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Children at Cronk y Berry School are stepping out in striking new sports kits, thanks to Conister Bank. The independent bank, which is well-known for supporting the community through a variety of initiatives, has enabled the purchase of seventy five multi-sport kits for boys and girls at the Governor’s Hill primary school. Andy Bass and Kerry Waddington from Conister Bank visited the school to chat to the children, who were delighted with their brightly-coloured, top-to-toe sportswear.
After a greenhouse in its grounds was targeted by vandals, Andreas Primary School found a champion in Conister Bank.
In January, local media reported that police were searching for culprits after the school’s greenhouse door and two aluminium tables were damaged in the attack.
In response, the Conister Bank team pledged to replace the damaged greenhouse and supply new tables.
2016 is set to be an exciting year for Jake with the recent announcement of his signing for Sir Bradley Wiggins team Team Wiggins. The team at Conister wish Jake the very best of luck for the coming season.
An acclaimed initiative that promotes young people’s development is being supported by Conister Bank for the second year running. The Youth Scholarship Development and Leadership Programme, which is run by outdoor sports centre Adventurous Experience, is designed to foster key life skills in school students in the Isle of Man. Conister’s continued support has enabled Adventurous Experiences to deliver an even more effective programme this year.
The programme – which has been a finalist in the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence (2014, Corporate Social Responsibility category) - sees a group of Year 12 students undertake 18 months of regular, challenging training before embarking on a three-week self-sufficient expedition in Vancouver Island. In Easter 2016, the students will circumnavigate the Isle of Man by sea kayak as part of their training. They will then head to Canada in July 2016 for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime!
By Juan Kelly, Managing Director, Conister Bank
Freedom of thought - the last sanctuary of freedom. A powerful weapon. So powerful, in fact, that the supreme rulers of 17th and 18th century Europe, the monarchy, lived in fear of the 'enlightened thinkers' of the time. Descartes, Kant, Voltaire and Newton, arguably, were the leading exponents of what became known as the Age of Enlightenment. Indeed, monarchies across the continent had good reason to be wary of their influence because it pretty much brought an end to monarchistic rule across the continent. In some cases, violently, as in the case of the French Revolution.
By Andy Bass - Business Development Manager
Have you ever considered entering the End to End Challenge?
Read how our Business Development Manager Andy Bass, decided to take up the challenge with three days to go!
By Pat Ainscough - Customer Services Receptionist
What a gloriously cloudless, sunny day Monday 23rd June was for the Isle of Man. A day to be spent at the beach, for sure: ice cream, lazing on a deck chair, sandcastles, maybe even a paddle, would be the normal order of the day. Not, however, for Conister Bank staff, who decided to roll their sleeves up, don some wellies and take time out of their working day to help Bill Dale of Beach Buddies with the Island’s volunteer beach cleaning charity!
If you fancy celebrating Midsummer Day by doing something truly memorable, how about getting on your bike? Taking place 27th-28th June 2015, Longest Day Longest Ride is a mountain bike endurance event open to individuals, pairs and teams, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced rider or a novice; the only prerequisites are enthusiasm and determination!