Sally Perry


Sally Perry is co-owner, reporter and editor at Isle of Wight News from OnTheWight.

The publication has built up a large and trusting audience, not only on the Island, but also around the world, helping IW ex-pats stay in touch with Island news.

Sally has been recognised nationally for her in-depth coverage of the three-week occupation of a factory by workers. As commented at the time, “[they} gave the national and local media a run for its money with its comprehensive coverage of the industrial dispute".

She’s also been awarded for her dogged persistence in highlighting the plight of landlocked Ventnor Undercliff residents following a major landslide (over 200 articles in four+ years).

As well as covering local democracy and holding those in power to account for their decisions, OnTheWight is a champion of The Arts, regularly celebrating the creative talents of Islanders.

Braving the Shave for Macmillan Cancer Support

thea welsford before the shave

As well as 'braving the shave' for Macmillan Cancer Support, Thea is hoping to make a night of it with music and entertainment on offer too

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 9:46am

By Sally Perry

Volunteers sought for charity helping the homeless and those in need

67a high street cafe charity shop

Waste Not Want Not cafe/charity shop in Newport is on the look out for volunteers to help between 10am-2.30pm on weekdays. Can you help?

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 9:20am

By Sally Perry

Hampshire Police to increase officer numbers by 6 per cent, with 156 new officers

Michael Lane PCC and police officer

Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the news, as has Hampshire Police Federation, but say following ten years of cuts, the numbers are not enough

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 8:38am

By Sally Perry

Banksy’s Seasons Greetings on the Isle of Wight? Art dealer’s vision revealed

John Brandler and partner

After spending nine months in talks with Port Talbot council, art dealer John Brandler says he's given up setting up a Museum of Street Art there and is looking to the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 5:10pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Baby Box project making a huge difference to parents in Ventnor (Video)

baby box food

Baby Box IOW helps families struggling to provide their children with basic essentials and also offers somewhere for parents to meet others over a cup of tea

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 11:34am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s Doug Alldred and The Silver Lining release new single

Doug Alldred playing the guitar

If you're a fan of Tom Petty, The Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd or Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds you'll want to check out Doug Alldred and the Silver Lining's new track on Monday 14th October.

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 10:27am

By Sally Perry

Town council unveil plans for new Community Hub: Have your say

east cowes community hub

The project is estimated to add 20p per week to council tax bills in the town and residents are being asked whether they support it

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 9:17am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Sign up for Lifeboat Lotto and help our inshore rescue teams


Join the Independent Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than a tenner a month and you'll be helping local independent lifeboat stations.

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 8:49am

By Sally Perry

Boojum and Snark join Beers and Buses this weekend

Boojum Brewery illustration of a buoy

Boojum and Snark in Sandown will be open this weekend, showcasing a fine selection of craft and award-winning beers and ciders as part of the Beers and Buses Weekend

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 11:36am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s Coach Party sign to Chess Club Record label

Coach Party celebrating at a bar

Signing to Chess Club Records will give this Isle of Wight band, Coach Party, a platform to go onto do huge things, says manager

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 10:08am

By Sally Perry

Community arts radio station celebrates Isle of Wight’s creative heritage


Based in the grounds of Wolverton Manor and led by the AvantHardCollective, Wolverton FM has now launched.

Monday, 7th October, 2019 5:35pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Harp On Wight International returns this month

Poster illustration for Harp on Wight

Learn how to play a harp, learn how to make a harp, listen to world-class harpists or enjoy a harp-themed candlelit dinner. There's much to choose from at this year's Harp On Wight Festival.

Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 4:33pm

By Sally Perry