Isle of Wight Military Covenant signing / Freemasons

On Thursday 23rd June 2022, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL attended a Service on behalf of HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie  Sheldon at the Masonic Centre in Cowes.

Following the successful signing between United Grand Lodge of England and the Ministry of Defence, the Service further enhances the Military Covenant with Isle of Wight Freemasons and retired and serving Freemasons.

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Falklands 40 Wreath Laying Ceremony & Armed Forces Covenant

On Tuesday 14th June 2022, a wreath laying ceremony was held in St Thomas’ Square Newport, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the
Falklands War.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier Maurice Sheen CBE QVRM TD DL represented the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant.

Following the ceremony, the Isle of Wight Council re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, showing its commitment to the Armed Forces Community.  The Covenant was signed by the Leader of the Council. Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox and co-signed by Cdre Mel Robinson CBE ADC RNR


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Mr Ian Lloyd BEM

On Friday 10th June 2022, HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight presented Mr Ian Lloyd BEM with the British Empire Medal.

In the role of the Isle of Wight Council’s Strategic Manager for Partnerships and Support Services in adult social care, Mr Lloyd led the setup and delivery of the Covid-19 helpline along with the 26-strong community hub response, throughout the Coronavirus pandemic that provided tailored support to over 10,500 shielded Island residents.

A Celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On Sunday 5th June 2022, The Lord-Lieutenant invited people from all walks of life, to attend a Service at the Minster to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Queensgate Primary School, winners of the ‘Primary Schools Choir’ section, at this years Isle of Wight Music, Dance & Drama Festival, performed during the service, along with Choirs of the Parish of Newport and Carisbrooke and The Voices of the Isle of Wight.

Readings were read by :

  • A student at Cowes Enterprise College
  • A teacher at Christ the King College
  • A Street Pastor and
  • A Senior Citizen
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Platinum Jubilee Church Service at Christ Church, Sandown


On Saturday 4th June 2022, HM Lord-Lieutenant attended a Church Service at Christ Church, Sandown to mark the Platinum Jubilee for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  After the service, the Lord-Lieutenant planted a rose to mark the occasion.

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Jubilee Beacon on Culver Down

On Thursday 2 June 2022, Caroline Peel DL along with Bembridge scouts lit the Jubilee Beacon on Culver Down. The beacon was lit early with a dispensation from the Royal Pageant Master as it was being recorded by the BBC for national coverage.

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022

This year, two groups of Island volunteers have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; this is the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is the equivalent of an individual being awarded an MBE.

Pan Together have been recognised for their work supporting their local community in East Newport. Their community café is open 5 days a week, providing wholesome and affordable food. The centre acts as a community focus, enabling people to meet and for young people and adults alike to receive guidance, support and access to learning, thereby providing them with opportunities to progress into or return to employment.

Sandown Green Town Volunteers have transformed their town, providing clean, attractive and colourful public spaces. Each day you can see SGT volunteers in their high viz jackets picking up litter and improving the environment. With regular gardening sessions they care for flower-beds, planters and troughs from the Cliff Path to Yaverland; the beds in front of
the Pier are a centre-piece for the town. They have rewilded parts of the coastal path and planted hundreds of hedgerow trees. Their activities enhance the town and promote a sense of well-being.

Birthday Honours List 2022

Three people from the Isle of Wight were recognised with honours from HM The Queen, in the Birthday Honours List announced over the Jubilee weekend:

Jamie BRENCHLEYHousing Needs Manager, Isle of Wight Council
has been awarded an MBE for services to Homeless People, particularly during Covid-19

Margaret BEACHAM Chair, Ryde Unit, Sea Cadets.
has been awarded a BEM for voluntary service to Young People in the Isle of Wight

Robert John JONESLibrary Service Manager, Isle of Wight Council
has been awarded a BEM for services to Public Libraries