Isle of Man based Service Provider, The Fedelta Group, whose work includes Pensions and Accountancy, have teamed up with Manx National Heritage to support the Arts, Culture and Education Scheme (ACE), a special admission programme providing free entry to all of the heritage sites owned and operated by Manx National Heritage for all children and students in full time education on the Isle of Man.
Over 14,000 cards are currently being distributed to the Island’s primary and secondary school children, with the cards featuring a design by local graphic designer, Jennifer Wood (nee Grose), who studied at QEII High School, University College of Man and Liverpool Hope University, before returning home to set up a graphic design business on the Island.
Jennifer’s design features symbols representing the Isle of Man’s national heritage sites. The card is made from biodegradable plastic, which helps to protect the Island’s natural heritage and maintain our unique UNESCO Biosphere status. Once expired, the cards can be recycled at one of the 60 recycling points based around the Isle of Man.
ACE cards are valid for a year and a replacement card will be sent in 2019.
The ACE scheme is endorsed by the Isle of Man Department of Education, Sport and Culture, with ACE cards providing free entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions in school or leisure time for school children and students, aged 18 and under in full time education. The cards are also available to The Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education and home-schooled students.
Under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult for their visit but students aged 12 and over can visit on their own or with friends their own age. Students and over 18’s in full time education can receive admission discounts with their valid student card and with FREE entry also available for children under 5, a family day out is great value for all visitors particularly when combined with the resident Season Passes for adult family members.
Edmund Southworth, Director of Manx National Heritage, commented:
“Manx National Heritage extend their thanks to The Fedelta Group for supporting the ACE scheme and assisting the continued provision of free access to the Island’s heritage for our young people”.
Michael Shimmin, Chairman of The Fedelta Group, commented:
“Fedelta have been part of the Isle of Man business fraternity for a quarter of a century, and as a locally owned firm we are keen to give something back to our community. We are delighted to be working with Manx National Heritage in helping our children and young people to enjoy their rich cultural heritage”.
Ian Walmsley, Headteacher at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School, adds:
“The ACE card is a great initiative and helps to encourage students to visit the various heritage sites across the Island. Learning about our culture is paramount for Manx schoolchildren and free access to the sites gives students a firsthand experience with the Island’s extensive history.“
All cards will be distributed directly via Isle of Man schools. Parents with children in home education should contact the Department of Education and Children on 685820 to obtain cards.
Photo credit – Robyn Ackron Photography and Henry Bloom Noble Primary School.