A Time for Giving

Christmas is all about giving to those most in need, so content and communications agency MMC and its staff made a donation to Isle of Man Foodbank instead of sending corporate gifts to clients this Christmas. Team MMC bought food items from Co-op, then delivered them to the foodbank’s HQ in Tromode, Douglas.

Craig Wolstencroft, MMC’s Founding Managing Director, said: ‘Times are tough, and getting tougher, so our focus is on the many vulnerable individuals and families in our community who may not have a Christmas meal without the charity’s help. The foodbank team do brilliant work all year round, but their contribution is even more important at this time of year. All of our clients share our passion for supporting third sector organisations, so we’ve had great support from them for this idea. Thanks to MMC staff and also to Andy Corrie and Stefanie Faragher at the Co-op for helping us to make this happen.’

Stefanie Faragher, Co-op’s Crosby store manager, with Craig Wolstencroft, MMC’s Founding Managing Director.
Main picture: Sam Wolstencroft (Craig’s son); and his friend Archie Timson

Find Isle of Man Foodbank on Facebook for the latest news about how you can help the charity – or call/text 07624 311550, or email isleofmanfoodbank@gmail.com

Award Winning Wine

A local business has been awarded the 2021 Rioja Wine Month Off Trade Winners. The Wine Cellar, won this National award celebrating the wine region of Rioja, beating all Wine Merchants in the UK. The competition, run by Phipps Relations, a multi award winning food and beverage public relations agency in London and in collaboration with Harpers saw independent retail shops from around the whole of the UK all vying for this prestigious award.

The judges said: ‘We had participants from all around the UK celebrating Spain’s flagship wine region, but we were so impressed with your range of tastings and comprehensive social media campaign.”

Director of The Wine Cellar JJ Moore added: ‘I am delighted that The Wine Cellar has been recognised for this award which is testament to the team’s passion, hard work, commitment and resilience over the past few years. We have an incredible range of wines representing all corners of the world, but to get the recognition of the strength and depth we have in Spain, and particularly Rioja is fantastic.’

Appleby

Appleby has been awarded the Who’s Who Legal Award for Isle of Man Firm of the Year for 2021.

The categories include an award for Firm of the Year in six offshore jurisdictions, including the Isle of Man.

Faye Moffett, Managing Partner of Appleby Isle of Man, said: ‘It is an honour to once again be named Who’s Who Isle of Man Firm of the Year. Who’s Who Legal is one of the world’s leading directories of legal practitioners. This is a tremendous achievement for the firm and is testament to the talent and expertise we have within our Isle of Man office. This award further cements our reputation as the Isle of Man’s leading law firm, following our recent successful legal directory results.’

Faye Moffett

Who’s Who Legal is published by Law Business Research, an independent London-based publishing group, which provides research, analysis and reports on the international legal services marketplace.

Road Closure

Manx Utilities is today delivering letters to residents of Saddlestone about sewer improvement works which will take place in the New Year.

The works are due to begin on January 3 and last for six to eight weeks. The works include sewer diversion and new man hole ducts being installed at the junction of Ballaughton Manor Hill and Harcroft Road. There will also be manhole cover replacement work carried out at the bottom of Kirby Hill and Harcroft Avenue.

A road closure is required for most of the works, but buses will continue to run on Saddle Road and Vicarage Road. School services will also continue to run and can be accessed on Meadow Crescent.

Just the present to kick off the New Year with, a road closure. Actually that is a tad unfair as it is designed to resolved historic issues of flooding.

Airlines and 5G

Remember all those conspiracy theories about 5G? Well things have taken a surprising turn as two airplane giants have jointly called for its rollout to be delayed.

In a letter, top executives at Boeing and Airbus warned that the technology could have ‘an enormous negative impact on the aviation industry’. Concerns have previously been raised that C-Band spectrum 5G wireless could interfere with aircraft electronics.

US telecoms giants AT&T and Verizon are due to deploy 5G services on 5 January.

‘5G interference could adversely affect the ability of aircraft to safely operate,’ said the bosses of Boeing and Airbus Americas, Dave Calhoun and Jeffrey Knittel, in a joint letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The US wireless industry group CTIA has said 5G is safe and accused the aviation industry of fear-mongering and distorting facts.

Big Ben Will Bong Again

Big Ben will bong to welcome in 2022, the Houses of Parliament has confirmed.  The bell will be struck 12 times as it hits midnight on New Year’s Eve, despite other celebrations in the capital being cancelled. 

It will be the first time in nearly four years that the clock face of Elizabeth Tower will be on show for the event, following years of restoration. And it will be the last time a temporary mechanism will be used to sound the bell.  Restoration of the tower and its famous clock began in 2017, meaning the exterior was covered in scaffolding and the bell itself was silenced.

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