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Although we share Mark’s disappointment with the events of Saturday we are all still 100% proud of him and the efforts of Team GB. We will be supporting Mark for the rest of the season and beyond and also looking out for fellow Manx rider Peter Kennaugh in this week’s Team Pursuit event.
We are thrilled that the tiny Isle of Man has 2 World Champions competing in this great global event. You need to have character to compete at the highest level and Mark and Peter have proved that they have what it takes.
Well done and good luck to Mark and Peter from everyone at the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins.
All eyes will be on London for the Opening Ceremony this evening (Friday) which will provide an opportunity for people all around the world to view the artistic expression of the Artistic Director Danny Boyle. The Opening Ceremony entitled ‘Isles of Wonder’ is a celebration showcasing the best of the host nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the cauldron and signals the start of the Games. Meanwhile the closing ceremony ‘A Symphony of British Music’ on August 12 is also set to be spectacular and a magnificent finale to this sporting event highlighting the cream of the world’s sportsmen and women.
Two special covers, one for the opening and one for the closing ceremonies, are both limited editions of 500 and feature the complete set of seven London 2012 Olympic Games stamps designed by world–renowned international fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. The covers also include a special silver-foiled postmark for each event and will be a lasting keepsake of this significant moment in UK history.
There are just 500 copies of each commemorative cover, both priced £15. The Opening Ceremony cover is available to buy from today (July 27) and the Closing Ceremony cover from August 12. However it can be pre-ordered online now at www.iomstamps.com with free worldwide delivery. Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to own these exclusive one-off commemorative covers.
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We have been very excited by the events of the last 7 days in the world of cycling and our social media streams have been boiling hot with congratulations and wishes of good luck for Mark Cavendish following his stage win in Paris at the Tour De France and the anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Road Race on Saturday. We are also getting behind local boy – and son of a postman of the same name – Peter Kennaugh who is part of the Team GB Men’s Pursuit team. It is amazing that our little Island has produced 2 world champions and Olympians and we are all thrilled with their success so far and their great potential for the future.
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This academic year, King William’s College has collected stationery to send to the much needed school children of Kabul. When collecting research to make their Christmas tree for Save the Children’s Festival of Trees last year, the students learnt of the deficient amount of education children receive in some of the poorest cities affected by conflict and emergencies. Therefore they decided their tree would be a way to further promote Save the Children’s, “Re-write the Future” campaign and made the tree from recycled stationery and began to collect new stationery to send to those in need.
Art teacher Amy Gelling at King William’s College began collecting stationery from staff and students to send to a school that she had twinned with in Kabul through the British Council in Afghanistan. Over the weeks following, stationery was collected and a tree made from several layers of coloured and recycled stationery was beginning to form. Meanwhile the new stationery was sifted from the old and separated into age appropriate boxes by the girls in the college’s girls’ boarding house School House, to be sent to Ali Sina Boys and Girls School, Kabul.
Since making the tree in December, the students have collected nearly twenty boxes of stationery weighing around 40kg in total. The stationery was collected to alter the lives of those children who receive no more than three short hours of education a day, because for almost 30 years in Afghanistan they have lived in the midst of adults wars.
Amy Gelling said: “By Easter, myself and the students began thinking of fundraising ideas to raise money for the postage of the stationery and school equipment. We also wrote to the Isle of Man Post Office’s Sponsorship Committee to see if they could offer any assistance and were delighted when they said they would send the parcels to the British Council in Afghanistan for us free of charge. Now the boxes are on their way to Ali Sina Boys and Girls School, via the British Council.”
Lucy Webster-Thompson, Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office’s Sponsorship Committee said: “We were delighted to help the students of King William’s College with their gallant efforts to help school children in Kabul. We are looking forward to hearing how the contents of the parcels are received by the students once they arrive. The Sponsorship Committee aims to support a variety of local initiatives throughout the year and is always keen to hear from individuals and organisations looking for support which we may be able to help with.”
To contact the Isle of Man Post Office Sponsorship Committee please write to Lucy Webster-Thompson at Postal Headquarters, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 1AA or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A team of firemen, who are set take on the epic challenge of climbing a combined 110, 400m today, have received the full support of Isle of Man Post Office.
Isle of Man Post Office has given permission for the challenge organisers to use Regent Street Post Office as the building in which to carry out this 24-hour record breaking attempt. In addition, the business has also given the team full use of kitchen and toilet facilities within the building throughout the duration.
During the challenge, 10 firefighters will scale a 10-metre ladder at regular intervals and slide back down a metal pole before repeating the process many, many times. The team will be trying to surpass the current world best of 109.56 kilometres, set in 2005 by a group of New Zealand firefighters.
Along the way they are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for five nominated charities – Pumps 4 Kids, Rebecca House, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation, Help for Heroes and the Hyperbaric Chamber. It all starts this afternoon (Friday) at 3pm.
Tony Deakin, Properties Manager, Isle of Man Post Office said: “We were more than happy to help the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service with their valiant challenge and wish the team all the very best of luck with achieving their record breaking attempt. This event has been months in the planning and we are sure it will be an overwhelming success. Good luck to everyone involved.”
Gary Kirby, the main event organiser and firefighter said: “We appreciate all the help and support we have received from Isle of Man Post Office. Without their assistance, this challenge wouldn’t be possible, there is no other building that’s so ideal and in such a perfect location. I cannot thank the Post Office staff involved enough for all they have done for us.”
Hi everyone, just to let you know, from Thursday 4th July in the Isle of Man it is a double bank holiday. Our national day on the 4th, “Tynwald Day” and on Friday we are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. Our customer service will be resumed on all platforms from next Monday,4h July.Many thanks and our apologies for any inconvenience.
Three student artists of the Isle of Man College have had their work recognised in a prestigious competition.
Bethany Gale, Paige Goldsmith and Sam Hurt each won cash prizes of £100 in the annual Norman Sayle Prize for Art competition ran by the Archibald Knox Society and sponsored by Isle of Man Post Office. Bethany, 17, secured the prize for the first year National Diploma award – overall body of work, Paige, 19, won the category for the overall Knox/Sayle prize for Manx inspired artwork and Sam, 19, clinched the prize for the Knox/Sayle future prize for innovative work.
Commenting on her award Bethany said: “I’m very happy to have won and to have my artwork recognised. It means a great deal to me and I’m delighted that all my hard work has paid off.”
Paige Goldsmith said winning came as a complete surprise. “I’m really proud of my work, it’s been a stressful time getting it all finished and ready for display but it has all come together in the end.”
Meanwhile Sam Hurt was equally delighted with his award especially as his artwork was about exploring new ways to display work and connecting with his audience. He said: “I’m so happy that people became a part of my work as it’s a situation not an object. I feel very privileged and really appreciate this recognition, it’s really inspired me to carry on.”
The work of all three artists impressed the panel of judges who were British sculptor and artist Michael Sandle, Calum Harvey, a former Isle of Man College student and menswear designer, Carol Jones, Academic Team Leader for Masters courses within the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University and post lady Katie Netwon, a former art graduate of Dundee University and representing the competition’s sponsor Isle of Man Post Office.
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Isle of Man Post Office’s set of six stamps issued to mark the 60 year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, are featured in a special mini-folder and encapsulated alongside the Jubilee 50p Isle of Man coin. Included within this top-quality glossy folder is the story of this landmark occasion.
This compact pack was originally produced for the Isle of Man Government who gave each child on the Island in full-time education a gift to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. However, having been inundated with requests from parents and the public for a similar pack on general sale as a keepsake for pre-school children, a similar gift set has been produced.
This neatly designed Jubilee collectable, priced just £15, is available to buy now online at www.iomstamps.com or in store at Regent Street Post Office, Douglas.