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ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF PRESERVATION

3 original members of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway attended a dinner on Saturday evening at Havenstreet to mark the 50th anniversary of the heritage railway’s foundation. With the last Isle of Wight steam train service coming to an end in 1966, 4 like-minded school boy railway enthusiasts got together, the youngest being aged just 12-years-old. They hatched an ambitious plan was …

COFFEE MORNING HELPS LOCAL HOUSEBUILDER RAISE HUNDREDS FOR MACMILLAN

Cakes, coffee and a chat with the neighbours have helped local housebuilder David Wilson Homes raise more than £680 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The housebuilder put the kettle on at its Riverside development in Whippingham on Saturday as part of The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, inviting residents, neighbours and staff to join for a morning of socialising. Now the company has …

LOCAL COMPANY RAISES FUNDS FOR MULTIMEDIA EDUTECH PROJECT

Do you know your trouser trumpets from your booty bubblers? A Kickstarter project with a naughty twist has been launched this week by a team from the Isle of Wight and Southampton. Lairytales are a series of stories that encourage children to experiment with language and learning through the Lairies – wicked little creatures with some really horrible habits. Author, Ali …

ST CATHERINE’S TO FEATURE IN NEW UK LANDMARKS ART SERIES

Textile designer Georgia Bosson and artist Cecily Vessey are to fund, via Kickstarter, a new series of experimental art prints inspired by landmarks and locations spanning the length and breadth of the UK. The project follows on from the success of their collaborative print ‘The View from Peckham’ and will comprise of 12 art prints celebrating their favourite ‘Landmark Locations’ within the UK, including St …

FUNDING BRINGS EXCITING CHANGES AT VENTNOR LIBRARY

With a successful application for funding from Awards for All England – a Big Lottery Fund programme – the Friends of Ventnor Library are about to launch their most ambitious project so far. A selection of tablet computers, with helpful training schemes, will soon be available in Ventnor library for everyone to use. Age UK have generously offered their experienced …

RESIDENTS CELEBRATE IMPROVED ACCESS TO CHILLERTON DOWN

Residents of Chillerton and Gatcombe have celebrated the installation of 4 Ramblers’ gates with a walk across Chillerton Down. A total of 37 people, ranging from 13 months to 83-years-old, turned out to complete the walk, alongside 10 dogs. The gates have made the route far more accessible to walkers. The afternoon was rounded off with refreshments at the Village Hall. …

SPECIAL GRANTS TO SUPPORT INCLUSION

Island organisations that run activities in the community for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs, are being invited to apply for grants of up to £500 to support inclusion. The grant scheme is being run by the Isle of Wight Council’s Short Breaks Team, and applications can be made between 1st October and 2nd November. The grant funding …

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