Community Walk 7th April
The first Community Walk took place on Saturday 7th April with over 30 people enjoying a planned walk along our lovely beach and lanes. Refreshments, medals, stickers and sweets were provided by The Village Partnership on return to the Point and hot drinks were provided at The Tollgate. Well done to all who took part, especially the children who joined us and walked over 2 miles. Watch out for the next planned walk which will be advertised on the Bembridge Green Towns facebook page, the Parish Council website and facebook and local noticeboards.
Beach Clean 24th March
A fantastic turn out of over 40 volunteers helped to make our beautiful beach a nicer place for all to enjoy. A great team effort, we collected 20 plus bags of assorted rubbish and dragged assorted rope, large plastic items and all sorts of metal object from the beach. Refreshments were provided again by The Tollgate Café a big thank you to them for a well needed cuppa.
Men in Sheds
River Yar Trail
Down to the Coast are celebrating the conclusion of its £50,000 investment in improvements to the hugely popular River Yar Trail between Brading Quay Lane and Bembridge Windmill.
On Friday 15th December a small ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony took place celebrate the completion of works followed by a short stroll along the resurfaced path.
Thanks were given to Isle of Wight Council Rights of Way, IW AONB Partnership, Heritage Lottery Fund, IW Ramblers, Aaron Rogers Grounds Maintenance, Bembridge Parish Council Green Towns and Parish Lengthsmen for working in partnership to deliver a great outcome.
BROOKS CLOSE TO FORELAND FARM LANE FOOTPATH
Works to improve the Brooks Close to Foreland Farm Lane footpath took place on 15th and 16th May 2017. IW Rights of Way worked with the landowner to have the footpath officially dedicated, and Aaron Rogers Gardening Services with the Parish Lengthsmen carried out the re-surfacing works.
BB10 March 2017
Works on the BB10 footpath by Sandhills are now complete. In partnership with the IW Rights of Way, Aaron Rogers Gardening Services and the parish lengthsmen part one of the works were completed in September and part two in March. Thanks to all involved.
DOWN TO THE COAST BB21 FOOTPATH PROJECT
Volunteers come together to secure Bembridge footpath improvements
Footpath BB21 forms part of the route linking Bembridge Windmill and Brading. For much of its course it follows the historic harbour wall of Brading Haven and offers wonderful views across the RSPB’s Brading Marshes Reserve. However, it is probably best remembered by many as a quagmire passable during the winter months by only the most intrepid.
Now, thanks to the dedicated input of volunteers from the IW Ramblers, Bembridge Green Town and Bembridge Parish Lengthsmen and a skilled team of contractors the most treacherous 300m stretch of the path has been re-laid and widened. Thanks also go to the landowners Laurence Taylor and the Peter and Alice Summerhayes without whose support the project could not have been completed in such a timely manner.
Works to improve the stretch of the footpath from Centurions Copse to Quay Lane, Brading began in December 2015 and concluded in September 2017 completing the repair of a 4km stretch of one of the Island’s most important walking routes.
Much needed clearance of vegetation was undertaken by Aaron Rogers Grounds Maintenance. The pathway was relayed by Reynolds and Read Ltd and Peter Faithfull constructed and installed a new gate.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE AWARDS 2016
Congratulations to the Lengthsmen, Bembridge Weeders and Greens Town Steering Group for all their efforts in contributing to winning the Best Kept Extra-Large Village Award.
BEACH CLEAN 9th JULY 2016
A bright and breezy morning for our beach clean. Thanks to all who turned up to help keep our beautiful beach looking at its best. Thank you Trevor at the Tollgate for a much needed tea and coffee.
LANE END TIDY UP 22nd JUNE 2016
Members of the green towns group met the lengthsmen at Lane End to weed and tidy up the flower beds. We did book sunshine but we had a drizzly dull start! A bit of good humour and team spirit made the morning fly past. By the time 2 tonne of stone was delivered we were ready for the finishing touch. Well done all.
BEACH CLEAN 4th JUNE 2016
The Beach Clean started well the tide came in quicker than we anticipated!at one point one of our happy helpers had to paddle round towards Ducie but all ended ok, we all met up at the Toll Gate for a welcome coffee, many thanks to Trevor for that. Thanks also to Kingswood for your help and everyone who joined in.
PALMER MEMORIAL RESTORATION PROJECT
DOWN TO COAST
Bembridge Parish Council has received funding from Down to Coast under the Caulkhead Heroes programme to restore the Palmer Memorial.
This project enables local communities to identify, research and celebrate notable past residents, events, landmarks or other aspects of the Down to the Coast landscape that contribute to its distinct character and sense of place. The Rev James Nelson Palmer is our Caulkhead Hero.
The Palmer Memorial has in past years had dedicated groups including the Fountain Society and Palmer Memorial Committee working on its restoration. The memorial has been sited on this land since it’s unveiling in August of 1910. The Parish Council owns the memorial and has a lease for 99 years of its siting from the Harbour Improvements Company.
The memorial is a drinking fountain made of granite and other stone. It is of four faces, with a drinking fountain or horse trough in each alcove of the faces. There are two inscriptions, on the north east and south west faces. A weather vane in the shape of a sailing ship surmounts the memorial. Rev James Nelson Palmer was an iconic and influential character in Bembridge with many community roles.
Wighstonemasons have restored the Grade II listed Palmer memorial reinscribing the plaque to match the original due to deterioration; one section of the cornice had weathered and has been replaced and the weather vane has received attention. A new information board has been installed here along with informative leaflets for the residents and visitors who pass by. The Green Towns Steering Group has been busy tidying up the area and working on this much needed restoration.
The year 5 class at Bembridge Primary School has been researching Rev James Nelson Palmer as part of their Victorians project and have created a number of leaflets with their findings. Bembridge Heritage Society has been extremely helpful with the research and hosting the school children’s visit to the heritage centre. Many others have contributed towards this restoration including Dave Rance a generous resident and George Bristow at the Pilot Boat collecting a penny a pint. Thank you to Pete Fellow of the Down to Coast project who has assisted with project plan and grant funding.
Lady Sally Pigot OBE did the honours of unveiling the newly restored memorial whilst Cllr Mike Tarrant Chairman of Bembridge Parish Council made the unveiling speech. Emma Goldring Bembridge Parish Clerk says ‘We hope that this secures the memorial for many years to come’.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who attended ‘The Big Tree Plant’ on 18th November to plant 20 trees on the old school field.
The purpose of the Green Town Scheme is to encourage local people to take action to improve the environmental performance of their community. A ‘Green Town’ is a community which is committed to making positive changes.
The first step is to recruit volunteers to set up a Steering Group to get the scheme started. The Steering Group should engage as many people & local groups to work together for the benefit of the community – to help reduce energy use, to recycle more household & business waste, keeping local footpaths/beaches clean, creation of new community wildlife areas etc. Meetings would be held quarterly.
WIGHT IN BLOOM SUCCESS FOR BEMBRIDGE
Bembridge was very successful in the Wight in Bloom 2015 competition.
Hilary Wellsted won the Best Large Front Garden
Bembridge Coast Hotel were second in the Best Accommodation Garden
Bembridge Cof E Primary won the Best Young People Initiative and The Children’s House Montessori was second in that category
The War Memorial Gardens Bembridge – Bembridge Weeders were Highly Commended in the Best Community Floral Project.
Bembridge was certainly put on the map at the Ventnor Botanic Gardens Awards on Wednesday 19th August. Well done to all those that won and took part.
It was another successful beach clean this morning (15th August). volunteers and members of the Bembridge Green Towns Group turned up at our 5 start points and made our way to the point ending in a clean up of the sand dunes area. The Pilot Boat provided tea and coffee to all. We plan to do another on 19th September at 10.00am so if you would like to join us please check posters. Look forward to seeing you.
LINCOLN WAY POND CLEARING 8TH JULY
Members of the Green Towns Steering Group and the Parish Council assisted the Parish Lengthsmen to clear Lincoln Way Pond on 8th July.
STREET FAIR STALL
The Green Towns Steering Group are having a stall at the street fair on Monday 25th May 2015 12.00-16.00 come along and see what they do and sign up to become a ‘green volunteer’ and meet some new faces along the way.
BEACH CLEANS 6th JUNE 2015
The June beach clean is confirmed to be on the 6th June, I hope lots of people can make it! We will be starting at 10am from 5 points down the beach:
1) The end of Beach Road (opposite the Pilot Boat Inn),
2) Ducie steps,
3) Swains Lane steps,
4) The lifeboat pier,
5) The Crab and Lobster
You can choose whichever starting point is most convenient for you -which one will you go for?! There will be a volunteer to meet you and give you gloves, bags and litter pickers and wish you well. Look out for posters nearer the time! Cllr Alice Lee
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
Judging is taking place between May and June. Please keep the village tidy and if there are areas that need assistance or improving please contact the Parish Office and it can be arranged 874160.
SPRING LITTER PICK 18th April 2015
The Spring Litter pick was really well attended and everyone had a lovely time pottering down the beautiful leafy lanes of Bembridge in the dappled sun. Thank you to all our volunteers who attended and looked very smart in the new green tabards courtesy of Keep Britain Tidy. Look out for future events on Bembridge Parish Council website www.bembridgepc.org.uk or on the Green Towns Steering Groups facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bembridge-Beach-Clean-and-Litter-Picks/640877469390293 .
Remembrance Orchard Planted – Wednesday 28th January 2015
Bembridge Parish Council through the Green Towns Steering Group planted a small remembrance orchard at Lane End Cemetery to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
HM Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White CB CBE JP planted the first tree which is one of the Steyne Seedlings raised by Sir John Thorneycroft in 1893. Sir John Thornycroft gave the land at Jubilee Gardens to the Parish of Bembridge where our war memorial stands today. Although 46 names are listed on the war memorial there were some men who had family connections with Bembridge or were stationed in Bembridge who gave their lives for King and Country. By the end of the war in 1918 the village had 43 of its young men killed and many came home injured. We remember the fallen.
The Royal British Legion planted the second Steyne Seedling tree.
Bembridge CE Primary Schools Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Groocock and 4 children planted the third tree Isle of Wight Russet.
Mr Mike Foreman Bembridge Scouts Leader planted the fourth tree a Bembridge Beauty.
Cllr Gordon Kendall Vice Chairman of Bembridge Parish Council planted the fifth tree Bembridge Beauty.
There is also a beautiful engraved bench for people to take a few moments for quiet reflection. The orchard provides a living memory to commemorate the fallen.
A short service and blessing was conducted by Priest Linda Bushell at St Lukes Chapel following the planting.
GROW WILD GRANT – Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with this Grant, thank you to all those who helped with the grant application
Bembridge Parish Council are applying for a £4,000 grant from Grow Wild (big lottery funded) to create a wildlife garden for educational and recreational purposes in Steyne Park/Old School Field.
The local Scouts, Beavers, Girl Guides, Primary School and Pre-school are all invited to take part in the process of creating the wildlife garden. Bembridge Horticultural Society will also be invited to sow some plants for the garden. The residential homes will be encouraged to reminisce about what they used to remember of playing within the countryside and wildlife, plants and flowers when they were younger. Isle of Wight College Horticulture Students (including our very own apprentice Parish Lengthsmen) will be involved in the build of the structure. Everybody will be invited to the official planting and opening in October 2015.
The grant application has to be submitted by 2nd December 2014. The funding body would like to see letters of support from many different groups in the community. We find out by February if we are successful. The project has to commence in March and complete in October 2015.
March would see a site survey of the existing plants, shrubs and wildlife. A fun event will be held to get everybody involved. April will see a foraging and propagating event to gather seeds and plug plants. Bembridge Horticulture Society will be invited to grown some of these seeds in readiness for the planting. The Scouts, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Primary School and Preschool children will be invited to make bird and bat boxes that will be positioned within the trees surrounding the area to attract wildlife. They would also be asked to help with the design of the gardens and information boards. There are three themes to the garden which is Coastal, Edible and Flower Meadow. It is envisaged 3 raised beds will be built at different heights to accommodate the younger children. Isle of Wight College Horticulture students and the Parish Lengthsmen will build the raised beds and prepare them for the planting and official opening in October.
The Green Towns Steering Group who meet on a regular basis will maintain the wildlife garden along with the Parish Lengthsmen and any volunteers who wish to join the group following this project.
HAMPSHIRE AND IOW VILLAGE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Bembridge is the only Island village to be shortlisted for the Hampshire and IOW Village of the Year Awards. The judging is to took place on 20th August 2014. And we WON!!!
BEST KEPT VILLAGE AWARDS
Bembridge has won the Extra-Large Village category for the Village of the year competition. Congratulations to the Parish Lengthsmen and particularly Bembridge Weeder’s who make a huge contribution to the overall appearance of the Village.
ANDREW TURNER MP VISITS GREEN TOWN STALL
The Green Towns Steering Group had a stall at Bembridge Street Fare on May 26th 2014 where they signed up a number of willing volunteers to help with projects in the village. Andrew Turner MP being one of those willing volunteers.
BB4 Tidy Up
25th Feb 2014 Shelia Weedall, Barbara Clough, John Leaver, Cllr Alice Lee and the parish lengthsmen Tony & Pete – just got back from our BB4 clearing afternoon!! A good time was had by all!!
Now off to the dump!!!
The Point Tidy Up Project
This on-going project has achieved much of what it intended, with the exception of replanting owing to recent weather conditions!
Notable improvements have been made – the ugly fallen boulder and post by the Point entrance road has been removed, pot holes filled, the posts and chain railings have been repainted and a new Bus Stop has been erected. The Palmer Memorial troughs have been cleared of rubble and surrounds weeded. A litter bin has been provided on Point Beach.
In Station Road an Information Board has been erected near the Bembridge Point signpost. In the upper half an attractive map features both the Bembridge and the Yar River Trails which follow identical routes for about 4 miles between Bembridge and Brading where they diverge. The lower half features pictures of historical interest about the Point area. The 11 mile Bembridge to Newport Bembridge Trail leaflet has been updated, walked, verified and republished and will be available to the public. A smart new IWC litter bin has been installed.
The Toilets are currently being renovated and refurbished. Under Parish Council ownership everyone benefits from year round opening!
The Project has involved considerable time and effort by individuals and organisations, for which we are most grateful. A celebration of the Re-launch of the Bembridge Trail took place on Friday 24th October, with Elaine Ceasar from the Isle of Wight Council cutting the ribbon.
The approach to Bembridge Village Centre now looks far more attractive and welcoming.
More work to improve the Point area took place on Tuesday 13th May. Thanks to Barbara and her team.
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