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.

Isle of Wight’s GKN takes Silver at prestigious business awards

thumbs up well done

GKN, based in East Cowes, picked up a Silver Health and Safety Award for achieving the most impressive or innovative improvement in the health and safety culture of the workplace.

Monday, 20th November, 2017 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Floating Bridge: The ‘Floaty McFloatfarce’ saga continues

floaty mcfloat farce

In April, the Isle of Wight council called a halt to the much-trumpeted public naming competition for the new floating bridge because of the 'upcoming elections'. Seven months later and the competition is still on hold, despite the two elections being long gone.

Monday, 20th November, 2017 11:24am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Retailers in Cowes town centre invited to offer Post Office services

post office sign

Retailers in Cowes interested in offering Post Office services are invited to speak to the Post Office about how they could help bring those services back to Cowes town centre.

Thursday, 16th November, 2017 7:21am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight build of Red Jet 7 ahead of schedule

red jet 7 hull

Sea trials and crew training are expected to commence in June 2018 ahead of Red Jet 7's official naming ceremony in Cowes in July next year.

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 4:46pm

By Stuart Hunt with 2 readers' comments

Lifeboat commander role for long-time RNLI volunteer


The final hurdle in Jason's elevation from ordinary crew member to lifeboat commander was assessed under the experienced eye of RNLI assessor Tom Pedersen.

Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 3:24pm

By George Chastney

Innovative solution to repair Isle of Wight bridge

Porchfield bridge

It's usual for road closures to be in place when a bridge is repaired, however, Island Roads have developed a scheme that means all the work can be done from underneath the structure in the case of Rodge Brook.

Monday, 13th November, 2017 4:28pm

By Gavin Foster with 3 readers' comments

Floating Bridge: Review findings not revealed until 2018

floating bridge from cowes

The review team has studied a large volume of documents and is in the process of interviewing those involved in commissioning, designing and operating the new vessel.

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 5:23pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Cowes Classics Week names their new Chairman

Charles Stanley Direct Cowes Classics Week - 17-21 July 2017. Tuesday 18 July Saskia Photo: Rick Tomlinson

David Gower has succeeded Sir Richard Ottaway as Chairman of Cowes Classic Week.

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017 12:06pm

By Marina Johnson

See Norris Castle, East Cowes from above and inside (Video)

Norris Castle exploration video

It's hard to even catch a glimpse of the tall walls of Norris Castle from the outside. This video gives a view from above then delves inside of the building, as the mysterious cameraman passes from room to room discovering what's been left.

Friday, 3rd November, 2017 6:21pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight RNLI leads the way with life-saving initiative

Lifeboat Board 2017

The ground-breaking ‘Saving More Lives’ plan paves the way for RNLI to support and help develop its recent community safety initiatives.

Monday, 30th October, 2017 7:34am

By George Chastney

The annual Isle of Wight Honey Show returns to Cowes


This is a great annual event where you can learn more about bees and beekeeping. You also get to taste a range of honeys for free and vote on your favourite. Don't miss it!

Thursday, 26th October, 2017 3:25pm

By Sally Perry

Historic England updates their ‘At Risk Register’ for the Isle of Wight

St Mary and Radegund Church, Isle of Wight has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register in 2017.

The annual snapshot of the health of the historic environment has been released today by Historic England. Find out what's been added and what's been saved.

Thursday, 26th October, 2017 10:02am

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments