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UKSA CADETS SET SAIL ON DREAM CAREER

25 cadets have swapped the more traditional career path of university for a life on the sea as they set sail on their dream career working as an officer on-board luxury superyachts. The latest cohort of cadets are currently on Phase 1 of the Professional Yacht Cadetship (PYC) at the Cowes-based maritime training provider and youth charity UKSA. They began …

COWES COUPLE WIN ISLAND TREATS IN WIGHTLINK COMPETITION

Wightlink customers Pam Heard and Gavin Ridgway are looking forward to enjoying a feast of Isle of Wight produce after winning a hamper of goodies from the ferry company. The couple from Cowes were travelling on St Clare last month during Wightlink’s showcase of food and drink from Island suppliers and took part in a draw. They received their prize …

NEWPORT PARISH COUNCIL HONOUR LOCAL HISTORIAN

Local historian Bill Shepard has been awarded honorary Freeman of Newport by Newport Parish Council. The recent presentation, held in the theatre of the Quay Arts Centre, was attended by over 60 people and included a number of speakers. Mr Brian Greening, who has co written a number of books with Mr Shepard, gave an amusing and affectionate speech and …

DAVE FORRESTER CELEBRATES EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Bus driver Dave Forrester is celebrating this week after being named employee of the year by Isle of Wight operator, Southern Vectis. Praised for his outstanding customer service skills, Dave also scooped the top accolade from parent company, Go South Coast. He was presented with the awards by managing director of Go South Coast, Andrew Wickham, at the company’s annual awards …

TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHERS SOUGHT FOR HOSPICE CALENDAR

Are you a budding photographer that would you like to showcase your skills? The Earl Mountbatten Hospice are looking to feature the work of talented Island photographers in their 2018 calendar. Photographers are invited to submit a photograph which they think is worthy of featuring in the popular calendar, which is sold in the hospice’s 10 shops and at events throughout the year. …

SOUTHERN VECTIS OFFERS GIFT OF FREE TRAVEL ON MOTHER’S DAY

Southern Vectis is marking Mother’s Day by offering the Island’s youngsters the chance to take their mums on the bus for free. The local bus operator will provide complimentary travel for mothers travelling on Sunday 26th March – as long as they are accompanied by a child buying a rover ticket. Southern Vectis’ Head of Communications, Nikki Honer said: “Mother’s …

ISLE OF WIGHT SHOPMOBILITY TRAINING REACHES MILESTONE

Isle of Wight Shopmobility has helped 100 people through their free training in the use of mobility scooters. The milestone was marked by Councillor Julie Jones-Evans who spent time in Newport on Friday (3rd March) experiencing the challenges faced by mobility scooter users around town, in shops and accessing public transport. Training is offered regularly free of charge to anyone with a permanent …

ISLAND ROADS VOLUNTEERS JOIN CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN

Volunteers from Island Roads have backed a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017. Organisers of the Great British Spring Clean hope the initiative will be an annual one helping to bring people together and clean up the country. As part of the initial campaign, 6 Island Roads staff …

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