Lottery All Aboard With Railway

As Groudle Glen Railway celebrates its 125th year, the railway that goes uphill to the sea has received a donation from the Manx Lottery Trust.

The £16,450 award will go towards rebuilding and improving its main station at Lhen Coan, facilitating much-needed station maintenance and enhancing safety. This work will increase the longevity of the railway, improve flow of passengers and help support future income and fundraising efforts.

Alex Brindley from Groudle Glen Railway said: ‘This grant very generously supported the purchase of new sleepers produced from recycled plastic which have a significantly longer lifespan than the pandrol baseplates. We were keen to dedicate our time to a meaningful project to mark the occasion, which will ensure longevity of the railway for years to come. We believe the improvement of Lhen Coan is just that and we are excited to move forward with this project. Thank you to Manx Lottery Trust for its generous support of our charity.’

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘This year marks a significant milestone for Groudle Glen Railway and we are pleased to support the re-development of Lhen Coan Station. The local attraction is popular with Islanders and visitors alike and it is great to see it go from strength-to-strength.’

This grant was from the Manx Lottery Trust’s Community Awards Programme. Information on current funding programmes and application forms can be found here.

Tin Baths

Organised of the World Tin Bath Champions have confirmed that the 2022 event will be held on July 16, 2pm start.

Police Appeal

The Western Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating an incident that took place around 3.30pm on Friday October 8, upon the small one way lane that leads from Peveril Road to Mountain View, Peel.

A statement said: ‘During this incident it has been reported that the wing mirror of a black hatchback vehicle using the said lane struck the elbow of a female as she was walking home with her child from school.We would like to speak with the male driver of this black hatchback vehicle, whom has been described as looking to be in his 60’s with white / grey hair and of average build. The driver of this vehicle stopped and spoke with the female at the scene.We would ask that the driver contact Peel Police Station on 842208, quoting reference 97/46052/21.’

Removing the Backstop?

The EU will offer to remove a majority of post-Brexit checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland as it seeks to turn the page on the rancorous relationship with Boris Johnson. Up to 50% of customs checks on goods would be lifted and more than half the checks on meat and plants entering Northern Ireland would be abandoned.

This comes as Brexit Minister Lord Frost proposed plans for an entirely new protocol to replace the existing Northern Ireland Protocol. In a speech to diplomats in Portugal on Tuesday, he described his new legal text as ‘a better way forward’. The protocol is the special Brexit deal agreed for Northern Ireland to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.  Unionists argue it undermines Northern Ireland’s constitutional position in the UK and creates a trade barrier.

Wembley Crowd Trouble

As England played Hungary in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley last night, fighting was seen to break out in the away end. There was trouble too when the sides met in Budapest with Hungary ordered to play two matches behind closed doors by Fifa following the racism English players experienced.John Murray, commentating for BBC Radio 5 Live, said: ‘Punches are being thrown. This is terrible really. The stewards seem to be being driven back.’

This comes not only after the events in Budapest, but crowd trouble that also broke out when England played Italy in the final of Euro 2020. On that night, ticketless fans stormed the stadium’s doors and fights broke out between fans and stewards.

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