Festive Lighting Switching On Ceremony – The town’s Festive Lighting Switching On Ceremony took place on Saturday 17th November. The lights run from Birmingham Road, through the High Street and Bath Road to the Parade. This year we were delighted to welcome ‘Queen Victoria’ as our VIP to turn the lights on. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen, especially our ‘Queen Victoria’ – Susan O’Hallaron, Mr Board for providing the beautiful Rolls Royce which transported our VIP through the town, and also to Cowes Carnival for bringing their very festive float into the town, along with Christmas music and Santa’s elves! Thank you everyone!
Have your say on Cross-Solent Travel Scheme – An IW Council funded scheme that gives free cross-Solent travel to NHS patients with specific illnesses is being reviewed and Islanders can give their views on its future. The Cross Solent Travel Scheme is a discretionary, non-means tested measure providing financial support to NHS patients travelling to the mainland to receive specific treatments for chemotherapy, radiotherapy or renal dialysis. The scheme is owned and administered by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust but since 2006, when the NHS ceased its funding, the IW Council has supported residents by picking up the annual cost. “No other council in the country provides non-means tested funding to transport NHS patients and so in the light of the savings this council needs to make we must look at whether we can continue to fund it,” Councillor Clare Mosdell, Cabinet member for adult social care and public health. The scheme is currently allocated £60,000 per year. Where people have low income or are in receipt of specific qualifying benefits, the NHS has a statutory duty to reimburse their travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme (HTCS). This NHS funded scheme remains in place. Ferry operators also offer discounts to those who are going to the mainland to receive medical treatment. Links to those schemes are:
In 2005, the NHS made a decision to withdraw the discretionary scheme that reimbursed people who were not eligible to claim for their travel costs under the HTCS. The restricted nature of the scheme means that many people with other conditions do not receive assistance.
The consultation will run until 23 December 2018. To take part in the online consultation, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K33GP9X
Background information on the scheme can be found at: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Care-Support-and-Housing/Adults-Services/Adult-Services-Complaints/Consultations2
Hard copies can be requested from Healthwatch on (01983) 608608 or text 07739 436600. You can also pick a hard copy up at libraries, GP practices, Hospital, Citizens Advice, People Matter IW, and the Riverside Centre, Newport. Please return your hard copy by 24 December 2018 to: Healthwatch Isle of Wight, The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport, PO30 2QR.
Remembrance Sunday 2018 – Remembrance Sunday marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War. A large crowd attended at the War Memorial in Northwood Park. 147 members of the public were invited by Reverend Andrew Poppe to be part of the service and place 147 wooden crosses in front of the War Memorial to represent the lives lost from Cowes in the First World War. Thank you to all those who took part. A service of remembrance followed in St Mary’s Church before the Parade marched to Cowes Parade where they saluted the Mayor of Cowes.
Have your say on recycling and waste services – The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with Amey, is seeking views on recycling and waste services. The residents’ recycling and waste online survey is now open and will run until Friday 4 January 2019 and is an opportunity for householders to put forward suggestions for future improvements or ideas on how the Island can recycle more and reduce our waste. Your feedback can be completed online at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9Z5GBTY. Paper versions available from County Hall reception area, libraries and council help centres.
Late Night Shopping Events in Cowes High Street have been arranged for: Thursday 29th November, Thursday 6th & 13th December. Please come along and support your local businesses and tick a few things off your Christmas shopping list!
IW Council’s Festive Tour for Recycling and Waste – A festive reduce, reuse, recycle roadshow will be visiting venues across the Island from Monday 12 November. The tour will take in venues such as supermarkets, libraries and town centres and is aimed at encouraging recycling and reducing waste over the Christmas period. The roadshow will be visiting Cowes on Tuesday 18th December from 10am to 3pm at the Red Funnel Red Jet Terminal, Cowes. The full list of venues, dates and exhibition times can be found on the attached poster – Click here.
Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice will be held on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 6.30pm in Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road, Cowes. Tea and coffee will be served after the service, together with mince pies. Click here for further details. All are welcome to come and have a Christmas sing-along.
Could you save money on your energy bills? – The Footprint Trust provides residents with free home visits, where tailored guidance will be given on how to reduce energy bills, switch supplier and get discounts on water charges, plus help available from other charities and government bodies. Telephone 01983 822282 to book a home visit. The Footprint Trust are holding a drop in surgery from 10:30am-11:30am on Friday 23rd November at Cowes Library to assist residents in saving money by making their home more energy efficient and can potentially help switch suppliers. Click here to view further details.
Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP)
The IOW Trading Standards Service has joined forces with the Police, Fire and Rescue, Age Friendly Island and Citizens Advice Bureau to form a partnership called IWASP. IWASP is an acronym for Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership. Under the Charter all of these organisations will work together to better protect people on the Isle of Wight from scams, doorstep crime and fraud and to support victims. IWASP doesn’t intend to stop there though, we hope to increase our partnership providing on-going support and information from a wide range of organisations and agencies. Cowes Town Council has pledged to support the Charter. Further details are available here.
Royal Mail target Scam mail – Royal Mail is committed to protecting its customers from scam mail. Scam mail includes letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables, and can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. If you are targeted by, or know someone is in receipt of scam mail please contact Royal Mail by:
Further details are available on the Royal Mail website.
Merchant Navy Day – 3 September 2018
Cowes Town Council was delighted to support Merchant Navy Day on 3 September and flew the Red Ensign at Francki Place, Cowes.
Further details are available here.
The Mayor and representatives from Cowes Town Council attended a service to commemorate the start of WW1 at the War Memorial, Northwood Park on Saturday 4 August 2018.
Reverend Poppe delivered the service followed by a Town Council wreath being laid at the War Memorial.
A crowd of well-wishers, including our own Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, welcomed Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall to Cowes this lunchtime (24 July) to name the latest addition to the Red Jet fleet, “Red Jet 7”. The official naming ceremony took place on Trinity Landing. Pupils from local primary schools welcomed the Duchess of Cornwall to a very warm and sunny Cowes.
Summer Skateboard Sessions – The Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground
The Town Council were very pleased to fund summer skateboard sessions at the Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground, Park Road, Cowes by John Cattle’s Skate Club on every Wednesday of the school summer holidays. The sessions were open to all ages under 18yrs and all equipment was provided. The Skate Club was very well supported. We hope all those who took part enjoyed the experience and thank you for your support!
Age Friendly Island Charter
Cowes Town Council is working in partnership with Age Friendly Island and commits themselves to ensuring the Town has an Age Friendly Champion. Further details on the Age Friendly Island Charter are available here.
The Town Council was pleased to support The Big Lunch 2018 held at Northwood House and Park on Sunday 3rd June. The lovely weather brought a large number of visitors to the event with their picnic lunches. It was great to see so many people enjoying the entertainment and activities on offer. Councillors and the Clerks were on hand throughout the event to answer any questions from members of the public.
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN – The Town Council’s Great British Spring Clean event took place on Saturday, 17th March at Northwood Recreation Ground. Councillors braved the snowy conditions and collected several bags of litter.
The Town Council was pleased to support Commonwealth Day by flying the Commonwealth Flag at our flagpole in Francki Place, Cowes from 12 – 13 March.
THE CUT MURAL
A very big thank you to students from Cowes Primary and Gurnard Primary Schools who have shared their ideas for brightening up (and updating!) the mural in The Cut.
Because there were so many fantastic suggestions being made, it was very difficult to shortlist the 22 pictures received. We managed to shortlist 3 entries and the Town Council would like to incorporate the very best aspects of all of the pictures into the final design to be worked up with our local artists. This project is currently being considered by our Projects Committee.
GARDEN WASTE SCHEME
The IW Council’s garden waste scheme offers an optional fortnightly scheme allowing householders to subscribe online for a 240-litre wheeled bin or three hessian sacks to be picked up from the kerbside for a total cost of £60 per year. Receiving the fortnightly service is easy. Just go to www.iwight.com/Greengardenwaste to fill in some details and click and pay and the service will come to you on your normal recycling week, although it may be on a different day. The council will accept all garden waste such as leaves, grass cuttings and sticks. Please no logs, rubble or soil. The scheme, in partnership with Amey, is a ‘one-stop shop’ meaning householders do not have to call for collection each time. However, people can still continue to take garden waste directly to Lynnbottom, Newport or Afton Marsh, Freshwater household waste and recycling centres. If you do not have an email address, call the contact centre on (01983) 823777, with your credit or debit card ready. The subscription will run from 1 April to 31 March each year.
The 2017 carol service, in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, took place on Thursday 7th December at Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road. Pictured is Councillor Paul Fuller, Mayor of Cowes Town Council, presenting a donation to Mike Edmonds, Director of Finance for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.
FESTIVE LIGHTING 2017
The town’s festive lights were switched on by Mr Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL on Saturday, 18th November, in Cowes High Street. There was a great turnout to see the lights turned on. We would like to say a special thank you to Alan and his wife Alison, and to everyone who attended.
SEVEN DAY ACCESS TO GP SURGERY APPOINTMENTS – For more details, please click here.
The Town Council have extended the static gym equipment sited at Northwood Recreation Ground. Six pieces of mobile gym equipment, which have been selected to give users the opportunity to exercise different parts of the body, have been added to the existing outdoor gym. The gym is already proving to be a very popular addition to this well-used recreational area. We hope members of the public will enjoy using the new equipment.
Former Mayor of Cowes, Mr Geoff Banks, performed the official opening of the Shelter on Saturday 1 July 2017 in front of a small crowd of Councillors, guests and members of the public.
The Isle of Wight Council have set up an email address specifically for residents’ queries/comments on the floating bridge, along with a web page which contains FAQs. Further information will be added to this page when available.
The web page address is: https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Cowes-Floating-Bridge/Floating-Bridge-Number-6
The email address is: Floating.Bridge@IOW.gov.uk
Islanders recycled 40 per cent more natural Christmas trees in 2017 compared to 2016. In 2017, 2174 bookings were made to collect trees; which are then sent for composting, compared with 1530 bookings last year. This year’s Christmas stars on the Christmas tree recycling league were Cowes, with residents in the town making 428 bookings. Ryde were second with 309 and Newport third with 284. Each of the towns significantly increased the amount of trees recycled compared to 2016, with Cowes residents almost doubling the amount of bookings made. Well done Cowes!
Newsletter – a quarterly newsletter written by the Mayor is delivered to each household in Cowes, please contact the Town Council office if you do not receive a copy.
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Council meeting – the next Cowes Town Council meeting takes place on Thursday 13 December 2018 in the Library, Northwood House, Ward Avenue, Cowes PO31 8AZ at 7.00pm.