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SISTER JACKIE NAMED THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY

A senior nurse who has been instrumental in developing the culture and care on Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Inpatient Unit has been named as the best in the country. Jackie Whiller, Sister on the unit (or ward), received the top accolade of ‘Palliative Nurse of the Year’ from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. The IJPN Awards, held at the Royal …

PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT FOR THE ISLAND’S SELF EMPLOYED HOMEBUYERS

The UK has more self employed workers than ever – and the number wishing to buy new-build homes is also on the increase, according to leading housebuilder Barratt Homes. Latest figures from the ONS reveal there are now more than 4.8million self-employed people in the UK and financial experts from The New Homes Group say that it is fact easier …

HIGH SHERIFF VISITS NEEDLES COASTWATCH

The Isle of Wight’s High Sheriff, Robin Courage MBE, visited the National Coastwatch Institution lookout at West Highdown yesterday (Tuesday), marking the NCI’s busiest year in maintaining a watch over the Solent. Over the past year the NCI has been involved in over 25 incidents and logged over 8,500 vessel movements – excluding the 1,600 entrants in the annual Round …

ISLAND AUTHOR LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK

A crowdfunding campaign set up by Island author Marianne Su Yin to print her first children’s book has hit 25% of it’s target, raising over £1,200 in less than a week. Marianne hopes to gift her book to primary schools on the Isle of Wight and children’s wards and hospitals across the UK. ‘On the Trail of the Missing Pets’ is the story …

MARDI GRAS UNCOVERS LIVE HERITAGE LINK

The celebrated Indian Architect Bhai Ram Singh’s great granddaughter was the guest of the New Carnival Company last week as she visited the Island to support the 2017 Mardi Gras ‘Reflections of India’ education project. The education project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, is investigating the Isle of Wight’s connections to India, through Queen Victoria and Osborne House, as part …

RED FUNNEL WELCOMES NEW ISLE OF WIGHT TRAINED APPRENTICES

Red Funnel’s new apprenticeship scheme has been an overwhelming success after the ferry operator recruited 3 trainees as full time employees. The programme, which is run in conjunction with Red Ensign Training in Cowes, has seen Jana Zinevica, Tom Marsden and Tim Duncan all qualify. During their year of training, the apprentices worked alongside existing Deck Hands where they helped …

HIGH SHERIFF AWARDS CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS OF YOUNG ISLANDERS

Robin Courage MBE hosted the Isle of Wight High Sheriff’s Awards 2017 on Thursday evening, which recognises the achievements of young people as Alan and Suzanne Whitewood report. Describing the IW High Sheriff’s Awards 2017 as the highlight of his year in post, Robin Courage MBE said he had 2 weeks left to serve. He introduced his successor Ben Rouse, who was accompanied …

PEOPLE’S GALLERY RELAUNCHES IN THE HIGH STREET

Following a successful and long season on Union Street in Ryde, Mike and Izi Evans are relaunching People’s Gallery at a new venue on the High Street. Now situated in the heart of Ryde at 28 High Street, opposite Hobbs the Jewellers, Mike and Izi are looking forward to exhibiting artists’ work of all mediums and genres thus bringing the public …

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