We currently have a vacancy for a new Parish Councillor if you are interested please click on the link below and follow the instructions for applying.

Current Councillors


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 am currently a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Foundation Acute & Community Trust which takes up 5/6 days a month but am otherwise retired from full time employment.

Since coming to the village I have enjoyed getting involved in the really positive life and activities that go on here. I became involved in developing the community plan, from which I have been delighted to see that a number of new community activities that arose from it are still thriving. I regularly help with the Black Bin Cafe and of course the annual fete. I can often be spotted walking the many wonderful footpaths we have with our 3 lively vizsla dogs.

I joined the Parish Council in May 2013 and take the lead  for any employment issues that arise in our responsibilities for employing the Parish Clerk. I am also the Parish Council Representative on the Penselwood Community Association. I 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. 

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. 

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. 

Since moving here from Wiltshire in 2007 Ian and I have been involved in many activities in the village from the  fetes to the socials and I have been on the Parish Council for a number of years. I head up the team that runs the very successful Black Bin Café every other Friday morning, a great place for people to meet up and chat.
I am now retired but for many years ran a  antiquarian book business specialising in 18th and 19th century  books of travel and exploration in the Middle East, Central and Eastern Asia and the Far East.   An area that still holds a great deal of fascination for me. 

Ian and I have have two grown up sons, two  daughters in law and four grandchildren.

I love to travel and am lucky that I have been able to visit many countries, some of which are definitely no-go areas now. 

I like to go walking and in fact it was the number of footpaths around this parish that led us to Pen in the first place.  Looking after my garden and my vegetable patch takes a lot of my time.  I like to read, practise Yoga and Tai Chi, sew and embroider and wish I could paint and draw better

Pen Selwood is a very special village and as a Parish Councillor I will do my best to preserve and enhance its unique character.
Helen Stenson info to follow

Charles Meaden info to follow

Clerk Mrs Anne Tuck

Telephone: 01935 850632 mob 07538502812

Merryfield, Camel Street, Marston Magna, Yeovil, Somerset. BA22 8DD

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