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.

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

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