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.

Friends of Freshwater Library launch stylish new tea towels

Freshwater library = tea towel closed

Another great idea from the Friends of Freshwater Library. What marvellous presents these would make!

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 3:58pm

By Sally Perry

Hear from Olympic and world-class champions at fundraising talk

Andre Usborne

This talk by ex-Olympic Skeleton Bob competitor, Andre Usborne and Sports Psychologist Sarah Fenwick, should make for a fascinating evening. Hear all about about the incredible things they've experienced over the years.

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 9:15am

By Clare Griffin

Petition to save Weston Academy launched by parents

unhappy uturn

Parents of pupils at Weston Academy Primary School are calling on the education minister to reverse her decision to allow the school to close after it was announced last week that it could close at Christmas.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 12:12pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Academy given approval to close due to declining pupil numbers

Nicky Morgan

Parents are urged to attend a meeting being held at the school on Thursday to discuss its future following approval from the Secretary of State for the school to close at the end of the year.

Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015 4:00pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Two weeks left to see showcase of contemporary cultural talent

chris jenkins

If you haven't seen Portrait of an Island at Dimbola Museum and Galleries yet, make sure you pop over in the next two weeks. It's an outstanding exhibition, showcasing contemporary cultural talent on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 18th September, 2015 6:19pm

By Sally Perry

All welcome to Family Fun Day in Yarmouth on Saturday

fun day races

The family fun day will help raise funds and awareness of the project to improve the play equipment on the Recreation Ground in Yarmouth.

Friday, 18th September, 2015 3:03pm

By Sally Perry

Cowes lifeboat goes to the aid of injured woman

RNLI embroidered logo

There were two shouts for the Cowes RNLI at the weekend.

Monday, 14th September, 2015 11:57am

By George Chastney

Totland seawall path: Hundreds of people captured on film from the skies

Around 1,000 people are thought to have turned out to see the official opening of the Totland seawall path on Sunday afternoon. See the photos and watch an aerial video.

Monday, 14th September, 2015 7:32am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Navitus Bay: Government rejects windfarm proposal

From the Needles:

The news has been welcomed by Bournemouth Council, but it'll be a blow for Vestas who'd been named as the preferred supplier for Navitus Bay.

Friday, 11th September, 2015 12:02pm

By Bournemouth Council with 17 readers' comments

Totland seawall: Path opening includes a fossil hunt and bug catch

totland seawall

There'll be live music and you can learn more about the 35 million years of biodiversity on the landslip, from prehistoric lake and estuary snails to today’s mining bees and orchids.

Thursday, 10th September, 2015 8:16am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Alternative Short Film Festival: Tickets available now

mist saturday trailer

With tickets priced at just £5 (and all proceeds going to the Hospice) this alternative short film festival looks like a great event to pop along to next week.

Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 11:46am

By Sally Perry

Opening of Totland seawall celebrated by Ramblers’ President

totland seawall path

The President of the Ramblers will be joining the celebratory walk on the new Totland seawall path on Sunday afternoon. All are welcome to join in the celebrations.

Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 8:52am

By David Howarth