News from the North Wight

If you’re interested in news from around the North 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.

Floating Bridge: Timetable for Christmas and New Year 2018

floaty and crane

Cllr Ward says he's particularly pleased with November’s availability figures for the Floating Bridge, because, he says "they show, without doubt, the floating bridge is doing the job it was built for the vast majority of the time".

Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 10:51am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

East Cowes coucillor meets with owner of previous Cowes Floating Bridge

floating bridge being towed

Saying it was a mistake to sell off the old bridge before it was known whether the new one would work properly, Karl Love has met with the current owner of the previous Floating Bridge.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 3:48pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 9 readers' comments

Body found after house fire in Porchfield

porchfield fire - freshwater fire station damping down 640

Following an intense fire in Porchfield last night (Wednesday), the sad news that a body has been found has emerged.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 11:37am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Planning Committee vote on Northwood’s 66 homes development

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Another controversial development of 66 homes in Northwood was voted on by Isle of Wight council planning committee last night.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 1:44pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Hawthorn Meadows East Cowes application: Committee give their planning decision

hawthorn meadows

The controversial development of 96-beds - previously branded 'un-neighbourly' - in the Whippingham / East Cowes area received its Isle of Wight council decision last night.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 10:25am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 10 readers' comments

David’s dedication to fundraising helps vital charities

david rogers as santa with presents

David Rogers from All About Catering in Cowes has been dressing up as Father Christmas and raising money for two great charities since 2015, after his best friend's life was saved by firefighters and air ambulance crew. Have you spotted him yet?

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 9:14am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight council respond to rumour they’re buying back old Floating Bridge

Floating Bridge

Floating Bridge 5 has been docked in Gosport for the last couple of years and previously up for sale for offers of £125,000. The council respond to the rumour that they're buying it back.

Friday, 7th December, 2018 2:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Cowes Enterprise features in Ofsted Annual Report for ‘best practice’

Cowes Enterprise College

The once-troubled, but now thriving Cowes Enterprise College is one of a handful of best practice case studies featured in Ofsted’s latest annual report.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 10:31am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Fundraiser for return of Norman Gaches ‘Stigwood art’ to the Isle of Wight launched

norman gache carving dionysis

A campaign has been launched to fund the return of a large-scale wood carving that left the Island when music and film producer, Robert Stigwood, moved to Ascot. It's hoped the sculpture can be returned to East Cowes for all to enjoy.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 9:19am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight-developed BAE SAMPSON radar system excels when 17 Russian jets showed ‘Brazen Hostility’ to HMS Duncan, Type 45 Destroyer

HMS Duncan exterior - Warship: Life at Sea - Channel 5 - Artlab Films - @mark_tatts on Twitter

This evening (Monday) you can watch the Isle of Wight-developed SAMPSON radar system protect the UK's most advanced warship, Type-45 Destroyer, against a raid on it by 17 Russian fighter aircraft.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 1:07pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Give us responsibility for the Umbrella Tree, say Friends

umbrella tree

Friends of the Umbrella Tree say they have everything in place to take on responsibility for 100+ year old Weeping Ash tree, which they want to see live out its remaining life.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 8:27am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Don’t miss Isle of Wight sailors on your TV screens

XOD with John Sergeant

Look out for Michael Buerk and John Sergeant on your TV screens tonight when they'll be sailing in the Solent with the XOD class sailors from Cowes Corinthian YC.

Friday, 30th November, 2018 11:45am

By Tina Scott