Christmas Household Refuse Schedule 2020 from the IWC

Islanders are being advised that waste, recycling and garden subscription collections are changing over the Christmas and new year period — although many households will only see one week of change to their usual waste collection day.

Between Monday 21 and Friday 25 December, all households will have their bins collected on a different day than normal.

For most people, this will simply be a day earlier. However, collections due on Monday 21 December will instead be on Saturday 19 December.

Collections then return to normal the following week other than for those homes with collections due on Friday 1 January, with waste or recycling collections that day being completed on Saturday 2 January instead.

All collections return to normal the following week from Monday 4 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will also follow the same amended timetable. If you have a garden waste subscription you can pop your real Christmas tree out alongside your garden bin for recycling.

Waste/recycling or garden waste due to be collected on:  Will be collected on: 
Monday 21 December Saturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 December Monday 21 December
Wednesday 23 December Tuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 December Wednesday 23 December
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) Thursday 24 December
Monday 28 December Unchanged
Tuesday 29 December Unchanged
Wednesday 30 December Unchanged
Thursday 31 December Unchanged
Friday 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day) Saturday 2 January 2021

To assist residents with their waste and recycling, households will be allowed to place excess polystyrene in a clear or white sack between Saturday 19 December and Friday 8 January on their refuse collection week only.

Excess polystyrene or other waste placed in black sacks will not be collected.

Afton Marsh Recycling Centre, Freshwater will open as usual on its normal opening days and hours. Lynnbottom Recycling Centre, near Newport will be open as normal other than on Christmas Day when it will be closed.

Bulky waste collections will run as normal other than on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they will be unavailable.

Natasha Dix, the council’s waste and environment manager, said: “The Christmas period can mean more waste – but like the rest of the year we can still recycle most of it if we all put it in the right bins.

“You might not be sure where to put some of the seasonal things — maybe wrapping paper or bubble wrap — so check the council website for the definitive list.

“Get your waste sorted and we can maintain the Island’s position as one of the leading counties for recycling across England — even at Christmas.”

More information on waste collections can be accessed at

Isle of Wight Council Budget Consultation 2021/22

Have your say on council spending

Islanders are being invited to give their views on how the Isle of Wight Council should spend its money next year.

The authority has launched its budget consultation — and residents, businesses, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils are being encouraged to have their say on spending and service priorities for 2021/22.

The council expects to spend around £340 million in the next financial year on areas including schools, social care, refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, regeneration and road maintenance.

Council leader, Dave Stewart said: “We’ve managed our budget very robustly over the past few years, and are determined to deliver a robust, workable and forward-looking budget again next year.

“Frontline services have been maintained and improved, with improved efficiencies in many areas.

“Obviously, this year, we have a different challenge with the coronavirus pandemic that remains ongoing, so we have to plan this into our budget analysis for next year too.

“The views of individuals and representatives from all sectors across the Island is hugely valuable to the shaping of our spending and service priorities for the year ahead.

“We welcome views from all contributors as we develop an innovative and workable budget — and one which will allow us to continue to provide sustainable services in the future, within a stable financial environment and help us to keep the Island safe.”

You can give your views online over the next six weeks by visiting:

Vic’s Stores Update From Ward Cllr Barry

This afternoon, Isle of Wight Councillor Reg Barry, posted the following statement on the Seaview and Nettlestone Community Facebook Page and the Nextdoor App. For those who do not have access to those pages, the statement can be found here:

From Cllr Reg Barry
Re. Vics Stores
Good afternoon,
I have had a meeting with Charles and Linda from Vic’s Stores this morning and I would like to clear up a rumour that is currently doing the rounds.
This rumour is that Charles and Linda would be pleased to have their Business ruined by the Co-op so that they could retire and turn our village shop into their retirement home.
In fact this is quite the opposite of their intentions, as they plan to have one of their sons, Richard, to join them in the family business. They plan to bring him in to the business next year to have one to one training in management for a year to 18 months. Eventually Richard will carry on the Family Business which has served our Community for the past 70 or more years. This already on the cards for February next year.
Of course they have worries over the proposed Co-op taking over the Roadside Inn. Those worries are shared by a considerable number of residents in Nettlestone and Seaview.
The Roadside Inn is registered as an Asset of Community Value and is also a valuable part of our village and community. I am sure, like me, that you would do anything you can to help support Charles and Linda at this time.
Best Regards
Reg Barry BEM
Isle of Wight Councillor for Nettlestone and Seaview

COVID-19 Cases Reported in the Parish – Follow Government Guidelines


In response to recent CV19 cases being reported in the Parish –

please remember government guidance:

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Opportunity for Local Businesses – New Wight Gift Card Launch.

A Press Release from the Isle of Wight Council:

The Isle of Wight Council, in partnership with our sponsor Wightfibre, is launching a new gift card to support local businesses during these difficult times. The ‘Wight Gift Card’ will be available from November so that the cards are available in time for the Christmas season.

There are 150 free places available for the first three years of the programme but businesses will need to register by Midday 26th October. Free places are being allocated to businesses across the island to ensure good geographical coverage of the card. Businesses that are unsuccessful in getting a free place will need to pay just £18 to be part of the scheme for three years.

Only by signing up to the programme will businesses be able to accept Wight Gift Card payments from their customers this Christmas.

Technology for the gift card will be provided by Scottish fintech Miconex through its Town and City Gift Cards scheme, active in over 50 towns and cities around the UK and Ireland.

We have recently contacted businesses in your local area and we would really appreciate your support in encouraging businesses to register onto the scheme and take advantage of this new and exciting opportunity.

 For businesses to be able to accept Wight Gift Card payments this Christmas, they will need to send their business name/s and shop address/es to [email protected].

 See FAQs here -.Wight Gift Card FAQs

Pop Up Business School – Running Free Sessions on the IOW

The PopUp Business School delivers courses to help people set up their own business and the organisation ran a very successful course on the island last year.

Whilst previously the courses have been delivered over one week, this cohort – sponsored by the Isle of Wight Council, Southern Housing Group and Sovereign – will be delivered over two weeks and include additional personal development training to help those who have perhaps recently lost their job due to the pandemic.

The course will be live streamed online between Monday 12th October and Friday 30th October. If someone is interested in only the self-development part of the course, they can sign up to just this element – It is completely free to join and participants can sign up by visiting:

Free COVID19 Outbreak Training for Community Groups

Calling Isle of Wight Voluntary Sector groups and Community organisations

Are you organising events or managing premises? Do you know what to do if there is a #coronavirus outbreak in your setting?

Please join Isle of Wight Council next Tuesday 13 October for a free online session to help voluntary sector groups and community organisations manage COVID-19 in their setting.

The session will offer guidance and support as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

Tuesday 13 October

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Book tickets:

Omega Befriending Service – Now Available On The Isle of Wight

As seen  – recently – in the County Press, Omega is a small charity based in Shrewsbury that supports socially isolated people.  Whilst based in Shropshire, they work across the UK.  They have already started a partnership on the Isle of Wight with Sovereign Housing Association a story which has been shared with the Isle of Wight County Press.  You can read about this on their website at –  

Two of the projects they operate, both of which are free of charge, may be of interest to local residents:

This is a telephone befriending scheme.  their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients and are happy to talk about anything as well as offering emotional support.  You can see more information at –         

A Letter from Louise
This is a penpal befriending service.  As with Chatterbox, their volunteer befrienders are matched with clients with similar interests so they can share stories and experiences.  All post is directed via their office using a freepost system, so client’s addresses are confidential. Many of their befrienders include photos and pictures with their letters.  You can see more information at –