Programme of Events and Meetings

All IWFHS Functions take place on the first Monday of the month, in the Hunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, unless otherwise stated.

Until further notice, the Newport Quay bridge from Sea Street to the quayside is closed pending repairs. If you are coming by car, access to the Riverside is via Fairlee Road, and Seaclose; turn left at the Premier Inn and follow the quayside to the Riverside Centre.

Doors open at 7 pm and speakers will begin at 7.30 pm. Members = £1.00. Non-members = £2.00.

The Programme Secretary is Mrs Hazel Pullen. If you have any suggestions for future talks, please contact her using this link : Programme Secretary

Parking at the Riverside Centre : If you come by car, don't forget to sign the visitors' book at the reception window and give your car registration number, as the Riverside Centre have now introduced vehicle clamping to dissuade casual parking at the Centre.

For details of other National Groups' events see GENEVA - An online calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities

DateTimeLocationHosted byTopicSpeakerDescriptionMore Details
9 Apr 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSThe Cowes Steam Tug Co.Dr Kevin TownerKevin will describe the history of the Cowes Steam Tug Company and the personalities involved from its formation in 1884 to the eventual sale (after several takeovers) of its assets in 1926. In the process he will show how company records can provide a surprising amount of detailed information for family historians!
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12 May 201810 am to 5 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSBeyond the BMD
One Day Conference and Annual General Meeting.
See ODC web page for more details
Speakers will be ANDREW LONGLEY, RICHARD SMOUT and TONY BEVISFamily History is more than just Births Marriages and Deaths, and Census Returns.
Our Conference this year looks at some Family History sources other than the BMD Indexes, and in particular Trade and other Directories; and Inquest reports.
2 Jun 2018afternoonNorthwood Cemetery, CowesIWFHSSummer OutingFriends of Northwood CemeteryWe are offering a guided tour of Northwood Cemetery with the opportunity to visit the Heritage Resource Centre. Light refreshments will be provided. More details to come.
6 Jun 2018afternoonEVENT CANCELLED - a visit to Nunwell HouseIWFHSSummer Outingto be advisedWe had offered a visit to Nunwell House, but with only a few people interested, and the need to have a minimum party size, we have decided NOT to proceed with this, and are offering a guided tour of Northwood Cemetery instead - see previous entry.
2 Jul 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSNursing in World War IJohn Drewry and castTo commemorate the services of nurses from all organisations, such as the Red Cross, Order of St John, and the Voluntary Aid Detachment, this presentation will support the proposal to erect a Nursing Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. See Nursing Memorial Appeal
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1 Aug 2018IWFHSWe do not have a meeting in August, as many people are generally on holiday or away during this month
3 Sep 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSto be confirmedJennifer Childs
1 Oct 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSto be advised
Other groups :
DateTimeLocationHosted byTopicSpeakerDescriptionPosterMore Details
24 Mar 20181.30 pm to 4.30 pmSalvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UJ.WEA Isle of WightThe Saxons on the Isle of WightDr Ruth WallerLearn more about the archaeological evidence from our magnificent Island Saxon cemeteries, recent excavations at Shalfleet and Carisbrooke Castle and metal detected finds which show what life was like for our Island ancestors between the 5th and 11th Centuries.
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Contact: Margaret Rylands 529589 : Fee £9.95
28 Mar 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesPanel discussionThe speakers from the previous series of talks reconvene See poster for details. £5 entrance.
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13 Apr 20187.30 p.m.All Saints' Church Hall, Queens Road, Ryde, PO33 3BGFriends of All Saints' ChurchThe History of, and the Conservation work planned for, the Parish War MemorialGeoff AllanThe talk will outline the history of the Memorial, give biographies of some of those commemorated, and will explain the plans for its conservation and repair.
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See Friends of All Saints' Church Press Release
14 Apr 201810.30 am to 12.30 pmGeorge Street Centre, George Street, RydeRyde Social Heritage GroupIsland Postcard AdventureNick MinnsSee poster for details
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16 Aug 201812 noon to 4.00 pmParish Centre, Town Lane, Newport, PO30 1JU.Isle of Wight Postcard ClubThe Annual Isle of Wight Postcard Club's Postcard, Stamp & Ephemera FairCall : 520493 for more details : Admission free