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LIBRARIES LAUNCH READING WELL SCHEME

At a time when over 26 million people in England report to have at least 1 long term condition, the Isle of Wight Library Service has launched a national scheme to support them with expert endorsed books available to borrow for free. Reading Well for long term conditions is part of the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription programme delivered …

ISLAND COMMUNITY BUSINESSES INVITED TO ACCESS £10,000 GRANT

Applications are now open for a new support programme aimed at local community businesses: the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme supports the leaders of early-stage community businesses with a fully funded 6-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days) and a grant of up to £10,000. …

GIRLGUIDES PRESENT CHEQUES TO LOCAL WORTHY CAUSES

3 units of Girlguiding IW, which support the same church hall in Newport, recently held an entertainment and sale evening. Over the past year since the 3 units – Carisbrooke Rangers, 10th Newport Brownies and 11th Newport Guides – have supported St. John’s Church Hall they have held several special events to raise funds for the church’s 20-20 Vision Project. …

GERRY TO TAKE LEAP OF FAITH FOR ROOF REPAIR

80-year-old Gerry Moglione is proposing to do a parachute jump in aid of the roof repair fund for a church where he regularly worships. Gerry, a former Island teacher, is seeking sponsors for a tandem skydive at Sandown Airport in August, to help towards the £100,000 needed for a large part of the roof of the 19th century St Mary’s …

NEW ARTS TRAIL FOR PAN COUNTRY PARK

A new arts trail in Newport has been officially opened. The Pollen Trail at Pan Country Park, Newport, features sculptures of pollens, carved benches depicting local wildlife and information boards about pollinators. The 3/4 of a mile long route has a total of 8 hand-crafted sculptures and benches by local artists and sculptors made from wood and celebrates the area’s …

ROUND THE ISLAND CYCLE CHALLENGE IN MEMORY OF KATHLEEN

A group of 22 cyclists will be touring around the Isle of Wight this coming weekend (15th/16th July) to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. ‘The Kathleen Painter IOW Cycle Challenge’ has been organised by Kenny Smith in memory of his sister, Kathleen, who recently lost her long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Riders from across the UK …

AMEY HELPS CLEAN UP POPULAR BRIDLEWAY IN RYDE

A team of staff from Amey have used their community involvement day to remove litter from a popular public bridleway. The staff carried out a litter pick and filled more than a dozen bags of litter from the bridleway that runs between Oakfield and Smallbrook Lane in Ryde. Among the items also removed included a bicycle, a pram, a tyre …

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