A message from the Lord-Lieutenant

There can be no doubt that this invisible enemy, the Coronovirus, has already disrupted and is going to continue to disrupt all our lives here on the Isle of Wight. For those having to self-isolate as a precaution as well as those who catch the disease, these are worrying and lonely times. We have a very strong community on the Isle of Wight and already local groups of volunteers in all areas are finalising their plans to give support where it is needed. If you need help or want to volunteer, efforts are being centrally concentrated through Community Action and Citizens Advice.
Local Town and Parish Councils, Churches and Voluntary Groups will provide local focus.
Our medical services, emergency services, the IOW Council, the Chamber of Commerce and indeed all those who serve our community will be continuing to work to get us through this period.
I would urge everyone to follow the government and health services guidelines as closely as they can.
We all need to work together for the safety of all members of our community. I would ask everyone to look out for the vulnerable and those in need. Each individual has a responsibility to look after their own health at this time in order not to put others at risk. We are privileged to live on a beautiful Island and however difficult these next few months may be, I believe we will re-emerge at the end of it as a strong caring community that we will have proved ourselves to be.

The Isle of Wight Lieutenancy

The Office of Lord-Lieutenant, The Queen’s Representative in each county of the United Kingdom, has existed for more than four centuries. Today Lieutenancies reflect a modern world very different from their military origins and provide a ceremonial presence on behalf of the Monarch and also a non-political focus for voluntary and charitable activity.
On the Isle of Wight and with the support of her Deputy Lieutenants,
Mrs Susie Sheldon JP has fulfilled that role since April 2019.


The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the largest and second-most populous island in England. Measuring 23 miles from east to west, and just over 13 miles from north to south, it is in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent.
The Island is rich in royal history, with Queen Victoria building Osborne House, her much-loved summer residence and final home, at East Cowes and Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest child, marrying at Whippingham Church. Princess Beatrice later became governor of the Island, residing at Carisbrooke Castle.
The Island has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets.