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.

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.

Covid 19 Restrictions – Online Commissioners’ Meetings

Covid 19 restrictions – online Commissioners’ meetings
Due to Covid 19 restrictions the Commissioners monthly meetings are being held online.
If you wish to listen in on the meetings please contact the clerk giving your email address so you can be invited to join the meeting. The Commissioners are currently using Zoom for their meetings and provided you contact the Clerk by 5.30 pm prior to the meeting he will make sure that you can listen in to the meeting.
Please email the Clerk at or