Members of the Parish Council

Parish Councillors representing Norton St Philip, Farleigh Hungerford & Hassage:

Ian Hasell

Ian Hasell

Chair

7 Monmouth Paddock
Norton St Philip
Somerset
BA2 7LA

01373 834558

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Margaret and I moved here with our family in 1979. Some 40+ years later we are still here so it has well and truly become our home. I first became involved in village life with Church Mead committee, the village football team, helping erect a cricket pavilion and organising the first bonfire night. After my first retirement in 1998 I became more heavily involved in community life and became both Parish and District Councillor for several years, helping to create the first Parish Plan in 2005. Other work commitments intervened for several years but in recent years I have been asked to Chair the Shepherds Mead Village Green Group and after that the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. I have represented the village at several public inquiries so planning and the future development of the village is a major interest.

Michael Walker

Michael Walker

Vice Chair

The Rectory
Vicarage Lane
Norton St Philip
BA2 7LY

01225 834258

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Caroline and I moved to Norton St Philip in 2013 from Northamptonshire, where I had managed a predominantly arable mixed farm for the previous 25 years. We had Lincoln Red cattle, Middle White pigs and Suffolk cross lambs going through our farm shop.
I joined the Parish Council in 2014 and have been on the planning sub group that looks at planning applications and arranges site visits as necessary.
More recently I helped set up a Volunteer School Crossing Patrol and was involved in the Traffic Consultation Day that sought to fnd out residents' views on a number of issues around traffic and parking in the village. I am also the PC representative on the Palairet Hall committee.
Being married to the Rector, I get involved in things Church and we are fortunate in having such an attractive building that can be used for a number of different activities.

Rupert Foster

Rupert Foster

Councillor

Norton House
Bath Road
Norton St Philip
BA2 7LW

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I moved with my family to the village in 2015 from Western Australia, where we had spent a few years on the beach. My wife is from Western Australia, but I hail from the less exotic London.
I have only recently joined the Parish Council but became involved with the Cricket Club soon after my arrival. Playing cricket on Church Mead on a summer’s evening is a wonderful and special experience even if you have just been out for a duck.
Norton St Philip is a very welcoming village with a unique historical heritage and a beautiful visage. I hope very much to contribute to the village’s strong community spirit and to maintaining its very special heritage

Val Fox

Val Fox

Councillor

5 Farleigh Road
Norton St Philip
Somerset
BA2 7PG

01373 834001

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I was born in the West Country but my formative years were spent in London. In the early Eighties, I moved to Norton St Philip where I married, started a family and a business. My background is in the arts and design. Now semi-retired, I’m still involved in graphics but I’m also a part-time gardener with a keen interest in the environment.
In the Nineties, I was very involved with the Church Mead Committee and also the very successful fundraising Playground Group. I’ve been a Traffic Action Group member and voracious HGV spotter for about five years and I’ve just gained my badge as a Speedwatch volunteer. The traffic issue is only one aspect of village life that has changed since I moved here. Some things have improved; some things are just the same – the sense of community, certainly; and some things need to be protected and cherished before we lose them. As a councillor I hope to get that balance right.

George Hitchins

George Hitchins

Councillor

29 Fortescue Street
Norton St. Philip
BA27PE

01373 834863 / 07850 369456

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Amanda and I moved to Fortescue Fields in 2014 after spending our working lives in London. I worked in the film and television industry as a sound engineer.
I have known the area all my life; my parents lived locally as did my grandparents.
I became involved in local affairs quite quickly, working with the village group opposed to the planned Fortescue Fields expansion. I was also involved in the proposed inclusion of the Fortescue West and Ponds fields as Local Green Spaces in Mendip’s Local Plan Part 2.
I am delighted to have recently become Treasurer of Church Mead.

Barbi Lund

Barbi Lund

Councillor

Lyde Green Cottage
Lyde Green
Norton St Philip
BA2 7ND

07846 335636

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I was born and spent my formative years in South Africa but left at 23 because I no longer wished to live under the apartheid system. I travelled widely in my twenties finally settling in Devon where both my children were born.
I have been lucky enough to have two careers, firstly as a Psychology lecturer and then, after completing a law degree and LPC in my mid-forties, as a contract manager within the NHS. I retired from the NHS in April 2019 and was delighted to be elected as a Green Party District Councillor for Rode & Norton St Philip in May.
I trained as a yoga teacher in the noughties and teach two classes in Norton St Philip – a great way to get to know a variety of people (in a variety of postures!)
Neil and I moved to Norton St Philip in 2010. We both have a keen interest in environmental issues, and I am a founder member of Sustainable Norton St Philip and a member of the Rode, Norton St Philip and Beckington Climate Emergency Group.

Catriona Murfitt

Catriona Murfitt

Bridge House
Farleigh-Hungerford
BA2 7RS

01225 776401

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I grew up in the Channel Islands, but moved to ‘the mainland’ to start my career as a barrister in London where I was based for 26 years, before being appointed as a Circuit Judge in Essex in 2007. After 13 years working in that region I retired in 2021, and I am now a part-time student of Creative Arts Practice at Bath Spa University. I have long been in love with our part of Somerset, and bought my home in Farleigh-Hungerford back in 2001. At last I am able to live here full time, and hope now to contribute in some way to the community which I am proud to call my own.