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.

Decaying sea mammal washed up at Compton (Warning: Disturbing photo)

dolphin carcass - skull only

If you spot the carcass of a seal, dolphin or mammal on the beach do report it to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme.

Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 6:59pm

By Ellie Skull

Huge improvement at care home for those with mental health needs, say CQC

Happy face ball

Many improvements have been made at the care home and the Inspector found that staff treated residents with kindness and compassion, respect and dignity.

Friday, 16th August, 2019 11:43am

By Sally Perry

Stealing Dylan exhibition opens at Dimbola next week

Dylan and the Festival organisers in 1969

Dimbola to host exhibition revealing how the biggest star on the planet, was wooed by two amateur music promoters, to headline on a small island.

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 7:02pm

By Elissa Blizzard with one comment

Last chance to see Iconic Bowie exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries

bowie by terry oneill and kevin cummins

There's just over a week left to see the stunning Iconic Bowie exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries. Don't miss out, it's quite something.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 11:14am

By Sally Perry

Original Isle of Wight Gansey donated to independent lifeboat raffle

Freshwater lifeboat and supporters with Gansey Jumpers

Over £700 in prizes have already been donated by Island businesses, including this fantastic original Isle of Wight Gansey.

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019 5:32pm

By Marianne Cheung

Isle of Wight council scrap plans to relocate West Wight primary schools

Stop sign halt stay away:

To avoid the legal costs of taking the matter to court, the council is now exploring other options.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 5:57pm

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments

Book Fair promises readings, workshops, film screening and more

freshwater library

Freshwater Parish Council is hosting a book fair in the autumn, to include live readings, a book sale, publishing workshop for established and aspiring authors, and a themed film night.

Monday, 5th August, 2019 1:43pm

By Daniel James

Isle of Wight council make unexpected move on All Saints’ primary closure

children and teachers on grass

The council has received a legal challenge in relation to the closure notice.

Tuesday, 30th July, 2019 4:57pm

By Sally Perry

Letter: Isle of Wight council must ‘ditch this plan’ to disrupt young children’s education

children and teachers on grass

Steve Cowley believes the Isle of Wight council's plan to close Yarmouth school is disruptive and possibly 'financially irresponsible'. Over 90% of Shalfleet and Yarmouth parents oppose the plans.

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 9:59am

By Steve Cowley

Seven weeks of roadworks to replace bridge

Freshwater bridge

By undertaking the work in two phases, lane by lane, Island Roads say they're able to keep the road open and reduce local disruption.

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 7:53am

By Gavin Foster with one comment

Isle of Wight council cabinet vote on West Wight school places issue

save all saints banner

Cllr Brading said, “Given only seven children attending Yarmouth actually live in the town and 69 live in Freshwater and Totland, it makes logical sense to propose the move to relocate Yarmouth CE Primary onto the All Saints’ site."

Thursday, 11th July, 2019 6:33pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments

Parents to challenge Isle of Wight council decision to close Yarmouth School

children and teachers on grass

A group of well-informed parents are preparing a challenge to the Isle of Wight Council’s current proposal to close Yarmouth CE Primary School. Governors have invited parents to a meeting tonight (Wednesday).

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 10:00am

By Steve Cowley with one comment