From the four corners of the diamond

We appreciate that some readers are only interested in news from certain parts of the Isle of Wight. Luckily, we’ve been geographically marking all our stories for many years.

Simply choose one of the five categories; Central; North; East; South or West to find news in your area and don’t forget that if you have something to share, do get in touch.

Isle of Wight school term dates for 2021/22 met with mixed reactions

school crossing patrol by joybot

There have been mixed reactions from Isle of Wight schools to the proposed term dates for 2021/22. Details within

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 5:47pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Letter: Ventnor’s wall lizards and glorious flora should be protected from herbicide sprays

poppies by side of road

Bridget was shocked to see the habitats of Ventnor's much-loved wall lizards being sprayed with herbicides this week by Island Roads

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 5:27pm

By Bridget Boudewijn

Keep your eyes peeled for Asian Hornets to help protect Isle of Wight bees and pollinators

asian hornet on a twig

The Asian Hornet has the appetite to eat up to 50 Honey Bees in a single day and last year decimated Jersey's bee population. If you spot one on the Isle of Wight here's what to do

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 4:46pm

By Sally Perry

Finally, the number of people with Covid-19 in Isle of Wight care homes revealed

flattern the curve

Papers for next week's Corporate Scrutiny Committee reveal the total number of Covid-19 cases in Isle of Wight care homes

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 4:10pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

London to Portsmouth’s new ‘Trainbow’ celebrates Pride month

South Western Railway's 'trainbow' for Pride month

South Western Railway say their new ‘trainbow’ is just a small contribution to this month’s celebrations – even if they are set to be a little different to previous years!

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 4:03pm

By Sally Perry

Unanimous green light for Goddards Brewery’s move to Branstone Farm

Artist impression of Goddards Brewery

A supporter of the application said, "The new location will put Goddards on the tourist map and will become a place for Island residents to visit". Read what's planned for the new site

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 2:53pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

New toilets in Sandown given the go ahead after eight years in pipeline

Plans for public toilets in Sandown

Isle of Wight Councillor for the area, Ian Ward, urged committee members to help push through a development that has been in the pipeline for eight years

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 2:07pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Islander’s ‘Profitable Couch’ podcast No.2 in the iTunes Charts: Help it reach the top spot

Nikki Collinson-Phenix

Islander Nikki Collinson-Phenix launched her podcast just over a week ago and has already reached number two in the iTunes Top 200 charts for Entrepreneurship. You can help her reach the top

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 12:35pm

By Sally Perry

Vandals take line painting machine for a dance on football pitch and cause other damage too

Rew Valley FC - vandals dance with line painting machine

The vandals appeared to have a sudden burst of creativity with the line painting equipment and among other things used fencing posts to build a bonfire

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 11:32am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight inshore rescue crews receive support from Lifeboat Lotto

Freshwater Lifeboat crew and boat

Join the Lifeboat Lotto for your chance to win up to £5,000. It costs less than £10pm and you’ll be helping independent lifeboat stations

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 11:29am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight councillors reject Newport Glamping

Aerial drawing of the glamping site

Cllr Jones-Evans said she thought the glamping site's location was perfect, but Cllr Hollis said he'd never seen a site so ‘unsuitable for camping'

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 11:18am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight McDonald’s drive-thru re-opening is minutes away

mcdonalds drive thru sign

McDonald's have just confirmed to News OnTheWight that their Isle of Wight Drive-Thru is re-opening shortly for the first time since lockdown. Will it attract the massive traffic jams seen elsewhere in the country?

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 10:52am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments