COVID-19

VOLUNTEERS FINED £100 FOR ‘NON ESSENTIAL’ MAINTENANCE AT FOOTBALL CLUB

A group of volunteers who spent their Saturday afternoon giving Ventnor Football Club a spruce up have been fined £100 each after they claim a disgruntled dog walker reported them to the authorities. With no Saturday action on the pitch, volunteers decided to make use of their time by picking up a paint brush to […]
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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL ORGANISERS ‘EXPLORING OPTIONS’ FOR 2021 EVENT

An announcement is due to be made about this year’s Isle of Wight Festival next week, according to organisers. The team behind the annual event say they are ‘exploring options’ for this year’s 4-day festival following Boris Johnson’s big reveal of his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday. Currently, it seems unlikely that the festival […]
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SCHOOLS TO RE-OPEN IN 2 WEEKS’ TIME FOR ALL CHILDREN

All school children across the Isle of Wight will return to the classroom from Monday 8th March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed this afternoon (Monday). Despite calls for a staggered approach, it has been announced that all children across all year groups will return in just 2 weeks’ time following weeks of homeschooling. Most […]
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COVID-19 WORKPLACE TESTING NOW AVAILABLE WITH COUNCIL WORKING ON ADDITIONAL PLANS

Workplace coronavirus testing is now being offered to more businesses for staff who cannot work from home during lockdown. Businesses with 50 or more employees are now able to access lateral flow tests, which can produce results in less than 30 minutes. Around 1 in 3 people who have the virus have it without symptoms […]
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EYE OF THE STORM – ST MARY’S REMAINS UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN SAYS NHS BOSS

‘Still in the eye of the storm’ — that’s the stark warning from the Isle of Wight’s top NHS boss as St Mary’s Hospital remains under considerable strain. As case rates steadily start to slow down, now falling to 415 cases per 100,000 from a peak earlier in January of 1,171.6, chief executive of the […]
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UNPAID CARERS ACROSS THE ISLAND URGED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON CARE

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Healthwatch England are making a call for feedback from carers across the South East after a year of enormous challenges and loss.  Unpaid carers have played a greater role than ever before in supporting people with their care needs during this pandemic. In addition to the direct support they […]
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COVID FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF SANDOWN SPRINT FOR A SECOND YEAR

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint for a second time. Organisers of the Sandown Sprint have today (Friday) announced that the 2021 event has been postponed until next year, just as it was in March 2020. The brand new event now looks set to take place 2 […]
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£3,000 GRANTS AVAILABLE TO HELP PROVIDE ACTIVITES FOR YOUNG ISLANDERS AND FAMILIES

Grants of up to £3,000 are now available to help provide new or additional activities for families and young people living on the Isle of Wight. Local groups, clubs and enterprises are being encouraged to apply for an ‘Early Help Community Capacity Building Grant’ before the 8th February deadline. The funding has been made available […]
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EXTRA FINANCIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR ISLANDERS IN CRISIS

Island residents are being reminded that extra money is available to help those in crisis. The money – which can be accessed through Citizens Advice Isle of Wight – can be used to assist Island residents who are in genuine hardship, enabling them to quickly access help in an emergency. The funds can be used […]
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BRADING AND SANDOWN THE WORST HIT AREAS ON THE ISLAND FOR CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS

The towns of Brading and Sandown are the worst areas on the Isle of Wight for COVID-19 infections, with 109 cases recorded in the 7 days up until New Year’s Eve. Data from Gov.uk shows that the certain areas of the PO36 postcode – which include Brading, Alverstone, Yarbridge, Yaverland and Sandown – are well […]
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