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ISLAND’S COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN URGED TO TAKE UP FREE SAFETY TRAINING

Seafish is appealing to the Isle of Wight’s commercial fishermen to take advantage of its funding for free training to refresh and advance their safety knowledge and skills ahead of 31st March 2018, when current funding is due to end. The call from Seafish comes as the industry reflects on a 10-year period that saw over 3,300 accidents involving UK …

SPEEDING MOTORCYCLIST KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY 2 CARS

42-year-old Lee Daniel died as a result of a road traffic collision after being struck by 2 separate cars, an inquest has heard. At just before 20:30 on 7th September 2016 Mr Daniel was speeding along Coach Lane, Brading at around 45mph when a Nissan Almera turned into his path, resulting in the gardener being thrown from his motorcycle. Tragically, Mr …

LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE SAYS SOUTHERN VECTIS

Southern Vectis is urging New Year’s Eve revellers at bars and restaurants across the Island to leave their cars at home. Backing Hampshire Constabulary’s anti-drink driving ‘Operation Holly’ campaign, the bus operator is highlighting its New Year’s Eve night services and is standing by for a rise in passenger numbers. Southern Vectis’ general manager, Richard Tyldsley says: “It is our business …

SMOKING KILLS 858 PEOPLE ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT EACH YEAR

Smokers in the Solent area are being urged to quit with help from Smokefree this New Year following the broadcast of a new TV advert from Public Health England (PHE) which highlights the dangers of tar in cigarettes. The latest campaign shows how poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, spreading around the body within seconds and causing damage to major organs. Statistics …

SLUG AND LETTUCE LOOKS SET TO OPEN ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Island’s very first Slug and Lettuce could open in Newport if plans are approved by the Isle of Wight Council. Earlier this year Stonegate Pub Company submitted an application to convert Yates in Newport High Street into a Walkabout Bar, however, a second application has now been submitted to change it into a Slug and Lettuce instead. There are …

POLICE HUNT STOLEN GARDEN ORNAMENTS

Police on the Isle of Wight are on the look out for 5 garden ornaments that have been stolen from a property in Gatcombe. Investigations are underway to identify the location of 2 acorn finials, 2 round planters and a lion ornament after they were taken from Village Road, Gatcombe at some point between 16th and 18th December. Anyone who …

SEELY PLEDGES SUPPORT TO HELP GET YOUNGSTERS INTO ENGINEERING

Island MP Bob Seely has pledged support for a national campaign to get more young people into engineering in an attempt to fill a major skills gap. The Year of Engineering launches in January and will see government work with hundreds of businesses to raise the profile of engineering among young people aged 7-16, their parents and their teachers. This …

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS TO HELP THE ISLAND’S RURAL BUSINESSES

Rural businesses on the Isle of Wight could look forward to a much better new year, if national and local government took action to address some key issues for the countryside, says Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Isle of Wight branch chairman, Susie Sheldon. Susie, who owns and manages Kings Manor Farm at Freshwater, has prepared 5 New Year …

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