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.

Annie Liebovitz brings ‘Pilgrimage’ to Dimbola

Annie Liebovitz exhibition launch

Renowned US photographer, Annie Liebovitz, 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

First World War battlefields – closer than you might think

War at Sea painting:

A new exhibition on the Isle of Wight tells of the hundreds of First World War shipwrecks lying just off our shores.

Wednesday, 8th April, 2015 8:10am

By Amanda Bowens

100m barrels of oil under Isle of Wight, ‘Drill ready’ claims company

Barrels of oil

The company with the rights to extract oil from Isle of Wight sites have today announced they think that there's over 100 million barrels available - and it's 'drill ready'.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 5:37pm

By Simon Perry with 19 readers' comments

Excellent effort from Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club riders

Motorcyling at Lucketts farm :

The Club held the fifth round of the 2015 Winter Championship today at Apes Down, near Calbourne.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 4:12pm

By Wayne Brodie

Compton Bay named as one of the world’s best beaches

Compton Beach

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight has been named as one of the world’s top beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 4:00pm

By Sue Emmerson with 3 readers' comments

Shaw Taylor’s passing: Tribute from IW Labour Party

Shaw Taylor

Shaw Taylor was a much-loved character, well known on the Isle of Wight, where he chose to live . The IW Labour Party says he was a keen supporter of the party in their tribute.

Thursday, 19th March, 2015 12:11pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Parking at Appley, Puckpool and Totland Broadway now in force – from 8AM

Parking meter expired

Following a decision by councillors last summer, charging at previously free car parks has now come into force.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 10:11am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Be part of this Isle of Wight public art crowd funding project

Mirror Birds

We love this crowd-funding idea from Isle of Wight artist Karen Grainger. From as little as £5 you can help make it happen.

Thursday, 12th March, 2015 8:31am

By Sally Perry