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.

Frank James Friends mark end of guerrilla gardening

frank james wildlife cupcakes

For over four years a band of guerilla gardeners have been giving their time to ensuring the protection of the former Frank James Hospital in East Cowes. Work by the owners is due to start in the very near future.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 12:43pm

By Fred Woodworth

Villagers dedicate well dressing to Island-built commuter catamaran

Well dressing red jet 6

This year the Whitwell Well Dressing has been dedicated to the newly Island-built Red Jet 6.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 11:17am

By Amy Grinstead

With the Lifeboat Lotto you could win up to £5k

Money and toy car

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 11:08am

By Sally Perry

Meaningful Moments project shares real life experiences of Hospice patients

carol at the hospice with horse

The Meaningful Moments project shares incredibly powerful stories that show the true nature of what people really value when faced with life-limiting illness.

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016 8:19am

By Emma Topping

David’s 87 mile cycle challenge for The Alzheimer’s Society

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Earlier this month, David Moorse cycled 87 miles around the Isle of Wight, completing five categorised climbs and all to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society. Read his diary entry of the day.

Monday, 22nd August, 2016 4:21pm

By Sally Perry

Last chance to grab tickets for Black Tie Charity Gala featuring food by Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

The event will support three Isle of Wight charities and features a three-course meal by Robert Thompson as well as a night of entertainment.

Monday, 22nd August, 2016 3:39pm

By Gemma Swain

Anyone can do Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Challenge. Why not try it?

diamond challenge rowing

To support fundraising for the Award, all members of the public, whether they have been a participant at Bronze, Silver or Gold level in the past or not, are invited to take up their own Diamond Challenge.

Thursday, 18th August, 2016 4:13pm

By Suzanne Whitewood

Enter now for Sandown & Shanklin 10K run

Trainer:

The 10k Sandown Shanklin run takes place on 25th September. Register by post or on the day and help raise money for the Action for Blind People charity.

Thursday, 18th August, 2016 11:12am

By Mark Caswell

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000

Money:

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 17th August, 2016 7:55am

By Sally Perry

Record-breaking sailor among those who supported limited edition Hospice fenders

Danny Arthur, Kath Bright, Alex Alley and Justin Jones

The record-breaking sailor was pleased to be able to support the Hospice by purchasing their bright yellow fenders, which he hopes to take with him on his around the world challenge in the next couple of years.

Tuesday, 16th August, 2016 4:29pm

By Emma Topping

Cemetery Friends launch community learning programme

northwood cemetary

The series of free workshops will cover a range of heritage and conservation themes and aim to give Islanders a better understanding of Northwood Cemetery, its surrounding area, its history and conservation value.

Monday, 15th August, 2016 6:00pm

By Jon Matthews

Sign up for the Lifeboat Lotto and you could win £5,000

Fifty pound notes

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 10th August, 2016 9:25am

By Sally Perry