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
Thankfully, in early 2015 I found a way to ‘work smarter’,
enabling me to find more ‘rewarding’ ways to spend my time.
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
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
I’m a firm believer in ‘work hard, play hard’, finding that much
harder now I’m 110 however.
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
Thankfully, tennis, dancing, politics, volunteering,
etc, are all social activities, which is very much part of their
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?
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
Theatre. I enjoy the theatre, nothing too
serious. A good comedy show or a local drama group.
the Brewhouse is open again, hat’s off to all those that made it
Holidays. I’m not a great one for holidays, but
have recently been to New York with my lovely daughter, which was an
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!