The Isle of Wight is all about community

Community spirit can be found in the rural and urban areas on the Isle of Wight. We’ve gathered together stories that explicitly focus on the Island’s community to share with you.

They might be about a new volunteering scheme, charitable event or grants for local groups. If you have some community information you’d like to share with our readers, get in touch.

Old Gaffers Festival switching to every other year – Unless funding found

Old Gaffers 2012:

Unless new blood and sponsors get involved, the annual Old Gaffers Festival, which costs a phenomenal £90,000 to put on, will switch to every other year.

Thursday, 8th October, 2015 2:33pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Handlebars of 150 donated bikes need turning, can you help?

Tom Bailey turning handlebars

Islanders have donated over 150 bikes to the Re~cycle to Africa organisation in the last ten weeks which is an incredible achievement. Help us now needed to prepare them for shipment. Can you help?

Thursday, 8th October, 2015 7:36am

By Sue Bailey

Council launch the ‘Baby Roadshow: bump and beyond’

Baby Booties

The Island's first focussed, non-commercial baby show is coming soon. 'Baby Roadshow: bump and beyond' takes place on 15 November at the Riverside Centre, from 10am-4pm.

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 1:53pm

By IW Council Press Office

Conference on social services a success

Elderly Lady

Over 200 people attended a social services conference on the Island yesterday (6 October 2015).

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 12:00pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Marathon challenge for Islander after losing both parents to brain cancer

Charlotte and family are supporting Brain Tumour Research in memory of Mike and Jenny Parry

Charlotte Venables will be running for the charity Brain Tumour Research in the Royal Parks Half Marathon this Sunday.

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 11:04am

By Susan Castle-Smith

Have you won up to £5,000 on the Lifeboat Lotto?

Roll of money

This week’s numbers revealed. Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month.

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 7:02am

By Sally Perry

Needles invasion by Rainbows

Needles rainbows -

A great day out was had by all the Rainbows at the Needles Park, where they learnt how sweets were made, created masterpieces with Alum Bay sands and watch the glass-blowers.

Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 7:10am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Age Friendly Island promoted at Celebrating Age Awards

celebrating age award winners

Congratulations to all those nominated and those who were awarded winners in the Celebrating Age Awards.

Monday, 5th October, 2015 7:33am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

NitWhit bus service on the road

NitWhit Bus launch

Congratulations to all involved with this new community bus service, NitWhit, which launched this week (despite the road closures).

Friday, 2nd October, 2015 8:50am

By Jon Young with 3 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight Cafe designed to help Island children living with illnesses or disabilities

Kids cafe open

A new cafe for children and their families affected by disability and illness will be opening in Sandown later this week. It aims to be an information hub for families to gain access to useful advice and support.

Thursday, 1st October, 2015 12:25pm

By Deborah Bartlett with 3 readers' comments

Friends of Freshwater Library launch stylish new tea towels

Freshwater library = tea towel closed

Another great idea from the Friends of Freshwater Library. What marvellous presents these would make!

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 3:58pm

By Sally Perry

A Lifeboat Lotto subscription makes a great present for a loved one

happy red noses

We realise it's only the end of September, but if you the sort of person who organises Christmas presents early, why not consider signing up to the Lifeboat Lotto for a loved one. They could win up to £5k.

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 10:06am

By Sally Perry