News from the East Wight

If you’re interested in news from around the East of the Isle of Wight, 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.

Seaview Hotel closes its doors until Spring, with a ‘heavy heart

photo of the front of seaview hotel

The decision was made with a "heavy heart", but in light of "confusion about promoting non-essential travel and the changing guidance", say the Hotel

Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 10:49am

By Sally Perry

Mayor sponsors creative session for 15 young people in Ryde over lockdown

I Heart Buttons kit

Funded by the Mayor with the support of 'I Heart Buttons', 15 young people in Ryde were able to enjoy some creative distraction during Lockdown #2

Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 10:30am

By Maiya Dixon

Fiveways ensure children grow to become independent, happy and confident learners: Find out more at their Virtual Information Evening

Children at Fiveways School

If you’re considering Reception options for your child, take the opportunity to find out more about what Fiveways (Ryde School) can offer. At the virtual Information Evening you can hear from the Acting Head and her team. Registration details within

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 7:25pm

By Feature Writer

Mystery of Sandown’s dead dolphin’s disappearance solved

dead dolphin on the grass

There were distinct signs of human intervention rather than the perpetrator being a fox or badger. The mystery was solved this afternoon

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 7:23pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘People have driven through the hedge so many times, there isn’t really a hedge there now’ say residents of ‘dangerous’ road

crashed car on Carters Road-gigapixel-width-1200px

Residents and the local councillor have asked for something to be done to make the road safer saying it's a serious accident waiting to happen

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 3:20pm

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

Sandown Green Town Volunteers go Crocus crazy for End Polio Now campaign

Nicola Winsland of Friends of Battery Gardens, planting up the circular bed at Battery Gardens

Sandown Rotary donated 3,000 purple crocus corms which are being planted by Sandown Green Town Volunteers to raise awareness for End Polio Now campaign

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 9:11am

By Ben Holbrook

‘Covid Commissions’ supported collaboration of artists faced with living and working in isolation

Threepenny bit in clouds by Julian Winslow

The Ryde Arts Covid Commissions explored the possibilities of collaboration between artists at a time when people felt personally and professionally isolated from each other

Monday, 30th November, 2020 6:08pm

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

Calling artists from around the World – Applications open for paid artist residency

Tracy Mikich and Julie Jones Evans plus detail from boat

If you're the curious type who loves to research and explore ideas in order to create a piece of work that grabs attention and provides a compelling narrative, this could be the project for you.

Friday, 27th November, 2020 6:16pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Ryde Arts Friday showcases work for sale by Isle of Wight artists

Holly Jolliffe Sue Paraskeva Lisa Traxler and Laura Hathaway

It might be Black Friday, but instead of giving your money to large multinational companies why not keep it on the Isle of Wight and support local artists

Friday, 27th November, 2020 12:58pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Wightlink to bring daily Fastcat service and weekend Yarmouth sailings back

wight ryder passing a sea fort

Forecasted demand for travel means Wightlink will be resuming services after lockdown. See full details within

Friday, 27th November, 2020 12:11pm

By Karen Woods with 5 readers' comments

Christmas comes to Nettlestone and Seaview – with a different look

Christmas trees made from pallets

Men in Sheds have created a forest of wooden pallet trees this year for Christmas in Nettlestone and Seaview. Check them out in December

Friday, 27th November, 2020 11:14am

By Vilma Barraclough

Grace’s Bakery picks up national award for adapting to Covid-19 with community at heart of their offer

Sarah Redrup from Graces Baker with her Award

The judges said that Grace's Bakery was a great example of an independent retailer being at the heart of its local community

Thursday, 26th November, 2020 6:57am

By Howard Robinson with 2 readers' comments