Following the sad news of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, St Mary’s Church will be open tomorrow (Saturday 10 April) between 10am and 4pm for those who wish to pray, light a candle or sign the book of condolence.
“As Mayor of Cowes I express our sorrow and shock at the death of HRH Prince Philip. A very welcome, regular Royal Visitor to Cowes; somewhere where he felt relaxed and ‘at home’. Cowes has been served so well and supported by HRH Prince Philip. He leaves a void in our Sailing and Royal Heritage. Our thoughts are with HRH The Queen and her family at this time; sending warm and heartfelt condolences from Cowes.”
Councillor Peacey Wilcox
COWES TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE – The office is currently closed and the Clerks are working from home. This follows latest Government national measures issued on 22 September 2020 to address rising cases of coronavirus in England. Part of those measures relate to working from home. “To help contain the virus, office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter.” Council meetings are being held as scheduled via Zoom. The Clerks can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01983 209022. Out of hours emergency number: 07502 444883.
VIEW OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Newsletter-Christmas-2020-FINAL.pdf.
CORONAVIRUS – For information on the pandemic please see our dedicated web page ‘Coronavirus (Covid-19) from the Menu Bar or via the link: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/coronavirus-covid-19/
NOTICE OF ELECTION – for the election of Parish Councillors. The Notice of Election is available at:
The Statements of Persons Nominated for the May elections have now been published, and can be viewed here: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/Elections/Elections-Management/PCC-and-Local-Elections-May-2021
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.
CENSUS 2021 – took place on March 21. There is still time to complete your Census. For more information visit census.gov.uk FAQ’s are answered on this link: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ONS-census-2021-myth-buster.pdf
GRANT BOOST FOR CHILDREN’S FOOD AND ACTIVITY SCHEMES THIS EASTER – The IW Council has been awarded £407,660 to fund local organisations to provide free activities and a healthy meal to disadvantaged children during the Easter break (2 April to 16 April). The aim of the government’s Holiday Activity Fund programme is to make free places available to eligible children for the equivalent of at least four hours a day, four days a week and for six weeks a year. This would cover four weeks in the summer and a week’s worth of provision in each of the Easter and Christmas holidays in 2021. Organisations can also offer additional places to fee paying families. The IW Council will be seeking applications for the summer holiday (26 July to 1 September 2021) in the coming months and again, later in the year, for Christmas. Organisations should go to the connectforcommunities website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/connectforcommunities for details as well as application forms and guidance.
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ISLE OF WIGHT COMMUNITY GROUPS – Three funds are currently open offering grants to Isle of Wight charities, community groups and voluntary organisations, as below.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK NEEDS YOUR HELP. Items most urgently needed are:
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: isleofwight.foodbank.org.uk
LIGHT UP A LIFE CAROL CONCERT – Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there was no Light Up a Life Carol Concert in Cowes in 2020. The Town Council made a donation of £400 to Mountbatten Isle of Wight.
TOP TIPS FROM THE FOOTPRINT TRUST: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Footprint-Trust-Winter-Is-Coming-social-media2-1.jpg.
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 www.iwight.com/hwrcbooking
MARYLAND 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 flew the Maryland flag from our seafront flagpole in commemoration of those who set sail from Cowes on 22nd November 1633. Photograph of the Maryland flag from our archive.
COWES REMEMBRANCE DAY – 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 – Trading Standards have received reports from residents about scam calls claiming to be from Domestic and General to say that the insurance for their appliance has expired and trying to set up a new policy. This can be quite a dangerous scam particularly if you already have domestic appliance/boiler insurance as the scammers will convince you that it needs renewing and then take payments from your account and you will probably end up paying for more than one policy. Please be careful and if you are paying for this type of insurance make sure its only once. Contact Domestic and General direct if you are unsure of the status of any policies you have with them.
We have also had reports or the HMRC phone scam rearing its ugly head again – this is a threatening message designed to scare you into handing over money or bank details – the HMRC will NEVER contact you in this way.
SCAM ALERT – A number of news scams have been reported. Please visit iwight.com for current scams: https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/IWASP/Current-Scams
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.
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.
COMMEMORATING 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.
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.
Social distancing in Cowes town centre – Temporary changes have been made in the town centre to make it safer for pedestrians as part of IW Council plans to encourage social distancing. The most noticeable changes is the appearance of white dots on the pavement to indicate two metre social distancing, as well as the message — ‘COVID-19 – Stay 2m apart’ — stencilled every 14 metres in the busiest shopping areas. There are also a number of signs attached to signposts and lampposts. Most of them have the same message — ‘Keep your distance’ followed by ‘Maintain social distance’ — which is hoped will remind people to keep a two metre distance from others where possible.
COWES’ 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: https://www.vesti.ru/videos?vid=838476
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 https://youtu.be/ymO2qzbAnC4
COMMONWEALTH 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.
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.
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).
AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL ON THURSDAY 9th MAY 2019, COUNCILLOR LORA PEACEY WILCOX WAS ELECTED TOWN MAYOR AND COUNCILLOR PAUL BERTIE AS DEPUTY MAYOR.
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: email@example.com. Further details are available: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Asian-Hornet-Notice.pdf.
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.
Festive 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!
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 2018
Cowes Town Council was delighted to support Merchant Navy Day on 3 September and flew the Red Ensign at Francki Place, Cowes.
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 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: https://www.cowestowncouncil.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Age-Friendly-Island-Charter.pdf.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. Well done Cowes!