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Kitching inquiry to take place

POSTED yesterday at 4:26 pm by Joanne Clague

An independent inquiry will be held after a man on parole hit and killed a pedestrian on the Tholt-y-Will road earlier this year. Gwen Valentine died when the car being driven by Donavan Kitching from St John's hit her. He had been released from jail three weeks before the incident. In a statement released yesterday, Ms Valentine's family called ...

Investment reaps rewards as visitor numbers at Wildlife Park increase

POSTED yesterday at 3:50 pm by MT

The Curraghs Wildlife Park is celebrating a successful year, with visitor numbers at their highest for a decade and memberships increasing.  Zac Hall MHK, Member of the Environment, Food and Agriculture responsible for the park, said: ‘The warm, dry summer has no doubt boosted the number of people coming to see us. However, staff and volunteers hav...

Manx trekkers’ Moroccon mountain marathon

POSTED yesterday at 1:21 pm

A team of fundraisers made it to the top of the highest mountain in North Africa as part of a charity challenge organised by The Children’s Centre. The group of 17 trekkers set off for the summit of Mount Toubkal which is 4,167metres (around 13,600 feet) summit above sea level and the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. Fifteen of the party made it to the top and the whole group raised a total of £12,750 which will go towards helping The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects. Mark Eastham, Fundraising Co-ordinator at The Children’s Centre, said: “It was a fantastic trip and everyone worked together to help as many of the group as possible to get to the summit. We must say a big thank to all of the trekkers for their hard work and deter...

HSBC staff help out at Ballachrink Nature Reserve

POSTED yesterday at 1:12 pm

A hard working team of volunteers from HSBC Bank plc in Douglas recently spent a day helping the Manx Wildlife Trust with some key tasks at the nature conservation charity’s Ballachrink Nature Reserve. Extending over 25 acres of land in the West Baldwin valley, Ballachrink was gifted to the Trust in 2011 by Mrs Norris, wife of the late Mr Norris, who lived for many years at Ballachrink House, West Baldwin.  The site comprises a series of small meadows, currently let to a tenant for grazing purposes, with small blocks and lines of conifer plantation in between.  Below the meadows are the steep, river-eroded banks of the wider valley floor and a number of ponds and lakes, created by Mr and Mrs Norris for the benefit of wildfowl.  On the bank...

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