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ISLAND SKATERS START THE SEASON IN STYLE

A team of talented Isle of Wight skaters lit up Portsmouth when they officially opened the city’s new pop-up festive ice rink on Tuesday. 20 members of the Island’s Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club put on a show to remember in front of 100 VIPs – including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth – with both solo dancing and team …

GIRLGUIDING MEMBERS CELEBRATE PARLIAMENT WEEK

Girlguiding IW members undertook a selection of Parliament-related activities within their units last week as part of Parliament Week, with more units taking part here than any other Girlguiding county. Parliament Week (13-19th November 2017) is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. There …

HIGH SHERIFF COMMISSIONS NEW CAMERAS OVERLOOKING THE NEEDLES

Web-accessible cameras overlooking The Needles and Scatchells Bay have been officially commissioned this week following a visit to The Needles Coastwatch Station by High Sheriff for the Isle of Wight, Ben Rouse. Working on a 4G connection, 1 of the cameras overlooks the channel between The Needles Lighthouse and Bridge Buoy and will now allow mariners to see the current …

BRAINY BUNCH REVEAL SUPPORT FROM HOVERTRAVEL

Hovertravel has shown that it is fully behind The Wight Brainy Bunch by helping to promote the charity’s latest fund-raising initiative: the Hoses & Helmets Calendar for 2018. The cheeky calendar – which is sponsored by Island Echo – features an array of firefighters from Ryde Fire Station. The life-savers took off their clothes and posed for the shoot earlier …

GRANTS OF UP TO £2,000 AVAILABLE AS E.ON OPENS ENERGISING COMMUNITIES FUND

Charities and community groups on the Isle of Wight are invited to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund, available for the second time this year. To be eligible for funding organisations must submit a request which supports activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from …

£18,000 RAISED FOR CHARITY BY SWEETCORN FAYRE

Over the past 11 years The Sweetcorn Fayre has become a much loved event in the Island’s activity calendar and this year’s event at Arreton Barns raised a fantastic £18,000 for much-loved Island charities Challenge & Adventure and Beaulieu Respite, each receiving an equal share of £9,000. Once again this year’s event was bursting with things to do, from live music …

‘AN ISLAND LEGACY’ RAISES £5,000 TO SUPPORT HOSPICE

An incredible £5,000 donation, raised through the sale of a book entitled ‘An Island Legacy’, has been presented to support services at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The fascinating insight into 200 years of Isle of Wight history, told through original engravings and modern photographs taken from the land, sea and air, has attracted international interest. Copies have been sent to …

HOVERTRAVEL PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

A fantastic £408 has been raised by Hovertravel as a result of their BBC Children In Need fundraising efforts for 2017. The cross-Solent operator held a row-a-thon in their Ryde terminal yesterday (Thursday), which saw staff and the occasional customer row a grand total of 110 miles. The funds raised from the row have been added to the collections made …

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