Community Events

The Arnside Broadsheet is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! 
The Arnside Broadsheet started in January 1998 as a one-woman production and, thanks to that woman - Sheila Petersen - along with all the many volunteers who have helped over the past 40 years in various capacities, be it production, delivery or support, it continues to thrive and develop - this website being proof of its continued development. A very big 'Thank You' to all concerned.
Can You Help?
Arnside W.I. and Village Hall Committee urgently require a new Honorary Treasurer. 
Any volunteers?  
Please contact Joan Earnshaw - 01524761640 /
RNLI Arnside Branch - Desperately Seeking New Secretary The Branch is currently looking for a new secretary. If you can help with fundraising in support of the vital work of the Lifeboats, please call Mike Crabtree on 01524 761105 

Arnside Allotments - are looking for a supplier of horse manure. If you can help, call Wilfred Gill on 01524 762124. 
1 x Full Allotment Available in Ashmeadow - Anyone interested, contact Julia Holroyd (Trustee of the John Barnes Charitable Trust) on 01524 761998 for more information. Arnside Allotments, Silverdale Road - currently half or full size plots for the current year. Contact the Parish Clerk for further details. Flats Available at Millom Court - Studio and one bedroomed flats for the over 55's, from £109 per week. All have cooker and fridge/freezer, partial heating and hot water included in the rent, manager on site during the week, 24 hour emergency call system. Housing Benefit welcome. Lively social scene. Call Johnnie Johnson (Housing) on 0345 305 5335 Age UK South Lakeland - Tablet Loan Scheme A new scheme to loan Tablets to people who are isolated and have no IT equipment. Contact: Helen Prince  
Arnside Archive are planning an exhibition in November to coincide with the anniversary of the end of World War 1. 
If you have any information regarding Arnside during the First World War - artefacts or photos, we would be interested to see them. 
If you have items from this period that would be suitable to exhibit, please get in touch.
Contact:  Sandy Felton
The Archive is open on Wednesday mornings 10am - 12 noon, and Thursday afternoons from 2 -4pm.
N.B. There are no committee meetings in August.
Press release regarding the three latest clinical policies that Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group are consulting on as part of a Lancashire-wide review and harmonisation of clinical policies; insulin pumps, glucose monitoring and back pain. 
A link to the news article can be found here: residents-of-morecambe-bay-encouraged-to-have-their-say-on-clinical-commissioning-group-policies
Swifts in The Community, Arnside Group
We will be starting our annual swift survey in May. New volunteers welcome.
Contact:  Peter Moreton on 01524 762043.
Crossfield's Yacht Returns To Arnside
'Severn', a yacht made by Crossfields of Arnside in 1912 is returning to the village thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.
ASevern 3 200s well as the yacht, the grant includes funding for Arnside Archive Group to make a film about the return of the boat to village, hold an exhibition -  which be on the weekend July 14/15, and set up a website.

The project aims to bring Arnside’s maritime and boat building heritage back to life. At the turn of the 20th century, Arnside was an important boat building centre. Crossfields made fishing boats and yachts in the village. They were the leading builders of Morecambe Bay 'Prawners' which were fast sailing boats used to trawl for prawns, shrimps and flounder in the Irish Sea. 

These boats featured in a recent BBC “Britain Afloat” programme. Crossfields also built Arthur Ransome’s “Swallow”.

Whilst several of Crossfield’s boats are still in existence - including one built in 1888, another which has been sailed across the Atlantic to America, and two in the Mediterranean - there are no Crossfield’s boats in the village. Most residents and visitors have little awareness that boats were ever made in the village.

“Severn” is one of ten yachts made by Crossfields for the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Owners of the yachts included three 1908 Olympic Silver Medallists, partners in Cunard and the 17th Earl of Derby 
Crossfield 'Severn' with sailwho was Secretary of State for War 1916-18 and involved in writing the Treaty of Versailles.

When the boat arrives in the village it will need painting before going into the water either at the end of April or early May. We hope to use the boat to take people out in the summer.

We are setting up a Friend’s Group to help look after the yacht. If you are interested in helping care for the yacht, paint it or sail it, please email

There is a Facebook site where you can follow the yacht’s progress
Arnside and Storth Community Transport Group - This newly formed group would like to thank all who responded to the recently delivered transport questionnaire. The group is now looking to form a committee to oversee the running of the group and is looking for any interested volunteers. If you are interested and require further information, please call Edgar Shepherd on 01524 761132 (evenings only).
Help Protect The Bay’s Amazing Birds
Want to know more about Morecambe Bay’s amazing waders and wildfowl? Look for dedicated volunteers - out at coastal locations throughout the winter, equipped with binoculars and telescopes and sporting distinctive Morecambe Bay Partnership blue fleeces.
The ‘Natural Ambassadors’ celebrate and help protect the birds and explain the importance of not disturbing the birds whilst they are ‘roosting’ (resting) or feeding, particularly two hours either side of high tide. Waders and wildfowl must eat a large proportion of their body weight to stay warm through winter and waste twelve times as much energy if flying to escape a danger, be that a human, or a dog running on the sands, than when roosting.
Want to become a Natural Ambassador? Contact Annabelle Kennedy at Morecambe Bay Partnership, on 07760 884357 or