Sally Peak: Bikes for Africa

St Lawrence resident and charity worker Sally Peake saw a need for personal transport among her African charges and set out to organise ‘Bikes for Africa’ which collects and sends out bicycles to the African centre. We Islanders take mobility for granted but when you have to travel miles for water and supplies or to get to a job without the benefit of bus services then a bike is a god-send.

If you haven’t got a bicycle to give, you can also send a donation instead.

Drop Sally a line:

Read more about Sally’s Charity work here:

Interview with John Cattle of Wight Trash Skate Park

It’s a park with a view. This skate park on the South Wight coast just below Ventnor is on a site that was once the Gas works. Now it’s more muscle powered as youngsters chase and challenge each other up and down the half pipes. They had to raise enough money locally to provide a weather screen and stability for the site which is right at the sea’s edge.

Check out Wight Trash for Clothing and Skate Board Accessories:


Hambrough Hotel

Sitting high above the fishing harbour in Ventnor, The Hambrough offers boutique accommodation by the sea on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight.

All but one of our seven spacious bedrooms has magnificent views of the sea and our restaurant with award winning Head Chef Darren Beevers is serving delicious locally sourced food.

Ventnor Car Wash

When Firemen set out to raise money for charity they do not do it by halves – more by hose as you can see when the men from South Wight Ventnor Fire Station helped the local football club to raise cash to support training and kit for youth teams at the Rew Valley ground.

This was the last video made by the late Mike Furness, a much missed founder member of Ventnortv.

Film Premier of Death in Ventnor

A feature film made around the Island by Ventnor man and Producer David George had its world premier at the Medina Theatre attended by Island personalities. Who’d a thunk it? Its about a gang of robbers. But did they stop to think about getting off the Island afterwards?. Do WightLink or Red Funnel have special rates for people in a hurry or did they find that the Ferries had stopped for bad weather, maintenance or Christmas Day. The Mystery deepens!

This film screening took place on 19th April 2009 at the Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Check out out the trailer below:

Produced and Directed by David George. Camera and Editing by David White.

Round the Island Race

Our cameras were out on Ventnor seafront to film the spectacle of hundreds of yachts taking part in the Round the Island Race.

Organised by the Island Sailing club with commercial sponsorship this race is the largest of its kind in the world.

The first race was in 1931 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. This year 1779 entrants started from Cowes early on a Saturday in June sailing westwards towards The Needles. By midday the main fleet had begun to make it round the south of the Island and had started to stream past Ventnor sea front. It was the from the esplanade and haven that we shot these stunning pictures.

For more info at the J.P. Morgan Round the Island Race website.

Staff Brett, “Memories Fade”
Andrew Wilks for VTV. Check out Andrew’s other work at the Isle of Wight Film Board.