On Thursday 12th September 2019, Deputy Lieutenant Mr Nick Oulton DL unveiled a memorial stone in memory of Sergeant John Keatinge Haire who, on 6th November 1940, steered his burning Hurricane away from the village of Arreton on the Isle of Wight.
A lone Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Flight flew under the cloud base to give tribute to the fallen. Wreaths were laid by relatives, members of the Armed Forces, John Pulfer from the Battle of Britain Historical Society, Bob Seely MP and others.
On Thursday 8th August 2019, The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon welcomed The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Isle of Wight. The Duke and Duchess hosted the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup, to raise awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages.
The event, which took place in Cowes and saw The Duke and Duchess go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats, in an eight boat regatta. The winning team was awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.
The eight boats taking part in The King’s Cup each represented one of the charities that are being supported this year by Their Royal Highnesses. These include
Child Bereavement UK
London’s Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign
Action on Addiction
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s longstanding work on Early Years.
Mrs Susie Sheldon, Lord-Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight visited Hampshire and Isle of Wight cadets, at their annual summer camp in Okehampton on 31st July 2019. Cadets took part in activities such as First Aid, Archery, Field Craft, Mountain Biking, Abseiling and Climbing.
During the Lord-Lieutenant’s visit to the Camp, she spent time talking with the cadets about their camp experiences.
The Order of St John UK Award for Organ Donation, which was launched by the Order of St John and NHS Blood and Transplant, honours the incredible gift, donors and their families make by donating their organs to save and improve the lives of others.
This year, families from the Isle of Wight whose loved ones donated their organs, were invited to a ceremony at Hasely Manor where they were presented with their awards by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP.
HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented the Alzheimer Café IOW, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Wednesday 10th July 2019.
The Alzheimer Café is one of two charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
More information on the charity can be found here.
HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented the Friends of Freshwater Library, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Tuesday 9th July 2019.
During the ceremony, the Citation was read by the Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy
Friends of Freshwater Library
The Friends of Freshwater Library was set up in 2012 to save the library from closure and to revitalise it. The library was built in 1939 and has continued to make an effective and lasting difference to the local community over the following decades. When it was under threat of closure the Friends of Freshwater Library realised that this attractive building has been at the very heart of village life and therefore have worked tirelessly to preserve and protect both the building and the library service.
They have taken over the support for this classic local library, and continue to run and expand its services by running monthly events, running a local community cinema in the library on a big screen, selling retail items such as local calendars and tea towels, arranging talks and offering a varied programme of events and clubs.
This has been done by a team of volunteers who help run the library by committing to a weekly sessions, be it volunteer librarians, fundraising, doing the garden, running events or clubs, producing catering or anything else that needs to be done. The passion of the volunteers, to preserve the future of the library and to increase its offerings to the local community has been outstanding.
The Committee, who have a wide range of talent and expertise have built up over 200 local paid up members to support their efforts and run an outstanding volunteering organisation. This is a truly community based organisation. The standard of organisation and volunteering is very high and the Friends provide a first class facility for people of all ages.
The Friends of Freshwater Library is one of two charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
More information on the charity can be found here.
HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented Teemill Tech Ltd with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise on Tuesday 9th July 2019.
During the ceremony, the citation was read by Mrs Claire Locke DL
Teemill Tech Ltd
Teemill Tech Ltd has developed innovative new software that is outstanding in its field. It is a platform accessible to businesses and charities that allows them to build a custom store and design and sell their own t-shirts on-line. This platform provides a connected, automated and circular system for fashion incorporating technology, sustainability, renewable energy and the circular economy in line with the ethos created by Rapanui with its sustainable cotton supply train.
The products sold through this technology are made from natural materials and designed to be sent back to Teemill Tech Ltd when they are worn out. New products are made from the materials which are sent back or recovered and the cycle itself is renewable. The detailed level of technology created by the founders of Teemill Tech Ltd allows products to be made in real time using lower impact inks, software, machinery and automated systems. Products are only made after they have been ordered so there is no waste. Teemill Tech Ltd shares the benefits of this technology with businesses, start ups and charities.
The development of this software has also helped over 40 young people on the Isle of Wight get into full time work through their vocational training programme.
The Lord-Lieutenant attended the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Open Day for people with Disabilities on Saturday 6th July 2019.
Over 185 guests enjoyed trips out on The Solent and down Wootton Creek. A variety of sailing and power boats were used including specially adapted Sonars from the Andrew Cassell Foundation.