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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.

Needles Lodge Freemason to be honoured for receiving Victoria Cross

freemasons hall covent garden

A Freemason from The Needles Lodge, Isle of Wight, is to be honoured for receiving a Victoria Cross during WWI.

Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 8:08am

By Ed Baker

Large reward offered after £1,000s of tools stolen from woodyard

milwakee drill black case

A small business on the Isle of Wight is the victim of a theft of thousands of pounds of tools and other items. A £500 reward is now being offered for information leading to apprehension and conviction of those responsible.

Monday, 10th April, 2017 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Compton Bay steps back in place for the holidays

compton steps

Hurrah! Temporary steps down to Compton Bay beach have been completed, just in time for the school holidays.

Friday, 7th April, 2017 5:30pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Free training for climbing wall session leaders

Climbing wall

The offer is open to volunteers and members of community groups across the West Wight, but spaces are limited.

Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 12:05pm

By Krissy Lloyd

Wightlink advise customers to avoid non-essential travel today

Foggy boats:

Mechanical issues on the St Claire ferry and a foggy Solent are causing delays on both of Wightlink's car ferry services.

Monday, 3rd April, 2017 11:16am

By Sally Perry with 28 readers' comments

Father and son towed to safety by the RNLI

Cowes RNLI

A father and son whose yacht was anchored in the seabed were helped by the Yarmouth RNLI at the weekend.

Monday, 3rd April, 2017 7:05am

By Richard Heming with one comment

Nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer service at Needles Coastwatch in last year

high sheriff at needles coastwatch

Last year the 70 wonderful volunteer watchkeepers kept lookout at Needles Coastwatch for 6,710 hours, maintaining the station for 365 days in all weathers. Well done to them all!

Wednesday, 29th March, 2017 2:57pm

By Paddy Noctor with one comment

£778,400 funding boost for The Pier’s Tale project in Yarmouth

yarmouth pier

This financial boost will help restore the timber structure of the pier, and highlight all aspects of the Pier’s 140 years.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 4:55pm

By Tracey Cooper

Totland parishioners make a big difference with Souper fundraising

St. Saviour's Soup Lunch

Totland parishioners have raised over £500 in a bid to help transform communities around the world as part of the aid agency CAFOD’s Lent campaign.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 5:02pm

By Jessica Coffin

Yarmouth Bridge planned closure

yarmouth bridge

Diversions will be in place when the bridge closures for around a week for the annual maintenance.

Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 2:29pm

By Gavin Foster

Isle of Wight beach named in top eight best in the world

compton beach

We all know how brilliant the two mile stretch of beach at Compton is with its sandy beach and outstanding sunsets. Now the most read online news site in the world has included it in their top eight best beaches from around the world.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 11:17am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Fencing students gain prestigious Silver Awards

fencing awards

Well done to Henry Summerfield, Amy Huyton and George Collins, who have earned their Silver Awards from the British Academy of Fencing. No mean feat, as the sport requires years of training.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 9:33am

By Nick Stuart