Isle of Wight artists, John Endacott and Jim Mason, open latest exhibition at Monkton Arts

monkton arts

John and Jim also both share an admiration for the ethos Monkton Arts is built on and fully endorse the philosophy and approach to community arts, which is self evident at every visit to the coffee shop and galleries.

Monday, 17th February, 2020 7:57am

By Peter Gruner

Ryde is going places, say Ryde Society: All welcome at tonight’s meeting

ryde by night

This is an event for anyone who lives and works in Ryde. The Ryde Society is your civic society and everyone is welcome

Monday, 10th February, 2020 9:21am

By Peter Gruner

People’s Gallery to close, but bright future for town, says Biz Assoc.

closing down sign in shop window

Chair of the Business Association says the town has a bright future with a minimum of £900,000 being invested in the High Street

Monday, 3rd February, 2020 11:14am

By Peter Gruner

Need a fix of Christmas music? Vernon Square welcomes all this Saturday

the Rug Band

Head to Vernon Square, Ryde this Saturday (5th December) for live music, refreshments and entertainment

Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 3:13pm

By Peter Gruner

Residents predict ‘traffic mayhem’ with new development

traffic jam

Plans to expand Ryde Business Park by building new homes, a GP surgery, gym and cafe have been drawn up by the Isle of Wight Council as part of its regeneration strategy.

Friday, 27th September, 2019 3:22pm

By Peter Gruner with one comment

£60 million upgrade news to Island Line expected soon, reports The Ryde Society (Update 2)

Island line train

As well as the news about the train line, Ryde Society reports the MP called Pennyfeathers development "unsustainable" and said Isle of Wight councillors should "man up". Read on for full report.

Tuesday, 30th July, 2019 5:55pm

By Peter Gruner with 7 readers' comments

National funding bid hopes to revive Ryde’s historic character

Ryde boat with flowers

It's hoped a successful bid will enable enhancement of the whole of the High Street, in particular drawing on aspects of heritage to bring back a sense of history, consider the use of the squares and how those can be improved, as well as looking at connectivity between different areas.

Thursday, 4th July, 2019 9:27am

By Peter Gruner with 3 readers' comments

All welcome to Vernon Square Summer Fayre

vernon square garden

The once derelict square, rescued by the Vernon Square Preservation Society in 1986, will open its gates to all for the summer fayre.

Thursday, 27th June, 2019 4:30pm

By Peter Gruner

Book now for classical concert featuring wide-ranging programme from 18th century baroque to 20th century film scores

james and siobhan

The concert will feature a wide-ranging selection the musicians hope will appeal to everyone, with 18th century baroque music, American jazz and classical White House favourite Earl Wild, and film composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

Monday, 10th June, 2019 5:18pm

By Peter Gruner

Call for Royal Victoria Arcade to be listed as Asset of Community Value

Victoria aracade

Plans to have Royal Victoria Arcade listed as an Asset of Community Value are being supported by the current owner, who has cared for the property for 45 years.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 10:46am

By Peter Gruner with one comment

New Ryde Mayor, Michael Lilley, highlights the Island’s poverty issues at Ryde Society AGM

michael lilley

There was much to report back on from the Ryde Society AGM, including update on Ryde Arena, Harbour and news of new arts centre.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 9:38am

By Peter Gruner with 2 readers' comments

Ryde resident parking permits could be ‘nightmare scenario’, says Cllr (updated)

Parking ticket machine:

Cllr Jordan believes the Isle of Wight "needs a proper parking strategy that is tailored to different areas". Cllr Whittle says the current strategy seems to work well.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 10:29am

By Peter Gruner with 4 readers' comments