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ISLAND BECOMES FIRST RURAL AREA IN ENGLAND TO JOIN ‘WHO’ NETWORK

The Isle of Wight has become the first rural area in England to join the international network of Age Friendly Communities. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2011, recognising the growing importance of the need to create community environments that are supportive to older people. All network members are committed to promoting healthy …

SANTA DASH RETURNS FOR 2016

The ever-popular annual Santa Dash for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice is just around the corner and there is still time to register online for the event on Sunday 4th December 2016. Santa Dash starts and finishes at Ryde Superbowl, where Chief Executive Nigel Hartley will be starting the race at 11:00. Those taking part will be able to run, jog …

DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR EAST COWES BROWNIES

East Cowes Brownies have enjoyed double celebrations of late, not only raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but also celebrating the club’s 95th birthday. All the Brownies, Rainbows and Guides, together with their leaders, recently undertook a community challenge by organising a coffee evening in aid of Macmillan Isle of Wight. Everyone joined in with Brownies selling cakes and drinks, Rainbows holding a …

VECTIS HOUSING OFFERS A WARM HAND TO RESIDENTS

Vectis Housing Association is offering a winter warmer to its residents across the Isle of Wight having teamed up with energy experts, The Footprint Trust. The local housing charity has nearly 400 properties distributed in communities all over the Island. Now, residents can contact The Footprint Trust directly and request a free energy-saving visit as part of the Warmer Vectis scheme. …

VETERAN VISITORS RETURN FOR WALLABY WELCOME AT TAPNELL

Tapnell Farm Park welcomed 2 very special guests during October Half-term, as 2 seasoned Isle of Wight holidaymakers – who met and married on the Island, and have been visiting for over 50 years – returned to see their favourite mob of wallabies. Therese Willmore, 84, and her husband Dennis, 79, made the journey all the way from Kent, just to …

ENGLISH HERITRAGE CALLS FOR KIDS TO NOMINATE BEST LOCAL TEACHER

English Heritage’s Education team is calling for Isle of Wight students to choose the Island’s best teacher this November. Entry forms have been sent to all local primary schools inviting kids to nominate their favourite teacher, by writing up to 100 words, illustrated with a picture if they like, explaining why they think their teacher is the best. Education visits …

ISLAND WEDDING DJ REACHES REGIONAL FINALS OF INDUSTRY AWARDS

Having helped countless couples tie the knot in style, Isle of Wight wedding DJ, Gavin Harris, has been recognised for delivering a premier service, as the only Isle of Wight service supplier to reach the regional finals of the Wedding Industry Awards 2017. The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 looks to highlight and celebrate the very highest standards of wedding suppliers …

CHRISTINA’S CONFIDENCE BOOST THANKS TO ASSISTANCE DOG GEORGIE

Local teenager Christina, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair or walking sticks to get around, is enjoying a confidence boost and new found independence thanks to Island charity Ability Dogs 4 Young People. Christina’s condition can be very limiting for her, and it previously affected her confidence. In 2014 she received her Ability Dog called Georgie and he changed …

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