The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017

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.

BEM Medal Presententation

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.

Remembering the ORP Blyskawica

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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The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017

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.

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Légion d’Honneur Medal Presentation

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.

New Year’s Honours List 2017

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.