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.
On Sunday 4th November 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant joined local dignitaries and members of the community, at a service held at All Saints’ Church Ryde, to rededicate the All Saints’ War Memorial.
During the Great War, 161 men from the parish of All Saints’ Ryde lost their lives and many more were wounded. The memorial was dedicated on 11th March 1921 at a ceremony led by the Bishop of Southampton, and unveiled by Major General J E B Seely, CB CMG DSO MP and Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.
Over the passage of time, the Portland Stone weathered and the names wore away. The Friends of All Saints’ Church raised the money to conserve the memorial and restore it to as near as possible, as it was in 1921.
Mrs Susie Sheldon DL has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, to succeed Major General Sir Martin White KCVO CB CBE when he retires on 25th March 2019.
On Saturday 27th October 2018, a parade and drumhead service took place in Newport to mark the start of the poppy appeal on the Isle of Wight. Addresses were given by Ian Ward, President RBL IOW and HM Lord-Lieutenant.
Following the Service the salute was taken by HM Lord-Lieutenant Major General Sir Martin White.
On Monday 15th October 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant attended the annual Legal Service at the Minster Church, Newport.
This traditional Service is held on the Isle of Wight each year and provides an opportunity to give thanks for the Queen’s Peace and our Heritage, in the presence of Her Majesty’s Judiciary.