Village Partnership

Parish Council Members: Cllr M Donlon (Chairman), Cllr S Weedall, Cllr M Sullivan, Cllr R Widger, Cllr R Weaver

Bembridge Village Partnership ToR 22nd May 2018

End of WW1 Commenorations 11th November 2018

 Poppy patterns

Wave Sculpture

Bembridge Village Partnership has been successful in being awarded nearly £4,000 towards the Bembridge Wave Sculpture project from Down to Coast.

A wave sculpture will be installed at Fisherman’s Walk to celebrate coastal arts. (Positioned in such a way that the lifeboat station could be viewed through the wave).

A time capsule, buried by Bembridge Primary School, will include contents from Bembridge Heritage Centre and Bembridge Parish Council with a photo catalogue ‘A moment in time’. The Sculptor has taught the school children all about the art of sculpture with sessions on the beach to make their own creations.

Introduction of a new interpretive sign board. Associated planting from the Coastal Gardener with the assistance of the local Beavers. Grand unveiling of the sculpture and burying of the time capsule to be arranged in the autumn.

A competition took place for local artists to paint a mural on currently unattractive walls facing out to sea to the theme ‘celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the local landscape’. 

Dragons Den 2018

Wonderful night at the Bembridge Youth & Community Centre, hosted by David Randini and judged by Dragons Cllr Sheila Weedall, Steve Warburton, Keith Cook and Cllr Richard Weaver.

Rainbows awarded £150 for their 10th Year Anniversary party and planting of a Rowan Tree.  Steve Warburton also awarded then the Welcome Store Special Award of approx £400 


Windmills Preschool awarded £425 towards their garden project including a Mud Kitchen


Bembridge Primary School awarded £300 towards taking part in the Mardi Gras Parade, Ryde Carnival


Bembridge Scouts awarded £260 for 5 new tents 


Bembridge Youth FC and Bembridge FC awarded £350 for a mobile floodlight


Holy Trinity Church were awarded £215 towards The Village Flower Festival 26-31 May 2018


Bembridge Windmill WI were awarded £350 towards purchasing indoor Kurling equipment


Bembridge Heritage Society were awarded £450 towards television screens for the Heritage Centre


Well done to all those who pitched against the Dragons and won!

Community Walk

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.






Winner – Village Inn         Runner Up – Bembridge Building Supplies


Winner – Scouts                 Runner Up – Bembridge Business Association


Winner – Mrs Sparrow     Runner Up – Mrs S Bishop

Judges Special Award 

Mason Goldring.





If you have any Star photo’s please forward to the office


Bembridge Village Partnership hosted a ‘Dragons Den’ event on Friday 12th May at Bembridge Youth & Community Centre where a grant funding pot of up to £2,500 was available to local organisations and community groups working for the benefit of Bembridge.

8 applications were received and made the final shortlist. The applicants delivered a presentation to the dragons with an audience looking on. The fearsome Dragons this year were Keith Cook, Cllr Richard Weaver, Cllr Sheila Weedall and Steve Warburton.

The funding pot was allocated by the Dragons between the following applications:
Windmills Preschool                                       £423.32

Bembridge FC                                                 £350.00

Bembridge Scouts                                           £230.00

Bembridge Rainbows                                      £129.00

Bembridge Youth FC                                       £750.00

Friendship Circle                                             £200.00

Friends of Holy Trinity                                   £150.00

Pat a Happy Pony                                            £200.00

Welcome Bonus – a special prize cheque with money from the collection pots on the counters and April’s carrier bag fund at Welcome Store.   £386.63 was awarded to Bembridge Youth Football Club based on the evening presentation.

Dragon Steve Warburton said ‘Thank you very much for everyone involved in this now well established community event and the Village partnership for providing the £2,500 grant pot.  All 8 applicants who applied were granted some or their entire request.  It’s clear to see that a small army of volunteers make the village a great place for the small children of windmills and rainbows, the boys and girls who attend the football clubs and scout club, the adults who will love the flower festivals and coffee mornings and everyone loves a pony!  All the presentations were great.

Thanks must go to the Isle of Wight institution and legend David Randini who not only entertained us all night but ensured we kept on track and added some really positive comments, taking a genuine interest in our Community.

Finally thanks to all the dragons new and old, and everyone at the Bembridge Parish Council who throughout the year have planned this great event.

Bembridge in Bloom 2017, sponsored by Hose Rhodes Dickson

The Bembridge in Bloom awards presentation took place on Thursday 27th July in Bembridge Village Hall. Philip Weeks, HRD partner, presented the awards to the winners and runners-up alongside Barbara Clough, organiser of the event.

22 gardens entered this year’s competition, 10 being new entries which is encouraging and the judges had some difficult decisions to make. Thank you to all those that took part and help make the village look so appealing. The results are as follows:

Best Large Front Garden

1st    Mr & Mrs R Newell            14 Pelham Close

2nd  Mrs G Webb          6 Woodland Grove

3rd    Mr & Mrs  D Williams             28 Beachfield Road

Highly Commended

Mr E Greaves    39 Meadow Drive

Mr P Myatt   43 Meadow Drive

Mrs P Gould   150 Howgate Road

Mrs J Foster     32 Steyne Road

Best Small Front Garden

1st    Mr N Harry                 40 Crossway

2nd   Mrs C Musker           144 Howgate Road

3rd    Mrs D Hicks               7 The Ruskins

Highly Commended

Mrs P Parkes      7 Elms Court, Swains Road

Best Sustainable Front Garden

1st    Mrs H Ransome      31 Lincoln Way

2nd   Mrs V Sparrow         2 Woodland Grove

3rd   Mrs M Sullivan          9 Forelands Field Road

Best Containerised Frontage

1st   Mr & Mrs A Carslaw                17 Egerton Road

Best Large Commercial Premises

1st   Mr J Chapman    The Old Village Inn

2nd Mrs L Lu           Lu Shan Restaurant  Sherbourne St.

Best Small Commercial Premises

1st   Mr D Bates               Mulberry Cottage B&B, 41 High St

2nd    Mr G Hawkins               W W Woodfords  Butchers,  26 High St

3rd Miss E Staffell              The Bakery, 37 High Street

Highly Commended

Mrs D Taylor       La Wode, 7 Foreland Road

Best Initiative Involving Children or Young People    Special Award

1st  Mrs J Lillywhite                    Windmills Preschool  Walls Road