Saturday 12th May 2018 Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight

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Saturday 12th May 2018

One Day Conference and Annual General Meeting

Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR

The Theme this year is "Beyond the BMD" - exhibitors and speakers as given below.

More details will be published as we firm up on speakers and exhibitors.

The agenda and motions proposed for the AGM are to be published in the Feb 2018 Journal.

All arrangements are subject to change - please check this web page to confirm the latest information


o Please note, that, at the time of writing, November 2017, The Newport Quay bridge from Sea Street is currently closed pending repairs. Diversions are signposted and access to the Quayside is via Fairlee Road and Seaclose. It is not known whether the bridge will be open in May 2018.
However visitors are advised to come, if at all possible, by public transport.


The following groups and organisations have been invited to attend (all subject to final confirmation) :

Brading Community Archive Group

Cowes Heritage Group

The Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries

The Friends of Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)

Longley Publications

Books and supplies for Family Historians

Longley Publications website

Sandown And District Historical Association

- capturing the history of the area and will be displaying local information and old photographs

Carol Flux

- will have displays as noted : I am working on a couple of projects that may be relevant to fellow members:

- Yarmouth Pier - we are after people's memories – can you help us ?

- Dodnor Cement Kilns – we are trying to trace living relatives of those who worked there. We have census names, but nothing more recent.

Ventnor and District Local History Society


The following speakers have been invited :-

Andrew Longley - "Trade and other Directories"

Tony Bevis - "Inquests"

Richard Smout - "Sources in the Record Office"

Richard will be looking at useful sources held by the Record Office, and especially the Minutes of the Guardians of the Poor. IWFHS Volunteers are currently transcribing these, and they can provide much in the way of social context of how your ancestors lived.


The outline Programme is as follows :

10.00IWFHS Members reception
10.00Exhibition opens
10.45First speaker :- Andrew Longley
11.45IWFHS AGM (IWFHS Members only)
12.15 - 13.15Lunch break - Exhibition continues
13.30Second speaker :- Tony Bevis
14.30 - 15.00Afternoon break
15.00Third speaker :- Richard Smout
16.00Exhibition continues
17.00 * or earlierExhibition closes

Location and directions

The Riverside Centre is situated near the Quayside in Newport.

Public transport :

The Southern Vectis Bus Station in Newport is about 10 minutes' walk from the Riverside Centre. Some services (5 from East Cowes, 9 from Ryde (via Fairlee)) stop opposite the Old Police Station on Fairlee Road, but it can be tricky crossing the road to then proceed down Hillside to the Quay.

Red Funnel ferries operate a foot passenger service to Cowes (Red Jet) and a vehicle ferry service to East Cowes.

Wightlink ferries operate on the Yarmouth - Lymington (vehicles), Portsmouth - Fishbourne (vehicles) and Portsmouth - Ryde (foot passengers) routes.

Hovertravel operate hovercraft services (foot passengers) from Southsea to Ryde.

Admission and tickets

Tickets to attend the Exhibition and Talks will be £8 for Members, and £10 for Non-Members.

IWFHS Members who wish to only attend the AGM will be allowed access to the Exhibition, and the Conference Room, for the purpose of attending the AGM. Please advise us in advance if you wish to attend the AGM as we need to ensure that have a quorum for voting purposes.

Tickets may be obtained in advance from the IWFHS Chairman, Geoff Allan (postal address in the IWFHS Journal) or on the day.

If you wish, you can pay by PayPal either use the buttons below, or, if you let me know the number of tickets required, for Members (and Non-Members if relevant), I will create a PayPal invoice which you can then pay using a credit card or debit card, and I will e-mail PDF copies of the tickets to you.

There may be a limit on the number of attendees at the Talks.

Pay using PayPal - select ticket type below

Other information

The Riverside Centre is fully accessible to all, with ramps and level access to all areas, and with disabled toilet facilities. The Exhibition area and Conference room are both on the ground floor.

We are planning to have the Riverside Restaurant provide cooked meals, and light refreshments (at a reasonable cost) for ticket holders attending the talks. As at date of writing the menu should be similar to lasst year i.e.:

Fish, chips and salad

Ham, egg and chips

Roast of the day

Macaroni cheese, chips and salad

Sandwiches and snacks will also be available.

Members may if they wish bring their own packed lunch.

The licensed bar will be open.

Should eating at the Riverside or the menu not appeal to you there are a number of alternatives within less than 10 minutes' walking distance, the nearest being the Bargeman's Rest public house on the opposite bank of the River Medina.



IWFHS Chairman - Geoff Allan
Conference Organiser - Hazel Pullen
assisted by Sharon Beddard


Southern Vectis
Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries