Who We Are
Click here to see the Councillors' record of attendance at council meetings from May 2018 to 31 March 2019.
Ms Gill Williams
5 Pine Lea
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.
Declaration of interests
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The Chairman and vice-Chairman are members of every committee.
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.