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Dave LoveridgeDave Loveridge

I was born at Walford Cross in Taunton Deane on March 11th 1947, just after that we moved to Yate in Bristol for two years and then moved back to Thurloxton where I lived and grew up. Oddly enough Thurloxton is half in Taunton Deane and half in Sedgemoor and our garden was half in and half out of Sedgemoor, so I would park my car in Sedgemoor at night and then sleep in Taunton Deane.

I went to firstly the Primary School at Creech St Michael then went on to Westmonkton Secondary Modern School, (now called Heathfield Community School) and attended some night School at SCAT, or as it was known then as Taunton Tec.

I worked for a short time in Taunton after leaving school first for Arthur Martins Autorama, then H N Hickley, I then met and married Shirley and in 1970 came to live in Bridgwater and then went on to work in Wellworthy LTD and two years later I went to work for Bonded Fibre Fabric on the Cellophane site and I worked there until 2003 until I was made redundant, I then went to work for B&Q at Taunton for four years and then worked for “This Is It” in the Angel Place, which I retired from when I reached sixty five in March of 2012.

I first became a County Councillor in 1989 for Bridgwater East (Sydenham) and After the Boundary review I moved to Bridgwater North (Eastover and Newtown) and after yet another boundary review the division became Bridgwater North and Part Central and it covered Eastover and Sydenham, In 2004 I became one of the first Town Councillors in the newly formed Bridgwater Town Council (BTC) and in 2008 I became a Sedgemoor District Councillor for the first time and have been there ever since.

I have two grown up sons both settled in their homes with their respective wife and partners on lives here in Bridgwater and one lives in Taunton, I have two sisters one widowed and on still married and they both live in Taunton, Shirley and I both live at home and are ruled by a cat called Timmy. My interest are reading foreign travel and computer I am apparently a bit of a Technophobe so I am told, I have always had an interest in the community and wanted to make a difference that is why I went into local politics.




Shirley LoveridgeShirley Loveridge

Shirley May Loveridge nee’ Holmes was born in Torrington, Devon. On the 5th November 1951 and lived in Okehampton, Devon, until she was four years old. After her father’s death her mother wanted a fresh start and moved to London, she attended Kidbrooke Primary school and then Frien secondary school in Dulwich, her family moved back to Somerset and settled in Cossington where her mother was the cook to R M Smith the builder. Shirley then attended Sydenham Comprehensive School, after she left school she became a sales assistant in the old Scotch Wool shop in Fore Street, (where Santander now stands) she then went to work for Clarks at Street. She met Dave in 1970 and they were married in September of the same year, they have two sons, she eventually went back to work at Van Huesens shirt factory, later she became canteen manager at Moody’s Shirt Factory, after she was made redundant in 1993, she went to work in Bridgwater Hospital as assistant housekeeper where she is still employed.



Deputy Mayor

Deputy Steve AustinSteve Austen

Steve was born in Kent in 1957 and went to the local schools and college and qualified as a Plumbing and Heating Engineer. He is married to Stella and has a Son and Daughter who continue to live and work in Bridgwater. The family moved to Burnham-on-Sea in 1987.

Steve worked in the local area until finally joining the Housing Department at Sedgemoor District Council in the early 90’s.

Steve continues to support local organisations and in particular his local community association and the YMCA.



Deputy Mayor’s Lady

Deputy Mayoress AustinStella Austen

Stella was born in Kent in 1943. She married Steve in 1979 and has worked and raised family until she retired a few years ago after working with Sedgemoor District Council as as Sheltered Housing Warden for some 15 years.

She enjoys knitting and holidays in her caravan.






Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer)

Alan Hurford

Town Clerk (Associate Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Member of Society of Local Council Clerks).

Appointed Town Clerk to Bridgwater Town Council in November 2003 following creation of Town Council and first elections held in May that year.

Previously Head of Corporate Policy with North Somerset Council (a unitary authority of some 190,000 pop.) member of Management Team with wide-ranging portfolio and responsibility for management of Chief Executive’s Unit and Town Hall services including Press and PR, Research and Information, Community Safety Partnership, Youth Offending Team, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, relationships with voluntary sector and Town and Parish Councils, and special projects.

Began local government career with Bridgwater Borough Council before moving on to Weston-super-Mare Borough Council and Woodspring District Council in a variety of positions before the establishment of North Somerset in 1996.

Born in Bridgwater educated at Spaxton VC Junior School and Dr Morgan’s Grammar School and Taunton Technical College. Married to Pamela for over 40 years with two sons and five grandchildren.

A resident of Bridgwater active in local community with wide-ranging interests which include Directorship of Somerset Football Association Ltd with special responsibility for marketing and new HQ project, Chairman of Bridgwater Town (1984) Football Club with teams in the British Gas Business Football League and Somerset County League and at Under 18 level and former Captain of Enmore Park Golf Club.

Also Clerk to Westonzoyland Parish Council.

Telephone – 01278 427692
Mobile – 07776216670
Email – townclerk@bridgwatertowncouncil.gov.uk



Mace Bearer

Chris Hocking

Born in Bridgwater and educated at St Margaret’s School and Dr Morgan’s School before finishing education at Taunton School.

Career began with Natwest Bank in Taunton followed by seven years with Bridgwater Building Society. Appointed as Advertising & PR Manager for Chelsea Building Society, based in Cheltenham, before returning to Bridgwater in 1984. For 12 years ran his own advertising and print company before joining Bridgwater College as Carnival Placement Co-ordinator, (a post he still holds). Establishing and organising courses for people involved in carnivals throughout Somerset, parts of Devon, Dorset & Wilts.

Involved with Bridgwater Carnival for 40 years, initially as a member of Marketeer’s Carnival Club and now a vice-president of Wills C C. Joined the Bridgwater Carnival committee in 1985 and held the post of Publicity Officer for 19 years before becoming President of the committee and serving the maximum three year term in this role. Now a Director and Trustee of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Ltd, Chris compered the annual Carnival Concerts for 18 years and now organises the entertainment in the town during the day of Bridgwater Carnival and is also responsible for leading new projects.

Chris became a professional Toastmaster in 2003 and now officiates at weddings and functions throughout the south-west, and beyond. Other interests include amateur theatre and rugby (as a spectator these days!).

Still living in Bridgwater, he is married to Linda and has two children, two step-children and five grandchildren.

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