News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it.

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Mainland ambitions for Isle of Wight teen songwriter

Portrait of Millie from Newport

After working with Theatretrain for the last nine years, Millie is now looking forward to studying songwriting on the mainland and pursuing her dream

Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 10:28am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight test centre still seeing people with mainland postcodes – but it’s tiny

covid-19 drive through testing centre - person standing at door of car with clipboard

The Covid-19 virus thrives on social contact - more social contact leads to rising cases, which leads to more hospital admissions and tragically, more people dying

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 8:21am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Pop-up Isle of Wight Covid testing site to close say the council

Covid testing in drive thru centre

It was only set up a couple of weeks ago, but the Isle of Wight council say apart from the next two weekends, the pop-up testing centre at Medina will be closing. Details within

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 11:50am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Befriending and support service for widows of Newport – thanks to 19th century legacy trust

Thanks to a legacy trust set up by Mary Pittis in 19th century, women in Newport who are experiencing bereavement are being offered practical support and befriending. Pass onto someone you know who might benefit

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 6:03pm

By Elisha Leachman with one comment

Mainland e-scooter drink driver loses licence after Isle of Wight incident

Beryl e-scooters lined up outside hospital

The 20-year-old from New Milton was found to be three times over the drink drive limit after nearly colliding into an unmarked police car in mid-December

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 10:39am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Post Office still seeking someone to take on Newport vacancy before branch closes next month

The exterior of Newport Co-op

Until someone can be found to take on a Post Office in Newport, customers will have to visit alternative branches

Monday, 18th January, 2021 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

New Children’s A&E department means a much better experience for young patients

Geoffrey Smith, Emergency Department Paediatric Charge Nurse

The new flexible space means that children and young people are being cared for in an environment that meets their needs. Full details within

Monday, 18th January, 2021 9:56am

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Calling all musicians: Join Acoustic Originals and support the Quay

girl on floor playing guitar

Quay Arts are looking for musicians wanting to take part in 'Acoustic Originals' and 'Songs in the Quay of ...' both of which they intend to start again next month, albeit virtually

Friday, 15th January, 2021 5:39pm

By Sally Perry

Location of the Isle of Wight’s new vaccination centre announced

The Covid19 vaccine by DK Photography Isle of Wight

Details of a major vaccination centre on the Isle of Wight have now been confirmed. As before, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn

Friday, 8th January, 2021 5:35pm

By Priya Mistry with 19 readers' comments

Extra drive-through Covid-19 testing centre set up on the Isle of Wight

Covid testing in drive thru centre

Due to the demand for testing on the isle of Wight a pop-up drive-through testing centre will be in operation from Friday and the Newclose testing centre will open for longer

Thursday, 7th January, 2021 5:47pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Council officers put forward recommendations for fatal Forest Road junction

Forest Road junction

A report is going to the Isle of Wight council Cabinet meeting next week with recommendations for the junction at Forest Road, which saw a fatal collision two years ago

Wednesday, 6th January, 2021 5:37pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Decision by Isle of Wight planning officers announced for Newport housing development

Landscape lane road sign

The outline plans were said to provide a significant positive opportunity for a mix of housing, whilst retaining the rural feel to the lane, but it was met with much local opposition

Wednesday, 6th January, 2021 2:37pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments