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NEW YOUTH FACILITY OPENS IN THE HEART OF RYDE

A brand new, state-of-the-art facility for young people has opened up in the heart of Ryde this week. Ryde Town Council have been working hard in recent months to set up ‘Network Ryde’, an internet style youth café at 147 High Street. A team of youth workers have been employed to run the facility, which is open as a drop-in …

FREEDOM OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT GRANTED TO MARY ELLIS

Councillors overwhelmingly voted last night (Wednesday) to give the Freedom of the Isle of Wight to remarkable local centenarian Mary Ellis, who is the world’s last surviving known female member of the Second World War’s Air Transport Auxiliary. The extraordinary meeting of the Full Council bestowed the honour on the 100-year-old who delivered around 1,000 aircraft on her own – …

UKSA CHOSEN AS YACHTS & YACTHING’S CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Isle of Wight-based charity, UKSA, has been chosen as the Yachts & Yachting Charity of the Year for 2018. Located in Cowes, UKSA is a national charity that uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform people’s lives. This year, Yachts & Yachting magazine will be actively promoting the charity to its readers as part of a new partnership …

BOB LEADS PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE CALLING FOR MORE ISLAND FUNDING

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely led a parliamentary debate yesterday (Tuesday) asking the Government to rectify decades of Isle of Wight underfunding and grant the Isle of Wight Council power to force ferry companies to instigate a public service obligation. The Westminster Hall debate was called by Bob to put forward the case the Isle of Wight should receive …

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT JOIN FORCES WITH NFU MUTUAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Visit Isle of Wight has announced a new partnership with NFU Mutual to help improve tourism on the Isle of Wight and local businesses thrive and prosper. NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurance firm that provides personal, business and farming insurance to local Islanders, is sponsoring Visit Isle of Wight’s industry website and communication activities to ensure that tourism …

ISLAND’S ACUTE SERVICES AT RISK UNDER MAINLAND MOVE OPTION

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed that it will be looking at whether or not it is safe to continue providing some acute services on the Isle of Wight as it struggles to maintain acceptable standards and staffing levels. This week the Labour party have claimed that acute services other than Accident and Emergency and Maternity could be …

PLANNING FEES INCREASE BY 20% ACROSS ENGLAND

Those wanting to build or make alterations to buildings on the Isle of Wight will have to fork out 20% more in fees from today (Wednesday) as a result of new government changes. Planning applications submitted from today will be charged at 20% more across England. Those submitted before 17th January and assessed as being valid by the Planning Authority …

ISLAND ROADS HELPS OUT AT HUNNYHILL

Island Roads has helped Hunnyhill Primary School create a new construction area designed to encourage pupils to build their skills. The school has developed a special construction zone as part of work to help early years pupils develop their personal, emotional and social skills. Island Roads operatives attended the Newport school recently to hand over equipment including ‘men at work’ …

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