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.

Sydney squirrel

‘Sydney’ Squirrel finds home in Shide

This great looking squirrel carving was funded by a local resident, with public liability taken on by the parish council

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Ferris Wheel - Simon Haytack

£10,000 worth of festival tickets donated to Island charities

20 charities on the Isle of Wight have been awarded a pair of Festival tickets which they can use to fundraise in the next couple of weeks.

Matthew Wilsons chelsea flower show garden

Vote for Chelsea Flower Show garden that’s heading to the Hospice

Vote today from 1pm for the Royal Bank of Canada garden in the BBC People’s Choice awards. It’s being relocated to the Island’s Hospice so would be great if it won.

Festival:

Win a pair of IW Festival 2015 tickets by supporting local charity

Island-based charity Independent Arts is holding a prize draw with a pair of weekend camping tickets to IW Festival 2015 up for grabs.

Frank James

Work begins to repair vandalism and neglect at Frank James Hospital

It’s fantastic to see that significant work will now be starting to repair the damage caused by vandalism and years of neglect at the former Frank James Memorial Hospital.

Bees pollinating:

If you spot a colony of bees swarming call the IW Beekeepers Ass.

If a colony of bees has taken up residence in your home, please call the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association who can safely re-home them for you.

St John Ambulance :

Find out what it means to be a volunteer with St John Ambulance

Behind the scenes insight into volunteering with the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat crew:

Join the Lifeboat Lotto and help your independent inshore lifeboat team

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month.

Ryde Arena - a nice ice rink

Financial boost for the Ryde Arena Trust

A total of £35,000 has been pledged to help save Ryde Arena from closure.

Storeroom - people working

New training premises almost ready for Storeroom2010

Once work on the new premises is complete, more courses for unemployed people can take place, as well as ‘paid for’ courses.

Alan Titchmarsh at Chawton

Alan Titchmarsh confirmed as new Patron for ‘Wight in Bloom’

Wight in Bloom 2015 is being developed as a curtain-raiser to Visit Isle of Wight’s Garden Isle campaign, which will coincide with Visit England’s Year of the Garden 2106.

Challenge and Adventure forest base

Your vote can help Challenge & Adventure develop forest base

Your vote could help Challenge and Adventure – who work with disadvantaged and challenging young people – win a share of £100,000.