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Jumble Sale in Aid of the Arnside Playground

The next event raising funds for new equipment for the village playground is this Jumble/Vintage/Bric-a-Brac Sale which takes place on Saturday, 24th February at the W.I. & Village Hall on Orchard Road from 10am-1.30pm.

Arnside Beach Hut will be providing tea, coffe and cakes, so worth a visit for that alone!

Entrance Fee is ยฃ1. (Children Free)

Donations of items can be made from Monday, 19th February to Charlotte at Arnside House or by calling Rebecca on 07767317892. Donations can also be madeat the Hall from 8.30am to 9.30am on the day of the sale.

They are looking for good quality bric a brac, clothing, toys/books/jigsaws. Please donโ€™t donate anything that is broken, damaged or unlikely to sell as it will reduce the profit for the Playground fund rather than raise money if they have to dispose of anything left.

12 Days of Christmas Raffle

Help raise vital funds for the new Playground Project by entering the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Countdown Raffle! Businesses are very generously donating great prizes – and more are being added all the time, so keep checking the Arnside Playground Facebook page for updates..


๐ŸŽ„Entry to the raffle is ยฃ10 which puts you into the prize draw each and every day from 13th-24th December! Thatโ€™s one entry and 12 chances to win!
๐ŸŽ„There are some AMAZING prizes! Including hotel stays, restaurant vouchers & festival tickets, win a birthday cake – and much more! All donated from local businesses!
๐ŸŽ„To have a chance of winning one of the great prizes, pop into Arnside House gift shop, or look out for the pop up Christmas stall along the promenade over the next few weekends.

Don’t forget you can donate direct via the Arnside Playground Crowdfunding page. Even the smallest donation can make a big difference.

BEEP Doctors

BEEP Doctors awarded The Kingโ€™s Award for Voluntary Service

BEEP Doctors (BASICS Cumbria), a team of dedicated volunteer doctors which carries out life-saving work in Cumbria, has been awarded The Kingโ€™s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UKi and is equivalent to an MBE.
โ€œThis is a massive honour and we are immensely proud to have been awarded The Kingโ€™s Award for Voluntary Service,โ€ said Dr Theo Weston MBE, the chair and founder of BEEP Doctors. โ€œIn my view it is by far and away the best thing to have happened to the BEEP Doctors charity in our near 30-year history.โ€

The Kingโ€™s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth IIโ€™s Golden Jubilee and, following his accession, His Majesty The King emphasised his desire to continue the Award.

Cumbriaโ€™s BEEP Doctors, who are all volunteers with the charity, provide enhanced pre-hospital emergency medical care. They work closely with the police and fire services, North West Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance. At incidents, BEEP Doctors can carry out some surgical procedures, such as inserting chest drains; some can perform pre-hospital anaesthetics and all are able to administer drugs that most road crew paramedics cannot, such as ketamine/fentanyl to give pain relief and allow fracture manipulation. Many of the emergencies they attend are road traffic collisions, as well as incidents involving farms, pushbikes, horses and water.

Beep Doctorsโ€™s 11 doctors include A & E consultants at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Cumberland infirmary in Carlisle; two anaesthetists who work at Royal Lancaster Infirmary; and three GPs.
So far in 2023 the BEEP Doctors (BASICS Cumbria) charity has attended 272 incidents and members have completed 872 volunteering hours.

More details in the document below.

Update on Plans for the Village Playground

The Arnside Village Playground Working Group have been working hard to raise money to fund playground equipment for local children on the site of the current playground on the Memorial Field, Silverdale Road.

The cost for new playground equipment that provides the most durable and exciting equipment and vastly improves the accessibility of the playground for children of all abilities is currently ยฃ87,500. So far approximately ยฃ66,000 worth of grants have been identified and are in the process of being applied for. There is no guarantee that every application will be successful, and the application has to be carefully timed to make sure the funds donโ€™t expire before the installation can be started.

The remainder of the funds need to come from the Village as a community. Some of the grants are only available as ‘matched’ funding, which means they will only ‘match’ what is raised from local support i.e. nothing raised, nothing to match – which would be a real shame and a waste of time and effort as filling in these applications is no mean feat! The applications also require overwhelming community support to be shown, and currently the feedback from the Community Wellbeing Day held this time last year is being used.

Wouldn’t it be great to have some more recent feedback to show support? You can help do this by donating via the Crowdfunding page which gives a real demonstration of support that can be used as evidence for the grants. The target on the Crowdfunder is ยฃ25,000. Today donations are at ยฃ175 so, as you can see, a little way to go.

Fundraising events that have taken place include The Coronation Picnic back in the summer, which got things off to a great start, raising over ยฃ2,000. The Quiz Night held a couple of weeks ago raised ยฃ450. Many thanks to the Sailing Club who gave use of the venue for free.. The next fundraiser is the * Winter Ball * on the 9th December – a great opportunity for get dressed up and enjoy a 3-course meal with Champagne cocktails and canapes on arrival, music and dancing. There are still a few tickets available if you haven’t got your as yet! A full programme of events is planned for 2024 so watch out for details of those – either here on the website or on the Playground Facebook page.

There will be an ‘Auction of Gifts and Promises’ on the night of the Ball , so if anyone has anything to donate – anything at all, We already have a day of joinery labour and a homemade cake every week for a month. Anyone wishing to give, contact Rebecca at
The committee is also looking for someone skilled at social media to help spread the word, Could this be you? If so, contact Rebecca at

*The Committee have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Winter Ball due to low ticket sales. With just 4 weeks to go, it became clear that the event was not viable, so the decision was taken to cancel. Thank you to those who did buy tickets, full refunds are available from Charlotte at Arnside House..

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