Who are we? What do we do?


About us

The “Friends of East Cowes” group was set up as a community organisation in 2006, changing its name from the “Friends of East Cowes Cemetery” in 2007 on completion of the lottery-funded Old Kingston Cemetery project.
Most of us live in East Cowes,and we all care about the town. We want to make it an even better place in which to live. And we don’t just talk: we are ready to roll up our sleeves and carry out small projects to improve the quality of life for everyone.
We’ve planted trees, picked up litter and gone on walks – looking at the town with fresh eyes – to see what other practical improvements we can make.
We can’t tackle larger works: that’s for the town council, the county council, or even SEEDA, who are redeveloping the town centre – but we apply for small grants to cover the cost of materials and equipment. We have lots of ideas for the future!

Can anyone join in?

Of course! Anyone can give a hand, young or not so young, helping for a single morning or coming along regularly to plan new projects. You don’t need special skills – just focus on the things that interest you. So, if you prefer planting bulbs to mixing cement, that’s fine. If you can use a computer, take good photos, or make a birdbox, great. Otherwise, just lend a hand.

We usually meet up once a month at the Heritage Centre, Clarence Road, East Cowes, to plan activities, and again once a month to do something practical.

To find out more, contact us.