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.

Rockpooling success at Under the Pier 2015 event

Exploring Under the Pier with Arc & Spectrum

This Bank Holiday Saturday saw the return of Spectrum and Arc Consulting’s Under the Pier rockpooling event under Wightlink’s iconic Ryde Pier.

Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 4:03pm

By Claire Hector

20 year old Bembridge cricket wicket to be upgraded thanks to grant

bembridge cricket ground

A cricket match on Sunday between the Bembridge Parish Council and the community hopes to raise enough cash to fill the small shortfall.

Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 11:50am

By Emma Goldring

Elsie Jackson makes her final journey next week

Elsie Jackson

If you knew Elsie Jackson, you're welcome to pay your respects during her final journey next week. A vintage coach is being laid on by the Bus Museum for those without transport.

Thursday, 27th August, 2015 11:50am

By Andrew Jackson

Lifeboat launched in “appalling conditions” to help family of four

Gosport lifeboat

The family of four and two dogs had set off from Bembridge, but after suffering damage to their mast, the Gosport and Fareham Lifeboat set off to rescue them.

Thursday, 27th August, 2015 9:21am

By Mike Allen

People’s Postcode Lottery players support Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust ‘Return to Sail’

Ellen macArthur return to sail group

Players of People's Postcode Lottery made it possible for thirty-five young people to join the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust's 'Return to Sail' trip at the Essex Outdoor Centre in Bradwell from 10-14 August.

Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 1:25pm

By Jessica Gray

Prince & Princess Society aims to support local causes

prince and princess society logo

The newly formed Prince & Princess Society will support local causes which help Island children.

Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 10:15am

By Michaela White

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5k

Fifty pound notes

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, 26th August, 2015 9:14am

By Sally Perry

Libraries are not a luxury and the council should reconsider approach say Friends

children reading in library

As the deadline to comment in the consultation on the library service draws closer, Friends of Ventnor Library say the council reconsider its approach to the need for well run, fully-staffed and adequately funded libraries.

Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 6:26am

By Evelyn Knowles with 10 readers' comments

Appeal launched to help Hospice support Dementia patients

Admiral nurse

A fundraising appeal has been launched to bring an Admiral Nurse to Earl Mountbatten Hospice (EMH), to help support patients and families affected by Dementia.

Monday, 24th August, 2015 9:19am

By Erika Campbell-Burt with one comment

Girlguiding’s FastNet Divas complete once in a lifetime experience

Géry Trentesaux's COURRIER DU LEON overall winner of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race

It was the first time that any Girlguiding teams had been involved in the FastNet sailing race and turned out to be an amazing experience for them all.

Monday, 24th August, 2015 7:18am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Lesley’s ‘Brave the Shave’ raised £1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Care

Lesley Brown after

Congratulations to Lesley Brown who raised almost £1,500 after she 'Braved the Shave' for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Thursday, 20th August, 2015 9:32am

By Sally Perry with one comment

YMCA Futures offers £1,000 to help young people get ideas off the ground

Futures Idea wordle

The YMCA is calling out to organisations, clubs, groups and charities based here on the Isle of Wight that work with volunteers, staff or clients aged 11 to 25.

Thursday, 20th August, 2015 9:05am

By Kelly Edwards