News from the West

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

Grand Spring Fete continues support for Wessex Cancer Trust

Festival bunting:

Wessex Cancer Trust's Daisy Buses provide invaluable help for those on the Isle of Wight needing treatment on the mainland. Join in the fundraising this Saturday at the 13th Freshwater Court Spring Fete.

Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 7:52am

By Sally Perry

RNLI’s Yellow Welly event saw over £400 collected in one hour

YellowWelly Hand Over

Well done to all those who donated to the Yellow Welly event over the weekend, when the collect buckets passed through Cowes.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 10:44am

By George Chastney

Helping hand for migrating eels a tribute to former colleague

eel - cropped

An ‘eelevator’ has been created to help migrating eels navigate the watercourse beneath Holbrooke’s Bridge at Bouldnor, near Yarmouth.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 3:10pm

By Gavin Foster

Body part found by dog confirmed as woman’s


The forearm and hand had been in the water for sometime, but following analysis, police confirm it belonged to a woman.

Tuesday, 16th May, 2017 5:58pm

By Sally Perry

West Wight Fencers take on the Royal Navy

Fencing at Navy match in Portsmouth

Two teams of Isle of Wight Fencers took on the Royal Navy at their dockyards recently and returned to the Island with their heads held high.

Friday, 12th May, 2017 1:39pm

By Nick Stuart

Get ready for an extravaganza of songs from well-known shows

people sing

The Slipshod Singers head to the Memorial Hall in Freshwater this coming weekend for a concert in aid of the West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

Monday, 8th May, 2017 10:48am

By Martyn Waitt

Five new defibrillators for West Wight thanks to work of parish clerk

Paddy, Gill and Helen

The five new defibrillators will be placed around the Totland, Freshwater and Shalfleet community in strategic positions that complement and enhance existing sites.

Thursday, 27th April, 2017 2:36pm

By Sally Perry

Let food be the love of music: Non-perishables gain you entry to Foodbank fundraiser

Band members

There are two opportunities to see No Exit play live this month, both gig are fundraisers for Isle of Wight Foodbank and entry is via donations of non-perishable goods for the Foodbank supplies.

Wednesday, 26th April, 2017 3:47pm

By Feature Writer

Needles Lodge Freemason to be honoured for receiving Victoria Cross

freemasons hall covent garden

A Freemason from The Needles Lodge, Isle of Wight, is to be honoured for receiving a Victoria Cross during WWI.

Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 8:08am

By Ed Baker

Large reward offered after £1,000s of tools stolen from woodyard

milwakee drill black case

A small business on the Isle of Wight is the victim of a theft of thousands of pounds of tools and other items. A £500 reward is now being offered for information leading to apprehension and conviction of those responsible.

Monday, 10th April, 2017 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Compton Bay steps back in place for the holidays

compton steps

Hurrah! Temporary steps down to Compton Bay beach have been completed, just in time for the school holidays.

Friday, 7th April, 2017 5:30pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Free training for climbing wall session leaders

Climbing wall

The offer is open to volunteers and members of community groups across the West Wight, but spaces are limited.

Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 12:05pm

By Krissy Lloyd