Arnside - 2015

Family meet up at Arnside

2015 contained an amazing conjunction of "round number" birthdays and notable wedding anniversaries across the family. So we thought it right to celebrate with another meet-up, following the last successful event in Bainbridge in 2012.

2015: Arnside

The Arnside album: - use the navigation arrows to see more photos.
You can also view photos full screen - just click on the photo (note: this opens a new window in your browser).

This time we chose Arnside in south Cumbria - again over the August bank holiday weekend/week.

The event

Birthdays this year:

Win Bond (Helen's aunt) who is 90 later this year takes pride of place & she caused a stir on Arnside Knott on the Saturday afternoon (as reported by Phil Bond on Facebook). Phil, her son, was 60 in February as was Gerald Crowther, Helen's brother, in June.

Also a couple of youngsters reached 50 this year: Carol Langdale (nee Grundy) in January and Chris Murray in March.

Wedding Anniversaries this year:

Helen & Keith Murray somehow reached 40 years of marriage in July (Ruby - 1975 seems to have been a popular year!) and then two Silver Weddings (25 years): Chris & Gen Murray and Sue & Gerald Crowther [both September].

Who was there?:

Those who were able to get to Arnside were: Win Bond, Nancy Crossfield & Alwyn Lomas - "the aunts" - who number 258 years between them.
Their individual energy is an inspiration to all of us!

In addition we also had the company of Phil Bond, Joanna Bond, Hannah Bond, Andy Lomas, David Lomas, Daniel Lomas, Chris Murray, Gen Murray, Martin Crowther, Stew Murray, Rob Murray, Laura Webb, Gerald Crowther & Sue Crowther (as well as two dogs: Ruby & Mikey).

The house:

The house was excellent set in super gardens - with views of the Lakeland fells from the upper rooms. [see link in references below]

Our activities around Arnside

Over the course of the week some or all of us visited:

  • Arnside Knott [several times & often incident packed*!]
  • Far Arnside- Arnside Coast Path
  • Windermere walk
  • St Bees [Alwyn & Keith]
  • Leighton Moss RSPB reserve [Helen, Keith & Nancy]
  • Bowness on Windermere
  • Ulverston (by train)
*including a mountain rescue and a terrific thunderstorm (on separate occasions).

We (eleven of us) also enjoyed a celebration meal at The Ship at Sandside on the Saturday evening.

See the above photo album for photos of most of these events.

We are now looking for the next event to celebrate! ....


Base: Thornfield, Mount Pleasant, Arnside, LAx xxx


Start: 27 Aug 2015
End: 04 Sept 2015

References & Links:

Date Title
20150912 Arnside - Wikipedia page
20150912 Whitecreek Mine - booklet
20150912 Thornfield web page

Updated KJM 01 January 2016