Notice of Vacancy  

A vacancy for a councillor has occurred on the Parish Council. The above link is the Public Notice relating to the procedure to fill the vacancy.

Current Councillors

Tony Appleton

Telephone: 01747 840168


I was persuaded recently to join the Parish Council by other members who considered that my in-put would be worthwhile. Whilst it has never been my ambition to be a member of the parish council I am ready to contribute my time and energy for the good of the village.

Susan and I moved from Bourton to our smallholding in Pen Selwood twenty two years ago, some ten years previous to that we had purchased a paddock in the village, this to accommodate our horses. Our smallholding and horse activities have given me experience of animal husbandry, land management and a deep interest in all rural activities.

I have recently retired after selling our successful retail and manufacturing business in Gillingham, this we had for thirty- five years. Running our business has necessitated a good knowledge of accountancy, staff management and public relations.

Pen Selwood is a unique community where most residents are pro-active in one way or another. It is good to be part of a friendly and welcoming local society. Since we have lived here I have been involved with helping at the annual horse show and also other charity events held in the village over the years.

I will continue to play an active role in village life and look forward to helping with any changes that may be made for the better of the village.

Jane Ashman

Telephone: 01747 841481


I have lived in Pen with my partner Richard since June 2009 having moved here from Bristol. I have also lived in small villages in Cheshire and North Wales in the past. A social worker by profession my working life has been variously in Liverpool, North Wales, Bristol and Bath and at all levels, frontline to Director. I now work independently from home, mainly concerned with improving the way services respond to and where necessary protect vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect.

Since coming to the village I have enjoyed getting involved in the really positive life and activity that goes on here. I became involved in developing the community plan, from which I have been delighted to see and participate in the development of a number of new community activities. I joined the bell-ringing group to learn a new skill and help keep alive a village tradition and have regularly helped with another tradition: the village fete. I can often be spotted walking the many wonderful footpaths we have with our 2 lively vizsla dogs.

I joined the Parish Council in May 2013 and try to input positively to the modest contribution the Parish Council can make to village life, but I recognise the biggest contribution comes from its residents. My aim therefore, is for the Parish Council to facilitate what you want from our village.


Adrian Carter (Vice Chair)

Telephone: 01747 841431


Elizabeth and I have lived in Pen for 15 years and feel very settled here. We take pleasure in involving ourselves in village activities - the book club, play reading group, helping with the fete and joining in the village walks. My horse and I took the mutual decision to retire a year ago and I have turned instead to becoming an education junkie. I start an MA in Politics and Contemporary History in London in September 2015.

I am a holding trustee for the village hall. My priority as a parish councillor will be to preserve what is precious about Pen - the quiet, enjoyment of the countryside, the sense of community - while enabling those who want it to take advantage of a changing world through better broadband access. I am interested in how the parish council works and could work better, in particular engaging more effectively with the community we serve.

Peter FitzGerald

Telephone: 01747 840895


My family have lived at Pen Mill farm for nearly 50 years and my small farm is very important to me.

I practiced as a solicitor for 45 years and I find my legal background is often helpful in parish matters.

My interests are the countryside, horses, walking, reading and the arts. My wife Sarah is a keen gardener and garden historian. I have three grown up daughters.

I am chairman and trustee of two major charities, one for assisting phobias and OCDs and the other for educating urban children about countryside matters. I organise the Blackmore Vale hedge-laying competition. I am currently walking to Rome by weekly stages. I am also writing a book about Nathaniel Ireson, the Wincanton architect.


Andrew Jenkins

Telephone: 01747 840773

Sandra and I have lived in Pen Selwood since April 1975 having moved here when we got married. All three of our children were born and brought up in the village.
I have taught in a successful local Comprehensive School for 30 years and have been a member of the Parish Council for 28 years. I am a holding trustee for the Village Hall and am also on the Village Hall Committee, Community Field Committee and, have for a number of years, been vice chairman of the Selwood Sports and Social Club. In 1996 I compiled the book Pen to Paper Memories of Pen Selwood by Vi Hocking and am, at present, putting together the life story of a very prominent past member of our community. 

Alex Juckes

Fox Bank Lodge, Pear Ash Lane, Pen Selwood BA98LX

01747 841437 

Jenny Steadman (Chairman)

Telephone: 01747 841041


I have always thought that living in a small village is a great privilege and being active within the community a real pleasure.

Penselwood is a very special and a very busy place. Since moving here from Wiltshire in 2007 Ian and I have been involved in many activities in the village from drama to socials like the Pen Feast. I run the bookstall at the Fete and provide the lunches for the judges, sponsors and helpers at the Horse and Dog show. From book club to gardening club there is always something on.

I am an antiquarian bookdealer with a small business specialising in books of travel and exploration in the Middle East and Central and Eastern Asia, although now very semi-retired. We have two grown up sons, daughters in law and four grandchildren.

I enjoy going travelling, walking, especially around Pen, I love my garden and I’m learning to grow vegetables in my allotment. I also like reading, yoga and would like to be able to paint and draw better.

I love this village and as a Parish councillor will do all I can to maintain and enhance its unique character.

Clerk Mrs Anne Kaile

Telephone: 01460 240667

  The Old Dairy House
 Compton Durville
 South Petherton
 TA13 5ET

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