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.

21st century tourism hubs plans could see Guildhall reopen

Newport Guildhall

If plans to turn Guildhall into a 21st century tourism hub are well received by the Isle of Wight council, the historical building could be opened once again.

Friday, 24th April, 2015 4:38pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Live sneaky peek later today at Nick Martin’s new exhibition

Double trouble

After 5pm today (Friday), OnTheWight will be having a private tour of Nick Martin's new exhibition at Quay Arts. Join us via Periscope for your chance to have a sneaky peak and ask the artist questions.

Friday, 24th April, 2015 7:57am

By Sally Perry

Emergency services assist kayaker with spinal injury


Send best wishes for a speedy recovery to the young kayaker who suffered a spinal injury yesterday.

Friday, 24th April, 2015 7:48am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

All invited to the watch the Dragon Boat Race on St Georges Day

John and Caroline Giddings - dragon boat race

Celebrate St George's Day by heading down to Island Harbour and watching several hours of Dragon Boat racing. All for a good cause, a national children's charity.

Thursday, 23rd April, 2015 9:02am

By Sally Perry

Newport PC donate towards essential equipment for WightSAR

WIghtSAR cheque presentation Newport Parish Council

At a recent Newport Parish Council meeting a presentation was made by two members of WightSAR (Isle of Wight Search and Rescue).

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015 10:03am

By Maxine Yule

College removed from Special Measures

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Great news for staff, pupils and parents as Ofsted inspectors announce the College has moved out of Special Measures. Well done to all who have worked hard to achieve this.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 8:00am

By Joe Finch with 6 readers' comments

Night-time work to improve main road into Newport

Diversion road sign

Major night-time work to repair another of the Island’s poor quality stretches of main road is to begin next week.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 5:28pm

By Gavin Foster with 2 readers' comments

Pasha Kovalev show moves from Winter Gardens after postponement

Pasha Kovalev

The performance, due to take place at the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Easter Sunday, was postponed at a very late stage and rescheduled for 26th May and has now moved to a new venue.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 5:09pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Strong Germanic flavour for Symphony Orchestra concert

Megan Quick

The May concert has it all, Wagner, Schubert and Mahler and Brahms, including mezzo soprano Megan Quick. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, 16th April, 2015 9:45am

By Tim Isard

Island Roads to create new temporary access during Arreton roadworks

Roadworks lights:

Island Roads say representatives from 30 Arreton businesses voted overwhelmingly in favour of undertaking the work under one closure for up to 12 weeks, rather than in a series of shorter closures.

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 10:27am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Learn about the history of ‘Henry VIII and the Field of Cloth of Gold’

Henry VIII Field of Cloth of Gold

The next art talk from the Vectis Decorative Art Society gets behind the story of Game of Thrones. Find out more from Dr Gillian White about 'Henry VIII and the Field of Cloth of Gold'.

Wednesday, 15th April, 2015 8:29am

By Sally Perry

Avoid St Mary’s if you have diarrhoea and vomiting

Washing hands

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is concerned about the rise in reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) in the community and is issuing an important reminder for visitors and patients.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 4:21pm

By Andy Hollebon