Fun Day

Douglas Council has confirmed that Noble’s Park Fun Day will be taking place on Saturday August 6 between 12pm and 4pm.

As in previous years, admission and a wide range of entertainment, activities and children’s rides will be free.

Councillor Andrew Bentley said: ‘Last year’s Fun Day attracted record crowds and we’re delighted to host the large-scale community event at Noble’s Park playing fields once again.

‘Pitch reservations are now open to catering vehicles, charity stalls, car boot stalls, funfair amusements and bouncy castles. We will also be hosting a performance area and encourage local performers to book their space as soon as possible. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for its continued sponsorship and for the support of the many local businesses, charitable organisations and volunteers that ensure the success of this crowd-pleasing event.’

Local caterers, amusement providers, car boot traders and charitable organisations can apply for a pitch by contacting Douglas Borough Council via email at ccullen@douglas.gov.im or by telephone on 696311.

Coop Community Cash

Applications for the 2022 Co-op Local Community Fund are now open to local causes across the Isle of Man. The Co-op Local Community Fund is funded by members of the Manx Cooperative Society shopping at the Co-op, with 1p of every £1 spent by members being dedicated to local causes.

Area Manager Andy Corrie said: ‘Manx Coop Members are contributing around £100,000 to six local causes this year through this program, and applications are now open for the coming year. With our Crosby store now open, and more people benefiting from Co-op home delivery across the Isle of Man, we’re hoping to contribute even more this year.’

Three local causes will be selected from Douglas, Onchan and the South of the Isle of Man. Three further local causes will be selected from Peel, Crosby and the North of the island.

Applications close on May 29. Further info, including which groups can apply, as well as the online application form, is available online at: https://causes.coop.co.uk/

Coast to Coast

The fifth annual ‘Sight Matters Coast to Coast Walk’ is set to return this September.

The popular event will take place on Sunday September 4 when participants walk from Douglas to Peel, clocking up approximately 12 miles. The event will start with a lap of the NSC track, before heading west via the Heritage Trail and crossing the finish line in Peel.

Coast to Coast participants will help Sight Matters raise funds that will provide much-needed support to the Island’s blind and visually impaired community.

The full-distance walk will begin at 1.30pm with check-in from noon at the outdoor pitches reception at the NSC. For those who wish to participate over a shorter distance, there’s an alternative start at St John’s. Check-in for the shorter, three-mile route will open from 2.45pm at the car park by St John’s School, with walkers expected to set off at 3.30pm.

Debbie Thomson, Volunteer Coordinator & Events Organiser at Sight Matters, said: ‘We’re really excited to be launching the Coast to Coast walk for the fifth year running. In 2021, 450 participants registered to take part, and over £8,000 was raised for Sight Matters. That’s an incredible amount of money, and we’re keen to raise a similar amount from the 2022 event.’

For more information and to download a registration and sponsorship form, visit: https://www.sightmatters.im/support-us/coast-to-coast/. Hard copies are also available from the charity’s Corrin Court headquarters in Onchan or The VIP Store in Strand Street, Douglas. The closing date for entries is 31/08/22 and the entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.