News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

IWSO Review: A Champagne Flute at the IWSO

Siobhan Cosgrove

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert held their third concert of the season last weekend, and it was fantastic. Don’t miss out on the penultimate concert of the season in May.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 10:17am

By Jonathan Dodd

Exciting programme of events this Easter

Quay Arts

Wow, there's a bumper programme at Quay Arts over the Easter holidays, with something for everyone. Plan early to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 23rd March, 2015 10:35am

By Sally Perry

St. Olave’s Church Appeal reaches £25,000 target

St Olaves Church

The new facilities will be completed by the summer, when an event to mark the successful conclusion of the work would be held at the church.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 3:27pm

By Mike Powell with one comment

Make sure you take part in the Sandoodle exhibition


We're looking forward to this upcoming exhibition by friend of OnTheWight, Simon Wells. Make sure you pop along and take part sometime between 28 March and 18 April 2015.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 10:18am

By Georgia Newman

Find out more about Outside Artists at tonight’s talk

Cathedral of Justo Gallego

Head to Quay Arts tonight and learn more about 'outsider art' - work produced by those outside the mainstream of twentieth and twenty-first century art.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 9:41am

By Sally Perry

Ofsted unhappy with school’s ‘raising achievement plan’


The school is making reasonable progress to exit Special Measures, but believes the school's 'raising achievement plan' is not it for purpose.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 9:24am

By Sally Perry

‘Reasonable progress’ to exit Special Measures continues at primary school


This was the fifth monitoring visit by the Ofsted Inspector since the school went into Special Measure in 2013.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 9:07am

By Sally Perry

Another chance to see sell-out Plastic Mermaids gig

Plastic Mermaids on stage:

If you weren't able to buy tickets to see Plastic Mermaids on 11th April, fear not, they've agreed to put on another gig the following night.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 9:02am

By Sally Perry

Guard of Honour for life-saving firefighter Martin Poynter

Martin Poynter

Martin's funeral will take place at Newport Minster today with full fire service honours.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 7:33am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Over £1,000 raised for the Association for Spina-Bifida and Hydrocephalus

Newchurch Male Voice Choir

Great fundraising by the Newchurch Male Voice Choir for the local branch of the Association for Spina-Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 4:06pm

By Bob Cooper

Lack of bookings forces Island Youth Water Activities Centre to close


The Centre is praised for having "helped build confidence, model valuable life skills and in some cases has changed lives". Many are very sad to see it close.

Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 10:07am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Dramatic photo of car on fire

Car on fire in Long Lane by dazmond1980

Thanks to Darren for this dramatic photo of a car on fire in Newport early this morning.

Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 6:48am

By Simon Perry