Members of the Parish Council

Parish Councillors representing Norton St Philip, Farleigh Hungerford & Hassage:

Clerk To The Parish Council

Nicola Duke B.A (Hons), FSLCC

Address: 81 Studland Park, Westbury,  Wiltshire. BA13 3HN

Tel: 01373 864127


The role of a Parish Clerk

Ian Hasell (Chair) 


Contact Ian: 


Tel: 01373 834558

Margaret and I moved here with our family in 1979. Some 40+ years later we are still here so it has well and truly become our home. I first became involved in village life with Church Mead committee, the village football team, helping erect a cricket pavilion and organising the first bonfire night. After my first retirement in 1998 I became more heavily involved in community life and became both Parish and District Councillor for several years, helping to create the first Parish Plan in 2005. Other work commitments intervened for several years but in recent years I have been asked to Chair the Shepherds Mead Village Green Group and after that the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. I have represented the village at several public inquiries so planning and the future development of the village is a major interest.


Michael Walker (Vice-Chair)

Michael Walker

Contact Michael:
T: 01225 834258

We moved to Norton St Philip in 2013 from Northamptonshire, where I have managed a predominantly arable mixed farm for the past 25 years. We had Lincoln Red cattle, Middle White pigs and Suffolk cross lambs going through our farm shop.

I joined the Parish Council in 2014 and have been part of the TAG group doing both Speedwatch and the HGV watch.

I am also part of the Churchmead committee.

Being married to the Vicar, I get involved in things in the Church! I am also helping with Grabbits on a Thursday evening.

NSP is a unique village with a great community spirit, and I aim to encourage its development and progress for the maximum benefit of all.

George Hitchins

Contact George:


Tel: 01373 834863 & 07850 369456

Amanda and I moved to Fortescue Fields in 2014 after spending our working lives in London. I worked in the film and television industry as a sound engineer.

I have known the area all my life; my parents live locally as did my grandparents.

I became involved in local affairs quite quickly, working with the village group opposed to the planned Fortescue Fields expansion. I was also involved in the proposed inclusion of the Fortescue West and Ponds fields as Local Green Spaces in Mendip’s Local Plan Part 2.

I am delighted to have recently become Treasurer of Church Mead

Barbi Lund


I was born and spent my formative years in South Africa but left at 23 because I no longer wished to live under the apartheid system.  I travelled widely in my twenties finally settling in Devon where both my children were born.

I have been lucky enough to have two careers, firstly as a Psychology lecturer and then, after completing a law degree and LPC in my mid-forties, as a contract manager within the NHS. I retired from the NHS in April 2019 and was delighted to be elected as a Green Party District Councillor for Rode & Norton St Philip in May.

I trained as a yoga teacher in the noughties and teach two classes in Norton St Philip – a great way to get to know a variety of people (in a variety of postures!)

Neil and I moved to Norton St Philip in 2010. We both have a keen interest in environmental issues, and I am a founder member of Sustainable Norton St Philip.


Tel: 07846 335636

Rupert Foster

(More details to follow)

I moved with my family to the village in 2015 from Western Australia, where we had spent a few years on the beach. My wife is from Western Australia, but I hail from the less exotic London.

I have only recently joined the Parish Council but became involved with the Cricket Club soon after my arrival. Playing cricket on Church Mead on a summer’s evening is a wonderful and special experience even if you have just been out for a duck.

Norton St Philip is a very welcoming village with a unique historical heritage and a beautiful visage. I hope very much to contribute to the village’s strong community spirit and to maintaining its very special heritage

Chris Cloke

Contact Chris:

01373 834917

I moved to the village with my wife Lizzie in 2019 and live on the Longmead estate.

Previously we lived in Bratton, near Westbury, for many years and I was involved with the parish council and many community projects.

I have retired from a career in civil engineering and hope to bring my skills to the benefit of the parish.

Norton St Philip parish is a beautiful place and I hope to help develop the parish in a sustainable way to meet the needs of the community.

Val Fox

Contact Val:

01373 834001

I was born in the West Country but my formative years were spent in London. In the early Eighties, I moved to Norton St Philip where I married, started a family and a business.

My background is in the arts and design. Now semi-retired, I’m still involved in graphics but I’m also a part-time gardener with a keen interest in the environment.

In the Nineties, I was very involved with the Church Mead Committee and also the very successful fundraising Playground Group. I’ve been a Traffic Action Group member and voracious HGV spotter for about five years and I’ve just gained my badge as a Speedwatch volunteer.

The traffic issue is only one aspect of village life that has changed since I moved here. Some things have improved; some things are just the same – the sense of community, certainly; and some things need to be protected and cherished before we lose them. As a councillor I hope to get that balance right.