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After the success of our talk by Neil Morris of Manx Birdlife we have arranged for members of the club to have a guided tour around the Ayres Wildlife Reserve on Sunday 12th June at 2pm. June is a good time to see  a wide variety of birds on the Ayres.  Numbers are strictly limited but we have a few places left for Sunday 12th June so book you place now with Lesley, 

We are delighted to announce that by popular demand Debbie is looking to organise some additional walks for several Bank Holiday dates during the Spring and Summer. Walks will generally be between six to ten miles and will start at 10am with a social element included either during or after the walk. Watch the website for further details for the following walks: Monday 2nd May  - Meander into May Friday 3rd June - Jaunt during June Monday 29th August - Amble away August

After recent storms, the committee would like to advise and confirm to members the policy regarding the pre-cancellation of a planned walk. Walks must only be cancelled prior to the day of the walk in exceptional circumstances and/or if a official amber weather warning, or higher, has been issued from the Isle of Man Government. These are warnings that advise risk of injury or danger to life or advise against any unnecessary journeys - Walks will be cancelled if this warning coincides with the timing of the walk. In the case of a yellow warning, the leader of the day should considering amending their route to avoid potential exposure to the elements eg keep low during high winds or avoid coastal areas where overtopping is predicted. The leader should go to the start point as normal and discuss with those members who have arrived various options, these might include carrying on the

Firstly, a huge welcome to all our new members who have joined us over the summer, and I am sure you will enjoy the fellowship and endless benefits that come from exploring our beautiful Island on foot with MFCG. It’s been a pleasing summer with a full programme of walks for all to enjoy and, although things are still a little strange in the world, it is lovely to be able to walk in our groups with a sense of relative normality. I thank all of you who have made the summer productive with some super attendance numbers. Of course, all the walks would not be able to take place without the enthusiasm , knowledge and kindness of our walk leaders and co-ordinators. On behalf of myself and the rest of the membership I thank you; without you MFCG would not be able to offer such a fabulous and comprehensive programme for everyone. The committee has continued to

MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING at MYLCHREEST COURT, PEEL 2 pm Monday 8th November 2021 Those Present: Ken Harding – KH, Lesley Parkington – LP, David Leiserach – DL, Jack Verity – JV, Peter Gunn – PG, Peter Corkish – PC, Pat Mudie – PM. 1. Apologies: Apologies were received from Gill Smith 2. Minutes of the previous meeting: having been circulated beforehand, were approved, and signed by the Chairman, Ken Harding. 3. Matters Arising from previous meeting: • KH has written to Miles Cowshill of Lily Publications to request a meeting to discuss the percentage MFCG receives from the sale of walking books. To date he has not received a reply. • KH asked LP if we had heard from the ‘Keep in Touch’ group in Ramsey regarding a talk about the history of the MFCG. LP replied that she has put ‘K.I.T’ in touch with DL who will do the talk in September 2022. PM suggested having the same talk as