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.

Update on Yarmouth ferry service, following Friday’s engine fire

Ferry

The ferry has been withdrawn from the route as engineers from Wightlink, the engine manufacturer and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) continue to investigate what caused the engine failure.

Saturday, 15th December, 2018 6:32pm

By Karen Woods

Review: Isle of Wight Cantata Choir perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

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It’s a challenge for any choir to sustain the emotional range and intensity demanded by this work by Karl Jenkins, however, Cantata Choir rose to the challenge well, with barely a hesitation, accompanied by the excellent Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, 15th December, 2018 11:50am

By Toby Wallis

WATCH: Isle of Wight paramedics perform ’12 days of NHS Christmas’

12 days of christmas

This great video acts as a novel reminder that many people have to continue working over the holidays, whilst the rest of us put our feet up in front of film and stuff our faces with nuts and chocolates

Friday, 14th December, 2018 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Dream come true’ for new Warrior, Wirtzfeld

Speedway

Chad says the Warriors management have been brilliant and that "being offered a chance to go straight into the main team at reserve is a dream come true".

Friday, 14th December, 2018 11:34am

By Rob Dyer

Isle of Wight council respond to their Amazon spending claims (Updated)

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The Isle of Wight council respond to claims from Island Labour that "significant amounts of money that could be kept on the Island and might even be the difference between local businesses thriving or dying are routinely being spent on companies like Amazon".

Friday, 14th December, 2018 11:22am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Weather warning for rain and wind could affect mainland driving

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Driving west on the mainland tomorrow? Take note of this severe weather warning from the Met Office.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 10:04am

By Sally Perry

Fire crews attend Isle of Wight ferry (updated)

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Five fire crews from the mainland attended a fire in the engine room of the Isle of Wight ferry.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 9:49am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Binstead Seawall built to protect gardens approved retrospectively

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Planning officers sounded a note of caution, but a member of the committee said he didn't understand why the council were not biting the hand of the applicant off, as he was offering to save the council money.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 9:17am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight chemists: Christmas and New Year opening times

Pharmacy signs

Today (Friday) is the last day to order repeat prescriptions from your GP in order to ensure your order is fulfilled before Christmas. See also details of pharmacies that will be open over the festive period.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 8:41am

By Sally Perry

Riders complete IOWMCC’s 2018 Winter Series Trials Championship

Haslett Dec 18 SHAUN HARRIS - vikki taylor

The Winter Series Championship is made up of thirteen trials. To qualify for an award, Adult riders must complete a minimum of eight trials, with twelve rounds to count (in the same class).

Friday, 14th December, 2018 8:31am

By Wayne Brodie

Plans for new educational activity centre for children struggling at school

hamish fleming planning application

Hamish Fleming already has "extensive experience with ‘hard to reach’ learners and has built a reputation both on the Island and in Hampshire and Dorset". He plans to give dilapidated group of farm buildings a new lease of life.

Friday, 14th December, 2018 8:13am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Residents take large inflatable biscuit to Bembridge Parish Council meeting

A collection of Bembridge residents took a large inflatable biscuit to Bembridge Parish Council meeting to show their support for their fellow resident who previously got into trouble for offering biscuits to the clerk.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 6:42pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments