Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

Business is booming at our village Post Office/Stores and Butchers.

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Next month’s Community News article (April 2017) happened quite by chance. I popped into Bishop’s Hull Butchers at lunchtime for a Hot Pasty and got chatting with proprietors Tim and Lin Pope.
Noticing how busy the village post office was next door, I asked how the business in general was going.

Both Tim and Lin were very pleased with the increased footfall and turnover in the Butchers and the Post Office/Shop.
They said that the loyalty of customers from the village was fantastic and they’d like to thank you all for your continued support.

Interestingly, they also have a lot clients from outside Bishop’s Hull, with many coming from far and wide because of the excellent reputation the couple have for selling meats of the highest quality.

If you’ve not yet visited Bishop’s Hull Butchers or the village Post Office and Stores, I’d strongly recommend that you do.
Not only is there quality fresh and cooked meat at the Butcher’s. The Village Shop offers bread, dairy produce, groceries, fruit and vegetables, with free local delivery. They also sell Newspapers.

Very much a local man, Tim was born in Taunton 65 years ago and attended the old Bishop’s Hull primary school in Gypsy Lane, as did his twin daughters Tracey and Laura after him.
The twins still live in the village. Tracey (with daughter Erin) and Laura who has two children Toby and Jasmin with her husband Jamie.

Straight from school, Tim worked for shirt-maker’s Frederick Theak, before going on to A.J. Baker of Comeytrowe in the early ’70s. After a brief move to Bournemouth and working as an HGV lorry driver, Tim married Linda in 1975 and they are still happily together today, 41 years later.

In 1977 the Popes, moved to Bishop’s Hull and Tim joined British Cellophane of Bridgwater.

Tim started work at our village butchers back in 1987, when it was called Williams & Smy.

It was in 2000, whilst working as ‘live in’ caretaker/gardener at the Frank Bond Centre, that the Popes were given the opportunity to buy the butcher’s business, which they did, renaming it Bishop’s Hull Butchers.

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In 2009, the Post Office next door to the butcher’s shop closed and sadly remained so for 3 years.
Understandably, there was much public outcry at the need for it’s return.

The Popes decided to purchase the whole building in 2012, which gave them the existing butcher’s shop, the empty former Post Office unit and living accommodation above the two.

Early in the following year, in a very public spirited gesture, they re-opened the much needed Post Office/Shop, alongside their existing Butchery business.

By John Hunt

Bishop’s Hull Butchers and Bishop’s Hull Post Office and Stores
Bishop’s Hull Road, Bishop’s Hull, Taunton TA1 5EP
01823 337 497

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