MANX RETIREMENT

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MONTHLY  LUNCHEON


I am sorry to have to report August’s lunch at Ramsey Golf Club was extremely poor.  The lamb being particularly awful.  I have emailed Ken at Harbour Bistro, who provided the catering, with my concerns and I am reluctant to make any further bookings at that venue.  


Our guest speaker, Sarah Anstey, gave an interesting talk on financial fraud.  The general advice being never disclose security details – don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic – don’t be pressured into making a decision and always listen to your instincts.  


Thanks to everyone involved in organising the lunch and a special thank you to Joan Daniels who has taken charge of the raffle prizes for several years and to Annie Hinds who has recently taken over that role.  Thank you to members that have donated raffle prizes for the lunches and coffee mornings, which are always gratefully received.


 Barbara Mason




200 CLUB WINNERS

AUGUST


 Heather Hall - £30.00        Christina Paul - £30.00     Sheila Orton- £30.00


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


Don’t forget to renew your 200 Club membership before the end of September



NEW MEMBERS


Dennis Baker - Central Ann Watkinson - Central



EVENINGS OUT


Members enjoyed two evenings of entertainment during the month of August.  On Friday 10th August, we had dinner at the Mannin Hotel then on to the Gaiety Theatre for the Taylorian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  This was the 13th show presented by Taylorian Productions which was created just over 10 years ago.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the stage musical, is an adaption of Ian Flemings children’s book.  The show took us on a fantastic musical adventure with a car that flew through the air and sailed the seas!


On Tuesday 28 August, 35 members dined at Alessandro’s and then on to the Villa Arcade for an excellent concert by the Manx Swing Band.  This was a free concert with the opportunity to purchase tea/coffee and a biscuit or cake, during the interval for only 50p!  Both evenings were well attended and greatly enjoyed.


Barbara Mason




MRA HOLIDAY 2019 TO IRELAND


Enclosed with this month’s magazine you should have a flyer for the MRA trip to Ireland.  Any enquiries please contact Tours Isle of Man on 822611 or by email info@tours.co.im.



RONALDSWAY CONTROL TOWER VISIT

30 AUGUST 2018


Upon arrival at the airport, Ann the ' Director of Ports', gave the thirteen of us a quick safety & security briefing, before inviting everyone to enter the 100 foot high "new" Tower that first became operational in 2010.  We then made our way up the 179 steps, to eventually reach the very recognisable, large glassed area known as the 'Visual Control Room'. The view, as you would expect, was breath-taking!  Ann was extremely informative throughout and although we were constrained by time, we gradually began to understand the complex role undertaken by a controller and the legalities involved with it all.  During our extended Q & A session, we also watched with great interest, the arrival of an EasyJet flight in-bound from Liverpool.


The last part of the evening was spent visiting the Radar Room. This was not a dimly lit office that I remember from the old films, but a highly technical facility that allowed an additional set of controllers to monitor flight movements on a much wider, international scale.  In short, radar gets airborne traffic to within visual distance of the runway and the Control Tower then dictates the actual landing, taking into account a variety of factors, such as speed, height, wind direction, other aircraft or even ground vehicles.  All in all, a fascinating evenings insight into how this team of highly skilled and professional people take us on and off our Island safely.


 Ross Pincott


Golf Bash 2018


The season started in bright sunny weather at the end of June.  The Onchan course was already showing the effects of the long dry period.  The early sessions brought out good attendances with 26 members playing at its peak.  This period also brought about an unprecedented number of hole-in-ones.  The first ‘hole-in-one’ and the winner of the annual trophy, was Jerry Deakin.  Other ‘hole-in-ones’ were scored by Noreen Dawson, Edward Marshall, Margaret Hardill and David Galbraith, all of whom received chocolates.


At the end of July, the weather changed and we had some much-needed rain with the course eventually becoming green again.  Only a few courageous souls braved some pretty inclement conditions towards the end of the season. The results were very close with quite a few names in the frame at the end.  There was a tie for 2nd place between Alan Franklin and Bev Lister but the very surprised runaway winner and trophy recipient was Margo Ball.  M&S vouchers for all three.


 David Galbraith