Who We Are
Ms Gill Williams
5 Pine Lea
Tel: 01934 813255
I have lived in the village since September 2000 although I have been singing in the church choir since 1997 and been involved in the May Fayre since 1998.
Although very involved in church activities as choir mistress, editing the magazine for the last 15 years and at some time member, secretary and chairman of the PCC, I have also contributed to village affairs eg. organising Singalong Suppers, Sausage Sizzles and the Village VE 70 years celebration in 2015. My hobby is choral singing and I have been a member of Weston Choral Society since 1997, it’s secretary for 12 years and am currently its chairman.
My career was in education first as a teacher then as a trainer of teachers. I have a B.Education degree, a joint honours degree in History and Music and an MA in Language Development. I have examined for the universities of London, Birmingham and Durham and at the time of my retirement as Dean of Studies at Roehampton University I ran a department of 126 lecturers. Committee and communication skills were key to these jobs and I look forward to being able to offer these skills and my experience to the work of Bleadon Parish Council.
Mrs Mary Sheppard
The Incas, Bleadon Road,
Tel: 01934 812921
I am a semi-retired farmer. My mother and grandfather were both farmers before me. I have lived in or very near Bleadon most of my life and have been a parish councillor for nearly 30 years. In my time serving as Chairman and on the Youth Club, Open Spaces and Planning Committees.
Rev Steven Hartree
Chestnuts, Chestnut Lane
Tel: 01934 811849
I am delighted to serve on the Parish Council once again as I have a concern for the views and welfare of the parishioners of Bleadon to be heard.
Bleadon is an excellent community and I believe that it is the duty of the Parish Council to protect and promote the aspirations of parishioners. I first came to live in Bleadon over 20 years ago, and my wife Barbara was born and raised in the village. I am a retired priest who also served in local government for nearly 40 years.
Mr Andy Scarisbrick
Westdown Cottage, Purn Way
Bleadon BS24 0QF
Tel: 01934 813125
I first moved to Bleadon in 1979 as a teenage schoolboy and lived here till 1982 when I started work in Newport. For the next few years I was in the village most weekends eventually moving to Newport but I returned at least once a month to see my parents. Liz and I moved back to Bleadon over 3 years ago and we have no plans to move again.
I've been married to Liz for nearly 24 years and we have 23 year old twin sons, who spent a lot of time with their Grandma in Bleadon as children. I’m a railway signalling engineer, having started with British Rail, and test altered and new signalling before it is brought into use. I was a Group Scout Leader in Newport for 10 years and still help out as a member of the District Executive.
I enjoy village life, gardening, beekeeping, walking, the village market and village events and I hope to do more in the future.
I believe the Parish Council should represent and work for the good of the Parish as a whole. We should try and protect the best parts of our community but need to be aware that the world is changing around us.
I D Clarke
The Granary, Mulberry Lane
Bleadon, Somerset BS24 0PH
Tel: 01934 815182
I grew up in Weston-super-Mare - met and married my now late husband who was serving in the RAF (Locking). As a service wife I lived in various part of the U.K as well as overseas – Germany and Bahrain.
On leaving the RAF we found ourselves having to settle in London. I spent most of my working life within the Local Authority, NHS and the Voluntary Sector in London’s East End where I was fortunate to work for the people of the London Borough of Newham.
During that time I worked with and for adolescents offenders, managed a rehab house within a psychiatric hospital and for the eighteen years prior to returning to Bleadon I was the Co-ordinator of one of the London’s Borough’s Disability Association. In this capacity I was required to serve on various committees including the L.B of Newham Social Services, Health and Education Committees as well as a variety of local agencies.
For experience I chose to do a stint of Agency work in the London Hospitals and was fortunate to work at St Barts and as Private Patients Secretary at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Whilst growing up I had fairly strong links with this area – tramping around the surrounding hills and visiting family connections in the Parish. While living in London those links were maintained with frequent visits staying in local holiday cottages, as our plan was to retire to Bleadon.
I returned to Bleadon some fifteen years ago and initially became a member of the P.C some 12 years ago - I took a three year break and returned as a member again in February 2020. To the best of my knowledge as a Parish councillor I was only absent on two occasions and later as a parishioner I have attended all PC meetings.
I have enjoyed being part of village activities - I represented the PC on the Coronation Hall Management Committee, Secretary for the PCC, various groups and social activities including the WI and its various groups, Tiffins Coffee Morning group and of course being part of the dog walking fraternity with my spaniels. These involvements have enabled me to meet with both ‘immediate’ parishioners and those in the outlying boundaries, whom I feel are often overlooked.
I feel I can usefully contribute in the work and responsibilities of the Parish Council and by doing my best to seek and to represent the varied and multiple views of ‘All’ residents of our Parish.
Mr Rob Tyson
9 Pine Lea
Bleadon BS24 0PU
I have been a resident of Bleadon for over 20 years, my wife Sarah grew up in the village, we were married in Bleadon Church in 1984 and our two sons are now in their 20’s. We hold many fond memories of family life in the village and have a genuine interest for the welfare and community of Bleadon.
I have over the last 40 years set up and worked activeley within several independent successful businesses, recently I took the decision to semi retire, allowing me more time to work and complete my many ongoing projects.
I have always stood by the motto; ‘If a jobs worth doing, it’s worth doing well’ which has served me well both in my business and personal life. A motto which I would like to practice, as a councillor for the parish of Bleadon.
5 The Barton, Bleadon,
Tel: 07769 783971
Declaration of interests
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Bruce Poole BA(Hons) FSLCC MMC
Rooftops 10 South Street Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1BS
Tel: 07453 358 318
It is a bit like the analogy concerning a hero of mind namely Winston Churchill who when he became the First Sea Lord at the Admiralty for a second time the naval ships around the world flashed “Winnie is back”. For those residents who do not know me the this is my second term as the Parish Clerk. I first became the Parish Clerk in in 1990 until I concluded my service then in 2016.
Since then I have been both a Town Clerk and Parish Clerk to several communities generally assisting them with their pertaining challenges at the time. The past support of Bleadon Council together with then two other parishes namely East Huntspill (12 years) and Puriton (11 years) was always first class. In that time I gained a BA (Hons) in Local Governance served as the President of my professional association (2010-11) and for 3 years served as a Regional Director of the IIMC (International Institute of Municipal Clerks) a World Wide organisation of Parish Clerks based in America.
I have to admit it is like coming home and I am very pleased to be back serving a community that I have always had a resonance with. I am her to serve so please do let me know as and when I can be of assistance.