Saturday 4th May 2019 Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BA

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Saturday 4th May 2019

One Day Conference and Annual General Meeting

Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BA


The Theme this year is ""They did their bit""

The contribution of Islanders to the war effort in WW I, particularly those in the nursing professions and the Voluntary Aid Detachment, with the "VAD 2019" Project results being made available.

- 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 published in the Feb 2019 Journal.

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


o Please note, that parking in the area is limited to public car parks and on street parking. If you have any accessibility concerns, please let us know.


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

The Friends of Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)

Cowes Heritage Group

The Friends of Newport and Carisbrooke Cemeteries

Longley Publications

Books and supplies for Family Historians

Longley Publications website

Ryde Social Heritage Group

Ventnor and District Local History Society


The following speakers have been invited :-

John and Eunice Drewry

John and Eunice will give another talk based on their research into the Voluntary Aid Detachment in support of the The Nursing Memorial Appeal

Barry Groves

Barry will outline the role played by the Scout movement in WW I, and in particular the Sea Scouts.

Richard Smout, Isle of Wight County Council

Doing One's Bit – the war effort on the Isle of Wight, 1914-1918


The outline Programme is as follows :

10.00IWFHS Members reception
10.00Exhibition opens
10.45First speaker :- Richard Smout - Doing One's Bit – the war effort on the Isle of Wight, 1914-1918
11.45IWFHS AGM (IWFHS Members only)
12.15 - 13.15Lunch break - Exhibition continues
13.30Second speaker :- Barry Groves - Sea Scouts in WW I
14.30 - 15.00Afternoon break
15.00Third speaker :- John and Eunice Drewry - VAD Nursing
16.00Exhibition continues
17.00 * or earlierExhibition closes

Location and directions

Newport Methodist Church is situated in Quay Street in Newport. The Hall is to the rear of the Church and is approached from the right hand side of the main church entrance.

Public transport :

The Southern Vectis Bus Station in Newport is about 10 minutes' walk from the Church.

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 Membership Secretary, Dean Bagwell (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 the Membership Secretary know the number of tickets required, for Members (and Non-Members if relevant), we will create a PayPal invoice which you can then pay using a credit card or debit card, and we 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 Methodist Church Hall 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.

Other than light refreshments (teas, coffees, biscuits) we cannot offer any cooked food or prepared sandwiches etc.

There are a number of pubs, cafes, sandwich bars and restaurants within less than 10 minutes' walking distance, in the High Street, and nearby, including the Quay Arts restaurant, and the Bargeman's Rest public house on the left bank of the River Medina.


August 2018 - preliminary details published


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


Southern Vectis
Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries