Welcome to the Parish of Hesket in the Forest


Hesket Parish, in the County of Cumbria is proud of its heritage as part of the Ancient Forest of Inglewood. It is the second largest of Eden District's fifty three Parish Councils and eighteen Parish Meetings. The present electorate is 2130 although this changes almost monthly. To the south is Penrith, the largest town in Eden while Carlisle, the Capital Town of Cumbria lies to the North.

The Parish stretches nine miles along the A6 road from Wragmire Moss in the North almost to Mounsey Bank in the South. At its widest it is almost six miles from East to West.

It should be noted that, because of the ancient boundaries some places mentioned are actually outside the Parish although they are inherent to its structure e.g. Ivegill Church, School and Village Hall are in the Parish of Skelton. Conversely Ivegill Church is part of the Inglewood Group of Churches together with Ainstable, (in Ainstable Parish) Calthwaite and High Hesket. Plumpton Church however in Hesket Parish is part of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Penrith.

The Parish consists of three Wards, Armathwaite, Calthwaite and Southwaite, each being represented by five elected members, making a total of fifteen Councillors. Also in attendance at meetings are two representatives from Eden District Council together with the Cumbria County Councillor for Hesket and Greystoke. Meetings are held bi-monthly in Low Hesket Village Hall at 7.30 pm, normally on the second Tuesday of the Month beginning with the Annual Meeting in May. Members of the public are always welcome and can, with prior arrangement with the clerk, address the meeting for a maximum of five minutes.

Parish Councils are required to hold at least four meetings each year which are open to the public, one of which must be an Annual Meeting of the full Council. Parish Councils have certain powers and responsibilities under statute including for example, the maintenance of community buildings. They usually employ a Parish Clerk and/or other staff to carry out these duties. They also have power to raise money (a precept) through the local Council Tax and have a duty to provide accounts.

An archive of the documents from the Council can be found on the Council Document Page.