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.

Canoeists using sticks for paddles run aground after unwelcome attention of seal

RNLI embroidered logo

Two men said they'd been lent the canoe by a man in a pub and had been using sticks instead of paddles. They claimed they'd ended up aground because of the unwelcome attentions of a seal!

Monday, 23rd April, 2018 7:46am

By George Chastney

Becky Cook swaps motorcycle for a mountain bike

becky cook in chile

After competing for 13 years at the highest level in motorcycle trials, lorry driver Becky Cook from West Wight has swapped her motorcycle for a mountain bike and is competing in the Enduro World Series.

Monday, 9th April, 2018 12:49pm

By Sally Perry

A Pier’s Tale: Find out more about history of Yarmouth Pier

constable's yarmouth pier

Find out more about the fascinating history of Yarmouth Pier at this talk in Northwood Cemetery's newly restored Heritage Resource Centre.

Monday, 9th April, 2018 9:10am

By Jon Matthews

Freshwater councillors commit to support Plastic-Free Isle of Wight

freshwater plastic free

Freshwater Parish Councillors have now committed to working with local shops and businesses to reduce the use of single-use plastics and establish a community group to lead the Plastic-Free Freshwater campaign.

Wednesday, 4th April, 2018 1:01pm

By Vix Lowthion with one comment

Funding boost allows active travellers to explore West Wight using electric bikes

John Hobart with Paul Mocroft of The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast

The Bay Boutique Bed and Breakfast has secured funding from the Isle of Wight Council in order to attract active travellers to explore the beauty of West Wight, using electric bikes.

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018 12:24pm

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Police appeal after concrete thrown through bus window

police on bikes

Police are investigating two separate incidents that took place in Freshwater on Sunday night, one of which resulted in a bus passenger sustaining cuts to his head after a piece of concrete was thrown through the window.

Monday, 26th March, 2018 2:47pm

By Sally Perry

Go Orange Day(s): How you can support Isle of Wight independent lifeboats

orange hair and lovely smile

Many schools and businesses will be taking part in the Island-wide fundraising event for the Isle of Wight independent lifeboat stations in Ryde, Sandown and Freshwater.

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 5:38pm

By Sally Perry

Special entry price this weekend at Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Dimbola lodge

Entry to Dimbola Museum and Galleries this weekend is just £2 per person as part of the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes campaign. Find out more about the pioneering Victorian Photographer.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 7:30am

By Sally Perry

Over 90 per cent of residents vote for new Neighbourhood Plan

freshwater bay

The plan is the fifth of its kind to be adopted on the Island, following Brighstone, Brading, Bembridge and Gurnard.

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 3:34pm

By IW Council Press Office

Brighstone Viaduct work still on schedule

Jason Boulter

The work is four weeks into the scheme and still on schedule to complete by 4th May. Island Roads explain what's involved.

Wednesday, 28th February, 2018 1:05pm

By Gavin Foster

Mrs Middleton’s Book Shop shortlisted for prestigious award

yarn swap at mrs middletons totalt today

Congratulations to Mrs Middleton's Shop and The Rabbit Hole in Freshwater which has been shortlisted in the Independent Bookstore of the Year prize at the British Book Awards, the Nibbies.

Friday, 23rd February, 2018 12:48pm

By Sally Perry

Take part in free Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes family craft sessions

JMC drop in

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artist, Hannah George will be holding a free family drop-in workshop at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater Bay this Saturday, with another next month in East Cowes.

Friday, 16th February, 2018 5:23pm

By Sally Perry