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.

Be part of shaping what happens at local park

Green smiley faces

You can help shape what type of activities and events take place at this park in Newport. Share if you know someone who lives in the area and might want to take part.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 8:20am

By Becky Haydock

The ‘Artists of Montmarte’ open the new season of art lectures

PRO Alexandre Duret-Lutz Sacré coeur

This Thursday, The Arts Society Isle of Wight At Quay Arts begin their 2018-19 season of art lectures with “The artists of Montmarte – The Pilgrims of Babylon” by Douglas Skeggs.

Sunday, 14th October, 2018 12:42pm

By Feature Writer

Book now for Isle of Wight’s first drive-in Christmas cinema

Drive in logo

Tickets have today (Friday) gone on sale for Drive-in Films for Christmas, which will feature six epic festive films screened over two days.

Friday, 12th October, 2018 2:43pm

By Lorraine White

Nine nights of major roadworks for Newport industrial estate

Riverway 1

The stretch of road, that's in need of upgrade, will be tackled at night and in phases to avoid disruption, say Island Roads.

Thursday, 11th October, 2018 10:41am

By Gavin Foster

Newport Harbour regeneration: Isle of Wight council appoint architect (Updated)

Newport Harbour drawings

The masterplan will "visualise and provide a framework for a waterfront reinvigorated by mixed use development, reinforcing Newport’s role as a county town and a visitor destination".

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 6:59am

By IW Council Press Office with 20 readers' comments

‘Shocking’ Ofsted report revealed for previously ‘Good’ school (update 2)

Unhappy face

The secondary school has been long held up by local politicians as the 'beacon' school for the Isle of Wight, but today, Ofsted have dealt a shocking blow with an Inadequate rating for the school.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018 10:40am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Humanists discuss why things are better than we think


"Factfulness” is described as the stress-reducing habit of only having opinions for that which you have strong supporting facts. Find out more about this at the Isle of Wight Humanists next lecture.

Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 3:54pm

By Feature Writer

Musical tribute to Mike Plumbley, ‘an inspirational man’

mike plumbley concert - chris drums 2

Last night's commemorative concert for Mike Plumbley saw personal anecdotes and music contributions from Brian Sharpe, Martin White, Mike Jolliffe, Duncan Jones, Paul Armfield and JC with the Dance Preachers (with the last minute addition Pete and Becky).

Monday, 1st October, 2018 6:56pm

By Sally Perry

Choral concert fundraising for youth and community centre

Newchurch male voice choir

There'll be a retiring collection at the free concert, aimed at raising funds needed to repair, upgrade and then maintain the Brading Youth and Community Centre.

Saturday, 29th September, 2018 10:16am

By Bob Cooper

GCSE students still waiting for ICT results, four weeks on

Examination desks

The College say they cannot comment on the nature of the delay at this stage, but confirm it has cooperated with the exam board at every stage during their process.

Monday, 24th September, 2018 4:41pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Closure of widely-used cut-through leads to vast diversion

road closed sign

Island Roads have just issued an Emergency Road Closure notice for this widely-used cut-through. The suggested diversion is substantial.

Monday, 24th September, 2018 10:16am

By Sally Perry

Temporary closure of Firestone Copse and Parkhurst Forest car parks

firestone copse from the air

The Forestry Commission apologise for any inconvenience and hope visitors will understand the need to preserve the safety of all around large machinery.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 1:23pm

By Justin Rylands