With the Island having for so long been the largest single constituency in the country, with around 110,000 voters for one Member of Parliament – at least for the time being – it is rarely appreciated that for almost 250 years, before the Great Reform Act of 1832, we returned a staggering six MPs.
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The YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association – has come a long way since it was founded in 1844 by Sir George Williams, a worker in the London drapery trade, who was concerned about the welfare of his fellow workers, so he started a prayer and bible study group.
The Old Gaffers Festival makes a welcome return to the Isle of Wight entertainment calendar this year. After its absence in 2016 due to a lack of financial support, the Gaffers will take place in Yarmouth on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th, with organisers having worked overtime to make it bigger and better than ever.