Hole in One for Cruse

The 2021 Mike Henthorn Cruse Memorial Golf Day has raised £12,000.

The event was supported for the 10th year in succession by Celton Manx and held at Peel Golf Club in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man. The day attracted 24 teams, with Andrew Moody, Michael Moore, Mark Potts and John Reynolds emerging the winning team with a net score of 52.2.

Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man chairman Sam Skelton said that thanks to the long-standing support of Celton Manx the charity had benefited by some £90,000 as a direct result of the golf days. He added that the late Mike Henthorn continued to be much missed, both as an ardent supporter of the charity and as a friend and colleague. In closing he said he was delighted that the ‘Henthorn legacy’ was continuing, with Mike Henthorn’s widow, Janet, presenting the prizes and his son, Mark, serving as a Cruse volunteer.

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery added: ‘It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with Cruse and its golf day, an event which is a firm fixture in our calendar.’

Pride Film

With the island’s first Pride Festival being held this weekend, cinematographer John Craine is making a documentary about Pride and the wider LGBTQ ‘journey’. 

John said: ‘We’re making a short documentary film called No Man Is an Island about the LGBTQI+ struggle on the Isle of Man, focusing particularly on the 1991/92 events and then some more recent advances. The project is being funded by Culture Vannin, the IOM Arts Council and local company Argon. I’m co-producing it with an Irish producer called Diarmuid Hughes and I’m also the cinematographer for the project (that’s my day job). 

‘The film is being directed by filmmaker and activist Ashley Joiner who’s recently launched a charity called QueerCircle which supports LGBTQI+ arts, culture and social action. His previous documentary, Are You Proud? was named one of Peter Bradshaw’s top 10 documentaries of 2019. Ashley won’t be there on Saturday as QueerCircle is just launching and also the border isn’t open to him yet as he’s not Manx but I’ll be there with our editor, Edward Crompton who’ll be carrying lenses for me and kind of directing what we need. 

‘Our project is quite stylised but the footage we’ll be capturing on Saturday is purely observational so hopefully we won’t be in anyone’s way. We’re not looking for interviews or anything like that, we’re just there to get ‘happening now’ footage of people marking the historic occasion and celebrating Manx queerness.’

Three Peaks

This year sees the return of the Children’s Centre’s Manx 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday July 4, sponsored by accountancy firm Crowe. Walkers set out from sea level in Ramsey to conquer North Barrule, Snaefell and Beinn-yPhott, before finishing on Laxey Promenade.

Head of the Children’s Centre, Joff Whitten, said: ‘We are thrilled to be able to run Manx 3 Peaks again this year and delighted to welcome the support of Crowe. We are keeping all our fingers and toes crossed that the island will have the pandemic under control by the time the event is due to happen!

‘Manx 3 Peaks last year was a joy to be a part of; it was great to see so many people outside taking part in this lovely event. I know some people challenged themselves to complete the walk as quickly as they could and I know some people were challenging themselves to complete the event – all are welcome and it’s a great way for us to raise the essential funds we need to do the work we do. In a time of crisis, the services we provide at the Children’s Centre become more obvious to more people, sadly because more of us struggle. The pandemic hasn’t been kind on anyone and the work we do with families, children and young people at the Children’s Centre is in great demand. The more we raise, the more families we can help. Good luck to all the walkers and I will see you halfway up a peak or two!’

Crowe CEO Phaedra Bird added: ‘We see our sponsorship of the Manx 3 Peaks Challenge as very much the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship, which clearly offers tremendous potential for Crowe staff members to get involved with the Children’s Centre’s life-changing work.’

Unlawful Contracts

The High Court has ruled the UK gov acted unlawfully when it gave a contract worth over £500,000 to a company run by friends of Dominic Cummings. Ministers have denied any favouritism was shown towards the market research agency Public First. But the judge said a failure to consider other firms could be seen as suggesting a ‘real danger’ of bias.

Fined

The six Premier League clubs who attempted to form a breakaway franchise league with other big clubs around Europe have been fined. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Spurs all conspired with clubs including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus in an attempt to create a European Super League. However after news broke, fans, led in protest by former Man Utd player Gary Neville, united against the proposals. It is believed that the clubs will pay a combined fine of around £20m for their role in the plot and be warned any future attempt will induce a much bigger fine and a potential points deduction.

The Bill on Broadway?

Conservative Peer Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he will risk being arrested in order to open his theatres. Lord Lloyd-Webber is preparing for a production of Cinderella, which is scheduled to open for previews on June 25 ahead of its world premiere in July. `We are going to open, come hell or high water,’ he told the Telegraph. Asked what he would do if the UK’s gov postponed lifting the lockdown, he said: ‘We will say: ”come to the theatre and arrest us”.’

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