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.

Freshwater Glass Artists exhibit their work at Dimbola

glass artists- dimbola

The tea room at Dimbola is currently showing work by Freshwater Glass Artists. Pop along before 10th March to see their work.

Saturday, 18th February, 2017 11:00am

By Feature Writer

Yarmouth Bridge: Five day closure for essential annual maintenance

yarmouth bridge

It's that time of year again. Four wheels which are integral to the bridge’s opening and closing mechanism will be replaced as part of the annual maintenance.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 11:29am

By Gavin Foster

New writing group aims to support budding wordsmiths

Zoe Sadler and Krissy Lloyd, founders of West Wight Writers

A new writing group has been founded in West Wight to help other budding writers. The first meeting takes place early next month.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 2:25pm

By Sally Perry

Multiple Isle of Wight hairdressers receive mystery poem from ‘Banksy of Poetry’ (Updated)

the robin poem at hairshack

Hairdressers in Ventnor and Freshwater are among those across the country who have received mystery poems from writer, 'Mark Jones'. He's been dubbed the 'Banksy of Poetry' for randomly sharing his poetry with others.

Friday, 3rd February, 2017 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

£70,000 of emergency funding for Bouldnor Battery

bouldnor battery

Historic England gives a grant to The Forestry Commission so work can start to save Bouldnor Battery, an important piece of World War Two heritage from collapse. Public asked to share their information on Bouldnor Battery.

Thursday, 26th January, 2017 8:18am

By Stephanie Mullins with one comment

Dimbola to host ‘Two Stories’ exhibition by Judy Rodrigues

Dimbola lodge

This exhibition of paintings and research material focuses primarily on the Freshwater landscape and Dimbola as a catalyst and meeting place for an exploration into the work several writers.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 12:16pm

By Rachel Tait

Sports Centre wins funding to support youngsters with disabilities

Liam playing football with frame

£5,000 has been awarded to West Wight Sports Centre to run sports sessions for children with disabilities.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 7:15am

By Krissy Lloyd

Proposed tourist attraction launches crowdfunder appeal


Fans of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates should be pleased to hear about plans for the Isle of Wight Reptilarium, located on the site of the former Aquarium in Fort Victoria.

Monday, 9th January, 2017 8:37am

By Sally Perry

Make 2017 a year to shout about

runner in the needles half marathon

West Wight Sports Centre are staging their biggest ever calendar of sporting events this year and have made sure there will be something to suit everyone. Why not give it a go!

Friday, 6th January, 2017 12:01pm

By Krissy Lloyd

Crowdfunding campaign aims high

climbing wall

West Wight Sports & Community Centre are aiming to raise £20,000 through Crowdfunder to build a new indoor climbing wall in Freshwater. Find out how you can help them reach the target in eight weeks through this new crowdfunding campaign.

Tuesday, 3rd January, 2017 7:32am

By Krissy Lloyd with 2 readers' comments

Police confirm details about human remains found in Freshwater Bay


The remains were found in Freshwater Bay by a dog walker this morning. Police confirm details.

Wednesday, 28th December, 2016 4:42pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Police want to talk to this man about a sex offence against teenage girl

CCTV of sex attacker

Do you recognise this man? Police are very keen to talk to him following a sexual offence against a 16 year old girl on a bus in October.

Wednesday, 21st December, 2016 5:44pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments