The Buggane and the Beavers

Children from 1st Douglas Beaver Scouts attended South Barrule Plantation on Saturday to unveil the new Buggane Sculpture, ably assisted by Beaver Group Leader DEFA Minister Clare Barber.

The Buggane was created by sculptor Tom Cringle to celebrate our heritage and culture. Tom specialises in the use of recycled and reclaimed timber and takes inspiration from nature and Manx folklore.

His sculptures are engaging and dynamic, standing comfortably in a natural setting. Winnie and John ‘Dog’ Callister joined the Beaver Scouts for the unveiling where Winne read a Manx Poem ‘The Big Bogane’ based on the mythical beast.

The weather was suitably moody on Saturday with a low mist encircling the gathering. Afterwards the Beavers were treated to hot chocolate at the nearby Coffee Cottage.The sculpture is located in the car park at South Barrule Plantation.

LFT to Release

As of 12.01am this morning, if you record two negative LFTs (at least 24 hours apart) then you are able to end your isolation early. If you submit results with less than 24 hours between them the system will email you to confirm the results have not been counted.

Under the new rules, a positive LFT will require a person to isolate for 10 days, which is set in place by you entering this on the gov’s Covid website. However, iso can be released early using the system outlined above.

Fitness Day

People of all abilities and ages are encouraged to dig out their gym kit and take part in the first ever Isle of Man Fitness Day next month. The inaugural event will be held on Wednesday January 26 and act as a platform for residents to find an activity that works for them and continue with it in 2022.

Sarah Webster, Active Travel Liaison Officer, said: ‘We hope everyone taking part will consider leaving the car at home and walk, cycle or run into work. It’s not something that you have to do every day, but small positive changes can benefit your wellbeing, and the environment too.’

The day will be coordinated by MSR which is planning a number of events, including a free 5k fun run, hosted by Ned Group Investments, at the National Sports Centre. People will also be encouraged to try out a new fitness class and challenges set by their local gym or sports club.

People can register for the fun run by emailing and it will get underway at the NSC at 6.15pm on January 26.

Salvation Lunches

The Palace Hotel will be serving up some Christmas cheer to people in need by providing, preparing and cooking all the food for the Salvation Army’s Boxing Day lunch. 

Palace Hotel services director Gareth Capper said: ‘We’ve been supporting the Salvation Army’s Boxing Day lunch for a good number of years, now. It’s always our custom to donate extra turkeys as well as a selection of meats – such as sides of beef and honey roast hams – and provide the roast potatoes, vegetables, gravy – all the trimmings, in fact – right down to the stuffing and mince pies. Our executive chef, Chris Swinden, and his team at the Palace Hotel will then prepare and cook all food on Boxing Day morning, ready for the Salvation Army to collect around 11.30.

‘We know how Christmas can be a difficult time for lonely and disadvantaged people. The Salvation Army, though, is a powerful force for good and does all it can to include those most in need and feeling isolated in its Christmas celebrations. The Palace Hotel places great importance on engaging with the local community and being “a good neighbour”, so we’re pleased to be continuing our support of the Salvation Army’s transformational work.’

Pictured left to right: Captain Dylan Nieuwoudt (Salvation Army), Chris Swinden (executive head chef), Gareth Capper (hotel services director) and Katie Bradshaw (conference and events manager)

The Salvation Army’s Captain Dylan Nieuwoudt added: ‘We’re extremely grateful to the Palace Hotel for their continued generosity and support. Thanks to the hotel and our team of volunteers we’ll be able to create a welcoming festive atmosphere at our traditional Boxing Day lunch, which will help to make a very real difference to around 50 people who would otherwise feel lonely and excluded at Christmas.’

Scotland Measures

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay events have been cancelled and football matches will be effectively spectator-free as part of tough new Covid rules in Scotland. All outdoor events will be limited to just 500 people to help slow the spread of Omicron. Indoor events such as concerts will be limited to 200 people if they are seated, or 100 for standing. The new restrictions come into force on Boxing Day.

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