MONTHLY  LUNCHEON – December 2018

On 8th December over 140 MRA members enjoyed our annual festive lunch at Woodbourne House, in Douglas. The room was decorated beautifully in accordance with the festive season and the whole atmosphere was seasonal.

Prior to and following the meal we were entertained by our guest entertainer Sean Crossley who played some modern and festive music on his guitar.

Following the excellent luncheon, we had our usual 200 club draw, raffle and auction. The raffle and auction raised £716 so thank you all for your generosity and we are also very grateful for all of the kind donations from both companies and individual members.

Please make a note in your diaries, the 2019 Christmas luncheon will again be at Woodbourne House on Saturday 14 December 2019.  I hope to see you all there.

 Howard Parkin



 Brenda Saunders - £50.00 Dorothy Pickering  - £50.00

 Jane Ratcliffe - £50.00 Joyce Perkins - £50.00

 Barbara Mason - £50.00

Remember you have to be in it to win it!  Contact the office on 817007 to join.


Due to the recent level of support and increase of new 200 Club Members, we are delighted to be able to increase the monthly prizes to 3 x £35 for January thru to September 2019.

There are still numbers available if anyone would like to join the 200 Club.  Application forms are available from the MRA office or the MRA website.  The cost is pro rata per month eg £10 per number for anyone joining in time for the February draw.

 Alan Franklin


Don’t forget discounts of varying sizes are available from various suppliers across the Island on production of your membership card.  If you know of any other suppliers that would be happy to give a discount to MRA members, please forward details to the office.  A list of suppliers is available on the website under ‘Discounts’.


By now, you will all have celebrated Christmas and the festivities will seem a long time ago. However, I’m sure the members of the MRA who attended Vladimir and Anton’s Viennese Christmas on the 13th December still remember what a wonderful evening we had. It sent us all home with a smile on our face and feeling more ready for Christmas.

The concert began with cheerful, well known melodies which were followed by songs from the two soloists, Claudia Boyle and Sean Costello who also added humour to the occasion.  Then Vladimir’s young daughter, Dominika gave a great performance playing, singing and rapping Jingle Bells. She was absolutely delightful.  As the concert progressed the Christmas music continued and of course the concert had to have a Vladimir and Anton duet performance and this didn’t disappoint. They were amazing!  Then, with all the other performers, they led us to a splendid finale and deservedly had to give a number of encores.

Afterwards there were so many positive comments to be heard and I’m sure many of us will be eager to book to see them again next year.

Sally Farrell



On Sunday 6 January, 25 members met at the Mannin Hotel to enjoy an excellent lunch in Liberties.  The restaurant manager, Anthony, was very helpful and provided a good choice of menu at a set price which makes payment so much easier.  After the meal we strolled across to the Villa Marina and into the Broadway Cinema, meeting up with another 10 MRA members and settling into our seats to watch a recorded screening of André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra.  The concert was performed in Sydney Town Hall and not only were we treated to the fabulous orchestra but also a choir, soloists and special guests that included ballroom dancers and a band of pipes and drums.  André has been together with the orchestra for 31 years and they perform all over the world.  

What a wonderful idea to record these concerts and screen them at local cinemas and what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

 Barbara Mason



Now in its 4th year, the Technology Group meet to help one another with any problems large or small, arising with mobile phones, lap-tops, tablets and PCs.  We meet in a quiet room and discuss issues in small groups or draw the whole group's attention to matters of general interest, whether concerning Apple or Windows.

We’re a small friendly ‘technicalised’ group.  We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Archibald Knox Pub, Onchan at 10:30am – using the back door by the small car park.  Our next meeting is on 6th February at 10.30am – we look forward to seeing you there.