Best Foot Forward

Castletown FC has congratulated four club members who have all completed a mental health first aid course, most of which was funded by the Isle of Man FA. Committee member Sarah Clarke and players Will Green, Harrison Pickard and Hal Sansbury all completed the course which ran over four Monday evenings and was delivered by Ali Vondy of Manx Minds. With the exception of Hal’s place, which was arranged by his school (Castle Rushen High School), the FA funded the courses through funding it receive after Andrew Baker’s solo Atlantic row. Having completed their course, they are available to members of the club and are supported by a member of the National Counselling Society.

L to r – Will, Hal, Harrison, Sarah


Rafaela Ramos is fundraising for Hospice Isle of Man in memory of her late uncle Paulino and to thank Hospice for the care they provided him. You can support her Just Giving page.

Local Economy Forum

The Chamber of Commerce has set up a new group to help small, independent, locally owned and operated businesses. The Local Economy Forum will bring together customer facing businesses to increase collaboration and communication, and harness that collective strength to build future resilience for the sector.

It has been created by expanding the remit of Chamber’s existing Retail Forum, which the Local Economy Forum has replaced. Chamber describes the new group as an ‘inclusive forum open to all customer facing businesses’ which will allow it to ‘better represent the multitude of smaller locally owned independent businesses’. The Local Economy Forum’s first meeting will be at The Alpine Café in Douglas on November 11 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. If you are interested, please email

Rebecca George, Chamber CEO, said: ‘The Retail Forum has been brilliant at creating a forum for discussion and action to help businesses in that sector. It came to the fore during lockdowns because it provided an established network which helped retailers to work together to ensure that essential supplies were available to the whole community.’

Nine Flags

Douglas has retained its nine green flags for the third successive year. The Green Flag award scheme, managed by the UK environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the British Isles and around the world.

First awarded in 2019, the nine green flags retained by Douglas are for Derby Square, Douglas borough cemetery, Douglas golf course, Douglas Head, Hutchinson Square, the Kaye Memorial Garden, the Marine Gardens, Noble’s Park and Summerhill Glen.

Council Leader Claire Wells praised the council staff and said:’Providing good quality open green spaces is not only a core principle of our corporate plan but also contributes significantly to community quality of life. I congratulate the park service team on their achievement and am pleased that their efforts have been publicly recognised by such a respected independent body.’

Regeneration and community committee chairman Stephen Pitts added: ‘Retaining all nine green flags for a third successive year is down to the year-round hard work of the council’s park service. The island is emerging from Covid-19 restrictions and returning to “near-normal”. Central to that is the important wellbeing role our green spaces play. The park service team have responded to that with their customary dedication and I congratulate them on their continued success.’


Remember that planning application the DfE submitted to build a road access into Noble’s Park? Well you can ask more about this Thursday at a meeting arranged by Douglas East MHKs Clare Barber and Faragher. The drop in session is from 3pm to 5pm at the Grandstand Press Office.

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