On Friday 15th February 2019, the Voluntary Sector paid tribute to the contribution the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White have made to the Isle of Wight during the last twelve years. Major General Sir Martin White, who retires at the end of March, along with Lady White, attended the event at the Riverside Centre which was hosted by Mr Richard Priest. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and his wife also attended, along with other Island dignitaries.
A number of speakers from organisations and charities with whom the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White have worked over the years, many of which had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, shared their experiences and gave thanks for what had been achieved.
Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion and cadets from the Island’s Army Cadet Force also took part in the evening along with Lord-Lieutenant Cadets, past and present who expressed their gratitude. Personal tributes were also made from Officers with whom the Lord-Lieutenant had served in the Armed Forces.
A letter of good wishes on his retirement, was presented to the Lord-Lieutenant from Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, Britain’s Prime Minister during the first Gulf War in 1990/91 when Sir Martin commanded the United Kingdom’s logistic operation in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Memories were also shared from Sir Martin’s time as a school boy at Sandown Grammar School, Shanklin Town Brass Band provided the music and a fabulous cake was presented by the Women’s Institute, amongst other gifts.
On Thursday 7th February 2019, the Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Peter Grimaldi DL attended a Presentation evening at Cowes Sea Cadets. They were met by Chairman, Mr Richard Tombleson and escorted around the newly built Cadet centre.
HM The Queen has recognised people on the Isle of Wight for their hard work and dedication to a range of charities and organisations.
Mr Bryan FLAWELL receives an MBE for services to HM Prison Service and the community.
Mr Geoffrey John BANKS receives a BEM for services to the Community.
Mr Terence John BLUNDEN receives a BEM for services to the Community.
On Friday 21st December 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White visited The Adelaide in Ryde, an established purpose built County Council resource centre for respite care and met with members of the senior team, support workers and other staff.
The Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White were given a tour of the facilities with future enhancements being planned to extend the range of care provided. They met with many of the residents and day care visitors who were enjoying carols before tea.
On Wednesday 28th November 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant opened the new Information, Advice and Guidance provision Centre at County Hall, Newport.
The new facility will bring a number of partners together in one location, including Citizens Advice, Age UK (Isle of Wight) and the Isle of Wight Council’s help centre. This single and distinct point of contact will provide simple access to a wide range of information, advice and guidance services in one place, as ‘Isle Help’.
A short service for the lighting of beacons was held at Carisbrooke Castle on Remembrance Sunday.
The beacon was lit at 7pm and was followed by the sounding of church bells across the Island.
HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Sir Martin White said: “The Great War had a profound impact on each and every one of our towns and villages on the Island.
“This is our opportunity to remember those who were lost and mark the end of that dreadful conflict together.”
A service of remembrance was held at Newport Minster on Sunday 11th November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War.
Her Majesty’s representative, Lord-Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White was in attendance and laying wreaths along with other dignitaries and representatives.
Proceedings started with processions led by the Royal British Legion and by the Isle of Wight Council’s mace bearer to St Thomas’ Square where the processions joined for prayers before the formal silence. A maroon was fired from Newport Fire Station officially marking the two minutes silence and again at the finish.
The wreath laying ceremony was followed by the service of remembrance led by the Reverend Kevin Arkell.
A service of remembrance took place at Carisbrooke Castle on Thursday 8th November 2018, to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country. The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, the 9th Bishop of Portsmouth led the service in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant and Lady White, local dignitaries, Veterans, Royal British Legion representatives, Uniformed Services, School Children and members of the public.
The field was first introduced in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle in 2010. It was established by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Sir Martin White, as a place where residents can pay their respects around the time of Remembrance Sunday.