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.

Slipshod Singers Christmas concert for the Syrian Refugees

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.

Sunday, 22nd November, 2015 10:25am

By Sally Perry

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

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

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".

Thursday, 19th November, 2015 3:25pm

By Weston Academy Action Group

Head to Yarmouth for Community Christmas Concert

st james church

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

Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 11:11am

By Martyn Waitt

Test your cake decorating skills at the Great Christmas Bake Off

christmas cakes

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.

Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 7:54am

By Krissy Lloyd

Join the Slipshod Singers for Remembrance Concert

remembrance crosses

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’.

Wednesday, 11th November, 2015 7:09am

By Martyn Waitt

Another Isle of Wight attraction announces closure

marine aquarium

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.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 3:22pm

By Sally Perry with 50 readers' comments

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.

Sunday, 1st November, 2015 11:06am

By Hampshire Constabulary with 3 readers' comments

Police appeal for missing Freshwater man

Julian Turrill

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.

Saturday, 31st October, 2015 9:54pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Closure confirmed for primary school

Save Our School - weston primary

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.

Wednesday, 21st October, 2015 2:54pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight skateboarder takes on YouTube challenge to upgrade skatepark

James Thomas and John Cattle Channel US - cropped

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.

Wednesday, 14th October, 2015 12:50pm

By Sally Perry

AET challenged by action group over planned closure of Weston Academy

Save Our School - weston primary

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.

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015 3:38pm

By Weston Academy Action Group with 3 readers' comments

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.

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015 8:17am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood