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END OF AN ERA! CHALE SERVICE STATION TO CLOSE ITS DOORS NEXT WEEK

After more than 60 years of service to motorists on the Isle of Wight, Chale Service Station is to close its doors next week.

Founded by Roy Sheath and his late wife Hazel in 1960, the garage has been a part of village life ever since with Kevin Sheath and Diane Lake now running the business day to day.

But the time has come for the Sheath family to retire from the motor industry, an industry which has changed dramatically over the past 6 decades. When the garage opened drivers were still learning the rules of the road in a Morris Minor – a very different vehicle to today’s modern machines.

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The closure of Chale Service Station and its Gulf fuel station will certainly leave a hole in the community, with the nearest petrol and diesel pumps located 2 villages away in Whitwell.

The doors will close for the final time next Friday (28th June).

It’s unknown what will become of the site next to the Wight Mouse Inn.

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robert belcher
robert belcher
6 days ago

I went in there in 1980’s i had a slow puncher it cost me a £1 to pump it up total rip-off and i had to pay first

IsleofWill
IsleofWill
Reply to  robert belcher
6 days ago

Slow puncher? Not very good in the ring then

Jonny
Jonny
Reply to  robert belcher
6 days ago

They run a business,what do you expect!

Nay Sayer
Nay Sayer
Reply to  robert belcher
6 days ago

You must really hold a grudge. 40 years ago you spent £1 and you still hurt over it.
You could, of course, have refused to pay the fee and carry on driving without the extra air. Nobody forced you to pay. The garage is under no obligation to help and if they assisted you with pumping up the tyre then that’s chargeable labour. The same if you had gone in with a missing wiper or blown lamp bulb. They tell you the cost you decide whether you want the service. A pointless comment and pathetic gripe to be honest.

Big bob
Big bob
6 days ago

Didn’t even know it was still open always look run down and odd… the picture must be an old one

Old school
Old school
6 days ago

Very sad news, always had excellent service there.
Wish them well in their retirement.

MechAnnoyed
MechAnnoyed
6 days ago

Sad loss of a great garage and they always did a good job.
Always had E5 on tap for motorcycles and older cars, I hope someone picks up the business.

I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
6 days ago

Soon be more houses, as the indigenous escapee’s try to find a place where they can feel at home in their own country.

Vote for Reform, as less people filling mainland UK, eases the pressure on people then moving here.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
6 days ago

Yet another tenuous link between a local news story and Deform party. Oh dear.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
6 days ago

Change the record, you’re really quite boring

I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
Reply to  Mike
6 days ago

Yes as it becomes impossible for the ‘boring truth’ to be refuted, then all you are left with is insults to try to discredit anything you ‘disagree’ but can’t back up your non thoughts with.

Les Moulson
Les Moulson
Reply to  Mike
6 days ago

Whats up Mike, got a buggy full in the family. Don’t stress, too many have now, bet the fathers long gone though.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  I,v,y s,e,a,r,l,e
6 days ago

At least some of them are great mechanics and want to work hard. Unlike some reform spongers

Rob
Rob
6 days ago

Sad to see it go Roy is a lovely chap and I no Roy from autograss racing back in the when it was on the island great racer and a real gentleman

Nina Stratton
Nina Stratton
6 days ago

So sad, great old school service, thorough and friendly, we’ve been using this garage for years, a very sad loss for us and the local community.

Linda
Linda
6 days ago

Very sad to see the garage close but I wish the Sheath family all the best for their retirement / next venture

Truth seeker statistic lover
Truth seeker statistic lover
6 days ago

It is a shame to see all these old businesses closing their doors. Although stating the next garage is two towns away can be misleading to anyone not on the island… it’s barely an 8 minute drive from chale to Whitwell.

Claud Legg
Claud Legg
Reply to  Truth seeker statistic lover
6 days ago

It is a bloody long way if you have run out of petrol!!

robert russell
robert russell
Reply to  Claud Legg
6 days ago

Keep it topped up then !

DFL John
DFL John
5 days ago

When the Undercliff Road closed 21 years ago,
this Garage done well to stay open until 2024
Enjoy your well earned retirement.

Julie
Julie
5 days ago

Such a shame. They were brilliant with MOT’s and whenever anything needed fixing with my car.

Jamie
Jamie
5 days ago

Really sad news. When I reversed my first car into a gate post in the mid seventies they bashed it out, added a bit of filler and a quick respray – good as new. I think it cost £6.

Simon Davis
Simon Davis
3 hours ago

Amazing family! Always will remember them fondly. Filled my tank often going backwards and forwards from Ventnor to my SeaSalt Farm and they looked after my Landy beautifully.

 

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