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.

Free Christmas parking marks completion of Freshwater roadworks

Avenue Road

To mark the end of the twelve-week scheme in Avenue Road, Island Roads are covering the cost of free two-hour parking until Christmas.

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 1:14pm

By Gavin Foster

Volunteers from Island Roads help conserve iconic Needles Batteries

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This is the second year in a row that volunteers from Island Roads has helped in conserving the iconic Needles Batteries.

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 10:00am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Isle of Wight singer and dancer features in latest Chicane track

Hannah Robinson in chicane video

An Island singer and dancer features on lead vocals and headlines video for electronica producer's latest track.

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 5:08pm

By Sally Perry

Video: Unlikely friendship captured by Isle of Wight film-maker

crow and fox at needles

Watch this lovely piece of video footage captured by Nathaniel Wheatley of ProcCam Films of an unlikely friendship in West Wight.

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 9:39am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Praise for sports centre staff’s life-saving skills

wwsc defib

Rotary Club of West Wight and The May Lady Tennyson Memorial Ambulance Trust have both jointly funded a new defibrillator West Wight Sports and Community Centre after staff used the previous one to save the life of a swimmer during the summer

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 3:44pm

By Michael Dangerfield

Slipshod Singers and special guest at Poppy Day Appeal Concert

war quote

This coming Saturday night, The West Wight Slipshod Singers will perform with a special guest soloist at Christ Church, Totland in a Poppy Day Appeal Concert.

Monday, 6th November, 2017 12:19pm

By Martyn Waitt

Don’t miss Danton and the Chain Ferry Gang at fundraiser event


Two live acts and a finger buffet, plus that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you're helping secure the future of the West Wight Sports and Community Centre as all proceeds from the night go to their charity.

Monday, 6th November, 2017 11:44am

By Sally Perry

E-fit of sexual assault suspect released by police

freshwater sexual assault efit

Police have issued an e-fit image of the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in her own home in Freshwater earlier this month.

Monday, 30th October, 2017 4:19pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Freshwater road scheme still on schedule say Island Roads


Island Roads say the project is programmed to be completed on 1st December and extra resources have been assigned to help ensure that schedule is met.

Friday, 27th October, 2017 12:43pm

By Gavin Foster

Police hunt suspect in Freshwater after woman indecently assaulted in her home

police van

The man let himself into the woman's house and indecently assaulted her before fleeing across the field behind the Isle of Wight Sports Centre.

Monday, 23rd October, 2017 2:28pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

‘Floating terrors’ spotted in Sandown and at Compton

man o war

The Marine Conservation Society advise beach-goers to avoid touching the man o' war as their sting can be painful and in rare cases, fatal.

Sunday, 15th October, 2017 9:51am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

The Freshwater Circle: Artists, musicians, poets and dancers share their take

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This weekend sees the launch of a programme of creative responses by Quay Crafts and Friends to the Freshwater Circle. Head to Dimbola Museum and Galleries to find out more.

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 9:13am

By Rachel Tait