A service of remembrance was held at Newport Minster on Sunday 10th November 2019.
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Susie Sheldon JP was in attendance 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.
Following the wreath laying ceremony, a service of remembrance was led by the Reverend Kevin Arkell.
A service of remembrance took place at Carisbrooke Castle on Thursday 7th November 2019, to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country. The service was held in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon, local dignitaries, Veterans, Royal British Legion representatives, Uniformed Services, School Children and members of the public.
The Field of Remembrance was first introduced in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle in 2010. It was established by the then 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 3rd November 2019, the Lord-Lieutenant, in her role as Patron, visited the Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Station. She was shown around the station by Operation Manager, Mark Birch where she also met the crew.
On Monday 21st October 2019, 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. Retired Deputy Lieutenant, Mr John Matthews DL attended his last Legal Service as Under Sheriff before handing over to April Newton next year.
The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Award ceremony took place on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Three British Empire Medals (BEM) were presented to:
- Mr Geoff Banks for services to the Community
- Mr Terry Blunden for services to the Community
- Miss Yvonne White for services to Equality and Diversity on the Isle of Wight.
HM Lord-Lieutenant also presented awards to Island residents, in recognition of their services to the community.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon thanks the retiring cadets for their hard work and support at numerous events during the last year. She wishes them all well for the future.
- Cadet Warrant Officer Oliver Coulson, Ryde School Combined Cadet Force
- Able Cadet Morgan Tombleson, Cowes Unit Sea Cadet Corps
- Cadet Lance Corporal Trinity Wiltshire, 2 Ryde Troop, Hampshire and The Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force
Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant appoints 3 to 4 young people to serve as her Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets. They are selected from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets Force, the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force.
Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are appointed during the Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards evening held at the Royal Yacht Squadron every October.
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.