Riverfest: Saturday 19th May 2018

Riverfest is back, and this year it’s a right royal Riverfest.

Join us on Newport Quay 11am to 3pm Saturday 19 May 2018
Free entry

Activities, entertainment, local food

  • Vectis Corps of Drums
  • Meet ‘Ariel’ – enchanted isle princess
  • Pirates, gunfire and explosions!
  • See historic RAF Boat HSL 102
  • Paddle on the Medina
  • Face painting
  • Bike repairs
  • Royal wedding screening
  • Royal British Legion Riders
  • Free boat rides
  • Plus much more!

Free & fun family event – you don’t need money to have fun – many Riverfest activities are free!

There is no parking, so leave your car at home and come by bus, bike, foot or boat. Follow the signs for Newport Harbour.

Riverfest is at high tide; care should be taken along the quayside – keep children, animals and dads under control! Activities and attractions are subject to change.

Please take your rubbish home with you – and recycle it.

Newport’s annual Riverfest is a Footprint Trust event and supported by IW Council • Medina Valley Centre • Community Action • Natural Enterprise

Images copyright Olek Creations

Charity offers a New Year Winter Warmer for Island homes…

Winter is finally here accompanied by the usual news about energy price rises. All of the big six energy firms have all put up their prices recently. If you’re on a standard tariff, and you Switch now, you could save around £300 a year by switching to the best deal. “You can lock in the cheap rate for this winter and beyond.” So says Heat Hero Ray from the local Footprint Trust charity.

Thankfully the Trust is holding one of their popular Winter Warmer events on Thursday 25th January at Newport Congregational Church, in Pyle Street from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

The aim being to bring down utility bills, and give guidance on ways in which to save energy and keep warm. They can also help people switch suppliers and can explain the advantages of Smart meters.

We asked Ray to give us his top 5 tips to save energy and save money
1. Insulate your home. The Isle of Wight has a scheme which is free in most cases. This could save you around £400 per year
2. Draught-proof – letter boxes, windows, external doors and key holes can let in the cold. Materials can be purchased from DIY stores, saving around £25 per year.
3. Recycle old appliances – a 20-year old fridge-freezer could cost around £200 per year to run. A new one only £25 a year! Treat yourself to a new one.
4. Service your boiler – looking after your heating system will make it last longer and keep you safe. Contact a Gas Safe plumber.
5. Talk to your Energy company – check you are on the best deal and let them know if you are struggling to pay, or are disabled.

“Please ring us and have a chat about your energy concerns, or details about insulation, and we will help you…” Said Ray.

Last year The Footprint Trust charity helped over 2,000 people with energy and water issues. This year they are particularly focusing on young people setting up home for the first time and the Veteran community.

The Trust’s new PowerForce project works with The Royal British Legion and other organisations to assist ex-service personnel and their families who are struggling with their heating bills.

The Trust is just about to start training people as Energy Champions, so they in turn can help their friends, neighbours and families sort out energy issues.

The event is supported by National Energy Action, The Royal British Legion, Newport Parish Council and Smart UK.

For details of the event or to contact The Footprint Trust call 822282 or
email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

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The Footprint Trust is recognised by national and local government for its work in fighting fuel poverty.

Ray Harrington-Vail is recognised as National Heat Hero, by the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action. He is also recognised as an Energy Champion by the government funded Big Energy Saving Network. He is an Honorary Master of the Open University, awarded for his work in helping the educationally excluded in regards to fuel poverty.

Honorary Degree for local heat hero!

Ray Harrington-Vail is well known on the Isle of Wight for his work with the Footprint Trust. His work in helping those in fuel poverty was recognised by the charity National Energy Action, when he was awarded Heat Hero status in 2013. The Trust, set up by Ray in 2002, was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for its pioneering work.

A University has made Ray an Honorary Master is recognition of his work in the field of education, helping those who are excluded from learning due to their economic or social circumstances. He was presented with this honour at the Open University’s Degree Ceremony in Poole on Thursday 9th November 2017. The Award was presented on behalf of the Senate by Professor William Nuttall of the University’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Ray’s work in the field of nature conservation along with his long career in the voluntary sector, especially working for environmental causes, is recognised as having a profound influence in his local community.

Speaking about his Award Ray said,

“It was a great privilege to be a guest at the Graduation and to have the opportunity to address those present, explaining about the work of the Footprint Trust. I feel deeply honoured to be made an Honorary Master of the Open University. The Footprint Trust and myself, very much share the ethos of the OU, believing that education is a key to self-improvement and understanding.”

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To contact Ray please call 01983 822282 or email
info@footprint-trust.co.uk

Newport takes action to protect vulnerable residents

As winter starts to set in and two hurricanes hit the UK, along with flood warnings it is important that we are all prepared for extreme weather.
Our weather has become unpredictable, and records are being broken almost every year.

Newport residents need to be “Prepared & Ready” should flooding, or other weather-related extreme conditions occur.

Newport Parish Council has teamed up with The Footprint Trust, with support from Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, to train local people as Emergency Wardens.

Speaking for the Parish Council, Councillor Terry Martin, who has trained as a volunteer along with Cllr John Hobart, said,

“Our local Emergency Warden volunteers will work with residents to get them prepared for extreme weather. The aim being to identify vulnerable people in their wards and give guidance to all on how to prevent flooding. Simple things like moving debris from the watercourse, or their banks at the end of the gardens, can prevent flooding. Identifying local first aiders and able bodied people who might help move furniture and possessions upstairs for local disabled people.”

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Island’s Footprint Trust said,

“We are very supportive of this project. It gives people the opportunity to really help their neighbours. We work with some of the most vulnerable people in Newport, but we know there are many others yet identified. The Emergency Wardens, can inform energy companies about customers who would be in danger if there was an energy outage caused by flooding etc. The energy companies can then make sure that those people are assisted quickly. ”

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution welcome Newport Parish Council’s proactive approach in preparing the community for potentially severe weather. They feel the Emergency Wardens will play a key role in deploying a coordinated local response if flooding occurs, and provide an excellent support network for vulnerable residents.

Newport Parish Council already has recruited a handful of Emergency Wardens, and is now looking to add to their numbers.

A free one day training event is to be held in February, and anyone who may be interested should get in contact with the Clerk – 01983 559119 or email clerk@newportwight.org.uk for more details.

Cash will flow at Energy Event…

Winter is just around the corner and energy prices have just gone up. All of the big six energy firms have all put up their prices this year. British Gas has just announced a 12.5% hike to standard electricity prices from Friday 15 September. If you’ve dual fuel, that’s a 7.3% increase on average.

If you’re on a standard tariff, and you Switch now, you could save around £300 a year. You can lock in the cheap rate for the coming winter and beyond.

Thankfully the Footprint Trust are holding their annual Cash Low? Cash Flow! event to bring down utility bills and help people concerned about debt. They can help people switch suppliers and can explain the advantages of Smart meters.

The event is on Thursday 26th October at the Riverside Centre from 11am to 3pm.

Organisations at the free event will be giving guidance on managing money and gaining benefits and allowances. Information will be available about the advantages of Smart meters and details of grant funding for insulation and boilers.

Last year The Footprint Trust charity helped over 2,000 people with energy and water issues. This year they are particularly focusing on young people setting up home for the first time and the Veteran community.

The Trust’s new PowerForce project works with The Royal British Legion and other organisations to assist ex-service personnel and their families who are struggling with their heating bills. The Trust is just about to start training people as Energy Champions, so they in turn can help their friends, neighbours and families sort out energy issues.

The Trust is working with Family Centres and the Jobcentre to provide free training to young people though its Monergy project. This fun training workshop gives those attending skills to understand bills, and how to use appliances to best effect, whilst keeping warm and well.

Training is also offered to frontline workers in charities, churches, the Council and NHS staff to help them identify those at risk from poverty and illness linked to high fuel and water bills.

The event is supported by The Royal British Legion, IW Carers and Smart UK. For details of the event or to contact The Footprint Trust call 822282 or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

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GROW COOK EAT at Family Centres on the Isle of Wight

Young families get gardening with Alan Titchmarsh, The Footprint Trust and Barnardos

A new project encouraging young families to get gardening is set to start in 2018. The idea is to teach young families on the Isle of Wight how to cook the fruits of their labours, with support from horticulturalist Alan Titchmarsh.

Alan will be at Barnardos’ West Newport Family Centre at 10.00am on Friday 28th July 2017 to launch the project, along with The Footprint Trust.

The project will be run through the Footprint Trust who will be offering gardening training to children and their parents at Barnardos’ Family Centres across the Island in Spring 2018. Harvesting and cooking sessions will follow in the summer, supported by grant funding from Alan Titchmarsh through the Isle of Wight Community Foundation (IWCF). The aim of the project is to encourage families to get involved with gardening, to get fit, to grow and cook healthy food, and have fun together as a family.

Alan Titchmarsh said:

“Children love nature and seeing things grow, to be able to encourage the whole family to source a healthy, nutritious meal from a tiny seed is a wonderful opportunity. All parents know how hard it can be to encourage their children to eat healthily and getting the kids involved in digging up a handful of ripe carrots, or picking some fresh runner beans and then being able to prepare and cook or bake a fun dish like a stir-fry or a carrot cake will encourage kids to engage to a much greater extent with nutrition.”

Speaking for The Footprint Trust, Ray Harrington-Vail said:-

“Children love getting stuck in and their hands dirty, and this practical project helps train parents in the basics of veg gardening alongside their kids. Sometimes people are a bit concerned about how to make tasty, affordable meals using veg, and that’s where the cooking part of our training comes in.”
Sessions will be held at Family Centres across the Isle of Wight from Spring 2018, so anyone interested can email helen@footprint-trust.co.uk or phone 822282.

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Contacts:
West Newport Family Centre – Wellington Rd, Newport Isle of Wight PO30 5QT

IWCF – Alan Titchmarsh Fund – Ruth Jones, Island Manager, iwcf@hantscf.org.uk

The Footprint Trust – helen@footprint-trust.co.uk 01983 822282
Barnardos – angela.spicer@barnardos.org.uk

Footnote
IWCF
IWCF is a collection of charitable funds worth over £1.36m, ring fenced for spending on the Isle of Wight. IWCF Endowments are managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) with the income distributed at the discretion of the IWCF committee or at the request of Isle of Wight fundholders.

Trust launches a power-full project to help the Veteran community

Power Force is a new project from the Island’s Footprint Trust aimed at directly helping the ex-service community on the Isle of Wight who are suffering the effects of fuel poverty.

A survey carried out by The Royal British Legion (TRBL), in 2014 found that two in ten of the ex-Service community had turned the heating down or off, despite it being too cold (a measure of fuel poverty). TRBL state that there is a potential for greater poverty in the ex-Service pensioner community than in the UK as a whole.

The Footprint Trust will outreach to Veterans and their families through local TRBL branches, public events, cafes, social clubs etc. Anyone who has been in the Services, or their family members or dependents can be assisted.

The Trust attended the recent Armed Forces Event (17th June 2017) on Ryde seafront, and meet Veterans and their families.

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust said;
“We are very keen to hear from younger people those who have recently left the armed forces, and might not be aware of help available from ourselves and Royal British Legion.”
“Our work in the past has often brought us in touch with the widows whose late husbands’ did National Service, and were unaware that they too could be assisted. ”

Experts from the Trust are offering ex-service people free home energy-saving visits, and will give information on grants and other help available to reduce energy and water bills.

They are also looking for individuals who are interested in training as the “Power Force” to work within their community in local TRBL branches, residents groups, social clubs, churches etc. These volunteers will be given training so they can help others reduce their utility bills, and get further help and assistance. To find out more about the project please email ray@footprint-trust.co.uk or phone 822282.

Speaking for the Footprint Trust their National Heat Hero, Ray Harrington-Vail said;

“A very important part of our work is helping those who are in fuel poverty. We assist over 1000 local people a year through guidance and support, saving many households some £200 pa on their utility bills and accessing grants for energy efficiency measures.

In the past we have helped many people in the ex-services community, and their families, and are now able to expand that work, due to increased demands. We are very grateful to The Royal British Legion for making this possible through their external grants programme.”

One person who has benefited is Mr Chris Pitman, an ex-serviceman living in Newport:-

“I find it hard to ask for help but saw the ad for The Footprint Trust’s Energy Event and went along for help with my heating. They came round to my house, and it didn’t take them long to suss out what I needed, and they did it in a way which was not in my face. I think there are lots of people who need help and who are being by-passed – but The Footprint Trust will definitely help, and if they can’t they seem to know who can.”

The charity was given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (2013) for their pioneering work in helping the fuel poor and the wider community. They are recognised by the Isle of Wight Council and central government for their achievements in assisting those in fuel poverty.

Fuel poverty is generally defined as any household which spends 10% or more of their income on fuel for their home. The current level of fuel poverty on the Island is higher than the rest of South east England.
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Riverfest steams ahead with all guns blazing!

Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque market town local residents and visitors will enjoy and wide range of free entertainment.

Organised by the Island’s Footprint Trust charity and supported by Newport Parish Council the 2017 event on Saturday 13th May. Local food and drink, arts and crafts will be available from Isle of Wight businesses.
This year we are working with Quay Arts to bring even more entertainment and activities during the day and into the evening.

Local dance groups will be and delighting the crowds with their beautiful costumes and talented performances. Historic boats will be on show from the Classic boat museum. The Crew of the Rose pirates will be coming along too, so watch out!

This year as we salute the members of the Royal Navy and their major role in the Second World War, with the arrival of Motor Gun Boat 81, which came into service in 1942 and saw action throughout the war and supported the D Day landings. The boat has been fully restored Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to wartime condition, and preserved for the benefit of future generations.

The organisers are very pleased to announce that one of the Dunkirk ˜little ships’ will be returning to Riverfest. The Papillon motor yacht was one of the armada of sea craft that rescued stranded British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in the darkest days of WW2. A plaque on Newport Quay records the names of the Isle of Wight’s little ships that took part in what was given the codename Operation Dynamo. The ship has just returned from France having taken part in filming of the new Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’ to be released this summer.

We also welcome the Royal British Legion Riders to the event with their fantastic array of veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles.

The crew from Medina Valley Centre will be helping young people explore the fascinating creatures of the deep that can be found in the mud of the wildlife-rich River Medina. You will also have a chance to paddle your own canoe and discover the many courses and activities offered by the Centre for young people.

Traditional fairground rides along with mega bubbles for children to enjoy will all be part of the fun. Look out for the mega inflatable slide and delicious Plaza ice creams and the ever popular Isle of Wight Bacon and lots of other local tasty flavours and treats.

Vectis Corps of Drums will start the entrainment by marching along the quay at 11am, accompanied by the Enchanted Isle Princess and Captain Jack.

Local dance groups will be performing including students from Newport-based LVB dance studio, performing street and other modern dance. Traditional Ceri Irish Dancers will delight the crowds with their beautiful costumes and talented performances, a family friendly dancing group which have been established for over 25 years.

PJ’s Theatre School Singers & Dancers will also be performing at the event. The school provides young people and children with a strong foundation in singing, dance, drama and mime. They cover most dance disciplines and cater for toddlers and teenagers! Salsa dancing will also be on show, and you will be given the opportunity to have a go too!

Back by popular demand will be Short & Sweet, the dynamic comperes and all-round entertainers. Vectis Radio will be broadcasting live from Riverfest, one of the many organisations taking part that are based at the nearby Riverside centre. Sunrise hospital radio will for the first time be using alive link from the Quay, so that patients and staff at St Mary’s can experience this popular annual event.

Meanwhile at Quay Arts there is a free screening of nautical films. Starting off with; Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists. Accompanied by his ragtag crew, an enthusiastic pirate captain (Hugh Grant) sails the high seas and dreams of besting his bitter rivals, Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz, in a quest to win the coveted title of Pirate of the Year.

The charming Ealing comedy The Maggie (1953) will also be shown. American businessman becomes involved with The Maggie, a rundown old shipping vessel when he is trying to find a way to convey his luggage to a remote island.

Quay arts presents free Live music from The Crew, an Island folk band The Crew produce a raw, rhythmic mixture of folk songs, sea shanties and Morris tunes to get your toes tapping.

Riverfest continues into the evening when at 7.30pm… Chalkpit Presents.Local record label Chalkpit presents 3 great live bands, great sound, great music, superb atmosphere. Tickets £5 from Quay Arts.

Newport’s annual Riverfest is the largest free community event in Newport attracting some 4,000 people. Riverfest is the only sustainable transport event on the Isle of Wight; those visiting are encouraged to walk, cycle, sail or use public transport.

Dozens of local charities will be in attendance for visitors to support, and to find out about the many positive projects they are involved in to help improve island life. This year there will be special events at Quay Arts too!

Looking after the water environment is a very important message linked to Riverfest. Southern Water will be at the event promoting water efficiency.

Yasmin Sanders, Southern Water’s Community Campaigns and Engagement Officer, said: “We are extremely pleased to be supporting Riverfest again this year. We will be there on the day with free giveaways and information to help our customers save water and keep drains clear. Pop by and say hi to our lovely team.”

Newport’s annual Riverfest is the largest free community event in Newport attracting some 4,000 people. This year’s focus will be on promoting the greatly improved domestic recycling initiative, launched by the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with Amey. Keen recyclers can get involved by signing up to become Recycling Champions in their local community.

Riverfest is the only sustainable transport event on the Isle of Wight; those visiting are encouraged to walk, cycle, sail or use public transport. On hand will be Islander Nick Blake, who has set up Island Bikeworks – a mobile repair service. Nick will be on hand to offer cycle safety checks and guidance on how to repair your bike, or you could just book him to do it. For those who want an easier way to get around then have a go on a lithium battery-assisted powerbike.

If you would like to see your old bicycle go to a good home, then bring it along and donate it to Recycle Bikes for Africa. Bicycle Island will also be at the event promoting the their app which is helping to turn the Isle of Wight Cowes to Newport cycle route into the UK’s first SMART cycling corridor. The app also contains interesting information about the route, offers from local businesses and the ability to report problems along the route.

This year you can also bring along all those crutches and wheelchairs that you have been hording in your garden sheds! We will return them to St Mary’s Hospital, no questions asked!

For more details please contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or
email info@footprint-trust.co.uk

https://www.footprint-trust.co.uk/riverfest.html

Riverfest ahoy!

Riverfest to celebrate 10th Anniversary in May 2017.

Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque market town local residents and visitors will enjoy and wide range of free entertainment.

Organised by the Island’s Footprint Trust charity and supported by Newport Parish Council the 2017 event on Saturday 13th May.

Local food and drink, arts and crafts will be available from Isle of Wight businesses.
Local dance groups will be and delighting the crowds with their beautiful costumes and talented performances.

A highlight at Riverfest is always the arrival of one of the world’s smallest tall ships T.S. Caroline Allen from the Little Brig Sailing Trust, based in Gosport. Historic boats will be on show from the Classic boat museum. The Crew of the Rose pirates and the Wolfguard Vikings may well be coming along too, so watch out!

This year as we salute the members of the Royal Navy and their major role in the Second World War, with the arrival of Motor Gun Boat 81, which came into service in 1942 and saw action throughout the war and supported the D Day landings. The boat has been fully restored Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to wartime condition, and preserved for the benefit of future generations.

The crew from Medina Valley Centre will be helping young people explore the fascinating creatures of the deep that can be found in the mud of the wildlife-rich River Medina.

You will also have a chance to paddle your own canoe and discover the many courses and activities offered by the Centre for young people.

Traditional fairground rides along with mega bubbles for children to enjoy will all be part of the fun. Look out for the mega inflatable slide and delicious Plaza ice creams and the ever popular Isle of Wight Bacon and lots of other local tasty flavours and treats.

Newport’s annual Riverfest is the largest free community event in Newport attracting some 4,000 people. Riverfest is the only sustainable transport event on the Isle of Wight; those visiting are encouraged to walk, cycle, sail or use public transport.

Dozens of local charities will be in attendance for visitors to support, and to find out about the many positive projects they are involved in to help improve island life. This year there will be special events at Quay Arts too!

What’s more you can help support this free charity event by donating here…
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/riverfest-2017

For more details please contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282 or
email info@footprint-trust.co.uk
https://www.footprint-trust.co.uk/riverfest.html

Southern Water and The Footprint Trust bring Water-Saving Mission to primary schools on the Isle of Wight

Children from Haylands Primary School, Ryde, enjoyed a water saving workshop from Southern Water and The Footprint Trust.

Working in partnership, the company and trust have recently launched a Water-Saving Mission for primary schools on the Isle of Wight. The youngsters at Haylands took part in an assembly, run by members of the Footprint Trust, and were able to get involved with all sorts of fun and informative water efficiency activities.

The children were some of the first on the Isle of Wight to get involved in the Water-Saving-Mission. They were also visited by Southern Water’s partners Aqualogic looking to fit water-efficient devices. The products will help the school save water, money and energy.

Ray Harrington-Vail from The Footprint Trust is running the workshops and is well-known to many schools as the Isle of Wight’s Eco-Schools assessor.

Ray said: “The young people were very enthusiastic and asked lots of questions. They fully understood the water cycle, and wanted to take part in action to help conserve water and help wildlife.”

Southern Water’s community and education manager, Sally Lambert, said: “The workshops are a fun and interesting way of encouraging the future generation to think about how they can use water wisely – as a region under great water stress, it’s more important than ever.

“Alongside The Footprint Trust, we’re offering free activities to help schools and the Isle of Wight community reduce water use. The workshops show children simple ways to save water in the home such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and using the small flush on the toilet.”

Deputy head teacher at Haylands School said: “Thanks for the opportunity, we really appreciated it and the children really loved learning about the water cycle and how they could support their families to save water at home”

All youngsters will also have the opportunity to take in part in a poster competition, and will be in for a chance to have their creation displayed publicly.

Southern Water and the Footprint Trust will be visiting primary schools across the Isle of Wight. If your school would like to take part please contact the Footprint Trust on 01983 82 22 82

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More information: Media Team, 01903 272230, mediateam@southernwater.co.uk