Fun Day!

The annual Noble’s Park Fun Day has been scheduled for August 7, Douglas Council has confirmed. Sponsored once again by the Steam Packet, the fun day will be from 12 to 4pm. As in previous years, admission and a wide range of entertainment, activities and children’s rides will all be free.

The council’s regeneration and community committee chairman Stephen Pitts said: ‘Last year, because of Covid restrictions, the fun day was one of the few large-scale community events that could go ahead and it attracted record crowds.  

‘We’re very grateful to the Steam Packet for their continued sponsorship and for the support of the many local businesses, charitable organisations and volunteers that ensure the success of this crowd-pleasing event.’

Local retailers, charitable and volunteer organisations and car boot traders are invited to apply for a pitch.  Contact Christina Cullen, ccullen@douglas.gov.im, 696311.

Stamps on the Calf

To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Manx National Trust, Post Office Vice Chairman Chris Thomas MHK and staff members of the Stamps & Coins division joined representatives from Manx National Heritage for a visit to the Calf of Man. 

The occasion was celebrated with a set of ten stunning stamps, highlighting aspects of the wide-ranging expert conservation stewardship of Manx National Heritage in the 70th year since the Calf of Man was taken on by the Manx National Trust. The Calf’s nature conservation has made a significant contribution to the Isle of Man’s designation as a UNESCO Biosphere. 

Chris Thomas MHK

The team were met on the Calf by Dr Lara Howe of Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) who was forthcoming in sharing her knowledge of the Island and describing the conservation work she undertakes as part of the contribution of the Island to our biodiversity.

Dr Lara Howe, MWT said: ‘For over 70 years the Calf of Man has been a very special place for wildlife and conservation. It’s great to see this work celebrated in this new range of stamps.’

Polling Day

The gov has confirmed that local authority elections will be held on Thursday July 22. They are normally held every four years, and were due to be held in April 2020 and again in April 2021 but were postponed on each occasion due to Covid-19 restrictions being in place.

A total of 136 local authority members are needed to serve 21 different boards.

Tim Baker MHK, Minister for the Department of Infrastructure, which is responsible for local authorities, is urging those with an interest in local issues such as housing, facilities for children and the elderly, and encouraging a vibrant business community to step up as candidates.

Gef’s Note: Don’t forget that to vote, you MUST be registered. If you don’t know if you are registered, or if you need to register for the first time, visit  gov.im/registertovote, or email the elections unit at elections@gov.im or call 685754 for assistance.

The Day After

The day after his former closest advisor gave evidence to MPs that decisions made by the UK gov had led to the deaths of thousands, PM Boris Johnson has said Dominic Cummings’ words ‘bear any relation to reality’.

Murder Pictures

Two Met Police officers accused of taking photographs of a double murder scene have said ‘they are sorry beyond measure for the pain they have caused’. PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis are charged with misconduct in public office over the images of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46. The sisters were killed in Fryent Country Park, in Wembley, last June.

Fear Not Farmers

UK Trade Minister Greg Hands has given a ‘cast iron guarantee’ that British food standards will not be lowered in search for a free trade agreement with Australia. Farmers have warned they will struggle to compete with the Australian food if it gains tariff free access to the UK market. Climate change campaigners have criticised a deal which could see meat transported across the world instead of supporting local producers in the UK. 

School of Rock

Kevin Clark, who played Freddy in the School of Rock has died in Chicago at the age of 32. Clark, who was the school band’s drummer, was riding his bike when he was hit by a car. Star Jack Black said he was ‘heartbroken’ to hear the news.

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