Councillor Roger Bingham

Roger lives in Ackenthwaite and has been a Conservative District Councillor since 1984, a County Councillor since 1997 and a member of Milnthorpe Parish Council for nearly 40 years, never having missed a meeting. Roger has been Chairman of both the County Council and of South Lakeland District Council and has held many offices.

Within the Westmorland and Lonsdale Conservative Association, Roger has had a long and distinguished stint as both Chairman and President of the Association. He stepped down as President at the 2012 AGM.

Roger is proud of being able to serve his native area. Born in Milnthorpe, the son of a doctor, he went to Heversham Grammar School before going onto Cambridge, Nottingham and Manchester. He taught at the University of the West Indies in the 1960s and then became a Senior Teacher at four schools in the North of England including Skerton School, Lancaster.

By profession a historian, Roger Bingham has written 11 Local Books including ‘Kendal: A Social History’ and ‘Lost Resort -The Flow and Ebb of Morecambe’ and is a regular columnist in the Westmorland Gazette. He contributes earnings as a professional historian to local causes. 

He has been an Anglican Lay reader for over 30 years. Roger is also a keen gardener and has won top prices in the Dalemain International Marmalade competition."

Councillor Roger Bingham supports a range of health and educational causes. He has been a governor since 1983 of Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale. A supporter of the arts, he was once Cumbria’s cultural ‘czar’ and a long-term Director of Keswick’s Theatre by The Lake. 

Roger's main concerns remain the wellbeing of the people ranging from being a County ‘Corporate’ parent, an Age Concern and Hospice at Home supporter, a lifelong Royal British Legion collector and a former member of the Cumbria Playing Fields Association until this unpaid position was abolished by Cumbria’s current Labour and Liberal Democrat administration.

Roger Bingham can be contacted as follows:
Tel: 015395 63694
Mobile: 07917 648005


County Matters: January 2018

County Matters

2017 was a year of contrasting elements especially weather wise. The extremes of our weather system are becoming even more profound with an abundance of wet weather. We have had many instances of road and property flooding across our County and also in the Grange area.

See Also

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Councillor John Holmes

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Councillor Bill Wearing

Bill has been involved in Town politics for many years and has just stepped down from the Town Council after 35 years having been Mayor of the Town on three occasions.  He is a County Councillor for Grange and the Deputy Chairman Political for the Association.He was born in South Cumbria and has lived and worked in the area most of his life. He comes from a local farming family. His Grandfathers and Father before him were farmers.

Councillor James Airey

James is the Leader of the Conservative Group at the County Council and represents Ulverston West. He is also the South Lakeland District Councillor for Furness Peninsula. He lives at 5 Reeds Gardens, Little Urswick, Ulverston, LA12 0US.  Contact him at or on 01229 868088 or 07881920810.  

Councillor Ben Berry

District Councillor for Windermere and Leader of the Conservatives Group on SLDC. Correspondence address  Low Wood Bay Hotel, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP.  Mob: 07881388042. Email:

Councillor Tom Harvey

Tom is the District Councillor for Grange South. He lives at 4 Westcliffe Gardens, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6BT, and can be contacted on 015395 32932 or 07769 705307.  His email is