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.

Gift to Nature secures National Lottery Heritage boost for Golden Hill Country Park

willow maze

This ambitious project is designed to breathe life back into Golden Hill Country Park through a host of environmental improvements and new heritage and creative installations.

Monday, 24th June, 2019 2:49pm

By Vanessa Langley

Lift the Lid presents The Great Light and Dark Show this weekend

LTL light and dark show poster cropped

This Saturday between 2-5pm, head to Totland for this (free) exciting event set within one of the Island’s long-standing communities and meet the people who make life happen there.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 12:51pm

By Tayla Smith

West Wight school consultation: Cllr sharing incorrect information, says Yarmouth Mayor (updated)

Delivering the petition at county hall

Cllr Cameron is minuted as stating that Yarmouth Town Council approve of the school closure when it is the opposite. A 1,882 strong petition was handed in this week to County Hall opposing the changes.

Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Released from prison today, Freshwater Five Dan says, ‘Nine years of my life stolen’: Appeal underway

Freshwater Five - Dan Payne on day of release by the sea

Dan said, "I've had nine years of my life stolen from me for something I didn't do. I may have been released from prison but I am still not free. Only the Court of Appeal can put this right now."

Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Parish Council show support for IWC’s West Wight school plans

Freshwater parish councillors and pupils and parents with banner

The Parish Council says Freshwater’s All Saints' School is the only one in the Government’s Priority School Building Programme 2 – and millions of pounds of capital funding for the children of the West Wight would be be lost if Freshwater site permanently closes.

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 1:09pm

By Michael Mills

Festival of Running: Another successful event with nearly 800 entrants

three people taking part in the Festival of Running

Clare of WW Sports and Community Centre said, “The festival was a huge success, thanks to our magnificent runners, sponsors, marshalls and staff.”

Friday, 7th June, 2019 3:47pm

By Michael Dangerfield

Yarmouth and Shalfleet join fight to save schools in reorganisation plans

children and teachers on grass

Yarmouth Town Council as well as the Federation of church schools of Yarmouth and Shalfleet share their arguments in West Wight school places reorganisation.

Thursday, 6th June, 2019 9:04am

By Sally Perry

Fight to retain schools in West Wight continues at public meeting tonight

save our school banner - all saints freshwater

Vix Lowthion sets out the background of the West Wight schools consultation.

Thursday, 6th June, 2019 8:39am

By Vix Lowthion

2,500 litre paint job for Yarmouth Bridge

Yarmouth Bridge

For the first time since it was built 35 years ago, work starts this month to repaint Yarmouth Bridge, using around 2,500 litres of paint.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019 7:54am

By Gavin Foster

One Life Festival returns in just over a week: Don’t miss last chance to grab your tickets

one life festival festival girl

This year the festival has fellow OLF fans travelling from Hampshire, Surrey, Essex, London and Scotland. If you haven't got your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 8:27pm

By Sally Perry

Gathering to mark nine years since ‘nightmare began’ for Freshwater Five

Freshwater Five logo

Marking the nine years since police officers say they saw men throw bags off a fishing boat, supporters of the Freshwater Five will meet at the same spot and encourage others to "let the men know they are not alone".

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 6:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Mrs Middleton’s wins Muddy Stilettos Best Bookshop Awards

Gail Downey Middleton standing outside her shop

Gail thanks those who voted for her, saying, "It's so encouraging when you run a small business to feel so well supported".

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 3:22pm

By Sally Perry