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.

Here to Help – Arbory and Rushen Connect

Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners

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Arbory and Rushen Connect

Community Support across the parishes

In light t of the Isle of Government’s announcements on Tuesday 5th January 2020, Arbory and Rushen Connect will be reactivating their support network for parishioners.

A 21 day circuit breaker lockdown has been announced.
This commences from 1 minute past midnight on Thursday 7th January 2021.

If you need assistance with shopping or other errands, please email as the ideal contact method.
Otherwise message Facebook messenger or phone 834501.
This phone will not be answered immediately so please leave a clear message.

Similarly, if you would like to be a volunteer and can safely offer assistance, please contact as above.

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

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




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

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

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

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.

Create Community History Competition

Create Community History


Use your creative talent to capture your experiences of Covid 19 you could win a £50.00  in Arbory and Rushen Parish’s “Creative Covid 19 Community Competition” !

This community art project for the parishes will hopefully record for posterity our many experiences of living through this remarkable time.

All we are looking for is something you have created which would fit on an A4 sheet of paper that reflects your experiences of living through the Covid 19 lockdown and restrictions.

Any medium is acceptable. It might be a short story,poem, drawing, painting, mosaic or even a photograph of a floral art display.

Once restrictions allow, all entries will be displayed in an exhibition in Arbory Parish Hall.

There are 2 categories as follows:-

Adult (16+)  1st prize £50.00 Sound Café Meal Voucher.

2nd prize bottle of wine and a box of chocolates.

3rd prize box of chocolates

Children (Under 16) 1st prize £20.00 Bridge Bookshop Book token.

2nd prize £10.00 Bridge Bookshop Book token

3rd prize £5.00 Bridge Bookshop Book token

Once your creative piece is done, take a photograph and email it to and your entry will be posted onto Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners’ facebook pages.

Deadline for submission of entries is 31st July 2020.