Staveley in Cartmel Parish Council – Current Parish Councillors

Mrs D Crabtree

Mr A Gorse – Vice Chair

Mr J Addison

Mr R Rhodes – Chair

Mrs A Newby

Mr Nick Chaloner – Clerk to the Parish Council

If you wish to speak to any of the councillors, please contact Nick Chaloner on:

Tel: 015395 34943


Cllr Dot Crabtree

Prior to having our three children I was a librarian and then went on to work in the finance industry. I retired when my husband Joe and I fell in love with this beautiful and peaceful part of The Lake District and we have now lived here for over 15 years. I have the care and interests of the local communities at heart and was asked to take over as  Chair of the Leven Valley Support Group for St Marys Hospice 6 years ago, raising much needed funds for the patients and their families. I joined the Parish Council 5 years ago and I am now the Chair. I endeavour to help the community and its residents in any way I can.


Cllr Arnold Gorse

Vice Chair

Originally from Southport, having lived in Staveley for 15 years and Lakeside prior to that.  Married to Judith, with one daughter Laura and son-in-law Paul. Owners of the Millerbeck Light Railway which we enjoy sharing with visitors on an occasional basis throughout the year with the help of our willing volunteers.  Now retired, Arnold has been a financial consultant for more than 30 years. Vice Chair. 

 Cllr John Addison

Lives and farms at Seatle.

Cllr Richard Rhodes


My wife and I have owned the house we live in for nearly 40 years. I served for 22 years as Headmaster of two large independent schools in Lancashire before coming to live full time in Staveley in Cartmel. I served as a Magistrate for over 30 years including ten years in Barrow.  Subsequently I was appointed to the Cumbria Probation Board in 2004 before being appointed Chair in 2008.I was a lay member of the Tribunal Service and was elected to be  the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria in 2012.This gave me a comprehensive insight into the substantive issues which affect the whole County. We have two adult daughters and five grandchildren.

Nick Chaloner – Parish Clerk

I moved to the South Lakes in 2007 and am currently Secretary to the Rusland Valley based charity, The Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Society. Previously I was Parish Clerk in Firle, East Sussex and for most of my working life have been a Public Relations consultant.