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ISLAND’S CONNECTION WITH SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

Students and staff from the Isle of Wight Studio School attended the Southampton Boat Show en masse on Thursday. In fact the 143 students on site comprised all but a handful of the school’s students. Having encountered some of the students on their fact-finding mission into the marine industry we were impressed by their smart appearance and well –mannered behaviour. Headteacher …

UKSA’S NCS SCHEME BRINGS BENEFITS TO ISLAND COMMUNITY

Just under 100 15 to 17-year-olds from the Isle of Wight joined UKSA, for skills and activities training as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme throughout the summer holidays. UKSA deliver the NCS programme on the Island in partnership with The English Football League Trust. This government subsidised, national programme allows young people to take part in adrenaline-fuelled …

ADMIRAL NURSE PLAQUE UNVEILED BY LORD HOWARD

The appointment of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s first Admiral Nurse has been celebrated with a visit by Rt Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne CH, QC last Friday (23rd September 2016). Lord Howard was welcomed to Earl Mountbatten Hospice as Chair of Hospice UK, a national charity which supports the work of 200 hospices across the country. He was given a …

SILLY DINGHY DERBY SUCCESS FOR WILL AND ROSANNE

VIDEO: Swapping the office for the open seas, Rosanne Martin from Bembridge has recently completed a 7.5km charity row across the Solent in a yellow rubber dinghy alongside Will Whitehead from Devon, organiser of the Silly Dinghy Derby. The pair set off from Stokes Bay in Gosport on Thursday 15th September before successfully rowing across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world …

PHOENIX CHOIR CONCERT RAISES £1000 FOR COWES SAILABILITY

A packed-out Cowes Methodist Church was the venue for a concert by the Phoenix Choir last Saturday (17th September), where a total of £1,000 was raised for Cowes Sailability, a local charity that provides sailing opportunities for the disabled. The choir sang their usual wide-ranging programme of easy listening songs covering a number of musical genres, including of course for that particular …

SWIM2BESTIVAL CHARITY TOTAL ANNOUNCED

In its 10th year Swim2Bestival has raised an astonishing £22,183 for charity, adding to the grand total raised over the years that now sits at nearly £100,000. Swimming across a 1.3 mile stretch of the Solent, one of Europe’s busiest shipping ways, is never an easy task but this year some very tough conditions and strong winds made their feat all the …

ELLEN MACARTHUR CANCER TRUST RECEIVE NEW ADAPTED YACHT

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust have proudly been handed ownership of their highly anticipated new yacht, which will enable them to better support young people, particularly those with mobility issues resulting from their cancer treatment. Dame Ellen MacArthur, who founded the Trust with the aim of rebuilding young people’s confidence in their recovery from cancer, joined Ash Overton of Ancasta, …

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