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.

syrian refugees

Slipshod Singers Christmas concert for the Syrian Refugees

All proceeds from this concert, which features the SlipShod Singers and very special guests will be distributed by the Catholic Aid Agency (CAFOD) to help the desperate plight of Syrian refugees.

WAAG Members - George Metcalf, Dr Geoff Witt, John Mackett, Amelia Dennis, Louisa Thompson, Nik Sheldon

Weston Academy Action Group continue to question what led to closure plans for primary school

The action group for Weston Academy say they will continue their investigations into what led to the closure and “demise of an on-the-up, progressive modern school”.

st james church

Head to Yarmouth for Community Christmas Concert

The Slipshod Singers will be joined by some special guests from London for this community Christmas concert next month.

christmas cakes

Test your cake decorating skills at the Great Christmas Bake Off

Why not get creative in the kitchen and join in the fun on 5th December? The Christmas bake-off is part of the FreshwaterLIVE event.

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Join the Slipshod Singers for Remembrance Concert

Join the Slipshod Singers in Totland for this free Concert on Armistice Day. They’ll be joined by Cathy Hepburn (soprano), Tony Moore (baritone) – and also the singing group ‘Iris’.

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Another Isle of Wight attraction announces closure

The rising costs, zoo licensing regulation and no increase in visitor numbers has led to the decision to close Isle of Wight Aquarium that has been open for 31 years.


Body found at cliffs near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight

Our thoughts are with family and friends as the body of man has been found at the cliffs near Freshwater.

Julian Turrill

Police appeal for missing Freshwater man

If you have seen this man today, please let police know. Completely out of character, he did not turn up for work and a bike he’d hired was found on Tennyson Down.

Save Our School - weston primary

Closure confirmed for primary school

Many parents had already moved their children to other schools when the prospect of the school closing was announced. The academy sponsor confirm today it will close the school on 31st December.

James Thomas and John Cattle Channel US - cropped

Isle of Wight skateboarder takes on YouTube challenge to upgrade skatepark

All praise to James Thomas who this week will be taking part in a 72 hour challenge to revamp his local skatepark. All are welcome to the celebratory Skate Jam on Saturday.

Save Our School - weston primary

AET challenged by action group over planned closure of Weston Academy

Members of the Weston Academy Action Group have been examining the AET contract and digging back through paperwork to build what they say is a robust defence against closure.

Sunara - Suzanne Whitewood

Sri Lankan inspiration for latest Dimbola exhibition

Sunara Begum explores perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history in the latest Dimbola exhibition.