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This year St Luke's are planning a very special anniversary service. To celebrate the long history of the site of the church a number of events will take place. At 4pm a walk will begin from St Luke's to the stone circle commemorating the old site of Tynwald - accompanied by the Ellan Vannin Pipe Band.  Annie Kissack's choir - Caarjyn Cooidjagh - will also perform at the site. Afterwards there will be a bring-your-own-picnic tea at St Luke's with additional refreshments provided by the church. At 6:30pm the usual Songs of Praise service will be held during which the pipe band and the choir will perform again. You are invited to join part or all of the above events to celebrate this special anniversary.

We are delighted to announce that this year's Annual Club walks will take place on 14th May. They offer a great opportunity for MFCG members who usually walk on different days to join together and catch up with old friends The walks will be followed by tea and biscuits at Mylchreest Court, Peel. This year the walks will start from two different places; The first, lead by George, will leave from Peel Transport Museum car park (near Moore's Kipper Yard map ref: SC241839) at 10.30am with an approximate length of eight miles. The second shorter walk will start at 1.30pm from the Station Road car park at St. Johns and will be lead by David. The length of this walk will be approximately 3 miles. Members who no longer walk are most welcome to join us for refreshments at 3.30pm Mylchreest Court, Peel  (map ref SC249835) and a reminder that parking is available at

This year's Walk the Isle of Man Festival will take place between Sunday 25th and Friday 30th September. The MFCG has close links to the festival and this year our very own Ken Harding is organising the event so please support him (and the island) in this venture. There are already well over 100 bookings with more expected in the coming months. In previous years MFCG members equipped with their expert knowledge of the island, have volunteered to lead or support walks. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow walkers from the UK and beyond and promises to be a rewarding experience. If you are able to help in any way please contact Ken directly at Ken@walking.im and he will send you this year’s brochure

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, secretary@manxfootpaths.org 

We would like to extend our thanks to Nicky Bryan and Ruth for a brilliant talk on 'The history of Edward Bryan Removals and The Isle of Man since the early 1800's' which took place on 16th March. Nicky took us on an excellent photographic journey of how changes on the Island altered the course of their business from meeting holidaymakers off the boat with a handcart to transport their luggage to the hotels, to charabancs taking visitors on sightseeing tours around the island. Bringing us up to date Nicky explained how the conversion of an old charabanc into a removal van lead to Edward Bryan Removals becoming the worldwide, multi faceted company they are today.

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

Neil Morris (Manx Birdlife) gave a talk about the Ayres Gravel Pits Wildlife Sanctuary which was very much enjoyed and appreciated by an enthusiastic group of over 40 members and friends. Neil explained the plans Manx Birdlife have for the Gravel Pits in the coming years and also provided insight into the sad decline of many of the island's native bird species. It is hoped that this talk may encourage members with an interest in birds to join Manx Birdlife and help to protect the birds which continue to inhabit our island. MFCG would like to thank Neil for giving the group his time and sharing his knowledge of Manx birds.  

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

Despite our best efforts of safety, being careful and looking out for each other, unfortunately on rare occasion, accidents and incidents do happen, when we are all out walking. In an emergency, a very quick dynamic assessment will deduce if we need to call the emergency services, here on the island that will connect us to the emergency joint control room and one of the vital initial pieces of information they require is ‘ What’s your location?’ A number questions now confront us and the quicker we reply with this information, the quicker the correct emergency services can be dispatched.Postcodes, road names, house numbers and a gird reference are all valid options, especially the latter, if the incident is in a remote location but new options of digital applications are now available and are used here on the island by our first response emergency teams. What3Words (been heavy publicised recently) is a downloadable