Lieutenant Governor's Prize, 2024

In 2005 the Lieutenant Governor, Air Marshal Sir Ian McFadyen suggested to a meeting of the Captains that they should each present a prize to the person in their parish who they felt had done the most helpful voluntary work for the community. The matter was discussed and it was agreed each Captain would present a certificate and then in their final year the Lieutenant Governor would be asked to select the most deserving case for the presentation of a cut glass flower vase. The recipient would then keep the trophy until it was awarded again in five years’ time.

When it came to Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney KCMG, CVO, KStJ., a former diplomat, to decide amongst the four nominations, he awarded the prize to all four nominees. Consequently they were each to hold the trophy for just over a year.

Vivien Quane of Lezayre held it first but unfortunately Olive Dobson of Onchan passed away before it could be presented to her.

On 2nd February 2024 The Captain of Lonan Parish, Stephen Carter, presented the cut glass vase to Vicki Hewison for her work in providing the Laxey Lifeline during the Covid Pandemic. He had previously presented her with his certificate in 2020 (see above).

On this occasion he presented a further certificate which he had prepared to go with and explain the origins of the trophy. The presentation was made in the offices of Garff Commissioners with their consent. It took place in front of the board listing all the past chairmen of the former Lonan Parish Commissioners.