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Linda and Tim Pope’s retirement luncheon.

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To show their appreciation to the village for supporting them over the years, Linda and Tim Pope held a Hog Roast Luncheon for the residents of Bishop’s Hull in the Church Hall, at midday today.
Well in excess of 100 people turned up to wish the couple well in their retirement, and to thank them for all they had done for the Village over the years.

On behalf of the residents of the village, Bishop’s Hull Parish Council presented the Popes with a garden bench. As you’ll note from the presentation photo below, Linda and Tim received an image of the bench, as clearly the real thing would have been rather heavy.

In July 2018 ownership of the village stores and butchers moved from the Popes who are retiring, to new owners Tom and Tane Parker.
The great news is that the Parkers intend to carry on trading, thus retaining our local village shop, post office and butchers.
During their time at the village stores, Linda and Tim have been the heart and sole of our village, nothing was ever too much trouble. Even when it came to selling, they held out for the right buyer who would carry on the business, when it would surely have been easier to find a purchaser who wanted to convert the premises into residential accommodation.

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 and early the following year in a very public spirited gesture, they re-opened the Post Office/Shop alongside their existing Butchery business. I doubt we’d have this essential village facility now, had they not stepped in.

Linda and Tim would like to wish the Parkers all the very best for the future and ask that you continue to support your local village shop.

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
The photo shows Tim and Linda to my left and right.
Many thanks to Helen Pearce for emailing me the image.

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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