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.

Letter: Is Isle of Wight council killing Yarmouth’s community for cash?

yarmouth school - pupils and parents with save our school banner

Steve Cowley says he believes the relocation of Yarmouth School is "Isle of Wight Council grabbing money for the wrong reasons"

Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 12:27pm

By Steve Cowley with one comment

Anger at plan for community garden to be replaced by bin store

Jubilee Close community garden

Over 200 people have signed a petition, with support of the parish council, after plans to replace a community garden with a bin store were revealed. SHG say residents' views will be considered

Thursday, 14th November, 2019 5:38am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Expansion plans lodged to ‘meet high expectations of our customers’, says restaurant

The Hut restaurant overlooking the sea

The owners of the highly successful restaurant say they won’t be increasing the number of covers (220 currently), but instead will have more space for some new facilities

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 5:25pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

West Wight school places consultation launched by Isle of Wight council

save our school banner - all saints freshwater

The closure is being proposed due to a significant decline in pupil numbers at the school and significant surplus schools places within the West Wight area

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 9:54am

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Singers and musicians come together for Remembrance Concert

Remembrance Day Service, Hanley Town Centre

This free concert will remember those who gave their lives in armed conflicts

Monday, 4th November, 2019 11:00am

By Martyn Waitt

Dramatic photos show men battling through gale to secure pier and equipment

Men working on Totland Pier in the storm

As the winds were whipping around this morning, these photos by Richard Cattle show two men trying to secure the equipment and newly-relaid pier decking

Saturday, 2nd November, 2019 1:28pm

By Simon Perry

Community donate over £1,000 to Freshwater Independent Lifeboat at weekend event

Ian Plested (crew) at Freshwater Lifeboat event

Pitched against bad weather and Rugby World Cup, volunteers from Freshwater Independent Lifeboat were astounded by generosity of local community

Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 7:57am

By Martin Newham

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat honoured for outstanding contributions

Rob McLaren, Tony Moore

The ceremony recognises the thousands of UK volunteers for their outstanding contribution to keep people safe around the coastlines, and in the water. Well done to all involved

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 3:35pm

By Martin New

Bomb Disposal Unit heading back to the Isle of Wight (update 2)

rich cattle with metal detector

The Navy's Bomb Disposal Unit is heading back to the Island today after a metal detectorist discovered what's possibly the explosive end of an anti-aircraft round

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 1:25pm

By Sally Perry

The Castalian Quartet and clarinetist, Matthew Hunt woo audience with masterful concert

The Castalian Quartet performed at West Wight Arts Association

These five musicians brought out every beautiful nuance of the music led by the masterful playing of the clarinet, which was a privilege to hear on a rainy night

Thursday, 17th October, 2019 4:31pm

By Judith Hunt

Stars of Fleet Street exhibition features iconic images

The Beatles standing by a car in the 1960s

All the photographers concerned will be attending the opening to tell a few interesting and untold stories behind some of the images.

Monday, 14th October, 2019 4:19pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Isle of Wight council approve next stage in West Wight school plans

children and teachers on grass

The council say the recommendations now being taken forward are "felt to provide the best opportunity to secure long-term educational and financial stability for West Wight families and schools"

Friday, 11th October, 2019 8:14am

By IW Council Press Office