Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies are heading west this weekend focusing on a clean up of the beach of Sunset City from 10.30am to 12p, on Sunday. The meeting point is the western end of the promenade, at the harbour, just look for the big red truck.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘This is an ideal opportunity for new volunteers to take part in a very relaxed event, ideal for families, especially if you’ve not taken part before. Last weekend we had 12 new volunteers at Castletown Bay who all said they had enjoyed themselves and would be coming back, so we hope this might happen again this weekend. Beach Buddies supplies all the equipment (gloves, bags, litterpickers) and we have Public Liability Insurance and Risk Assessments, if required.’


With the energy from waste plant going offline for maintenance this weekend, Douglas Council has warned it may need to close the eastern district amenity site early. A statement said: ‘Burnable household waste is the waste stream most affected and measures will be put in place to minimise any disruption and inconvenience.  However, if site capacity is reached for household burnable waste, these skips and eventually the site may have to close early.

‘Regrettably, the planned maintenance closure of the EFW, is outside the control of the Eastern Civic Amenity Site and will impact on all of the Island’s Amenity Sites. We will endeavour to keep the site open over the weekend and would be grateful if users will limit the amount of burnable waste brought to the site until Tuesday.’

Fresh Meat for the Grinder

Isle of Man Meats has begun an NVQ training scheme for the next generation of butchers.

Phil Parsons, Plant Director, Isle of Man Meats, said: ‘Traditionally the skills of local butchers have been handed down from one generation to the next but – as we have seen in many other industries – there’s a risk that these skills could be lost because school leavers now have so many opportunities when choosing their career path. That’s why we have decided to set up this new training scheme which is part of our broader investment in the future of the Island’s meat industry.’

Left to right are trainees Alistair Barnes and Mitchell wells, and course mentor Stuart Rea

Successful trainees will receive an NVQ Level 2 in Meat Processing – a qualification based on continual assessment. It can take anything from six months to two years to complete, depending upon each individual trainee’s experience, skills and ability to learn. 

Stuart Rae from Isle of Man Meats, an experienced local butcher who also has an NVQ qualification, is the course mentor. The first two trainees are Alistair Barnes and Mitchell Wells whose training will focus on the skills and knowledge they need to work in the Meat Plant. Very soon a third trainee will begin the course – their training will focus on helping them to pursue a career in the retail sector.


After years of research and development, McDonald’s has finally announced the launch of its own vegan burger in the UK and Ireland. The McPlant burger will be trialled in 10 Coventry restaurants from late September and go national next year. But the launch lags behind rival fast food chains, such as Greggs with its vegan sausage roll and Burger King with a soy-based Rebel Whopper.

The McPlant burger will be made up of a patty supplied by Beyond Meat, vegan cheese, mustard, ketchup, onion, pickles, lettuce and tomato in a vegan sesame bun.

Dame Cressida of the Yard

The BBC is reporting that victims of police injustice are calling for the prime minister to replace Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick when her contract comes to an end in April. In an open letter, they accuse her of ‘presiding over a culture of incompetence and cover-up”’. The BBC understands Dame Cressida, 60, has been offered a two-year extension and that negotiations are ongoing. Since her appointment in 2017, she has been involved in several controversies. Two of the seven who signed the letter, published in the Daily Mail, are Baroness Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in a racist attack, and Lady Brittan, whose home was raided when her husband Lord Brittan was falsely accused of child abuse.

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