Onchan Community Cross

The trustees of The Crosh Pobble Chonnnaghyn or Onchan Community Cross Award are welcoming for nominations for the award from the public. Such nominations should be in writing and be forwarded to the Secretary of the Trustees at Onchan District Commissioners’ Office, Hawthorn Villa, 79 Main Road, Onchan, on or before Friday November 26. The Crosh Pobble Chonnaghyn is awarded every two years with the recipient being selected, in recognition of their publicly spirited work within the community, from the numerous people in the Parish of Onchan who have added to the quality of life in the District.

Champagne on Ice

On Thursday October 21, Nedbank Private Wealth held a champagne reception to celebrate Tim Cretney’s 30-year anniversary with the business.

Tim is a senior private banker and a well-respected member of the Isle of Man financial community. He joined Nedbank Private Wealth in October 1991, when the company was called Flemings and employed only 24 staff in its offices on Mount Pleasant in Douglas. Today, the business spans five jurisdictions and employs over 180 experienced wealth management and private banking professionals in its offices in St Mary’s Court on Hill Street.

Stuart Cummins, Chief Executive at Nedbank Private Wealth; Chief Minister Alf Cannan, Mark Lewin, Chief Executive at the Department for Enterprise; Tim Cretney, Nedbank Private Wealth; Laurence Skelly; Andrew Lodge, Managing Director at Nedgroup Investments.

Stuart Cummins, chief executive of Nedbank Private Wealth, said: ‘All of us at Nedbank Private Wealth would like to congratulate Tim on his three decades with the company. In an era when longevity of service is not so commonplace, this is a noteworthy milestone. I would also like to thank him for his dedicated commitment and significant contribution to the business over the last thirty years. We look forward to working alongside him for many more to come.’

Notable guests included Chief Minister Alf Cannan, DfE CEO Mark Lewin and President of Tynwald Laurence Skelly.

Got Your Tickets Yet?

After a long, long, long wait, FC Isle of Man will finally play their first home game at the Bernabowl this weekend. Tickets are now on general sale for the game against Brocton, kick off 6.30pm. You can also buy tickets for the first 10 home games by clicking here. The club will have played 16 away games in a row by the time the first home game kicks off so the players, coaches and backroom staff cannot wait to play in front of a home crowd for the first time. Chris Bass Snr’s men are currently 7th in the league and their opponents for Saturday’s game are down in 17th.


The DoI has announced the winter closure of the Ballacobb track above Ballaugh from Monday November 1. This is is a regular closure to counter erosion issues caused by use in the winter months. The closure is in place until March.

Raad ny Foillan

Meanwhile work is continuing this week to repair part of the island’s coastal footpath between Port Lewaigue and Port e Vullen. The DoI said: ‘It is anticipated so long as the weather conditions permit that the required repairs will be completed this week.’

Japanese Royals

Japan’s Princess Mako has married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro – thus losing her royal status. Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a “commoner” although male members do not. She also skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and turned down a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family. She is the first female member of the royal family to decline both. It is expected the couple will move to America after the wedding.

Space Station

Blue Origin, the space tourism company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has announced plans to launch a commercial space station. Bosses said on Monday that they hope to operate the station, named “Orbital Reef,” by the end of the decade. Promotional material released by the company claims the station will be a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people. 

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