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.

Primary school placed in Special Measures

Magnifying glass

Although the new headteacher is considered passionate and hardworking in her efforts to improve the academy, the former 'Good' school has been rated as Inadequate by Ofsted and placed in Special Measures.

Friday, 6th March, 2015 8:45am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Do you know anything about beach hut break-in?

Beach huts at Colwell

Did you happen to see someone trying to break into a beach hut in Colwell Bay last week? If so, the police are keen to hear from you.

Monday, 2nd March, 2015 3:39pm

By Sally Perry

‘No dogs on beach’ signage erected in error to be corrected

No dogs on colwell beach sign

An OnTheWight reader noticed that new ‘No dogs’ signage at Colwell Bay was on the wrong beach. He brought it to us and we're glad to say it will be rectified later this week. If you spot mistakes elsewhere on the Island let us know and we’ll try to help it get fixed.

Tuesday, 24th February, 2015 2:10pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Woman trapped in Police Car: Cutting gear on site

Police Tape

Roof of the police car might need to be removed.

Monday, 23rd February, 2015 10:13am

By Simon Perry

Concerns for missing woman from Totland (updated)

Dena Viviash:

If you have seen this missing woman from Totland in the last 24 hours, please get in touch with police to let them know. There are fears she may be suicidal.

Sunday, 22nd February, 2015 10:02am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Time travel over 60 years from Cowes to Carisbrooke (video)

Split Screen video - Cowes - Google Earth

We absolutely love these split screen videos created by Grant Selby that take you on a journey above the Island over a 60 year period.

Friday, 20th February, 2015 7:28pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

What are you doing for Go Orange Day?


Across the Isle of Wight today, schools and businesses are doing their bit to help raise money for the three independent lifeboats on the Island. What are you up to?

Friday, 13th February, 2015 8:27am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘Chasing Shadows’ kicks off 200th anniversary year for Victorian photographer

Julia Margaret Cameron

In the year that sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of renowned Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Dimbola Museum and Gallery at Freshwater (her home from 1860-1875) is mounting a year-long commemoration of her life and work.

Thursday, 12th February, 2015 12:53pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Free bus travel for Needles Breezer passengers on Valentine’s Day

Loveheart ticket on a bus

Where better to take your loved one on Valentine's Day than on an open-top bus ride to the iconic Isle of Wight Needles. And as it's free, it's enough to satisfy the romantic and money conscious among you.

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 5:28pm

By Paula Good

No vehicles on revised Yarmouth ferry on Sunday morning (updated)

Yarmouth harbour

The change is due to the forecasted high winds say Wightlink.

Saturday, 31st January, 2015 9:15pm

By Sally Perry with 32 readers' comments

Robert Thompson leaving The George (updated)

Robert Thomson

Staff were informed this week that Robert Thompson will be leaving The George in Yarmouth.

Tuesday, 20th January, 2015 9:54pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Logs in nets: Get warm with less effort

Chessell Woodyard

Our favoured Isle of Wight woodyard is now delivering firewood logs in nets, making it more convenient for those who have trouble shifting the large load from the roadside. Oh, and they've changed the name

Tuesday, 20th January, 2015 7:53pm

By Feature Writer