Lighthouse Keeper

Government House has announced that Dick Welsh MBE has been appointed as the island’s Commissioner on the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Mr Welsh, who received an MBE in the January 2020 Honours List for outstanding services to the maritime community on the Isle of Man, will serve for a three year term, from June 1 to May 31 2025, following nomination for his appointment by His Excellency Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer. 

Commenting on his appointment with NLB, Dick Welsh said: ‘I am incredibly fortunate to be appointed as Commissioner, Isle of Man for the Northern Lighthouse Board. I am really looking forward to getting involved and becoming a valuable member of the Board.’

Mr Welsh succeeds Captain Mike Brew who retires from the post at the end of May, after representing the Isle of Man as a Commissioner for nine years.

The Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority for the Isle of Man and Scotland and is responsible for the superintendence and management of all lights, buoys and beacons within those waters. The organisation has provided this vital safety service for mariners since 1786.

Who knows, this could be one step closer to Sam’s goal of making it to Chicken Rock.

Manx Lottery Trust

‘Together for Better’ has been announced as the theme for Manx Lottery Trust’s 2022 Community Awards Thematic Funding. The Trustees of the Manx Lottery Trust are inviting applications for projects from local charities and organisations which demonstrate collaboration and sustainability.

The Trustees are encouraging local organisations to get together and develop sustainable community-led projects for the benefit of our island community. Projects can be small-scale and cover areas including collaboration with potential partners, sharing expertise and resources to make a long-term positive impact, whilst bearing in mind sustainable principles. Grants will be available from between £2,501 and £150,000 (maximum £50k per annum for three years).

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘Now, more than ever, we all have a unique opportunity to ensure sustainability remains at the forefront of our collective consciousness. It’s not just for this year’s thematic funding, it is something we all must embrace in all areas of our lives. The Trustees recognise that we can become a far more sustainable nation by working together as a community to do so.

‘Building strong relationships across communities in the Island, is paramount to this year’s theme, and we hope that funding will facilitate collaboration between community organisations, while encouraging more people to get involved. We look forward to receiving applications from a wide range of organisations from across the community.’

Manx Lottery Trust has been delegated to distribute National Lottery money that has come from The National Lottery Community Fund. Community Award application forms, together with guidance notes, are available on the Manx Lottery Trust website:

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