Community Events

Can You Help?
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  
Swifts in the Community – Arnside Group

A group of enthusiasts committed to the conservation of swifts in the local area. 
We are active from May to early August. Newcomers welcome. 
We would also welcome information on where swifts may be nesting in the local area. 
Please contact Peter Moreton for more information  on 01524 762043  or email: 
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Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty launches Management Plan review

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership produces a Management Plan every five years to determine its work priorities. 
The draft plan for 2019-24 will be available on the AONB website, in the AONB office on Arnside station and in local libraries from early October until 3rd December 2018 for public consultation.

Feedback from 2018 Silverdale and Arnside Arts and Craft Trail

Thanks to all the volunteers, exhibitors, hosts, supporters and visitors who helped to make this a fantastic, inspiring and fun event. Visitor feedback highlighted the Outdoor Trail, Hazelwood Hall, Music events, workshops and again commented on the welcoming approach to visitors.

Throughout both villages, over £2,000 was made to donate to a range of charities and community groups.These include Morecambe Food Bank, CancerCare, Alzheimers Association, Aziza,s Place Charity in Cambodia, local community initiatives and more! Well done and thank you.

As with all good things, the Trail continues to evolve as a community event and the organisational structure is undertaking changes to manage the forthcoming years. Debbie Copley moved on last year, but we were delighted to welcome Jessica Elleray who has brought new ideas and fresh approaches.
I am retiring as Coordinator, but welcome the volunteers to a Steering Group to represent different aspects and locations of the Trail, who would continue to invite ideas from exhibitors and members of the local community.

We have several volunteers for the Steering Group from the Arnside area, but are currently needing 1 or 2 members to represent and put forward views for Silverdale. This could be a recent or past exhibitor, volunteer, host or someone who enjoys the creative nature of the Trail and wishes to be involved in developing and maintaining the community and participatory aspects of this creative venture.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as coordinator over the last 7 years, meeting new people, sharing ideas, developing new activities, having fun – but feel it is now time for others to take the Trail forward - and I look forward to seeing it evolve!
Thank you to everyone for the support.  Clare Martin

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact: 
Jessica Elleray         Karen Pringle
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