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.

Join the Lifeboat Lotto to support our inshore rescue teams

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat crew:

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, 20th June, 2018 1:05pm

By Sally Perry

Freshwater Bay Floral Displays support community project

Freshwater Bay floral display

£1,500 was raised during the Open Gardens event which saw keen gardeners in the bay opening their gardens to the public in return for a small donation.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 11:31am

By Paul Mocroft

WightAID helps 64 charities in less than two years

cheque presentation

With the support of Isle of Wight Businesses, WightAID has been able to help 64 charities in less than two years, with over £186,000 being granted.

Monday, 18th June, 2018 10:02am

By Becky Storey

Join the Oddfelllows bowling for British Heart Foundation


Join the Isle of Wight Oddfellows for a just-for-fun game of Tenpin bowling in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at Ryde Superbowl.

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 3:09pm

By Naomi Fulwood

Wildflower garden commemorating 100th anniversary of end of First World War opens

battlefield to butterflies

The English Heritage-run garden at Queen Victoria’s seaside home on the Isle of Wight is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 11:43am

By Peter Gruner with one comment

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win thousands

Ryde Inshore Rescue

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, 13th June, 2018 7:45am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight visit by CEO of Arts Council England during Mardi Gras

Darren Henley cropped colour photo 2017

The top man at Arts Council England will be heading to the Isle of Wight at the end of the month for the New Carnival Company’s annual Mardi Gras in Ryde.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 5:48pm

By Chris Slann with one comment

Over £1,000 raised for Mountbatten at IOW Tours Garden Party

IOW Tours hands donations to Mountbatten

£1,000+ was raised for Mountbatten at the Summer Garden Party organised by longtime supporters, IOW Tours.

Monday, 11th June, 2018 10:46am

By Emma Topping

Niton Village Market ‘Community spirit in action,’ says High Sheriff

niton full-swing

Niton Community Market launches - aimed to boost the village’s economy, which has been hard hit by the closure of Undercliff Drive.

Monday, 11th June, 2018 7:21am

By Janice Young

Chernobyl children’s latest visit to the Isle of Wight

Chernobyl children on St Cecilia

This is the eleventh trip organised to the Island for Chernobyl children. Spending time away from their home environment greatly decreases the amount of radioactive contamination within the children’s bodies and allows their immune system to strengthen.

Friday, 8th June, 2018 6:40pm

By Karen Woods with one comment

Town Crier rings in the changes at Mountbatten Shanklin

mountbatten shanklin

Mountbatten Shanklin has become the second Mountbatten shop to provide a dedicated information area highlighting the many services the leading end of life care charity now provides.

Friday, 8th June, 2018 5:27pm

By Emma Topping

One Life Festival 2018 a resounding success

One Life Festival 2018

The very first One Life Festival was a resounding success with all who attended. Individuals who have hardly ever walked before were up dancing and young adults who would normally be shadowed were able to walk freely around the secure site. Well done to all involved!

Thursday, 7th June, 2018 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments