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.

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.

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.


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