Festival Buddies

BEACH Buddies is getting involved in the Festival of the Sea this weekend and will head south to join in the activities on Sunday morning, July 16 at 10.30am, meeting at the slipway on the promenade near to the wonderful Scoops ice cream parlour. Everyone welcome – especially new volunteers. Just come along and say hello and you will be warmly welcomed.


Jurby residents are being asked to enjoy the village’s new sports gear rather than trying to damage them. Not only does the school field have a new set of goals, its been marked up for football too.

However, on Monday evening a couple of young lads were seen trying to damage them.

A post on the community Facebook page said: ‘The posts were not inexpensive, the shipping was not inexpensive. People donating their time to advise, measure up, mark out, shop for gubbins to mark out, investigate investing in a line marker and fit the posts has been fabulous. All in the name of ‘giving the kids something to do’. A donation was received towards the overall costs from a member of the community with zero interest in playing football themselves and no children it would benefit. Amazing!

‘The point is (long-winded I know) people have pulled together to make this happen and I hope we can pull together again to help prevent the few spoiling things for the majority.’

Meanwhile, the village’s Community Centre is open tonight, between 6.30 – 7.30pm, inviting people in to offer ideas on how the local authority and residents can work together to avoid things like this happening.

Mad Max

A team of charity adventurers are driving from Andreas to Athens, thanks to a helping start from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Team Mad Manx is undertaking the challenge to raise awareness for The Children’s Centre Isle of Man and Manx Children’s Art Therapy. They set off from the Isle of Man on Saturday, with a plan to drive two neon fur-covered ‘old bangers’ all the way to Greece, looking to raise a minimum of £2,000 as they go.

Fern Callister from Team Mad Manx said: ‘We have had some incredible adventures and can’t wait to see what this challenge brings. We aim to take in 17 countries on the way to Athens, wild camping as we go, and while the destination this time around might not be quite so remote, navigating our way through this post-Covid world is likely to be anything but plain sailing. We have a couple of 20-year-old cars, which were gifted to us for the price of a couple of bottles of wine, and we are all set for three weeks of pure driving discomfort before we reach the Acropolis!

‘Our sincere thanks to the Steam Packet Company for once again supporting our endeavours by covering the cost of our travel between the Isle of Man and England, ensuring that at least the first leg of our adventure should run smoothly.’

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Managing Director Brian Thomson added: ‘It is our pleasure to once again collaborate with Team Mad Manx and support their intrepid adventures.’