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.

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

Let’s help Julia Margaret Cameron make the score for the next £20 note

Julia Margaret Cameron for twenty pound note -700

See what we did there? Score ... £20 note ... yes, don't worry we won't give up the day jobs, but we will encourage you to vote for Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron as the next face for the £20 note.

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 6:28pm

By Sally Perry with 33 readers' comments

Yamouth is all set for Old Gaffers. Are you?

Old Gaffers 2012:

The Old Gaffers Festival returns this week, with three days of entertainment and sailing. Not to mention Friday night fancy dress and Saturday Night Fever!

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 12:42pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Join The Nightwatchmen at Dimbola this Sunday for album launch

Dimbola lodge

All are welcome to The Nightwatchman's album launch on Sunday, being held at Dimbola in Freshwater.

Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 8:32am

By Julian Wolfreys

Find out how you can take part in Seaside Walk Week and help struggling families

Freshwater Bay

Why not get out during half term for a great seaside walk with the kids and support a charity that helps struggling families at the same time.

Wednesday, 13th May, 2015 8:44am

By Coral Rushmer