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.

‘No catch’ to Ryde’s free nativity scene photo opportunity

Aspire Ryde nativity

Dress your family in the clothes provided for this nativity scene and have your photo taken free of charge in Ryde on Saturday 22nd, courtesy of volunteers from local churches.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 8:23am

By Julie Croydon

David’s dedication to fundraising helps vital charities

david rogers as santa with presents

David Rogers from All About Catering in Cowes has been dressing up as Father Christmas and raising money for two great charities since 2015, after his best friend's life was saved by firefighters and air ambulance crew. Have you spotted him yet?

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 9:14am

By Sally Perry

Rainbows and Brownies bring Christmas cheer

Wootton Xmas

Many Rainbows and Brownies will be delivering hand-made Christmas gifts to Island residents, whilst others have been singing or helping other charities.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 4:00pm

By Suzanne Whitewood

All welcome to carol service with Mountbatten

carol singers

Staff and volunteers will come together to celebrate the festive season at All Saints’ Church, Ryde. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Monday, 10th December, 2018 11:18am

By Emma Topping

Baby Box Project appeals for donations to help struggling families

mother's love

This new community-led project aims to help families in Ventnor struggling to provide their children with basic essentials. If you have any items you can donate, be that something on the wish list or perhaps Christmas treats or toys please pop them into the collection point.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 2:32pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Brownies enjoy panto time

Brownies with pantomime cast members Hayden as Akela (L) and Jack as King Alvin. (R).

Brownies from Shanklin and Wroxall enjoyed an afternoon at the panto recently, with the added excitement of meeting some of the cast members during the interval.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 9:11am

By Suzanne Whitewood

Hundreds collected for Independent Lifeboat station at charity concert

NMVC and SSILB

The Operations Manager of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat said the continued support for their work is "very humbling". Well done to the choirs and all who donated.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 9:43am

By Sally Perry

Give us responsibility for the Umbrella Tree, say Friends

umbrella tree

Friends of the Umbrella Tree say they have everything in place to take on responsibility for 100+ year old Weeping Ash tree, which they want to see live out its remaining life.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 8:27am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Bob steps up to help keep Daisy Bus running

Wessex Cancer Trust - Daisy Bus

Well done to Bob Gontar for stepping up to help keep the bus running after it was cancelled due to serious illness of the usual driver.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 11:04am

By Lorraine White with one comment

Busking competition aims to attract late-night shoppers

buskers in winter

Take advantage of special offers and shop away to your heart's content at this late-night shopping event, which combines the first Isle of Wight Busking Competition.

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018 3:21pm

By Alan Jones with one comment

Portsmouth Daisy Bus out of action until next week

Wessex Cancer Trust - Daisy Bus

Due to serious staff illness the community bus which transports Island cancer patients to the Queen Alexandra Hospital is out of action.

Tuesday, 27th November, 2018 12:21pm

By Sally Perry

Island Roads join Christmas Toy Appeal

IWR Toy Appeal

Island Roads have become an official partner in the annual appeal and delivered the boxes to numerous locations.

Monday, 26th November, 2018 12:43pm

By Gavin Foster