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140 YEARS SINCE FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO QUEEN VICTORIA ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

A major anniversary of a landmark event in the development of UK telecommunications, which took place on the Isle of Wight in the 19th century, is being celebrated today (Sunday). On 14th January 1878, Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for the first time to Queen Victoria at her rural retreat at Osborne House in East Cowes. He made the UK’s …

NEW BLOOD COMPETITION LAUNCHED BY ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

The Isle of Wight Festival are once again pledging to support emerging talent by teaming up with HOT VOX to find a talented new artist to perform at this year’s festival, which takes place 21st-24th June at Seaclose Park, Newport. This year’s lineup features headliners Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher. The Script, James Bay, Blossoms and Van …

ISLAND PAIR CAUGHT BONKING IN PUBLIC GIVEN SUSPENDED SENTENCES

25-year-old Kai Smart and 33-year-old Emma James have been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, after being caught having sex in public in Ryde.  The pair were caught in a rather comprising position in an alleyway next to Travelodge on Lind Hill on 25th October last year. The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court has this week …

CHRISTMAS CRACKDOWN RESULTS IN 254 DRIVERS BEING CAUGHT ACROSS THE REGION

VIDEO: The number of people caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Hampshire Constabulary’s Christmas drink drive campaign increased by 12.6%, the force have today (Friday) revealed. A total of 254 drivers were caught across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, a rise from 222 during Christmas 2016. Together with figures from the Thames Valley, Operation Holly …

REVISED PLANS FOR BRADING HOLIDAY LODGE SCHEME SUBMITTED

Revised plans for the construction of 60 holiday lodges, a health suite and a RSPB visitor centre on the outskirts of Brading have been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council this week. IOW Eco Reserve Ltd. have made a fresh planning application to develop a new sustainable tourism and wetland enhancement project on land off Carpenters Road, which was …

AGEUK ISLE OF WIGHT ISSUES ALERT OVER BOGUS CALLERS

Age UK Isle of Wight has been informed of a bogus caller who has been knocking on doors and purporting to be from the charity, but they say that this person is not employed by, or affiliated with Age UK Isle of Wight in any way. The Newport-based organisation is asking the Island community to be aware of this person …

WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE REOFFENDING

More than 80 professionals attended a ‘Working Together to Reduce Reoffending’ conference that took place on the Isle of Wight this week. Organised by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership (CSP), the event provided specialists with updates on key issues from a range of national and local speakers. As well as providing important discussions on matters such as why …

WIGHTLINK TO CUT HALF-HOURLY SAILINGS NEXT WINTER

Wightlink has announced that from October it will be cutting its half-hourly sailings on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route as a result of the introduction of a new, larger ship. The cross-Solent operator’s Winter timetable for 2018/2019 will be open for booking in the next few weeks, but those intending to travel with Wightlink will discover that the half-hourly sailings …

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