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The Isle of Wight Lieutenancy

The Office of Lord-Lieutenant, The Queen’s Representative in each county of the United Kingdom, has existed for more than four centuries. Today Lieutenancies reflect a modern world very different from their military origins and provide a ceremonial presence on behalf of the Monarch and also a non-political focus for voluntary and charitable activity.
On the Isle of Wight and with the support of his Deputy Lieutenants,
Major General Martin White has fulfilled that role since 2006.

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the largest and second-most populous island in England. Measuring 23 miles from east to west, and just over 13 miles from north to south, it is in the English Channel, about 4 miles (6 km) off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent.
The Island is rich in royal history, with Queen Victoria building Osborne House, her much-loved summer residence and final home, at East Cowes and Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest child, marrying at Whippingham Church. Princess Beatrice later became governor of the Island, residing at Carisbrooke Castle.
The Island has a maritime and industrial tradition including boat building, sail making, the manufacture of flying boats, the hovercraft, and Britain's space rockets.

The Isle of Wight Lieutenancy

email: lieutenancyoffice@gmail.com
telephone 01983 823525
County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD

Local achievers have been honoured by the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has at his annual awards ceremony.

The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has honoured local achievers at his annual awards ceremony, held last night (Thursday 5 October) at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

The event saw military, public service and community achievements recognised, as well as the presentation of a British Empire Medal.

The evening was an opportunity to highlight the success of Island residents who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to their work, making a valuable difference within the community.

The following awards were presented:

  • British Empire Medal – Mrs Sarah Burdett BEM
  • Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Mrs Claire Locke DL
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Meritorious Service Certificates – Mrs Margaret Elcome, Ryde Sea Cadets and Mrs Ann Lovejoy, Isle of Wight Squadron ATC
  • Isle of Wight Territorial Trust Award for Notable Achievement – Lt Col (Retd) David Langford MBE DL
  • RNLI Gold Badge – Mr David Kennett
  • St John Ambulance Awards – Miss Natalie Rose (Medal of the Order), Mrs Rosemary Thirkettle (3rd Bar to Medal of the Order), Mr Derek Lammers-Wood (25 years) and Mrs Sandra Potts (25 years)
  • Royal British Legion Award – Councillor Ian Ward
  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Long Service Certificate – Wg Cdr John Turner (5 years), Mr Roger Spivey (5 years), Mr David Jones (10 years) and Maj Gen Martin White CB CBE JP (15 years)
  • Exemplary Service Awards – Police – Mrs Barbara Bailey (30 years Custody Visitor), Mr George Bason (45 years exemplary service), PC Lesley Metcalfe (Operation Serenity), Mr Dave Wilkins (Operation Serenity)
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets – Cadet Sgt Megan Rozee, Cowes College CCF, Cadet LCpl Keiran Thorne, Ryde SCC Royal Marine Cadets, Cadet Cpl Ashlee Robinson-Webb, Ryde Troop ACF, Cadet Flt Sgt Joel Hopwood, Isle of Wight Squadron ATC

Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White, said:

“It was a pleasure to acknowledge and recognise the commitment of those who give so much to our community, particularly our armed forces and other uniformed services. I would like to congratulate all of the award winners, they should be very proud of their achievements.”

The annual awards ceremony took place at The Royal Yacht Squadron. It was supported by 266 Port Squadron Royal Logistics Corps and sponsored by the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

THE Earl of Wessex is to open the Isle of Wight Literary Festival at Northwood House, in Cowes, on October 14.

Prince Edward will meet organisers and trustees, who will explain the origins of the festival and the programme of events before being introduced to volunteers and visiting Blackwell’s Book Shop and the Jazz Cafe.

The earl will then visit the Royal Yacht Squadron, also in Cowes, and trustees of the IW Foundation, which he is a patron of.

The royal will then travel to Newport to visit Newport Minster to discover how restoration work is going and then he will stop at Isle of Wight Radio.

There will also be visits to Quarr Abbey and Brading Roman Villa.

Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Maj Gen Martin White, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Earl of Wessex back to the Isle of Wight.

“He has a busy day of engagements across the Island, finding out more about the wonderful work which is being undertaken on our Island.”

A special ‘field of remembrance’ will once again be opened to the public at Carisbrooke Castle to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

The field was 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 Martin White, as a place where residents could pay their respects around the time of Remembrance Sunday.
The castle will open its doors for people to visit the field between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, November 10, as well as on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 between 10am and 4pm. It will not be open on Friday, November 11.
Crosses can be purchased at the castle, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
A formal service of remembrance, which members of the public are welcome to attend, will take place at the castle on Thursday, November 10 at 10.45am.
Following the service, refreshments will be provided by the Isle of Wight Federation of Women’s Institutes.

THE Isle of Wight fell silent as the dead of both world wars and conflicts across the world since were honoured yesterday (Sunday).
With excellent autumnal weather, attendances at services in the Island’s towns and villages were good as thousands of residents paid their respects to the fallen.

Hundreds honoured those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the cenotaph in St Thomas’s Square, Newport, before a service was held in Newport Minster

There were also large gatherings in Sandown, Shanklin, Ryde, Cowes and Ventnor.  Wreaths and poppy crosses were laid at memorials across the Island by families and organisations, which included the Isle of Wight Council, town and parish councils, the Royal British Legion, ex-services groups, emergency services and cadets.

Article by Isle of Wight County Press 14th November 2016

THE QUEEN has recognised five people on the Isle of Wight for their hard work and dedication to a range of charities and organisations.

Mrs Gillian Frances BURNETT – receives a BEM for Services to the Community.

Mrs Victoria DUNFORD – receives a BEM for Services to Children with Special Needs in Moldova

Mr Ian David WARD – receives a BEM for Services to Community Transport.

Mr Glyn ELLIS – receives an MBE for Services to Maritime Safety and the Community.

Mrs Alison Linda BEANE – receives an OBE for Services to Education.

The full list of honours for 2017 can be found here.

On Sunday 12th March 2017, Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant presented the Légion d’Honneur medal to Mr John Higgins at the Blackwater Mill Residential Home in Newport.  Mr Higgins received the medal in recognition for the part he played in the D day landings.

Spinlock presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation

Spinlock, designers and manufacturers of rope holding equipment and personal safety products for leisure and commercial water users, are delighted to announce they are winners of the 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards that celebrate and encourage business excellence. Winners must have demonstrated outstanding results in their respective fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.  Spinlock have been selected as winners for their Deckvest lifejacket, a revolutionary product that has changed the landscape of the market for personal safety products used by those on the water.Spinlock’s James Hall comments: “With no significant technical or aesthetic change in lifejackets for over thirty years, we decided to develop the Deckvest – a completely new personal lifejacket that is attractive and comfortable to wear; a revolutionary move and step-change in lifejacket design.”The development of the Deckvest and continuing year-on-year increase in demand for the product has had a very positive effect on the business, as CEO Chris Hill explains: “Due to the success and popularity of the Deckvest, Spinlock has been able to grow exports to 25 countries across the globe, add new market sectors and has seen a 20% increase in employment at our two sites in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.”

This is the second Queen’s Award Spinlock have won, having been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2016 by the Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness enjoyed a guided tour of Spinlock’s production facility and met with staff during his visit.

Chris Hill adds: “The continued success of Spinlock reflects a truly dedicated and talented team. They are a passionate group of individuals who really understand the market; many of them are keen sailors and this unique insight helps them develop and design products that are truly innovative.”

Spinlock will be presented with the award by Major General Martin White CB CBE JP, Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, at a ceremony (date to be confirmed).

Representatives from Spinlock will also attend a prestigious award winners’ reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, later in the year.

Article from www.spinlock.co.uk

The commemoration of the defence of Cowes and East Cowes by the Cowes built Polish Destroyer ORP Blyskawica

On Sunday 7th May 2017, the Polish marine band followed by Cowes RBL band marched from Northwood Park to Cowes Parade where the salute was taken by the Lord-Lieutenant and accompanying dignitaries.  A short address was given by representatives of the ORP Blyskawica Society and Polish dignitaries.  This was followed by a dedication and unveiling of a commemoration plaque.

For further information on the ORP Blyskawica, please click here.

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On Tuesday 23rd May 2017, Major General Martin White and Mrs White attended the annual Lord-Lieutenants Association’s AGM.  This was followed by a reception in the garden of Clarence House.

On Wednesday 24th May 2017, the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant presented the British Empire Medal (BEM) to Gillian Burnett.  Friends and members of the Isle of Wight Historical Association gathered in the museum at Brading Roman Villa to watch the presentation.

Three organisations on the Isle of Wight have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service:

Aspire Ryde – Developed a much needed community facility for locals following their successful quest to save  redundant church building.  For further information, click here.

Storeroom2010 – Furniture re-use charity that provides free/low cost training to unemployed locals.  For further information, click here.

The Volunteers of Carisbrooke Castle Museum – Engaging the public at the Museum itself and with the Outreach programmes to schools and care homes.  For further information, click here.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, recognises people for their contribution to education, children’s services and equality.

From the Isle of Wight, Mrs Gabrielle Anne Lynam EDWARDS has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the community in the Isle of Wight.

 

The Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant took the salute at a number of events on the Island to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

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On Saturday 8th July 2017, the Lord-Lieutenant attended the completion ceremony of the Walled Garden Project.

The Earl of Wessex visited the Abbey in October 2016 during the rebuilding of the wall.

The Lord-Lieutenant attended the Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Open Day for Disabilities.

Over 140 guests ranging in age from four to 90 enjoyed the day and managed over 60 trips out on The Solent . Over 11 boats were used – for the thrill seekers on fast RIBs that went to Osborne Bay, to a Drascombe gig pottering up and down Wootton Creek.

Deputy Lieutenant, Mrs Anne Longford DL joined in the celebrations in Ryde on Saturday 15th July 2016 for the inaugural IW Pride Day.

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On Saturday 15th July 2017, Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Langford DL led a service at Newport Minster to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

 

The Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has today launched the website of the Isle of Wight Lieutenancy.

Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Adrian Medley DL, who founded Cemoc Ltd, along with Director, Mr Dick Doran and Programmer,  Mr Peter Westmore , have worked together with the Lieutenancy to create the website.

Lieutenancy Assistant, Mrs Andrea Sheridan is the webmaster and Mr Michael Dunkason, photographer.

Mr Adrian Medley DL and his wife Ann, visited Abbeyfield House on Saturday 22 July 2017 for its 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Unfortunately the inclement weather meant the celebrations were held next door at All Saints Church, thanks to the generosity of Canon Graham Morris.

The Lord-Lieutenant met with his Deputy Lieutenants today,
Monday 24 July 2017 for their six monthly meeting, to update each other on the work they have been doing since January.

The Lord-Lieutenant also welcomed his recently appointed Deputy Lieutenants to the meeting and to the Isle of Wight Lieutenancy.

(Pictured left to right)
Col (Retired) Carron Snagge OBE DL
Mrs Kate Collins DL
Mr James Attrill DL

 

 

HRH The Princess Royal, visited the Isle of Wight on Monday 31st July and Tuesday 1st August.

Click here to see photos from her visit

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White presented Storeroom2010 with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Thursday 24th August 2017.  Storeroom2010, a furniture re-use project, provides free/low cost training to unemployed locals and is one of three charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

To read further information on Storeroom2010, you can go to their website by clicking here.

On Tuesday 12th September 2017, HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White presented Spinlock with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise:  Innovation.

Spinlock achieved this award by demonstrating that their business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success by either outstanding innovation, continued over at least 2 years, or continuous innovation and development over at least 5 years.

 

HRH The Countess of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Click here for more details of her visit.

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White presented Aspire Ryde with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Saturday 16th September 2017.  Aspire Ryde is a community hub located in what was once a disused Grade II listed Church and is one of three charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

To read further information on Aspire Ryde, you can go to their website by clicking here.

Saturday 23rd September saw the Isle of Wight community come together to celebrate Isle of Wight Day.

On Sunday 24th September, HM Lord-Lieutenant attended the Songs of Praise at Cowes Enterprise College.

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HRH The Earl of Wessex, visited the Isle of Wight on Thursday 28th September 2017.

Click here for more details of his visit.

The third Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service of 2017, was presented to the volunteers of Carisbrooke Castle Museum by HM Lord-Lieutenant, on Friday 29th September 2017.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum volunteers were recognised for “welcoming visitors and engaging the local community with outreach programmes to schools and care homes”.

The annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Award ceremony took place on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the Royal Yacht Squadron.

HM Lord-Lieutenant presented awards to Island residents, in recognition of their services in the community. 

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A service to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele was held at the Church of St Nicholas in Castro, Carisbrooke Castle – “The Island’s First World War Memorial” – on Thursday 12th October 2017.

The Battle of Passchendaele, otherwise known as the Third Battle of Ypres took place on the Western Front from July to November 2017. The battle lasted 105 days and around a third of a million British and Allied soldiers were killed or wounded in some of the most horrific trench warfare.

On Monday 16th October 2017, the annual Legal Service was held at the Minster Church.

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.

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On Saturday 28th October 2017 a parade and drumhead service took place in Ryde to mark the start of the poppy appeal on the Isle of Wight.  The salute was taken by HM Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White and  former members of the Women’s Royal Navy Service were guests of honour.

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A formal service of remembrance took place at Carisbrooke Castle on Thursday 9 November 2017, to commemorate those in the uniformed services who lost their lives in service of their country.

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 Martin White, as a place where residents can pay their respects around the time of Remembrance Sunday.

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A service of remembrance was held at Newport Minster on Sunday 12th November 2017. 
This was preceded by a parade through Newport followed by a two minute silence and wreath laying ceremony in St Thomas’ Square.   

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HM The Queen has recognised people on the Isle of Wight for their hard work and dedication to a range of charities and organisations.

Mr John Bernard Roger MATTHEWS receives an MBE for services to Dentistry.

Angela TATE receives an MBE for Probationers and voluntary work to the community in the Isle of Wight.

Ms Elizabeth TAPPENDEN receives an MBE for services to Small Business Start-ups and Women in Business on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Reginald Robert BARRY – receives a BEM for services to the Community.

Mrs Ann Marjorie Francescia PEMBROKE – receives a BEM For services to the Cultural History of the City of London.

Mr Scott John WATKIN – receives a BEM for services to people with Learning Disabilities.

 

 

 

On Saturday 27th January 2018, HM Lord-Lieutenant attended the Holocaust Memorial Day which was organised by the Isle of Wight Jewish Society and held at the Isle of Wight Free School.   Also in attendance were Isle of Wight  MP, Mr Bob Seeley; Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Mrs Lora Peacey-Wilcox and Provincial Grand Master of the Hants & Iow Freemasons, Mr Michael Wilks.

Pupils gave addresses between each of the 6 key speakers, finishing with each pupil lighting a single candle to represent the 6 million lives lost in the Holocaust.

The Presidents Cup was awarded to the Lord-Lieutenant at the Chamber’s Business Awards For Excellence held in December.  This was presented at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday 31 January 2018.