Isle of Wight News

For up-to-date news from across the Island, we report on the issues that affect you. We always welcome story leads from our readers. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news to share with our readers, get in touch.

RIP Jack Tait, a great loss to Isle of Wight music

Jack Tait and Morning Lockett

Jack was not only a lovely chap, but a very talented and clever musician. He'll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Saturday, 28th March, 2015 11:02am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Andrew Turner’s plea for volunteers to ‘Drive him around between appointments’


This evening's mass emailing from Andrew Turner is asking for help with every major role needed for the 2015 election - with only 41 days to go. Where are his team of supporters?

Friday, 27th March, 2015 7:34pm

By Simon Perry with 48 readers' comments

Island Brewery to represent IW as Best of British in Milan

Island Brewery ales

Congratulations to all at Island Brewery. We're sure you'll fly the flag for the Isle of Wight well in Milan.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 3:45pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Car-deck failure ferry to sail the Italian seas

St Helen

Although apparently still under investigation after the mezzanine car deck collapsed last summer, the St Helen will now go onto pastures new in Italy, where it will continue operating as a passenger ferry.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 1:37pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Council win funding for an Isle of Wight ‘car club’

Car plus car club

The Isle of Wight Council has secured £100,000 to develop a car club on the Island to promote more sustainable travel.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 1:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 18 readers' comments

Academy to welcome a new Principal this September

Joy Ballanrd - new Ryde Academy Principal

The headteacher of one of the most rapidly improving secondary schools in Wales has been appointed Principal at Ryde Academy from September 2015.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 11:36am

By Mike Barnett with 3 readers' comments

Quality of pavement resurfacing not up to scratch, forcing re-resurfacing (Photos)

Queen's Road pavement resurfacing in March 2015

It's good to hear that shoddy work carried out on behalf of Island Roads is being corrected at no extra cost to the Island, but the inconvenience of closed roads and pavements has not been welcomed by residents.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 10:49am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Inadequate primary school making ‘reasonable progress’

Hands clasped and thumbs up

Parents and staff will be pleased to hear the Ofsted inspector is satisfied the school is making reasonable progress.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 8:25am

By Sally Perry

Sudden departure of head teacher

Empty seat

It's not yet known who will be taking over from the head teacher who leaves the school suddenly tomorrow (Friday). We understand the usual notice period for a head is two terms.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 4:26pm

By Sally Perry with 21 readers' comments

Latest tourism campaign to focus on education market


Many visitors to the Isle of Wight began their love affair with the Island during school trips, so the latest educational marketing campaign by Visit Isle of Wight seems like a great idea.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 2:31pm

By Sue Emmerson with 4 readers' comments

Report reveals tourism industry needs stronger support in government

Ventnor Beach:

In his role as Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, Cllr Ian Stephens, adds his comment on the latest Culture, Media and Sport Committee tourism report.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 1:04pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Watchdog returns to St Mary’s to monitor patient experiences

Hospital corridor

Healthwatch have been back on several hospital wards at St Mary's to see monitor the good practice recommendations they made last year.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 11:14am

By Nikki Stewart