Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat New Year Swim 2013

A New Years Day Swim Event in support of the Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.
Crew members, friends and supporters of the Lifeboat took part in this fund raising event to kick start the year. Even the sun decided to show its face. Well done to everyone involved.

Film and edit by Brian Russell
Check out Brian’s Facebook page and work at Big Guy Productions.

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:

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.

Classic Boat Museum

Find a collection of extraordinary boats from the past in the Classic Boats Museum, which hosts up to 60 veteran craft and dozens of marine artefacts lovingly cared for by a group of volunteers.

There’s some military history there, since you will find the one remaining airborne lifeboat designed by the Island’s own Uffa Fox in WW2, Lord Brabazon’s autogyro rigged Bembridge Redwing and ‘Coweslip’, the Flying Fifteen belonging to HRH Prince Philip, to everyday dinghies, canoes and rowing boats, as well as elegant river craft, powerboats and Marine Commando canoes once used in active service. Visit them to see past elegance as well as practical boats, many of which were built or designed here on the Island.

The Museum has recently moved to Cowes, check their website for more information.

You can also keep up to date with The Classic Boat Museum on Facebook and Twitter.

Hopping mad at Ventnor Botanic Gardens


The world-famous Ventnor Botanic Gardens, visited last year by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, have yet another claim to fame as the only site on the Isle of Wight to grow hops for Island brewers to make their famous Island Ales.

A dedicated group of volunteers spent a day (or two) picking the ripened hops as just one of the many tasks they carry out for the Botanic Gardens as part of their remit as ‘Friends of the Garden’.

New members are always welcome and the beautiful tropical gardens are open year round. So get down to see them!

 Check out what’s on at the gardens this year.

Filmed and edited by Louis Lawrence.

My day at Haylands Farm

Haylands Farm, on the outskirts of Ryde, Isle of Wight, is a facility allied to MENCAP which provides a practical working environment for Students with special needs. With a devoted team of professional and volunteer workers, up to 60 students are currently engaged in practical work with added social benefits on the site.
The farm engages students in farm activity and also provides a social environment to allow them to expand their personal capabilities. Farming activity includes horticulture, providing plants for local buyers and municipal authorities, plus animal products arising from pigs, goats and chickens. In addition they also have workshop facilities for practical joinery and provide an aluminium recycling service coping with the vast amount of waste drinks cans arising from many Island Music Festivals.

Filmed and produced by Louis Lawrence.