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.

Steps to Orchard Bay rebuilt after two years of closure

orchard bay

Well done to all involved for ensuring the steps to this wonderfully secluded beach in St Lawrence will be reopened. If you can't make it in person, have a virtual tour of the beach through our photo sphere.

Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 2:45pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

An intense game resulted in draw and two points for Ventnor RFC

Rugby Balls

Drawing with "easily the best team in the league" and walking away with two points shows the strength and depth throughout the club said coach, Damien Marriott.

Monday, 26th September, 2016 12:07pm

By Nolan Winter

Unseen film footage reveals how the 1987 Great Storm hit Ventnor


This fascinating footage of the 1987 Great Storm in Ventnor has been set to music by Isle of Wight musician, Paul Armfield. Free entry with donations welcome.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016 7:00am

By Sally Perry

The Time Travel Heritage Trail helps you explore Ventnor’s rich history

Ventnor time travel trail partners

From the Esplanade and Steephill to Ventnor Downs, the new Time Travel Heritage Trail can be visited in a leisurely day and will guide you through the town, where you will learn more about the rich history of Ventnor.

Tuesday, 20th September, 2016 5:40pm

By Sally Perry

Mystery of Ventnor’s musical notation bench carving explained (video)


John Nash not only explains the mystery of musical notation carved into a bench in Ventnor, but treats us to a beautiful piece of classical guitar written by an Isle of Wight composer.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Park of the Year Award for historic Ventnor Park

ventnor park

We're big fans of this beautiful Victorian park so pleased to hear the hard work of all those who tend to it has been recognised.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 12:16pm

By IW Council Press Office with 5 readers' comments

New public library looks likely for Ventnor


The Isle of Wight council Executive have agreed to transfer the building to Spectrum Housing who plan to build 12 affordable flats and a new public library.

Monday, 12th September, 2016 3:29pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Primary School heading in the right direction say Ofsted

St Francis primary school

Ofsted say this Isle of Wight primary school is taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.

Thursday, 8th September, 2016 2:30pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Cricket: Cup success for Under 11s

Cricket ball:

Congratulations are in order for the Ventnor Blues, the Ventnor Cricket Club under 11 team, who won the County Press Cup at Newclose, defeating Newport in an exciting final at the weekend.

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 3:53pm

By Graeme Burnett

Tagore String Trio return to Northcourt for charity recital


The Tagore String Trio will be supporting Cancer Research UK this year with their annual recital at Northcourt. It should be a wonderful event if you can make it.

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 11:57am

By Helen Foster

Isle of Wight Fell Running Series returns to Ventnor this month

The Isle of Wight Fell Running championships, taking place in Ventnor later this month, have become quite a national event these days. It's great to see the town busy and watch the runners hurtling through the streets.

Tuesday, 6th September, 2016 6:52am

By Chris Lewis

Ventnor Film Society celebrates tenth year

VENTNOR film society autumn season 2016

This season Ventnor Film Society will be screening a diverse programme of recent award-winning films from the Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Jordan, UAE, Denmark and Turkey and Colombia.

Wednesday, 31st August, 2016 6:18pm

By Linda Davis