On Friday 10th September 2021, A Community Service of Reflection & Thanksgiving was held at the Minster. The Service was held to remember all who have suffered because of the Covid19 pandemic and to give thanks for the extraordinary efforts of so many keyworkers and community volunteers.
On Saturday 28th August 2021, the Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Royal Isle of Wight County Show.
The Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society dates from 1874 and enjoyed the royal patronage of Queen Victoria from 1882. The annual County Show is a very well-established part of Island life and ran its 120th show in 2019. Over 160 volunteers plan, organise and set up the festival over the year, then run the festival on the day. Many volunteers have served for long periods of time – 5 for as long as 50 years; some families have served for
5 or 6 generations.
On Sunday 15th August 2021, the Lord-Lieutenant attended a service at St Georges Church Arreton to commemorate 76 years since VJ Day.
During the service, Mr Harry Aitken (99) the oldest veteran in the Isle of Wight read a lesson and laid the Burma Star wreath. The Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff also laid wreaths by the Burma Star window.
On Saturday 7th August 2021, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon, presented Inflight Peripherals Ltd (IFPL) with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
IFPL were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the ‘Innovation’ category, for their design of a contactless payment and personalisation device for use in commercial passenger aircraft.
On Tuesday 27th July 2021, The Lord-Lieutenant launched The Queen’s Green Canopy on the Isle of Wight.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 it is hoped the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) will see communities, charities, schools, youth groups, councils and landowners planting trees to create a lasting legacy in honour of The Queen’s 70-year leadership of the Nation.
This vision is captured in the QGC call to action to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.
The emphasis is on quality not quantity – the aim is to plant the right tree in the right place and at the right time. Future stewardship is very important.
The aim is to create a network of individual or specimen trees, tree avenues, copses and woodlands. Planting new trees may take the form of:
- A Platinum Jubilee Avenue of medium-sized or large trees. Ideal for cities, large estates, new housing developments and parishes.
- A Platinum Jubilee Copse on private or public land.
- A Platinum School Tree – schools will be offered a tree for the students to plant (provided free of charge).
- Platinum Jubilee Community planting projects for youth groups, Parishes, Resident’s Associations. Community planting packs are available through the Woodland Trust or community groups may wish to purchase trees from approved suppliers.
- Ancient Woodlands and Veteran Trees with historic links will also be conserved through dedication to The Queen’s Green Canopy.
The dual impact of the climate emergency and the Covid-19 pandemic are at the forefront of the planning and makes this project particularly resonant.
Susie Sheldon, Lord Lieutenant said “I hope this campaign will give everyone the opportunity to take part in the Queen’s jubilee next year. It would be great to see the Island lead the way and create a green canopy for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.
“From this October, all of the planting projects can be uploaded onto a National interactive map. We would encourage everyone who takes part in the planting to upload on to the map as we would like to get as much of the Island covered in green as possible”
On Sunday 25th July, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL attended a service to commemorate the Centenary of Sandown War Memorial. The High Sheriff Mr James Atrill, Royal British Legion President Ian Ward and the Mayor of Sandown, Paddy Lightfoot who all took part in the service were joined by members of the Sandown Community Association.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent visited the Isle of Wight on July 20th and July 21st, 2021.
At Havenstreet Railway HRH departed for a round trip on the line travelling First Class in a rebuild of an 1864 Oldbury Coach. He then went on to unveil a 50th Anniversary Memorial plaque in Station Yard which paid tribute to all those who contributed towards the success of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway over the last 50 years. The Prince was then taken on a tour of the Train Story Museum.
The following day HRH visited Sandown seafront to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the War Memorial. Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat provided a guard of honour on his arrival and school children from Sandown CE Primary school presented the Prince with a personally designed mug.
The Prince then went to the Broadway Centre where he presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to the Isle of Wight Bus Partnership. The award was received on behalf of the volunteers by Alan Stott; the citation for the award was read by Dr Nicholas England DL. After the presentation His Royal Highness met volunteer drivers and regular users of the bus service.
On Monday 19th July 2021, the Lord-Lieutenant presented the British Empire Medal to Jo Dare, in the gardens of the Age UK premises in Newport.
Jo is currently the Chief Officer of AgeUK IW and has grown the charity exponentially, by developing a robust infrastructure to manage the expansion of the organisation since arriving 14 years ago. Originally a small charity with 12 staff and 100 volunteers, to current date with over 150 staff and 300 volunteers.