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.

Ventnor council take on four car parks and reduce the charges

Parking ticket machine:

On Saturday (1 August) Ventnor Town Council takes on the management of four of the town’s eight car parks: Dudley Road, Market Street, Pound Lane and Shore Road, where you'll find reduced car parking charges.

Monday, 27th July, 2015 5:26pm

By David Bartlett with 3 readers' comments

Jellyfish with a face, who can you see in it?

Ann Sheath jellyfish face cropped

We reckon this jellyfish looks a bit like a Greek mythical character. Who does it remind you of?

Monday, 27th July, 2015 2:52pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Unwanted tools needed for Men in Sheds movement


Do you have a shed crammed full of unwanted tools that you can donate to this new community initiative? Or do you want to find out more about the Men in Sheds movement?

Friday, 24th July, 2015 2:34pm

By Sally Perry

Sainsbury’s Newport & Sandown announce their charity of the year

ability dogs 4 young people at sainsburys

Ability Dogs 4 Young People IOW becomes Sainsbury’s Newport Store & Sandown Convenience Store's new Local Charity of the Year.

Monday, 20th July, 2015 2:53pm

By Tanya Blake

1st Ryde Brownies celebrate 95 years

1st Ryde GirlGuides

Some 95 years ago, girls in Ryde were joining the Brownies. The pack celebrated its 95th birthday recently.

Monday, 20th July, 2015 9:15am

By Suzanne Whitewood with one comment

Pre-college students invited to Trend Cafe open days

trend cafe

Young people due to start college after the summer holidays are being invited with their parents to the special Trend Cafe open days and open evenings.

Friday, 17th July, 2015 12:27pm

By Sally Perry

Garry goes the extra mile for local cancer care

Garry Sharp presents his cheques

Hospital Porter, Garry Sharp, has gone the extra mile for Island patients by running his first marathon in support of cancer services at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Thursday, 16th July, 2015 1:47pm

By Andy Hollebon with one comment

Isle of Wight suicide awareness group nominated for National Diversity Award

Diversity awards brian dowling

Best of luck to Gennive and the rest of the SELF team at the National Diversity Awards in September.

Thursday, 16th July, 2015 9:20am

By Gennive Woolston

Calling all Kayakers: You’re needed for 63rd Pier to Pier swimming challenge

pier to pier challenge - swimmers getting ready

This nationally recognised race has already attracted over 100 entries, so volunteer kayakers or canoeists are needed to ensure everyone can take part. It's a great event to be involved with.

Monday, 13th July, 2015 12:30pm

By Bob Cooper

Tony Trowbridge makes his mark on Islander’s Bulldog Rally car

Passenger side of the Bulldog rally car

The Multiple Sclerosis Trust and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice are the chosen charities for two Islanders taking part in the Bulldog Rally, travelling in this Tony Trowbridge painted car through ten European countries over nine days.

Monday, 13th July, 2015 8:52am

By Fiona Trowbridge with one comment

Shellby reached for the sky to fund-raise for RNLI

Shellby-Kate Collins and Mark Southwell

Adrenalin junkie, Shellby-Kate Collins, says goodbye to Cowes RNLI, but not before handing over a cheque for money she raised whilst sky-diving.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 9:30am

By George Chastney

Fantastic Isle of Wight love story that needs your help

Rebecca Pask Taylor

People of the Isle of Wight, we need your help in locating where this photo was taken, so we can help complete this wonderful love story.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 12:15pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments