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AWARDS FOR CARISBROOKE COLLEGE STUDENTS

Carisbrooke College held its Awards Evening at Cowes Yacht Haven recently, recognising those who had gone above and beyond. Students and guests were welcomed by the Head of School, Rob Maddox. Year 11 Academic Attainment and Progress Awards were then first on the agenda. Having undertaken the NCS scheme over 4 weeks in the Summer, Ben Smith secured the Community …

WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP PEOPLE IN DISTRESS

In a ground-breaking initiative to support the local community, Ventnor Winter Gardens and Isle of Wight Samaritans have agreed to work together to provide help for people in distress or despair on the Isle of Wight. The partnership will see a higher profile for the Samaritans on the Island, with volunteers attending events at the Winter Gardens – who will …

VITAL SIGNS SUCCESS LEADS TO FURTHER FRIENDS DONATION

The Friends of St Mary’s have purchased yet more wall-mounted vital signs machines for the Medical Assessment Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. Last year the charity agreed to buy 4 such machines, which monitor patients’ blood pressure and oxygen levels through a probe on a finger; now it has agreed to find £4,228 for another 7. Expressing her gratitude, Sister …

ISLE OF WIGHT LEGEND DEREK SANDY IN BID FOR FESTIVE HIT

Forget the Christmas carols, reggae singer and Isle of Wight legend Derek Sandy has today (Thrusday) announced he is releasing an original song to celebrate the forthcoming festive season. Derek, from Ryde, is a popular figure on the island, known for his track ‘Welcome to the Isle of Wight’ and energetic live performances of reggae tunes. His new song, titled …

JOHN HANNAM RELEASES NEW BOOK ON SHOWBIZ INTERVIEWS

Island journalist and broadcaster John Hannam has just released another new book entitled ‘The John Hannam Showbiz Interviews’. This is a follow-up to his 2016 publication about pop stars of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Once again, it features the stories behind John’s interviews, over the past 44 years. ‘Showbiz Interviews’ contains stories about legendary stars like Charlton Heston, John …

YOUNG DESIGNERS TO BE GIVEN NEWPORT HARBOUR BRIEF

Newport Harbour will be the focus of next year’s Young Designers Award on the Island. The Isle of Wight Council’s regeneration team is teaming up with the Young Designers Award (YDA) on their brief for participating schools for 2018. Every year a new brief is set based around a local landmark for youngsters to design a solution to. This year, …

ST FRANCIS PRIMARY ACADEMY SHARE LITERARY EXPERIENCE WITH LORD LIEUTENANT

St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy had the honour of hosting Major General Martin White CB CBE JP during their 2-day celebration of reading last week.  The school had previously been asked to take part in the Isle of Wight Literary Festival and the Lord Lieutenant, who is patron of the festival, visited to share the experience. …

SHANKLIN CELEBRATES STAYCATION SEASIDE SUCCESS

The town of Shanklin is celebrating a ‘staycation success’ following a recent survey which has concluded that Shanklin sees more sun, on average, than its rivals. The study from Marbles.co.uk has also examined the prices of taxis, number of attractions, the number of fish and chip shops and even a beach rating score to locate the best option for seaside …

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