News from the South Wight

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

Ventnor Fringe Festival is back for 2021: Dates now announced

Ventnor Fringe 2019 - dance

It's the news that many have been waiting for - the return of Ventnor Fringe Festival

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 5:52pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Stenbury Federation respond to parents’ campaign to ‘save our school’

Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Falling numbers and parental choice, such as only one child in reception class, has led to the challenging situation the school finds itself in, say the Federation

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 11:31am

By Sally Perry

Belgrave Road: Ground investigations underway to determine cause of retaining wall collapse

Sign at Belgrave Road Feb 2021

Once the cause of the collapse is confirmed repair work can begin and could be completed by the end of October

Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 9:41am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Police waive Covid-19 fines for volunteers painting at football club

white paint on roller

The money raised to cover the fines will be invested in the maintenance of the club buildings

Monday, 1st March, 2021 5:09pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Fundraiser to cover volunteers’ Covid-19 fines raises £800 in 24 hours

person on laptop holding credit card by rupixen

A total to 42 people have donated from as little of £5 to as much as £100 to help cover the fines issued to the volunteers who were painting the building

Monday, 1st March, 2021 2:33pm

By Sally Perry

Multi-agency search for high risk missing person successful

Helicopter route for missing person

A lot of people were involved in the search for a high risk missing person last night. If you heard helicopters circling overhead, this is why

Monday, 1st March, 2021 8:34am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Mystery of the Undercliff Drive stone monument revealed

Francis Bacon monument

If you've walked past the stone monument in the Undercliff and wondered what the story behind it was, read on

Friday, 26th February, 2021 2:29pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘Save our School’ is the call from parents and village community amid plans to close primary school (updated)

Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Parents and community members oppose the closure of their village's only primary school on a number of grounds and urge others to share their views on the consultation. Full details within

Thursday, 25th February, 2021 9:38am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Latest news on the Le Veness development, straight from the horse’s mouth

Le Veness revised plans

News OnTheWight speaks to the owner of the Le Veness site on Ventnor's seafront to find out what plans are for this year

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 2:37pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘We need to stop this piecemeal concreting of the countryside’ says Isle of Wight MP

Brighstone plans and IW MP

The MP has stepped in to have his say on a development for five houses on greenfield land in Brighstone

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 8:47am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

Landslips lead to footpath closures in St Lawrence

Footpath closure

Take note of the footpath closure before heading out for a walk during lockdown

Saturday, 13th February, 2021 4:36pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor and the Undercliff: In search of lost time. A journey in pictures

Pier Street, Ventnor

This latest book by Michael Freeman and Lesley Telford is described as ‘recovering life-worlds and discovering livelihoods through photographs’. It includes 180+ black and white pictures spanning 1860 to 1950

Friday, 12th February, 2021 5:52pm

By Sally Perry with one comment