In addition to the weekly Wednesday meetings at the Scout Hut in Smithards Lane, Cowes PO31 7PG from 10am to 12pm, the Equals IW Ladies' Friendship Group now meets in Newport on a monthly basis at the WoW Centre, 4-5 St James Street, Newport PO30 5HE

  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Tuesday, 7th November 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Tuesday, 5th December 2017 from 6-8 pm

All women are welcome.

"Black History Month" at St Mary's Hospital is from 16th - 20th October 2017.

Main points of interest

  • Equals IW met with the new Equality Lead for St. Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust last 25th of Aug 2017 discussing partnership opportunties.
  • Attendance at the Men's Friendship Group Meeting has not been as good as hoped. Marketing ideas were discussed and publicity is being further improved for future meetings.
  • The Women's Friendship Group resumed after the summer break on Wednesday 6th September. The meeting scheduled for Wedensday 13th September has been cancelled as it clashes with the Food Hygiene course being held on the same day. The group has found that the cancellation of the Cowes chain ferry across the Medina River is proving a problem for East Cowes residents getting to the meetings.
  • Facebook Pages. There is to be one Facebook page covering Equals IW as a whole and linked by a Facebook icon on the website pages. A separate link to the Men's Friendship Group Facebook pages will be placed on pages dealing with that group.
  • Committee meeting are now being held at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR from 10.30 to 12pm on the last Saturday of each month unless there are exceptional cases. There is sufficient parking, tea, and coffee with biscuits plus toilet facilities are also provided.

Come and Join our New Equals Men’s Friendship Group. Our next informal meet and greet sessions are on

Free parking front and rear of centre.

Come and suggest ways to build the new men’s group and meet others from within your local community whilst sharing in a range of fun activities including a quiz. We are particularly keen to have members coming from an ethnic background. You can purchase refreshments from the café throughout the evening.

To find out more or confirm you are attending contact

The Equals Men’s Friendship Group Coordinator Mark Cox

  • Mobile: 07854 852518 
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/equalsmensgroup
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Here is our pdf flyer for the current event.

Come and Join our New Equals Men’s Friendship Group. Our next informal meet and greet sessions are on

  • Monday 2nd October and Monday 6th November 2017
  • Time 19:00 to 21:00
  • At the Isobel Community Centre Café, Furrlongs, Newport PO30 2AX.

Free parking front and rear of centre.

Come and suggest ways to build the new men’s group and meet others from within your local community whilst sharing in a range of fun activities including a quiz. We are particularly keen to have members coming from an ethnic background. You can purchase refreshments from the café throughout the evening.

To find out more or confirm you are attending contact

The Equals Men’s Friendship Group Coordinator Mark Cox

  • Mobile: 07854 852518 
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/equalsmensgroup
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is our pdf flyer for the current event.

Main points of interest

  • The Asian festival. This was absolutely fabulous with more than five hundred people who came. There is the possibility of having the next one in a better venue such as Ventnor, Northwood or the Riverside Centre. A tentative expected date for next year’s event is 30 June 2018.
  • The Women's Friendship Group will resume after the summer break on Wednesday 6th September.
  • The Men's Friendship Group. Marketing of the group is being improved.
  • Facebook Pages. The Facebook pages are to be re-organised.

Our meeting venue has been changed:

The Saturday, 30th September 2017 meeting at 10:00-11:30 am will now be held at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR.

We plan to hold all our regular meetings will be held at the new venue. It has been booked on the last Saturday of each month unless there are exceptional cases. There is sufficient parking, tea, and coffee with biscuits plus toilet facilities are also provided.

There will be an Equals IW committee meeting on Saturday, 30 September 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR.

EqualsIW wishes to express support foor all those invloved in the recent natonal tragedies.

Members of EqualsIW are reminded that they can submit updates or items of interst to Rex as webmaster.

The group congratulated Aireen on her work with the Isle of Wight Asian Day.

The Women's Friendship Group (WFG) had a successful Ryde Mardi Gras event on the 1st July. A Culture Kitchen was also held on the 4th of July at Lanesend Primary School in Cowes

On the 5th of July some members of the Friendship Group participated in the International Day at Cowes Primary School.

On 21st of July the group were invited as guests at Vecta House Summer Party at the Barchester Vecta House Care Home in Newport. They wore their traditional costumes and chat with the residents.

Congratulations also to Cecilia Herbing for the successful book launch held last 9th of July at St. Therese Hall wherein three members also attended.

The next meeting of the Men's Friendship Group (MFG) will be a barbecue on 24th August at Prince's Green in Cowes.

A Men’s Friendship Group facebook page is planned for the first week of August.

The next meeting tobe held on the Monday 21st of August 2017 at 6.30pm to 8.00pm  at Newport Police Headquarters has now been confirmed.

Please note that the start time has been put back to 6.30pm to 8.00pm allowing members free parking nearby.

Asian Day

Enter free to enjoy

  • The best in Asian Cuisine
  • First-rate dance entertainement
  • Lovely traditional costumes
  • The Miss Asian IOW Beauty Pageant

and much more.

Call 07514 805 961 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the organizers to find out about good deals on ferry crossings, B&Bs and very nice hotels.

Supported by Equals IW

 

 

 

At the last AGM meeting held between 10:30-11:30 on Saturday, 17th of June at the Fairlee Room, Riverside Centre in Newport the following members were nominated and elected unanimously by the show of hands

  • Shahzad Khan – Chair
  • Louis Lawrence – Vice Chair
  • Steve Milford – Treasurer
  • Cecilia Herbing – Secretary
  • Niviera Piper – Friendship Group Co-ordinator
  • Mark Cox – Men’s Group Co-ordinator

Committee Members (in surname order):

  • Aireen Gauntlett
  • Wendy Loader
  • Jane McKean
  • Laraine Pascoe
  • Lisa Paul (co-opted Police representative)
  • Anna Speczck
  • Sandra Trigg

Come and Join our new Equals Men’s Friendship Group. Our next informal meet and greet session is on

  • Date:Tuesday 20th June 2017
  • Time: 18.30 to 21:00
  • Place: Ryde LA Bowl Car Park (free parking)

Come and help develop the new group by taking an evening leisurely walk along the sea front.

Stopping for refreshments at Appley Café (bring own money) before joining in with some beach games such as footbal or cricket or just chill out with a game of frisbee.

Coming from an ethnic background, you may sometimes feel like you need a friend who understands and supports you within the community.

To find out more or confirm you are attending contact the Equals Men’s Friendship Group Co-Ordinator Mark Cox

  • Mobile 07854 852518
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcenhancement

Here is our pdf flyer for the event.