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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

Our next talk entitled 'The Life of Bryan' by Nicky Bryan will take place on Wednesday 6th January at 7.30pm  at Mylchreest Court, Douglas Rd, Peel, IM51LD The Life of Bryan. This presentation is a mystery coach trip through the history of the Bryan family, and the Isle of Man, from the mid-1700s to the present day. It aims to be both humorous and informative. Nicholas Edward Bryan, known as Nicky, is a Manx man from an exceptionally long line of ‘Manx movers and shifters’. He is an HGV driver, porter, director, and company secretary for Edward Bryan Removals Limited – a local domestic, European, and worldwide removals company and so very much more. From barrows to tea chests, charabancs to chandeliers, pantechnicons to Picasso’s… Born in Douglas in 1948, Nicky now lives as far away as Onchan. His education began at Tynwald Street School and finished at St. Ninian’s, after which he started work ‘officially’, at

Tuesday 15th December will be the final Tuesday walk before Christmas. Starting at 10.30am at Ramsey Golf Club, Vanda will lead us on a leisurely walk before returning to the golf club for afternoon tea.  The cost is £10 per person (which should be paid to Vanda in advance please).  Members who don’t wish to walk but would like to catch up with old friends, or members who walk on different days, are most welcome to join us at approximately 3pm for the tea party.

On Sunday 13th December we will be holding our annual Christmas Carol Service at St Luke's Church, Baldwin followed by a ‘bring and share tea’.  All members are welcome to join us at 1.30pm for a short walk before returning to St. Lukes for the service and afternoon tea. The church is always beautifully decorated for Christmas and this promises to be a lovely festive event. If you prefer not to walk but would like to come along, you are welcome to join us at approximately 3pm for the carol service and tea. 

RNLI: The History of the Douglas Lifeboat Station by Mike Howland The first talk of the series turned out to be a very successful evening with forty-five members coming along to enjoy Mike’s presentation.  Mike’s great photographs and informative talk captured everyone’s interest and his videos of the lifeboats out in seriously rough seas earned everyone’s respect and admiration for the crew’s bravery.  If you watch the TV programme ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, look very closely during the opening titles and you will see one of our lifeboats, no. 12-12…and yes, some of the crew members do suffer with mal de mere!  Thanks Mike, it was a great evening. 

DoI have published the following temporary closures: Former railway line (Ramsey) between Poyll Dooey Road and Gardeners Lane for footpath improvement works from 2 Nov 2020 to 3 Feb 2021, and,U24 Breeze Hill (Packhorse Road) in Laxey (this is part of the Raad Ny Foillan) from St Nicholas Field to Ramsey Road for utility works from 6 Nov 2020 to 20 Nov 2020

A message from our Chairman Ken Harding It is with a heavy heart that I must bring the membership the very sad news that our President Bob Garrett recently passed away. Bob was a treasured and much loved member of the Footpath Group and will be terribly missed by everyone. His infectious personality brightened our walks and his knowledge of the Island's footpaths, especially around St Johns, was second to none. We send our thoughts and best wishes to Anne and the family at this difficult time.