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.

What’s on at Ryde Library

Storytime reading

There's always something going on at Ryde Library, check out some of the latest events.

Saturday, 26th July, 2014 7:04am

By Rachel Maynard

Fund set up for 8 year old boy who risked his life to save another

Good job sign:

Eight year old Ty risked his own life to try and save a young girl in trouble in the water last month. A fund has now been set up to help make his life easier as he comes of the critical list.

Friday, 25th July, 2014 9:40am

By Sally Perry with one comment

All welcome at the Ventnor Timebank Summer Social

Ventnor timebank:

There are plenty of reasons to pop along to the Ventnor Timebank summer social.

Thursday, 24th July, 2014 2:35pm

By Sarah Makin

Island goes yellow for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice

Go Yellow at Barton Manor

Hundreds of people flocked to Barton Manor for an open garden and fun day celebration that brought Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s annual Go Yellow fundraising week to a colourful close.

Wednesday, 23rd July, 2014 12:30pm

By Erika Campbell-Burt

Support the Island’s Independent Lifeboats and win up to £5,000

Support the Island’s Independent Lifeboats and win up to £5,000

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, 23rd July, 2014 8:40am

By Sally Perry

Hurrah for Haylands Farm who’ll donate flowers after 300 lost to vandals

Coronation Gardens

Haylands Farm show fantastic community spirit, stepping in to replace the 300 plants in Coronation Gardens that were damaged by vandals at the weekend free of charge.

Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 2:16pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Kay’s novel fundraising idea for Ryde Inshore Rescue

Kay Ounsworth -

After hearing about the vandalism of Ryde Inshore Rescue's lifeboats, Kay wondered what she could do to help.

Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 9:48am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Linda’s planning a firewalk in aid of the air ambulance


Can you help Linda raise much needed cash for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance?

Monday, 21st July, 2014 2:50pm

By Sally Perry

Take a walk down memory lane with latest exhibition

The Warners at Ventnor Library :

Suzanne and Alan discover the background of how the latest exhibition at Ventnor library came about.

Wednesday, 16th July, 2014 8:30am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Can you help Danish relatives in search of Colin from Cowes?

Family tree

Mr Fisher's great granddaughter is hoping to reunite him with her Danish father who is making a visit to the UK in August.

Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 8:52am

By Sally Perry

Fundraising partnership with Sainsbury’s has helped brain cancer charity

Sainsburys brainsturst west cowes

A fantastic £1,502 has been raised in the last 12 months for Brainstrust at Sainsburys in Cowes.

Monday, 14th July, 2014 1:39pm

By Charlie Bird

Walkers and beach cleaners join forces to make a difference

Beach cleaning at St Catherines by Trevor Butler:

Members of the Isle of Wight Long Distance Walkers Association joined forces with Isle of Wight Beach Cleaning Volunteers to collect 18 bags of rubbish from a south coast beach earlier this month.

Monday, 14th July, 2014 8:06am

By Nat Nelson with one comment