New Isle of Wight autism diagnosis and assessment service to launch

autism scrabble letters

After some children on the Isle of Wight have had to wait years for an autism diagnosis via the CCG, a private practice will be offering a full autism diagnosis and assessment service from next month

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:48am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Importance of keeping countryside gates closed


If you're using footpaths or bridleways make sure gates are always closed. Don't assume because one is open that it's supposed to be.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:33am

By IW Council Press Office

Victoria of Wight welcomes first vehicles on board

First vehicle on Victoria of Wight

Following sea trials Wightlink staff and contractors will now move on to Victoria of Wight to get her ready for her first customers as she comes into service later in the summer.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:32am

By Karen Woods

St Helens and Bembridge Fort Walk: Weather forecast and safety advice

t Helens Fort Walk 2014 by John Sparrow

If you're planning to do the Fort Walk tonight, be sure to read the safety advice from the RNLI first. IW Met Service also offer their weather forecast for the evening.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 4:35pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe another success with over 4,500 tickets sold

Ventnor Fringe

With over 4,500 tickets sold Ventnor was buzzing with activity all week for the ninth Ventnor Fringe Festival. Despite the weather, it was a huge success. Here's to 2019!

Monday, 13th August, 2018 2:01pm

By Sally Perry

Floating bridge service returns, with a little help from its friends

floaty with workboat -

A full repair of the faulty hinge took place on Saturday, allowing the bridge to go back into operation on Sunday, but it requires a workboat to travel alongside it during the ebb tide.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 12:46pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

120 swimmers completed 66th Isle of Wight Pier to Pier Race

pier to pier swim - clasire speight

It was pretty choppy out on the water on Saturday, but that didn't deter the 120 swimmers who took part in the 66th Isle of Wight Pier to Pier Race. Well done to them and those in the safety boats.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 10:05am

By Bob Cooper with 2 readers' comments

No school bus places for at least 24 Isle of Wight teens

vectis blue school bus

Concerned parents said they may be left with no choice but to pay for additional childcare, or take time off work, in order to pick up their children from school.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 9:33am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Storeroom launches Cowes Men’s Shed

Polytunnel blessing

A grant of £20,000 has enabled Storeroom to set up the Cowes Men's Shed. Open to everyone aged 18+ and with free membership, this is a great, well-equipped facility that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 9:22am

By Wendy Miller

New DAB station recreates spirit of ‘boat that rocked’

mike read and djs at united djs radio

A new DAB radio station with the freedom, spirit and free programming policy inspired by the original Radio Luxembourg in its hey day has been launched, and it covers the Solent and much of the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 8:07am

By Sally Perry

The Ventnor Mermaid, created on other people’s rubbish by Not Dead Yet

tony trowbridge

Ventnor might now be home to Phlegm's Ventnor Giant, but has also this week been hosting the Ventnor Mermaid, created by Isle of Wight artist Not Dead Yet. Do you want to take her home?

Saturday, 11th August, 2018 12:08pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Cowes Week yachtsman dies after being pulled unconscious from water (Update 3)

RNLI embroidered logo

A man in his 60s fell from an RS Elite class yacht at Cowes Week. Crew from another boat retrieved him and emergency services worked to revive him. Update: Sadly he's passed away.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 3:31pm

By Sally Perry with one comment