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MEN OF WIGHT HAND OVER BEQUEATHED ACCORDION

‘Men of Wight’, the Isle of Wight’s Cotswold Morris Dancers, handed over an accordion bequeathed to them back in 2013 during their Christmas dance out in Newport last month. When founder member of the group Mike Howley passed away in May 2013 he bequeathed his accordion, a Scandalli Vibrante IV, to Men of Wight. Unfortunately, there was nobody in the group capable of …

NEW APPRENTICES GET STUCK INTO HELPING LOCAL WOODLANDS

Young people have the chance to learn vital conservation skills and help restore the East Wight’s woods, thanks to a new Wildlife Trust scheme to train up the next generation of woodland workers. The new scheme helps young people aged 18-24 learn the knowledge and skills they need for an Environmental Conservation diploma, in partnership with Sparsholt College. The first 4 …

CROWDFUNDING FIRST FOR THE FOOTPRINT TRUST

A local charity which assists over 1,000 of the Isle of Wight’s poorest residents has made an appeal on the national Crowdfunder website.  The Newport-based Footprint Trust charity has assisted over 15,000 local people on low income since 2002 by giving guidance on reducing energy and water bills, switching, insulation and grants. Around 18% of Island homes are in fuel …

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AND WORTHY DONATIONS FROM WIGHTLINK STAFF

Wightlink staff got well and truly into the festive spirit last week whilst raising money for good causes at the same time. Scores of staff responded to a request to go to work on Friday (23rd December) in Christmas garb and to take with them a donation for homeless and domestic violence charities through the Empower Centre, Portsmouth. The result was a …

RED FUNNEL LAUNCHES NEW WINTER WARMER MENU

Red Funnel has launched its new and hearty winter menu, just in time for the festive season, to be served on board its vehicle ferries making the crossing between East Cowes and Southampton. The seasonal menu includes home cooked style, winter warmer meals such as beef lasagne (which is back by popular demand), chicken casserole with roast potatoes and flavourful …

WORK OF YOUNG INSPECTORS CELEBRATED

A group of 19 young inspectors who are responsible for providing feedback on the services provided through the Isle of Wight Council Short Breaks scheme were commended at an awards ceremony on Wednesday (21st December). The awards ceremony, which recognised their achievements, was hosted by the council’s disabled children intervention team at Medina Theatre. The award winners attended a performance of …

STOREROOM2010 BENEFITS FROM SOLENT GRANT

Cowes-based Storeroom2010 is 1 of 3 Island-based organisations to benefit from a share of £423,000 as part of the Solent Community Grants Programme. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation programme has been created by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF), HIWCF donors, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council. Grants …

MP’S TRIP TO LONDON SUPPORTS THE BUS SHELTER IOW

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has this week presented a cheque to The Bus Shelter IOW made up of funds raised from an annual trip to the Houses of Parliament and the MP’s own Good Causes Fund. Last month a number of Islanders had their names drawn in a ballot to take part in the third annual visit to the Houses …

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