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.

Lorries stuck at floating bridge junction a ‘weekly problem’

allan marsh junction 640

Residents in East Cowes want to know when something will be done about the weekly problem of lorries getting stuck on the junction by the Cowes Floating Bridge.

Friday, 17th August, 2018 6:23pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Cowes Enterprise College: Students celebrate A-Level results

Image: Etienne Tracey, Beth Elliott, Charles Roberts, George Kermode

Overall, 15% of A levels were graded A* or A – up on last year’s figure – a third of exams were A* to B, and more than half of exams achieved A* to C.

Thursday, 16th August, 2018 1:46pm

By Sally Perry

‘Confidence lost in Ian Ward’s abilities’ over Floating Bridge issues says Cllr

cowes floating bridge

The Independent councillor for East Cowes says he's lost confidence in the Cabinet member's ability to address the ongoing issues with the floating bridge. East Cowes Business Association join the voices calling for action.

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Phase 1 of £10m ferry terminal redevelopment at East Cowes completed

Red Funnel CEO Fran Collins with Customer Services Director Murray Carter at East Cowes

Phase 2 of the East Cowes gateway project, which includes a new purpose built terminal building, will be completed by summer 2020.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 4:22pm

By Bryn Williams with 3 readers' comments

Floating bridge service returns, with a little help from its friends

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A full repair of the faulty hinge took place on Saturday, allowing the bridge to go back into operation on Sunday, but it requires a workboat to travel alongside it during the ebb tide.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 12:46pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

Storeroom launches Cowes Men’s Shed

Polytunnel blessing

A grant of £20,000 has enabled Storeroom to set up the Cowes Men's Shed. Open to everyone aged 18+ and with free membership, this is a great, well-equipped facility that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.

Monday, 13th August, 2018 9:22am

By Wendy Miller

Cowes Week yachtsman dies after being pulled unconscious from water (Update 3)

RNLI embroidered logo

A man in his 60s fell from an RS Elite class yacht at Cowes Week. Crew from another boat retrieved him and emergency services worked to revive him. Update: Sadly he's passed away.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 3:31pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Family seek the ‘three angels’ for their part in helping save Mum’s life on Monday

Thank you chocolates:

Three individuals on Monday in Cowes went to the rescue of the woman who'd suffered a heart attack whilst in the water and played an important part in saving her life. Her family now want to be able to say thank you.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 8:20am

By Sally Perry

Sailors prepare for toughest of all yacht races, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race


Spare a thought from noon on Sunday for the 30 entries taking part in one of the toughest yacht races ever - the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - as it leaves Cowes and heads clockwise around the Isle of Wight in the first stage of this record-breaking race.

Friday, 10th August, 2018 8:06am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Floating bridge out of service second day in a row (updated)

east cowes mayor peter lloyd floating bridge

The Floating Bridge went out of service just after 12.30pm today due to "mechanical problems". A passenger launch is in operation.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 2:25pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Councillor disappointed her personal life is ‘under constant scrutiny’

julia baker smith

Cllr Baker Smith said she’d be splitting her time between the Isle of Wight and Manchester, adding she’s disappointed that her personal life is ‘under constant scrutiny’, something not applied to working fathers on the council.

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 12:10pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight talent on show at the very first Wight Proms Festival

Wight Proms 2018

Isle of Wight talent is supported at this brand-new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight’s music, food, people and red squirrels at Northwood House next week. Book now to avoid disappointment

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 11:36am

By Feature Writer