Your jolly news: An antidote to bad news

Here’s a bundle of your personal-updates that let us know that there are loads of good things happening on the Island (70 and counting!), even if most of the news is telling us otherwise.

It’s been a pretty heavy week on the news front on the Isle of Wight, so we were searching around for a good news story this afternoon – to try and lift people’s spirits for the weekend.

We drew a blank, so we flung a plea out to the Isle of Wight and, true to form, they didn’t let us down. We got loads of updates on Facebook and Twitter telling us little good things that were happening in their lives.

Have a read through. It’ll lift your day.

Perhaps we should do this as a regular thing, as Stephen Smith suggested.

Jolly News: Friday 11.Jan.13

It’s been a tough week for news this week. Following a plea for some happy news, we were delighted to be cheered up by the following!

Storified by On The Wight· Sat, Jan 12 2013 06:02:47

I had a double decker. It was awesome.Richard Heaven
Small World is announcing a show tonightRichard Heaven
@onthewight its going to snow. (This means it won’t be raining)Paul Varcoe
i already have , will keep looking for more thoughStephen Smith
@onthewight Tomorrow is Saturday, you can’t beat great news like that….Morgan Strange
@onthewight Good news? You live on a beautiful Isle with so much wondrous nature around you. What more do you need?Jonathan
^^ electric ferry and wind power for startersStephen Smith
The sun was out!Patrick James Gooden
I’m just about to knock off for the weekendPhil Drake
@onthewight The sky has been blue today in Shanklin after days and days of greyCartersCollectables
My daughter might be having her baby :)Haley Green
oh and it was light when i finished work , summer is comingStephen Smith
We are still all alive. which is good news.John Chaundy
Ray Mears tonight ITV1,8.00PM, discovering the ancient forests and wildlife of Isle of Wight.Sally-Ann Garrett
I have Sunday off ! Stephen : How about wind powered ferries?Julie Anne Harris
@onthewight Ok! IW charity I’m a trustee of is launching a new project for the elderly and seeks volunteers: Varley
This week, ICRTouch in Newport sold its 40,000th license!James Bee
… Well it’s good news for us ;)James Bee
@onthewight good surf on the island today wightyDominic Norris
Wight Reptile & Amphibian Society are holding an animal day at Jollyes in Newport tomorrow from 10-2!Tanya Hunt
I have organised a fabulous weekend here on the beautiful Island for people to come and rebuild their confidence!Maggie Currie
I can!…..the legend that is Afrika Bambatta has confirmed to play a DJ set at The Loft in Newport on Friday May 17th… tickets £8 full line up to be confirmed…. :) xKathy Lockwood
My chest is getting better slowly?David Hobbit Woodford
At 10 to 5 it was still light!! :)Tracy Vaughan
I’ve started my own business in Sandown and it’s going well :)Andrew Nordbruch
My oldest daughter is coming for the weekend…Rob Le Ghillie
My son had an amazing nap…. So I had one too…..Sharon Read
never had so many like buttons to click , keep them coming :)Stephen Smith
@onthewight the good news is it’s friday!Wayne Baker
this should be a regular feature , apreciate and dream friday slot .Stephen Smith
FRIDAY!!! best day of the week.Ann Hulme
After a week working with a chainsaw, I still have all my limbs intact.Simon Falla
its the start of the weekend!Jennette Wherry
I had a good hair day.Kim Harding
and thanks to you’re site, might have a job. With jam tarts and tractors. Thank you xElaine Elliott
I’m a Slimming World Consultant and I have welcomed 37 new members this week !!!! :-)Ali Burke
I got my Interweb thingy back this morning after 18hrs down! It was good news to me! ;-)Vinnie Jervis
So far we have elecrtic power in Niton tonight.Irene Craig
5 aubergine seeds germinated.Tony Walton
My man and I have decided to begin trying for a baby again after suffering a miscarriage last year. :D This is very happy news for us!Tanith Eireann Budden
In Haylands , Ryde we are receiving our post delivery much earlier! Round about 10.30 , rather than 15.30!Shirley Boggett
My hubby had a stroke on Monday & it was his birthday on Tuesday & he’s recovering well, great news for usHazel Hyslop
Takeaway Fish n chips from my local pub in 30mins can’t wait! Jane Howard
I’m on a boat to Ryde and then home to Shanklin to see my kidsSimon Pusey
I got a lovely boyfriend on Christmas day!Claire Clara Marie
We’re going to create jobs and security on the island, but only if the people want it.Peace Ful-life
My daughter is expecting her 5th tooth fairy visit in 6 months tonight! :-)Karen Stritton
Friday and the wine is chilling ready for latter. :-)Lindon Heaven
I’ve managed to germinate two Birds of Paradise plants :)Andrea Nethercott
Our daughter is coming home for the weekend xxxDebbie Biedler
Its been a lovely beautiful sunny day !! Hope it lifted your spirits! !:-DTina Richards
I have enjoyed this beautiful sunshine because its free!!!Annie Nannie Annie Staley
On Monday: My new eBook became available at last at Apple iBooks. Over 25years in the making: The Jericho Key (John Howard Worsley)John Wright
I just got off work and now having a few whiskey and cokes… not newsworthy, but after a few glasses I really don’t careTravis Junior Lumpy Lumpkin
You are in the top 5% of the wealth of the world!Susan Poole
there’s nothing that’ll brighten your thursday up like realising it’s fridayPatrick Morter
Husbands ‘snore ring’ works…! Best nights sleep for ages, looking forward to another..marriage saver!Sarah-Lou Hamilton
My new weekly creative movement-drama workshops start tomorrow – ‘Inter-Action’ in Cowes at Northwood House community hall 10.15 until 11.45 for 11-19 year olds – SO good for using their creativity and imaginations – Inter-Action, explore your potential! :)Amanda Barnley
A friend gave me some of her fab free range eggs, so lovely fresh and healthy omelette for tea :)Sara Louise Brown
Managed to register with nhs dentist on the island. Obviously this means will have to visit dentist bit at least we have one now.StuandJulie Gough
i have 5 days off workBarbara Smith
Our minibus broke down on the ferry!Will Matthews
hey its gunna snow!!!! yipeeeeeee lolMichelle Wright
Changed internet and phone provider. I was expecting to get stung by the old provider with a heft severance charge, but instead they wrote and said that we were £215 in credit, and they would transfer the money back to us.Jonathan Skeet
My twins had there first day at pre school today :)Andy Buckland
doom and gloom makes the stars seem brighter :)Stephen Smith
we are celebrating 120 yrs of girls brigades. the ryde and Newport groups will be letting of the balloons at castlehold baptist church on Sunday afternoon to kick of a year of celebrations for the girls.Jo Wright
Its Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday !!!!!Sylvia Brady
I’ve got Marmite on toast & a cup of tea!Dave Rudman

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Friday, 11th January, 2013 7:23pm



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  1. Funny & touching, & good to have regularly as long as the adverts can be sifted out.

    Informative too – I learnt from one of the responses, 5 mins before Ray Mears was due on TV showing ancient Island woods, that the programme was about to go out!

    • Brilliant advert for the IOW, Ray says that seeing red squirrels in native deciduous woodland here was a good enough reason to visit the Island on it’s own.

      • Yes, it was good to have his outsider’s reminder that we have 50% ancient woodland here, (I think he said), compared with an average 2% elsewhere in the UK. And seeing badgers in daylight like that! The smile on his face at the end said it all!….

  2. Please do this every week. It’s wonderful to see the everyday things that are good news to people. It is so much better that all the usual bad news, moans & groans.

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