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.

Chest waxing for Ben raises money for Homes-Start charity

Ben getting chest hair cut

Ben Meakin recently braved a chest waxing for charity, raising money for Homes-Start.

Monday, 17th June, 2019 6:58am

By Gavin Foster

Support our Inshore Rescue teams by joining the Lifeboat Lotto

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, 12th June, 2019 8:51am

By Sally Perry

New County Commissioner for Isle of Wight Scouts named

Dave Simpson-Windsor

Dave is really looking forward to his new role in Scouting and is keen to hear from anyone who feels they can help in any way.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 6:24pm

By Malcolm Cox

Stuart a Festival winner in Aspire Ryde ticket competition

richard, stuart and gioia

Stuart Southwell won two weekend Isle of Wight Festival tickets in the Aspire Ryde ticket draw.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 6:12pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Vicar stepped up to the penny farthing challenge

Rev Clive Todd of the Isle of Wight leading the way on a Penny Farthing (in blue) sm

To raise awareness for September's Ride and Stride for Churches event, Isle of Wight's Rev Clive Todd took to a penny farthing in Oxford at the weekend.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 10:00am

By Gaye Spencer

Cash from Randonnee refreshments presented to Air Ambulance

VENTNOR Ventnor RFC cheque presentation to Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance 10/06/2019 following Isle of Wight RAndonnee 2019: L to R: Steve MACEY (VP), Kay ENGELGARDT (VP), Pat and Albie KNIGHT (Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance, Roly TOOMBS (Clubhouse Manager), Chris HILL (player and Bar Manager): Photo credit: Ventnor RFC Magazine

Over 3,000 cyclists passed through Ventnor Rugby club during the Randonnee and £250 was raised from refreshments.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 9:07am

By Andrew Cooper

Crochet Cafe set up by Local Area Coordinator wins NHS England Alliance Award

crochet cafe members

This award-winning Crochet Cafe was set up by a Local Area Coordinator, and despite the blow of IW Council scrapping LACs, the Cafe has gone from strength to strength, with community members stepping forward to help run the initiative.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 1:31pm

By Sally Perry

Call for kayakers and canoeists to be part of charity Pier to Pier swim

pier to pier swim - clasire speight

The event attracted over 100 swimmers last year and as well as the help of inshore rescue teams, the services of kayakers and canoeists are needed to support the swimmers.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 10:51am

By Bob Cooper

Isle of Wight champion for equality and diversity named in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list

yve white

No stranger to awards for her services to equality and diversity, Yve has now been named the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Friday, 7th June, 2019 10:30pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Find out how you can help the Isle of Wight’s first military style pipe and drum band

highland band

All monies raised will be used to buy uniform and learning aids for the new members.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 5:01pm

By Sally Perry

Friends win Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Ann Fraser and Helen Wood at Buckingham Palace

The award is very well deserved. Founded in 2012 with the aim of keeping the library open, Friends of Freshwater Library has become a thriving and dynamic community group committed to the preservation and development of the library.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 8:05am

By Helen Wood

Isle of Wight organisations boosted by cash from WightAid Foundation

Person looking at a map

Since their launch in September 2016 WightAID have granted £268,681 through 117 grants. The latest round of funding is announced.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 7:45am

By Becky Storey