The Earl of Wessex visits the Island

On Tuesday 29th September 2020, the Earl of Wessex visited West Wight Sports and Community Centre and met staff and volunteers from the community project ‘Our Place’.

The Earl then went on to the town of Yarmouth to meet shopkeepers outside Harveys Convenience Store and Yarmouth Pharmacy.  From there, he spent time in Newport High Street where the Lord-Lieutenant updated the Earl with plans for regeneration.   He ended the visit at Thompsons Restaurant where Mr Thompson explained how the business has expanded to cope with COVID.

IW Multiple Sclerosis Society

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis Society, on Monday 21st September 2020 .  Dr Nick England DL and Cllr Paul Brading also attended the low key presentation.

The Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis Society is one of four charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

The Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis Society was set up over 40 years ago, moving to its current premises in Shanklin in 2009; the group is highly successful in supporting, both emotionally and financially, those suffering from MS together with their families.  More information on the charity can be found here.

West Wight Heritage Centre

On Tuesday 1st September 2020, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Susie Sheldon,  officially opened the West Wight Heritage Centre in Freshwater.

Over a number years the Freshwater and Totland Archive group led by Linda Barnes had existed in various locations.  During that time the volume of
information increased, along with the interest in the past and there had been an increasing need to make the information more accessible and secure.  Further information on the project can be found here.

75th Anniversary of VJ Day

On Saturday 15th August 2020, the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon joined war veterans, members of the Isle of Wight Royal British Legion, the High Sheriff and other local dignitaries to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day.  Wreaths were laid at Shanklin, Lake and Sandown Memorials.

The Lord-Lieutenant also officially opened the newly created Shanklin Library.

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Let’s Buy Local

On Sunday 12th July, the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon along with the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Caroline Peel, supported the ‘Let’s Buy Local’ Open Air Market at the County Showground in Northwood.  The market will also be open on Sunday 19th July at the County Showground.

Further details of the Let’s Buy Local campaign can be found here.

Flying the Flag for the Armed Forces

The Isle of Wight Lord-Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon joined the Isle of Wight Council’s chairman, Councillor George Cameron, High Sheriff, Caroline Peel, and the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Ian Ward to the annual flag raising ceremony on Monday, 22 June to mark the start of national Armed Forces Week. Raising the flag were council officers, Steve Brockbank and Darren Steed, both service veterans.

Social distancing measures enforced by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic meant the traditionally held ceremony in St Thomas’ Square, Newport, could not take place this year. Instead, the Isle of Wight Council hosted an intimate ceremony in the grounds of County Hall.

Four Island Groups win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

This year, four 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.

Our winners are:

Isle of Wight Music Dance and Drama Festival – The Music Dance and Drama Festival has just celebrated its 91th year, with 3700 entries in over 400 classes, operating in six venues in three towns.

Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis – Isle of Wight Multiple Sclerosis was set up over 40 years ago, moving to its current premises in Shanklin in 2009; the group is highly successful in supporting, both emotionally and financially, those suffering from MS together with their families.

Royal Isle of Wight County Show – The County Show has also been around for a very long time, dating back to 1874, celebrating its 120th show in 2019; the volunteers were recognised for their great work in revitalising the show over the last 7 years, thus contributing to the growth of the Island rural economy.

Vectis Radio – 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.