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.

Are you going to ‘Sail the Wight’ this summer?

Sailing Isle of Wight

East Cowes Sailing Club, in conjunction with the Westerly Owners’ Association, is extending an open invitation to yacht owners to join the annual Sail the Wight sponsored charity race and cruise in company east-about around the Isle of Wight, on Saturday 6th June 2015.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 6:05pm

By Ben Rust

Encouraging positive action to help build a new conservation network

Newtown bird hide

Mike Vallender is calling on residents, local community groups, Trusts or charitable bodies to work together to build a Conservation network to reach the wider communities on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 11:48am

By Mike Vallender

Ups & Downs: Talk on Walks

Ventnor Downs

Find out about events taking place at Ventnor Library and details of the latest titles.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 8:56am

By Jackie McGinty

Newport Sainsbury’s tops the region on Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day at Sainsburys 2015

Well done to all who took part and those who contributed. Sainsbury's Newport raised the most money in the region on Red Nose Day.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 8:22am

By Tanya Blake with one comment

Tributes for headteacher leaving Ventnor school

Miss you cakes

Parents and colleagues leave their farewell and good luck wishes for headteacher who leaves school after 15 years in Ventnor.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 5:10pm

By Sally Perry

Robyn presented with first Queen’s Guide Award on IW in over a decade

Robyn Downer Queens award girlguides

Robyn Downer (26) leader of The Bay Rangers, part of Girlguiding IW Senior Section has gained her Queen’s Guide Award - the first member of Girlguiding IW to do so since 2003.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 2:55pm

By Suzanne Whitewood

Have you won this week’s Lifeboat Lotto?

Fan of 20 pound notes

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, 25th March, 2015 10:53am

By Sally Perry

Island embroiderer scoops national award

Alison Peters and her winning work

Well done to Alison for winning this national award. A great promotion for the artistic talent on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 7:31am

By Sally Perry

Memorial Ploughing Match pledges seventh year of support for Hospice

Murphy, aged 7, 18-2 hands and Karen Sheath, Event Organiser

This year’s Memorial Ploughing Match at New Wolverton Farm, Shorwell on Sunday 12 April promises to be the largest and most keenly competed yet.

Monday, 23rd March, 2015 10:06am

By Lisa Wardle with one comment

DECADeANCE events have raised over £25,000 for the Hospice

Decadeance 2015 outside Hospice

DECADeANCE, the annual event famous for putting the fun into fundraising has handed over its latest cash donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice - £6,500.

Monday, 23rd March, 2015 9:55am

By Lisa Wardle

St. Olave’s Church Appeal reaches £25,000 target

St Olaves Church

The new facilities will be completed by the summer, when an event to mark the successful conclusion of the work would be held at the church.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 3:27pm

By Mike Powell with one comment

WI members learn about ‘wet on wet’ oil painting

Sophia Flowers appley wi

Another interesting meeting for the Appley Women's Institute.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 4:22pm

By Judith Lazell