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SOLENT SWIMMERS MAKE A SPLASH FOR CHARITY

Conditions were perfect for the 2017 Solent Swim on Saturday, which is on course to raise around £20,000 for the West Wight Sports & Community Centre. 52 swimmers set off early on Saturday morning for the 1.2 mile swim from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay. First across was Charles Bagot, who arrived to rousing cheers from the large crowd of …

ISLANDERS URGED TO LOOK OUT FOR BUTTERFLIES THIS AUTUMN

Gardeners on the Isle of Wight are being asked to look out for butterflies this Autumn after species struggled during the cold and wet summer holiday season. Butterfly numbers fell during August but the warm conditions in spring enabled many species to emerge and breed early this year. These good spring and early summer conditions enabled more butterflies to fit …

CELEBRATING HERITAGE OPEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND

The Museum of Island History at Newport Guildhall and Newport Roman Villa are among more than 5,000 properties across the country to be opening free of charge on set days in September – as part of Heritage Open Days 2017. The Museum of Island History will be open free of charge next Friday (8th September) between 10:00 and 14:00. The …

SATURDAY ROCK SCHOOL RETURNS TO PLATFORM ONE

Saturday Rock School is returning to Platform One later this month, offering the opportunity for instrumental development, rehearsals and performance skills for young people across the island, aged 12 to 16-years-old. Students need to sing or play guitar, bass or drums. There are different groups to match ability – offering different levels and progression through the programme. The tutors are amazing …

ROYAL REGIMENT OF FUSILIERS DELIGHT WIGHTLINK CUSTOMERS

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers treated Wightlink passengers and crew to an onboard performance today (Wednesday). The musicians gave a 20 minute concert as they travelled to the Island on Wightlink’s flagship St Clare this morning and also played as they marched off the vessel to provide a shoreside spectacle at Fishbourne. Both performances were a thank …

SUGAR, SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE AT ALBERT COTTAGE

East meets West at Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes this month with the launch of the decadent ‘Victoria & Abdul Afternoon Tea’. This Indian-inspired Afternoon Tea celebrates the forthcoming release of the biographical drama film ‘Victoria & Abdul’, which stars Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. It offers a selection of assorted sandwiches, traditional scones and authentic treats with a …

BUNTY THE COW CROSSES THE SOLENT WITH WIGHTLINK

Wightlink has welcomed Bunty the Cow to its Fishbourne and Portsmouth car ferry terminals as part of the ongoing promotion of Isle of Wight Day. The official mascot of Isle of Wight Day (Saturday 23rd September 2017), created and donated by Tapnell Farm Park, has been popping up all over the Island this summer to promote the Day and encourage …

STOREROOM PRESENTED WITH QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White, recently presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Cowes-based Storeroom2010.  The award is said to be the MBE for voluntary groups and recognised the hard work of the organisation. Storeroom volunteers, trustees and staff, several local dignitaries and Friends of Storeroom attended the ceremony. Storeroom is a furniture re-use …

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