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.

Are you taking part in Newport’s 2015 Bloomin’ Green Competition?

Garden scene

Calling all Newport residents, allotment holders, schools, businesses and community groups! Will you be taking part this year in the Newport Bloomin’ Green Competition?

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 1:29pm

By Tracy Underwood

Learn how to play disc golf at free event

Disc Golf

A new version of one of the world's oldest sports is coming to the Island in April and you can try it for free thanks to the Isle be Active campaign.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 12:07pm

By IW Council Press Office

Singing for the Isle of Wight Heart Care Club

Newport. The Phoenix Choir in St Johns Church giving a charity concert in aid of Carisbrooke Castle Museum.

The Phoenix Choir are pleased to announce that their series of five 2015 concerts commences on Saturday April 11th at St John’s Church, Newport.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 8:30am

By Robin Burnett

Newport Sainsbury’s tops the region on Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day at Sainsburys 2015

Well done to all who took part and those who contributed. Sainsbury's Newport raised the most money in the region on Red Nose Day.

Monday, 30th March, 2015 8:22am

By Tanya Blake with one comment

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 with 2 readers' comments

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