Beach Buddies

After similar efforts at the Southern Show, the Beach Buddies will be taking part in a clean-up at the Royal Agricultural Show this weekend to help clear the fields. The group will be meeting at 10:30am on Sunday, the day after the show, and will finish by 12pm. There will be refreshments afterwards for all volunteers who come to help remove litter from the show ground.

Children’s Centre

The Children’s Centre has raised £21,699 after this year’s Manx 3 Peaks Challenge, which was sponsored by accountancy firm Crowe. This was the second year that the Children’s Centre have hosted the event that sees walkers challenged to go from seal-level in Ramsey all the way up to North Barrule, Snaefell and Beinn y Phott, before finishing on Laxey prom. Head of the Children’s Centre, Joff Whitten, said: ‘The money raised exceeded our expectations and these funds will be used to furnish the newly created wellbeing therapy room here at the farm and will be a vital asset to the site where we are able to support the vulnerable in a safe and comfortable environment. Our thanks to Crowe and to everyone who took part.’

General Election

Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney has signed the General Election writ this morning in advance of the vote on Thursday September 23. The signing came after the House of Keys was officially dissolved at midnight.

The Lieutenant Governor signing the General Election Writ

Cherry Godfrey

John Hunter, a banker with 35 years experience, has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Cherry Godfrey’s Isle of Man office. John was most recently the Head of Banking and Fiduciaries for the Finance Isle of Man Agency and moved to the island in 2007. He said: ‘I am delighted to be taking up the lead of the Cherry Godfrey business in the Isle of Man – a great business serving local personal and business clients – and really putting the customer at the heart of everything it does.’

GCSE Grades Rise

Students across the UK and Isle of Man have received their GCSE grades today with top grades (7/As and above) rising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to 28.9%, up from 26.2% last year. Overall, grades of 4 or C and above, seen as a good pass, rose to 77.1% up from 76.3. This was the second year with exams cancelled, grades were instead decided by teacher assessment through mock exams, course work and smaller tests. Around 3,600 students got all grade 9s, the top grade possible.

Taliban

The Taliban have taken control of the provincial capital of Ghazni in Afghanistan, their 10th in a week, as US and other foreign troops withdraw after 20 years. The insurgents now have control of almost a third of the country’s provincial capitals after a quick campaign to regain control from the Afghan military. The withdrawing of foreign troops, including those from the UK, came as US President Joe Biden said countries leaders should ‘fight for their nation’ after two decades of fighting by Americans who began the campaign after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The Washington Post has cited officials as saying the country’s capital of Kabul could also fall to the Taliban within the next 90 days according to US military assessments.

Una Stubbs

Actress Una Stubbs, known for her roles in Eastenders, Sherlock and Worzel Gummidge, has died aged 84 at her home in Edinburgh. The TV star had reportedly been ill for a few months and passed away surrounded by her family, she became a star of the small screen whilst playing the role of Rita in ‘Till Death Us Do Part.’ Stubbs continued to reach each generation with roles in children’s programmes like The Worst Witch, sitcoms like Benidorm and international dramas like the BBC’s BAFTA winning Sherlock Holmes adaptation where she played landlady Mrs Hudson. Stubbs had known the star of that program, Benedict Cumberbacth, since he was four years old after working with his mother Wanda Ventham.

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