Year: 2016

Behind the Scenes at our Autumn Winter Fashion Shoot

Ahh such hard work to get those perfect shots but we did manage to have some fun along the way. A big thanks to our super team… Gary Wallis PHOTGRAPHER, Jo Lofthouse MAKE UP, Emily Scotcher MODEL ,Tracy Curtis ASSISTANT Also many thanks to the staff and volunteers at the beautiful location of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway for all their help and even a bit of modelling!...

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Allow us to introduce you to BeX – an up-and-coming music act laced with dynamic country flair and Americana influence. Trained as a professional singer, dancer and actress in London, BeX has worked all over the world at various shows including performances at prestigious venues like The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre and The Troubadour, and has even enjoyed a stint supporting Olly Murs in Scotland. Growing up influence was garnered from a love of icons such as Eva Cassidy, Carole King and The Corrs. Now a songwriter in her own right, BeX has taken further inspiration from artists...

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Back By Popular Demand: Bestival 2016 Day Tickets!!

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: ISLANDER DAY TICKETS HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE!  FROM 9AM, FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE TOO! FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY We have been listening to our loyal Islanders and due to popular demand, Bestival will be offering Isle of Wight residents the chance to buy day tickets to our future themed adventure. Tickets will be available for general admission and for our brand new, swanky VIP garden complete with fast track entry, incredible main stage views, a lavishly stocked cocktail bar, high standard seating and exceptional toilet facilities. Tickets are only available for people with an Isle of Wight postcode and will be on sale from Friday 5th August for a limited time only. Get them quick! Rob da Bank says “We’ve been listening to Island folk and yes, it’s coming, the Isle of Wight Bestival Day Ticket – its non-camping so you can Bestival-up to your favourite headliner and experience the Future, then get back to your own bed! Numbers are limited, so don’t miss out!” It’s not long now until we hurtle headlong into the future with an incredible cast of music pioneers, forward thinking funksters and precognitive pop stars, who will be journeying with us into Bestival’s glamourous machine age, where everlasting gobstoppers signal eternal bliss, this September 8-11, disembarking from Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.  THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER HOT CHIP / GLASS...

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Back by Popular Demand – the Chillerton Pop-Inn!

Following its very successful launch in February, the much awaited ‘Pop-Inn’ will return for a third time on Saturday 20th August 2016. The ‘Pop-Inn’ is a local project that provides a social occasion for villagers, friends and neighbours to come together, and this is the third of what is hoped to be a series of ‘Pop-Up Pubs’ in the community in support of village and Island causes. Organisers Gareth Rider & Zoe Rhind report: “We were blown-away with the attendance and positive feedback from the first and second ‘Pop-Inn’s.’  We had well over 150 visitors through the door.”   “Guests are welcomed to come along, stay for 20 minutes or as long as they like, have a drink and meet with new and old friends: enjoy a different experience in Chillerton!” adds organiser Steve Hoyle. This time the venue will be held at the old Wesleyan Chapel at the top end of Chillerton village, which is set to be transformed into a rustic and gloriously cosy rural pub! All are welcome for an afternoon / evening of conversation, laughter and music.  “There will be locally produced real ale and cider with wine, spirits and Pimms! Also snacks and light meals available to those who fancy a nibble” comments organisers Paul and Kate Wells. The ‘Pop-Inn’ is on a roll, first Glencoe, then Lisle Barn, now the old Wesleyan – who knows where it will pop-up next!!...

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Ryde Harriers Support Isle of Wight Youth Trust

On Sunday 21st August Ryde Harriers will again support the Isle of Wight Youth Trust with the third, Isle of Wight Youth Trust Fun Run which will run alongside the Isle of Wight Half Marathon. This family friendly fun run costs just £6 to enter for those under 18 years of age and £10 for those over 18, with a family discount available. All money raised will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust who provide free, professional and confidential counselling for children and young people on the Isle of Wight. Look out for an entry form in Isle of Wight County Press on Friday 29th July or download your entry form here. Chris Lewis, Race Secretary for Ryde Harriers, said that the club has enjoyed working with the Youth Trust and hopes this year will be a great success: “This is the third year Ryde Harriers has supported the Youth Trust with a Fun Run at our annual Isle of Wight Half Marathon. Entries have increased over previous years, with a new format this year of a 1km lap in Appley Park.  It’s 2km for under 14’s and 5km for over 14’s but we’d like to encourage anyone to do as many laps as they like, up to 5km.” “It’s going to be great fun for the whole family, people can dress up, parents can run with...

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ISLAND ARTISTS: Becky Samuelson, By Robin McInnes

Over the last two centuries artists of many genres have been drawn to the horizons of the Eastern Yar valley, St. Helens Duver and Bembridge Harbour, with the chalk downs extending eastwards towards Culver Cliff forming a suitably dramatic backdrop. The great topographical artist William Daniell and later, Clarkson Stanfield both chose to paint views of the Yar, with the Solent beyond, from the vantage point of Nunwell Down. Alfred Vickers painted sketchy oils of low tide at Bembridge Harbour and the beach at St. Helens in a style that has been likened to that of Eugene Boudin. Charles...

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It’s a Bright New World: The Art of Steve Miles

Freshwater-based artist Steve Miles aka ‘Toxic’, reveals his street side to Tracy Curtis. Whether you love or hate graffiti, these days there’s no denying its cultural and political relevance and the skill involved that has elevated this art form from street walls to galleries and museums across the globe. Freshwater may seem an unlikely place to find one of the stalwarts of the UK’s graffiti scene, but it’s here that Steve Miles has landed; forsaking walls and quietly building up a collection of work on canvas to excite any contemporary art connoisseur. Steve’s electrifying, vibrant, often abstract art is...

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Easy-Peasy Plum Jam

An easy jam for first-timers. Once you taste home-made… You’ll never buy store-bought again! Method Wash plums and remove stalks. Use a fruit knife to cut the plums in half (vertically), then twist to open and remove the stone. Place the fruit, lemon juice and water in a large, deep, heavy-based pot and bring to the boil – stirring frequently. Reduce the heat and simmer until the plums have softened (about 40 mins.) Keep on a low heat and add sugar. Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the butter to help reduce frothing. Turn up the...

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People With Style: Claire Hector

Claire Hector is quite a girl. Traveller, former editorial staffer on some of the most iconic national magazines and now busy environmentalist. Just keep her off the coffee because she has a million interesting stories to tell and you could be with her for some time! Claire used to come to the Island as a child but it was a long illness that brought her to what is now her home. The restorative powers of fresh air and Island life enabled her to become well again and to begin with she took a one day a week job helping...

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