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.

Several rural roads ready for upgrade say Island Roads

Roadworks traffic light (Cowleaze)

A number of roads serving rural communities in the West Wight are due to be upgraded under the Highways PFI next month.

Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 2:30pm

By Gavin Foster

Rhythmtree Festival: A diverse range of music all weekend

Rhythmtree flags

Why not spend the day (or weekend) at this family-friendly, happy, chilled out festival, with quality live music, workshops, healing, fun for the kids, food, drink and more. You can't go wrong.

Saturday, 18th July, 2015 11:35am

By Sally Perry

Double trouble sorted by Yarmouth Lifeboat

Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat

In two separate, but consecutive incidents, the RNLI's all weather Yarmouth lifeboat went to the aid of two vessels with engine trouble in the western Solent yesterday afternoon (Sunday).

Monday, 13th July, 2015 2:21pm

By Claire Hallett

‘Portrait of an Island’ showcases contemporary cultural talent on the Isle of Wight

Lincoln Miles by Julian Winslow and Steve Blamire

All are welcome to the Exhibition Preview on Friday 17th July to meet Julian and Steve as well as some of the subject of the exhibition (including yours truly). If you can't make it along, the exhibition runs until 4th October 2015.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 10:13am

By Rachel Flynn with one comment

Have your say on council plans to reduce staff at Freshwater Library

Freshwater Library with blossom

Friends of Freshwater Library urge their library goers to take part in the upcoming consultation on council plans to reduce staff to one and rely on the community to keep the library running.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2015 9:06am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Have you seen the latest Plastic Mermaids music video?

Plastic Mermaids rowing boat

Isle of Wight band Plastic Mermaids push to boat out for their latest music video ... quite literally.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 8:46am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Work on Totland Sea Wall to start imminently (updated)

Totland 'sea defences' Nov 2013 - Isle of Wight council

Residents campaigning for Totland Sea Wall to be reopened have been informed that work could start as early as next week to repair the damage from the Totland Landslide.

Friday, 26th June, 2015 9:12am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

The Isle of Wight’s wartime history shared with ferry passengers

history students on Wightlink yarmouth route

Work by University of Southampton history students, reveals just how important the Isle of Wight was during the wartime efforts of the second world war.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 8:55am

By Karen Woods

Praise for staff at pre-school by Ofsted inspector

Thumbs up - young boy:

The Ofsted inspector says that staff at the pre-school give the utmost regard to the safety of children and ensure that resources and equipment are appropriate to their individual needs.

Tuesday, 9th June, 2015 9:57am

By Sally Perry

Police renew appeal after body found in Solent formally identified

Rebecca Allan missing woman

Did you see Rebecca at Gaffers on Saturday night or Sunday? If so, please get in touch with police and let them know. Our thoughts are with Rebecca's family and friends.

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 1:00pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Concern for missing woman from Lymington (updated)

Rebecca Allan missing woman

Have you seen this missing woman? She was at Gaffer's Festival on Saturday night but missed the last boat home to Lymington and has not been in touch with family since.

Monday, 1st June, 2015 9:48am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Kid Creole and the Coconuts confirmed as Rhythmtree Festival headliner

Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Following a hugely successful event in 2014, Rhythmtree Festival promises a programme that combines an exciting line-up, showcasing home-grown talent and music and musicians from the Island, UK and beyond.

Friday, 29th May, 2015 6:17pm

By Feature Writer