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Jumble Sale Raises over £600 for Children’s Playground

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along to the Jumble/Vintage Sale at the W.I. & Village Hall recently, to all those who donated items and to Arnside Beach Hut for their ‘pop-up’ cafe!

It was great to see so many people supporting the event and the final total raised on the day was a wonderful £638.40. A great team effort!

Thanks too to all who helped on the day, couldn’t have done it without you. Too many of you to list but you were all brilliant and it is much appreciated. Everyone was so generous with donations there were quite a lot leftover which have been donated to various charity shops to help others. Thank you, Arnside!

To keep in touch with what’s happening with the Playground, follow their Facebook page You can help by supporting fundraising events (there is a Craft Fair coming up in the summer), donating via one of the Collection boxes situated in the Nisa, Arnside House, or Sandpipers Cafe or donate through the crowdfunding page. No matter how small, every little helps. Thank you.

Midsummer Craft Fair Poster

Craft Fair in Aid of Arnside Children’s Playground

A Mid-Summer Craft Fair in aid of the Children’s Playground will take place in both the W.I. & Village Hall and the nearby Methodist Hall over the weekend of 29th & 30th June 2024. More information will be available nearer the time but there will be a variety of stalls so put it in your diary!

Contact Stuart or Angela Sykes on 07789315753 or email: assykes@gmail.com for further details.

New Year, New Hobby?

Its fair to say that regardless of what you might like to do, there’s a good possibility you’ll be able to do it in and around Arnside.

Whether its a dance, exercise or fitness class; local interest such as the Archive Group, Natural History and Sustainable Arnside; sport; music; or join the local branch of a National Organisation such as the RNLI, RSPB etc.

You can find details of all the clubs, groups, societies and organisations in the 2024 Arnside Directory or by clicking here and choosing an option from the drop-down menu.

We are so lucky as a community to have all of this on our doorstep. Most of them are run by volunteers and they can only continue if people are happy to help. You may think you don’t have anything to offer, but you’d be surprised. Most of us have a skill or talent that we don’t recognise as such – be it administration, organisation, computer skills, or just a helping hand.

You don’t have to be on a committee, just a volunteer,a supporter or just join-in!

So please help keep these clubs, groups societies and organisations going and ensure a bright future for them all.

Having A Clear Out?

Are you having a clear out? Or have any of the following lying around no longer needed?

Class 1 at Storth School are wanting to enhance their learning environment and have begun by creating a list of items that they would love to receive.

If you are by any chance throwing out, or need a clear-out of anything on the list, they would greatly appreciate any donations. Thank you.

Rugs

Cable reels

Pallets in good condition

Voile fabric

Metal containers – bowls, teapots, spoons, jugs

Buckets

Planed wood pieces / decking pieces

Baskets/interesting containers

Wooden crates

Pieces of fake grass

Fake plants, flowers, ivy etc.

Mirrors

Trellis

Ribbon

Pebbles / gems / costume jewelry

Carpet tubes

Drainpipes

Garden arch

Small 2 wheel bike or balance bike

Bunting

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 £87,500. So far approximately £66,000 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 don’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 £25,000. Today donations are at £175 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 £2,000. The Quiz Night held a couple of weeks ago raised £450. 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 rebeccakennington@btinternet.com
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 rebeccakennington@btinternet.com

*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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