Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 12-02-2014

Manx National Heritage legacy

by Joanne Clague

Manx National Heritage legacy - picture

A project is being launched with the aim of building relationships between old and young in the community.

A heritage garden will be created in the grounds of Arbory School in memory of the late John 'Donny' Collister, a Colby resident and former Manx Regiment member who died in 2007 at the age of 93 and left his wartime memorabilia and a large sum of money to Manx National Heritage.

A public consultation was held as to how the money should be distributed. Chairman of the Manx Musuem and National Trust, Tony Pass, and director of MNH Edmund Southworth will present £38,000 to the school later this month to launch the project.

A spokesman said the aim of the project was to develop traditional skills and use the knowledge and experience of local people in the community, while developing a sense of pride and place in young people. It could lead to an oral history project. It's expected the garden will take three years to create and will have a large educational aspect.

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