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Survey – Wildlife & Nature in the Arnside Area

Sustainable Arnside invite Arnside residents to help Westmorland and Furness Council understand the needs of Arnside residents in relation to ‘Wildlife and Nature‘ locally by completing the survey below.

  • What do you think about nature and wildlife in your local area.
  • What are your favourite places?
  • How do you like to spend time in nature?
  • What birds, animals, and insects do you love to see?
  • By letting us know what is important to you, you’ll be helping to develop plans to make more space for nature in Cumbria. We’ll share your priorities and ideas with the organisations who look after local green spaces, nature reserves, and the countryside.

These questions are being asked as part of a process to develop a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) – every part of England will be producing one as they’re required by law under the Environment Act 2021. Once it’s written, everyone in Cumbria will be able to use it to make sure that work to create and manage wildlife habitat is done in a way that brings the most benefits to people and nature.

Westmorland and Furness Council are leading the work on developing the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, working closely with Cumberland Council, Natural England, Lake District National Park Authority and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, supported by Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, but want to hear what matters to you.

Whether you love watching the garden birds, enjoy an epic day exploring the fells, or are more at home rock-pooling by the sea, your views on nature are really important.

To complete the survey, click here before 31st May 2024.

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.

Movement, dance, relax

New Moving, Dancing, and Relaxing Class in Arnside

For the last 14 years, Dr Melanie Brierley (PhD) has worked as a dance and health artist, researcher, and trainer at Conscious Bodies. She is a registered somatic movement educator/therapist with the International Somatic Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) and Churchill Fellow (2014).

On Friday the 22nd of September 2023 (10 am to 11.15 am), Melanie will facilitate ‘Moving, Dancing, and Relaxing’, a new class at the Educational Institute in Arnside.

Who is it for?
This class is suitable for anyone interested in dance and movement for health and wellbeing. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed attending Yoga, Tai Chi, or like to dance with others in a less structured way? Then this is the class for you! The class involves moving in space and some floorwork, but the practice van be adapted to suit your needs. Everyone is welcome.

What will we do?
All ‘Moving, Dancing, and Relaxing’ sessions will follow a specific pathway of movement and dance to help reset, revive, and relax body and mind.
• Through connective movement practices, we will gently ease ourselves into movement.
• We will explore the flow of dance to support inner and outer expression and deeper embodiment and have fun at the same time!
• We will take time to rest, recover, and integrate our movement experiences.

Will I need to bring anything with me?
You will need to bring a yoga mat for the beginning and end of sessions, and you might like to bring a blanket and pillow for the last section of the class.

What should I wear?
Loose and comfortable clothing that you can move in. Some layers would be a good idea and socks for the lie/sit down at the end.

Sign up for the 6 week course (cost: £60 for the 6 weeks) or £12 for a single drop-in session.

Movement, Dance, Relax
Movement, Dance, Relax

Footpath Guides

Footpath Guides

A set of eight new downloadable walks are now available on the Heversham Parish Council website, offering strolls of between 2 and 6 miles. They coverthe following areas: Milnthorpe, Hincaster, Beetham, Kendal, Holme, etc. and include maps and historical notes.

Click here to go to the webpage and choose from the 8 ‘Footpath Guides’

Arnside Sailing Club wins RYA Suzuki Safety Boat Contest

Arnside Sailing Club wins RYA Suzuki Safety Boat Contest

Arnside Sailing Club have won the RYA Suzuki Safety Boat Contest beating 180 other clubs. The new Rigiflex Safety Boat which comes with a Suziki Engine and Extreme trailer was awarded to the club at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre.
The Club have doubled their membership since 2020 and have recently become a charity. The Club was shortlisted for the RYA Club of the Year award in 2018 and 2022.

Offering sailing lessons both at Arnside and Killington near Sedbergh, as well as paddleboard and kayak lessons at Arnside. They are a RYA Training Centre and OnBoard Club at Killington, which they use for longer training courses, as it is not tidal. OnBoard is a RYA Programme to get more youths sailing. The club house is used for music concerts
Rob Clark, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “It was a very difficult task for the panel to identify one winner. However, the nomination for Arnside Sailing Club stood out for how they would be able to use the boat to help build on the considerable growth and demand in training the club has seen over recent years, their commitment to providing low cost opportunities to get on the water, and their strong links within their local community.”
Rob continued: “We have had hundreds of nominations for clubs to be awarded the Suzuki safety boat package, all demonstrating both the amazing work our clubs do in supporting sailing across the UK, but also the perfect fit this safety boat package provides to enable sailing and watersports activity to take place in the many different locations and environments that people enjoy taking to the water in.”

If you would like to join the club, membership fees are £85 for a family and £75 for an individual. (low income membership £25)