 2018

Ten years ago: A group of volunteers gave up their Christmas to provide those without companionship over the festive period, the gift of friendship. Ventnor Community Projects provided an open house for residents who would otherwise have been alone on Christmas and Boxing Day. Pictured are, front, from left, Ingrid Grice, Rob Chuter and Ian Marshall. Back, Pat Allen and Sammy Mitchell.

Ten years ago: A group of volunteers gave up their Christmas to provide those without companionship over the festive period, the gift of friendship. Ventnor Community Projects provided an open house for residents who would otherwise have been alone on Christmas and Boxing Day. Pictured are, front, from left, Ingrid Grice, Rob Chuter and Ian Marshall. Back, Pat Allen and Sammy Mitchell.

Megan Baynes

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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 14:40

100 Years
January 5, 1918
THE IW war agricultural executive committee urged Island farmers to follow emergency legislation to use part of their land for growing crops or face penalties.
In a joint statement, Roland Prothero, president of the Board of Agriculture, and Sir Arthur Lee, director-general of the government’s Food Department, said: “If we are to secure food for the people of this country, greater and more prolonged efforts are required. If we do not provide food for ourselves, no other country can or will.” 

75 Years
January 9, 1943
The IW information committee gave a free screening of Britain at War at the Winter Gardens, Ventnor, and there were screenings of the film, Coastal Command, which focused on a typical week in the life of the men of the RAF and Royal Navy in Coastal Command.

50 Years 
January 9, 1968
The Island’s governor, the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, introduced a BBC radio programme about the IW. The programme, Vectis — the Island that Likes to Be Visited, was the latest in the new series, Holidays in Britain. It featured the story of Reg Salisbury, who had visited the Island 25 years previously, as a serviceman, to explore the IW coastline and countryside, as well as its attractions for holidaymakers.There were also contributions from people concerned with the IW’s tourist industry.

25 Years 
January 7, 1993
In the wake of a reshuffle at the long-established Upper Chine School, Shanklin, the Island’s newest school, Priory School, opened in Lake. The independent, co-educational Priory School took over the office block at the former Temperature factory on Lake Industrial Estate. 

10 Years 
January 4, 2008
Southern Vectis warned of a 15 per cent rise in bus fares following a fare review. It meant the cheapest single fare was set to rise from £1.30 to £1.50 but there would be a freeze in prices for commuters.

 


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