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.

Sunday concert series celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary

Bust of Beethoven

Father and daughter James Halsey (cello) and Sally Birkett (piano) kick off the series this weekend (19th January at 11.30) performing sonatas Op. 5 no. 2 in G minor and Op. 102 no. 2 in D major.

Saturday, 18th January, 2020 2:01pm

By Helen Foster

Rock and roll event in memory of loved ones raises cash for Mountbatten

David Khan and Sylvia Bridger present the cheque

Friends who met when their partners were in the hospice have staged a memorial music event in aid of Mountbatten.

Friday, 17th January, 2020 10:19am

By Matt White

£1.2million boost sees new unit and more beds at St Mary’s to ease winter pressures

St mary's hospital

The new nurse-led unit, based on the site of the former Compton Ward, will help reduce some of the additional demand winter brings to help patients leave hospital as soon as they are able to

Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 12:28pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Re-inspection for St Mary’s catering recognises positive action taken

St mary's hospital

The Chief Executive says she's really proud of how the catering team has pulled together and turned things around

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 5:16pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Marked improvements at Isle of Wight school say Ofsted inspectors

Exterior of Carisbrooke College

Two of the four categories have been upgraded to 'Good', as the school shows it is making the necessary changes to ensure improvement

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020 9:33am

By Gemma Long with one comment

CCTV image of man who stole purse stolen from 79-year-old

Newport theft suspect

This man is suspected of stealing a purse from the handbag of a 79-year-old woman in Sainsbury's just before Christmas. Do you recognise him?

Monday, 13th January, 2020 1:26pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users Group: All welcome to public meeting

island line train coming out of the tunnel in Ryde (in tilt shift mode)

The latest Bus and Rail Users' Group meeting offers an opportunity to question the programme manager for South Western Railway

Monday, 13th January, 2020 8:28am

By Sally Perry

19-year-old woman dies in single car collision: Police appeal for information

white lily

Our thoughts are with the teenager's family and friends. If you saw the car or have dashcam footage, please get in touch with the police. Details within

Saturday, 11th January, 2020 11:35am

By Hampshire Constabulary

Head of school announces resignation

office chair and computer screen

The Executive Headteacher says she'll be a tough act to follow and is credited with improving the college in many ways

Thursday, 9th January, 2020 9:31am

By Glynis Hutchings

CLA Isle of Wight debate asks, ‘Can we farm profitably in harmony with nature?’

field of vegetables with sun flare

With proposed Agriculture and Environment Bills currently delayed, what should farmers be doing to plan for the future? This and similar questions will be covered in the debate

Monday, 6th January, 2020 10:38am

By Michael Sims

Have your say on how Isle of Wight crisis services for young people can be improved

teenager sitting on bench with head bowed

If you're a parent or carer with experience of the Isle of Wight children and adolescent mental health service, the NHS want to hear your views. Details within

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 2:41pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust with one comment

New contraflow system at St Mary’s roundabout now in force

contraflow system

The new contraflow system at St Mary's roundabout comes into force today. OnTheWight has the details of where and how long it will run

Friday, 3rd January, 2020 9:50am

By Sally Perry