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.

Dimbola to host ‘Two Stories’ exhibition by Judy Rodrigues

Dimbola lodge

This exhibition of paintings and research material focuses primarily on the Freshwater landscape and Dimbola as a catalyst and meeting place for an exploration into the work several writers.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 12:16pm

By Rachel Tait

Sports Centre wins funding to support youngsters with disabilities

Liam playing football with frame

£5,000 has been awarded to West Wight Sports Centre to run sports sessions for children with disabilities.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 7:15am

By Krissy Lloyd

Proposed tourist attraction launches crowdfunder appeal


Fans of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates should be pleased to hear about plans for the Isle of Wight Reptilarium, located on the site of the former Aquarium in Fort Victoria.

Monday, 9th January, 2017 8:37am

By Sally Perry

Make 2017 a year to shout about

runner in the needles half marathon

West Wight Sports Centre are staging their biggest ever calendar of sporting events this year and have made sure there will be something to suit everyone. Why not give it a go!

Friday, 6th January, 2017 12:01pm

By Krissy Lloyd

Crowdfunding campaign aims high

climbing wall

West Wight Sports & Community Centre are aiming to raise £20,000 through Crowdfunder to build a new indoor climbing wall in Freshwater. Find out how you can help them reach the target in eight weeks through this new crowdfunding campaign.

Tuesday, 3rd January, 2017 7:32am

By Krissy Lloyd with 2 readers' comments

Police confirm details about human remains found in Freshwater Bay


The remains were found in Freshwater Bay by a dog walker this morning. Police confirm details.

Wednesday, 28th December, 2016 4:42pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Police want to talk to this man about a sex offence against teenage girl

CCTV of sex attacker

Do you recognise this man? Police are very keen to talk to him following a sexual offence against a 16 year old girl on a bus in October.

Wednesday, 21st December, 2016 5:44pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Seb shoots the super surfers (aerial drone video)


Whilst choppy waters make many of us retreat indoors to the wood-burner, those who surf, head for the water. Luckily for some, Seb Godsmark was on hand to film last week's surf session in Freshwater Bay.

Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 5:22pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

See out 2016 in style at The Cow Co on New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Confetti

See 2016 out in style at this unmissable bash at The Cow Co. Up the style metre by booking VIP tickets and enjoy a private bar hosted by the bottle swirling Intoxicologist.

Saturday, 17th December, 2016 7:35am

By Feature Writer

Take part in Christmas Jumper Weekend and help Save the Children

Christmas jumpers

Tapnell Farm Park has decided to extend the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day to the entire weekend. The whole family is invited to go wild with wool and wear their seasonal sweater with pride.

Friday, 16th December, 2016 2:56pm

By Kirsten Morris

‘Peace on Earth’ performance to fundraise for Syrian refugees


Two performances, which will be held in Christ Church, Church Hall, Totland Bay, have largely been organised by James Malia and aim to raise funds for aid agency CAFOD’s refugee appeal.

Tuesday, 13th December, 2016 3:46pm

By Elouise Hobbs with 2 readers' comments

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