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.

Ben Ainslie Racing team set to run the London Marathon for the 1851 Trust

Ben Ainslie Racing LM training

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team members will spring into action later this month to take part in the first fundraising initiative of 2015; running the London Marathon on behalf of the team's official charity, the 1851 Trust.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 10:30am

By Sally Perry

All welcome to celebrate Jack Tait’s life at funeral

Jack Tait - playing trombone in Spyglass

We expect there will be people from around the Isle of Wight who will want to head to Ventnor next week to pay their respects to the much-loved musician, Jack Tait.

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 10:13am

By Sally Perry

Lifeboat Lotto: Find out this week’s numbers

Lifeboat Lotto: Find out this week’s numbers

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, 15th April, 2015 8:41am

By Sally Perry

Had a spring clean? Why not sell your unwanted treasures at mini flea market

flea market items for sale

There are spaces left at mini-flea market this Saturday if you have items you want to sell. If you know a busker who might want to play for donations to add some atmosphere, do pass this on to them.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 3:31pm

By Sally Perry

Cowes Yacht Haven managing director tackles 65 mile charity ride

Jon Pridham - cycling Challenge

Keen biker and managing director of Cowes Yacht Haven, Jon Pridham, took on The Big Green Dean & Reddyhoff Portland Marina Cycle last week (10 April) in the name of charity.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 10:45am

By Laura Downton

Frank James: Council serve Urgent Works Notice on owners

Frank James Hospital by Josh Aitken

This can be seen as a huge victory for the guerilla gardeners who have been working tirelessly to rescue this important piece of Isle of Wight heritage from further decay.

Monday, 13th April, 2015 7:30pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Working together for Bembridge

Bembridge easter bonnets

Two organisations with separate attractions - but who share the same building - are working together for the first time to encourage visits to both.

Monday, 13th April, 2015 10:27am

By Richard Beet

£56,000 towards children’s services an ‘amazing’ tribute to Sophie Rolf

Presentation of £56k cheque in tribute to Sophie Rolf

KissyPuppy has donated another £56,000 to Children's Services at the earl Mountbatten Hospice. What a wonderful tribute to Sophie Rolf who sadly passed away at the end of 2013.

Wednesday, 8th April, 2015 4:49pm

By Lisa Wardle

Find out how you could win up to £5,000

Fan of 20 pound notes

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. If not for yourself, why not for a friend or loved one.

Wednesday, 8th April, 2015 7:43am

By Sally Perry

Fantastic creative opportunity for 19-24 year old NEETS

comic book art

If you're aged between 19-24 years old and not currently in education or employment, this week of free workshops, talks and training sessions in comic book illustration, spoken word, photography, graphic design, music production and digital media is an opportunity not to miss.

Thursday, 2nd April, 2015 8:59am

By Jessica Paine

Are you taking part in Newport’s 2015 Bloomin’ Green Competition?

Garden scene

Calling all Newport residents, allotment holders, schools, businesses and community groups! Will you be taking part this year in the Newport Bloomin’ Green Competition?

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 1:29pm

By Tracy Underwood with 3 readers' comments

Walk the Wight endorsed by Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle

Walk the Wight has received a celebrity endorsement by broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle.

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 11:42am

By Lisa Wardle