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OVER £1,500 RAISED BY VERNON SQUARE EVENT

Up to 300 people packed Vernon Square garden in Ryde on Sunday (2nd July) for a 3-hour festival of music, dancing and even a ceramics display. The event, organised by the Vernon Square Trust, raised a record £1,560 which will now be used for the upkeep of the garden, which is run by volunteers. Local town crier Steve King, wearing …

ZUMBA LADIES RAISE OVER £700 FOR GRENFELL TOWER VICTIMS

Ladies from the ‘Zumba with Tamara’ classes have raised £733.61 for the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower Fire in London. Led by Tamara Gaskin, the class completed a 2 hour Zumbathon on Sunday 25th June at the Wootton Community Centre. The centre donated the hall time for the event. In addition, a collection was held during last week’s classes. …

NEW ROUTE FOR THE DOWNS BREEZER IN 2017

Southern Vectis’ Downs Breezer open-top bus service is following a new route for the 2017 season, which now includes Bembridge and St Helens. For this summer, the popular sightseeing tour has commenced with newer buses and a new route. Starting from Ryde, the Downs Breezer now runs in a circular route and links with some of the Island’s favourite attractions …

UNUSUAL CARGO ON BOARD WIGHTLINK’S FISHBOURNE FERRY

3 sheep and 2 lambs have been welcomed on Wightlink’s flagship St Clare, as she sailed across the Solent from Fishbourne to Portsmouth. The life-sized creatures, made of fibreglass and decorated by Isle of Wight children, were being shepherded by the Reverend Allie Kerr, Anglican Area Dean for the Island’s churches, as part of the diocese’s Ewe Matter project. They …

ISLAND GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR E.ON ENERGISING COMMUNITIES FUND GRANT

Charities and community groups across the Isle of Wight are being invited to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund.  To be eligible for funding organisations must submit a request which supports activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy …

POLICE CADET VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Isle of Wight’s Police Cadet Unit is on the search for new adult volunteers to help young people achieve their best and reach their full potential. The scheme provides a safe environment where young people can learn as individuals, develop positive relationships with the Police and actively support the community. The Isle of Wight unit is based out of …

SUCCESSFUL ‘TAKE STEPS’ DAY ENDS WITH CHEQUE PRESENTATIONS

Breathe Easy Isle of Wight held a very successful ‘Take Steps’ Day earlier this month as part of Breathe Easy Week and raised £250 for the British Lung Foundation after walking the equivalent of 68 miles. As part of their special day the Breathe Easy Group also presented cheques to the Respiratory Department at St Mary’s Hospital. Breathe Easy is …

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