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.

Further improvement needed at Isle of Wight care home

inglefield care home

Owners of the care home say they've brought in a new management team who are making significant ongoing improvements. The CQC say further improvement is needed.

Thursday, 11th October, 2018 9:53am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ visit for Cowes Lifeboat Station

Image: L-R Myles Hussey, Anne-Marie Cameron-Wallace, Mark Harker, Jack Cameron-Wallace, and Mark Crook – with Piers Tyler kneeling

Assistant Harbour Master at Newtown says he owes his life to all those who quickly and expertly came to his aid.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 3:02pm

By George Chastney

Man’s body discovered on Isle of Wight beach (updated)

Yellow lilies

Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends after a body was found near Totland Pier earlier this morning.

Monday, 1st October, 2018 10:51am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

National Trust to unveil its vision for linking Compton Bay and Downs

national trust cows

The Conservation charity, National Trust, will be hosting a series of public exhibition days at Freshwater, Brighstone and Brook to unveil plans to link Compton Bay with the Downs. All are welcome.

Monday, 1st October, 2018 8:18am

By Joanna Crosse

Headon Heather: Our Flickr Group Picture of the Week

This gorgeous burst of colour of heather on Headon Warren in the Flickr Pool by Benjamin Tonner caught our eye, so we made it our Picture of the Week.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 6:20pm

By Sally Perry

Benedict Cumberbatch to build family home on the Isle of Wight

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Sophie Hunter; Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. Photo by See Li

So claims Sebastian Shakespeare in the Daily Mail. Benedict and his wife, Sophie are going through planning at the moment to build on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 31st August, 2018 12:58pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

No-one injured during fire on Wight Sky ferry

Wight Sky fire by martyn whittaker

No-one was injured and the fire in the engine room was extinguished by the time the ferry, Wight Sky, arrived back in Yarmouth Harbour some 50 minutes after leaving.

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 2:34pm

By Sally Perry

Housing development plans revised following badger concerns

freshwater meadows

A number of revisions Fareham developer, Kensington Homes, have been submitted on this twenty house development in Freshwater.

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 3:08pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

40 brave souls swam the Solent for charity, one with a broken arm

solent swimmers 2018

Forty people swam from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay on Saturday morning. The annual swim is the biggest fundraiser of the year for West Wight Sports & Community Centre.

Monday, 6th August, 2018 12:51pm

By Michael Dangerfield with 2 readers' comments

Newtown Nature: Our Flickr Group Picture of the Week

We love the National Trust Nature Reserve at Newtown, so images of this idyllic setting added to our Flickr pool always catch the eye.

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 2:03pm

By Sally Perry

Last bank in the West Wight to close its doors in January 2019

Freshwater Lloyds Branch Peter Johnstone 2

To lose the last bank in West Wight will be a blow to many people, particularly the less mobile and the elderly.

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 1:06pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

West and Central Wight Labour Party branch elections at first meeting

Labour party letters

All Labour Party members in the West and Central Wight area are welcome to the next meeting being held in September.

Monday, 16th July, 2018 12:41pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments