20th Anniversary Luncheon

124 of us gathered at Woodbourne House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MRA.  Howard Parkin welcomed our patron, Sir Miles Walker and Lady Walker, our founder John Naylor and Margo and previous director Brian Titterington and Mary Titterington, together with everyone else present. An excellent meal was then served and was savoured by all.

The meal was followed by the 200 Club draw and the raffle with some excellent prizes on offer. The raffle raised £446.

Howard gave a potted history of the Association from its first lunch in March 1998 when just over 40 attended, to today’s membership of about 400 taking part in a range of activities. He thanked John for creating and nurturing the Association. John and Margo then cut the large Anniversary cake, a piece of which was brought to each of us together with a glass of bubbly to toast the Association.

We were then entertained by Alan Wilcocks accompanied by Kath Bradbury at the piano. Alan kept us awake by encouraging (or rather enjoining) audience participation in several musical items!

Overall a well organised and most convivial event.

 John Levitt



John Cook - £30.00     Eileen Dutton - £30.00

Edward Griffiths - £30.00

Don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it!

Ring the office on 817007 to join.

Did you hear about the man in Paris who almost got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre? After planning the crime, getting in and out through all the security at the Louvre, he was caught only a mile away when his van ran out of petrol!  When asked how he could mastermind such a spectacular crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied: “Monsieur, I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”



On behalf of John and myself we would like to say how much we enjoyed the anniversary lunch.  A special big thank you to Howard and Barbara together with all those who helped to make the celebration so special.

20 years ago, the main object of this new organisation was friendship.  This has proved to be an ongoing theme thanks to the members who volunteered to help in many ways.  Two ladies who were on the very first committee were Sally Murray and Vivien Proven and they played a significant part in the start of the association to help us get off the ground.  Our best wishes to both of these friends who were unable to join us due to ill health.  We send them both our best wishes.

With love and friendship from us both  Margo and John Naylor


18TH MAY 2018

A small group of us were lucky enough to be shown around the Douglas Borough Council Parks Services Headquarters by Graham Newsome, the Assistant Head of Parks, Technical.  The department has 60 staff and a budget of £2.4m and looks after not only parks but playgrounds, the golf course, the crematorium, the hanging baskets and planters in the town and 3,000 trees. The automated planting equipment was demonstrated for us and was very impressive. We then visited the greenhouses which were built by internees during the war. We saw not only the more usual plants such as geraniums, petunias and sweet peas but also some exotic flora - bougainvillea, bird of paradise plants, orchids and even a lemon tree. These plants are hired out for floral displays at events like weddings and school prize giving. It was a very interesting and instructive afternoon which we all enjoyed.

 Ann Murray


The MRA Walks start in July, kindly hosted by Sally and David Farrell, as below.

Castletown - Scarlett – MONDAY, 2nd July at 2pm.

The first walk this month is an easier walk on level ground although there is a rough field to cross. It is about 5 miles, takes about 2 hours and requires appropriate footwear. It starts and finishes at the car park to Scarlett Visitor Centre on Queen St, Castletown.

Laxey - Ballaragh – MONDAY, 9th July at 2pm

The second walk will be in the Ballaragh area. It is about 5 miles long, it will take 2 hours+ and does involve an uphill walk to Agneash village and then over to the hill. This is not an easy walk for some and does require appropriate footwear.  We will be waiting for you on the car park opposite the café on Mines Road (which leads to the Laxey Wheel).

For both walks please be there by 2pm. If there is any doubt about the weather or anything else you wish to know then please contact Sally or David on 622632 / 417038 / 300996. This is the first time we have done this so please bear with us!!