An Experiment in Support

Finance firm JTC has announced it will be supporting the Family Library as part of its employee-led fundraising initiative ‘Maximising Potential’. The firm supports a range of charities around the world and here on the island, it will be supporting the Family Library’s Science Experiments Scheme, with funds going towards the purchase of various science kits with can be used for years to come.

Sue Jolly, Family Library Manager, said: ‘Science and education are the building blocks of the future and for the young an essential part. The Family Library is committed to supporting this concept and are extremely grateful for the passion and the support from JTC. We are excited to be working together on this initiative.’

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Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Isle of Man Managing Director Aidan Davin, said: ‘We are keen to support specific initiatives being delivered by the family library over the coming year, which will be clearly noted as having been made possible by our sponsorship. One such initiative is the ‘Saturday Morning Science Club’ where young people get to do some exciting science related activities in order to advance their early understanding of the subject. This sort of activity would not be possible to deliver without sponsorship, unless it was at a cost to the children involved, which would be a barrier to some. Our financial donation will make this accessible to all.


The Ghosts, ghoulies and witches will all be flying back in again to The Great Laxey Mine Railway later this month as their famous Hop Tu Naa Ghost Trains return to Laxey on Sunday 24, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October from 1pm to 7pm. Running through the spooky Tunnel and into the haunted woods you will arrive at the end of the line where you will be greeted by the normal welcoming party who will take great delight in making you feel at home (or not!). The return fare (if you make it back!) is £3 and a family ticket for two adults and up to 3 children is available for £10. For more info, go to GLMR’s Facebook page.

Exhibition Extended

The Isle of Man Arts Council are delighted to announce that “Ellyn: A Tale of Manx Contemporary Art”, a collaborative art book and exhibition at the Villa Marina Arcade, will now be open for a further week until Sunday October 17. After a successful first week, the exhibition will now continue to run daily between 10am and 4pm until next Sunday.

The exhibition, in partnership with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, showcases the work of over 60 artworks by artists with a Manx connection living both locally and afar. Arts Development Manager Jane Corkill said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the response of the public to “Ellyn”. It has been described as “stunning”, “brilliant artwork” and “an inspiration to the next generation”, and we have seen almost 1,000 people of all ages coming into the Villa Marina Arcade to enjoy and appreciate the outstanding art.’

Am I Bothered?

Boris Johnson is ‘not worried’ about the current jobs gap and rising prices in the UK, saying supply chains will sort themselves out ‘rapidly’. The PM told the BBC that the economy was facing the “stresses and strains” of a post-Covid recovery.  But he said the country was ‘moving to a new approach’, with companies paying higher wages for UK workers, rather than relying on low paid immigration. And he claimed government schemes, like the hardship fund, would help people.

Everard Inquiry

An inquiry will be launched into ‘systematic failures’ that allowed Wayne Couzens to continue to be a police officer, Priti Patel confirmed. The home secretary said the public ‘have a right to know’ why he remained in the Met despite concerns about his behaviour. Couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard while he was a serving officer, using his police warrant card. He has since been linked to allegations of indecent exposure. The Met has faced mounting questions over its policies and procedures in the wake of Ms Everard’s murder.

Facebook Apology

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the ‘disruption’ caused after its social media services went down for almost six hours – impacting more than 3.5bn users worldwide. The billionaire said sorry after an internal technical issue took Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram offline at about 4pm on Monday. The scramble to bring it back online eventually succeeded at around 10pm.

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