Council meeting  – The next Town Council meeting will take place on Thursday 1 September 2022 at 7pm.


Photograph of Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Paul Bertie, presenting the shield of Cowes Town Council to Commander Phil Harper, Commanding Officer of HMS Severn.

MAYOR OF COWES WELCOMES ROYAL NAVY COMMANDING OFFICER TO COWES – On Tuesday 2 August 2022, Cllr Paul Bertie, Mayor of Cowes, welcomed Commander Phil Harper, Commanding Officer of Cowes Week guardship, HMS Severn and Mr Charles Perrett, Naval Liaison Officer to the office of Cowes Town Council as part of official calls. We would like to welcome the Commander and crew of HMS Severn to Cowes and hope they enjoy visiting for Cowes Week 2022.



Poster to promote free skating sessionsFREE TASTER SKATE SESSIONS – John Cattle’s Skate Club CIC are offering free taster skate sessions across 5 weeks. The planned sessions will be at COWES SKATE PARK on Fridays 10am & 11am, starting 29th July. Please see the attached poster for other locations. These free sessions are for anyone 6-16yrs to ‘have a go’. All equipment provided. They are weather dependent so if we are unable to deliver the full amount of sessions in the summer we will look to carry them forward and deliver in the October half term.

Message John Cattle direct via their Facebook page if you have any questions: or via email

IW WALKING FESTIVAL FOR 2022 – Following a really successful walking festival in Spring, a second event is being planned for Autumn coming up in October (between 8 – 16) and Visit Isle of Wight are reaching out to see if any local businesses would be interested in hosting a walk in our local area at some point across the 10 days. If so, please use the sign up form where you can submit a walk or two: IWWF22 AUTUMN SIGN UP FORM.

Platinum Jubilee Beacon lightingPLATINUM JUBILEE – Thank you to all who supported the Beacon Lighting and Jubilee Picnic in the Park. What a fantastic bank holiday weekend of events locally and nationally were organised.

80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEFENCE OF COWES AND EAST COWES – Events took place in Cowes and East Cowes over the period 4 – 8 May commemorating and celebrating the Defence of Cowes by the ORP Blyskawica on 4 / 5 May 1942. Polish Warship ORP Wodnik moored at Trinity Buoy for the duration of the commemorations. The closing ceremony on Cowes Bandstand concluded 5 days of events in both towns. We hope residents and visitors enjoyed the town festooned with bright flags and banners.



ARMED FORCES COVENANT – Cowes Town Council has committed to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces. For more information on the Covenant, visit The Armed Forces Covenant signed by Cowes Town Council may be viewed via the link:

Photo of Councillors holding the Commonwealth FlagCOMMONWEALTH DAY – Commonwealth Day 2022 was celebrated on Monday 14 March 2022. Deputy Mayor John Nicholson raised the Commonwealth flag and read the Affirmation at Francki Place, Cowes, attended by Councillors Paler and Sanders.

COWES, GURNARD AND NORTHWOOD LOCAL WALKING AND CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN (LCWIP) – We are delighted to be working in partnership with Gurnard and Northwood Parish Councils and commissioned People Powered CIC to produce a LCWIP for our area, with 50% match-funding from the IW Council using the grant funding from the government’s Department for Transport.

Your input has been vital to identify priorities for improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure. We are now considering the report’s findings.


CORONAVIRUS – For information on the pandemic please see our dedicated web page ‘Coronavirus (Covid-19) from the Menu Bar or via the link:

THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. 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:




Photograph of Maryland flag - forMARYLAND COMMEMORATION – On 22nd November AD 1633 Leonard Calvert brother of Cecil Calvert, Baron of Baltimore, with his co-adventurers, set sail from Cowes, Isle of Wight in the Ark and the Dove to establish in America the Palatinate of Maryland, under a charter granted by the King of England, which conferred upon the people of Maryland all the Rights of Englishmen, to be theirs in perpetuity – Rights which the people of Maryland have ever cherished as their greatest, most valued heritage. We are flying the Maryland flag today (22 November) from our flagpole at Francki Place in commemoration of those who set sail from Cowes on 22nd November 1633. 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021 – There was a fantastic turnout for the Remembrance Day parade and service in Cowes on 14th November. Thank you to all those who took part in the parade and those who attended to support the event. We welcomed double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson OBE DL who led the wreath laying and read out a message from the Queen. Mayor of Cowes, Paul Bertie, and Reverend Andrew Poppe took the Parade salute and were invited to inspect the groups.

LIGHT UP A LIFE CAROL CONCERT – Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there was no Light Up a Life Carol Concert in Cowes in 2021. The Town Council made a donation of £400 to Mountbatten Isle of Wight. 

Photograph of Mayor of Cowes exchanging commemorative shields with the Commanding Officer of HMS LedburyROYAL NAVY GUARD SHIP SUPPORTS COWES WEEK – Councillor Paul Bertie, Mayor of Cowes, welcomed Lieutenant Commander Samuel Stephens, Royal Navy Commanding Officer of HMS Ledbury to Cowes. HMS Ledbury is moored on the Trinity Buoy near the entrance to Cowes Harbour and has been provided by the Royal Navy as Guard Ship for Cowes Week.

CO-OPTED TOWN COUNCILLORS – Mrs Alison Carter (Cowes West) and Mr Phil Sanders (Cowes South) were co-opted on to the Town Council on 13 July 2021. 



TOWN AND PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 6 MAY 2021 – The results from the elections are available to view at:

Notices of Uncontested Election for the Town, Parish and Community Council areas are available to view at:

A full list of Cowes Town Councillors is available on our ‘Town Councillors‘ web page.

COMMONWEALTH DAY 2021 – Held annually on the second Monday in March. We commemorated this year’s event on Monday 8th March at our seafront flagpole on Princes Green, Cowes. The Affirmation was read out by Town Mayor, Councillor Lora Peacey Wilcox, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES – Islanders are able to access the tip for recycling  — but trips must be essential.  In order to maintain effective social distancing measures, to protect staff and visitors, entry to recycling centres is by pre-booked appointment only. To book a slot, visit 

Photo of Mayor Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox at Cowes War MemorialCOWES REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 – A service of remembrance was held in St Mary’s Church and streamed on the St Mary’s Facebook site: ‘stmarysandholytrinity’. Photo (right) shows Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox holding the wreath on behalf of Cowes Town Council and the residents of Cowes at Cowes War Memorial in Northwood Park.

SCAM ALERT – A number of news scams have been reported. Please visit for current scams:

Photograph of new town maps - for decorative purposes


NEW TOWN MAPS COMPLETED – The Town Council has completed its redesign of the town map. The new maps are on display throughout the town in our display cases. We hope visitors and residents find the new map interesting, informative and an attractive addition to the town.


Photo of Red Ensign flag flying to commemorate Merchant Navy Day 2020.MERCHANT NAVY DAY 2020 – Cowes Town Council is delighted to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on 3 September and is flying the Red Ensign at Francki Place, Cowes.

Mayor of Cowes, Lora Peacey Wilcox, at the War Memorial to commemorate VJ Day 75th AnniversaryCOMMEMORATING VJ DAY 2020

Mayor of Cowes, Lora Peacey Wilcox commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day World War Two ended with Japan’s surrender – at the War Memorial in Northwood Park. A minute’s silence was held at 11am, followed by the singing of the Exhortation by Vanessa Slade, representing Holy Trinity Church, Cowes.

Mayor of Cowes photographed with Armed Forces Day flag

ARMED FORCES DAY COMMEMORATIONS – Mayor of Cowes, Lora Peacey Wilcox, was in Francki Place on Monday 22 June to raise the Armed Forces Day flag. Armed Forces Day was on 27 June 2020. 


Mayor of Cowes commemorating VE Day 75th anniversary at homeCOWES’ VE DAY COMMEMORATIONS MAKE RUSSIAN TELEVISION – Mayor of Cowes, Cllr Lora Peacey Wilcox commemorated the VE Day 75th anniversary during the coronavirus lockdown from her front garden. Russian journalists have created a film of commemorations featuring our Mayor. To view the short footage:

THE ISLAND MARKS VE DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY FROM HOME – Community Groups from across the Island have come together, remotely, to put together a film celebrating, and commemorating, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday May 8th, including contributions from the Island’s Lord Lieutenant, Archdeacon and President of the Island’s Royal British Legion, as well as previously unseen footage of earlier celebrations and local memories. Film available at

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.

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.

Town Council's display stand at The Big Lunch 2019

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).


Photos shows volunteers and Councillors taking part in the Great British Spring Clean 2019


SPRING 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:


Photography shows the Mayor of Cowes presenting a cheque to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice 2018


Light Up A Life Christmas Carol Service – Our annual Carol Service in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice took place on Thursday 6th December 2018 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 Peacey Wilcox and a Queen Victoria impersonatortive Lighting Switching On Ceremony – The town’s Festive Lighting Switching On Ceremony took place on Saturday 17th November 2018.  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, Cowes


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.



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.


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.


Photograph of the Duchess of Cornwall visiting Cowes

Cowes welcomes Royal visitor

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:

Photographs of Councillors on Commonwealth DayCOMMONWEALTH 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 2018.


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.



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 BEM, 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.

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