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Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar

Remembering the Battle of Trafalgar

Guest writer Mark Fox continues with his series looking at different places of interest on the Island On the duver at St Helen’s stands the tower of St Helen’s Old Church. At about eye height near the base of the tower is a smallish plaque. It reads: ‘On Saturday 14th.

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Uffa Fox: Boat Designer and Much More

Uffa Fox: Boat Designer and Much More

One of the most original characters to come out of Cowes, Uffa Fox was a boat designer and builder by trade and a raconteur, bon vivant and all round eccentric individual by nature. A personal friend of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh from 1949, the Prince wrote the foreword to Uffa’s

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The World of Cameron

The World of Cameron

Guest writer Mark Fox continues with his series looking at different places of interest on the Island. The Island has many interesting places to visit and is associated with many leading figures from the worlds of art, science, politics, innovation and design. One of the less well known but most

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The Daisy that Celebrates a Saint

The Daisy that Celebrates a Saint

Michaelmas, also known as the Feast of Michael and All Angels,has been celebrated for centuries on September 29 each year – although these days not many people outside of the church or farming communities might be aware of it… As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with

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Walking the Bay

Walking the Bay

Guest writer Mark Fox continues with his series looking at different places of interest on the Island. This issue he looks at the walk around the Bay area. The walk around the great bay area of the East Wight is one of the most beautiful and interesting on the whole of

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The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May

It’s a strange little Bank Holiday Monday that pops up each year between Easter and Whitsuntide and takes many of us by surprise.  In fact many people seem unsure why they get a day off for May Day at all. In fact, this ancient festival day – which the Celts

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Guest writer Mark Fox continues with his series looking at different places of interest on the Island. This issue he looks at the walks around Firestone Copse. Firestone Copse is a haven for wildlife. Sitting behind Kite Hill and running alongside the higher reaches of Wootton Creek the area is heavily

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Circle of Life

Circle of Life

It might look like just a pretty, twinkly adornment to welcome guests to your home at Christmas, but the festive door wreath or garland has a much deeper meaning that goes back centuries. The word wreath comes from the word “writhen” – an old English word meaning “to writhe” or

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