The Commissioners were very sad to be informed of the passing of Mrs Hazel Lace, Captain of the Parish of Maughold, on the 24th of December. Hazel was very well known island-wide, but was held in particular affection in Maughold due to her involvement with, and dedication to, the local community.
Hazel became Captain of the Parish in 2004, and was also a member on Maughold Commissioners for over twenty two years; representing the parish politically, at civic events, and on ceremonial occasions.
Hazel had a great influence on many aspects of parish life. In particular, she was the inspiration behind the project to develop the Dhoon Arboretum as a memorial garden and a quiet place for personal reflection. She was also a leading light, along with Sir Charles Kerruish, in the reinvigoration of Maughold Social Club which continues to thrive to this day.
Hazel will be remembered with great fondness by the residents of Maughold; a service to celebrate her life will take place at Maughold Parish Church this Friday the 12th of January at 2.00 pm.