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The Parish of Dalston is situated a few miles south west of Carlisle in the County of Cumbria. The Parish consists of the village of Dalston, including Bridge End, and the hamlets of Raughton Head, Stockdalewath, Gaitsgill, Cumdivock, Unthank, Lingey and Cardewlees. The total population of the parish is 2590 with 1140 houses in Dalston village and the hamlets. About 63% of the population reside in Dalston village and Bridge End (* figures from 2011 census).

For pictures from Britain in Bloom Judging day - click here to view

Dalston Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Dates: 3rd September - 15th October 2016

A working draft of the Dalston Neighbourhood Plan is now available and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Dalston Neighbourhood Plan is rapidly coming to the final stages. Before the plan can be published we have to go through some vital consultations, get it approved by the City Council, as well as the community by way of a referendum.

Starting now the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will publish the various timetables and stages which have to be gone through before we can finalise our plan.

To the left of this panel you can view a table of all the consultation dates which have been arranged. Attending one of these events will be your opportunity to have a first look at the work that has been done, although we will be publishing a draft plan on this website before the end of August.

Keep checking back. Click here to go to our dedicated Neighbourhood Plan pages.

The aftermath of the December 2015 storms

One of the parishes iconic bridges, the Grade II Bell Bridge on the boundary of Dalston parish, collapsed on 27th January 2016. The following pictures were taken by Stuart Walker and Jonny Mitchell - Source: News and Star.

According to Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847, and reported by Steve Bulman "Bell Bridge, about a mile lower down the river [from Sebergham], consists of one lofty arch, erected in 1772, on the site of a very feeble one, which was swept away by a great flood in 1771". This was the exceptional storm which caused part of the Tyne Bridge to be washed away.

Some of the last pictures taken of Bell Bridge

Dalston feels the effect of Storm Desmond - 5th December 2015

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Dalston Selected for Britain in Bloom 2016
Following Gold Awards in Cumbria in Bloom in 2014 and 2015 Dalston has been nominated to represent Cumbria in the Large Village section of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition in 2016. This is a great honour for Dalston. Britain in Bloom is one of Europe’s largest horticultural campaigns.

The Parish Council, which funds a large part of the plant purchase and maintenance, is delighted to support Dalston’s entry in Britain in Bloom 2016.

RHS Britain in Bloom is a nationwide community gardening campaign to transform cities, towns and villages and has been helping people improve their local environment since 1964. More than 1600 groups, in the 18 regions, participate each year focusing on community activity to transform spaces and improve community well being.

Communities of all sizes take part in Britain in Bloom. Some groups are run entirely by volunteers and some work in partnership with their local council, just like Dalston.

Dalston will be judged for Cumbria in Bloom during the first two weeks of July. We hope that the Britain in Bloom judges will visit Dalston in the first week of August, which happily coincides with Festival Week. We will be assessed for our efforts in three main areas:

  • Horticultural achievement
  • Community participation
  • Environmental responsibility

The sort of thing that Dalston in Bloom might want to concentrate on include:

  • Caring for local public spaces
  • School gardens, run wildlife projects and school food growing initiatives
  • Planting trees and bulbs and creating floral displays in public spaces
  • Organising clean-up events and repairing street furniture
  • Regenerating unused areas
  • Adoption of environmentally aware activities such as recycling, composting and water management

Over the coming weeks we will be forming a Dalston in Bloom group (hopefully you might be interested in joining), writing regularly in the Parish Paper to keep you informed and starting a number of projects aimed at helping Dalston do well in it’s category. There will also be a new website – – which will probably be launched in January 2016.

In the meantime, if you would like to get involved, drop us a line to

Already we have held our first Steering Group meeting. Shortly you will be able to read the minutes from our dedicated Dalston in Bloom page.

Dalston Parish Council Appoints New Clerk

Susan Milburn

Due to ill health, Paul Barton, our Parish Council Clerk for the last couple years, has been forced to resign. Paul took over after a difficult period for the Council and worked very hard to bring the processes and procedures up-to-date. He brought a lifetime of experience in banking and a variety of other administrative jobs to the post in Dalston. The members of the Parish Council and all his friends in the parish wish him well for a speedy recovery and thank him for all his hard work.

During Paul's sickness absence the Parish Council appointed Miss Sue Milburn as Acting Clerk. This was a daunting task for Sue who had little or no experience in the work of a Clerk. However, her organisational abilities shone through, and together with her great sense of community and interest in people, the Parish Council had no hesitation in confirming Sue Milburn as Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer at the July 2015 meeting. Sue will combine her already busy family life with the task of running the Parish Council Office at Forge Green. We are sure that the community will give her great support and help while she gets to grips with the many facets of a large and buoyant parish.

During the period of Paul's absence the work of the Parish Council could not have continued as smoothly as it did without the assistance of many Councillors and supporters who have spent a great deal of their time ensuring that the work of the council continued and that the residents of Dalston Parish were not left without a functioning council. Many thanks to all those concerned.

Useful Parish Contact Numbers: Forge Green Office: 01228 712766
  Clerk Mobile: 07851 003219

10th Anniversary Dalston Festival 2015

Check back to see pictures of the events as they are posted


Dalston is currently prepararing a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a community led spatial plan which has statutory backing from the Localism Act 2011. A Neighbourhood Plan can:

  • Decide where and what type of development should happen in an area.
  • Include policies, such as design standards, which take precedence over existing local planning policies.

The proposal to carry out a Neighbourhood Plan was announced at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. Leaflets were distributed to enable residents to start the involvement process through a very simple questionnaire. If you have such a questionnaire, please ensure that you return this to the Dalston Co-op drop box or post through the Forge Green letter box.

Volunteers are required to assist the steering group. If you are interested in helping with this process, please contact the Clerk here.

The GRANGE is the new 121 house development in Dalston starting spring 2014. Click the map below to view a larger version and click here to view the full list of street and road names in the development.

Charity Concert for Hospice at Home
(mainly 60’s, 70’s AND old favourites)
7.30 PM – 10.30PM
Noelle and Richard
Sing along with the Eden Singers
Some soft drinks will be available glasses are provided .(Please bring your own alcohol)
Tickets from ; Edward 01228 522752 ,
Hilary 01228 530022 or cynth 01228 71036

Date Event
Dalston Parish Council
29/09/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
30/09/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
01/10/16 Draft NP Plan PreSubmission Consultation
Dalston Parish Council
03/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
04/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
05/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
06/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
07/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
08/10/16 Draft NP Plan PreSubmission Consultation
Dalston Parish Council
10/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
11/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
12/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston in Bloom
Dalston Parish Council
14/10/16 Neighbourhood Plan Drop In
Dalston Parish Council
14/10/16 Draft NP Plan PreSubmission Consultation