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The Isle of Wight County Press is the only 'real' newspaper dedicated totally to Island news and life. It is issued every Friday and it is a ritual of most Island residents to buy it! The only real downside is that it is so big! I used to chuckle as a child travelling across the solent on a Friday to school with everyone taking up virtually two seats on the hovercraft just so they could read their CP! I have heard rumours though that the paper is going to be reduced in size, great!!
The County Press is made up of various sections which include Island news, sports, entertainment, classified etc. If you are looking for a job on the Island then this paper is the main point of call for most residents as there are usually two to three pages dedicated to situations vacant.
The property part of the paper is great with many pages detailing photos and details of properties for sale on the Island from various estate agents (the Island seems to have hundreds of them!!). There is also a decent rental section for those of us that can't get on the property ladder!
The Island is quite a 'clicky' place and most people know everyone and all their business so it is quite hard to flick through the County Press without spotting a photo or reading about someone you know! We all love being nosey don't we?!!
Overall this paper is a must have for any Island resident and for anyone thinking of moving to the 'sunny isle'.
The Isle of Wight County Press, founded in 1884, is one of the only remaining local broadsheet papers. It deals with local issues specific to the Isle of Wight.
Although many of the articles featured are quite dull, the paper can be entertaining to read. This is especially true if you're an Islander, as you'll often read about someone you know (even more entertaining when they're featured in the 'courts round-up section').
The IWCP comes out on Fridays and has a price of around 65p. It's seperated into a few sections including the main news pages, the 'Property Press' featuring houses for sale, the 'Weekender' - which is a smaller pull-out suppliment featuring all the entertainment news, and the Motoring & Jobs pages. There's also a sports section detailing the achievement of local athletes, Fishermen, Cribbage pro's & ho's and hardened golfers...
The paper sports some unusual headlines - I remember an article about a man grafitti-ing some toilets, and the random headline was, 'Dream Bogged Bown' - (??). A recent front page featured the title 'Look who's at Morrissons' - followed by a photo of Barry George - the guy falsely accused of shooting Jill Dando. Anyway, you get the idea! Todays website headline is 'Woman locked herself in toilet' - big news! More recent articles which have taken up a lot of inches over the last couple of years have dealt with the more serious issues of drunken behaviour / assualts in the streets of places like Ryde and Newport - but I suppose this is a general nationwide trend rather than a specific Island issue.
The IWCP website can be found at www.iwcp.co.uk - for those of you who need their regular fix of Island news.
I would recommend this paper for locals or for interested mainlanders, but only as there arent many other options available with regard to reading about Island matters. You'll have a laugh if nothing else.
The Isle of Wight County Press.........
The Isle of Wight County Press is a newspaper with all the weeks news, sort and entertainment events that happen in and around the Isle of Wight (funnily enough). It comes out on a Friday and now costs 65 pence. It is in broad sheet format, which I find thoroughly frustrating as my arms just are not long enough!
I can honestly say that I think it is well worth the money because usually there are several parts to the paper and it seems to take forever to read through the whole thing. The first section of paper is usually made up with all the top stories such as large events that have taken place or road accidents that have occurred. This section is usually around 20 (large) pages long and finishes with family announcements at the back (births, marriages and deaths).
The next section of the paper is the property section and this is always pretty thick with lots of houses, flats and holiday caravans for sale or indeed rent. They always have two featured properties on the front of this section which often just makes me jealous looking at the mansions they have decided to use.
The final section of the paper is the entertainment pull out and this part of the paper is done instead of in a broad sheet format in a smaller more manageable size. This again is often fairly thick especially in the summer months when there are lots happening around the island. This week I would expect it to be very thick with a large guide on what is happening at the Bestival which is due to take place this coming weekend.
It of course has the standard sections included in the larger pull out sections that you would find in most local papers such as items for sale or services to hire and so on. So to conclude I think this paper is really good for giving all the island news and information and really has everything anyone could want from a local paper and perhaps a little bit more.
10/10 for the Isle of Wight County Press!
The best paper to read, for both locals and visitors to the Island (actually, it’s the only one! apart from a couple of free advert sheets). It is published weekly on a Friday and (unfortunately) comes in a hard to read broadsheet format. It normally comes in two sections with the main part containing all the Island’s news from the previous week, announcements (birth’s, death’s, obituaries, marriages etc), and also has the local commercial adverts as well as the entertainment section (which includes ads for nightspots, restaurants and local events). The second section has the classified ads sections (cars, articles for sale, wanted etc), situations vacant, houses for sale, official notices and local sport reports and results. The county Press is a very important part of Island life (and has been for over a hundred years) and it has a circulation just short of 40,000 per week (for a population of around 110,000), so pretty well every household on the Island reads this paper, so if you want to find anything out, or sell anything or find out what’s on then this is the place to start. Apart from the unwieldy format, it is excellent value for money at 52p for around 70 odd pages and is informative and very useful.