Aspire Ryde Awarded The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service 2017

The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Servive is the ‘MBE’ for volunteer groups.

On The 16th September Aspire Ryde were delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of The Isle of Wight Major General Martin White CB CBE JP who presented to Aspire Ryde on behalf of The Queen.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ it is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups!

Aspire Ryde were nominated for their volunteer work in the community by the Mayor of Ryde Councilor Henry Adams who said, “since its founding Aspire Ryde have reached out & developed community services benefiting the town of Ryde & making it a better place to belong”.
Aspire Ryde is a relatively new charity that was developed by Heath Monaghan and his team to breath new life into the redundant former church building turning it into a much needed community centre. Heath who is founder and leader of the organization said, “ Ryde needed a community heart and we asked the question about what was to happen to this important landmark building. It has been great to see the local community flock there to help to develop the project with about 120 regular volunteers committing their time to make it thriving & a vibrant heart to the community. Our volunteers are fantastic individuals but together they are an amazing team with a heart for helping others. We are honoured and delighted to have been acknowledged for our work within the local community benefiting thousands of people each month from Ryde and across the Island. This award is really a celebration of each and everyone of our amazing volunteers over the last three years who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to serve others”.Julie Monaghan project volunteer coordinator said “we are so pleased to receive this award it recognises the hard work & dedication of our team of volunteers who deserve this the highest honour they can receive. We will celebrate with a party later in the year when we receive the award for from the queens representative here on the Island”.

Louise Randal an Aspire Ryde volunteer when asked why she volunteers at Aspire said “I believe in what we do & have caught the vision for a community that supports each other in a safe space, where I can try new ideas & projects, the other volunteers have become like family for me”.The day was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this achievement, Aspire had over 200 invitees attend with a  range of dignitaries alongside their value volunteers.

Island Echo and On The Wight used the photos.

ASPIRE RYDE RECEIVE QUEEN’S AWARD FROM LORD-LIEUTENANT

Aspire Ryde receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally 2017

Every year thousands of scooterists visit the Isle of Wight for the bank holiday weekend. Here were some of the scooters and their owner in Ryde. Also on Graham Reading Photography Facebook page here goo.gl/HX9fJi

Island Echo used a photo www.islandecho.co.uk/news/summer-sunshine-welcomes-scooter-mania

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HMS Queen Elizabeth sails into Portsmouth

New aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time. Also on Graham Reading Press Photography Facebook Page here goo.gl/SZ2QcX

 

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Boat Fire In Ryde

A boat caught fire in Ryde Harbour. On Graham Reading Press Photography Facebook   here goo.gl/UtgvumOn The Wight used a photo https://onthewight.com/ryde-yacht-fire-leads-to-warning-from-council/pageIsle of Wight Radio used several photos http://iwradio.co.uk/2017/08/10/islanders-told-to-stay-clear-of-ryde-harbour-after-boat-fire/The Isle of Wight County Press used a photo http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/Clean-up-operation-launched-following-Ryde-Harbour-fire-316090.aspx

Island Echo used a photo of the recovery

SUNKEN BOAT RECOVERED FROM RYDE HARBOUR

 

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Lendy Cowes Week 2017

 

Practising the day before winning the first pre-Volvo Ocean Race test in record time – Mapfre comes close to the press boat. Lendy Cowes Week 1 08 2017
Also on Graham Reading Press Photography Page here goo.gl/oVhqMV

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BalletWorks at The Medina Theatre

Robert Robinson bought BalletWorks to Medina Theatre on the Isle of Wight. It was an amazing production in support of The Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Also on Graham Reading Photography Facebook Page here goo.gl/BHGhC8 #ballet

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Ryde Slide 2017

For the third successive year, Union Street in Ryde [Isle of Wight] has been turned into a giant water slide, with money raised going to local charities. Pictured here is Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely with Councillor Wayne Whittle, who had the idea to bring the slide to Ryde.

Also on Graham Reading Photography Facebook page here goo.gl/8Kc1ns

More photos to follow!

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Vienna Festival Ballet 2017

Island Life magazine featured the recent visit of Vienna Festival Ballet to Medina Theatre on the Isle of Wight in the June/July 2017 issue, where they wowed the audience with two classical ballets, Cinderella and Swan Lake.

Also on Graham Reading Press Photography page here – goo.gl/f9a2za

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First Successful Dressage Event at The Island Riding Centre

Tian Hughes General Manager/Senior Instructor at The Island Riding Centre, here with Anthony Paterson who took part in a highly successful first day of dressage at the Centre on the Isle of Wight. 9 7 17

All event photographs can be viewed (and ordered) here https://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=274364

The Island Echo used a story, with a list of the winners, and several photographs ;

DRESSAGE SUCCESS FOR ISLAND RIDING CENTRE

See also –

Island Riding Centre Open Day 2017

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Classic Isle 2017

Soprano Margaret Keys was the headline act on the final evening of Classic Isle 2017, held for the first time at Barton Manor on the Isle of Wight.

 Margaret, one of the world’s foremost sopranos with a biography that includes sell out performances at Carnegie Hall, touring the USA with Andrea Bocelli and even a private audience with the pope, was a fantastic choice to leave everyone on a ‘high’ after a great weekend of wonderful music.

Also on Graham Reading Photography facebook page here goo.gl/YeerSC

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