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MACMILLAN’S BERTIE BUS HELPS OVER 100 ISLANDERS ACCESS VITAL ADVICE

A total of 118 from across the Isle of Wight accessed vital cancer advice and support in 2016, thanks to the Macmillan Mobile Cancer Information service. The Macmillan mobile information bus – affectionately known as Bertie – has been parked up in town centres, rural communities, and events across the region throughout the year. Staffed by cancer information specialists, the …

JADE’S A GEM FOR ISLAND’S NISSAN DEALER

The Island’s Nissan dealership, Staddlestones, has broken ground by taking on the county’s first female technician. The Ryde-based dealer has taken on local girl Jade Barry, who had been volunteering at the dealership while completing all 3 levels of her City and Guilds qualifications at the Isle of Wight College. Staddlestones works in partnership with the Isle of Wight College to provide …

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 …

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