Isle of Wight News

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Balfour Beatty/Mansell: Isle of Wight closure under consultation

Balfour Beatty Mansell Ryde Office - Google Street View

News has emerged that Balfour Beatty, or Mansell as they used to be known on the Isle of Wight, are in consultation with their staff over jobs. Under discussion is the closure of their Island office.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 7:04pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Freedom of the Island granted for Isle Wight Troop 266 Port Squadron

266 port squadron

Once the Freedom is granted for 266 Port Squadron, the troop and band will march through Newport Saturday morning.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 5:50pm

By IW Council Press Office with 7 readers' comments

Boom! Safely-detonated 1,500lb WWII mine shakes houses as far as Ryde (Update: Photos & Video)

Mine exploded off Bembridge - 27 Nov 2015

'Earthquake?!' was the reader's email that drew our attention to a major explosion that (safely) occurred 1.5Km off Bembridge this morning - and she was in Ryde! Here's what's know about it ...

Friday, 27th November, 2015 1:00pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Met Office issue severe weather warning for the Isle of Wight

Windy weather

If you're travelling over the weekend, be aware of this severe weather warning for strong winds. It could affect cross-Solent travel.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 11:33am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Special oxygen masks for pets donated to Isle of Wight Fire Service

smokey paws oxygen mask

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has been given three new special oxygen masks for pets that are designed to help animals rescued from fires.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 7:59am

By IW Council Press Office

V&A Museum hosts exhibition of work by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron

As part of the bi-centenary, the V&A bring out their Julia Margaret Cameron collection. Pop across to the Science Museum if you do visit, as they also have her handwritten autobiography and other items on display.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 3:34pm

By Sally Perry

Strain of Government cuts showing says Police Federation Chairman

John Apter - Police Federation

The Chancellor's announcement there would be no cuts to the police budget was cautiously welcomed by the Police Federation as the strain of five years of cuts take their toll.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 12:46pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Significant investment for College approved by DfE

Fan of 20 pound notes

Fantastic news for the College as long overdue investment is approved by the Department for Education.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 12:35pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

After 38 years, Isle of Wight commuter makes his last crossing

L-R Melvyn Jackson, Captain Graeme Bissett, George Terry, Captain Mark O’Ferrall and David Hall

Wightlink bid farewell to George Terry during his last commuter crossing to Portsmouth, where he's worked for the last 38 years. There were croissants and orange juice for all passengers to bid him farewell.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 12:11pm

By Karen Woods

All councillors (except the Conservatives) vote to oppose TUC Bill

stand up for your rights poster

Most councillors argued the controversial Trade Union Bill would damage the currently-good relations between the council and officers. Conservatives councillors stuck to the Government line.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 10:26am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Unite the Isle of Wight hail u-turn by government on tax credit cuts

downing st and whitehall

Unite the Isle of Wight are happy with the Chancellor's decision to scrap proposed cuts to Tax Credits, but will be unpicking the full statement over the next few days.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 8:12am

By Unite the Isle of Wight with one comment

Isle of Wight Council now has a new boss starting (Updated)

John Metcalfe - Now CEO of Isle of Wight council - 25 Nov 2015

After a long search and selection process, the council have this evening voted in a new Chief Executive to run Isle of Wight council, effective 1st December 2015.

Wednesday, 25th November, 2015 9:12pm

By Simon Perry with 14 readers' comments