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FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS PURCHASE NEWPORT BASE

Following numerous fundraising events and years of collective effort, with the help of many hundreds of supporters, Friends of the Animals has been able to purchase 17a Riverway in Newport, which has been the charity’s base for the past 6 years. The achievement brings to an end well over 20 years of paying rent and will safeguard animals for years to come. On Saturday 12th …

MURAL TO CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD

Participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, leaders from Newport Open Award Centre and West Wight Open Award Centre and some parents undertook the challenge of painting a large mural to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Award recently. West Wight Sports and Community Centre will house the mural, which was designed by young participants. Local artist Tony Trowbridge was …

NHS SAY IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO TREAT LIVER DISEASE

The Hepatology service at St Mary’s Hospital is transforming the quality of life for people diagnosed with hepatitis C. With advances in medication and new technology now being used on the Island, patients diagnosed with the virus are able to be treated and monitored much more effectively.  Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a blood borne virus which causes inflammation (swelling) …

CUBS LEARN ALL ABOUT RECYCLING

A group of Cub Scouts on the Isle of Wight are being given help to achieve their badges by talking a lot about rubbish. Cubs from the 1st East Cowes Scout Group have received a waste and recycling education workshop. The workshops are part of a wider education scheme as part of Isle of Wight Council’s waste contract, delivered by …

A WHOOPSY WIFFLING READING CHALLENGE RESULT!

The results from the annual Summer Reading Challenge are in! Over the summer holidays, the Isle of Wight Council’s library service set a challenge to island children: to read 6 books during the 6 week summer break. The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year over the summer holidays, and is responsible for keeping thousands of children reading over the long break. This …

ISLAND TEACHER RUNS TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES

A teacher from the Isle of Wight was inspired to run the Great South Run on Sunday to show solidarity with refugees around the world. Primary school teacher Kate Bakewell, who teaches at St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School in Totland, travelled from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth to complete the 10k Great South Run. Kate was inspired to run …

EXHIBITION SHOWS SOMERTON THEN AND NOW

This year’s exhibition mounted by Cowes Heritage is entitled ‘The Development of Somerton Airfield’. Having previously used Regatta House in Bath Road, Cowes Media Centre off the pedestrianised High Street is now the venue for the annual event. 100 hundred years ago in 1916 J. Samuel White & Co Ltd. purchased 60 acres of land off Three Gates Road in order …

WALL-MOUNTED MACHINES GIVE VITAL DATA

All the isolation side rooms in the Medical Assessment Unit at St Mary’s Hospital now have wall-mounted vital signs machines, thanks to the Friends of St Mary’s. Although such machines were in 4 single-bed rooms, they were absent from the 4 2-bed rooms. Now, however, as a result of a £3,624 grant from the Friends of St Mary’s, all the beds …

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