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.

Open Mic Comedy at Quay Arts cancelled

Comedy sign

We could all do with a good laugh and next Friday a new monthly open mic comedy night returns to Quay Arts in Newport. Make plans now - the first event is free!

Friday, 21st October, 2016 8:01am

By Nigel Walsh

Campaign to introduce 20mph areas across the Isle of Wight

20mph campaign

A councillor in Newport is calling on the Isle of Wight council to introduce a 20mph speed limit in residential streets, town and village centres across the Island.

Tuesday, 18th October, 2016 7:47am

By Sally Perry with 43 readers' comments

Police hunt for Isle of Wight hit and run driver

British Transport police

Police are appealing for the driver who hit a teenage pedestrian and failed to stop on 3rd October to get in touch.

Monday, 17th October, 2016 12:19pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Discover the fascinating history of the Regency Harp-Lute at live performance


Sarah Deere-Jones will be using both her restored Regency pedal harp and her Harp-Lute to perform the music of some forgotten 19th century harp composers at the Vectis Decorative & Fine Art Society lecture next week.

Friday, 14th October, 2016 8:26am

By Carolyn Power

A month of fundraising challenges at Cineworld


As well as the successful cake sale that took place last weekend, Cineworld has an around the Island Walk, 2,500 mile static cycle, Bif Film Quiz and more planned to help raise money for Children in Need.

Tuesday, 11th October, 2016 11:19am

By Dennis Jones

Overnight roadworks planned for Downend

roadworks send help

The work will take place over seven weekday nights. Locals venues have been consulted and will remain open during the works.

Friday, 7th October, 2016 12:18pm

By Gavin Foster

John Giddings asked council to have Isle of Wight festival land for free (updated)

Festival crowd:

It's been revealed that John Giddings' Solo asked Isle of Wight council if they could stop paying the £50k that he currently pays for the use of Seaclose Park. They said no, but are considering a significantly reduced figure.

Thursday, 6th October, 2016 11:54am

By Simon Perry with 79 readers' comments

Islanders pull together to help victims of tragic fire


Once again we see the Isle of Wight community coming together to help those in need.

Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 2:05pm

By Sally Perry

New Ramblers’ gates installed thanks to local council and residents

chillerton gate opening

The residents of the Chillerton and Gatcombe celebrated the installation of not one, but four Ramblers' gates with a walk across Chillerton Down.

Monday, 3rd October, 2016 7:53am

By Maxine Yule

Overnight road closures at Coppins Bridge now lifted

coppins bridge

Night-time road closures at Coppins Bridge have been lifted following the completion of a major resurfacing scheme. Other work will be completed during lane closures.

Thursday, 29th September, 2016 1:55pm

By Gavin Foster with 2 readers' comments

Fire service tackling roof fire in Newport (video)


Six pumps are in attendance at the residential fire in Newport, with the fire described as 'well alight'.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 4:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Letter: Not impressed with Lynnbottom ‘improvements’

garden clippings

This reader believes the improvements at Lynnbottom tip are anything but. He says the process for getting rid of garden waste has led to longer waits and increased frustration.

Monday, 26th September, 2016 12:09pm

By Roger Cheesman with 3 readers' comments