ELECTORAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS CHANGING THIS SUMMER

From 19 July, all residents on the Isle of Wight will receive a letter through the post telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years. Isle of Wight Council will write to all 113,500 registered electors and to properties where no one is currently registered. This letter will ... read more

FUNDING SECURED FOR EAST COWES PROJECT

Isle of Wight Council has welcomed news that its joint bid for funding with Southampton City Council via the Solent Local Economic Partnership has been successful. Both authorities submitted a joint bid to fund a regeneration project in Southampton and East Cowes to include new highways infrastructure and improved public spaces. As part of the ... read more

EVACUATED TO HAVENSTREET.

Now an annual event for children from Island schools the World War 2 Experience has taken place. Based at Havenstreet’s Isle of Wight Steam Railway this event allows children to discover what it was like to be evacuated during the Second World War. Several Brownies from around the Island attended this event with their school ... read more

FOUR SPECIAL SAILING REGATTAS FOR COWES.

COWES CLASSICS: The Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Regatta runs from Monday 21st to Friday 25th July.  It is going to be a spectacular event with 150 or so yachts expected from Solent Sunbeams and XODs to stunning vintage classic cruisers and 8-metre boats. This regatta will be staged by the Royal London Yacht Club. BREWIN ... read more

ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE RED ARROWS.

For a number of people the display from the Red Arrows played an important part in this year’s Isle of Wight Festival when this RAF team undertook their spectacular manoeuvres on the Sunday afternoon. Shoppers in Newport High Street were brought to a halt and dozens viewed the display in their gardens or from front-door ... read more

ROUND THE ISLAND RACE-SLOWLY SLOWLY

What a difference a year makes!  Last year’s J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race saw the race record times for both the monohull and multi-hulls smashed by 9 minutes 45 seconds and 16 minutes respectively. For the 2014 edition of the race lack of wind saw competitors becalmed for long periods of ... read more

PRINCESS BEATRICE VISITS THE ISLAND.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice has made a visit to the Island to see the home of her namesake and visit other Island venues connected with the previous Princess Beatrice who was the daughter of Queen Victoria. HRH started her visit at Carisbrooke Castle after being met at Cowes by HM Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White ... read more

CONCORDE SEEN OVER NEWPORT.

Alan writes on the IW Festival 2014: This year’s IW Festival began on Thursday when entertainment was provided in the BT Sport Big Top for campers who had arrived early. A tribute band ‘The Doors Alive’ commenced proceedings. Boy George engaged with the audience and his set was well received. Formed in 1995 Biffy Clyro, ... read more

JPMAM ROUND THE ISLAND RACE 21st JUNE 2014.

Could Sir Ben Ainslie be the first yachtsman to hold both the multihull and monohull RTI course records?   Race organiser ISC is delighted that the four time Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie is returning to participate in this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.  Recently Ben ... read more

IW FESTIVAL ZONES.

In the now, what has become quite vast, camping/entertainment area of the Isle of Wight Festival there must be something for everyone to explore. Away from the main stage and past the Big Top are fields with activities for all. Big screens sponsored by BT will show the FIFA World Cup matches whilst other areas ... read more