Inspirational

In case you somehow missed it, it was the Parish Walk this past weekend and, as ever, there were some really inspiring stories about why people wanted to walk it. But none have captured Gef’s heart quite like Edward Kelly. 

Ed suffered a stroke in 2002 when he was only 21 and put in a Herculean effort to reach Marown church in about eight hours. He said on just Just Giving page: ‘As well as raising money for Hospice Isle of Man, I want to inspire people to be more active, and I hope to prove that you can become a stronger person by overcoming a seemingly hopeless situation!’

To read more about Ed’s incredible determination and to add to the over £3,600 he has already raised, click here

Living Wage

The gov’s fourth Living Wage Report was published today. The report, which can be accessed here, calculates the figure as £10.87 an hour and includes the full methodology behind reaching that figure. The rate reflects a weekly wage, before tax, of £413.21 and an annual salary of £21,487.

The Manx Living Wage is a voluntary rate of pay that companies can choose to adopt to demonstrate their position as responsible employers, whereas the minimum wage is legally enforceable. At £10.87 an hour, the Manx living wage 2021 is £2.62 an hour more than the island’s current minimum wage of £8.25 for over 18s and compares with £9.50 for the UK living wage, and £10.85 for the London living wage. This would amount to an annual increase of £5,185 for a full-time employee in the Island who moved from the minimum wage to the living wage.

Improved Courtroom

Manx National Heritage, the charity responsible for the care and promotion of the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage, is pleased to provide an update on work to refurbish Castle Rushen Courtroom.  Works were initially delayed by the Covid lockdowns at the start of 2021 but are now almost complete.

The courtroom as it exists now is a relatively modern space and has had numerous alterations including extensive repairs and modernisation in the 1970s.   The Isle of Man Courts of Justice used the courtroom up to 2013, when the facility was deemed unsuitable by modern court standards.  The courtroom was also used for the investiture of the Island’s Lieutenant Governor until 2011, after which the ceremony was moved to Douglas.  Adam Wood was the last Lieutenant Governor to be sworn in at Castle Rushen Courtroom, with the current Governor His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney sworn in at Douglas Courthouse. 

Work has now commenced to upgrade the courtroom and bring it back into regular use as part of the public space in the Castle. This will also enable the return of the investiture to Castletown, the Island’s ancient capital. 

Steve Blackford, Head of Properties for MNH said: ‘The intention is to restore something of the proportions of the courtroom as it was for over 130 years, and to complete the works in good time so that the room is available for the investiture of the next Lieutenant-Governor.  Our aim is for this space to be available to the public as part of our development of the visitor experience at Castle Rushen, eventually bringing Derby House into play and allowing us to expand the interpretation of the castle into new areas.  These works are part of our long term commitment to improve access to the island’s cultural heritage.’

Stonehenge

Hundreds of people attended the summer solstice at Stonehenge despite official advice asking them not to travel to the site in line with Covid restrictions.  As a result English Heritage pulled a live feed of the sunrise at the neolithic monument in Wiltshire at 4.52am BST due to safety concerns.  People were seen climbing over a low fence to access the stones. Wiltshire Police said the event was peaceful but added the number of people at nearby Avebury had caused issues.

No Welsh People

Wales fans will be unable to travel to Amsterdam for the next round of Euro 2020 in the Netherlands, Wales’ health minister has said.  Eluned Morgan said police in Amsterdam had said they would not be “letting Welsh fans into the country”. The Netherlands is on the UK’s amber list, meaning travel is not advised, while the UK is not on the Netherlands’ safe country list.  Wales’s last 16 match will take place in Amsterdam on Saturday.

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