Parish Councillors

List of Councillors:

John Broom (Chairman) 01508 538929John

I have lived in Surlingham with my family since 2003.  My wife was born in the village and both my sons attended the primary school.  I am the Managing Director of Norfolk Plant Hire. Historically, my family began building boats in Norfolk in the late 1800s.  So you could say the Norfolk Broads are in my blood, which is why I am as passionate about the broads as I am about our village.

I have been the Chairman of the Parish Council since 2015.  My ambition is for the Parish Council to commit to both a village (short) and neighbourhood (long term) plan to identify and record what the expectations of the residents are, for example clarifying the cicumstances where and when housing developments should be allowed.  The Neighbourhood plan, approved by the electorate would be recognised by SNDC.  By taking control to shape things for the future we will help to protect the character of the village.

Heidi Dimmock 01508 538184 (Taxi support scheme)Heidi

I joined the council in the spring of 2016. I was interested in joining the council so that I could make a contribution to the community. Since joining the council I have been an active member helping to organise some events within the village. I am the administrator for the SPaTs taxi scheme.

I grew up in Surlingham and moved back here to raise my own family. While my children were at Surlingham school I was the chair of FOSS for a few years and I have an interest in ensuring the village school is successful within our community. I work part-time as a primary teacher in a school in Beccles.

Philip Reeve 01508 53851620180403_213551

I was born and raised in Surlingham and have lived here most of my life. So I have a strong interest in preserving the culture and tradition of the village, as well as looking forward to the progress required to keep village life alive. My grandchildren were 4th generation of my family to attend the village school and I believe as a community we must support the school in order for us to continue to grow as a community.

I joined the Parish Council in 2015 and have been very active in helping to organise events for the village and carry out the odd repair when required.

Liz Robertson 01508 538642FullSizeRender.jpg

I became a Parish Councillor in January 2017. I have lived in Surlingham village for 15 year and have been an active member of the village since arriving. All three of my children have attended Surlingham school and I was a member of FOSS for a number of years as well as a School Governor for two years. As a family, we have hosted several ‘Progressive Supper’ Evenings and I have been a member of the Parochial Church Council. My involvement so far with village life has reinforced my belief in ‘community’ being central to well-being.

I worked as a solicitor before now being employed as a company director.

Barbara Rix 01508 538480Barbara Rix.png

I became a parish councillor in 1992. My passion was then and continues to be the Staithe off Ferry Road. With the help of the late Phyllis Ellis we established who the owners were and many years later the Parish Council was able to purchase it for £300.00.

My great hope is that the residents of the village will continue to maintain the staithe keeping the dykes clear and the area tidy, when my husband Joe and I can no longer do the work that we love.

Pat Scowen 01508 538791Pat Scowan

My driving interests are environmental/conservation issues and social/community issues: my interest in the environment in relation to Surlingham Parish Council can best be summarised by the slogan think global act local and my interest in creating a community orchard combines all the above interests – conserving heritage varieties, creating a local social space and shared resource, ultimately, hopefully, producing locally grown fruit which can be shared locally, and finally, the trees planted will also contribute, albeit in a small way, to carbon reduction.

Sheryl Hackney 07919 942070IMG_1739

I have lived in the village for 20 years with my husband Richard and our 2 children.

My village experience is mainly aligned with our children’s development. I chaired Sunbeams Preschool, was an active member of FOSS and a school governor.  My husband and I enjoy providing the music for fetes, quizzes and school discos. I trained and worked in London as an interior landscaper and have an interest in floral displays and so pleased to be part of the village team providing the church flowers.

When my children were young I qualified as a registered childminder, providing pre and after school child care in our area. After several years I changed direction again and I am currently a Healthcare Assistant in A&E at NNUH.

We are very fortunate to enjoy such a fabulous varied countryside, walking our springer spaniel is always a pleasure, so it will come as no surprise,  protecting our rural community and the natural environment whilst supporting sensitive and sustainable development is close to my heart.


Janet Rogers (Clerk to the Parish Council) 01508 538921

I retired from Norfolk County council in 2015. Looking for a challenge, I saw the advertisement for Parish Clerk and I was appointed in January 2017. With no previous experience, learning the duties and powers of the Parish Council is certainly keeping me occupied. I am a people person and I am enjoying meeting and getting to know the parishioners in the course of my work.

I live in Norwich with my King Charles Cavalier Rosie for company, my daughter and her family live in the village and two of my grandsons attend school in Surlingham.

Whenever I can I like to spend time walking Rosie, gardening, doing cross stitch, knitting or reading. I attend a Pilates class in Bramerton, enjoy the theatre, in particular plays and meeting up with friends for meals out and holidays.

The Parish Hall Management Committee is a sub-committee of the Parish Council.  For Village Hall bookings phone Rachel on 01508 537151