An interview with Barbara Jane Mackie, creator of stage musical, Rumpy Pumpy

Barbara Jane Mackie

OnTheWight sits down with author, TV producer, script editor and now creator of her first musical, Barbara Jane Mackie, to find out more about the Rumpy Pumpy tour, which kicks off at Medina Theatre later this month

Wednesday, 12th November, 2014 6:39pm

By Sally Perry

People Power strikes! Two fingers to the council as Islanders build their own new road on Undercliff Drive

Undercliff Drive - Road not closed to residents sign

Residents of Undercliff Road are sick of Isle of Wight council and Island Roads having done nothing solid over the last eight months to re-provide vehicle access to their homes. Knowing this, a group of Islanders have got together and built a road themselves, as a big 'Up Yours!'

Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 6:24pm

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

‘Best behaviour in school all year’, claims Ryde Academy head following uniform crackdown (podcast)

Dr Rory Fox :

Principal of Ryde Academy tells OnTheWight that inappropriate peer pressure was one of the things that sparked the crackdown on uniform. Find out more by listening to our podcast interview below.

Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 7:34pm

By Sally Perry with 31 readers' comments

Learn more about Rumpy Pumpy and how to get involved (podcast)

Barbara Jane Mackie

If you fancy slipping into some stockings and a frilly Basque and singing your heart out on stage, a part in Rumpy Pumpy could be for you. Don't miss the auditions coming up later this month.

Thursday, 20th March, 2014 8:30am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Fibromyalgia research project now underway (podcast)

MRI scanner FMS Research team: Launch at St Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight

We speak with Dr Gary Lee, the project lead, as a new neurological research project gets underway on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 4:30pm

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Alexei Sayle speaks to OnTheWight about comedy, writing and Hovercraft

Alexei Sayle

In the lead up to his sell-out booking at Quay Arts this Friday, we chat to Alexei about how his life is these days and how he spends his time.

Monday, 16th September, 2013 7:00pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

IW Tories claim Indies say they’d drop 50% of election ‘pledges’. Indies say ‘no abandonment of any commitment’

Finger pointing

Conservative Press Release claims, "Cllr Ian Stephens, announced that 'half of' the pledges in the Independents’ election manifesto, 'Framework For Change' would be abandoned over the next few months". The Indies say the points in the Framework weren't 'pledges', pointing to its Executive Summary which stated, "It is aspirational and to suggest otherwise is to build castles of sand."

Thursday, 25th July, 2013 10:42pm

By Sally Perry with 165 readers' comments

Assistant Commissioner sets out her aims to tackle crime on the Isle of Wight (podcast)

Laura Franklin and Simon Hayes:

OnTheWight interviews the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes and the new Isle of Wight Assistant Commissioner, Laura Franklin.

Tuesday, 18th June, 2013 3:13pm

By Sally Perry with 44 readers' comments

Ofsted director predicts two years max for Island school improvements


We ask Ofsted director the all important question, How long will it take to get currently-failing Island schools up to at least a ‘Good’ Ofsted standard?

Thursday, 13th June, 2013 5:59pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Ofsted regional boss: IW education has become ‘simply not good enough’ (podcast)

Matthew Coffey:

Island education has been let to slip in to such a poor position that 3/4 of children joining a secondary school on the Isle of Wight, will do so in a school that's been judged as 'Inadequate'.

Tuesday, 11th June, 2013 3:45pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

Wayne Levin talks to OnTheWight (podcast)


We caught up with underwater photographer, Wayne Levin, after his fascinating talk at Dimbola last month. Listen to the podcast.

Thursday, 9th May, 2013 2:27pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Richard Priest: Revealing pre-election interview (Podcast)

Richard Priest

OnTheWight grabs a chance to question the well-known Shanklin man on his thoughts about representing Shanklin and what he thinks is needed to get the Island back on its feet.

Wednesday, 1st May, 2013 11:05pm

By Simon Perry with 11 readers' comments