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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

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