Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans

IWVV Update

6th July 2020
(updated 27th Sept)








PEACH, 89 St James St, Newport PO30 1LB  An all-vegan plant-based cafe,
and the Isle of Wight’s first zero waste store 
Currently open for take-aways from Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 2.00pm,
pre-order by Facebook message or phone 01983 532518.
Peach has also just started restaurant meals for very limited numbers.


TANSY’S PANTRY, Church Hollow, Godshill PO38 3HH 
Currently closed due to transfer of business ownership. Due to reopen October 2020


FRESHWATER COFFEE HOUSE, 5 School Green Road, Freshwater PO40 9PX Tel: 01983 754095


DJANGO’S, Staplehurst Grange, Staplers Rd, Newport PO30 2LU. Tel: 07818 888649




The couple of months of lockdown have been essential but quite a challenge for people.
However, during that time, with the warm spring and early summer, nature has thrived.
This year looks like it will bear bumper crops of autumn fruits –
we have already had very good summer pickings of cherries, raspberries and gooseberries in our garden.
Apple trees are promising a good autumn crop and the hedgerows are heavy with developing blackberries.
We have also been fortunate enough to see at least a couple of litters of red squirrel babies in our garden,
and squirrel numbers have generally been on the increase here.


There has also been a wonderful bonus of the lockdown: the easing of traffic has seen a major reduction,
at least for a month or two, of the number of wild animals and birds killed by traffic on the roads.
Many animals such as hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, rabbits, squirrels, toads and all sorts of birds have been spared.
Helen Butler of the Wight Squirrel Project monitors red squirrel roadkills and in their latest bulletin reports
that only 2 Island squirrels were run down in March and none in April.
Sadly though 8 were killed in May. At least wildlife has had a brief respite.

RED SQUIRREL FACE MASKS: On the subjects of squirrels and the coronavirus,
the Wight Squirrel Project is producing face masks using squirrel print fabrics.
They are lined and of good quality material so can be washed and re-used.
They cost £5 each + £1.50 postage if posted. If you’re  interested, please email Beth at
So, stay safe and help the squirrels at the same time!




There has been an upsurge in online shopping whilst we have all been in lockdown.
One of the most popular websites for purchasing books, DVDs, electrical goods and household items is Amazon.
Whilst many of us may be wary of such a big multinational business, which does receive some criticism,
if you do use the website for any purchases, make sure to sign up to Amazon Smile.
If you purchase through Amazon Smile, they will donate a percentage of their income to certain charities
(you can select the charity of your choice from their list).
Animal Free Research UK can be a designated charity and
they recently received a quarterly donation of £7,878.08 from AmazonSmile,
thanks to customers selecting that option when shopping at

To date, Amazon has donated a total of £59,375.30 to Animal Free Research UK,
£3,679,275.06 to UK charities and
£155,454,335.97 to all charities worldwide.





During the hot summer weather it’s lovely to cool down with an ice cream, choc ice or fruit sorbet.
Luckily there are more and more cruelty-free non-dairy alternatives available nowadays.
Apart from health food stores and specialist shops, most supermarkets will also have a selection.


Morrison’s stock a delicious plant-based ice cream (see photo) which at just 80p for a 500ml tub must lead the field for best price.
It’s available in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavours.


Vegan choc ices made by Magnum are available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and some other outlets.
Look out for slightly cheaper own-brand options in some supermarkets too.


In Iceland shops you can find No Moo Strawberry & Vanilla Ice Cream Cones.


A very easy wholefood alternative can be made at home and this recipe is also free from any added sugar.
Simply blend together 3 parts (by weight) of fresh banana with 1 part of peanut butter.
Freeze in small individual blocks or lolly moulds. Enjoy!





Jason Endfield started an online petiiton on originally to request that the government agency Natural England,
under the direction of Michael Gove MP, stops issuing licences for the killing of ravens.
Ravens, a protected species, are only just beginning to recover from long term decline
and still number less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the United Kingdom.


Since starting his petition, Jason has discovered through a Freedom of Information request that Natural England
are issuing licences to kill various species of native wild birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.
These include great tits, starlings, red kites, curlews, moorhens, coots – altogether over 65 species!


On a side issue, during his researches, Jason also discovered that in one year, 2017-18, the RSPB,
a wildlife protection organisation, killed 598 foxes and 800 Crows, on and off its reserves.


You can sign Jason’s petition online here:



Some bright spots for these dark days!

London bakery Fairypan Cake Studio turned vegan overnight after its owner watched a video on the dairy industry.
Silvia Stocchino 'immediately' replaced eggs and dairy in her company's deserts after coming across Earthling Ed's video 'This Is The Truth'.
The video reveals 18 month's worth of footage taken on hidden cameras that were placed around
dairy farms in the U.K. showing workers 'violently beating' and 'abusing' cows.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby of BOSH! have announced their first vegan cookbook has sold 300,000 copies
- officially entering the top 50 UK cookbooks of all time.
Released two years ago, BOSH!: Simple recipes. Unbelievable results. All plants”
went on to become 2018's fastest-selling cookbook and the fastest-selling vegan cookbook since records began,
topping the Sunday Times' bestseller list for a number of weeks.

The world needs to 'drastically reduce' its consumption of animal products in order to slow climate change, an Australian MP has warned.
Mark Pearson, when asked what future policies he'd like to see in place relating to animal agriculture, stated:
“The main issue I'll be pushing is… that we need to move to a predominantly vegan diet”.
In a separate interview, Mark Pearson has also warned that the majority of pandemics come from interactions between humans and animals.
“There's going to be a major global inquiry into coronavirus so clearly, our abusive interaction
with wildlife and other animals is going to be squarely on the agenda”.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has invested $95 million in a plant-based protein facility producing protein from peas and canola.
Speaking about the investment, Trudeau said: “As people around the world start eating more plant-based food products,
we have an opportunity to bring together innovation in Canada and Canadian crops, and a chance to create good, well-paying jobs”.

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has urged his fans to watch a new pro-vegan documentary.
The film, created by Viva!, is called “HOGWOOD: a modern horror story”.
Lewis Hamilton said “Please watch this. We need to find compassion in our hearts to see what we are doing to this world.”

The Dutch Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of shutting down the remaining mink fur farms
in the Netherlands following outbreaks of COVID-19. There are an estimated 128 fur farms remaining in the country
and there have been COVID-19 outbreaks at 17 of them since 26 April.

The Guardian newspaper published a list of 18 reasons why people should opt for a plant-based diet.
The article, entitled “Why you should go animal-free: 18 arguments for eating meat debunked, looked at some of the common myths about vegan diets.
It deduced that however unpalatable it may be for those wedded to producing and eating meat,
the environmental and health evidence for a plant-based diet is clear.
Environment editor Damian Carrington wrote: “Whether you are concerned about your health, the environment or animal welfare,
scientific evidence is piling up that meat-free diets are best. Millions of people in wealthy nations are already cutting back on animal products”.


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Use whole sunflower seeds in their shells (not hulled seeds or roasted seeds!). They are usually available from pet food shops.

Leave seeds in their shells and weigh out 50 gms / 2oz.

Soak for 24 hours in a jar or bowl of clean water.

Drain off the water then put the jar somewhere dark for another 24 hours.

Put a thin layer (about 1.5 – 2 cm / ¾ in.) of compost or weed-seed free soil in a seed tray or similar sized dish.

Cover the compost layer with an even layer of the soaked seeds, set close together and gently pressed down.

Water the tray then cover it with a piece of cardboard or layers of newspaper.
Leave for a couple of days until the seeds have started to sprout, then uncover.

Place tray in light but not direct sunlight. Keep moist but not soaking wet while the shoots grow.

After about 7 –10 days, when the shoots are about 7cm / 3 in. high, move the tray to a sunny place to green up.

As the seed leaves open, the husks will drop off. Very gently ease off any stubborn ones that remain.

Harvest the shoots by cutting off at soil level as you need them.
Use before any secondary leaves grow.

Excellent and highly nutritious eaten raw in salads, sandwiches or just as  a snack on their own!


There are several seeds that can be sprouted in the traditional jar or sprouter tray method,
or grown on a thin layer of compost. Only use ‘food grade’ seeds, not seed sold for garden cultivation as that may have
been dressed with a toxic fungicide.
During the current crisis you may have to order sprouting seed online, though some types may be found in supermarkets.

You can try: alfalfa, fenugreek, mustard, radish, cress, aduki beans, mung beans, whole lentils, peas, chickpeas.

Dried peas (don’t use the quick cook type as they will have been partly processed and sterile)
can also be grown by the tray method described above for sunflower greens.
Pea shoots are sweet, tasty and nutritious.



Plan meals in advance. Don’t buy food that you’re unlikely to use or that will go off before you can use it.

Eat smaller meals unless you are underweight.

Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot can be scrubbed instead of peeled.

Use your perishable and short-life foods first in preference to tinned or dried foods that will keep longer.
So items such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mushrooms, bread and cakes that don’t keep very long,
and any foods that have to be kept chilled, should be used first.
Then use processed food such as biscuits, crackers, flours and packeted mixes.
Pasta and dry wholefoods like beans and grains properly stored will keep much longer.
Tinned and unopened bottled foods will keep for years.

Potatoes that have sprouted in storage can be planted 6” deep in soil, sprouted end upwards, then earthed up as the plants grow.
Harvest in late summer or autumn when the plants die off. Or plant in large bins or thick black plastic bags filled with compost.

The root end of onions can be placed in a shallow dish of water (changed daily).
When new white roots start to grow, plant the onion base out and grow on for onion leaves or ‘spring’ onions.

Carrot tops can be placed in dishes of water to grow green leaves.
The leaves are edible and can be used in salads or as a fresh herb.

Use leftover vegetables to make soup or put into stews. Don’t bin anything that can be reused or frozen.

Use single use ‘one-cup’ tea bags twice.

Stale bread can be made into bread pudding.

Soak stale bread in water until fully saturated. Squeeze out excess water.

To every 12oz add 2oz sugar, 3oz mixed dried fruit, 1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice, 1oz vegetable oil.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly by hand in a large bowl.

Lightly oil an ovenproof dish large enough to take a layer of the mixture about 6cm/2.5” deep.

Bake in centre of oven at GasMark3/160oC/325oF for about 90 minutes.


It’s very important while we are all mostly stuck indoors to keep ourselves fit and healthy.
If you can’t get out locally (maintaining the social distancing minimum of 2m!) to run, walk or cycle,
then set aside at least 30 minutes every day to exercise indoors.
There are plenty of online exercise classes and some may be available on TV.
Run on the spot, do sit-ups/press-ups/star-jumps, try dancing, zumba, yoga, stretching exercises.
Medics are telling us that fitter, healthier bodies are more resistant to the serious effects of viruses.




During the current crisis, please keep in mind any of your neighbours who may be
elderly, vulnerable, disabled, housebound, lonely or unwell.
If you are in a position to help, pop a note through their door or give them a phone call.
You may be able to pick up some groceries or medicines for them, take their dog for a walk,
or just have a friendly chat by phone or at a safe distance.
Remember to always maintain social distancing and safe hygiene.



To get you in the mood for our Pointless Quiz (January meeting), try to solve these anagrams.
Find the names of eight fruits. Answers at foot of page.












Thank you so much to those who supported the afternoon tea at the end of August 2019
and for all your donations.  Lots of great cakes, lovely people and good weather.  
After a couple of extra donations from people who couldn’t come,
 the total raised was £145 for Animal Free Research UK.
 Thanks and best wishes from Julie Roberts.



IWVV’s AGM, held on 21st November 2019, was a simple meeting as we don’t have a lot of business or procedures to manage these days.
The groups finances were discussed and, as we have very little income now,
it was decided not to make any of our usual annual donations to worthy causes this year.
We did, however, agree to reserve £50 in case any emergency appeals come up.

It was decided to hold our January and February meetings on Sunday afternoons
to avoid people having to come out on cold and dark winter nights.

Thanks were expressed to those who continue to maintain the necessary functions of IWVV:
Treasurer (Linda), Secretaries and Meeting Hosts (Sally and David), Newsletter, Website and Memberships (Alan).



In July 2019, the bill to ban wild animals in travelling circuses in England was passed by Parliament. 

It is now officially law and will come into force in January 2020.

Read more about this historic news here:

As of January next year, wild animals will no longer be exploited under the big top.

No longer forced to perform pointless tricks to entertain crowds.

No longer forced to travel from town to town as part of a circus.




MORRISONS: Fresh baked vegan pasties and sos rolls.
ALDI: Frozen sos rolls.
MARKS & SPENCER: New range of plant-based chilled savouries.
TESCO: ‘Wicked’ Red Velvet Brownies, Pineapple Dream Cake (both in bakery chilled section).
CO-OP: Falafel & Houmous in a Chilli Wrap.

Also, in most supermarkets, the new range of FLORA 100% plant-based margarines.


VIVA!’s Top Five Most Friendly Vegan Activism Actions

The media may like to paint peaceful vegans as ‘extremists’ but the reality of it is quite the contrary.
A vegan’s entire moral baseline is compassion and peace, and this is how the world should see us.
Here are Viva’s top five most friendly vegan activism actions for you to try.

1.    Viva!’s ‘I ate here’ “business” cards

These little cards are made to thank companies that offer vegan options.
The Viva! ‘I ate here’ cards are very popular, and they are shared around on social media as much as they are in person.
This is what makes these little cards even more genius!
As soon as the waiting staff at a restaurant or café sees the card, they almost always then share it online.
Suddenly, a small act of kindness becomes an online activism post for potentially thousands to see. 

2.    Volunteer at public vegan food taster events

Members of the public seem to love vegan food taster events – its free food after all!
The Viva!ccino event turned into a full cappuccino company for the day,
with continuous queues and people wanting to learn more about making the switch to plant-based milk.
You can volunteer at events like this nationwide!

3.    Cook vegan food for family and friends

Cooking for your family and friends is a chance for you to showcase exactly
what vegans eat and how tasty the food is. I have cooked many times for close friends and family members,
and many are now vegan themselves, including the friend that would repeatedly say
“I will never go vegan – I love meat and cheese way too much!”.

4.    Info leaflets

Sharing info leaflets about veganism is a fantastic way to spread information.
Have leaflets handy for while you are out, to share as the opportunity arises.
The most mentioned topic seems to be people struggling to give up dairy, so I like to have a stash
of Viva!’s Dairy Free Pocket Rocket leaflets in my bag.

5.    Take non-vegans to vegan events

The vegan community is friendly and inclusive and so are vegan events.
All events I have attended hold talks focussed towards people that are not yet vegan
as well as talks for existing vegans. Your friends won’t be without interesting things to sit in on,
as well as enjoying browsing stalls like at any other event.

by Claire Michalski of Grow Up Vegan                                       More information at


Hi Isle of Wight Veggies and Vegans!

My name's Will, I'm the founder of Vegan Chocolate Shop.
We're a vegan owned business and have just launched our Vegan Chocolate Club.

You can see more information and our range of vegan goodies at and


Will Etheridge



vegan keyrings

Hi there IWVV,

I’ve started engraving wooden keyrings and selling them on Facebook
- they have been doing really well and I have received great feedback.
These keyrings are great for young children to put on their school bags, lunch boxes, coats, etc.
but parents have also been buying for themselves!
The picture can also be chosen by yourself. Here’s a link to my page:


Thank you for taking the time to read my message and I hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,




Hampshire Against the Badger Cull


“We’re a new group called Hampshire Against the Badger Cull.
We formed this spring when it became known that a cull may be rolled out to
Hampshire this late summer/autumn.


We welcome everyone, but it just happens that
most of our members are vegan or vegetarian.


We have a Facebook page - -
and a Twitter page at @hantsabc - which keep everyone updated
on the badger cull situation and what we’re doing.”



Slab Artisan Vegan Fudge differs from mass produced fudge in that it is made by hand
in small batches using a base of coconut cream and plant-based spread. 
The result: a unique vegan fudge with a distinctive flavour. 

From the decadent Sea-Salted Caramel to the wicked Tiger Butter,
there are 8 vegan flavours to choose from. 
Order online  at


Butchering and eating other living beings is so uncivilised and so yesterday – or rather, so Stone Age.
That’s the message in PETA Germany’s humorous new video ad, which challenges people to bring their diets into the 21st century.

The Stone Age is over, and we live in a new age.
Numerous maladies are linked to meat consumption  – such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes –
and a growing body of evidence indicates that plant foods are the healthiest choices for humans.

There’s no need to consume meat – the time of the hunter-gatherer has passed.
Those of us who live with ample food choices can visit our local supermarket for
veggie sausages, vegetable burgers and cutlets, seitan steaks, tofu products
and many other vibrant vegan foods instead of eating animals.




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.




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



“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

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.



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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