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Proud to be the Somerset County Councillor for Bishop's Hull & Taunton West and a Somerset West & Taunton District Councillor for Comeytrowe and Bishop's Hull. As a truly Independent politician, I am free to serve YOU, not the interests of a political party.
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John HuntThursday, January 21st, 2021 at 2:02pm
The Bishops Hull Hub, is a new community hall nearing completion, located on the Playing Field in Bishop’s Hull.

Do you live in Bishop’s Hull?
Would you like to volunteer to help out in various roles at the new facility?
Would you like to hire the hall?
Would you consider giving a much needed donation?

At 5pm on Sunday 24th January, I’ll be interviewing three representatives from the Hub trust, asking them your questions.

The broadcast will be ‘live’ at 5pm on this Page - John Hunt To view, simply click on the video when it appears.
To ask questions during the broadcast please post them in the chat facility below the video.
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John HuntTuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 4:27pm
Press release from Somerset County Council
MBE for Karen, Somerset Foster Carer

Somerset foster carer Karen Deverell’s work with young people has been recognised nationally with an MBE in the recent honours list.

Karen was with the YMCA for 25 years – 17 of those as Chief Executive of the YMCA in Mendip and South Somerset. And her MBE was in recognition for her valuable service. After so long at the helm of the YMCA, she felt the time was right for a change in focus. Her experience with an organisation so closely involved with young people led her to enrol as a Somerset County Council foster carer.

She took up fostering just two years ago and has looked after both very young and teenage children since embarking on her new path.

“I felt I wanted to do something worthwhile and would make a difference,” said Karen, whose own children are now adults “During my years with the YMCA I met young people who had had both good and poor experiences of care. I knew what a difference a good experience and a supportive home means to a child or young person.”.

At first she combined working for YMCA with fostering to make sure she was making the right decision, but then decided to become a full time foster carer. Now she is looking after a teenager – and is looking forward to welcoming a young arrival into the household soon.

At the YMCA she worked with young people aged 16-plus so is enjoying learning the new skills needed to care for much younger children and appreciates the support provided by the Council’s fostering and health and wellbeing teams.

“Fostering means you can ‘work from home’. I have spent many years working long hours away from home. Now I can see more of my grown-up children and parents. Fostering enables me to do that.

“It means you can be more flexible with your own time within the safety net provided by Somerset County Council. There’s a huge amount of support available and that is so reassuring. So I would encourage people who may have thought about becoming a foster carer to take the next step.”

Karen said that while some may wonder if they could cope with saying goodbye to a child they had cared for, it was important to realise what a difference their care would make to that child.

“It is hugely rewarding. You do need resilience and need to be loving and professional at the same time. I would definitely encourage more people to come forward to help children and young people.”

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Lead member for children and families, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Karen on being awarded the MBE for her service to young people.

“I am so pleased she is now fostering and wants to encourage more people to think about foster caring. Children need a safe and secure home – now more than ever. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds as foster carers as long as they meet the criteria.”

Foster carers need a spare room in their home and must be at least 21 years old, with no upper age limit, but most of all, they need to want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people. Foster carers receive a weekly fee and allowance, plus ongoing support and a dedicated supervising social worker.
Find out how you can help change a child’s story online at, or call our friendly team on 0800 587 9900 for an informal chat.
John Hunt
John HuntTuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 10:35am
Parkfield Primary School
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John HuntTuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 9:51am
⚠ As a result of tougher restrictions, the latest data is starting to show our infection rates in Somerset levelling off.

We recognise just how hard these restrictions are for everyone and are incredibly grateful to Somerset residents for playing their part by complying with them.

Hopefully, seeing our rates start to reduce will reassure everyone that as tough as it is, these restrictions are working, and will in turn reduce pressure on our NHS and care services who are under considerable pressure right now.

Keep up the good work, Somerset - we must keep going.

Latest data can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard ➡
John Hunt
John HuntMonday, January 18th, 2021 at 11:16am
Whilst we’re still in Lockdown 3, I’ll continue to offer this free Quiz for those of you who are looking for an alternate to the TV, or whatever else you’re doing whilst staying home protecting yourselves and your families from this horrid virus.

The next quiz is this Saturday 23rd January @ 8pm - FREE TO ENTER.

This will be our 45th virtual Quiz since ‘lockdown one’ back in March 2020 and will of course be free to enter as always.

If you’d like to take part or you would feel happier simply watching, all you need to do is to come along to my Page just before 8pm this Saturday, don’t forget your pen and paper. I’ll explain how to play before we start.

Please feel free to invite/share this event with your friends and family.

Take care, stay safe

John Hunt
John Hunt was live.Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 7:35pm
A massive thank you to the many of you that played our 2nd Lockdown 3 Quiz and our 44th since the start of lockdown one.
NEXT QUIZ - THIS SATURDAY 23rd January @ 8pm

So, the winners this evening and our closest finish yet, with an incredible score of 95% were Kimberley Richards and The Quizzers, followed in second place by Sue Heys with an amazing 94%, with Dan Thorne in third scoring an impressive 93% and Dawn & Roger Berry with an excellent 92%.

Well done to them and to all who took part this evening.

Please take care and stay safe.
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