Fisherman Fined

The skipper of a local fishing vessel has been fined £6,000 after admitting obstructing fisheries officers.

Melvin Reid, of Queen’s Valley Ramsey, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing fisheries officers on 24 August 2020 at Douglas courthouse on Thursday. Magistrates ordered Mr Reid to pay fines totalling £6,000 and cover £2,918.20 in costs. 

It is the responsibility of the Fisheries Division in the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) for licencing and enforcement which are key to the management and protection of our fisheries.

Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister Geoffrey Boot said, ‘Our regulations are in place to protect and support both the fishing industry and our marine environment. The Department considers the enforcement of these regulations as a top priority and expects that, when doing so, officers are not obstructed. I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder that we take the preservation of our environment and future security of our industries seriously.’


A big congratulations to Ramsey RNLI volunteers Jason Colley and Michelle Stewardson who were appointed as Local Trainer Assessors last week. Jason is already qualified as a coxswain and Michelle is a qualified mechanic and navigator.

Beach Buddies

For the first time in a month Beach Buddies (Caarjyn Ny Traieyn) returns to the south of the island this weekend for a beach cleaning event at Pooill Vaaish on Sunday morning, June 20th, starting at 10.30am.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘We are very grateful to the owners of Pooill Vaaish Farm for their continuing support for our beach cleaning events alongside their home, so please park politely as this is a working farm and please leave space for large farm machinery to pass safely. All equipment is, as always, provided by Beach Buddies. New volunteers have been turning up at every event since the end of the last lockdown, and we have seen lots of families also taking part regularly. We cater for all ages and a warm welcome awaits.

‘This week we are again joining forces with the team from Gaelg who last week rewarded beach cleaners with wonderful home made cakes, tea and coffee at Ballaugh – very much appreciated. They are doing the same again this weekend, and on a number of other events alongside Beach Buddies (Caarjyn Ny Traieyn) in the coming weeks. We are delighted to join forces with Gaelg and help to expand the knowledge of the Manx language.’

Gardener’s Fair

This Sunday sees the return of Manx Wildlife Trust’s Annual Gardener’s Fair. There will be loads of plants for sale from strawberry and rhubarb to sedums and buddleia, and lots more. It’s on from 10am – 4pm, half-way between Andreas and Bride, keep an eye out for the signs.

Fixing the Organ

Manx Lottery Trust, in collaboration with The National Lottery Community Fund, has awarded a grant of £15,000 towards the tonal restoration and preservation of a vintage pipe organ at Cathedral Isle of Man (Peel Cathedral).

St German’s Foundation for Music and the Arts applied for the funding to assist with the renovation of the 1883 Brindley and Foster Pipe Organ – a Victorian church instrument which is challenged by the needs of a growing Cathedral. Through an overall £350,000 investment, plans to transform the current instrument into a new three-manual pipe organ; preserving the heritage of the original piece while improving its capacity for the future, are well underway.

Cathedral Organist Dr Peter Litman said: ‘The island’s Cathedral is undergoing a major transformation and finding its place within the Manx Church and Island community. Each area of the Cathedral is developing – the gardens, hospitality, music and so on – and the development of the organ is a key element. It is the beating heart of the Cathedral Choir and is central to the quality of music offered to the Island community at the Cathedral. We’d like to extend our grateful thanks to Manx Lottery Trust for awarding this grant. Its support will go a long way and help to ensure the transformation of the organ is a successful project.’

Lib Dems Stunning Victory

The Liberal Democrats pulled off a truly almighty shock in the early hours of Friday morning, overturning a 16,000 majority in a seat that has always voted Conservative. The party’s candidate Sarah Green won by 8,028 votes from the Tories, with the Green Party in third place. Labour had the worst by-election result in the party’s history, with just 622 votes.

The party now has 12 MPs at Westminster as it continues to rebuild its position after the days of the coalition gov led by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. 

Poots Out

The DUP are looking for their third leader in a month after Edwin Poots’ resignation after just 21 days in the job. He resigned on Thursday night after an internal party revolt over his decision to agree a deal with Sinn Féin and nominate Paul Givan as first minister.

Auld Enemy Comes to Town

Tonight at Wembley, the oldest international fixture in the footballing world reignites as the Tartan Army heads south dreaming of an historic victory over England. The game kicks off at 8pm. Despite the lack of tickets available and no fan zones being erected for the travelling Scottish fans, social media has been awash with videos of fans partying in the streets to the tune of 70s hit ‘Yes Sir I Can Boogie’. Nature is healing. 

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