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WIGHTLINK WELCOMES SWEET MUSIC ON BOARD THE YARMOUTH FERRY

The West Wight will be alive with ukulele music this Sunday (9th July) as a 22-strong Hampshire-based ukulele band is set to cross the Solent to delight residents and holidaymakers alike. Uke Box Glory will be playing on board Wightlink’s 10:15 sailing to Yarmouth, then busking in the town before hopping on board the Needles Breezer and playing at Freshwater Bay, …

GO SAIL PROJECT EXPANDS TO OFFER MORE YOUNG PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO TRY SAILING

The Go Sail project, an innovative project that provides 14 to 16-year-old school children living in the Solent area the chance to experience the thrill of being out on the water, has expanded its offering to local young people throughout the school holidays in Portsmouth and Cowes. There are two options on offer with Go Sail: A free 3-hour Taster …

CLUB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT BEACH SAFETY

19 members of the Ryde-based Johns Club, which caters for people with learning and physical disabilities, spent 90 minutes at Cowes Lifeboat Station to learn about beach safety earlier this week. The members, aged from 14 to 60, specifically asked the station’s visits team to cover the subject as they regularly visit Island beaches during the summer months. To ensure …

ISLAND WOMAN HONOURED FOR ENTHUSIASM AND DEDICATION

A local Action on Hearing Loss volunteer, who has been recognised by the charity for her enthusiasm and dedication in devoting her time to help people with hearing loss, is now urging others on the Isle of Wight to do the same. Inspirational volunteer Maggie Hocking has been awarded the charity’s Regional People’s Champion award in recognition of her hard work …

FITSTEPS MEMBERS MEET STRICTLY’S IAIN AND NATALIE

Ali Hinde, who runs Fitsteps classes in Newport and Ryde, took 28 members of her classes to meet and dance with Strictly Come Dancing’s Iain Waite and Natalie Lowe for a Masterclass in Camberley recently. The dress code was 1980’s and everyone had a fantastic time dancing and watching the ‘Strictly’ experts perform amazing ballroom and Latin demonstrations, as well …

OVER £1,500 RAISED BY VERNON SQUARE EVENT

Up to 300 people packed Vernon Square garden in Ryde on Sunday (2nd July) for a 3-hour festival of music, dancing and even a ceramics display. The event, organised by the Vernon Square Trust, raised a record £1,560 which will now be used for the upkeep of the garden, which is run by volunteers. Local town crier Steve King, wearing …

ZUMBA LADIES RAISE OVER £700 FOR GRENFELL TOWER VICTIMS

Ladies from the ‘Zumba with Tamara’ classes have raised £733.61 for the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower Fire in London. Led by Tamara Gaskin, the class completed a 2 hour Zumbathon on Sunday 25th June at the Wootton Community Centre. The centre donated the hall time for the event. In addition, a collection was held during last week’s classes. …

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