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.

Back-to-back ‘shouts’ for the Yarmouth Lifeboat

Yarmouth RNLI

Two similar calls for Yarmouth RNLI but in both instances, the stricken vessels managed to free themselves without assistance.

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017 4:30pm

By Claire Hallett

Charity quiz aims to raise cash for pupils’ music therapy sessions

cow co quiz

All proceeds from the quiz will support our fundraising efforts to provide the children of Medina House School with six months of Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy sessions.

Monday, 19th June, 2017 3:25pm

By Kirsten Morris

More improvements needed at Isle of Wight Primary School

pencils in basket

The Ofsted inspector acknowledges the challenge of recruiting permanent staff at this primary school but highlights the many strengths it has.

Monday, 12th June, 2017 12:00pm

By Sally Perry

Annual spring fayre raises over £3,500

wolly and chris

Well done to all involved in the Wessex Cancer Trust Spring Fayre held at Freshwater Court. A whopping £3,500 has been raised for the Daisy Bus that helps transport Isle of Wight Cancer patients to their hospital appointments.

Thursday, 8th June, 2017 9:55am

By Chris Jarman

RNLI free ‘anchored’ yacht from unmarked lobster pot

Cowes RNLI

During Gaffers the Hong Kong Star fouled its propeller on unmarked lobster pot gear and needed assistance from the RNLI.

Monday, 5th June, 2017 12:20pm

By Richard Heming

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 the 13th Freshwater Court Spring Fete.

Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017 7:52am

By Sally Perry

RNLI’s Yellow Welly event saw over £400 collected in one hour

YellowWelly Hand Over

Well done to all those who donated to the Yellow Welly event over the weekend, when the collect buckets passed through Cowes.

Monday, 22nd May, 2017 10:44am

By George Chastney

Helping hand for migrating eels a tribute to former colleague

eel - cropped

An ‘eelevator’ has been created to help migrating eels navigate the watercourse beneath Holbrooke’s Bridge at Bouldnor, near Yarmouth.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 3:10pm

By Gavin Foster

Body part found by dog confirmed as woman’s


The forearm and hand had been in the water for sometime, but following analysis, police confirm it belonged to a woman.

Tuesday, 16th May, 2017 5:58pm

By Sally Perry

West Wight Fencers take on the Royal Navy

Fencing at Navy match in Portsmouth

Two teams of Isle of Wight Fencers took on the Royal Navy at their dockyards recently and returned to the Island with their heads held high.

Friday, 12th May, 2017 1:39pm

By Nick Stuart

Get ready for an extravaganza of songs from well-known shows

people sing

The Slipshod Singers head to the Memorial Hall in Freshwater this coming weekend for a concert in aid of the West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

Monday, 8th May, 2017 10:48am

By Martyn Waitt

Five new defibrillators for West Wight thanks to work of parish clerk

Paddy, Gill and Helen

The five new defibrillators will be placed around the Totland, Freshwater and Shalfleet community in strategic positions that complement and enhance existing sites.

Thursday, 27th April, 2017 2:36pm

By Sally Perry