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.

Island Roads staff lend a hand at Needles Old Battery

Island roads staff

Island Roads staff have given their time to help the annual winter maintenance programme at the historic Needles Old Battery.

Tuesday, 29th November, 2016 11:27am

By Gavin Foster with 9 readers' comments

West Wight footbridge to get major upgrade

footbridge over road

Overnight closures will be necessary whilst the major work takes place on the footbridge.

Monday, 28th November, 2016 2:43pm

By Gavin Foster

Future secured for Needles Coastwatch


Described as a dedicated team of "volunteer guardian angels on the cliffs", the Needles National Coastwatch team recently passed re-assessment of their Declared Facility Status.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 4:11pm

By Paddy Noctor

Isle of Wight flood alert issued for Tuesday morning


Although the tide will not be as high as it was on Sunday morning, the Environment Agency have issued a flood alert for the Isle of Wight coast, in particular Cowes, Yarmouth and Ryde.

Monday, 21st November, 2016 5:10pm

By Sally Perry

‘This Changes Everything’: Climate change documentary comes to Freshwater

naomi klein

Change or be changed is the tagline of 'This Changes Everything' a documentary based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book about climate change. Screening this Friday in Freshwater.

Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 9:12am

By Helen Wood with 11 readers' comments

Burst water mains galore on the Isle of Wight

Burst water main

There have been reports of four burst water mains in the last 24 hours - and those are just the ones that Island Roads have informed us about.

Friday, 11th November, 2016 2:20pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Bushy poser: Our Flickr Group Picture of the Week


The foxes at Alum Bay really do love seem to love being in front of the camera. Jeff Morgan's great composition with this gorgeous fox, the teasles and sailing yacht is a winner!

Monday, 7th November, 2016 8:23am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

RNLI rescue capsized hovercraft following loss of power

Recovered hovercraft on board the Yarmouth lifeboat

The domestic hovercraft came into trouble when it his a rough wave and lost power. Yarmouth RNLI crew were able to rescue the passengers and craft. See photos from the rescue.

Friday, 4th November, 2016 10:28am

By Claire Hallett with 3 readers' comments

Celebrating 60 years of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with fabulous mural

DofE awarders with Tony Trowbridge

16 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) participants, leaders and parents worked with Isle of Wight artist Tony Trowbridge to create a mural in Freshwater expressing what the Island and DofE mean to them.

Thursday, 27th October, 2016 8:16am

By Suzanne Whitewood

An evening of Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swann and sketches from ‘Round the Horne’

pigeons in the park

A great way to raise money towards a new Portable Ultrasound machine for St Mary’s Chemo Unit.

Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 9:11am

By Jan Haire with 3 readers' comments

Slipshod Singers to perform Remembrance Day Concert

remembrance crosses

If you're looking for a concert to attend on Remembrance Day, the West Wight Slipshod Singers have just the thing.

Tuesday, 25th October, 2016 5:26pm

By Martyn Waitt

Echoes and Dreams at Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Martin Perry

There are two new photographic exhibitions at Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater Bay. Both are running until the end of the year.

Tuesday, 25th October, 2016 8:45am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood with one comment