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.

Got some spare time? Why not consider helping at Classic Boat Museum

classic boat museum - lifeboat

The wonderful Classic Boat Museum - which has a gallery in East Cowes and a soon-to-open Museum in Cowes - are very keen to recruit new volunteers to help in a variety of roles.

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 11:17am

By Mark McNeill

Waitrose tell OnTheWight about importance of ‘frequent and reliable’ floating bridge service

waitrose trollies

The high-end supermarket has been quietly observing the problems with the floating bridge service but now talk about the importance of safeguarding local businesses.

Tuesday, 20th February, 2018 2:03pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Scrutiny tells Leader he’ll be held accountable for his floating bridge ‘good and reasonable service’ comment

floating bridge suspended

After Leader of the council, Dave Stewart, gave Scrutiny members an update on the Cowes floating bridge, they told him he'd be held accountable his comment about it providing 'a good and reasonable service'. OnTheWight reports in full detail.

Friday, 16th February, 2018 8:27pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Take part in free Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes family craft sessions

JMC drop in

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artist, Hannah George will be holding a free family drop-in workshop at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater Bay this Saturday, with another next month in East Cowes.

Friday, 16th February, 2018 5:23pm

By Sally Perry

Police hunt for man with who touched teenage girl on the bottom

police officers on bike jojakeman

Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have been the victim of a similar incident in the area.

Friday, 16th February, 2018 3:26pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Access to Floating Bridge papers heavily restricted – Even to Scrutiny Members


Members of the Scrutiny Committee ask 'Who runs the council?' after being told they can only view floating bridge documents sat in front of a laptop at County Hall (with an estimated reading time of 30 hours).

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 9:19pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Red Funnel Freight ship: First look dedicated craft

red funnel new freight vessel

Here's the first look at Red Funnel's newly-ordered ship. This one is dedicated to carrying freight only, hence it can only carry 12 passengers for the 12 HGVs it can take across its four lanes. Full size images can be seen below.

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 12:04pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

WightFibre Star Wars charity event raises over £4,500 for UKSA

star wars donations to uksa

The money goes to UKSA to fund their ‘Test the Water’ programme offering Year Six Island children a chance to spend half a day at UKSA taking part in a sailing or watersports session.

Thursday, 8th February, 2018 10:03am

By Dale Howarth

Council say ‘no objection’ to removal of Umbrella Tree

umbrella tree

The Isle of Wight council say that although they have no objection to the request to remove the tree, options are being considered and investigated further with Island Roads that may prevent the immediate removal of the tree.

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:33pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Kingston Marine Park: Funding due to be agreed

kingston marine park

The council say that infrastructure funding will help attract private sector investment – and estimates it could "eventually create around 550 long-term jobs and 20 during the construction phases".

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 4:28pm

By IW Council Press Office

Walkers rescued from mud in Thorness

RNLI Mud rescue

The couple and a man in his 70s had used a mobile phone to urgently seek help as they desperately struggled in mud at Thorness

Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 3:03pm

By George Chastney

Island Roads help create sensory garden

Wootton sensory garden

A big part of the work in the sensory garden was laying a pathway and after digging out the foundations, the school turned to Island Roads and its volunteering scheme for help.

Tuesday, 6th February, 2018 11:14am

By Gavin Foster