The weather forecast of high winds has prevented the Equals IW Friendship Group For Women attending the Saturday Market in St Thomas's Square, Newport, Isle of Wight on 2nd October 2021.

The safety of the stand and personnel would have been in doubt.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.


We are please to announce our first committee meeting since before the start of the Covid 19 lockdown.

  • Thursday 19th August 2021
  • 6.30pm to 8.00pm
  • Rylstone Gardens Shanklin

The meeting will decide the direction of Equals IW including the Friendship Groups between September 2021 and February 2022. The outdoor location is to enable good social distancing in an environment that is safer than indoors in relation to Covid 19. Attendees will need to bring a fold up garden chair. If that is not possible contact Mark as he can provide a good number. Mark can also help if a lift is needed from Newport. The surrounding roads have good free parking all short distance from the park.

Further details are available.

Woodpecker Copyright Andy Wordsworth Moors Nature Reserve

Equals IW returns from lockdown with an outdoor activity for all to join in. Families, friends, children, young people, adults and dogs are all welcome.

Our sponsored Walk and Picnic will support future Equals IW activities and takes place on

  • Sunday 4th July 2021
  • From 3pm to 8pm
  • At Martins Wood and Newchurch Moors Nature Reserve.

The walk will be followed by a picnic so bring and share food for all to enjoy. Please bring your own garden chairs, paper plates, cups and cutlery.

Image: Andy Wordsworth under CC BY 2.0

The AGM will be held as follows

  • 11.00 to 13.00 Saturday 14th March 2020
  • Riverside Centre Newport IW

We are using the Little London Room.

All committee members are required to attend this meeting. If for some reason you cannot attend please inform the Mark by this coming Sunday 8th March. If you do not wish to remain on the committee please inform Mark by this coming Sunday.

If anyone has travelled back from abroad since the 1st March 2020 and plans to attend this meeting, please contact Mark to discuss attendance. 

Do please share with all friends as anybody is welcome to attend and we need more team members on the committee to help move Equals IW forward into the next phase of many new developing projects.

The agenda and minutes of the 2019 AGM are available as pdf files (<100k each).

The next Equals IW committee meeting is to take place

  • Tuesday 11th February, 18.30 to 20.30
  • Hare Hounds Pub (Robin Hill)

Agenda on request to the Equals IW Secretary.

The Equals AGM will be held on Saturday 14th March 2020.

Planning for the 2020 Mardi Gras Carnival event held in Ryde has started. Equals IW has been looking at the options being considered for the carnival theme.

First Choice

A theme based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival has been selected as the Equals IW first choice as it fits well with our organisation. The team enjoys the dance and music associated with this theme. Equals IW is exploring an idea with a Steel Pan Band through group members' London connections.

We would develop multi-coloured costumes that symbolise Trinidad and Tobago. Glittery, colourful and decorated with feathers and sequins including the colours of the National Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.

As part of the costumes we would create shoulder head-wear backpacks. Each backpack would have an interchangeable face disk to enable future use with a different theme. The interchangeable discs could show the wildlife of rain-forests, oceans, Caribbean wildlife and birds.

Recruitment of Team Members will open in January 2020.

The next Equals IW committee meeting is no longer planned for December 2019 due to the unavailability of persons able to attend.

Equals IW Committee Meeting

Due to lack of persons available at the time the meeting planned for

  • Saturday 26th October 2019.

is now planned to take place in December

The Equals IW Illuminated Carnival Team 2019 are taking part in the Ryde Illuminated Carnival being held on

  • Saturday 31st August 2019

The team will meet at LA Bowl Car Park at 6.15pm.

For further information please click on the links below



The Equals IW Illuminated Carnival Team 2019 are taking part in the Newport Illuminated Carnival being held on

  • Thursday 22nd August 2019

The team will meet at Riverside Centre Car Park at 6.30pm.

For further information please click on the links below