We operate a Heritage Grant Scheme, launched following a generous bequest from the late John Donald Collister, a former Colby resident, who left an estate valued in the region of £1 million to the Manx nation.
A proud Manxman, Mr Collister died at the age of 93 in 2007. By trade he was a master painter who served in WWII with the Manx Regiment in Crete and North Africa and then returned to his trade in civilian life. He was a keen grower of fruit and vegetables, an active supporter of Laa Columb Killey and well-respected in the everyday life of the community within which he lived. He was very proud of his military heritage and the wider heritage of the Isle of Man.
Four grants are funded through the Donald Collister Bequest: The Heritage Grants Programme, Local Community Grant Programme, Community Heritage Skills Development Programme and the Biodiversity Programme.
To date, Manx National Heritage has approved funding of over £100,000 to local community projects from Mr Collister’s bequest, including:
- A new exhibition tent for Laa Columb Killey festival, a community event hosted in Arbory
- A new stain glass window to commemorate Captain John Quilliam and a new door in Arbory Church
- Low energy lighting for the Manx Aviation and Military Museum
- An intergenerational community heritage garden at Arbory School
- Renovation of the fabric of St Peter’s Church, Rushen
- Support for the Arbory War Memorial at Ballabeg.