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.

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Martin Poynter’s sons to turn on Fire Station’s Christmas Lights

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a community event where they will be joined by the Island’s ambulance service and Hampshire Police.


All welcome to ‘Service of Celebration, Love & Memories’

This can be really difficult time of year for those who’ve lost loved ones, so the remembrance service will allow people to come together and seek comfort at Christmas time.

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Emergency Wardens now a reality for Newport thanks to grant

Newport Parish Council has been praised and rewarded for their proactive approach in preparing the community for potentially severe weather.

Julia (L) & Rose

Isle of Wight Guiders honoured for 100 years of service

The National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey recently honoured two Isle of Wight volunteers.

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New Learning Forum relaunched on the Isle of Wight

The re-launch of the learning forum is proving popular with local unions and members.

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Step back in time with this new Diplodocus Labyrinth

Ventnor Enhancement Fund has temporarily marked a labyrinth in the shape of a dinosaur on grass over the cliffs west of Ventnor, on the site of what was the Open Air Theatre.

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Isle of Wight authors donate audiobooks to IW Society for the Blind

The library of audiobooks at the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind in Newport will be considerably enhanced with a donation of audiobooks by local authors, Carol and Bob Bridgestock, aka RC Bridgestock of DI Dylan fame.

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New team in place to help individuals and communities

A new team working to provide person-to-person support for individuals and families is already making a difference in areas of the Isle of Wight.

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Cash boost for Hospital Friends thanks to legacies

Almost ¬£69,000 has been left to the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital from two legacies.

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Ferry firm seeking charity nominations

If you know of a charity that could do with some financial help next year, Red Funnel are urging local charities to apply for the chance of teaming up in 2016.


Can you spare any blankets for the Isle of Wight homeless shelter?

Drop off your spare blankets at Sainsbury’s in Cowes and they will pass them onto the Isle of Wight Homeless Shelter ready for the beginning of December.

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Isle of Wight musicians all set for the Winter LudFest

The King Lud is hosting a day and evening of live music, with all musicians donating their time free of charge, to help raise money for the IW Young Carers ‘My Time’ project.