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All systems go for Jurby and northern communities

Jurby Health and Community Centre is set to become a vibrant social hub for the northern communities thanks to Jurby & Northern Community Initiatives. The charity, which started life in 2003 as Earroo Nane Northern Community Project and had been dormant for some years, has been reinvigorated and is now offering a range of activities for residents of all ages.

Jurby & Northern Communities Chairperson, Angela Quaggin says, 

It’s all about supporting the health and wellbeing of people in the local communities. We’ve been working with residents to find out what they want and need, and collaborating with public, private and third sector organisations to develop facilities and activities to meet these needs.

Jurby’s health and community centre was previously massively underused and yet its a great base for people to come together. We have been running several successful activities since spring this year and we’re now delighted to announce more. We are also delighted to have secured funding to redecorate and refurnish the drop-in area, so we’d love to hear from any interior designers or Pinterest enthusiasts who would give us the benefit of their vision!

Jurby Writing for Wellbeing

The timetable of regular activities looks like this – all sessions are weekly and free unless otherwise specified; donations towards refreshments are welcome:


9.30 – 11.30am: Cuppa and a catch-up (starting Monday 10 September)

2 – 4pm: Crafternoon – learn or share a crafting skill, bring your own craft supplies.


9 – 11am: Tuesday Tots drop in play & crafts for under 5s, £1.50 per family

4 – 4.45pm: Jurby Jig Kids, Manx Trinity Academy of Irish Dance (see Manx Trinity Academy of Dance Facebook page for further details)


9 – 10am: Jurby Community School Library Free storytime session for pre-schoolers, with 3,000+ children’s books to choose from and free to join the library


9 – 11am: Banter, Brews & Babies, free drop-in chat & social

10 – 11am: Child health clinic with health visitor

10 – 11.30: Pop-up play, fortnightly soft play for pre-schoolers, £3.50 per child

10 – 11.30am: Mucky Pups: monthly messy play & crafts for under 5s (see Mucky Pups FB page for details)

5 - 7.30pm: Jurby Rainbows and Brownies.  Rainbows 5 - 6pm and Brownies 6 - 7.30pm.  For Rainbows contact Heather on 243192 and Brownies, Cheryl on 452119.


2 – 3pm: Singing Jo & Co, singing, dancing, movement and drama, suggested donation £2

Two new additions to the timetable come courtesy of generous funding from the Isle of Man Arts Council. A community art project facilitated by artist Angela Patchett will be starting in early autumn, and from 28 September poet and writer Janet Lees will be running a six-week series of creative writing for wellbeing sessions. The sessions will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Fridays and are designed to help people express themselves, discover a fresh outlook, have fun with words and make new friends – suitable for everyone from complete beginners to people who already write.

Yet another creative activity on offer is the Secret Stitch Society’s autumn sewing bee, which will be running on 16 and 23 September, 14 and 21 October, and 11 and 18 November. 

Angela Quaggin says,

Other activities in the pipeline include a cardmaking group, a support group for parents and carers of children with autism, and hopefully mindfulness sessions. We are aiming to put on a Jurby Christmas panto, and would welcome interested parties to get involved. We’re also looking for volunteer readers for our Wednesday storytime sessions. We are always open to more activities, so if anyone out there has a skill they’d like to share, please get in touch.

The focus of Jurby & Northern Community Initiatives extends into events and activities beyond the community centre – for example, seasonal fun days, family ‘playing out’ events and community cleans, the most recent of which took place with the support of Beach Buddies earlier this month. The charity is also working closely with Jurby Commissioners on the redesign and rebuild of the Jurby BMX track area, which will enable all ages and abilities to enjoy the facility.

This is an exciting time for Jurby and the northern communities,’ concludes Angela Quaggin. ‘We are benefitting from a groundswell of support to make these exciting and positive changes, and are always mindful that everything we do matches the requests and requirements of local people.

To get involved or find out more, get in touch with Angela Quaggin on 331794 or email To stay up to date with what’s happening at Jurby Community Centre, follow the Jurby and Northern Community Facebook page.


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Isle of Man Government
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