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Mayor Making 2017

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Deputy Mayor

Cllr Diogo Rodrigues

My parents moved to the UK when I was a very young, 1 year old, along with my brother and sisters.  We lived in a council flat in London for many years before eventually moving to Southend, Essex where my parents were to open a Portuguese restaurant. My partner Nathan and I met in Southend in 2010 and have been together ever since. We done a spot of travelling, where we also had the wonderful opportunity of teaching English in an orphanage in Cambodia, before settling down in Bridgwater. When we moved to Bridgwater I got a job in Adult Social Care where I worked as a care coordinator. It gave a me a real insight and understanding of the struggles that this area faces and really taught me to appreciate the hard working carers. Soon after I also joined the carers and was out in the community in Bridgwater caring for people in their homes. In October, Nathan and I decided to follow in my mums footsteps and open a Portuguese restaurant locally. It has been keeping us busy but we love it, and it has really helped us to feel right at home.

Mayor’s Cadet

Able Cadet Sam Williams

Sam was born and has lived in Bridgwater all his life.
He started his education at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School before progressing to Haygrove School where he is currently studying for his GCSE’s.

Sam joined the Bridgwater Sea Cadets Junior Section at age 10 before becoming a Cadet at 12.
Over the previous few years he has embraced the opportunities and activities the Sea Cadet organisation offers, progressing up through the ranks and spending many additional hours on courses.
During his time in Cadets, Sam has developed an aptitude and ability for kayaking / canoeing, and recently represented the South West Sea Cadet Area in a National Sea Cadet Kayaking Competition, narrowly missing out being placed.
He has marched in Trafalgar Day and Veteran Day Parades across the South West and has also marched in every Bridgwater Remembrance Parade since joining the Sea Cadet.

Cadets has been Sam’s main hobby, though over the past few years he has join a local Kick Boxing club, as well as continuing to develop and build on his kayaking skills by joining Exmoor Canoe Club.

Mayor’s Chaplain

Rev. Trish Ollive

Rev Trish Ollive was born in Kent but has a much loved southern Irish heritage. She has been Vicar in Bridgwater and Chilton Trinity for 2 years. Wife to Mike and mother of three grown up children with children of their own. Trish was a primary school teacher until 2003 when she trained for the ministry. After 2 years in Oxford it was a Curacy in Backwell in North Somerset before taking over 6 churches along the Polden Hills at Ashcott, Shapwick, Burtle, Catcott, Chilton Polden and Edington for 6 years. Trish feels it will be a privilege to serve as Mayor’s Chaplain in the year that St Mary’s will re-open and “community” will be at the heart of the new vision for the church. Trish can be seen walking her new Golden Retriever puppy. I think he will actually be walking her!

Town Clerk (& Responsible Financial Officer)

Alan HurfordAlan 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 six grandchildren.

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