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.

Find out more about Eternity Glass Memorials at Mountbatten Death Chat

eternity paper weights

The next Death Chat takes place at Eternity Glass Memorials in Sandown where you can learn more about the creative process.

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 8:36am

By Emma Topping

67th Pier to Pier Swim Race another success

swimmers taking part in the pier to pier race

No rescues were needed as the 122 swimmers made their way from Sandown to Shanklin last weekend for the 67th Pier 2 Pier Swim Race.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 5:22pm

By Bob Cooper

Teenagers aim to help end stigma and raise money for Mountbatten

NCS students

The young people say they want to not only to raise money for Mountbatten, but also end the stigma that many young people face; that the hospice is a dark and scary place where people go to die.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 2:46pm

By Emma Topping

700 mile fundraising cycle ride in memory of Darren Andrew

The cyclists

The Isle of Wight team will be cycling 700 miles in memory of Darren Andrew and raising money for two Island charities at the same time.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 8:30am

By Louise Clark

Aspire Ryde welcome new CEO

trevor nicholas sitting outside Aspire

Heath will leave a strong legacy at Aspire Ryde, but Trevor, who has helped shape the organisation over the last 18 months and is fully committed to the Vision.

Saturday, 3rd August, 2019 8:34am

By Heath Monaghan with 2 readers' comments

Comedic author, Adam Kay, to open Mountbatten Annual Conference

Adam Kay looking away from camera

Book now for the Mountbatten Conference, which will be opened by comedic author, Adam Kay.

Friday, 2nd August, 2019 1:47pm

By Emma Topping

Inflatable Rainbow Run raised more than £27,000

Children taking part in the inflatable rainbow run

The event, held at Sandown Airport, was in its second year and, once again, had around 1,000 people taking part. The 3km course featured ten giant inflatables and five colour clouds of powder paint.

Thursday, 1st August, 2019 12:26pm

By Lorraine White

Isle of Wight Scouts fear 1st Wroxall Group’s future in the balance after double break-in

Azwar helping a Scout learn to Kayak

The HQ has been broken into twice, as well as kit the scouts had raised funds to buy being stolen.

Friday, 26th July, 2019 8:58am

By Malcolm Cox

Mountbatten seeking new Chair of Board of Trustees

Hospice -

Seeking someone who will enable innovation and growth through a positive approach, connections and active fundraising, the new Chair will also oversee the development of a new strategy for Mountbatten.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 3:45pm

By Emma Topping

Support lifeboat crews by joining the Lifeboat Lotto


Join the 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, 24th July, 2019 8:47am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight’s Nature Therapy CIC shortlisted for regional Rural Business Award

Older man laughing

Well done to all at Nature Therapy CIC for being shortlisted and fingers crossed for the finals.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 3:51pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

6.5m Propeller to commemorate Sir Christopher Cockerell and town’s innovative workforce

A Propeller mounted on a quayside

Working behind the scenes for the last two years, Lin Kemp has now secured a 6.5 metre high propeller and pylon to bring back to the Island as a monument to Sir Christopher Cockerell, and East Cowes' innovative workforce.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 9:35am

By Karl Love