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.

Book now for ‘Uzima in our Hands’ benefit concert

uzima in our hands

Go home with a spring in your step and a warm glow in your heart from this benefit concert raising money for orphans in Kenya.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 5:52pm

By Sally Perry

Petition calling for traffic lights at site of fatal incident nearly 2,000 signatures strong (updated)

police accident rain road by leehaywood

An online petition calling for traffic lights to be installed immediately at the site of Sunday's fatal incident has attracted over 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 11:43am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Register now for family-friendly fun run at Corf Scout Camp

CORF scout camp

There's still time to register for the family-friendly fun run that takes place on Sunday 28th April.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 9:39am

By Becci Heng

All Saints’ consultation and decision ‘flawed’, say West and Central Labour

save all saints banner

West and Central Labour Party say what both Hampshire and Isle of Wight Council have failed to understand is the value of a local village school and its importance to the local community.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 8:46am

By Richard Steele

Freshwater community proposes alternative to planned school closure

Community against All Saints closure

The Freshwater community, current and former school parents and community volunteers, together with Freshwater Parish and County Councillors suggest an alternative plan to resolve school places in West Wight

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 5:05pm

By Daniel James

‘Recreation pond’ planned at farm for inflatables, kayaking and paddleboarding

shoreline kayaks by ddebold

Five geodesic domes have already been built as "luxury glamping accommodation" but these plans are for a 'recreation pond" to allow water activities at the farm.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019 5:40pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

All Saints’ dropping off test at St Saviour’s results in ‘chaos and misery’

Traffic chaos at St Saviours

Some parents of pupils at All Saints’ Primary tested the proposed journey to school they would have to take if the Isle of Wight Council closes their school. See photos and videos within.

Monday, 1st April, 2019 1:05pm

By Carly Wyre-Nock with 2 readers' comments

‘Low-fat pizza’ takeaway to replace vacant shop in Freshwater

Pizza oven

Plans aim to create at least two jobs and add to the choice of takeaway food for the local community.

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 7:32am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Meet the Isle of Wight’s holistic heroes at Awakening Weekend

Breathe neon sign

The Awakening Weekend is a one-of-a-kind event aimed at helping you to 'don the oxygen mask'. Over 40 sessions to choose from. Don't miss early bird tickets.

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 6:53pm

By Feature Writer

Letter: ‘Flawed reasoning’ behind plans to close village school

save all saints banner

This reader believes the Isle of Wight council's reasoning for closing All Saints' School in Freshwater is flawed and says what the village needs, if the Island Plan is not fantasy, is a new, central, non denominational school.

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 12:04pm

By Richard Steele

Parents challenge council figures over potential All Saints’ closure plans

Parents protesting at school closure

Parents protesting last night accused Isle of Wight council officers of ‘fudging the figures’, and said the school was ninth out of 44 schools for improvement on the Island, and was ranked second out of all schools on the Island for Key Stage 2 performance.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 3:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Artisan collaboration results in very first Isle of Wight Gansey jumper

Freshwater - Whistle and Hound - Marianne Cheung and Gail Middleton

The first Isle of Wight Fisherman Gansey Jumpers will be raising funds for Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and you can learn how to make one on an 8-week course with knitting aficionado, Gail Downey.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 2:24pm

By Sally Perry with one comment