News from the South

If you’re interested in news from around the South 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.

Footpath closed following landslip within The Landslip

Devil's chimney

The footpath that runs through the Devil's Chimney in Bonchurch Landslip has been closed due to a small landslip.

Thursday, 26th February, 2015 2:32pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Find out more about Island elections between 1600 and 1939

Ballot Boxes

Those are not times but years. The Island's County Archivist, Richard Smout, will give a talk on 'Island Elections 1600-1939' this coming Friday.

Wednesday, 25th February, 2015 3:00pm

By Wendy Marshall with 2 readers' comments

Access for Undercliff Drive residents reduced even further, without notice

Undercliff Drive - new key padlock on barriers

After a year of pedestrian access through the barriers, the residents now have to drive a near-nine mile round trip just to visit friends and the post office a few hundred yards away from their homes. Haven't they suffered enough?

Tuesday, 24th February, 2015 5:00pm

By Sally Perry with 37 readers' comments

Isle of Arts Festival: Barry (and others) will have you crying with laughter

Barry Cryer

Fans of BBC Radio 4 will be pleased to hear that comedy legend Barry Cryer will be headlining at the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 1st May as part of the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival.

Monday, 23rd February, 2015 9:14am

By Janneke Oxley

High praise for new CHAMPS album, VAMALA

Champs -

Four out of five stars is a pretty darn good rating for this Isle of Wight band's second album, which has been described as a 'melodic triumph'.

Friday, 20th February, 2015 10:08am

By Sally Perry

You DO need to provide a reason – not just yes/no – on Tidal Energy plans, MMO now claim

Tidal energy tower

A clarification has been issued by the Marine Management Organisation over the licence application for the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre following inaccurate information being given to OnTheWight by their officers.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 5:12pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Why do Southern Housing Group keep locking me out of my garage?


This Southern Housing Group tenant has come to the end of her tether after the padlock on her rented garage has been changed (stopping her from getting inside) not once, but twice by SHG and apparently all without good reason.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 5:02pm

By Anonymous with 7 readers' comments

All welcome to the Ventnor Timebank Spring Social

Ventnor Coastal Centre

Whether you're already a Ventnor Timebanker, or what to meet others and learn more, why not pop along on Saturday to the Ventnor Timebank Spring Social?

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 2:13pm

By Sally Perry

Love or loath South Wight tidal energy plans: Have your say

Tidal Energy

The Marine Management Organisation considering the tidal energy licence application off St Catherines, Isle of Wight, remind OnTheWight comments on the scheme need to emailed to them by midnight on Friday.

Wednesday, 18th February, 2015 6:21pm

By Sally Perry with 37 readers' comments

Isle of Arts Festival: Cast your vote for favourite classic screening

Centenary Cinema posters -

Don't miss your chance to vote on which three films you'd like to see during this year's Isle of Arts Festival in May.

Monday, 16th February, 2015 3:42pm

By Janneke Oxley

See BAFTA awarded film Ida this week in Ventnor

Grab from the film - IDA

There are still some tickets available to see this BAFTA-awarded best Foreign Film on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Book now to reserve your seat.

Monday, 16th February, 2015 2:44pm

By Linda Davis

Rugby: Ventnor RFC team stocks stock at friendly match

Ventnor Rugby Club

With Stoneham cancelling a friendly, Ventnor Rugby Football Club chairman Warren Riches decided it was a good reason for a club match.

Monday, 16th February, 2015 9:45am

By Nolan Winter