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TV series shot on the Isle of Wight airs this afternoon

Len Goodman and Esther Rantzen Holiday of a lifetime

An episode of a brand new television series in which Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, Len Goodman, takes a well-loved famous face back in time to recreate their own childhood holiday has been filmed on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 11:38am

By Sue Emmerson

Anti-Bullying Conference for Young People taking place for first time this week

Anti-bullying messages:

A major event focussing on anti-bullying is being held in Newport this week, bringing together a number of schools and agencies.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 11:02am

By Sally Perry

Don’t forget to get secondary school admission forms posted


The deadline for parents and guardians to submit an on-time application for children starting secondary school in September 2015 is fast approaching.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:45am

By IW Council Press Office

Met Office issue severe weather warning for the Island

Steephill wind and waves:

The weather warning has only just been issued, as the high winds are now predicted to affect the Isle of Wight today.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:27am

By Sally Perry

Island needs ‘taskforce’ to tackle education says Labour candidate

Stewart Blackmore and Tristran Hunt:

The Labour parliamentary candidate Stewart Blackmore welcomed shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt to the Island last week to discuss the education system.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:22am

By Ed Gouge

Black History Month event builds relations between police and diverse communities

Chief Inspector Alison Heydari and Annette Wincott

Hampshire Constabulary is thanking members of the public from its diverse communities for celebrating Black History Month.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 8:35am

By Hampshire Constabulary

Drivers using mobile phones to be targeted by police

Mobile use whilst driving -:

Officers from the Hampshire and Thames Valley Joint Operation Unit have begun a week long operation targeting people who use their mobile phones while driving.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 8:08am

By Sally Perry

Help this Island degree student by sharing your views on tidal renewables

Tidal energy map

If you have views on the proposed renewable tidal energy site off the Ventnor/St Lawrence coast, Charlotte Billson would love you to complete her quick survey, which will help towards her dissertation study.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 5:16pm

By Sally Perry

Bids open for youth money in Sandown

Teenagers pumps:

A lack of acceptable bids for youth provision in Sandown means there is now a chance to have a slice of £15,500 grant funding.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 3:38pm

By IW Council Press Office

Another secondary school exits Special Measures

Cowes Enteprise College:

Since being taken over by Ormiston Academies Trust, Cowes Enterprise is now considered a new school by Ofsted, giving them a chance of starting again, so exiting Special Measures.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Extra charges to council highlighted by protesters

Floating bridge protest by Allan Marsh

Protesters sought to spread the news that introducing foot passenger fares on the floating bridge might actually lose the council money - rather than bring additional income - if pensioners chose to take the bus round instead. They say each journey would cost the council £13.16.

Monday, 20th October, 2014 10:12am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Sandown Bay Academy exits Special Measures


Congratulations are in order for Sandown Bay Academy for working its way out of Special Measures. A great deal of hard work and determination has been shown by all involved.

Saturday, 18th October, 2014 10:57am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments