News from the South Wight

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.

Tributes for headteacher leaving Ventnor school

Miss you cakes

Parents and colleagues leave their farewell and good luck wishes for headteacher who leaves school after 15 years in Ventnor.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 5:10pm

By Sally Perry

Tickets available for award-winning film Metro Manila

Screenshot from Metro Manila:

Don't miss your chance to see this award-winning film at Ventnor Arts Club next week. Non members welcome and tickets just £6 each.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 9:50am

By Sally Perry

Sudden departure of head teacher

Empty seat

It's not yet known who will be taking over from the head teacher who leaves the school suddenly tomorrow (Friday). We understand the usual notice period for a head is two terms.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 4:26pm

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

100m barrels of oil under Isle of Wight, ‘Drill ready’ claims company

Barrels of oil

The company with the rights to extract oil from Isle of Wight sites have today announced they think that there's over 100 million barrels available - and it's 'drill ready'.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 5:37pm

By Simon Perry with 16 readers' comments

Don’t miss the string spectacular at the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival

Massive Violins

If you're a fan of strings, particularly the Cello, you're in for a treat in May as two very special events take place as part of the Isle of Arts Festival.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 4:34pm

By Janneke Oxley

The Big Art Auction launches campaign to raise £50k for skate park

Ventnor skate park

Some outstanding pieces of artwork have been donated by local and internationally-renowned artists for the Big Art Auction that kicks off the launch of a 12 month campaign to raise £50,000.

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 10:08am

By Zoe Thompson with one comment

Isle of Wight shop claims Million pound lottery scratch card sold (updated)

Brighstone Stores and Newsagent - angle

A shop on the Isle of Wight tells OnTheWight they sold a lottery scratchcard on Saturday that won the lucky purchaser one million pounds.

Monday, 23rd March, 2015 12:02pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Over million plays on Spotify for new CHAMPS album: See them at Winter Gardens

Champs -

Find out what everyone is talking about and book your tickets now to see CHAMPS play the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 1st May.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 4:25pm

By Sally Perry

Letter: Is the proposed tidal energy scheme a hoax?


This reader returns his thoughts to the work that took place at Flowersbrook back in the mid 1990s and questions the purpose of the proposed Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre

Friday, 20th March, 2015 2:49pm

By Anonymous with 8 readers' comments

Music and poetry (but not as you know it) at tonight’s Chorderize

John Armstrong:

There's an eclectic line-up at tonight's Chorderize event in Ventnor and entry is free, so gather some friends and head down for an evening of quirky culture.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 2:30pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss Matt Forde’s ’24-Hour Political Party People’ in Ventnor

Matt Forde

If you're following the campaign frenzy in the run up to the 2015 Election and love a good laugh, this is the show for you. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 3:49pm

By Sally Perry

Karl Marx kidnapped from Ventnor car park

Karl Marx mosaic

Vandals have damaged the brilliant mosaic in Ventnor's central car park and stolen the tile of Karl Marx, which has been lovingly made by volunteers.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 8:08am

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments