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.

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 sandown

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 Cherry

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

Pupils put their baking skills to the test for Macmillan Coffee Morning

carisbrooke coffee morning cake sale

Well done to all the pupils taking part in the MacMillan Coffee Morning last week, they worked hard to bake cakes for the sale and raised £320.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 2:12pm

By Diana Penman

Ever thought about joining a Morris team? Now’s your chance

whitgar morris dancers

The Whitgar Morris Team meet every Tuesday night in Wootton Bridge. Why not pop along and try out a session.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 10:04am

By Alan Garnett

Join the Isle of Wight Country File Ramble for Children in Need

country file ramble -

Why not join the Long Distance Walkers on 11th October on their seven and a half hour walk across the Island in aid of Children in Need.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 9:51am

By Nat Nelson

95 year old Billie Sullivan wins Growing Old Disgracefully Award

Billie Sullivan

Billie Sullivan prides herself on keeping fit and happily tells people that she does the splits and paints the town red. Her positive, happy attitude is an inspiration to all.

Monday, 28th September, 2015 10:39am

By Anna Kleinman with one comment

Edana Minghella becomes patron of Independent Arts

edana minghella

An expert in mental health and social care as well as being a fantastic jazz singer, Edana Minghella, is welcomed as a new patron for the Independent Arts charity.

Monday, 28th September, 2015 10:23am

By Wendy Varley

Struggling with your energy bills? Footprint Trust can help

Ray Harrington-Vail at Bestival

The Island’s energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have been awarded funding to help people struggling with energy bills.

Friday, 25th September, 2015 9:42am

By Ray Harrington-Vail

Lifeboat Lotto: Find out if you’ve won up to £5,000


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, 23rd September, 2015 10:13am

By Sally Perry