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.

Freshwater Bay Floral Displays support community project

Freshwater Bay floral display

£1,500 was raised during the Open Gardens event which saw keen gardeners in the bay opening their gardens to the public in return for a small donation.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 11:31am

By Paul Mocroft

Proposed ‘blue belt’ sites around the Isle of Wight revealed in public consultation (maps)


A public consultation has opened for two coastal areas off the Isle of Wight to become Marine Conservation Zones. It's proposed the areas become part of 41 ‘blue belt’ sites.

Friday, 8th June, 2018 4:48pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

One Life Festival 2018 a resounding success

One Life Festival 2018

The very first One Life Festival was a resounding success with all who attended. Individuals who have hardly ever walked before were up dancing and young adults who would normally be shadowed were able to walk freely around the secure site. Well done to all involved!

Thursday, 7th June, 2018 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Dimbola to host evening of live music, film, theatre and photography

Tunde-Sunara flyers

This evening promises a treat for the soul, both musically and visually. There'll be performances by visual artist Sunara Begum and world-renowned composer Tunde Jegede, as well as exhibition of the images by Dunstan Perera.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 12:55pm

By Elissa Blizzard

One Life Festival: Only two more sleeps to go

one life site decorations

There's still time to book your tickets for the very first one-day music festival for adults with learning disabilities, ASD or the neurodiverse. Entrance for support workers is free.

Monday, 4th June, 2018 4:00pm

By Sally Perry

Needles Coastwatch volunteers recognised with Queen’s Award

paddy noctor - needles station

The National Coastwatch Institution at Needles Station has 65 faithfully volunteer watch keepers, who operate the lookout every day, keeping an eye on sea and land. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is well-deserved!

Saturday, 2nd June, 2018 11:21am

By Paddy Noctor

Let’s help the Randonnee ‘Mankini Man’ get his cycling gear back

dom marle - mankini man

Although his MO is to cycle in a Mankini to raise money for worthy causes, such as SANDS Charity (Still Birth & Neonatal Deaths), Dom Marle is keen to get back his expensive cycling gear left in Yarmouth earlier this month.

Thursday, 31st May, 2018 8:50am

By Sally Perry

One Life Festival: Still time to book tickets for debut event

one life festival flyer

This wonderful new one-day music festival for adults with learning disabilities, ASD and the neurodiverse takes place on Wednesday 6th June. There's still time to get your tickets.

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 1:12pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Police appeal for witnesses following serious collision on Middle Road

Police tape

The road remains closed and police are appealing to anyone witnessed the incident or has any information to contact them.

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 11:07am

By Hampshire Constabulary

Middle Road diversion still in place following collision (updated)

police road closed

The road was closed at 5pm on Monday following a road traffic incident near Chessell Cafe. See details diversion in place.

Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 10:20am

By Sally Perry with one comment

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 Freshwater Court Fete.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 1:06pm

By Sally Perry

Overturned car closes road in Freshwater

overturned car freshwater 1 - chris jarman 640

Afton Road has been closed by police following a single vehicle collision.

Monday, 21st May, 2018 1:38pm

By Sally Perry