About CALC

The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is a membership organisation run by local councils for the benefit of local councils.  It aims to assist councils in their day-to-day work and to represent their interests.  It is open to all Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria.

CALC advises, guides and represents local councils - the tier of government closest to the electorate.

CALC's aims are:-

  • Encouraging and advising on good practice in local council management;

  • Increasing the contribution of local councils to community life;

  • Representing local councils interests in Cumbrian affairs;

  • Training and developing councillors and clerks;

  • Encouraging greater public awareness of the work of local councils.

CALC has an Executive Committee and a Chief Officer, Samantha Bagshaw, supported by Parish Development Officer, Sonia Hutchinson and three Parish Liaison Officers.  All posts are part-time.  The main Association office is in Penrith.