Meet The Council

Bruton Town Council consists of 13 elected councillors, elected every four years. The next elections are due in May 2023.

You can find a list of which councillors sit on which committees at

The current councillors (in alphabetical order) are:

Stuart Anderton

I’ve lived in Somerset for over thirty years and Bruton for the last ten. 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

01749 812079

Abi Baker

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


Karen Baker

 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.

Mike Brownlow

I write and illustrate children’s books and have lived in Bruton with my family for over 30 years.
I’ve been a town councillor since 2014, working on many different projects in that time, including those to do with transport and the Town Plan. Bruton has managed to thrive recently despite the difficulties caused by cutbacks to County funding, but there many more big challenges headed our way. I’m very keen to help put together a Neighbourhood Plan, which will give us some measure of protection from unwanted development, and I’d like to see Bruton become part of an enlarged Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, something the Council wants to work towards in conjunction with the Bruton Trust, of which I’m also a member. I welcome and support the new initiatives springing up to encourage Bruton to implement One Planet principles.
I had the honour to be voted the National Association of Local Councillors (NALC) Councillor of the Year in 2017.

13 Quaperlake Street, Bruton BA10 0HF

01749 812288

James Buckland

I have lived in Bruton all my life and in this time have witnessed many changes to our little town. Our community is constantly growing and peopleʼs needs along with it. I currently work as a landscape gardener and have always been in manual work including 9 and a half years at Bruton school for girls working within the maintenance team. In my line of work I am constantly meeting people and really enjoy interacting with them as people have such great tales to tell.

I decided to stand for the town council as I feel there is still so much good to be done. I hope to bring new fresh ideas to the town and with support of my fellow councillors will further benefit people from all ages and backgrounds as well as be a great representative for our local community. Iʼm interested to learn all I can to grow as a councillor and thank the people of Bruton for giving me such a great opportunity and will do the best of my ability for you all.

1 Sunnyhill Cottages, Mill Lane, Pitcombe, Bruton BA10 0PH.

07803 349959

Jocelyn Crawford

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 my cat 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

01749 812333

Shelagh Day

Biography to come

16 Cole Road, Bruton BA10

James Hood

I am originally from Scotland but have lived in England for most of my life. I have visited Bruton regularly since about 1970 and lived here for four years in the 80’s. I and my wife Christine eventually moved here permanently in 2011.

I retired from full time work in May 2015, having worked as a senior manager in the health services and in local authorities (most recently for Somerset County Council). I joined the Town Council in late 2015. Being retired means I have been able to put a lot of work in: I led the development of Bruton’s Town Plan and the recent Unionist Club Community Consultation.

When not busy doing 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

07968 728959

Carol Fradley

I joined Bruton town council because I love Bruton. Having spent most of my life here I have a good perspective on the town. I have seen the many positive changes that make Bruton such a vibrant place and I look forward to being involved in the continuation of this approach while being mindful of the qualities that make Bruton such a special place to live.

Whilst working for the Civil Service and then teaching for more than 20 years at Upton Noble Primary school I have experience of working with and for the community. I and my children were educated at Bruton schools and I have had links with all the schools through my teaching career, my children and various clubs I have been associated with such as coordinator of Bruton Boredom Busters ( a children’s summer play scheme ) and as an active member of Bruton Players.
My other interests include daily walks with my husband roaming around our local footpaths and enjoying our spectacular views and wildlife. I enjoy crafts such as dress making and knitting, I’m a keen gardener and love cooking fresh produce straight from the garden. Coming out of lockdown it has been fantastic spending time with my two grand children and my two children and their partners.
I have had some wonderful support from Bruton people on joining the council and hope I can live up to their expectations.

Address to come.

Phone to come.

Ewan Jones (Chair and Mayor)

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.

Kingsdown House, Shepton Montague, Somerset BA9 8JL
07770 611827

Lisa Pickering 

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

01749 813772

Justin Robinson

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

07436 115706

Clerk to the Council:

Town Clerk

The Community Office, Dovecote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA

01749 813014



Assistant Clerk, Patrick Pender-Cudlip

The Community Office, Dovecote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA

01749 813014


Eve Anderton

Community Development Officer, Eve Anderton

The Community Office, Dovecote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA

01749 813014

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