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GORGEOUS DAY FOR A CHRISTMAS SWIM

Thousands of spectators gathered on Ventnor seafront for the traditional Boxing Day Swim yesterday (Thursday), raising money for an Island cancer charity, PATCH. There were around 200 people who took part in the annual swim, which takes place in the sea off of Ventnor Esplanade every Boxing Day and has been a tradition for over 30 years. The weather could not have …

SEACLOSE SET FOR INAUGURAL WOOF FESTIVAL

Dog lovers can get friends and family to sponsor their pooch, or can even walk the dog of an elderly relative or friend who might not be able to make it when the inaugural ‘WOOF’ festival takes places this weekend. The walk, organised by the Vectis Sunrise Rotary Club, takes place on this Sunday (29th December) at Newport Quay in Newport, featuring two …

FESTIVE CYCLISTS INVITED TO MINCE PIE RIDE

Festive cyclists of all ages are invited to join CycleWight for their annual Mince Pie Ride on Friday 27th December. The event this year starts from Wroxall Community Centre at 11:00, to celebrate the upgrading of the cycle track to Shanklin. The cycle track has recently been upgraded by Crown Park on behalf of Island Roads. This route will allow …

SANDOWN STUDENTS ORGANISE CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER

Students from Sandown Bay Academy have organised a fundraising day next week to help raise money for Dreamflight and Children with Cancer UK, two charities close to the student’s hearts. Sandown pupil Jade Thomas, 15, suffered from a brain tumour and following her treatment back in 2011, Dreamflight paid for her to go to Disneyland in Florida. She is passionate …

ISLAND COMMUTERS MEET WIGHTLINK MANAGERS

Wightlink Ferries Chief Executive Russell Kew and senior managers discussed ferry services with around 200 commuters arriving home at Ryde Pier on Tuesday afternoon. A wide range of subjects was raised by customers at the ‘Meet the Managers’ event including timetabling, fares and discounts offered to students and disabled people. Several passengers made suggestions which are now being considered by …

SERVICE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES

The Isle of Wight Council’s annual Lights of Love Service will take place at 19:00 on Friday (13th December). The event, which will be held at the Isle of Wight Crematorium, is for families and friends to remember loved ones they have lost. The service will be conducted by Canon Graham Morris and will be supported by choirs from All …

COLLEGE TO PERFORM MISS SAIGON

Students of Medina College in Newport are set to present their performance of Miss Saigon next week. The hard-working individuals are performing three times in the run up to Christmas on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December at 19:30 each night. Miss Saigon is a tale of romance amidst the horror of the Vietnam War. Tickets are priced …

FESTIVE BREAKFAST TREAT FOR ISLAND CHILDREN

A group of Old English Inns on the Island are welcoming a very special breakfast guest this December. Ryde Castle, The Fountain in Cowes, the Folly Inn in Whippingham and the Hare and Hounds in Newport are hosting breakfast with Father Christmas every weekend in December. The Old English Inns are throwing the special children’s event every Saturday and Sunday, …

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