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.

Welcome news for fitness fans as swimming pools and sports halls given the green light to reopen

swimmers in lanes of a swimming pool

Clare Griffin from West Wight Sports and Community Centre said it had been a long and challenging four months. Their reopening will be phased and controlled

Friday, 10th July, 2020 8:00am

By Sally Perry

Event celebrating the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival postponed until 2021 due to Coronavirus

Typewriter with the words Postpone typed on paper

Organisers of the event have reluctantly accepted that Covid-19 restrictions made this September’s Festival impossible to stage

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 12:39pm

By Sally Perry

Extension to community library ‘still too expensive a project to take on’

Freshwater Library

Friends of Freshwater Library (FOFL) say it would be an unfair burden on the community to ask them to fundraise the sums needed

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 8:43am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Missing Freshwater man now located

police officer

Police thank the public for their help in locating missing man from Freshwater

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 9:14pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Double Isle of Wight beach clean-up nets over 400 kilos of rubbish

Before the beach clean on 2nd July

What an amazing effort by the volunteers from Planet Aware, Isle of Wight Distillery, National Trust and Amey

Monday, 6th July, 2020 2:58pm

By Sarah Marshall with 2 readers' comments

Latest on Wightlink’s Yarmouth, Fishbourne and FastCat routes

Wight Sun ferry at Yarmouth

Three months into lockdown and Wightlink are able to provide a further update on their three ferry services from the Isle of Wight to the mainland

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 10:07am

By Karen Woods

Boost for Coronavirus Support Hub volunteers, as Royal letter of thanks arrives

Sophie and Edward letter to West Wight Coronavirus Hub

The West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub have been working flat out for months supporting hundreds of people in the community during the Coronavirus lockdown

Monday, 29th June, 2020 3:23pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Police confirm identity of body found near The Needles

Field of wild flowers

Our thoughts are with all of Matthew's family and friends at this devastating time.

Monday, 29th June, 2020 11:24am

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Don’t start fires in the open’ say Isle of Wight Fire Service after tackling deliberately set bonfire in Fort Victoria woods

Freshwater Fire Station crew attend fire in woods at Fort Victoria

After the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a bonfire in the woods at Fort Victoria, they share this message, "The advice is very simple.... don’t start fires in the open!"

Monday, 29th June, 2020 10:44am

By Sally Perry

Historic watchtower on Freshwater cliffs to be demolished next month

A still from the Isle of Wight Archive's film of the Cliff End observation tower

Local resident Daniel James says if the local landmark was repaired it could form a tourism asset offering a viewpoint for bird watchers and walkers on the coastal path

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 6:24pm

By Daniel James with 8 readers' comments

30 Isle of Wight firefighters tackle blaze caused by dumped disposable BBQ

Tackling the Alum Bay fire by Freshwater Fire Station

The action of one person could have cost untold damage and ruined lives, say the Friends of Freshwater Fire Station

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 8:45am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

West Wight Hub receives £10,000 grant to help support their work during Coronavirus

WW Hub Logo and photos of Michel and Dave - volunteers

The grant will help West Wight Sports and Community Centre continue to support over 500 residents during the Coronavirus outbreak

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 11:28am

By Sue Lupton