Arbory and Rushen Commissioners Connect – Here to Help.

Further to the Chief Ministers’ announcement of a 21 day Circuit Breaker Lock Down, Arbory and Rushen Connect volunteers are ready and here to help you.
We will not be doing the monitoring scheme this time.
So if you need assistance with shopping, collecting of prescriptions or simply would like to talk to someone please contact us at the details below:-
Email our clerk, Phil Gawne, or our Chair Jane Glover
Phone Phil on 834501 or Jane on 492010.
We have got through this together before and will again!

Closure of Arbory Parish Hall.

Further to the Chief Ministers’ announcement of a 21 day circuit breaker lockdown, Arbory Parish Hall will be closed with immediate effect for the duration of the lockdown.
Once restrictions are lifted and we can safely reopen, we will confirm details of the reopening date.
For further information please contact our Deputy Clerk, Colin Kniveton on 836454.
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Contribute to Your Community; Become an Arbory and Rushen Commissioner

Contribute to Your Community
Become an Arbory and Rushen Commissioner
Are you passionate about your community? If the answer is yes, by serving as an Arbory or Rushen Commissioner you can make your voice heard and influence decisions that will help shape the future of your community.
Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are responsible for a variety of functions including street lights, refuse collection, parks, road sweeping and highway verges to name just a few.
They have further responsibilities held in conjunction with other Local Authorities including Sheltered Housing, Libraries, Southern Swimming Pool and the Southern Civic Amenity Site.
Local Authority Elections take place on Thursday 22nd April 2021. The Merged Authority of Arbory and Rushen will have 6 vacant seats – 3 in Arbory Ward and 3 in Rushen Ward.
If you are interested in standing and want to find out more about what is involved, come and meet existing commissioners on one of the following dates:-
Wednesday 17th March
6 pm at Halley McLaig Meeting Room, Ballabeg
Interested parties can stay for the meeting of Arbory & Rushen Commissioners immediately afterwards.
Wednesday 24th March
7pm at Ballafesson Hall
Nomination papers and information that those seeking election require can be obtained from the Clerk, Phil Gawne, by emailing or phoning 834501.
The deadline for submitting completed nomination papers in 5.00 pm on Tuesday 30th March 2020.
Euan Mort


Due to the retirement of their Deputy Clerk, Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners have a vacancy for the position of Deputy.
This post is part-time and salaried and is expected to take around 16 hours per week.
Due to the varied nature of the work involved, the applicant will need to be able to work flexible hours.
The applicant will need to provide a small office in their home. The ability to drive and to own a vehicle is essential.
Ideally, applicants should have a good knowledge of the Parishes of Arbory and Rushen and have an interest in Local Authority affairs. They should also live either in or close to the either Arbory or Rushen Parish.
Technical skills required include:-
• Computer literate
• Working knowledge of accounts or book-keeping.
Desirable attributes include:-
• Self motivation
• Excellent communication skills
• Enthusiasm
• Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
• Sense of humour
Closing date for applications is Friday 5th March 2021.
For further information and job description please contact the Clerk, Phil Gawne, Lamode, Ballakillowey Road, Rushen, IM9 4BP. Phone 834501 or Email –

Arbory and Rushen Commissioners’ Rate Set for 2021

Arbory and Rushen Commissioners’ Rate Set for 2021


The Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners have reluctantly agreed to a 6p in the pound rate increase for 2021/22.  This decision was made after careful assessment of estimates and scrutinizing of all budget lines several times.


The Commissioners are acutely aware that many ratepayers may be struggling financially due to the impact Covid restrictions have had on their incomes.  However, the above inflation rise has been deemed necessary due to a significant shortfall in the income rebate due to the Commissioners from the Southern Civic Amenity Site (SCAS).


Savings have been made in the authority’s administration as hoped following the merger.  These cover increases in waste disposal and salaries.  They also cover the anticipated loan charges for the major new recreational development at Ballakilley.  The significant SCAS shortfall leaves the authority with little alternative but to increase the rate as agreed.


Media Contact: Mrs Jane Glover, Chair of the Authority – or 492010.

Community Art Project

Community Art Project
Eve Adams, is a local Artist & Illustrator. Thanks to Isle of Man Arts Council funding she is embarking on a huge community public art project and needs your help!
Everyone on the Island can join in with the project, and once complete it will be on public display for years to come! The project seeks to commemorate our Island community’s unique accomplishment in battling Covid-19 through a severe lockdown.
It would also be great if you’d like to get involved yourselves by completing a design!
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Climate Change Public Consultation and Drop In Sessions

A public consultation on the draft Climate Change Bill opens today on the Consultation Hub:
The consultation will run for 6 weeks, closing at 5pm on Tuesday 1 September.
To assist with responses, we are offering four drop-in sessions to meet with DEFA officers who will be able to answer questions and provide additional information on the Isle of Man Government’s climate action work.
The drop-in sessions are as follows:

Ramsey Town Hall: 12-7pm Wednesday 5th August 
Henry Bloom Noble Library: 12-6.45pm Thursday 6th August 

Peel Centenary Centre: 12-7pm Wednesday19th August 

Port St Mary Hall: 12-7pm: 12-7pm Thursday 20th August 

Everyone is welcome to the sessions and there is no need to pre-book a place. It would be helpful if those with a specific/technical query get in touch in advance, to ensure that the right people on hand to help.

It will also be possible to arrange other times to discuss the consultation and additional online sessions will also be organised.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Kind regards

Rowan Henthorn


Ecosystem Officer
Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s, Isle of Man, IM4 3AS.
Tel: 01624 695738

Virtual National Week Concert

To mark Tynwald Day, and National Week this year, we have produced a special virtual concert featuring some of the talented performers from across the parishes of Arbory and Rushen.

🇮🇲 From midday today, join commissioners chair Jane Glover as she presents the spoken word of Peter Vernon and Noel Cringle along with the music of Meadowside Choral Society, the King Family, Phil Gawne and Annie Kissack, the Williams Family and the children of Arbory School.

🇮🇲 The virtual concert will be shared to our Facebook pages and a brand new YouTube Channel at 12 noon tomorrow.

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Arbory Parish Hall Reopening 29th June

Arbory Parish Hall Reopening.
Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are pleased to confirm that Arbory Parish Hall will be reopening on Monday 29th June.
Some of our regular users will be running their session from this date whilst others are waiting until September to recommence.
New regulations that have been implemented by the Trustees in accordance with official advice are as follows:
1. Hand sanitiser must be used at entrance and in toilets or kitchen;
2. Space for social distancing must be made available for those who request it;
3. Cash cannot be used for payment purposes, which should be by electronic transfer;
4. A register of all attendees must be kept and retained by the person in charge of any hiring Group, with date, name and contact details of attendees. Hopefully, this will be reviewed and discontinued as soon as Trustees are advised.
New booking for parties etc are being administered by Deputy Clerk, Colin Kniveton. He can be contacted by phoning 824049 or emailing