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 deputyclerk@arbory.gov.im

Clerk – Phil Gawne on 834501 or at clerk@rushen.gov.im

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.”

Arbory Endowment Committee

Arbory Endowment Committee
 
Arbory Endowment Committee is responsible for overseeing the money that has been left for the relief of those in need in the Parish.
 
They are allowed to make one off payments to help the purchase of specialized items and for small regular payments when these are deemed to be necessary.
 
They are happy to try and help anybody in need and can be contacted as follows:-
 
By phone 07624493429 e-mail to alan.leece@manx.net

Free Membership to Henry Bloom Noble Library for Arbory Residents

Arbory Parish Commissioners have made arrangements with Henry Bloom Noble Libray so that Arbory residents can enjoy membership and all it brings for free.  This is a trial for one year and decisions on continuation will depend on usage.

A Henry Bloom Noble Library card entitles you to:

  • Borrow up to 8 items including books and audiobooks
  • 2 hours of free PC use
  • Free wifi
  • Download up to 6 eBooks or audiobooks
  • Download free eMagazines, comics and graphic novels
  • Free access to online reference resources

The library has over 30,000 books including the bestsellers in adult fiction and nonfiction, books for children and young adults, graphic novels, an extensive Manx collection, language courses, large print and audiobooks. They also offer a jigsaw swap.

There are 16 PCs and 2 iMacs available for public use with printing facilities and a photocopier. We have a study area with charging points, tables and free wifi as well as offering a full online range of reference materials from Encyclopaedia Britannic and Oxford Online.  They also have a hot drinks machine and a water cooler.

The children’s area has special furniture and offers books from board books and picture books for babies and toddlers to the latest bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction for older children and a comprehensive young adult section. We also have a Barrington Stoke collection aimed to help children with dyslexia. We hold a story time each Thursday for pre-school children, children’s craft activities during school holidays and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge each year.

If you don’t come into Douglas you can have a whole library at home using your PC, tablet or smart phone! You can download eBooks and audiobooks, eMagazines, comics and graphic novels and view our online reference material. You can also renew or reserve items and search our catalogue of physical stock online. Their online library is available 24/7 just visit www.douglaslibrary.im.

Keep up to date with library news using our website or social media pages; we have Facebook www.facebook.com/hbnlibrary and Instagram www.instagram.com/douglaslibrary.

What are you waiting for? Join HBN Library today!