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ARE YOU MISSING OUT ON GRANTS?

THE Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, is urging people not to miss out on Grants they may be entitled to under the Warm Front Scheme. The Warm Front Scheme offers a package of heating and insulation measures, up to £3,500, for people on certain income-related benefits, for houses that are poorly insulated and/or do not have a working central heating system. …

CHARITY PLACES FOR THE GREAT SOUTH RUN

IF you are looking for an incentive to take part in this year’s Bupa Great South Run, then how about helping to raise funds for young people in recovery from cancer? The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a charity that aims to inspire young people’s cancer recovery through sailing, has 55 places available in this year’s Bupa Great South Run, and …

CAPTAIN RETIRES AFTER 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

THIS month Hovertravel says goodbye to one of its longest serving pilots;  Captain Barrie Jehan. In Barrie’s time at Hovertravel, which started when he left school in 1968, he has completed over 21,000 hours flying hovercraft (which equates to 84,000 crossing of the Solent!) Neil Chapman, managing director at Hovertravel said, “Barrie has been at Hovertravel for over 43 years …

BIG CONVERSATION TALK WITH NICOLE FOSS

A informative talk about the financial and energy crisis, peak oil and climate change will be given by international speaker Nicole Foss, writer for the automaticearth.org at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Wednesday evening. The event, organised by Alison Logan, will see Nicole Foss give an enthusiastic and interesting talk and will share her knowledge and professional analyses with local residents. …

SAINSBURY’S ANNOUNCE LOCAL CHARITY PARTNER

A local charity is set to benefit from a year’s fundraising thanks to Sainsbury’s Newport Isle of Wight  customers and colleagues. Breathe Easy has been chosen as Sainsbury’s new Local Charity partner Newport Isle of Wight for 2012/2013. The announcement comes after the store asked Island customers which local charity they should provide a year’s support to. Customers were able …

BUNDLE OF JOY HITS NEWPORT

A new shop specialising in party products has opened in Newport this weekend in support of local charity Pop N Grow. Bundles of Joy is a party shop selling high quality products for sensible, affordable prices allowing parents to keep control over their budget and finances. Mum-of-two Emma Martin, who created Bundles of Joy over a year ago, said: “The UK is in …

MORE POND WARDENS TRAINED

THANKS to funding from Newport Parish Council and the Southern Housing Group 15 more people have been trained as local pond Wardens. The group needed wardens to care for Pritchett’s Pond, Hinton Road, Carisbrooke and Treefields Pond, Binstead Road in Ryde. The training included the history of ponds in the landscape, control of invasive species and the protection of endangered …

HEALTHY EATING PROJECT FOR ISLE OF WIGHT YOUNGSTERS

A new project aiming to help children and families eat more healthily is to be trialled on the Isle of Wight. The Island has been selected as one of only 12 areas to take part in a pilot project with the School Food Trust called Eat Better, Start Better. The initiative will help families with children of pre-school age budget …

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