View over BrigsteerWelcome to the Helsington Parish Council website.  There are 7 members of the Parish Council which meets 6 times a year.  Further information about the Council and its work may be found on the pages of this website.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 7.00pm at Helsington & Brigsteer Village Hall.  The Agenda will be posted here when available.  All welcome to attend.  This meeting will be followed on the same evening by the Annual Parish Meeting which will include an opportunity for local electors to raise any issues relevant to the parish. 

Parish elections are scheduled for Thursday 7 May 2020 (along with South Lakeland District Council elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections).  Please contact the Clerk if you would like more information about standing for election to the Parish Council or click here.

Find out more about Helsington’s Community Led Plan here.  Please contact the Council if you are interested in being involved in any of the groups working on delivering the Action Plan.  The Community Led Plan Housing Working Group (currently comprising Cllrs S Savasi and M Cheesbrough) is seeking local people with an interest in local housing provision to join the Group.  Please contact councillors or Clerk if interested.

Find out more about Parish Council grants for community groups, activities and projects here.

Community Governance Review 2018/19:  SLDC has conducted a review of parish governance in its area.  Click here to see the Parish Council’s initial submission (October 2018) and here to see our final submission (May 2019).  Click here for more information on SLDC’s final recommendations (no changes to the current parish governance arrangements for Helsington).

The latest stage of the Lake District National Park Authority’s consultation on its Local Plan Review ran from 8 April – 3 June 2019.  The Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 1 August 2019.  Find out more about the examination process here.  LDNPA is the planning authority for the part of the parish which is within the Lake District National Park.  

Mark Kidd is the Parish Member for the Central and South East Area of the Lake District National Park Authority.  He may be contacted at

Helsington Parish

Helsington is a civil parish in south Cumbria, the principal authorities being South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council.  In August 2016, most of the parish was incorporated into the Lake District National Park which then became the planning authority for a large part of the parish.  Helsington is named after one of the 24 townships which constituted the greater parish of Kendal.  It has a population of 310 (Census 2011), comprising 140 households, and 282 people are currently on the electoral register.

The parish consists of the village of Brigsteer in the Lyth valley and the surrounding rural area including the settlements of Helsington, Sizergh, Larkrigg and Prizet.  The parish is bisected by the A591, the main road from the M6 to the central Lake District.  The nearest service centre is the market town of Kendal about 3 miles to the north east of Brigsteer.   Brigsteer has a Village Hall built in 2010 which is well used for social, community and business events, and the Wheatsheaf pub which was redeveloped in 2013.   Helsington is the location of St John’s Church and the former Village School, now bunkhouse accommodation.   Sizergh Castle and Estate is a National Trust property, and nearby is Low Sizergh Barn, a farm with a shop, farm trail and café.

The map below illustrates the boundaries of the parish.  To the north the parish borders with Kendal and Underbarrow, to the east with Natland and Sedgwick, to the south with Levens and to the west and north west with Crosthwaite and Lyth.