Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans

IWVV Update

1st December 2017
(updated 28th December)





All are welcome to our meetings which are mostly
social time with friendly chat and refreshments!



Sunday, 21st JANUARY at 2:00pm
Cakes and Cuppas
Sunday, 18th FEBRUARY at 2:00pm
Valentine’s Tea
please bring vegan foods to share (maybe with a pink, red or heart-shaped theme!)
Thursday, 15th  MARCH at 7:00pm
(please note earlier start time)



Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Coffee Morning for Animal Free Research UK
or donated cakes or money. It was a beautiful sunny morning with lovely people
and a vast mound of fabulous vegan cakes.  Thanks to your generosity,
we were able to send a cheque for £120 to Animal Free Research UK
to fund research which replaces the use of animals,
as well as raising awareness about their marvellous work.


Thanks also to IWVV for the £20 donation for Animal Free Research UK, which has been forwarded.


Julie Roberts

Isle of Wight Support Group


Blue Labelle Boutique
is at 7 Pier Street, Ventnor.
The shop primarily stocks natural skincare products,
but also sells local artists’ work and Wyatt & Jack bags.
Everything in the shop is suitable for vegans.
The natural skincare products are sorted by categories including
facial care, body care, essential oils and Moroccan Spa.
The majority of the handmade products are organic skincare blends,
and every product is registered by The Vegan Society.
All of the products are packaged by hand at the base in Ventnor.


See more information at the Blue Labelle website,





500g frozen peas
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp light tahini paste
juice of 1 large lemon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
chilli powder
sea salt
ground black pepper


Add the peas to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes.
Drain the peas and put in a food processor with
the garlic, tahini, lemon juice and cumin.
Pulse well until a paste is formed.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, and more lemon juice if desired.
Serve the green pea houmous in a dipping bowl.
Make a depression in the top and fill with the olive oil, then lightly dust with chilli.

Serve with crudités, toasted bread, oatcakes or crackers.




Thanks to all who came along to our AGM.

Annual reports were submitted by our treasurer (Linda),
group contact / book stockholders (Sally and David)
and memberships / newsletter / website editor (Alan).
Various subjects were discussed, including book stocks, finances,
meeting schedules and the forthcoming Festive Meal.

Thanks were expressed to all the postholders and
especially to David and Sally for hosting our monthly meetings.

From money raised from book sales, it was agreed to send donations to the following organisations:

Orangutan Foundation (£20), Viva! (£20), The Vegan Society (£20),
Animal Aid (£20), Cruelty Free International (£20), Vegfam (£20),
Captive Animals Protection Society (£20), Animal Free Research UK [Dr Hadwen Trust] (£20),
The League Against Cruel Sports (£20), Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (£25).


Recommendations have been received from IWVV members who have visited
Café Thrive vegan café at 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, SO14 1JX
(a few doors along from Rice Up vegan wholefoods shop).

Café Thrive offers a reasonably priced selection of tasty
vegan savouries, sweets, cakes and beverages
in spacious premises very close to the city centre.
The café staff are very friendly and helpful.


If you’re a smartphone user (android and iOS devices),
you can now download a clever app to help with vegetarian and vegan shopping.
You can then use your phone to scan the barcode of your grocery shopping.
Products scanned and available within the
SafeForVegans database will be clearly categorised
as vegan, vegetarian, non-vegetarian and ‘maybe’.
SafeForVegans app can be downloaded from Google Play, the App Store,
or from links found at
where you can also find more information



Many alcoholic drinks might have more than just plant-derived ingredients in them.
Brewers, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly,
or they might use them in the processing and filtration.
When making the product, dairy, honey, and other
animal derivatives may be ingredients in the final recipe.
When filtering the drinks prior to bottling, companies can use materials
like isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatine, egg whites or sea shells, among other things,
even though there are many animal-free alternatives in use.

The Barnivore Directory can help.
It currently has over 35,000 entries clearly listed as
Vegan Friendly or Not Vegan Friendly.
Check it out at

The IWVV Update is provided by email free of charge or by post if you provide a supply of
stamped-addressed envelopes – see the registration page for further information
Postal subscribers will be reminded when they need to provide further SAEs.

Email subscribers can unsubscribe by sending “Remove” in a reply email or to the email address
given on the registration web page of the IWVV website.

All subscribers - please remember to provide IWVV

with any changes to your postal or email address. Thanks!




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“My dog had babies.
I took the crying things away from her as soon as they were born.
 I didn’t even let them get the colostrum.
My dog was so upset when I took them away.
She tried to stop me, but I pushed her away.
I mean, I want to be the one that gets her milk, not the stupid babies.
I’m the one that needs it.
What did I do with the babies?
I killed and ate them.
What do you mean I am an evil person???
That’s what you pay someone to do every day too!
Oh, I’m sorry, did I say my dog?
I meant my cow.”


I have just become an Ambassador for Tropic Skin Care
which is a vegan brand.
Full details can be found at

Thank you and best wishes, Tina

We love animals and care about their welfare, so we will never test on them or cause them distress
by using derivatives such as lanolin, beeswax or honey.
Certified by The Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International


Back in April, the vegan cafe Johnny V's opened at
11b North Cross Street, Gosport, PO12 1BE.

Paula's Vegan Bakery started as a pop-up at the beginning of the year
but is now a proper shop, next door to Johnny V's.
It's at 11 North Cross Street, Gosport, PO12 1BE.

Cafe Thrive has just opened and it's a vegan cafe.
It's at 18 Hanover Buildings, Southampton, SO14 1JX,
on the same street as Rice Up.

Offbeet Food, who already have a vegan gluten-free cafe in Wickham,
are hoping to open cafes later this year in Portsmouth (Marmion Road, Southsea)
and on the outskirts of Totton (Jacob's Gutter Lane, at Sunnyfields).

For all the latest openings, address changes, etc.,
which also includes a section on caterers,
and some of these have market stalls at places
like Winchester and Lymington.

IWVV GARDEN PARTY, Sunday 20th August

Thanks to all who came along to (and who brought tasty contributions for) IWVV’s Garden Party at Shanklin
 – and special thanks to our hosts Sally and Dave for all their efforts in preparing for us all,
not least a lot of hard work in their newly landscaped garden.

The weather was kind to us and we all enjoyed most of the afternoon outside,
with just a while indoors at the end after a summer shower drove us in.

Lots of delicious vegan food creations – salads, savouries, puddings and cakes – were enjoyed.

All in all, very good company and a great afternoon!


If you love keeping your finger on the pulse of fab food
then you are going to love National Vegetarian Week 14th –20th May 2018!

2017 already saw a romance growing between the UK and
National Vegetarian Week with the Hairy Bikers fronting the campaign,
over 100 community events and 500 mentions of the week in the media.
Add to that the One Show giving a shout out to the week, plus #nationalvegetarianweek
trending for ten hours across the UK on Twitter and you can see the love starting to blossom.

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society said,
“Everyone loves great food and National Vegetarian Week 2018 is going to be so exciting.
We’ll be announcing our plans shortly, but for now make sure you have
the date in your diary – National Vegetarian Week, 14th – 20th May 2018.”



I just spent a lovely week with my small family in Sandown. We'd looked at your IWVV website beforehand,
as I'm vegan and my other half and daughter are vegetarian
(well, mostly vegan but both find it easier to be vegan at home and vegetarian when out. But that's another story!).

We found a few places that you might know about but aren't on your site, so I thought I'd let you know. I hope it's useful information!

Bembridge - the farm shop at no. 8 High Street has a vegetarian cafe above it.
We didn't try it as we'd already packed a picnic, but it looked great.
The farm shop had lots of vegan delights including a variety of non-dairy ice creams.

Godshill - The Essex pub website said they had a vegan menu so we went along to give it a try.
It seems they are in the process of developing it - they mentioned they had been testing it out on local vegans
so you may well already know about it. Anyway, they rustled up 2 different vegan options
(mushroom pasta with garlic bread and stuffed butternut squash) and a dessert.
They were delightful in talking about options, and really friendly.

The Garlic Farm - was brilliant, great to learn more about a wonderful plant.
The cafe had a vegetarian version of their sharing platter, among other options.
They had a choice of 2 vegan cakes, and served with vegan ice cream too.

Finally, we were delighted to discover that the chip shop nearest us in Sandown
(I forget the name but it’s right next to the Caulkheads pub) had an extensive vegetarian menu.
 Battered veggie sausages (probably not vegan though I didn't check) and pea fritters were the things we sampled.

Best wishes, Kate

(many thanks Kate, our eating out page now updated – Ed.)

World Health Organisation is Urged
to Oppose Factory Farming – While There’s Still Time


There are three slow-motion global disasters taking place and very soon the damage they are causing will be irreversible,
according to the outgoing director general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan.
They are global warming, antibiotic resistance and degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Three disasters, one major common cause – factory farming!

Now, in an open letter published in The Lancet and signed by 200 mostly high-ranking academics,
the WHO is urged to oppose industrial animal farming (CAFOs – concentrated animal feed operations)
and the consequences of not doing so are spelt out in stark terms.

Factory farming is: “… a major contributor to each of the three disasters highlighted by Chan.
Industrial production has led to drastic over-consumption (of meat) and associated burden of non-communicable diseases in many societies.
Experts predict that without urgent and drastic shifts in global meat consumption, agriculture will consume the
entire world's carbon budget necessary for keeping global temperature rises under 2°C by 2050.
The same study, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, predicted that if health guidelines on meat consumption
were followed worldwide, 5·1 million premature deaths would be prevented and greenhouse gas emissions
would be two-thirds lower by 2050 (compared with expected trends).

Some of the solutions advocated are – a ban on growth-promoting antibiotics, a reduction in the construction of
animal farms and a reduction in subsidies for animal farming and its inputs (such as fodder).
If implemented, this has huge implications for the EU Common Agriculture Policy subsidies – or those that will replace them post-Brexit.

“We have been advocating precisely this for 20 years,” says Juliet Gellatley, director of Viva!, Europe’s largest campaigning vegan organisation,
“and all governments have refused to act. They continue to present British farming as some rural idyll
when 80 per cent of all animals are factory farmed – precisely what the WHO is referring to.
We know how dreadful these places are as we regularly film inside them to expose the reality.

“The shocking footage we have obtained has been publicised in nationwide exposés and has helped to promote
the vegan revolution that is now happening. People are tired of being lied to and are taking matters into their own hands.
We know precisely the scale of the problem through Viva!Animals, Viva!Health and Viva!Planet and it is frightening yet ignored
– as the manifesto’s of almost all the political parties in the current election show.”

Viva! 22nd May 2017   Further information at


The Vegetarian Society has launched the UK’s first Veggie Lotto
 – a new weekly lottery supporting vegetarian and vegan interests, and giving players the chance to win £25,000!

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society said:
“Playing the Veggie Lotto is fun, simple and all profits from Veggie Lotto raise funds for the Vegetarian Society.
That means 50p from every ticket is used to help people understand how eating better for life
can make a big difference for the planet, animals and health.

You will be helping us to train more caterers to serve great vegetarian and vegan food
and allow us to offer community groups, vulnerable adults and young people more free courses.
You'll be making shopping easier with more products carrying the Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks,
and bringing veggie and vegan food into more communities, schools and social centres every National Vegetarian Week.

Veggie Lotto is the UK’s first and only vegetarian and vegan lottery.
Tickets are £1 each and the minimum amount players can buy is a one-month book, which will give five weeks play.
 Players could win £25,000 or one of seven guaranteed cash prizes and can choose their own numbers or pick a lucky dip.
To find out more or to take part go to or call 0300 30 20 111.



Thanks to Solent Vegetarians and Vegans for these details.
Lots more information on SVV’s excellent website at

The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW. 023 8023 8582.
Art gallery with a fully vegetarian café serving vegetarian and vegan food, mostly organic.
Open Tue-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm.

Indian Melody, 25 High Street, Southampton SO14 2DF. 023 8063 899. An Indian vegetarian restaurant which opened in 2010.

Earth Restaurant and Takeaway, 35 Chapel Street, Petersfield, GU32 3DY Fully vegan, fast food. Opened Feb 2017.

Mad Cucumber, 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY. 07871 856300. A vegan bistro which opened in June 2013.

Muffins Galore, Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-sea, Lymington, SO41 0TX. Fully vegetarian tea rooms.

Offbeet Food, Chesapeake Mill, Bridge Street, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5JH. 01329 834078. Used to be non-vegetarian, but went fully vegetarian in Jan 2015 and vegan in Jan 2016.

Puja Sweet Mart, 57 St Mary's Road, Southampton, SO14 0BH. 023 8023 3677
A takeaway that sells both Indian sweets and savouries, e.g. pakoras, samosas, onion bhajis.
Most of the savouries and a few of the sweets are vegan.

Pure Cuisine, 58 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1BN. 01202 484 757 Fully vegan. Opened in early August 2016.

Rawberry, 52-54 St Georges Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH Mainly juices, but they do sell some savouries too.

Sukha Lounge, 706 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 6BY.
Vegan café, mainly raw foods.

Thrive Café and Wellbeing, 95 Oliver's Battery Road South, Winchester. 01962 864999
Vegetarian café, yoga classes and retreats, workshops, supper clubs.




Vegetarian café No8 opened recently above the Farm Shop, 8 High Street, Bembridge.

They are open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 5.00pm and it looks like there are also some vegan options available.



Five-a-day is a well-known nationwide campaign in the UK and in many other countries.
However, a new study has shown that 400g of fruit and vegetables a day might not be enough
to offer the maximum protection against heart disease, cancer and early death.

Scientists discovered that eating 800g of fruit and vegetables daily -
double the government’s recommendations - may have large health benefits.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, adds to the ever-growing evidence
that eating a diet consisting of plant foods is beneficial to public health.

Tom Kuehnel, Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, said:
“There is a disconnect between what we are told the public should be eating and the food we are producing. 
The government should encourage more farmers to take up fruit, vegetable and protein crop growing in the UK,
and provide support for growers that are providing food for human consumption,
as opposed to prioritising animal farming as we currently do.
We know that there is already more than enough arable land set aside
that could be used to feed the population in healthful ways.”

With the world’s population constantly increasing, food and land security are becoming major issues.

From The Vegan Society, 23rd February 2017 - see


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