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.

Friends of Frank James Vintage Day a success

Frank James Vintage Day by Josh Aitken

The Friends of Frank James would like to extend a big thank you to all who made the Frank James Vintage Day so wonderful.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 8:06am

By Tanja Rebel with one comment

100th Big Brownie Birthday on the beach

GirlGuiding 100 years on the beach :

Hundreds of Brownies from across the Island joined their leaders for the last of the special events which have celebrated the BIG BROWNIE BIRTHDAY - 100 years of the Brownies during 2014.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 7:28am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Teenage Islander’s swim across the Solent (updated)

Opri Martin solent swim

Let's hope the tides are on the side of the 12 swimmers attempting to swim across the Solent this morning.

Thursday, 18th September, 2014 11:10am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Re-designed hospice chapel offers oasis of solace and comfort for all

New chapel:

A special service has been held to rededicate the chapel at Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 11:34am

By Lisa Wardle

Don’t miss your chance to grab share of £80,000 grant funding

Don’t miss your chance to grab share of £80,000 grant funding

The money is coming from the 'Isle of Wight Foundation', funded by the partners of Island Roads.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 5:49pm

By Sally Perry

International camp for Island Guides

Girl Guides Ventnor Wings:

Members and leaders from Island Guide Units attended an International Camp in Berkshire during the school summer holiday.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 8:16am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Calling all Kayakers to join the Oar-some Memories Flotilla

oarsome memories challenge :

The Oar-some Memories Challenge Team is calling all kayakers to take up their paddles and join them on Saturday 20th September for the Oar-some Memories Flotilla.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 7:53am

By Ben Rust

Fancy taking part in the Great South Run for charity?

Great South Run

The school still has a few places on their team running in the Great South Run in October.

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 2:11pm

By Sally Perry

Community Growing Scheme an ‘historic step forward’ for the Isle of Wight


The scheme was described as a positive and historic step forward for the Isle of Wight council.

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 11:04am

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

Pair mark the expansion of the Hampshire Volunteer Police Cadet Service the tough way

PC Steve Swift and Volunteer Police Cadet Leader Steve Keenor

Ryde Academy is the first stop on this challenge being carried out by Force Cadet Leader, PC Steve Swift, along with Volunteer Cadet Leader, Steve Keenor at the weekend.

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 2:58pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Rescued boat owner shows his appreciation to independent lifeboat charity

SSILB 2nd Coxswain Richard Chantler navigating the busy waters of the Solent Channel

It's great to hear that the voluntary services of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat were appreciated and rewarded on Sunday.

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 2:40pm

By Sally Perry

Council offer online service for young people with special educational needs and disability

Grab from council's website:

A new online service aimed at young people aged 0 to 25, with special educational needs and disability, has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council.

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 10:12am

By IW Council Press Office