Cumbria Association of Local Councils



Cumbria Association of Local Councils

(CALC) is 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.

CALC is a membership association for 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 helps the public to understand the role of local councils.


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 which is responsible for the overall direction of the Association and handling county-wide issues. There are also five District Associations which liaise with the County and District Councils and become involved in more local matters of interest to local councils.

CALC has 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.

All Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria are eligible to join the Association and are encouraged to do so. An annual membership fee brings a wide range of services.

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