Alzheimer Café IOW

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.

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Friends of Freshwater Library

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.

Teemill Tech Ltd

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.
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Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Open Day 2019

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.

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Royal Isle of Wight County Show 2019

On Sunday 30th June 2019, the Lord-Lieutenant arrived at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show, in a convoy of new and vintage tractors, which was then officially opened by Mr Geoff Underwood, High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.

Two performances from The Household Cavalry delighted the visitors, along with many other new attractions for this year’s Show.


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Flag Raising Ceremony, 2019

On Monday 24th June 2019, Col Carron Snagge OBE DL, represented the Lord-Lieutenant at the Flag Raising Ceremony at St Thomas’s Square, Newport. Mrs Anne Longford DL also attended from the Isle of Wight Lieutenancy.
The Armed Forces Day flag was raised in front of local dignitaries, representatives of the armed forces, veterans and members of the public. The flag raising ceremony is part of the Fly the Flag campaign, which enables communities to show their support for their military community, both serving and retired.

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Armed Forces Day 2019

On Saturday 22nd June 2019, the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon took the salute at the march-past of service personnel, veterans, standard bearers and cadets in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

The  Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr George Cameron opened the ceremony, followed with a blessing by County Legion Chaplain, Amanda Collinson.  Cllr Ian Ward then spoke about the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima.

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