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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Plans to create the Isle of Wight’s largest dance and gymnastics hub

Ballet dancers in dance studio

The storage and office space could be transformed to hold two dance studios with another dedicated ballet studio on the first floor

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 7:15am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Real-life Lassie moment as Isle of Wight Cockapoo comes to the rescue in Covid household

Henry the Cockapoo lying on a sofa

Henry the Cockpoo had a real-life Lassie moment and raised the alarm when one of his owners became seriously unwell with Covid

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 2:38pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Volunteers can make a huge difference to Carisbrooke Castle Museum and its work

The exterior of the former Governor’s House at Carisbrooke Castle, now home to the museum

Just a few hours volunteering at Carisbrooke Castle Museum can make a huge difference to the museum and its work. Find out more about how to get involved

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 2:00pm

By Rachel Tait

Conservative candidate: Confident of a ‘sound case’ to convince planning committee to reject new Isle of Wight oil well plans

No in neon yellow

During Earth Week, the Conservative candidate shares her views on plans for exploratory oil wells in Arreton

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 9:34am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Covid-19 appointments available at Riverside

Nurse preparing covid-19 Vaccine - solent nhs trust

Some have had difficulty getting an appointment at the Covid-19 vaccination centre in Newport, but Solent NHS Trust say a number are now available

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 8:46am

By Solent NHS Trust with 2 readers' comments

Six Isle of Wight schools up against each other in competition to win a playground sunshade

Drawing of sun shade in a school setting

Cast your vote for one of the six Isle of Wight schools to help give them a chance to win the sunshade

Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 9:35am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

All Isle of Wight party leaders oppose village school closure, except one

Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Leaders of all political parties on the Isle of Wight have openly opposed the closure of Chillerton and Rookley School, apart from Dave Stewart of the Conservatives

Monday, 19th April, 2021 8:23am

By Keith Herbert with 4 readers' comments

Former Poundland and Civic Centre to become ‘Integrated Mental Health Hubs’

Happy Balloons

The NHS trust was awarded £3.2m in order to purchase the two buildings

Friday, 16th April, 2021 3:05pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust with 4 readers' comments

Revised plans for former football ground smaller and include second drive-through restaurant

Plans for St George's Way

South Coast Leisure say all but one of the units have confirmed tenants and the new plans are smaller than before

Friday, 16th April, 2021 8:51am

By Gavin Foster with 11 readers' comments

Naturezones: Book your place and enjoy a slice of tranquility at Nature Reserve and Wildlife Field Study Centre

Green open spaces at Naturezones

You'll need to book in advance to visit Naturezones, but it sounds like it'll be worth the visit

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 10:11am

By Angela Hewitt with one comment

CPRE calls on candidates to pledge to seek lower housing targets in next Island Plan (updated)

Shoulder of Mutton site in Newport - Google Maps

The Isle of Wight CPRE - the countryside charity - are calling on candidates in the upcoming election to pledge to seek a lower housing target in the next Island Plan

Thursday, 8th April, 2021 7:24am

By Ian Wellby with 4 readers' comments

Alan Sugar’s high street property to become a restaurant and flats

Former brighthouse property now owned by alan sugar

Dividing up the property is thought to be the best option going forward

Wednesday, 7th April, 2021 8:14am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments