thank you for reading.
I chose the domain name (BishopsHull.com), because I live in the
village and much of my blog content is relevant to Bishop’s Hull. I
also take an active part in village life, being a local Parish
Councillor and more recently, a trustee of the Village hall and
Playing Field Trust.
The object of this blog is to add interesting content from the
village, including photos, news items and much more. As a personal
blog, I’ll be adding lots of items about my own interests which
include, event volunteering, local politics (I know what you’re
thinking, but I enjoy it lol), places I visit, etc….In a nutshell,
lot’s of fun stuff, as well as my views on some rather more serious
Please note, it’s important to
understand that any views expressed in by me in this blog, are my
own and do not represent the views of any organisation or council to
which I belong.
My hope is that this site/blog will allow me to get to know local
residents, enabling me to serve the community better. It would also
be good to hear from you if you have news/photos/events you’d like
to share on BishopsHull.com.
How did I
become a Parish Councillor?
On May 7th 2015, I’m proud to say I became a Bishop’s Hull Parish
I had been
considering some form of voluntary work for a while and looked at
several options, non of which I felt well suited for. I also wanted
to feel that I was doing something really worthwhile, something that
I could get my teeth into.
in March 2015, I heard that the local Parish Council elections were
to be held on May 7th 2015 and I didn’t hesitate to enter my
nomination. This was just what I looking for. A great way of serving
my local community, as well as giving me a fascinating insight to
local politics, perfect.
In my humble opinion there is no room for party politics in local
government. I want to and will represent Bishop’s Hull without the
tethers of any particular political party.
I’ve got to that time of life when I no longer see the point of
measuring life in terms of time. I’d rather measure it in terms of
making a difference.
I work from
home, here in Bishop’s Hull, running an online personals business.
Back in 2005, it was very much a proper ‘Agency’, where I would meet
all my clients and introduce them to each other. Along side this I
operated regular local speed dating events.
Sadly, people seem to prefer meeting online, so for me It’s very
much a stay at home job now, all computer work. I’m not saying I
don’t enjoy it, but it’s not as much fun as it was.
Hence I now have time to give to my Parish Council and Village Hall
& Playing Field Trust duties in the village, as well as the various
volunteering roles I enjoy around the town, including the Race for
Life and Taunton Flower Show
many of you will remember me from my fun time on Loose Women in
amazing and a tad surreal to win the ‘Find Sherrie a Man’ contest. I
only entered for a bit of fun, but it turned out to be a really
interesting experience, giving me the chance to learn a lot about
I know many of you voted for me and many thanks for that, it’s down
to you I had such a brilliant time
It was lovely to meet so many fascinating people and thanks to the
crew at ITV, Sherrie and I had an absolute ball during our trip on
the Orient Express.
To take a look at some videos showing the build up to the final.
The ‘final’ itself and my amazing trip on the Orient Express click
here and here to
view a selection of photos from the event.
I am a proud
father and am pleased to say that my relationship with my children
(all grown up now) is more as a friend than a Dad. Although, like
most of you I’m sure, I worry about them all the time….but please
don’t tell them that
I’m a firm believer in ‘work hard, play hard’. Finding that much
harder now I’m 109 however
So, playing is:
2/3 times a week. I’m very much an ‘average’ player, but really
yes I know, I’m sure it’s not a pretty sight lol, but I do like a
bit of a Jive a couple of times a week.
my favourite thing to do, really like meeting new people as well as
enjoying the company of friends. Thankfully, tennis, dancing, etc,
are all social activities, which is very much part of their appeal.
just love visiting the ever expanding choice of great local Taunton
restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. A nice Sunday lunch in a country pub
and yes, ‘cream teas’ really mustn’t forget ‘cream teas’
not fast, but enjoying the fresh air, we are so lucky living here
aren’t we. Exmoor, the Blackdowns or the Brendon Hills are fabulous,
as are the North Somerset beaches.
As a member of the National
Trust, options in all weathers are available year round. Rather
like a midweek drive to somewhere like Knighthayes near
Tiverton, great for a walk in the grounds and they do a brilliant
Basically, there’s so much to do and see, right here on our
doorstep, we are just so very spoilt
Volunteering. I’ll always try and create time (wouldn’t
that be nice) to volunteer for a worthwhile event. Recent events
include the local Race
for Life 2015, Taunton
Flower Show and
Taunton’s 2015 Somerfest.
If you have something that that you think I’d enjoy, please feel
free to contact
I absolutely love a relaxing night in, watching ‘the box’. Don’t get
much time for that these days, but it’s a real treat when I do. A
bit of Sci-Fi nonsense or a good drama, with a nice glass of Pinot,
There’s so much more. Including going to the fabulous beaches of
Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Charmouth among many others in the summer.
Like a good film, needs to a good one though, as it’s getting to be
an expensive treat these days). I enjoy The
Brewhouse, so pleased it’s open again, hat’s off to all those
that made it possible.
I’m not a
great one for holidays, but have recently been to New York with my
lovely daughter, which was an amazing experience.
I could go on, but I did say this was “a little about me”.
college in Exeter, I spent my late teens and early twenties working
in various jobs including: Estate Agency, Airline staff (great fun,
no prospects) and Car Rental, before moving to Taunton in the late
70s, necessitated by a job offer as Sales Manager at a local garage.
I’ve lived in Taunton for near 40 years, in fact my first house was
in Great Mead, Bishop’s Hull. Well I say “my first house”, it was
actually a plot on the builder’s map. I remember standing on the
foundations, trying to work out how on earth I was going to fit all
my furniture in to what appeared to be such a small space lol. Funny
how when the house is erected, it always looks so much bigger.
In the 80s I decided to go self-employed (have been ever since) and
in 1991, opened my first Pine Furniture store in Bridgwater,
followed by others in Taunton and Exeter.
During this 14 year period, I certainly learned quickly how tough
and rewarding it can be running a business. On reflection, I think
the most important lessons I learned were 1) If you treat your
employees fairly and with respect, they will enjoy their work,
remain loyal and work with passion.
I was very fortunate to find some amazing staff, who were not only a
pleasure to work with, they were also a massive credit to the
business. Even though I was ‘The Boss’, I always felt part of the
If you give your word that you’ll do something, make sure you do it.
Letting the business go was hard, as it had been a huge part of my
life. The marketplace changed and ‘specialist’ type outlets like
mine, could no longer compete favourably with ‘the big boys’.
Clearly it was time to try my hand at something new, hence the
change to working from home….
Thanks you so much for reading and don’t forget to contact
me if you have any
photos, events or stories about Bishop’s Hull you’d like me to add
Take care, be happy and most of all, have fun!
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