Ventnor Bat Hospital

Could you love a Bat? Well they are just small cuddly little mousy things with wings and teeth. If you have seen them winging their way about at dusk you should know that all they are really after are small insects in the air and not to tangle themselves in your hair or do something nasty to you while you are asleep! See the pictures of how small they are and how they are lovingly looked after at this local bat refuge.

Produced for VTV by Brian Russell.

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.

Ventnor’s Spring Hill Garden

Once there was a derelict garden area next to the central car park in Ventnor, but not any more, thanks to a group of volunteers who were also responsible for improvements to other areas of the car park. They got fed up with waiting for the local council to take action and did it themselves! Now there is a pleasant oasis of calm as a restful breathing space for visitors and residents alike.

Penny Betts, interviewed here, is a member of the volunteer group which also worked with the Ventnor Enhancement Fund in sponsoring the mosaic panels on the car park site, featured in this video.

Filmed and edited by Louis Lawrence.

Ventnor Sea Safari

Visitors and residents can get a seagull’s view of Ventnor and it’s unique cliff-side topography aboard the Ventnor-built Cheetah Marine Catamaran, Blue Safari. The trip goes out to St. Catherine’s Point, renowned as a wrecking coast and smugglers haunt, and pauses along the way to haul some lobster pots as Skipper Lucy Stevens explains the legal size regulations and allows a hands-on experience to trippers. Finally an exciting fast ride back to the Haven.

Filmed and produced by Louis Lawrence.

A Catamaran Trip around Ventnor’s famous shoreline.

About us

what we do

Ventnor TV is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes good news stories on Isle of Wight. We’re working with young people on the island in particular, to help give them experience of broadcast and publishing. Louis. L

meet the team

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Louis Lawrence – Chairman (head dude)

Louis is a retired marketing executive and an active community worker,

‘I was a youth worker in London for many years, one of the founding group of the IW Credit Union, initiator of the IW Jewish Society, editor of the IWU3A newsletter, a barbershop singer. I settled in Ventnor when I retired from full time work, and named VentnorTV after the town’s vibrant community culture.’

Louis loves nothing more than relaxing in the hot tub with his dogs Beryl and Sandy.

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Felicity Steenberg – Writer

Felicity is copywriter and creative with experience in advertising,

‘currently living in Ryde, I am a mother and grandmother. Lived for 50 years in Africa and spent 7 years as announcer and general factotum at the Rand Easter Show. I’ve volunteered with South African Pony Club, National Thoroughbred Trust rescue centre, Animal anti-Cruelty League and South African Guide Dogs Association.’

Felicity loves nothing more than ogling young men.

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