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 student celebrates success at City College annual awards

Congrats confetti on gravel

The student from Ventnor was recognised for his exceptionally good attitude, extracurricular activities, additional student support within class, and his resource provision

Monday, 11th November, 2019 12:16pm

By Bex Pearce

Isle of Wight Bunker features on TV screens this Sunday

The Bunker

The former Royal Air Force radar station, which has now been converted into a stunning home, will be featured on TV on Sunday night

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 6:09pm

By Sally Perry

‘Grumpy’ the Grey Seal heads to the Isle of Wight to ‘chill out’ on Ventnor beach (video)

grumpy the seal on ventnor beach

'It's always sunny in Ventnor,' Grumpy the 30+-year-old Grey Seal had heard, so he popped over from West Sussex to "chill out on the Island for a bit"

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 1:27pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight primary retains ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted rating


The executive head teacher is encouraged with the positives the report has shown, that the school is heading in the right direction

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 5:34pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Act now to have your work included in the ‘Undecided Earth’ art exhibition

Extinction Rebellion protesters holding up red hands

Original art, Letters to the Earth and Climate Emergency placards are welcome as part of the Undecided Earth exhibition opening later this week

Thursday, 31st October, 2019 11:24am

By Julie Hutchison

‘On Your Doorstep’ event showcases community groups

two cups of tea being offered

Next week residents are invited to an 'On Your Doorstep' event where local and Island-wide voluntary sector and community groups will showcase what they do

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 8:13am

By Tony McCarthy

Appeal to raise £2,500 for lifesaving therapy dog to help young Islander

evan and his sister

Not only will a therapy dog be a great physical comfort to young Evan, but it will be trained to notice seizures, of which there are many and mostly silent

Sunday, 27th October, 2019 11:00am

By Sally Perry

Can you help clear weeds so Ventnor’s Flower Fairy can do her magic?

flower fairy's garden

Some helping hands are needed to clear an area of weeds by the playground so the Flower Fairy can sow seeds before winter sets in

Friday, 25th October, 2019 6:12pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight farm-stay wins prestigious award and heads to National final

Best Rural Tourism Business winner Tallulah Shepherdly from Nettlecombe Farm. Rural Business Awards, South East Ceremony. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Kent (

Congratulations to Nettlecombe Farm, who will now go on to represent the South East at the national final in February 2020

Friday, 25th October, 2019 9:08am

By Jodie Jones

Undecided Earth : An Exhibition about the ecological crisis

undecided earth

We can't wait to see what new works have been created for this Undecided Art Collective Exhibition

Thursday, 24th October, 2019 6:20pm

By Sally Perry

Long-disputed footpath along seawall formally re-opened

Wilf Payne, Royston Batcoe, Peter Wells, Nick Webb, Cllr Dave Stewart, Darrel Clarke, Cllr John Hobart, Vickie Ford, Mark Donovan and Carol Flux

Owners of the cottage the footpath runs in front of objected to the Planning Inspectorate, but they dismissed the appeal, stating Ordnance Survey map evidence as far back as 1908

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 10:21am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight comedy writer slips yet another BAFTA nominated show under her belt

hannah george looking into camera

Fingers are crossed once again as Class Dismissed - which Hannah wrote a series of sketches for - is nominated for a comedy award in the Children's BAFTAs

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 3:52pm

By Sally Perry