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.

Blind Islander completes the Three Peaks Challenge

Mount Snowdon

Congratulations to blind Islander Colin McArthur and his wife, Linda, for taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. He shares the experience with readers.

Thursday, 30th July, 2015 4:24pm

By Colin McArthur

Five year old Brooke is the official mini face of the Isle of Wight

Brooke Bushell -

Congratulations to little Brooke Bushell who'll be representing the Isle of Wight at the finals in Disneyland in November. In the meantime, she'll be fundraising for two very worthy charities.

Thursday, 30th July, 2015 2:55pm

By Sally Perry

RNLI Dave takes on the ‘Lakeland 50′ for charity

Lake District Medal

The volunteer deputy launch officer for Cowes RNLI took on the Lakeland 50 last weekend to raise money for the lifeboat station.

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 8:27pm

By George Chastney

Do you remember Rene Clark? Read her story in new book

the story of rene

If you remember Rene Clark, who lived on the Isle of Wight between 1950s and 1973, you might be interested in this book written by her son, Brian.

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 11:16am

By Sally Perry

Christopher ‘braved the shave’. You can help him bust his target

Brave the shave

This 15 year old lad from the Isle of Wight had all his hair shaved off to help raise cash for Macmillan Nurses. We all know someone who's been affected by cancer, so let's see help him raise money to help others.

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 10:53am

By Sally Perry

Recovering teenagers take part in chance of a lifetime

The young crew on board Le Bora-Bora

French teenagers recovering from serious diseases are taking part in this exciting expedition and berthed in Cowes Yacht Haven at the moment.

Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 10:05am

By Sally Perry with one comment

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

tools

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