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.

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 14 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

Quiz night in aid of Island Games Swimming Team


Everyone loves a quiz night and this one aims to raise cash for the Island Games Swimming Team.

Monday, 11th May, 2015 2:28pm

By Sally Perry

Primary school rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Hands clasped and thumbs up

Well done to all involved as Primary school moved up from Requires Improvement to Good in Ofsted ratings.

Monday, 27th April, 2015 5:43pm

By Sally Perry

Annie Leibovitz brings ‘Pilgrimage’ to Dimbola

Annie Liebovitz exhibition launch

Renowned US photographer, Annie Leibovitz, is the focus of the current exhibition in the Olympus Galleries at Dimbola, Freshwater.

Monday, 27th April, 2015 11:09am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Improvement needed at primary school says Ofsted

Primary school classroom

Although the early years provision was found to be outstanding, the overall rating for the primary school was 'requires improvement'.

Monday, 20th April, 2015 11:04am

By Sally Perry

Body found in Newtown Creek

Newtown Creek

Our thoughts are with family and friends of the man whose body was found in Newtown Creek this morning.

Sunday, 19th April, 2015 6:15pm

By Sally Perry

Police issue warning to be alert after incident in Freshwater

British Transport police

Following a rare occurrence that took place on Thursday last week, police are asking the public to remain alert, but not alarmed.

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 3:08pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Moonlight magic: Our Flickr Group Picture of the Week

Compton Bay by Martin Perry

What a stunning photo of the Moon and Saturn over Compton Bay captured by Martin Perry.

Thursday, 9th April, 2015 12:02pm

By Sally Perry