Following a five-year term by joint Island Commissioners- Shirley Saunders and Lesley Clifford- Girlguiding IW now has a team of three Commissioners to head up the Island’s leaders and support the 1,000 young members. Linda Stone from Carisbrooke has been appointed Island Commissioner with Anne Watson and Donna Sanders as Assistant Commissioners. All three have ... read more

Isle of Wight Wins Top Award.

Holding off tough competition from Essex, Orkney, Anglesey and the Severn Valley, the Isle of Wight has clinched a top award in a national competition. It has been crowned the BBC Countryfile Magazine Holiday Destination of the Year following a national vote. Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight, says it is a ... read more

Peer Education Qualifications for IW Girlguiding members.

Three young members of Girlguiding IW have undertaken training and gained qualifications in Peer Education. Tessa Bryson, 14, Erica Hiscock, 15 and Shannon Attfield, 15 have just finished their Peer Education training at Foxlease, the Girlguiding Training Centre in Hampshire and are now all set to train other girls. Peer Education is Girlguiding’s innovative programme ... read more

International Women’s Day- 8th March.

Sunday, 8th March, celebrates International Women’s Day as a focal point in the movement for women’s rights to help forge a gender-equal world and celebrate women’s achievements. As part of its commitment to the ongoing support of women in the maritime industry, Red Funnel has signed the Women in Maritime pledge and intends to achieve ... read more

IW Festival announces more artists joining the line-up for the 2020 event.

The Isle of Wight Festival has announced more artists joining the line-up for the 2020 event which takes place at Seaclose Park, Newport over the weekend of 11th-14th June. They are: THURSDAY: FooR, Natasha Bedingfield, Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix tribute) FRIDAY (Main Stage): You Me At Six, LONA FRIDAY (Big Top): Joy Crookes, The ... read more


Six volunteers  were presented with Good Service Brooches for excellent service within Girlguiding by the Island Commissioners Shirley Saunders and Lesley Clifford at a special World Thinking Day Event. There was a surprise visit from a Girlguiding SW England Region Deputy Commissioner Sarah French who had travelled to the Island for the day from Somerset. ... read more

GIRLGUIDING IW WORLD THINKING DAY 2020- over £1,200 in fundraising.

Around the World the 10 million members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) celebrate World Thinking Day every year. This celebration of the birthdays of the founders of the Movement on 22nd February, is an annual event and recalls the birthdays of the first World Chief Guide Lady Olave Baden-Powell ... read more


Red Funnel has announced that Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats, a collaboration of Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue, has been elected as its Charity of the Year (COTY), 2020. This announcement follows the results of a vote by Red Funnel staff and customers. The lifeboat groups joined forces ... read more


With Scottish Country Dancing and Cake what better way to celebrate Burns Night. All the Brownies and leaders of the 1st Carisbrooke (Princess Beatrice’s Own) Brownie Unit recently enjoyed an evening of Scottish Country Dancing led by two members of the IW Caledonian Society. Scottish music filled the hall and the girls were quick to ... read more