Isle of Wight Music, Drama & Dance Festival

On Sunday 27th February 2022, The Lord-Lieutenant presented the volunteers of the Isle of Wight Music, Drama and Dance Festival with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. Volunteers were awarded the Queen’s Award in 2020 but the ceremony was delayed due to Covid restrictions.

The ceremony took place at Shanklin Theatre during the morning session of the Pop and Rock day.  Accepting the award were Gioia Minghella – President, Chris Booth – Chair and Ellen Weeks – Vice Chair.

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Christmas Carols at Quarr Abbey 2021

On Sunday 19th December 2021, The Lord-Lieutenant attended the afternoon performance at the Annual Christmas Carol Concert held at Quarr Abbey.

Two performances were given by the Voices of the Isle of Wight and members of the Community at Quarr.  The Voices were led by Linda Filby-Borrett. James Longford played the organ with Nancy and two other Suzuki violinists accompanying the choir.

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Women’s Institute Celebrates 100 Years

On Thursday 25th November, the Lord-Lieutenant attended a service of thanksgiving at the Newport Minster to celebrate one hundred years of the WI being on the Island.

Six favourite Hymns were sung with readings between each hymn. The Centenary WI Choir sang 3 folk songs of the four Seasons by Vaughan Williams accompanied by Sue Biss, IW Federation Chairman, on the grand piano.

After the service the Lord-Lieutenant met members of the Island WI branches and was introduced to a WI member who had celebrated her 100th birthday the day before.

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Remembrance Sunday 2021

On Sunday 14th November,  HM Lord-Lieutenant laid a wreath at St Thomas’s Square, Newport.  Wreaths were also laid by the High Sheriff and Chairman of the Council along with other dignitaries, veterans, and members of organisations from around the Island.  Following the wreath laying, a  church service took place in the Minster.  A parade followed with the Lord-Lieutenant taking the salute.

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Field of Remembrance 2021

On Thursday 11th November 2021, the Field of Remembrance took place in the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle.  HM Lord-Lieutenant planted crosses along with other dignitaries, members of the Royal British Legion, Veterans and school children.

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Queen’s Award for Enterprise presented to Wight Shipyard

On Tuesday 9th November 2021, The Lord-Lieutenant presented Peter Morton, Chief Executive of Wight Shipyard with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

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Lord-Lieutenant plants a tree for the Jubilee

On Thursday 28th October 2021, The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, as President of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society,  planted an oak tree at the County Showground in Northwood, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Mr Graham Biss DL, vice chairman and honorary treasurer of the society , said: “This is a great campaign because everyone can get involved.

“Whether you have your own garden, or are involved in a community planting scheme, this is a fitting testimony to the dedicated service that the Queen has given to the nation.”

Click here to view the interactive map showing where other trees have been planted.

Plant a tree for the Jubilee