Community Support across the parishes

Arbory & Rushen Connect

Community Support across the parishes

In light of the Isle of Government’s announcement of a 21 day “circuit breaker lockdown”, Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners will be reactivating “Arbory & Rushen Connect” – the support network for parishioners.

If you need assistance with shopping or other errands:

  • email
  • Facebook Messenger visit Arbory Parish Commissioners or Rushen Parish Commissioners
  • phone 834501, 835013 or 492010 – leave a clear message if you don’t get an answer

If you want a chat to break the monotony of isolation, please call Jane on 835013 or 492010.

If you would like to be a volunteer & can safely offer assistance, please contact as above.

Our volunteers will be visiting every home in Ballabeg, Colby, The Level, Croit e Caley, Ballakillowey, Ballafesson, Surby, the Howe, Glen Chass & Cregneash each Monday & Friday.
If you need assistance please place something red or orange in a prominent place so that our volunteers know you need our help.

If you live outside of these areas, if you’re uncertain whether your property will be covered by our volunteers or if you need immediate assistance please use the contact details above. Also, if you see that one of your neighbours needs help contact us and we’ll help.

We have survived this before and by working together will do again!

Please follow the latest Isle of Man Government guidance which can be found on their Covid website

#stayathome #keepsafe #inthistogether

It is important to stress that if you need urgent attention or need advice about Covid 19 please call the coronavirus community information line for non-medical calls and queries on 686262 or 111 if you have coronavirus queries of a medical nature such as symptoms, testing or self-isolation.

Royal British Legion Colby (IOM) Branch need your help!

Royal British Legion Colby (IOM) Branch need your help!
Image may contain: tree and outdoor, text that says "IN THE REMEMBRANCEOF PEOPLEO ARBORY WHO THE FIRST SUFFERED AS AND SECOND RESULT AND OTHER ARMED WORLD WARS THE BRAVERY OF ALL WHO FOUGHT, THE SUPREME SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO KILLED, AND THE ENDURING GRIEF AND HARDSHIP OF THE LOVED ONES BEHIND At the going down the in the morning, we will remember them WORLD WARI WORLDWARI EricCostain Walter Ma George Michacl Quayle Quayle Edward H.StuartCooil Corrin H. Wilfred J. Costain Edward,Craine EllitCrelin Edward Cen Cubbon ThomasJ. Cubbon .Cubbon Johnhey Faragher Stevenson Watterson Woods THE WORLD"
Calling all relations/descendants of our War Dead as listed on the War Memorial inside Arbory Church and outside Arbory/Ballabeg Village Hall.
To enhance our respect of our War Dead, we would like to include a photograph of everyone listed to correspond with names as placed on our giant poppies which are positioned throughout the parish during Remembrance each year.
If you have a connection and can provide a copy of a photograph to our Poppy Coordinator, Carole Williams on (474252) or our branch Secretary Sonya Mercer (418033), please contact us accordingly.
Thanking you in advance for your help in ensuring the sacrifice these members of our Parish as well as all those that did not come home during the conflicts are not forgotten.

Garden Competition

Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners

Garden Competion 2020


How does your garden grow?

It could win you £50.00 of Garden Vouchers!



During the Covid 19 Lockdown many of you will have been out in the good weather making your garden look beautiful.  If you are happy with what you have achieved, you could be the winner of the first ever Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners’ Garden Competition.


Judging will take place  during w/c 13th July.  Participation is by entry only.

Criteria for judging is form, planting variety and combinations, colour, and maintenance.


There are two categories.


  1. The Best Garden in Arbory Parish .
  2. The Best Garden in Rushen Parish.


Winners receive £50.00 Ballagawne Nurseries Vouchers

There will also be awards for 2nd and 3rd places.


Deadline for entries is Monday 6th July 2020.


To enter please contact Jane Glover by email or by phoning 492010.

Ballakilley Leisure Facilities – Consultation



Deputy Clerk: Mr Colin Kniveton MSc FCMA THIE KEEILL, HOWE ROAD, RUSHEN. IM9 5PR  

18th June 2020 


Arbory and Rushen Commissioners are pleased to invite further comments from ratepayers, neighbours and potential users of the site with regards to proposals for the development of recreational facilities at Ballakilley.

The latest working draft is based upon views and comments previously submitted, but the Commissioners now wish to undertake a further period of consultation, to ensure a further and final opportunity is provided to concerned parties, prior to moving ahead to the next stage of the project.


The plans will be available to view on the Commissioners’ Notice Boards throughout the two Parishes, and on-line at the Commissioners’ Web-site and Facebook pages.


All comments should ideally be made via email to or ,or by contacting any Commissioner.


The closing date for this consultation is 10th July, 2020.

Do you or someone you know need support as a result of Covid 19?

Do you or someone you know need support as a result of Covid 19?
The Manx Solidarity fund aim to deliver much-needed funds and support to individuals on the Island who need it most due to Covid-19.
They support individuals, employees and business owners negatively impacted by Covid 19.
If you know of any individuals in need of food, clothing & shelter, emotional distress or medical equipment as a direct result of Covid 19 then please tell them about this charity,
On their website and there is a section of FAQs that explains the circumstances in which they can help and how to go about applying.

Miss N’s Teaching

Hello! My name is Stacey Newson. I am a local primary school teacher who is currently on maternity leave. I want to help the parents and children of my community through the Rushen Connect scheme. I have created a Facebook page called ‘Miss N’s Teaching Page’ to support the homeschooling of children during the coronavirus crisis. It focuses on developing children’s growth mindset. It would benefit lower juniors, but older children (and even parents) may also enjoy it too. 
To search for the page, type: Miss N’s Teaching Page into the search bar at the top of Facebook and send a request to join. The image below is what you are looking for.
Sorry for the teacher voice here but I think it is important to state that any misuse of the page, poor language or attitude etc will not be tolerated. I am not perfect and there maybe the odd spelling or grammatical error. Like I say to all the children I teach…mistakes are proof you are trying. #BeKind

Street Lights – Update

Street Lights – Update

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Although it does not feel like it on Sunday 29th March we officially entered British Summer Time (BST) and clocks were adjusted by +1 hr.

Typically MUA manually update street lighting clocks across the network to reflect these changes. However currently due to the current travel and work restrictions in force as a result of CV-19 they are unable to carry out these works.

As a result our parish street lights will for the time being turn off 1 hour later than our desired switch off time at night .

Additionally early morning operation of street lights will also come on 1hr later but the “turn on” and “turn off” times at ‘dusk’ and ‘dawn’ will remain correct as these are controlled by photocells.

If you notice any faults in your area p/ease do not hesitate to contact out clerk Phil Gawne on 834501 or by email Alternatively call MUA on 687687.

Arbory Connect – Covid 19 Community Support.

Arbory Parish Commissioners have launched a support scheme which will operate during the Covid 19 Crisis period. It is called Arbory Connect – Covid 19 Community Support.

Letters will be sent to all residents by the end of the week outlining details. In the meantime details are posted below and will be added to our website.

Dear Arbory Resident

With the current need to self-isolate, practice social distancing and increasingly restrictive measures to contain the Covid-19 virus, your Commissioners have decided to find ways to keep people connected and the Parish functioning as best as possible.

This letter is a first response to the Covid 19 Crisis to let you know Arbory Parish Commissioners are developing ways to assist you. The situation is constantly changing, and our work will evolve as events unfold. As things develop, we will form collaborative partnerships with other organisations and of course we will be working closely with Rushen too.

Most importantly, we need your feed-back and thoughts so we can develop services which best suit your needs. No one has been here before and there are no experts other than the people living through this right now. If you have any suggestions ideas or thoughts get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Our aspirations include trying to find ways to do the following to make life easier for parishioners:-
• Deliver food and provisions to people who need it
• Work with Shoprite to deliver the essentials via our network of volunteers
• Connect you to businesses that can deliver to your doorstep e.g. ‘Cooil Bros Ltd’, Colby Spar, Island Seafoods.
• Connect you to businesses that offer a meals on wheels service e.g. The Sound Café
• Provide links to people that you could teach via a video feed
• Ringing people regularly to check they are ok

Of course we will be taking every necessary precaution to stop the virus spreading.

We are thinking about setting up a ‘traffic light’ community monitoring scheme but we need volunteers to make it viable. Basically, you put a card up in your window depending on your needs as follows:

Green means all is good
Amber means that I need some help like shopping
Red means in need of immediate help.

At present don’t have enough people to check the whole parish but if we get enough volunteers, we’ll set up the scheme and write again to let you know.

Another service already up and running is for people self-isolating who want to talk to a therapist about these very troubling times. Arbory Parish Commissioners working through local charity Quing are offering free 30 minute appointments with their team of qualified therapists via video call. Please contact our Clerk if you want to arrange an appointment.

IT IS VITAL WE HAVE A STRONG GROUP OF FLEXIBLE VOLUNTEERS IF WE ARE TO FULFIL OUR ASPIRATIONS. Already several volunteers have stepped forward to help. If you are under the age of 55 and have no underlying health conditions, please let us know how you can assist.

If you are interested in helping or if you need any help please call or email our Clerk or Deputy Clerk as follows:-

Deputy Clerk – Colin Kniveton on 836454 or at

Clerk – Phil Gawne on 834501 or at

Colin will be co-ordinating the Arbory effort whilst Phil focuses primarily on Rushen and of course you can also contact one of your commissioners too.

To keep up to date with the latest news, follow our FaceBook page which will be sharing updates from Isle of Man Government and Manx Radio news.

We are experiencing challenging times and do not know how long this will last. We will be remaining positive hope this crisis is also an opportunity for our wonderful communities to work together at their best.

Best wishes and take care,

Stephen , Jane, Murray and Ady

Arbory Parish Commissioners

Deputy Clerk Appointed

Arbory & Rushen Commissioners

Further to the recent announcement regarding the amalgamation of Arbory and Rushen Commissioners, the new Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Kniveton as the new Deputy Clerk.

The new position has been created following the planned reduction in hours by the current Clerk, Phil Gawne, and will not result in any additional costs to the ratepayers.

However, the new position will enable greater flexibility in working hours and enable the Clerk to focus on the key roles of political and financial support, while the Deputy Clerk will proved more general administrative experience.

Mr Kniveton is a retired civil servant with extensive public sector experience and was chosen following an excellent response to the recent advertisement.

Commenting on the appointment, Phil Gawne] said, “Colin is joining us at an extremely exciting time for the new Authority. The Commissioners believe there are many opportunities that will arise from the new structure and we are delighted that someone of Colin’s experience will be available to work with the Clerk to maximise the potential benefits of the new situation.”