Bruton Town Council consists of 13 elected councillors, elected every four years. The next elections are due in May 2019.
The current councillors (in alphabetical order) are:
I’ve lived in Somerset for over thirty years and Bruton for the last eight. I work at a small e-commerce company in Wiltshire. Most of my spare time is spent following Bath Rugby or going to live music with my wife, Eve.
I’m particularly keen to encourage participation in decision making by residents the town, and to ensure that we have a long term plan for the future of Bruton which we can all get behind.
15 Quaperlake Street Bruton BA10 0HF
I have lived in Bruton for most of my life and have always loved it. I attended Bruton primary school and later Sexey’s school for situ form. When the chance to be more involved in the community arose I jumped at the chance. I particularly enjoy being able to help people in the community and keeping Bruton the lovely place to live that I have always felt it is. Being involved in my local community has always been very important to me and being able to do so in an official capacity is fantastic.I studied Commercial Music at Bath Spa University and since graduating I have been an active musician and worked in event production at various festivals including being a part of the pack horse fair team.My biggest love is music. I play guitar, sing and write my own material as well as playing covers when I perform.
Railway Cottage, Lusty, Bruton BA10 0BX
I have lived in Bruton for almost 30 years. Until I retired in 2014 I was a secondary teacher for 40 years the last 30 at Ansford and Sexey’s schools. I was heavily involved in the introduction of Citizenship in the core curriculum. I am passionate about giving everyone a “voice” and encouraging them to use it and engage in the democratic process at every level.Having brought up two children in this community, taught here,chaired the committee of Cotmmunity Kids and been on the PCC,serving as Church Warden for several years I feel I have an insight into most aspects of the life of the community. Having more free time after I retired I wanted to contribute more and joined the council in January 2017. I feel it is essential that this community meets the needs of everyone regardless of their age or status.
I write and illustrate books for children, and have lived in Bruton with my family for 27 years.
I’ve been a councillor since 2014. I sit on the Planning and Finance committees, chair the Transport committee, and liaise regularly with the Bruton Community Partnership.
Bruton’s traffic problems are particularly challenging. We’re working hard to find solutions, but with the savage cuts Government have imposed on county councils, progress is frustratingly slow. We’re having to be more creative the way we fund projects, and have found ways to pay for Bruton’s own Speed Indicator Device, and a 20 mph scheme to be introduced soon. Thanks to Steve Turner, Community Speedwatch will be starting shortly.
I’m particularly pleased the Council is making greater efforts to be more open and inclusive. We’ve started work on a Town Plan and hope to consult regularly with the residents of Bruton about some exciting schemes for the future.
13 Quaperlake Street, Bruton BA10 0HF
I came to Bruton in the year 2000 from across the border in Dorset. My son attended King’s and the journey to and from the school took about three hours out of his day. Rather than paying for him to board, I bought a house in Bruton. So here I am, via Buckinghamshire, Hong Kong and London. I live with two cats and a tortoise. I like to know what is going on and, if possible, do something about it so I joined the Town Council. At the moment my particular concern is the Durslade allotments,
5 Grove Alley, Bruton BA10 0ET
Steve Hall (Chairman & Mayor)
I have served on Bruton Town Council for approximately six years, and am currently in my second as Chair. I was persuaded to join the Council as it was believed my position as a licensee was perfect for keeping up with people’s needs and wants in town, and also their complaints, and a public house provides not only an easily recognisable point of contact but also a place where ideas are formulated, discussed and communicated amongst townsfolk.I have lived in Bruton for around ten years, but in the area for almost twenty five having lived and worked in Redlynch, Pitcombe and Shepton Montague.I haven’t always been in the licensed trade, for many years I was in Agriculture, Conservation and game keeping; I also taught land-based industries for a brief time at Agricultural College, and with that background I feel myself reasonably well qualified to be Bruton Council’s Tree Warden .
I find Council work rewarding and stimulating, especially in my role as Chairman, and hope to continue well into the future.
The Sun Inn, 33 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AH
Tolbury Lodge, Higher Tolbury, Bruton BA10 0DJ
I am originally from Scotland (my parents moved to London when I was four and I lost my accent). In the late 1960’s my mother and father bought a small cottage in St Catherine’s Hill to use as a second home. I have visited Bruton regularly since then and lived here for four years in the 80’s. I and my wife Christine eventually bought and renovated the cottage, moving here permanently in 2011.
I am a qualified social worker. For many years I worked as a manager in public services, managing health services, educational services and social services. On moving to Somerset I joined the county council as a senior manager of services for older people. I retired from full time work in May 2015.
As the son of former second home owners I have very much wanted to give something back to the town, and this has been part of the reason for me becoming a councillor.
When not busy doing town council work I walk the dog, tend our Durslade allotment, cook, and sing with Bruton Choral Society.
16-18 St. Catherines Hill, Bruton BA10 0DG
I was lucky to grow up in South Somerset, in West Camel, attending Queen Camel Primary School, Ansford Comprehensive (as it was then), then Yeovil College. Like many of our young people, I had to leave the area for university and then work. I returned in 2006 to Shepton Montague, just outside Bruton.
Professionally, I advise businesses and NGOs on sustainability strategy and policy. I am also active in ‘Green’ issues regionally and nationally, especially those related to energy, economy and our South West countryside. Bruton is a vibrant town today, with some unique history. I look forward to working with the Council and community to help the town continue to thrive.
John has lived in Bruton since 2000 and has been a Councillor since 2009. He left the Army after 27 years service in 2007 and now runs his own Consultancy business. His wife works at the Growing Space in Wincanton and both his sons were educated at Bruton Primary school and Sexey’s. He feels very fortunate to have found Bruton. He loves living here and is motivated by making Bruton an even better place to live.
His interests include skiing, cycling, golf, most other sports (watching (in the pub ideally) rather than participating) and music. As a Councillor he is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Services and Amenities Committee, and he is the lead Councillor for the Jubilee Park Development Programme.
The Old Flowers, 7 Lusty, Bruton BA10 0BX
Lisa Pickering (Vice-Chairman)
Lisa has been a Bruton Town Councillor since 2001. In that time she has worked under four different Mayors and has been Vice Chair for all but two years of her service.
She has helped instigate many projects within the town, including the installation of the youth play area including the skate ramp, refurbishing the Jubilee play area, working with Hauser and Wirth to get the Durslade walled garden allotments up and running, helping to persuade Sexey’s School to open as a day school for local children, and getting a pedestrian crossing installed by Budgens to enable Sexey’s day-pupils to cross safely on their way to and from school.
She also created the Packhorse Fair and continues to co-ordinate the event and she is the Chair of the Bruton Festival of Arts Committee. She has worked as a senior house tutor at Sexey’s school since 1998 and since 2004 she has been employed by Glastonbury Festival as manager of ‘The Field of Avalon.’
She is married to Andrew Pickering and they have four grown up children.
78 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AJ
Justin returned to Bruton Town Council in 2016, having previously served on the council between 2002 and 2013, which included an eight-year period as chairman and town mayor. He is also a former deputy leader of the county council, where he held the community services portfolio for four years and chaired the county’s cultural forum, strategic health board and the project board that oversaw the creation of the Museum of Somerset and new county archive centre.Justin now works as the executive officer at the Somerset Association of Local Councils, providing advice, training and support to over 260 town and parish councils. He is also a director of the SWCLCA, a not-for-profit company that organises conferences and events across the region to promote best practice in local government.
4 The Square, Bruton BA10 0AJ
Committees: Finance & General Purposes, Human Resources, Planning
Sunnydene, 76 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AJ
Clerk to the Council:
The Community Office, Dovecote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA