The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon, attended a brief service given by The Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight at the War Memorial in St Thomas’s Square Newport and laid a wreath as the Queen’s representative. The Chairman of the Council, George Cameron and the Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, also attended and laid wreaths.
Meanwhile Deputy Lieutenants laid wreaths on War Memorials around the Island on behalf of the Isle of Wight Lieutenancy. Where services were taking place within the Government Rules, the Deputy Lieutenants took part in these services but elsewhere they attended on their own and laid a wreath at an appropriate moment.
The Lord-Lieutenant said “It was sad that our normal community Remembrance Events could not take place this year but I am aware of the enormous effort that has been put into making sure we mark the day appropriately. Many people have quietly laid their own wreaths and wreaths for the organisations they represent and our War Memorials around the Island show that we have not forgotten the huge sacrifices that have been made in the past.”
On Tuesday 3rd November, a Service was held in the Garden of Remembrance at Carisbrooke Castle and crosses were laid in memory of members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air-Force as well as other uniformed Servicemen and women. A video of this service can be found on the home page of this Lieutenancy website.
Due to the current social restrictions and advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the Island’s Remembrance Day Parade followed by the Civic Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at Newport War Memorial was not able to take place this year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council and the MP laid wreaths on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and the Island’s community on Sunday 8th November 2020, outside the Minster at Newport War Memorial.
Susie Sheldon, Lord-Lieutenant said, “The act of remembrance is of huge importance and significance for the Isle of Wight, so it is disappointing that for this year we cannot have a shared act of remembrance but must all mark the day privately.
“Just as it is important to look back and remember the sacrifices made by so many, we must also look forward to a time when we have collectively worked together to find a way through the virus and are once again free to gather together on this important day.”
George Cameron, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council said, “I am sure that despite this disappointment, people will still mark this important occasion and by spending a few moments at 11.00 on the Sunday 8th and Wednesday 11th November, to “remember from home” all those that that gave their lives in war to protect our way of life.”
Anyone wishing to lay wreaths at the Newport War Memorial and any memorial across the Island are asked to do so over the course of Remembrance Sunday and also on Remembrance Day itself and in accordance with the latest social distancing guidance.
On Wednesday 4th November 2020, the Lord-Lieutenant officially opened Cowes Milk Shed at Crockers Farm, along the main Newport to Cowes Road.
The family behind the rural venture have made a significant investment to allow people to drink local freshly pasteurised milk from a vending machine – which has come from the family’s herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cows.
This year’s Garden of Remembrance service took place under strict COVID-19 guidelines on Tuesday 3rd November 2020 in the memorial Garden at Carisbrooke Castle.
The Service was delivered by the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and attended by the Lord-Lieutenant, The High Sheriff, The Chairman of the Council, The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman of SERFCA (Hants and IOW) and retired Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Sir Martin White.
The brief service was videoed and will be released on Remembrance Sunday, incorporating coverage of all the War Memorials on the Isle of Wight.
HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Vectis Radio on Tuesday 13th October 2020 . The Lord-Lieutenant was interviewed live on air about the award, along with Dr Nick England DL who also attended the presentation.
Vectis Radio was established 10 years ago and was recognised for its support of local charities and for their excellent 4Ps training programme for young people with learning difficulties, which enables them to present, promote, produce and make podcasts.
Three people from the Isle of Wight were recognised with honours from HM The Queen in the delayed Birthday Honours announced over the weekend
Major Randal Cross has been awarded the MBE for his services to the community in Ryde and the Isle of Wight
Major Cross has worked to support All Saints Church Ryde for 40 years since he first became a member of the PCC in 1980. His roles have been many and he has been a stalwart in supporting all aspects of Church life. He has been ever present supporting all the different Vicars of All Saints over the years.
He has been an outstanding and conscientious caseworker for SSAFA and was a volunteer for St John’s Ambulance for many years representing the Isle of Wight St John’s Ambulance at national level. His selfless contribution to the community of the Isle of Wight has been recognised with this honour.
Ms Jo Dare has been awarded the BEM for her role as Chief Executive of Age UK, Isle of Wight for services to Older People.
Jo Dare has been Chief Executive of Age UK Isle of Wight for 15 years and has worked tirelessly championing the needs of older residents on the Isle of Wight. She is an inspirational leader to her team and has shown a determination to ensure that assistance is available to all Older people who need it.
Ms Clare Griffin has been awarded the MBE for services to the community on the Isle of Wight and particularly during COVID 19.
Clare has managed and developed the West Wight Sports and Community Centre for 30 years . She has built it into a thriving Charity that supports the community in a myriad of ways. She has developed numerous projects that support the most vulnerable in our society. At the start of COVID lockdown she turned the Sports Centre into the West Wight Community Support Hub that supported the local community during lockdown and continues to do so now.