Village Partnership

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

Bembridge Village Partnership Terms of Reference – 22nd May 2018

Bembridge in Bloom 2019

Bembridge in Bloom 2019 – Winners

Dragons Den 2019

Fabulous night at the Bembridge Youth & Community Centre on 10th May, hosted by Cllr Grant Stillman and judged by Dragons Cllr Margaret Donlon, Steve Warburton, Keith Cook and Cllr Richard Weaver.  Bembridge has many truly inspirational Groups for all ages.

Windmills Pre-School were awarded £200 towards a new garden shed and the children entertained the Dragons with a Spotty Sock song. 

Bembridge Brownies were awarded £150 for much needed new programmes, activity resources and badges, and providing each Brownie with a record book.

Bembridge Primary School were awarded £250 towards biodegradable materials for their Mardi Gras costumes, having given an excellent presentation on sustainability.  

Trinity Church Mice were awarded £250 towards building a new Storage Cupboard to hold all their toys at the Cloisters

Bembridge Cricket Club were awarded £200 for new kit for the newly formed under 13’s team as the under 12’s progressed. 

Bembridge Scouts were awarded £290 for a new door on their Scout Hut.  They also presented their work on a new badge showcasing how they were making money from a £1 investment!  It was amazing and showed what entrepreneurial youngsters we have in the Village.  Their products will be available to purchase at the Street Fair.

Bembridge Football were awarded £200 for new footballs and equipment for the Reserve Team.

Friends of Holy Trinity Church were awarded £200 towards the 2019 Flower Festival following Olive Light’s superb presentation in a flower covered cycle helmet explaining this year’s theme of ‘Celebrating Bembridge’ .

Bembridge Heritage Society were awarded £360 towards improvements to the Centre’s roof, where the anti UV film will in future protect the historic exhibits from the sun.

Men in Sheds made an exciting bid for an apple juicing facility for the village, so that the fruit of our many apple trees can be processed for the benefit of all, they were awarded £150 towards a juicer and pasteuriser.

Bembridge Community Gardeners were awarded £150 towards plants that will benefit the Village, particularly because as they will be low maintenance perennial species.  

Bembridge Belles WI were awarded £100 towards a PA and Monitor system and a balloon sign.

Trinity Church Mice and Bembridge Heritage Society were awarded £220.75 each from the Welcome Store Bonus and were presented with their cheques by Mr Steve Warburton.   Thank you to Steve, all the Staff at the Welcome Store and all their Customers for this fantastic Bonus Award. 

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

Bembridge in Bloom 2019

Bembridge in Bloom 2019 – nomination form

Successful beach clean – Saturday, 16th March 2019

30 volunteers braved the wind and the inclement weather to turn out and help assist with the first beach clean of 2019. Thank you to everyone who battled the strong winds. The next beach clean is planned for 10am on Saturday, 8th June – let’s hope the weather is better!

Wave Sculpture Unveiling 18th March 2019

Bembridge Village Partnership was successful in being awarded nearly £4,000 towards the Bembridge Wave Sculpture at Fishermans Walk, from Down to the Coast, which celebrates coastal arts.  The Sculptor Kenneth Prust positioned the Wave in such a way that the lifeboat station can be viewed through the wave.   Interestingly the material used for the sculpture began its life as part of the water main beneath the ground of Bembridge and was secured from Southern water by the artist.

A Time Capsule was buried underneath, which includes contents from Bembridge Heritage Centre, Bembridge Parish Council, a copy of the Parish News and a photo catalogue ‘A moment in time’.  

As part of the project, a competition took place for local artists to paint a mural on unattractive walls facing out to sea, beside the Lifeboat station, that encapsulates the wave theme to celebrate coastal arts.  John Keyworth, Operations Manager and Guy Willing, Coxswain Bembridge RNLI judged the entries and it was a difficult decision from some very inspirational entries.   Verena Sparrow, a local Bembridge artist, won the competition and throughout the summer has brought the design to life.

Bembridge Primary School children were taught about the art of sculpture with sessions making their own sculpture creations with Kenneth. 

The Coastal Gardener has planted up the area with appropriate plants

Many thanks go to Ken Prust, Bembridge Primary School, Verena Sparrow, Bembridge Green Towns, Men in Sheds, Bembridge RNLI, Parish Lengthsmen, Greg from Weavers, the Coastal Gardener, Brewers and East Wight Landscape Partnership Down to the Coast.  

Stunning photos of the Wave Sculpture

Some more incredible photos of the Wave Sculpture at Lane End.

Wave Sculpture Update

We are delighted that the Wave Sculpture, made by local sculptor Ken Prust, is now sitting proudly at Lane End, thanks to the hard work of the Village Partnership and the Parish Council. This project has been made possible thanks to funding from  Heritage Lottery Fund and the Isle of Wight Council ‘Down to the Coast’ Project. We still have a few finishing touches to complete,  including an interpretation and information to put, but a grand unveiling and dedication event is in the pipeline. 

Dragons Den Event Returns in 2019

Dragons Den will return in 2019. If you represent or are part of local group looking for grant funding, please download an application form by clicking the link below or calling into the Parish Office to pick up a hard copy.

Application Form 2019

Presentation of WW1 Commemorative Books

The Village Partnership was delighted to present commemorative books to Holy Trinity Church and Bembridge Heritage Society.

The books contained photographs on the new ‘Tommy’ memorial within the War Memorial Gardens and of the commemoration service on Remembrance Sunday to mark the centenary of Armistice 1918-2018.

Verena Sparrow accepted the book on behalf of the Heritage Society, and Rev. Dr. Amanda Bloor on behalf of Holy Trinity.

A copy of the book is available in the Parish Office if residents would like to view the photos.

Bembridge Star Competition 2018

The Village Partnership was delighted to unveil the winners of the Bembridge Christmas Star Competition at a presentation event at the Village Hall on Friday, 14th December. Cllrs Marianne Sullivan and Sheila Weedall.

The winners and runners-up in each category are as follows:

Family Home Category

Winner: Jan Ellison
Runner-Up: George Powell and Peter Hughes

Business Category

Winner: Montessori
Runner-Up: Bembridge Building Supplies

Charity/Group Category

Winner: Windmills Pre-School
Runner-Up: RNLI

Winning and running up stars

Windmills Pre-School – Winners of the Charity/Group Category.

Bembridge Building Supplies – Runners-Up of the Business Category

RNLI – Runners-Up in the Charity/Group Category

Jan Ellison’s star – Winner of the Family Home Catgeory

George Powell & Peter Hughes – Runners-Up in the Family Home Category

Montessori – Winners of the Business Category

Pictures from the Presentation 

All star entries for 2018

WW1 Commemorations – 11th November 2018

On Sunday 11th November at 10.45am the village played proud host to a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial Gardens, Church Road to remember the fallen and mark the centenary of Armistice Day, which signified the end of the First World War. The service was attended by over 500 residents who came out in the bright autumnal weather to pay their respects, giving a strong community feel to the event – with all the knitted poppies and decorations around the village and memorial being made by villagers and local schoolchildren. Following the Remembrance Service, residents enjoyed cakes, sandwiches and refreshments at the Village Hall, which was decorated by wonderful volunteers from the Bembridge Heritage Society, Church, Parish Council and many others. There was also enthusiastic singing of WW1 songs to the music of the Bembridge Village Band.

Wave Sculpture

BEMBRIDGE WAVE MURAL

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

As part of the project a competition took place for local artists to paint a mural on currently unattractive walls facing out to sea, beside the Lifeboat station, that encapsulates the wave theme to celebrate coastal arts.  

John Keyworth Operations Manager and Guy Willing Coxswain Bembridge RNLI judged the entries and it was a difficult decision from some very inspirational entries.

Verena Sparrow, a local Bembridge artist, won the competition and throughout the summer has brought the design to life. During the challenge many passers-by were interested in the mural taking shape with local children contributing by painting the eyes of the fish and some of the shells; a memory we hope they remember. The competition will take place bi-annually so if you missed it this year be sure to enter next time.

Many thanks to Cllr Sheila Weedall for co-ordinating the project and Brewers for providing the paint at trade price.   

The next phase of the project is the installation of the wave sculpture that will be installed at Fisherman’s Walk to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the local landscape.

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, Kenneth Prust has taught a class of Bembridge 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.

      

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.