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 forty years and have been the chairman for the past fourteen.
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
Until recently I had 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 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.
Specific responsibilities: Staffing, Development Control Planning, Community, Memorial Field, Langport and Huish Episcopi Youth Group.

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.
Specific responsibilities: Staffing, Land Management (including lengthsman) Development Control Planning, Community.

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.
Specific responsibilities: Community, Annie Tite Fund, War memorial, Community Speed Watch.

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.

Specific responsibilities: Memorial Field, Langport and Huish Episcopi Youth Group

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.
Specific responsibilities: Community, Allotments Liaison, Environment (inc footpaths)

Jane Redfearn

Jane Redfearn

I moved with my husband Graham to Huish Episcopi in 1984, after 10 years’ service in the WRNS. Both our girls were educated at the Huish Episcopi primary and secondary schools and I was a governor for some time at both schools. I was the Huish Episcopi Parish Clerk from 1997-2018 and also worked part time at the Langport Surgery 2007-2013. Now retired, I am an active grandmother while remaining very involved with a number of community organisations and a local church.

Specific responsibility
- Land Management (including lengthsman)


Arwyn Mark Harris


Having grown up in Curry Rivel I have lived in and around Huish Episcopi for all of my adult life, bar a couple of years living and working in London in my 20s. My father, Terry, taught at what is now the Academy for many years and I am sure is known to many of you. I am married to Judith, whose father and his brothers originally owned what is now the ABP abattoir. My two daughters attended the Primary School (of which I was a governor), then moving on to the Academy where they both did well at what is a highly rated and successful school. I have been chairman of the local Round Table when there was a branch centred in Langport, and I now run my own vehicle leasing business in Yeovil.

Among a host of issues I am interested in what brings new residents to the developments in the Parish and how the infrastructure of Huish and Langport will be affected.
Specific responsibility - Abattoir Liaison

Julia Mary Frances Gadd


I lived in the centre of Langport for over 30 years and in 2017 moved just up the road to Huish Episcopi. I have always been an active member of my local community, helping with many community projects and events such as the Walking Festival, Friends of Langport Library and the Langport & Area Dementia Action Alliance. I am also a trustee of two local charities. I am now semi-retired after many years working as a Sales & Marketing manager. I was a Langport town councillor for almost 20 years, working hard with fellow councillors & Huish Episcopi parish council to provide better facilities for residents of both Langport and Huish Episcopi. I believe the two councils need to work closely to do the best we can for all our parishioners.
When I’m not busy you will often see me out walking with my dog, Norman, enjoying our fantastic countryside. We are always happy to stop for a chat!
Specific responsibilities: Environment (inc footpaths), LTC Tourism and Marketing

Keith Peto

Keith Peto

Mary and I have been married since 1975, we have two daughters and four grandchildren. We are active members of our church, where we have been involved in children's and youth work among other things. We have lived in Huish Episcopi, close to Eli's pub, since 2005. We see our future in this beautiful part of the country and really feel part of the community. Being here a relatively short time, I feel I can relate to new folk moving into the area as well as life long residents.
My career with BT culminated as Customer Service Senior Manager for top finance companies, insurance companies and banks. Throughout my career I was an active trade union member. I believe unfairness, victimisation, discrimination and bullying have no place in employment or life. I found working amicably with, and latterly as, management, very rewarding. I retired in June 2012
I was governor at our daughters school, chairing dispute meetings with staff, pupils and parents among other things.. I would like to offer my experience, dedication and knowledge to help make Huish Episcopi a better place for all, as best I can.
I set up and lead the Community Speed Watch here, I have an understanding of local flooding, planning and traffic concerns, especially HGV. I have been part of Abattoir liaison meetings. I worked with Langport Town Council trying to resolve concerns about The Hill and especially the Hanging Chapel conservation areas.
Specific responsibilities: Community Speed Watch, Speed Indication Device team member.

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.




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