A Glen Maye man has been handed an award for this work in the community.
Gordon Clague was presented with the Parish Award by Captain of the Parish of Patrick, Pat Costain, at Glen Maye Chapel Carol Service.
The Parish Award is presented by the Captain of the Parish in recognition of the person’s services to the community.
Farmer Gordon lives with his wife Claire and two children at Ballacreggan Farm in Glen Maye.
Mrs Costain said: ‘Gordon is often found helping his fellow farmers at a minute’s notice. His interests and involvement in the local community are numerous.
‘He has helped Glen Maye Chapel raise thousands of pounds for their renovations by giving his barn for numerous events.
‘He also gives his time and cooking skills, nothing is too much trouble and he helps with such enthusiasm. Gordon also supports other churches in the area, especially at Dalby.
‘He is a great worker at the ploughing matches and is chairman of the Cronk–y-Voddy Ploughing Committee and secretary of the Isle of Man Ploughing Association. His Manx broth is famous and goes down a treat on a cold day at the matches.
Mrs Costain added: ‘Gordon is also secretary of the Cronk-y-Voddy Produce Show which is very popular as are the Tynwald Day sports, both give the proceeds to charity. Gordon is in the midst of the action erecting marquees and setting up tables.
‘He is a director of Central Marts which is one of the hubs of the agricultural community and works tirelessly for the Royal Manx Agricultural Show culminating in him being the president this year. He has such energy – he is an asset to any team.
‘During the snow in March 2013 Gordon cleared the main road in Glen Maye so the community could function, also clearing driveways for those less able before seeing to his own stock. It shows he puts others first and goes the extra mile.’
Tony Callister, chairman of the Isle of Man Ploughing Society, said: ‘The work that Gordon does with a small group of like-minded people helps brings the community together and that is important in this day and age.’