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Natalie says goodbye to ‘ab fab’ Afro to help young cancer sufferers

Natalie Hyde before shot at The Neddles Park

All praise to Natalie Hyde for braving the cold weather and having her fabulous Afro shaved off to raise money for two charities as well donate her hair for young cancer sufferers.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 5:07pm

By Mary Cracknell

Countryfile showcases how Woodland Therapy can help those with mental health issues

Bouldnor woodland project

It's not just Ryde Pier that you'll see on Countryfile this coming Sunday. You'll be able to find out more about the Woodland Therapy Project too.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 4:47pm

By Kizzie Henderson

Scrutiny Group recommend increase in floating bridge charges

Floating bridge protest at county hall

The Scrutiny Committee's Task and Finish Group have been looking into proposals to change charging on Cowes floating bridge. Next week they'll present their recommendations, which include some surprising jumps in charges.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 11:35am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight businesses shortlisted for prestigious Beautiful South Awards

Vernon Cottage Shanklin:

Seven of the Island’s leading tourism businesses have been chosen for the finals of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 10:55am

By Sue Emmerson

Wildlife Trust ‘fully sympathetic’ to Undercliff residents

Undercliff resident re-opening - attempted re-closure - Island Roads and residents - St Lawrence sign

Other reports have been quite alarmist on the re-laying of Undercliff Drive. OnTheWight has spoken to the Wildlife Trust and got a far more balanced response.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 10:05am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Pupils at Ryde Academy Bite the Wight with some help from HTP Training

Bite the Wight at Ryde Academy

As part of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust's Bite the Wight initiative, HTP Training and the Academy worked together to promote healthy eating and to help raise money for the Trust.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 9:40am

By Nat Nelson

Cowes breakwater project on schedule reports Harbour Master

Cowes Breakwater Project - October 2014

Dredged gravel material from Southampton waters have been recycled in the Cowes breakwater Project, which according to the Harbour Master is on schedule.

Thursday, 30th October, 2014 8:37am

By Louisa Mamakou with one comment

The Grinch is heading to Ventnorville this December. Are you?

The Grinch

Ventnor is well-known for its quirkiness and this Christmas will be no exception. There are some great plans to bring visitors to the town for a day of shopping, entertainment, food and Christmas spirit.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 5:31pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Flash flooding blamed on Island Roads’ inaction

Niton Flood

Fifteen minutes of heavy rain which left Niton High Street under water this morning (Wednesday 29th October) has led to renewed calls for something to be done about storm drains in the village.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 3:39pm

By Retired Hack

Councillors insist on their own independent report on volunteer-rebuilt road on Undercliff Drive

Looking west on Undercliff Drive - Island Roads staff

Engineers commissioned by Island Roads concluded this week that the small section of road rebuilt by volunteers was unsafe for residents' cars to use. The council Executive have now commissioned their own independent assessment of the work.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 1:32pm

By Sally Perry with 37 readers' comments

Fostering team pound the streets of Portsmouth to raise awareness

Fostering team Great South Run

A team of fostering staff from the Isle of Wight Council have helped raise awareness of fostering by competing in The Great South run at the weekend.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 11:45am

By IW Council Press Office

Ryde Pier hits the TV screens this Sunday night

Countryfile Matt with Jerry on Ryde Pier

The historic 200 year old Ryde Pier will be the star of the screen this Sunday evening as the Countryfile team head to the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 7:57am

By Chris Cowley