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The Council comprises nine members

Shirley Nicholas

Shirley NicholasA

Chairman of Huish Episcopi Parish Council 

I was born in Langport and am proud of my roots. In deciding to stand for election to the Parish Council, I was strongly influenced by my Father who served on the Langport Town Council for many years.
I have served Huish Episcopi Parish Council for nearly forty years and have been the chairman for the past nine years.
I am the Parish Council’s representative on the Langport and Huish Recreational Field Committee.
I represent Huish Episcopi Parish Council on the Langport and District Youth Club Committee.
Prior to being appointed PA to the Head Teacher of Wadham Community School in Crewkerne, a position I held for 22 years, I had worked for two businesses in Langport as a secretary to the MD’s
From its inception, I have been a member of the Friends of Langport Surgery. One of the functions of The Friends is to raise funds by way of raffles and events, the proceeds of which fund evening talk sessions covering general health issues. Practical matters have also been addressed, for instance the provision of automatic surgery entrance doors to assist the disabled.
I have long thought that a twenty four hour access for all parishoners to a defibrillator was desirable. Likewise the provision of some form of excess speed awareness either side of the Academy, with the full backing of our council both have come into being.
I have two daughters, both living locally. I was widowed in 1989, however, five years after this I met my partner John, who happens to be the current webmaster of this website.
All of our councillors have to be dedicated and capable of seeking the best way forward for Huish Episcopi.

Graham Lock

Graham Lock

Vice Chairman

I was born in Aller into a farming family.
In 1980 I moved to Merricks Farm, Huish Episcopi with my wife Margaret and son Matthew. In 1990 I retired from farming to pursue other interests.
In 1980 I was approached by the then Chairman of the council Reg Pitman and Wilf Adams to join Huish Episcopi Parish Council, which I duly did and have enjoyed the role ever since.
I now reside in Huish Episcopi from where I operate a transport business.
For the past twenty years I have been Chairman of the Huish Episcopi and Langport Cricket Club.
I take the same view now as I did some 30 odd years ago that Huish Episcopi should support Langport as much as possible if our communities are to prosper and grow.

John Wood

John Wood
I have lived and worked in Somerset for the last fifty-three years and been a resident in Wearne since 1983. I am married to Beverly and we have three grown-up daughters. On retiring from Westland Helicopters, I joined Huish Episcopi Parish Council in 2002 and have served the interests of our community, especially Wearne and Combe residents, ever since. Some of my past major involvements have been helping to keep the free car parking in Langport Town and sorting out the numerous issues with the new Bartlett’s Elm roundabout which I am delighted to say has proved to be a great improvement for both traffic flow and pedestrian safety. I have more recently been involved in compiling a community survey and analysing the results. I remain dedicated to serving to the best of my ability the whole community with the main objective for Huish Episcopi and Langport Town to continue to flourish and prosper.

Frank Pope

Frank PopeA

I have lived in Huish Episcopi for 15 years and have served on the Parish Council for the last 6 years.

I am married to Joan and we have 5 sons and 15 grandchildren.

I worked for Clarks Shoe Factory in Plymouth as a Supervisor for 32 years.

I am interested in Gardening, Woodworking and DIY.

I am a tenant at one of the allotments at Pibsbury, and it was my interest in gardening and allotments that led me to become a Parish Councillor and representative of the allotment holders.

Barry Horsgood

I worked for Plymouth City Bus for 5 years and later joined the MOD in 1970 based at HM Naval Base, Devonport, Plymouth. During my time there, I served two years on RFA ships.
In 1982 I moved to Huish Episcopi following a promotion and transfer to RNAS Yeovilton, where I was the MT operations manager until I retired in 2005.
Immediately following my retirement from the MOD I started work in the Aerospace industry, but have now retired from that also.
In my spare time I was a football referee for over 30 years
I am chairman of Huish & Langport youth club.



Creole Palmer

I have lived in Huish Episcopi for a number of years now having moved here from London with my two children. I have family in the area and both of my children are at local schools. Working full-time as a lawyer and taking care of my family tends to keep me busy but in my spare time, I enjoy walking the moors with my two lively dogs and also, I have developed a passion for gardening and furniture restoration. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and good local amenities, and part of my motivation for becoming a parish councillor is to help promote Huish Episcopi as an area where families can thrive



Robert Crumb

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I was born in Huish Episcopi and have lived here all my life. I am in fact the fifth generation of our family that has lived in the parish.
Throughout my working life I have been a plumber, initially working in my own business and latterly for a Housing Association. Recently I retired and thus feel well placed to try to give something back to the community, serving on the Parish Council would, I feel, be a good way to do this.
I am keen to help and support clubs and associations in Huish Episcopi / Langport and have been closely involved with the cricket club whilst my Son played for them over many seasons.
My wife and I have one of the local allotments, we keep bees and enjoy spending time tending the growing vegetables.
My hobbies include observing wildlife and walking, I am also passionate about photography.
My aim would be to do all that I can in supporting our village of Huish Episcopi and the people that are lucky enough to live here.


Richard Stranger


I was born in Middleham in Yorkshire and moved to Langport in 1955 where I have lived ever since.

I was educated at Huish Episcopi Secondary Modern School.

I am married to Sandra and have two sons, Gary and Thomas.

I have spent most of my working life employed at Hinkley Point Power Station as a contract engineer.


Keith Peto

Keith Peto
Mary and I were married 1975 and have lived in the heart of Huish Episcopi since late 2005. We were both born in Surrey and spent many happy years there bringing up our two daughters. We now have grandchildren and try to spend as much time as possible with them all. My DIY skills are always in demand.
I started my career with BT, culminating as Senior Manager responsible for top finance customers. 
I was parent governor at our daughters’ school, working on nursery provision and chairing dispute meetings with staff, pupils and parents among other things. 
We moved to Huish Episcopi in 2005 and I retired in June 2012.
When working I was an active trade union member. I found negotiating amicably with, and latterly as, management, very rewarding. I believe unfairness, victimisation, discrimination and bullying have no place in employment or life.
Mary and I are committed Christians and active members of our Church. We see our future here in Huish Episcopi. 
I have the best interests of Huish Episcopi at heart and want to try to use my experience and knowledge to help make our community a better place for all. I am approachable, fair minded and able to hold my ground in debate if necessary.

Lisa Newby

 Lisa 200Parish Clerk

Lisa Newby has lived in Langport for almost 7 years since moving from Essex in April 2011. Her background is banking, but Lisa now works as a science technician in St Dunstan’s school in Glastonbury. Lisa is treasurer for the Langport and Huish Youth Group and also involved in the Flag Project, which provides the wonderful flags that go up in Langport each summer. She also practises bell ringing at St Mary’s Church, and is part of a weekly local running group.




 County and District Councillor – Clare Aparicio Paul - 

District Councillor - Gerard Tucker (Turn Hill) -