Gef’s Daily Roundup

Docs in Training

GPs will be attending their latest, virtual training session on the afternoon of Wednesday 27 January. As such, routine GP appointments will not be available between 1pm and 6pm. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently should ring their surgery for an appointment with the on-call GP.  Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

A Long Stay

Manx footballers seem to be everywhere at the mo, and there’s more good news as centre back Adam Long has extended his stay at League One side Wigan until 2023. The Manxman, 20, joined Latics in 2017 having previously played for St. George’s on the island. He has played 17 times in all competitions for the League One club this season. Head of Wigan’s academy Gregor Rioch said: ‘We brought Adam over as a 16-year-old from the Isle of Man and we knew it would take him time to settle into the new environment.’

Pizza Day!

The staff and children at the Onchan Primary Hub were treated to pizza today, as they approach the end of their lockdown hub schooling. A post on Facebook said: ‘We are all rather happy in the Onchan hub today as a very kind person has treated us all to Pizza!  The children were very excited to see the pizza boxes arrive and it’s been demolished already!’

It was certainly a slice of good fortune for those at the hub and after their lockdown experience, it’s the yeast they deserve. I’ll stop now.

Camping at the Claddagh

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals or businesses capable of managing the Sulby Claddagh campsite, or running it as a standalone business. The scenic campsite in the north of the Island has been run by the gov for more than 30 years and attracts around 2,300 visitors a year. Interested parties must have experience of running a campsite or non-serviced accommodation, an understanding of legal constraints and model campsite standards, and a vision for how the facilities and visitor experience can be developed. 

Never Forget Where You’ve Come Here From

Great news for everyone’s mums (and me) as Gary Barlow has said he believes Take That will get back together again – with all the five original members.
Asked about the prospect of reuniting the Fab Five, Barlow said: ‘I think there will, I think there will. That’s one of the thrills of being in the band. You don’t know what’s going to happen from record to record and it’s lovely. It’s a very safe place Take That. It’s a lovely environment. It feels like a safe haven. It’s a place to go back to when you’ve done a bit of playing around and it’s time to go home.’