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
5 Feb 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSWorkshop evening for MembersIWFHS Committee membersGot any brickwalls ? - let us help you break them down.
Want to know how to get the best out of our website ? - let us help. if you have any specific queries, please let us know in advance.
5 Mar 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSThe Royal Air Force on the Isle of WightMike North
9 Apr 20187 pm for 7.30 pmHunnyhill Room, Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR IWFHSThe Cowes Steam Tug Co.Dr Kevin Towner
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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
22 Jan 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesInnovation begins at homeAndy Stanford-ClarkSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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27 Jan 201811 am to 1 pmRyde Cemetery Heritage CentreRyde Social Heritage GroupBig Garden Bird WatchSee poster for details
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31 Jan 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes'Creating Heroes'Richard SmoutSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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14 Feb 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesIsabella de Fortibus (1237-1293)John MedlandSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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21 Feb 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesPauline Cranstoun (1853-1929)Jan TomsSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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24 Feb 20181.30 pm to 4.30 pmSalvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UJ.WEA Isle of WightOutstanding IW People who Influenced the WorldJohn MedlandThis day course will concentrate on some of the well known Island personalities, particularly the famous and notorious people born here, as well as the creative artists and inventors who chose to move here. It will try, in a broad sweep, to cover a wide range of Island rooted or based personalities who influenced the world far beyond our shores.
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Contact: Margaret Rylands 529589 : Fee £9.95
8 Mar 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesJohn Dennett (1790-1832)Brian GreeningSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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10 Mar 20181.30 pm to 4.30 pmSalvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UJ.WEA Isle of WightOpening Up the Vote to AllRichard SmoutTo mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which introduced votes in parliamentary elections for women, this course shows that the act was one step in many needed to improve democratic accountability across the country.
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Contact: Margaret Rylands 529589 : Fee £9.95
14 Mar 20187.30 - 10 pmQuay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BWQuay Arts : Isle of Wight Hidden HeroesChristopher Rhodes and Captain George BrigstockeMei TrowSee poster for details. £5 entrance.
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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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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