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HERITAGE LOTTERY AWARD £970,000 TO STEAM RAILWAY

THE Heritage Lottery Fund have announced they are awarding a grant of £970,000 to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway for its ‘Changing Trains’ Project. The grant will help protect and secure the future of numerous rare railway vehicles and will make them available to the public to see and enjoy, through the provision of extensive new under-cover accommodation and …

ECOISLAND FOUNDER NAMED SUSTAINABILITY EXECUTIVE OF 2012

THE work of the Ecoisland Partnership Community Interest Company has been recognised at the 2012 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, with their founder David Green being named as Sustainability Executive of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London. Ecoisland, the Community Initiative that aims to make the Isle of Wight the first sustainable region in Britain, was shortlisted following a …

LAYLA’S TRUST UNVEILED AS LOCAL CHARITY PARTNER

A local charity is set to benefit from a year’s fundraising thanks to Sainsburys West Cowes customers and colleagues. Laylas’s Trust has been chosen as Sainsbury’s new Local Charity partner West Cowes for 2012/2013. The announcement comes after the store asked customers which local charity they should provide a year’s support to.  Customers were able to vote for their favourite …

TRAUMA UNIT RECEIVES GENEROUS CASH HELP FROM FRIENDS

ST Mary’s Hospital’s newly acquired status as part of the NHS’s country-wide trauma network has been further enhanced by items of equipment provided by the Friends, at a total cost of just over £24,000. Purchased by the charitry are a Level 1 Fast Flow Fluid Warming System and two lie-on trauma transfer systems. “They are all essential items of the …

ROAD SAFETY PROMOTED AT LOCAL SUPERMARKETS

TODAY, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been promoting National Road Safety Day in Newport and Ryde, spreading the message ‘only a fool breaks the two second rule’. The community and road safety team have been exhibiting at Morrisons in Newport and at Tesco in Ryde. Officers have been giving advice and guidance on road safety to …

CARTER RECEIVES QUEEN’S COMMISSION

PILOT Officer Paul Carter from 1024 squadron Air Cadets, Ryde, started his career as an air cadet aged 13 in Gosport, but has now gone on to receive his Queen’s Commission. Mr Carter remained in the cadets for ten years until he was 23, making the most of the flying, drill, adventure training and social opportunities the Air Training Corp …

FIRST PATIENT RECEIVES NEW STROKE MEDICATION

ISLAND resident, Peter Lane, is the first patient to benefit from a new blood clot busting drug now available for use on the Island by the Stroke Team at St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr Lane recently had a stroke at his home and within minutes of the emergency services being called, a Community First Responder arrived at the scene followed a …

8 YEAR TRANSPORT DEAL MEANS BETTER BUSES

AN 8 year school transport deal between the Isle of Wight Council and Southern Vectis will see 43 brand new buses introduced to the Island along with enhanced safety features, it has been revealed. Island bus operator Southern Vectis has been awarded the contract to supply home to school transport for youngsters across the Isle, which has secured around 70 jobs within …

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