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MP NAMED HERO OF SPEECH

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, was last week praised on ConservativeHome, an influential website for grassroots Conservative members after voting against the Leveson proposals along with 13 other MPs.  Paul Goodman, the executive editor of Conservative Home and leader writer for the Telegraph lauded Mr Turner as being among ‘this tiny band of heroes of free speech’.  The Island’s MP had …

RESIDENTS SWITCH ON TO CHEAPER ENERGY

More than 11,000 residents have signed up to the Big Wight Switch – a switching initiative to gain cheaper energy bills.   The number is eight times greater than that initially targeted and represents a staggering one in six of Island homes. It also gives the Big Wight Switch greater bargaining power when it begins to discuss potential deals with energy …

RIDE LEADERS SOUGHT FOR CYCLING FESTIVALS

Do you love cycling and are passionate about your bike? Would you like to be part of one of the UK’s largest cycling festivals and ride on one of the world’s best places for cycling? If so, would you like to be a key member of the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival and join up to be a volunteer ride …

CYCLING FESTIVAL RAISES £40,000

Cyclists who took part in last year’s Isle of Wight Cycling Festival raised a total of £40,804 for charitable causes. Two of the cycling festival’s biggest events raised around £20,000 each for their chosen charities, while other rides during the two-week festival last September raised smaller amounts totalling £804 for a range of good causes including Myeloma UK, Sq2Sq Appeal, …

REGISTRATION REMINDER FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS

The Isle of Wight Council is reminding residents of important deadlines ahead of the local elections on 2 May 2013. In order to vote at both the Isle of Wight Council and town and parish council elections, residents must be on the list of registered electors by Wednesday 17 April. People who have recently moved house or don’t think they …

HIGH SATISFACTION FOR ISLAND CARERS

A national survey of carers on the Island has found a high level of satisfaction with the support given by the Isle of Wight Council. More than 80 per cent of 454 carers who responded to the survey said they were either extremely, very or quite satisfied with the support or services they and the person they cared for had received …

OPEN DAY HAILED A SUCCESS

An open day held at the former Frank James Hospital in East Cowes yesterday (Sunday) has been hailed a success by The Friends of Frank James. A number of activities took place, including Fat Samba, an Eco-Art workshop and the planting of a pear tree in the grounds alongside a wonderful picture display and of course a birthday cake in …

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