Author: MFCG

Earlier this month over 100 visitors enjoyed a variety of island-wide guided walks during the Walk the Isle of Man Walking Festival. MFCG are delighted to have been involved with the festival with several members acting as Leaders and Supporters during the event. The contribution made by MFCG was formerly acknowledged at the Palace Hotel farewell event where the organisers thanked MFCG for providing expert knowledge, support and help alongside other volunteers. The 2022 Walk the Isle of Man Festival will take place between 25-30 September with over half the number of spaces already booked according to the organisers. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our beautiful island and we look forward to supporting the event again next year. Ken Harding - Chair MFCG

We are delighted to announce this year's Winter Talks Programme. Sadly last years programme was severely disrupted by Coronavirus restrictions but we hope that this winter the programme will go ahead uninterrupted. Please find details of all the talks below. Wednesday 10th November 2021 7pm "19th Century Circus on the Isle of Man" This promises to be an informative and humorous illustrated talk by the renowned local author Sue King. You will be amazed at what you learn! Wednesday 12th January 2022 7pm 'The Life of Bryan' Postponed from last year, this talk will be a lighthearted mystery coach trip through the history of the Bryan family (Edward Bryan Removals) and the Isle of Man from the mid 1700s to the present day. Wednesday 9th February 2022 7pm 'The Ayres Gravel Pits Bird Sactuary' Also postponed from the previous winter programme, this will be an illustrated talk by the Chairman of the Manx

Dear Member I hope this newsletter finds you all well during these trying days. I am sure that a positive and brighter 2021 will soon reveal itself. The current lockdown and restrictions have proved successful with no active community cases and consequently the Government will be easing all restrictions on Monday 1st February. This will again allow the resumption of gatherings in larger numbers. A decision has been made by the committee of MFCG that our walk programme will resume in full on Saturday 6th February. This will allow us a few days grace for all our members to feel confident to move about freely, feel safe and confident in groups after the current restrictions. Leaders will be asked to take a handwritten note of all participants on each walk in case we are faced with the unlikely event of a requirement to track and trace.  This can easily be achieved with cooperation from everyone