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Funding appeal launched to save Isle of Wight Law Centre

ten pound notes

The GoFundMe Appeal set up by Tracy Price aims to raise funds to help keep the vital service provided by the Law Centre independent.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 9:35am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Popular cycle track to open during weekends and holidays despite power works

Newport to Cowes Cycletrack

Island Roads and Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) are working to minimise disruption during important work to renew high voltage cables beneath the Cowes to Newport cycle track.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 8:58am

By Gavin Foster

New plan to highlight harm caused by underage drinking


The Newport CAP action plan will aim to prevent youngsters damaging their health, development and opportunities, as well as lessening the impact on the wider community.

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 8:48am

By IW Council Press Office

Government announce free menstrual products for all schools from 2020

first red box - St Thomas Canterbury Primary

The Government plan to launch a new scheme by early 2020 to provide menstrual products in all schools, from primary to colleges.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 5:31pm

By Katharine Spencer-Brown

Isle of Wight Apprenticeship Support Network ‘leading the way’ with first of its kind

The launch of the Apprenticeship Support Network held at the Riverside Centre, Newport on 11th April 2019. Image by: Jon Knight (07825 047766)

According to POA Learning, only Australia seems to have something similar, so the Isle of Wight is leading the way with this service.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 10:40am

By Jon Knight

Wight Bowmen fight to protect their field from Island Plan development

bob seely with wight bowmen

The club have leased the field from the Isle of Wight Council for almost 50 years.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 10:10am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

93% of Isle of Wight parents gain first choice for primary school places


The Isle of Wight council have announced primary school allocations today.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 9:42am

By IW Council Press Office

Another rise in Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits

Queue of people graffiti:

There’s been a rise in number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits, and a rise since the same time last year.

Tuesday, 16th April, 2019 9:35am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Stop trying to pay the £1 overnight parking fee

£1 parking attempt

The council's notices are causing Islanders to get confused and irritated after trying to pay for the new £1 overnight parking charge. Here's why you can keep hold of your £1 coins ... for the moment.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 7:56pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight NHS Chief pays tribute to dedicated staff during Major Incident

maggie oldham

Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive says she's extremely thankful and proud of all staff for how they responded to the incident.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 6:50pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘Stop the five week wait’: Isle of Wight foodbank urge Islanders to join the campaign

radar foodbank

The Trussell trust say Universal Credit should be fighting poverty, not forcing people to use foodbanks.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 6:13pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Glimmer of hope in the campaign to save North Street playground

north street playground

Most of the equipment has now been removed from the North Street playground, but there is a glimmer of hope as the IWC share the latest news with OnTheWight.

Monday, 15th April, 2019 5:42pm

By Sally Perry with one comment