100 Years Ago
November 9, 1912
LIFEBOATS were launched at Brook and Brighstone in response to signals of distress sent from the steamer, Poplar, of London, which was struggling five miles from the shore after her engine broke down.
The Brighstone boat was unable to reach her and returned in the early hours.
The Brook boat returned some hours later with reports due to heavy seas, it had also been unable to reach her but had overseen help from tug boats.
A butler from Wootton was involved in a nasty cycle accident.
While riding from Lake, as he reached the bottom of Brighstone Shute, a dog ran into his front wheel and he was thrown from his bike.
The man broke his left arm and sustained other minor injuries. The dog was unhurt.
An oyster with a portion of its shell attached to the inside of an egg cup, was found in the harbour at Cowes, by a fisherman.
The china egg cup was marked Trinity House and the find was put on display at a shop in the High Street.
75 Years Ago
November 13, 1937
A large number of people were on the streets of Newport, observing the silence for those killed in the First World War.
The start of the silence was signalled by the sounding of the Last Post.
A total of £1,800 had to spent on repairs after a storm damaged the sea wall and gardens at Ryde.
The borough surveyor reported most of the work was carried out by skilled workmen and 40 council staff.
Two workmen had an accident while carrying out repair work to the Palmerston Hall, in Shanklin.
The pair were working on a ladder when it slipped from under them, leaving one with bruises, and the other unconscious.
When he woke, he had extensive bruising and was in shock.
50 Years Ago
November 10, 1962
The BBC featured a programme about the ancient borough of Brading, stating the iron gates at the entrance to Nunwell Park had been made by a blacksmith in Newport.
He had also made similar ones for use in Shanklin and at a private house in Yarmouth.
A motorcyclist was taken to the Royal IW County Hospital after suffering from head injuries and concussion following an accident at the junction of Queen’s Road and Mayfield Road, Ryde.
No other vehicle was involved.
The arrival of the 100ft ocean-going yacht, Diadam of Dewlish, raised a lot of interest on the Island.
It was the largest yacht to have ever moored inside the harbour.
It was built in Lowestoft and had been launched just three months earlier.
25 Years Ago
November 13, 1987
More than 2,000 homes were without electricity as lightning cut off supplies in East Cowes, East Wight, and Blackgang areas. The worst affected area was from Ryde to Bembridge and St Helens, where 1,600 homes were without power from 1.30pm to 3pm.
The lightning struck an underground cable, cutting off the supplies.
A pioneer befriending service was launched for lonely young people living in Ryde.
The service recruited volunteer friends to befriend lonely and desperate people, who had just left hospital after a long illness, had no family or just needed companionship.
Wootton residents were being asked to donate to an appeal fund, which was launched by the parish council, to replace the trees lost in the ravages of the recent gales.
The IW Council had set some money aside to replace the Island’s trees but the sum was likely to be spent only on replacing larger trees.
10 Years Ago
November 8, 2002
Islanders were making unnecessary 999 calls for ambulances, which stopped the service reaching its targets, set by the government.
People were asked not to make the inappropriate calls.
One business was singled out for making a series of calls about trivial injuries, such as a twisted ankle.
Work was due to start on Ventnor’s long-awaited £1.8 million harbour.
News the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs had given formal approval to the project was given to a meeting of 300 residents, in a presentation made by the IW Council.
A walnut tree was planted in Godshill to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Godshill WI organised the event and three members planted the tree at The Dubbers, followed by a celebratory tea.