News from the West

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

Isle of Wight anti-fracking campaigners join national day of action

Anti Fracking demonstation, Compton Bay, Isle of Wight, England, 31 Janaury 2016, About 80 people braved the wind and the rain to demonstrate in the car park at Compton Bay, against onshore and offshore fracking operations. That hydraulic fracturing is planned for the Island has been confirmed by Solo Oil in a recent press statement. Compton Bay is National Trust land and part of an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is also part of the Jurassic Coastline famed for fossils.

More than 130 Islanders gathered at Compton on Sunday to voice their concerns about fracking on the Isle of Wight. The gathering raised awareness of the campaign and even made it onto the BBC local news (watch the video below).

Monday, 1st February, 2016 4:23pm

By Morgan Curtis with 7 readers' comments

Do you enjoy Isle of Wight beaches? Why not help at this Sunday’s beach clean?

sandown beach clean

This Sunday at Compton there's a chance to find out more about Fracking and the impact it may have on the Isle of Wight, as well as being able to get involved in a beach clean.

Thursday, 28th January, 2016 7:50am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Here’s how our brave RNLI volunteers helped save the day in 2015

cowes rnli

RNLI rescue figures reveal a busy 2015 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight volunteer lifeboat crews. Well done to you all, putting your lives at risk to save others in distress.

Thursday, 28th January, 2016 7:29am

By Richard Heming

Kids will love this wildlife activity day

Red Squirrel

Book now to secure your place on the wildlife activity day being held in West Wight during February half term.

Tuesday, 26th January, 2016 8:08am

By Helen Butler

Celebration in honour of charity champion Hiliary Jarman planned

hiliary jarman

Having met Hiliary a number of times, our deepest thoughts are with her husband and sons. All who were touched by Hiliary's grace are invited to a celebration of her life on 13th February.

Monday, 25th January, 2016 7:00am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Charity challenge to get fit in 2016

Needles Half Marathon

If you’ve decided to make fitness one of your priorities in 2016, then setting yourself a challenge can be the best way to stay motivated and get fit.

Thursday, 7th January, 2016 4:17pm

By Krissy Lloyd

Favourite Isle of Wight surfing spot: Access from car park temporarily withdrawn

compton bay

Access to favourite surfing spot, Compton Beach, from the car park at Hanover Point has been temporarily closed due to damage to the steps and drainage pipe.

Monday, 4th January, 2016 5:28pm

By IW Council Press Office with 19 readers' comments

Gifts of Love bring joy on the Isle of Wight this Christmas

charlie brown christmas scene

Single mums, people whose spouse has passed away and are facing their first Christmas alone, the elderly who barely had food in their cupboards and homeless people have benefited from Gifts of Love this year.

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015 12:22pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Scoot Ferries: 32 staff made redundant, large monthly costs, big debts revealed

fifty pound notes

OnTheWight has been chasing down the rumours as to what happened in the build up to Scoot Ferries going pop, standing-up what's fact.

Monday, 21st December, 2015 6:37pm

By Simon Perry with 69 readers' comments

What’s up with Scoot Ferries? (Update 2: They’ve called in the receivers)

scoot alert

Scoot Ferries have pulled the plug on all sailings today. Here's what we know about the service so far ...

Saturday, 19th December, 2015 12:35pm

By Sally Perry with 49 readers' comments

‘Chilly Hilly Challenge’ a winner with winter runners

The Chilly Hilly was another great success in the ever-growing calendar of sports events at West Wight Sports Centre.

Tuesday, 15th December, 2015 6:48pm

By Krissy Lloyd

Yarmouth RNLI assist yacht in distress during force 7 winds (video)

White Osbeat under tow

The rescue took place on Thursday last week off Hengistbury Head in Christchurch Bay north west of the Needles.

Monday, 14th December, 2015 10:08am

By Richard Heming

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