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John Hunt in New York 

Hello and thank you for reading.

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.

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 Councillor.
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.
Then 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.

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.

A little about me
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

ITV’s Loose Women
I’m sure many of you will remember me from my fun time on Loose Women in 2011. Somerset County Gazette.
It was 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 myself.228854_2256730015502_1191499_n
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.

Private and Social
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:
Tennis, 2/3 times a week. 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 a couple of times a week.

Socialising is 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.

Eating out, 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’ :)

Walking, 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 lunch too. 
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 me.

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 :)

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”. 😉

The past in brief
After leaving 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 same team.
2) 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 to BishopsHull.com

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

John Hunt

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