CLOSURE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCES IN COWES – In the interest of public safety we will be closing the town’s public conveniences today (25 March 2020) until further notice. 

NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND – CLOSURE OF EQUIPMENT – Government instruction is to close all enclosed spaces within Parks, including sports courts, pitches and outdoor gyms to help reinforce social distancing. Please respect the closures. DO NOT USE THE SKATE PARK, MUGA, PLAY EQUIPMENT OR OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND. The Police will enforce the closures and have the power to issue fines for failure to comply.

SCAM ALERT – It hasn’t taken scammers long to take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation. A number of news scams have been reported. Please visit for current scams:

COWES TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE – The office is currently unmanned following instructions from our Government and the Clerks will be working from home. If you need to contact the Town Council please ring our mobile number: 07502 444883 alternatively, e-mails can be addressed to:

HELPLINE NUMBER – A new helpline number is now available to support the Island’s most vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) self-isolation measures. People who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing can call (01983) 823600 (seven days a week, 9am-5pm).

THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. Items most urgently needed are:

  • Packet Rice
  • Tinned Spaghetti
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Longlife Milk
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Veg

Please take any donations to the Isle of Wight Foodbank, Love Lane, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7ET. Their opening times are 10am to 12Noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Thank you.

More details are available via the website:

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Mayor of Cowes, Lora Peacey Wilcox and Councillor Paul Taylor raised the Commonwealth Flag at Francki Place, CowesCOMMONWEALTH DAY – Held annually on the second Monday in March.  We commemorated this year’s event on Monday 9th March at Francki Place, Cowes.  The Affirmation was read out by Town Mayor, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.

PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDERS CONSULTATION (PSPO) – COMMUNITY DROP-IN SESSION – Plans to update dog and alcohol controls across the Island are out to consultation from Wednesday 19 February. New legislation means the Isle of Wight Council and police officers will be gaining new powers to control antisocial behaviour – such as drinking alcohol in public – and dog fouling. Please take part in the survey to give your views:

Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of Mountbatten Isle of Wight was held on Thursday 5th December 2019 in Cowes Methodist Church. Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox, presented a cheque on behalf of the people of Cowes to Rebecca McGregor, Managing Director of Mountbatten Isle of Wight.

Remembrance Sunday – A large crowd attended at the War Memorial in Northwood Park on Sunday 10 November 2019. The service was led by Reverend Andrew Poppe in front of the War Memorial. A service of remembrance followed in St Mary’s Church before the Parade marched to Cowes Parade where they saluted the Mayor of Cowes.

FESTIVE LIGHTING SWITCH ON EVENT – Shirley Robertson OBE, double Olympic gold medallist, speaker and broadcaster switched on of the town’s Festive Lighting on Thursday 28th November 2019.

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER – The Town Council’s Autumn 2019 newsletter has been delivered to Cowes’ residences.  To view the newsletter, please click here.

BREXIT UPDATE – The IW Council has set up a webpage for residents:

FREE SUMMER SKATEBOARD SESSIONS AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND The Town Council was again delighted to fund summer skateboard sessions at the Skate Park, Northwood Recreation Ground, Park Road, Cowes by John Cattle’s Skate Club on Tuesdays throughout the school summer holidays.Town Council's display stand at The Big Lunch 2019
The Town Council was pleased to support The Big Lunch 2019 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.

Mayor, Councillor Lora Peace Wilcox unveils refurbished Watchhouse Shelter

WATCH HOUSE SHELTER RE-OPENS – The Watch House Shelter, Cowes, has been restored and reopened to the public.  The restoration was jointly funded by the Isle of Wight Council and Cowes Town Council, working in partnership with local firm Trevor Jones Contracting who offered to repair and refurbish the site at cost price to save the much-loved landmark. The Town Council are delighted that this historic structure has been restored for the benefit of the residents and visitors to Cowes.

Photo shows Gowan Ruler (Trevor Jones Contracting); Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox; and Mark Pitfield (Trevor Jones Contracting).


SCAM ALERT – For details on all current scams, click here.

Photos shows volunteers and Councillors taking part in the Great British Spring Clean 2019SPRING CLEAN AT NORTHWOOD RECREATION GROUND – The Town Council’s Great British Spring Clean event took place on Wednesday 3 April at Northwood Recreation Ground. It was a bright sunny day and the Recreation Ground looked very tidy with freshly cut grass and hedges. We would like to say a big thank you and well done to those who volunteered their time to litter pick the Recreation Ground.

ASIAN HORNETS – There is currently considerable concern about the predatory Asian Hornets arriving from the continent. Please use the Asian Hornet Watch app on your phone to send a picture and a location via GPS in the app straight to the non-native species secretariat and National Bee Unit. If you cannot download the Asian Hornet Watch app, please use this online recording form. As a last resort, please send a picture and email with details of where you saw the Asian hornet with your contact details to: Further details are available here.

New Co-option to Cowes West Ward – Stephen Reynolds has been co-opted to the vacancy for the Cowes West Ward.  We welcome Councillor Reynolds to Cowes Town Council.

Photography shows the Mayor of Cowes presenting a cheque to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice 2018Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice took place on Thursday 6th December in Cowes Methodist Church, Birmingham Road, Cowes.  The evening saw a packed audience who were in fine voice.  Mayor of Cowes, Councillor Paul Fuller, presented a donation to Mr Michael Edmunds, Finance Director of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, on behalf of the Town Council and residents of Cowes.

FesPhotograph shows the Mayor of Cowes, Councillor Fuller and a Queen Victoria impersonatortive 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’Halloran, 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!


Photograph shows Cowes War Memorial in Northwood Park, CowesRemembrance 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.

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.

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:

  • Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466; or
  • Emailing

Further details are available on the Royal Mail website.

Merchant Navy Day – 3 September 2018Picture of Merchant Navy Day Certificate of Commemoration

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.

WW1 commemorations

Photograph of Cowes War Memorial, Northwood Park, CowesPhotograph shows WW1 plaque on Cowes War Memorial


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.


Cowes welcomes Royal visitorPhotograph of the Duchess of Cornwall visiting Cowes

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.


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.

Photographs of Councillors on Commonwealth Day

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.


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. 

LIGHTS OF LOVE CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE 2017Photograph of the Mayor of Cowes presenting a donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice

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.


Photograph shows Alan Titchmarsh MBE turning on the town's festive lights, with the Mayor of Cowes

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.

CASHPOINT UPDATE – For information regarding cashpoints in Cowes, 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.

SEAFRONT SHELTER OFFICIALLY OPENEDPhotograph shows former Mayor of Cowes, Geoff Banks BEM unveiling the seafront shelter

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:

The email address is:


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!



Newslettera 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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