Month: July 2016

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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An Interview With Mary Flynn by Roz Whistance

“Hey, Alice, have you seen this?” Pause. “Oh my God!” Mary Flynn is describing the reaction of the Great British Public to her Shore Archive. “It’s colourful, so it draws people in,” she says cheerfully. “And then they realise what it actually is.” What it actually is a collection of plastic objects that Mary – and her long-suffering partner Stu – picked up from the shoreline of the beaches of the Isle of Wight. All were found washed up on 11 beaches over 181 days. And Mary turned it into art. Bottles, flip flops, toys, tags – the list...

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WIN Afternoon Tea at The Royal Hotel

Style of Wight and The Royal Hotel are offering you the chance to celebrate the summer in style with an opportunity for one lucky winner to win an afternoon tea for two! Your afternoon tea will include an assortment of sandwiches with fillings such as egg mayonnaise and spring onion, ham and mustard and smoked salmon and chive with crème fraiche. Plus, an exquisite selection of cakes, patisseries and freshly baked scones and cream; all lovingly prepared by The Royal’s talented Patisserie Chef. This offer will be available until 19th August 2016. So for your chance to win, simply follow the link below!...

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Roasted Rhubarb with Stem Ginger

This is without doubt the best way to cook rhubarb. The baked rhubarb pieces are delicious with cream and meringue (pictured with Island Baker’s meringue and JW Reed Cream), baked into a crumble or cooked for a little longer and stirred through cream and Greek yogurt to make an easy fruit fool.  The syrup, if you are not using it in your pudding recipe, is delicious strained and added to prosecco. Method Begin by washing your rhubarb and trimming off the ends, cut into 4cm lengths. Place in a buttered, ovenproof casserole dish and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of...

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Roasted Fillet of Sea Bream with Peppenatta Salad, Chorizo and Olive Oil

This is a nice, light dish with bold Mediterranean flavours… Really easy to serve and takes no time at all to prep. Method Pan fry the fish skin side down on medium heat. Don’t be tempted to move, poke or touch the fish; just leave to cook for approximately 4 minutes, until the fish looks cooked most of the way through. Take the fish out of the pan and add the olive oil, then all the other ingredients. Lastly add the fish back to the pan flesh side down and leave to sit for 2 minutes off the heat,...

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