A walk down to Scarlett
We assembled in the car park by the old fire station in Castletown for the next in the regular series of guided walks. As it was a fair way to walk all the way to Scarlett from here a plan was hatched to collect us in the minibus at the halfway point if we had had enough.
I'm pleased to report that the halfway point was passed without any issues and we made it all the way to see the quarry and old Lime kilns.
Along the way our Blue badge Guide Dave and his wife told us about the local scenery and the local name for the stone seats still found outside the houses in Queen Street.
There were quite a selection of birds seen as we walked along. these included Chough, Oyster Catchers, Curlews, Egrets, a Heron and a Sparowhawk being chased by a flock of rooks.
Here's a photograph of the group
Audio Library MP3 Recording Summaries are Completed
Pat, one of our Librarians has put a considerable effort into producing MP3 Talking Book Summaries. This project has taken a lot of time and effort, but every book in the MP3 library now has a synopsis on the back. Obviously this work will need continually updating as new books are added to the Library.
These summaries can be found on the Audio Library Page under the Services menu or by clicking here
We're delighted to be able to introduce Nellyn the Bear to you!
Manx Blind Welfare Society and RNIB Isle of Man have partnered up with the Island’s opticians to highlight the importance of eye tests for children and to encourage parents and carers to get their child’s sight tested.
All children who receive an eye test will receive their very own Nellyn the Bear (Manx for Little Champion).
Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘There is strong evidence to show that many children in the UK do not have eye tests other than regular screening which should take place between the ages of four and five. The NHS Choices website highlights the importance of regular eye tests for children and that, without routine tests, a potential problem could go undiagnosed for months and years.
‘It’s important for eye problems to be identified as early as possible because they can significantly affect a child’s development and education. It’s also recommended that children have regular eye tests at least once every two years. These are free for all children under 16 years old (and those under 19 years old in full time education).
We have teamed up with Island opticians so when children have their eyes tested, they will be given their very own Nellyn. An eye test is nothing to worry about but, of course, if they want to bring their own bear for comfort they can and then get a teddy pal afterwards.’
The Rotary Club has funded the initiative through the Lockington Marshall Trust which was established to aid Manx charitable organisations