The MRA February luncheon was held at the Talk of the Town restaurant in Nobles Park, on Wednesday 21st February. This was our first time at these premises and 96 of us enjoyed an excellent meal. The service was good with plenty of vegetables. Our speaker Ken Faragher of E.C. Faragher’s the funeral Directors, gave us an interesting and amusing talk about his work which included his story about holding the TT course record for a hearse! The raffle raised over £250, so thank you for your support. We were also very grateful for the donation of a bottle of Champagne by Andy the proprietor which was very much appreciated.
200 CLUB WINNERS
IN THE JANUARY DRAW
Norman Cartwright - £30.00 Peter Wilcox - £30.00
Joan Daniels - £30.00
Don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it!
Ring Bob Gledhill on 834663 or the office on 817007 to join.
Brian MacAleese – Port St Mary
DINNER AND THEATRE
‘9 to 5’
Several members enjoyed an excellent dinner in the Harbour Lights restaurant before going to the Gaiety Theatre to watch a production of ‘9 to 5’, the musical presented by Douglas Choral Union. This musical has enjoyed immense theatrical success worldwide but was a premier performance here in the Isle of Man. There is a wealth of talent on this Island which makes it easy to forget that the Douglas Choral Union is an ‘amateur’ society. Many hours and months of rehearsals went into producing a high calibre show that could compete with a professional production. The shows themes of exploitation, sexism and harassment in the workplace are all relevant given recent events well documented in the press. ‘9 to 5’ is a show which has everything; comedy, romance and a title song that will be stuck in your head for days!
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK
MRA 20TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON
Further to my request last month for material for our 20th Anniversary Luncheon, which is being held at Woodbourne House on Sat 26th May, I have received some material, photos and stories, but would if possible still like some more. If you have anything that you feel may be of interest or amusement to the MRA, please let me know and I will arrange to meet up with you and take the details or a copy as appropriate. Thank you.
SNACK AND SCREEN
‘Finding Your Feet’
Anyone who has booked and hasn’t yet been given their ticket for the Snack & Screen event on the 5 April, please collect from me in the Colonnade Suite on the day.
We would like to start the monthly walks for the summer and are looking for someone to take on the responsibility of running this group. Please contact the office by telephone or email if you are at all interested. Office telephone number 817007.
ALL ISLAND PROBUS CLUB
The All Island Probus Club is the only Probus Club on the Isle of Man with men, women and couples as members. We are a luncheon club and we meet at the Palace Hotel every month enjoying a nice lunch with an interesting speaker. We have about 40 members. Some are MRA members and we can offer membership to more. Annual membership is £12 and lunches cost £17. Further information from Norman Macleod on 01624 813074.