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A little about me

Work. I work from home running an internet marketing business. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy it, but I have found it a little ‘challenging’ being sat in front of a screen all day.
Thankfully, in early 2015 I found a way to ‘work smarter’, enabling me to find more ‘rewarding’ ways to spend my time.

Parish Council.
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 was looking for. A great way of serving my local community, as well as giving me a fascinating insight to local politics, perfect.
Update – On May 26th 2016, I was honoured to be elected Vice Chairman of the Parish Council for the coming year. This will give me more involvement with the people of Bishop’s Hull and a greater insight to the workings of the Council.

Volunteering. Although the Parish Council is unpaid, it is not considered volunteering. A Councillor is an elected official and as such has a responsibility to the electorate.
During the last year (May 2015 – May 2016), I have become a trustee of the local Village Hall & Playing Field Trust, as well taking on various volunteering roles.
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, Taunton Flower Show and Taunton’s Somerfest.
If you have something that that you think I’d enjoy, particularly in Bishop’s Hull, please feel free to contact me.

Private and Social
Status. 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 and confidante, 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 110 however.

Fun stuff.
Tennis, 2/3 times a week, indoors mostly. I’m very much an ‘average’ player, but really enjoy it.

Dancing, yes I know, I’m sure it’s not a pretty sight lol, but I do like a bit of a Jive when I get the chance.

Socialising is my favourite thing to do, I really like meeting new people, as well as enjoying the company of friends.
Thankfully, tennis, dancing, politics, volunteering, etc, are all social activities, which is very much part of their appeal.

Eating out. I just love visiting the ever expanding choice of great local restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. A nice Sunday lunch in a country pub and yes, ‘cream teas’ really mustn’t forget ‘cream teas’.

Walking, not fast, but enjoying the fresh air, we are so lucky living here aren’t we?
The Taunton/Bridgwater canal, Exmoor, the Blackdowns or the Brendon Hills are fabulous, as are the North Somerset beaches.
As a member of the National Trust, options are available in all weathers, throughout the year.
We quite like a midweek drive to somewhere like Knighthayes near Tiverton, which is great for a walk in the grounds and they do a brilliant lunch too.
If there’s not much time, I’m quite happy to stroll around the village or wander around Longrun Meadow, which is right here in Bishop’s Hull.
In the summer (if we ever get one), it’s day-trips to the fabulous beaches of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Charmouth among many others.

TV, 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, lovely.

Cinema. I like a good film, needs to a good one though, as it’s getting to be expensive going to the cinema these days.

Theatre. I enjoy the theatre, nothing too serious. A good comedy show or a local drama group.
So pleased the Brewhouse is open again, hat’s off to all those that made it possible.

Holidays. I’m not a great one for holidays, but have recently been to New York with my lovely daughter, which was an amazing experience.
We rather enjoy nights away in nice hotels, using discount firms like Secret Escapes and Travel Zoo. You can get some excellent deals with these companies.

Live Concerts. I love to see ‘big’ artists when they come to town. More recently, Elton John and Rod Stewart at the Cricket ground, Jools Holland and Lulu at Vivary Park, where I’ll be off to see Status Quo and Will Young this August.

ITV’s Loose Women.
I’m sure many of you will remember me from my fun time on Loose Women in 2011.
It was amazing and a tad surreal to win the rather tongue in cheek, ‘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 myself.
I know many of you voted for me and many thanks for that. It’s most certainly down to you guys that I had such a brilliant time and got to meet so many fascinating people.
Thanks to the wonderful crew at ITV and the Orient staff, Sherrie and I had an absolute ball during our trip on the Orient Express.

And finally…
Why BishopsHull.com?
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 issues.
My hope is that this blog will allow me to get to know local residents, enabling me to serve the community better.

My Views
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.

Thank 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 to BishopsHull.com

Please note, it is important to understand that any views expressed in by me in this blog, or on social media, are my own and do not represent the views of any organisation or council to which I belong.

Take care, be happy and most of all, have fun!

John Hunt