News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

Isle of Wight fire crews praised for actions at derelict school blaze

Fire crews at Christ the King College Fire

The fire was in the roof space of a single storey building due for demolition. The cause is currently being investigated.

Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 12:09pm

By IW Council Press Office

Skaters from across the Isle of Wight to come together for KMC Memorial Skate Jam

memorial skate jam poster cropped

Wight Trash say, "This skate Jam will not only be a way of remembering Kieran, but also a reminder to look out for each other, and that if anyone is struggling we're all here, and we'll listen."

Monday, 19th August, 2019 6:09pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm sees double digit revenue growth as European exports boom

natascha boswell and barnes edwards

The Isle of Wight's Garlic Farm has found increased demand for its range of over 60 garlic food and drinks products across Europe.

Sunday, 18th August, 2019 10:30pm

By The Office of Department for International Trade with 5 readers' comments

Improvements to busy roads to take place overnight

Lidl roundabout

All these schemes to improve busy roads and junctions will take place at night in order to minimise disruption.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 6:46am

By Gavin Foster with 4 readers' comments

A-Level results: ‘Another great year’ for Island VI Form students

IIT VI Form Campus

Vast majority of students going on to first choice universities and starting next exciting stage of their education

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 8:34am

By Debbie Fineran

Platform One College of Music reveal ‘incredible results for the 19th year’

platform one guitar close up

Well done to all those involved in yet another year of fantastic results for students at Platform One College of Music.

Wednesday, 14th August, 2019 11:15am

By Dave Pontin

Isle of Wight chef is Vegan Living magazine’s chef of the month

aidan gant and poppy dee standing in the courtyard

Aidan Gant, who recently opened Django's Vegan Tapas and Jazz Bar with his partner, Poppy Dee, on the site of the former Lavender Farm, features as Chef of the Month in Vegan Living.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 11:55am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Watchdog says HMP Isle of Wight’s response to rise in violence ‘not good enough’

Prison fencing

Peter Clarke, HM chief inspector of prisons, said there was little support for victims of violence, even though relationships between staff and prisoners were good.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 11:21am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Spate of vandalism adds costs for parish council

Vandalism of Post Office Lane toilets - paint on walls

As well as vandalism to the public toilets, a piece of outdoor gym equipment that can be used to charge mobile phones was burnt with a lighter.

Monday, 12th August, 2019 11:38am

By Lucy Molyneux with 6 readers' comments

Latest comic in Commando series set on the Isle of Wight

a page from radar raiders

You can meet the writer this Saturday from midday at Heroes Comic Shop in Newport when he'll be signing copies of Radar Raiders.

Monday, 12th August, 2019 8:46am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Good rating for Isle of Wight pre-school and out of school clubs


Ofsted have released their latest inspection report and the Preschool has been rated as 'Good', and 'Outstanding' for personal development, behaviour and welfare.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 1:39pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Standing ovation for First Act’s performance at Summer Serenade concert

the First Act Theatre Group performing in a church

This performance was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience as it goes to show that the magic of music and performance is a boost to the confidence of people with learning difficulties.

Thursday, 8th August, 2019 8:40am

By Bob Cooper