Fenella’s Holiday

Steam engine Fenella set off on her holidays this week, as heads to the Beyer Bash at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway this weekend.

Isle of Man Transport said: ‘We are so grateful to The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway for asking us to be part of this event and also their anonymous benefactor who sponsored ‘Fenella’s’ move.’

The engine is going to the Beyer Bash, which is celebrating Beyer Peacock, the company that made most of the island’s steam locomotives. She will only be there as a static exhibit and is due an overall.

Arts Funding

The Isle of Man Arts Council is inviting funding applications for the 2022/2023 financial year. Applicants are invited to apply for grants and underwriting which support personal and artistic development, equipment, workshops, performances and events.

Every year the Isle of Man Arts Council support many individuals and organisations seeking to promote the arts within the local community. Funding encourages people to enjoy the arts, whether through attendance at or participation in events and activities. Applications should be submitted by Friday June 24 for consideration at an Arts Council meeting on July 8.

For application forms and information, visit www.iomarts.com and click on ‘funding’. You can also email the team at iomartscouncil@gov.im or ring 01624 694598 with any queries.

BBC Stamps

On Thursday 19, Isle of Man Post Office will issue a set of twelve stamps marking 100 years of the BBC. The stamp set has been designed in collaboration with BBC Studios to celebrate many of the BBC’s iconic programmes – from Doctor Who and Match of the Day to Blue Peter and Strictly Come Dancing.

The British Broadcasting Company was formed on October 18 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi. Manxman Sir Frank Gill played a vital role in the formation of the BBC, convincing six organisations to form under the British Broadcasting Corporation entity. Daily broadcasting by the BBC began in Marconi’s London studio on November 14 1922. It is now the world’s longest running, continuous public service broadcaster, and the first to mark its centenary.

Maxine Cannon, Stamps and Coins General Manager, Isle of Man Post Office said: ‘The BBC has an indelible place in the hearts of the people of the Isle of Man. 100 years ago Manxman Sir Frank Gill played an integral role in its foundation and today we are well served by the BBC. They maintain a permanent office that generates content for Isle of Man/Ellan Vannin – BBC, Northwest Tonight, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cumbria as well as a feed direct to the BBC when the occasion demands it. Alongside these specific programmes is the rich range of programmes we have all grown up with and continue to enjoy, informing, educating and entertaining us for an extraordinary century.’