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.

Don’t miss ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles: The Hit Farce’ at this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Actors from Hound of the Baskervilles

Book your tickets today for this inventive and hilarious comedy mystery which features two fearless actors playing every role in this fast paced farce.

Thursday, 6th June, 2019 6:28pm

By Feature Writer

Find out more about Ventnor’s role in 1944 D-Day operations

In preparation for Operation Biting, the raid on the German radar array housed at Bruneval, British covering troops and paratroopers practise their withdrawal to landing craft during training in Britain in February 1942. With preparations for Normandy progressing by late 1943, could the alleged raid on Ventnor therefore have been the venue for rehearsing a future Bruneval-style operation?

Ahead of the D-Day 75 off Ventnor commemorations (all welcome, details within), David Baldwin shares this fascinating background to the town's involvement in the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 7:40pm

By David Baldwin

‘D-Day’ 75 off Ventnor: Commemorative event marks Ventnor’s role in the largest seaborne invasion in history

d-day invasion - plastic figures on a beach with jeep

A very special D-Day commemoration takes place on the evening of 5th June on Ventnor seafront, as 300 veterans on board a liner heading for Normandy, stop off the Ventnor coast to take part.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019 9:10am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Police issue appeal for info after man left with head injuries

Police van

Two people have been arrested after a man was assaulted at a property in Ventnor. Police are appealing for any information.

Sunday, 26th May, 2019 5:17pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Don’t miss Holly Maslen’s thought-provoking Pick up Pieces exhibition

Pick up Pieces - central grid

Holly has created a striking exhibition which not only looks beautiful set in stunning surroundings, but will leave you hopefully thinking differently about what gets washed up on beaches around the world and how it's impacting sealife

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 5:30pm

By Sally Perry

People power works as Isle of Wight council agree to fund new swings

Kids in the North Street Playground

Isle of Wight council were so impressed by the community spirit and have agreed to fund and install new swings at the playground.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 9:36am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Low flying plane off the Isle of Wight will be a planned oil spill response simulation

oil spill response plane over the water

Don't be concerned if you see a low flying Boeing 727 over the water off the Isle of Wight from tomorrow. It's a planned manoeuvre.

Monday, 20th May, 2019 11:51am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor screening for Isle of Wight writer’s film, The Vanishing, plus Q&A

poster for the vanishing

Meet the man behind the script for the film The Vanishing and watch the screening in the luxurious surroundings of Ventnor Arts Club.

Friday, 17th May, 2019 11:00am

By Sally Perry

Eight-year-old skateboarder’s speech about concrete skatepark dubbed ‘illuminating and inspirational’ by Mayor

martha reading her speech

The eight-year-old skateboarder's speech on the benefits of a concrete skatepark was dubbed by the Mayor of the town council as "very illuminating and inspirational". Watch here.

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 6:18pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Popular Phoenix Choir are back in Brighstone for fundraising concert

phoenix choir

In view of the popularity of this very talented choir, early seating is recommended.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019 7:48am

By Sally Perry

Godshill Firewalk: Fun, fire and fundraising

Someone walking over hot coals

Head to Godshill in June and walk on hot coals for a night of fun, fire and fundraising along with a chance to win Isle of Wight Festival Tickets and over 50 other prizes.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 4:57pm

By Sally Perry

Hollywood afternoon tea in aid of Isle of Wight brain tumour charity

Afternoon tea

Think Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. We love an opportunity to feel spoiled and this afternoon tea will do just that.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 4:19pm

By Sally Perry