Items of interest from the groups.
Equals IW Friendship Group has taken part in the Ryde Mardi Gras Carnival over the years. With the cancellation of this years festival we thought we would look back on these past celebrations.
Hundreds of revellers with costumes and floats linked by the theme ‘Biosphere Island’ made their way through the streets of Ryde. The natural beauty of the island was celebrated in true carnival style.
In 2018 the theme was Global Biospheres in support of the Island's bid to become a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Equals entry was themed around Komodo Island, Indonesia. The very colourful parade brought joy to those watching in the streets of Ryde as the town basked in summer sunshine.
The theme for the year was "Reflection of India" and the Women's Friendship Group was in the Imperial India “Deli Durbar” section.
The theme this year was part of the Shakespeare's 400th anniversary celebrations.
Equals IW Friendship Group has always been keen to be involved in Isle of Wight cultural events. We have a video on YouTube of the Friendship Group at the 2012 Ryde Performing Arts Parade .
Equals IW Friendship Group first open event of the new year on Saturday 25th January was held in the Breeze at the Island Harbour. Group members shared in a meal to celebrate the Lunar New Year with wider family members. Great food, laughter and happiness made the evening very enjoyable for all.
The 2020 Lunar New Year fell on January 25th and ended on February 11th 2021 with a public holiday lasting from January 24th to 30th. The peak times for celebration were the New Year's Eve on January 24th and New Year's Day on January 25th. The New Year Calendar, as it is commonly known, started on New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival on February 8th 2020.
Thousands of people stepped out on the hottest day of the year so far to celebrate the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras. The annual parade made its way through the streets of Ryde on Saturday 29th June 2019. Hundreds of revellers with costumes and floats linked by the theme ‘Biosphere Island’ were brought together. The natural beauty of the island was celebrated in true carnival style.
The theme ‘Biosphere Island’ was a collaboration between Island based event organisers, the New Carnival Company and the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (IW AONB). The IW AONB has bid for the Island to become a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Celebrations got underway at Ryde School as the hot summer sunshine shone down on the Island and the many different group and schools.
Around a thousand participants from 23 island schools and 34 community groups danced in the streets. They proudly showcased their amazing artistic creations marking the culmination of months of preparation work. Each school and group worked under a heading such as Historic Environment, Food and Farming and Dark Skies. Local organisations and businesses partnered with the groups including Robin Hill, the Isle of Wight Zoo, Archaeology Discovery Centre, Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust, Dinosaur Isle and Briddlesford Farm.
International Nurses Day was this year celebrated around the world on Sunday 12th May. The Royal College of Nursing invited healthcare professionals to organise their own get-togethers with colleagues.
The Equals IW Friendship Group joined an event at the St Mary's Hospital to celebrate Happy Nurse Day on the Friday before. Niviera attended the event and met the Director of Nursing, Midwifery, AHP's and Community Services, St Mary's catering manager and many other wonderful Nurses and staff.
Tuti and Arum volunteered to make bala bala, spring rolls and pukis cake for the occasion. Obviously these delicious Indonesian snacks were gone in no time. Thanks to Arum and Tuti.
The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras is a wonderful themed parade and was held this year on Saturday 30th June 2018.
This year the theme was Global Biospheres in support of the Island's bid to become a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Equals IW was represented through the work of the Equals IW Women’s Friendship Group with their entry themed around Komodo Island, Indonesia.
The very colourful parade brought joy to those watching in the streets of Ryde as the town basked in summer sunshine.
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The Equal IW Ladies' Friendship Group put on Cultural Kitchen events at two Cowes Schools towards the end of the Summer Term.
They were at Lanesend Primary School Cowes on 4th July 2017 cooking Chinese noodles with year 6 pupils.
The Ladies' Friendship Group visited Vecta House Care Home in Newport Isle of Wight twice over the summer.
In July they attended the garden party dressed in traditional costumes.
In September they gave a cookery demonstration as part of International Week at Vecta House.
Both events were a success and the contribution by the Ladies' Friendship Group was much appreciated by the residents.
Regular Equals IW Ladies' Friendship Group meetings started this month after the summer break.
This months activities included
"As the Equals Men’s Friendship Group Co-ordinator I am keen to get the group out and about in the community during the summer months.
Sam and Justin from the Men’s Steering Group met me outside Ryde LA Bowl on Tuesday 20th June 2017. Steering Group Member Wayan came along with Ilker.
As a group we took an evening leisurely walk along the sea front and got up close with nature at the canoe lake. Then we walked along to Appley Tower and took in the wonderful views of Solent on a beautiful summer’s evening.
We discussed ways to build the Men’s Friendship Group and shared ideas of fun activities and cultural experiences. We all agreed that once we had a large enough membership an evening to go karting would be amazing fun. In the longer term the men are keen to challenge Women’s Friendship Group to a racing event.
David from the Men’s Steering Group sent his apologies and wished the group evening every success."
Coming from any background including an ethnic background, you may sometimes feel like you need a friend who understands and supports you in the community.
If so join the New Equals Men’s Friendship Group by coming to an evening Barbecue at Prince’s Green West Cowes on Thursday 24th August 2017, 18.30 to 21:00.
Come and join the New Equals Men’s Friendship Group, building bridges to celebrate and embrace diversity on the Isle of Wight.