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MENTAL HEALTH PIONEER TO STEP DOWN

After 38 years of being a pioneer in mental health and community development and 17 years as operational head of the My Time Division of the Richmond Fellowship Group, Michael Lilley is stepping down and moving on to new adventures. In 1999, Michael founded ‘My Time’ which was the first service user owned mental health practice in the UK. Michael …

SINGERS FROM 20 CHURCHES COME TOGETHER TO PERFORM BARNABAS

A pop-up choir comprising of singers from 20 churches across the Island came together last night (Sunday) to perform ‘Barnabas’. Barnabas is 1 of more than 20 Christian musicals written by Roger Jones over the past 30 years. Roger is a well known songwriter and has visited the Island several times, sharing the Christian message through his musicals and encouraging local churches …

VISUALLY IMPAIRED GET SPECIAL TOUR OF BRADING ROMAN VILLA

Brading Roman Villa is hosting a private session at the villa today (Friday) for clients of the Isle of Wight Society for the Blind (IWSB). Villa staff will be escorting the visually impaired guests around the historic site and afterwards, they will be able to handle some of the Museum artefacts. CEO of IWSB, Estelle Thomas said: “When so many museums insist …

WOOL APPEAL FOR KNIT AND NATTER GROUP

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s ‘Knit and Natter’ group is fast becoming natter only, as the keen crafters are hampered by a shortage of wool to use for their community projects. Every Thursday morning, the Chelsea Garden room in the John Cheverton Centre is taken over by the group who come armed with their knitting needles at the ready. The group …

CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE STUDENTS GO INTO THE WOODS

Last week GCSE and Sixth Form students at Christ the King College performed Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’. Students took on the challenge of the score and storyline to create an enigmatic, energetic and engaging performance. There was a strong sense of ensemble and students rising to the challenge of tackling such an ambitious score, with fast paced staging and …

SCIENCE AND DISCOVERY IN THE BAY THANKS TO WEEKEND OF EVENTS

British Science Week 2017 arrived on the Island with a bang last weekend thanks to Discovery Bay, a grand celebration of the natural world at both ends of The Bay in Shanklin and Sandown. The weekend brought together a partnership of Bay and Island organizations steered by the Bay Coastal Community Team. On Friday, the Café Scientifique and Friends of …

ISLAND COUPLE TO COLLECT VISUAL MEMORIES ON WORLD WIDE WALK

An Island couple are to embark on a world wide walk in just over 2 weeks time to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing research into fighting Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), an inherited disease which leads to blindness. Robin Frape and his partner Julie Binnington will be leaving their home in Ryde on 31st March before making their way to Yarmouth, where they …

WIGHTLINK SUPPORTS RESPONSIBLE ISLE OF WIGHT ANGLERS

With spring around the corner, Wightlink is urging anglers using Ryde Pier to keep it tidy and respect the environment for everyone’s benefit. Isle of Wight fisherman Spencer Wright contacted the ferry company earlier this year as part of his efforts to encourage anglers to respect the environment and take their litter home. He is supporting the Angling Trust’s campaign …

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