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.

Royal visit to celebrate success of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Hovertravel

The success of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme was celebrated at Hovertravel this morning when HRH The Earl of Wessex met Head Teachers from the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth schools.

Friday, 29th April, 2016 3:54pm

By Stephen Forster

Have you won this week’s Lifeboat Lotto?

Fan of 20 pound notes

Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 10:24am

By Sally Perry

Ryde Academy student takes part in Queen’s birthday celebrations

Ryde Academy - Georgia and Mike

Ryde Academy student, Georgia Holmes, and school first aider, Michael Hine, both represented the Isle of Wight St John Ambulance Service at the Hampshire Civic Event at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday.

Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 6:59am

By Nat Nelson with one comment

Mankini-clad cyclist returns to the Isle of Wight for 60mile fundraising challenge

dom marle mankini cyclist

Dom and Alan will be taking part in the Isle of Wight Randonee in just their Mankinis on Sunday. All for a great cause. If you can spare some pounds, follow the links below to make a donation.

Tuesday, 26th April, 2016 12:32pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Bulb planting has helped school children learn about the cycle of life

Bulb planting at Northwood Cemetery

Children from Lanesend Primary School helped with the groundwork to provide a much needed carpet of colour to the newly landscaped area of Northwood Cemetery on Monday.

Tuesday, 26th April, 2016 8:12am

By Jon Matthews

Isle of Wight Rainbows go romping in the woods

girl guiding barton manor

Isle of Wight Rainbows had great fun romping in the great outdoors recently, tackling a number of challenges and foraging for items found in the countryside and woods.

Monday, 25th April, 2016 7:27am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Be part of Ventnor’s community spirit captured by the BBC

Ventnor Day poster

As anyone who lives, works or visits Ventnor will know, the town has a fantastic community spirit. The BBC wants to capture on 4th May. Be part of it and you could end up being on TV.

Saturday, 23rd April, 2016 12:37pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Watch video of Islanders celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday

Christian Beasely - lighting the beacon at Carisbrooke 640

The weather stayed dry for the lighting of the Beacons across the isle of Wight on Thursday night. If you weren't able to attend, why not take five minutes to watch the ceremony at Carisbrooke.

Friday, 22nd April, 2016 12:11pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Walk the Wight appeal for photographers. Can you help?

walk the wight -

Are you a photographer who can help out the Hospice during Walk the Wight on 15th May? They need volunteer official photographers.

Friday, 22nd April, 2016 11:47am

By Jax Jones with 2 readers' comments

Boost to funds for hospital that cared for charity champion, Hiliary Jarman

Chris Jarman and the team at Southampton Neuro ICU

What a fitting tribute to a wonderful charity champion. Hiliary Jarman's memory lives on in these donations to vital services used by Isle of Wight residents.

Friday, 22nd April, 2016 6:57am

By Sally Perry

Where to watch the Beacons being lit for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Residents not attending the tea party are invited to join others at the lighting of the Beacons on Yarmouth Green, Wellow Millennium Green and Culver Down.

Thursday, 21st April, 2016 12:50pm

By Jill Cowley

Over £300 donated to elderly mugging victim by the community

British Bank notes

The community rally round for the elderly victim of this daylight mugging in Ventnor. Whilst the donations were being counted, the suspect appeared in court.

Wednesday, 20th April, 2016 4:59pm

By Sally Perry