Clean the Lake

There’s a special event for Beach Buddies this weekend as the charity has been given permission to conduct a clean-up of Mooragh Park lake on Sunday morning, January 30. meeting at the southern end of the lake at 10.30am.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘ We had a brilliant morning when we did this for the first time long before the word “coronavirus” was known, with just under 200 people taking part, clearing away a massive amount of rubbish which had gathered on the bottom of the lake and around the perimeter of the park itself. The finds included three mobile phones – one of which was still working! And the owner was one of our volunteers – and took it back home with him! One word of warning however – if you plan to go into the lake itself (which has been drained) it can be a bit muddy, so please don’t wear your Sunday best!

‘However, around the outside of the lake it’s not too bad, and if you just want to clean up in the park itself (or the nearby beach) then it’s just like a normal clean-up session (this would probably suit families best).
Meet at 10.30am near Conor’s Cafe and we will distribute all the equipment. The session finishes no later than 12 noon.’


Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are hosting tree planting sessions during February at their developing leisure facility, Ballakilley Park.The 1,000 trees have been generously donated by Utmost Wealth International; staff members and their volunteers from the company will be helping at the events.Sessions will last from 10 am to 2 pm on the following dates:-Saturday 5 and Sunday 6, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 of February.

There will be a break between 12 and 12.30 and participants are invited to bring a packed lunch. It is also hoped to have a coffee van situated in the car park.Planting areas will be mapped out for volunteers to follow and some tools will be available. However the Commissioners request that anyone who can bring their own spades and hammers (for the stakes) do so .All ages are welcome and families are particularly encouraged to take part in the events. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tree planting can be a mucky activity so please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Exercise, fresh air, company, helping the environment and creating another little piece of history. For further information contact or

You Can’t Recycle LFTs

Douglas Council has said that when disposing of lateral flow test kits, the empty boxes and instructions are currently accepted on the Kerbside recycling service. However, they added: ‘Please do not put any of the items shown in the image below in the boxes, this is classed as contamination. If people continue to put the whole contents in the recycling boxes we will have no alternative but to reject all LFT boxes and they will be returned to the householders regardless.Face masks will also not be accepted and these items if found will be returned.’

Barry Cryer

Tributes have been paid to comedian and writer Barry Cryer, who has died at the age of 86. Cryer wrote for comedy giants including The Two Ronnies, Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise. He was also a star of the airwaves and the stage in his own right, including on BBC panel shows like Just A Minute, QI and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.


A man has admitted intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Prof Sir Chris Whitty when he approached him in a central London park. Jonathan Chew and Lewis Hughes accosted England’s chief medical officer in St James’s Park last year.

Chew, from Chelmsford, Essex, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty. Hughes previously admitted assault by beating. The 24-year-old also admitted obstructing a police officer. Prosecution barrister Iestyn Morgan told the court Chew started filming Sir Chris on his phone while Hughes grabbed him in a headlock.

The footage, lasting about 20 seconds, was widely shared on social media and showed the pair jeering as Sir Chris attempted to break free. England’s chief medical officer was uninjured in the attack which happened on 27 June 2021.

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