Meet The Council

Bruton Town Council consists of 13 elected councillors, chosen every four years. The next elections are due in May 2027, because of the change to unitary authority altering the dates.

You can find a list of which councillors sit on which committees at https://brutontowncouncil.gov.uk/what-we-do/council-comittees/

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

stuart.anderton@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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

abi.baker@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


 

Grahame Baker

Originally from Gillingham in Kent I spent fifteen years working as a civilian in Chatham Naval Dockyard primarily on submarines as a navigation and targeting engineer. Then moving onto explosives testing and approval in Essex. I moved to Bruton Somerset in 1985 to work at what was Plessey in Templecombe on Sonar systems including Trident submarines meaning many weeks at sea. From there I joined a high level secure communications company and became their lead Designer, Accreditor and installation manager for secure data and communication systems throughout the UK. I have been involved in setting up and managing the local football club for the benefit of children and adults within the Town and surrounding areas increasing participation since 1999. During my time in Bruton I have helped raise funds for charities and recently increased the number of defibrillators for the Town. Now retired and still living locally, I understand the people and the Town. I can also put in more effort to help the Town and its residents to improve the area and its environment.

Railway Cottage, Lusty, Bruton BA10 0BX

01749 812278

grahame.baker@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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

james.buckland@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


Emma Coulter

 To Come

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emma.coulter@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


Jamie Cullen

 To Come

Address to come

Phone to come

jamie.cullen@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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

jocelyn.crawford@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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. In 2016 and 2017 I led the development of Bruton’s Town Plan. More recently I have led the Council’s successful bid for Climate Emergency Funding for our Retrofit Bruton and Cary project, and I lead the Footpaths Group.

When not busy doing Council work I walk the dog, tend our Durslade allotment and cook.

16-18 St. Catherines Hill, Bruton BA10 0DG

07968 728959

james.hood@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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.

carol.fradley@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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

ewan.jones@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


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

justin.robinson@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


David Taylor

 To Come

Address to come

Phone to come

david.taylor@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


Allan Wilson

 To Come

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Phone to come

allan.wilson@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk


Council Staff

Town Clerk

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

01749 813014

townclerk@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk

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Deputy Clerk, Patrick Pender-Cudlip

patrick.pender-cudlip@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk

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Assistant Clerk, Antonio Piazza

antonio.piazza@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk

Eve Anderton

Community Development Officer, Eve Anderton

cdo@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk

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