Book now for ‘Uzima in our Hands’ benefit concert

uzima in our hands

Go home with a spring in your step and a warm glow in your heart from this benefit concert raising money for orphans in Kenya.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 5:52pm

By Sally Perry

All Saints’ consultation and decision ‘flawed’, say West and Central Labour

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West and Central Labour Party say what both Hampshire and Isle of Wight Council have failed to understand is the value of a local village school and its importance to the local community.

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 8:46am

By Richard Steele

Freshwater community proposes alternative to planned school closure

Community against All Saints closure

The Freshwater community, current and former school parents and community volunteers, together with Freshwater Parish and County Councillors suggest an alternative plan to resolve school places in West Wight

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 5:05pm

By Daniel James

All Saints’ dropping off test at St Saviour’s results in ‘chaos and misery’

Traffic chaos at St Saviours

Some parents of pupils at All Saints’ Primary tested the proposed journey to school they would have to take if the Isle of Wight Council closes their school. See photos and videos within.

Monday, 1st April, 2019 1:05pm

By Carly Wyre-Nock with 2 readers' comments

‘Low-fat pizza’ takeaway to replace vacant shop in Freshwater

Pizza oven

Plans aim to create at least two jobs and add to the choice of takeaway food for the local community.

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 7:32am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Letter: ‘Flawed reasoning’ behind plans to close village school

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This reader believes the Isle of Wight council's reasoning for closing All Saints' School in Freshwater is flawed and says what the village needs, if the Island Plan is not fantasy, is a new, central, non denominational school.

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 12:04pm

By Richard Steele

Parents challenge council figures over potential All Saints’ closure plans

Parents protesting at school closure

Parents protesting last night accused Isle of Wight council officers of ‘fudging the figures’, and said the school was ninth out of 44 schools for improvement on the Island, and was ranked second out of all schools on the Island for Key Stage 2 performance.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 3:19pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Artisan collaboration results in very first Isle of Wight Gansey jumper

Freshwater - Whistle and Hound - Marianne Cheung and Gail Middleton

The first Isle of Wight Fisherman Gansey Jumpers will be raising funds for Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and you can learn how to make one on an 8-week course with knitting aficionado, Gail Downey.

Friday, 15th March, 2019 2:24pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Rejection of All Saints’ call-in ‘looks orchestrated’ says parish councillor

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One of the parish councillors for Freshwater says the "rejection looks orchestrated" and is "deeply concerning to those of us who live in the West Wight".

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 1:21pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

‘Anger and disbelief’ at heated school closure consultation meeting

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The mood of the meeting was anger and disbelief, with huge cheers and rounds of applause for those who stood up to speak and question the decision by Isle of Wight council officers to focus on the future of one school only.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 11:07am

By Vix Lowthion with one comment

Labour encourages members to campaign against closure of All Saints’ Primary

Save our School - parents and children

Julian Critchley from Island Labour says, "the Council should really have learned lessons from the previous attempt to close Sandown Bay Academy; communities know that schools are more than just bricks and mortar."

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 10:09am

By Julian Critchley

‘Why take the heart of a community out?’ Passionate parents’ video shows off West Wight school some want closed

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Passionate parents create video of a West Wight school to show Councillors how much would be lost if the school was closed. 'Why take the heart of a community out?' they ask.

Monday, 11th March, 2019 5:54pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments