Action-packed summer at Holiday Venture Schemes

Action-packed summer at Holiday Venture Schemes

Young people will have an action-packed summer if they sign up to the Department of Education and Children Youth Service’s Holiday Venture Schemes.

Sessions run at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School and the Youth Arts Centre for the first four weeks of the school summer holidays (24th July to 18th August).

From Henry Bloom Noble, in Westmoreland Road, Douglas, children aged six/seven (completing Year 3) to 11 (completing Year 6) can enjoy visits to places such as beaches, forests, farms and rivers and take part in sports, arts and crafts and games.

Acting on feedback from working parents, days will start at 8.30am and end at 5.30pm.

The price per week is £90.

Application forms can be obtained via the facebook page Youth Holiday Venture Scheme or via Contact if you have queries.

At the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road, Douglas, there are themed weeks for children aged eight to 14. From Monday 24th to Friday 28th July, they will create a show in a week: The Amazing Adventures of SuperStan.

From Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August the theme is ‘Five Days of Dance’ and there will be the chance to learn ballet, tap, Irish, modern and contemporary dance.

At a writers’ workshop from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August, participants will create a screenplay for entry into the British Film Institute’s Young Screenwriters’ Competition.

From Monday 14th to Friday 18th August, it’s back to drama when young people will stage a performance of the comedy about the hapless Pirates of The Curry Bean.

Children can attend from 10am to 4pm at a cost of £100 per week or from 8.30am to 6pm at £125 per week.

To book on this scheme, ring 07624 437339.

Both venues will accommodate children for single or multiple weeks.

Giles Crellin, Youth Officer, said: ‘The Holiday Venture Scheme is run by trained youth workers and provides young people with fun and activity-packed weeks.

‘We hope our extended hours will help working parents.

‘We are also pleased to be using the excellent new facilities at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School.’



Manx International Cycling Ltd would like to confirm the following Road Closures to enable the 2017 HSBC UK British Cycling National Road Championships to take place.

We are in the process of writing to Residents on the courses to ensure all are aware of arrangements that affect them.

We fully appreciate and understand that road closures cause inconvenience and disruption; therefore the closures have been designed to be as flexible as they can. Footpaths will remain open and pedestrians will be able to cross the roads, either under assistance from a marshal, or when it safe to do so. Organisers are hopeful roads will open well in advance of the published opening times.

A wider communication regarding community engagement and involvement will commence shortly encouraging residents to get involved with the event.

Thursday 22 June 2017

HSBC UK British Cycling National Time Trial Championships – St Johns

09.30 Until 22:30

A1 Douglas to Peel Road between Ballacraine and Glen Mooar Road. Access will be allowable to residents from 09.30 to 10.15 & 15:00 to 18:00. (To the Arboretum from Ballacraine Cross Roads). Access from Douglas to The Hope will be maintained via Ballacraine.

10.30 Until 15.00 & 18:00 to 21:30

Station Road from its junction with A1 and the Patrick Road. (Access to the School will be maintained under control by marshals.)

Glen Mooar Road between the A1 and A20 Poortown Road.

A20 Poortown Road between Glen Mooar Road and the Switchback Road.

Switch Back Road to its junction with A4 Peel to Kirk Michael Coast Road.

A4 Peel to Kirk Michael Coast Road from its junction with the Switch Back Road and its junction with the A3 at Douglas Road Corner Kirk Michael.

A3 at Douglas Road Corner Kirk Michael to its junction with the A1 at Ballacraine St.Johns.

Saturday 24 June 2017

Mass Participation Sportive

A18 Mountain Road between Barrule Park Ramsey & Creg Ny Baa. 10:45 to 16:00

Sunday 25 June 2017

HSBC UK British Cycling National Road Race Championships Men & Women
•1) Glencrutchery Road between Dukes Avenue (not including) to Mountain View (not including). 07:00 to 21:00
•2) A18 Mountain Road from Barrule Park (not including) and Cronk Ny Mona: 09:30 to 19:30 (Permits for residents as per TT and FOM)

TT Course Closure

Mountain View to St Ninians 08:30 to 12.30 & 13:15 to 19:30

St Ninians to Ballacraine 08:30 to 10:00 and 13.15 to 16:00

Ballacraine to Douglas Road Corner Kirk Michael: 09:00 to 10:30 & 13:30 to 16:30

Douglas Road Corner Kirk Michael to Barrule Park Ramsey: 09:15 to 10:45am & 13:45 to 17:00

Barrule Park Ramsey to Cronk Ny Mona (as per above)

Cronk Ny Mona to Dukes Avenue Including Dukes Avenue with unnamed road to the Police Custody Suite: 10:00 to 12:30 & 14:45 to 19:30

Finishing Circuit Closure

St Ninians cross roads /Ballanard Road (Access between Bray Hill and Ballaquayle Road maintained) Scollag Road, Scollag Road (allowing access from Ballaoats Road to road leading to Ballamenagh Road) to Johnny Watersons Lane, Johnny Wattersons Lane between Scollag Road and Cronk Ny Mona: 10:00 to 12.30 & 16:00 to 19:30

Crossing points and access corridors

Access will be maintained at the following points throughout the race period;

TT Access Road will be open.
•A9 Bowring Rd to Parliament St Ramsey.
•Ballacraine to the Hope via Peel and Foxdale.
•Governors Rd to Victoria Rd Douglas
•Bray Hill and Ballaquayle Road for the finishing circuit
•Ballaoats Road leading to Ballamenagh Road for the finishing circuit

Crossing will be allowed in between race convoys at the following points and under the control of Race Control. These will predominately only used in the afternoon.
•A2 between Ballaquayle Rd and Ballanard Rd (St Ninians Crossroads).
•A2 between Malvern Rd and High View Rd.
•A2 Stoney Rd and Tromode Rd (bottom of Bray Hill).
•A1, Douglas and Braddan, between Quarterbridge and Strang Rd, Union Mills.
•A1 Crosby, between Old Church Rd, Eyreton Rd and Ballavitchel Rd.
•A3 between Ballabooie Rd and Little London, Cronk y Voddy.
•A3 Barregarrow Crossroads, Michael.
•A3, Kirk Michael, between Douglas Rd Corner and Station and Glen Rd at Ballaugh Bridge.
•A3 Lezayre, Sulby Glen Crossroads.
•A3 between Sulby Bridge & Claddaghs Rd.
•A3 between Glen Auldyn and Gardeners Lane.
•A3 Ramsey, between Fairfield Ave and Bircham Ave.
•A18 Ramsey between Christian St & Westbourne Rd.
•A18 Ramsey between Lheaney Rd and Barrule Park.
•A18, Onchan and Douglas, between Signpost Corner and Bedstead Corner.
•A2 Onchan and Douglas, between Governors Rd, Victoria Rd, and Second Ave on Glencrutchery Rd

Organisers are on hand to assist the public with queries and facilitate any requests where possible.

Please contact using the following methods:


Helpline: 331992

Crowe Clark Whitehill director Phaedra Bird has been recognised in the 2017 Isle of Man Institute of Directors Director of the Year awards.

Crowe Clark Whitehill director Phaedra Bird has been recognised in the 2017 Isle of Man Institute of Directors Director of the Year awards.

Phae IODPhaedra, who earlier this year was awarded her STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Diploma in International Trust Management and achieved the highest mark in the Isle of Man for her Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal exam, was singled out by the Institute of Directors panel for her ‘incredible dedication to the industry’. 

Receiving the trophy she said: ‘Crowe Clark Whitehill has been operating in the Isle of Man for more than three decades and in that time has garnered numerous awards, thanks to the firm’s belief in supporting its people to be the best they can and delivering consistently outstanding levels of customer service above all else. While it is an honour to be recognised by one’s industry’s peers, this award very much represents a team effort. I am therefore delighted to have had this opportunity to accept this award on their behalf.’

Safety Notice – Chicco Cosmos Car Seats

Safety Notice – Chicco Cosmos Car Seats 

The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is making the public aware of an important safety notice issued in relation to Chicco Cosmos car seats. 

Chicco is announcing the voluntary recall of Chicco Cosmos car seats sold between 28th February and 24th May 2017.

carseatThe product (Chicco Cosmos, ref. 79163) can be identified through the number 04444637 on the homologation label (A) and by the serial number (B) on each product: only serial numbers from 00000001 to 00025152 are affected.  

Chicco is inviting users of the product to contact customer services for a free replacement product.


Contact Chicco customer services on 01623 750870 or by using this link:

If you do not have access to a computer, you can contact the OFT directly by telephoning 686500, if you think that you may have purchased one of the seats affected. 


Cycling’s Coming Home

Cycling’s Coming Home

The Department of Economic Development is working closely with British Cycling and Manx International Cycling to encourage local communities to show their support for the 2017 HSBC UK | National Road Championships later this month.


The Isle of Man will be hosting the British National Time Trial in St John’s on Thursday 22nd June and the Women’s and Men’s British National Road Race Championship events around the TT Course and Abbeylands Circuit on Sunday 25th June.


Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Economic Development, commented:


‘We are just over a week away from this fantastic event and the excitement is definitely building. This is a great opportunity to see the stars of the cycling world, with Mark Cavendish, Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead), Alex Dowsett, Peter Kennaugh and Hannah Barnes all set for a spectacular race on Manx roads.


‘The Island has an enviable reputation for hosting and supporting world-class events and I hope that the Manx public will join in the celebrations and represent our fantastic Island this June. In particular I’m looking forward to seeing a Tour de France size peloton riding through the Island’s towns and villages.’


Richard Fletcher, Chairman of the Isle of Man Cycling Association, commented:


‘Whether you run a business or your home is situated on the course, we want you to join in the celebration and support the riders as they race around the Isle of Man. The races will be covered in an ITV4 highlights programme, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the beauty of the Isle of Man and the passion and engagement of our people.’


Possible ways in which you can support the event:


–         Decorate your street or village

–         Cheer on the riders from the roadside

–         Dress in red and gold to show your support

–         Display the Manx flag where possible

–         Visit the Grandstand Race Village

–         Get social by sharing images and updates of the event using the hashtag #CyclingNation


For road closure details or more information, please visit and follow for updates throughout the event.    

Regulations pave way for parents to access information online

Regulations pave way for parents to access information online

Parents will shortly be able to access information about their children’s schooling online if plans from the Department of Education and Children receive Tynwald’s approval.


The Court this month considers the Education (Information and Reports to Parents) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.


‘As pupils progress, schools build up information on their attendance, attainment etc,’ explained Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children.


‘At present, parents chart their children’s schooling through reports, parents’ evenings and the like.


‘The regulations would allow us to develop a system via which parents access information about their children by logging on to an account.


‘Parents would also be able to check details such as their address or phone number – and, if there are changes, notify amendments to their child’s school.’


The Minister emphasised: ‘Data security is of the utmost priority and this is only the first step in the process of making this facility available to parents.’

Tynwald asked to approve changes to school catchment areas

Tynwald asked to approve changes to school catchment areas

Some school catchment areas will be redefined if Tynwald approves an Order that is before it this month.


Geographic catchment areas allow the Department of Education and Children to plan staffing and resources at its 37 schools.


The Catchment Areas Order would change the boundaries where large or dwindling pupil numbers justify it.


Under the Order:

·         Part of the catchment area for Peel Clothworkers’ Primary and Michael Primary would be ‘joint’, giving parents who live in this area the choice of which school their child attends.

·         Pupils living in an area in the south of Peel Clothworkers’ catchment area would instead be able to attend either St John’s Primary or Foxdale Primary.

·         Boundaries have been redrawn between Henry Bloom Noble Primary and Scoill yn Jubilee and between Onchan Primary and Ashley Hill Primary.


Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘As the population shifts, and as schools are developed, we review catchment areas to ensure we are making the best use of facilities.


‘For example, it has been well-publicised that few pupils were signed up to start at Ashley Hill Primary this autumn, while nearby Onchan expects a large intake.


‘The redrawing of the boundaries there will mean a more even distribution of pupils, reducing pressure on Onchan and ultimately benefiting all pupils.


‘The development of the new Henry Bloom Noble Primary, which has spare capacity, enables us to reduce pressure on neighbouring Scoill yn Jubilee,’ the Minister continued.


‘Changes to catchments in the west of the Island will hopefully prevent numbers getting too high at Peel Clothworkers while giving parents greater choice.’


If approved, the Order will come into effect on the 1st September 2017 but, with the vast majority of new starters already signed up to schools by then, would largely affect admissions from September 2018 onwards.



Online security remains vitally important as we have seen over the past few weeks with concentrated cyber attacks on a range of institutions in the UK and elsewhere.

Keep in mind these simple rules to make sure you are protecting yourself and your personal information from being compromised:

  • If you are at all suspicious of any communication received from a source known to you, confirm it is real by contacting the sender by another method.
  • Do not open attachments or click on links within any unsolicited or dubious emails and never respond to emails that ask you for your password. Reputable organisations and authorities will not do this.
  • Do not provide personal or financial details without confirming the source and carefully considering the potential results of doing so.
  • The senders name and number in a text message can be ‘spoofed’ (forged), so even if the message appears to be form an organisation you know of, exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

If you need to contact use a number known and trusted by you.

Early years providers recognised for good practice

Early years providers recognised for good practice

Early years providers were recognised for good practice at a presentation at University College Isle of Man (UCM) last night.


Dhoon Primary School’s combined Reception/Year 1 class received the Manx Step into Quality Award.


A further six award-holders achieved post-verification certificates after demonstrating continued quality of practice.


Hopes and Dreams in Woodbourne Road, Douglas; Sandcastles at Cronk-y-Berry Nursery and Marown and Henry Bloom Noble’s primary schools’ Reception classes achieved Manx Step into Quality in 2016 and Hopes and Dreams’ nurseries at The Buchan School and Parklands in 2015.


The voluntary Manx Step into Quality Award takes a year to achieve and measures early years settings on six criteria.


The scheme is run by UCM. Tina Moore, co-ordinator, explained: ‘The Manx Step into Quality Award enables providers to evaluate their practice and identify areas that can be developed.


‘To gain the award, settings focus on the environment and routines they provide, the interactions between staff and children, the links to develop the positive relationships with parents and leadership and management.


‘The award has a positive impact on children and promotes staff development.’


At the ceremony, Butterflies Day Nursery, Sulby, and The Ark Community Nursery, Douglas, received post-award verification certificates after achieving the full, two-year Manx Quality Award in 2014.


The award has eight modules – opportunities and experiences; relationships with children, parents and the wider community; working together as a team; routines; the great outdoors; interactions; meeting everyone’s needs and management and business – and takes two years to complete.


Geoff Moorcroft, Director of Education with the Department of Education and Children, said: ‘Good early years experiences boost children’s chances of doing well in their formal education and later in life.


‘The awards are an important way of the Department recognising quality in early years settings and providers are encouraged to work towards them.

‘As we work in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care to continue to develop the regulatory framework for pre-school settings pledged in the Programme for Government, this will enable all settings have access to similar advice and support.’

Agreement on marine mammal conservation extended to Island

Agreement on marine mammal conservation extended to Island


An international agreement on whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation has been extended to the Island – complementing the excellent work already being done locally to protect the species.


The Isle of Man is now signed up to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS).


The Island joins a network of 10 European countries working together to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises.


The agreement covers the Irish Sea, North East Atlantic, Baltic Sea and North Sea.


Manx waters are home to harbour porpoises, while Risso’s, common and bottlenose dolphins are regular visitors.


Whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected under the Island’s Wildlife Act.


Conserving marine life is vital to the Island’s biodiversity, economy and status as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.

The Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) works closely with the Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.

Dr Fiona Gell, Senior Biodiversity Officer: Marine with DEFA, said: ‘Whales and dolphins can travel long distances so international cooperation is important to ensure their conservation.


‘Signatories to ASCOBANS work to reduce threats to the species, including accidental capture in fisheries, litter, pollution, shortage of food like sand eels, habitat loss and climate change.


‘The extension of this agreement to the Island complements the good work we are doing in this area with local organisations and the public.


‘We work with the Manx Wildlife Trust to record dead marine mammals found washed up and report them to a UK database. Samples are taken to monitor levels of pollution in them.


‘Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch’ survey work and public sighting scheme has helped us gain a much better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Manx waters.


‘Marine conservation measures we’ve taken such as the introduction of the Ramsey Marine Nature Reserve and our new inshore conservation zones help to sustain the environment these species need.’


The public is asked to report whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch via their website:


They should report dead or stranded whales, dolphins and porpoises to the Manx Wildlife Trust on 01624 844432 or DEFA on 01624 685837.


Boat users should keep their distance from marine mammals.