Hempnall Parish Council


Parish Clerk
& Responsible Financial Officer

Mr Ian Nelson B.F.P,  F.C.A, C.F., C.L.C.A. was employed as Clerk to the Parish Council on 1st July 1998. In 2004 Ian was awarded an AQA Certificate in Local Council Administration with 11 distinctions. He has always lived in the rural environment and treasures it’s quality of life. He has lived in Hempnall since 1987. Ian enjoys his family, motorcycling, blood biking, walking and being a Christian, he worships at King’s Community Church in Norwich.Ian is a former President of Norwich Junior Chamber of Commerce and a former director of the Norfolk and Waveney Chamber of Commerce. During the day Ian runs his own accountancy practice, VFM Direct 2U.


Tel 01508 498467

Email [email protected]

Address: Karinya, Bungay Rd, Hempnall, Norwich, NR15 2NG

Meet the team

David Hook – Chairman – Tree Warden – Hempnall Town Estate
Educational Foundation Rep – Data Protection Committee Member

Mr David Hook was last elected to the Parish Council in May 1999 although he has served since 1995. Born in Saxlingham in 1948, David first moved to Hempnall in 1952 and works as a school teacher. David is the Parish Council representative to the Hempnall Town Estate Charity and chairman of Hempnall Tennis Club. He enjoys travel, music, jogging & walking (Parish Council footpaths rep). Being a member of the CPRE (The Council for the Protection of Rural England) David is passionate about conservation, tree planting and the control of light pollution.

Tel 01508 498187

Email [email protected]

Phil Bates – Data Protection Committee Member / Footpaths Officer

Mr Phil Bates was first elected to the Parish Council in May 2023. Phil was born in Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire in 1963 and moved to Hempnall in June 2021, with his wife & now 4 dogs. He has worked predominantly in the Telecommunication Industry since 1982 & is currently employed as an IT Project Manager. Since moving to Hempnall, Phil, became the Chairman of The Hempnall Trust & a Director of the Mill Bar in June 2022.

Phil is now a keen Organic Gardener growing as many vegetables as possible to feed his family & give away any surplus. Phil loves to walk his dogs with his wife along all the wonderful footpaths around Hempnall.

Tel 07957 803120

Email [email protected]

Joan Cann – Councillor – Village Hall Rep

Joan Cann is originally from Worcestershire although she has lived in Norfolk for many years and moved to Hempnall in 1998, joining the parish council in 2020. She became a member of Hempnall Short Mat Bowls Club 1999 and became chairman 2004 to this day. She enjoys gardening and obtained an allotment 1999 in order to grow her own organic fruit and vegetables. Other hobbies include playing Bridge. She is a member of 3 local clubs, all sport however football is top of the list and last but not least Blues music.

Tel 01508 498743

Richard Delf -Vice Chairman 

Mr Richard Delf was last elected to the Parish Council in May 1999 although he has served since 1995. Born in Henstead in 1949, Richard has lived in Hempanll since 1971. He owns and runs Delf’s Garage in the village. Richard is a member of the Hempnall Football club committee and the Hempnall Playing Field Users Association.

Tel 01508 499788

Email [email protected]

Robert Elliott – Norfolk ALC rep

Mr Robert Elliott (Rob) was first elected to the Parish Council in May 2023. Rob and his wife, Cathy, moved to Hempnall from Diss in January 2019. Recently retired, Rob was a senior Compliance professional for Investment Funds. Born and raised in rural East Anglia, he cares about the
countryside and country pursuits. His interests include gardening and antiques; but his main passion is his vintage car and Rob is a committee member for his Car Club.

Tel 07887  768478

Email [email protected]


Hamish Rose

Mr Hamish Rose first joined the parish council in 2007 and again in 2015. Hamish has lived in Hempnall since 1996 and enjoys motorcycle riding, dog walking and is an allotmenteer who values village life

Tel 01508 498486

Email [email protected]

Mike Turner – SAM2 Officer

Mike was born in Norwich 1945, moved to Hempnall in 1969.Was a partner in a Radio & TV repair business based in Loddon. Moved to National grid gas as a senior electrical/electronics/communication manager, responsible for the maintenance and repair of V.H.F /U.H.F &microwave communication equipment covering the whole of East Anglia for some 27years, retired in 2006. Interests: Have a Private Pilots Licence enjoy flying around the country side, Mike also has an Amateur radio licence enabling him to speak to other Radio amateurs all over the world. Very interested in the conservation of the countryside.

Tel 01508 499423

Email [email protected]

Peter Workman – Playing Field Liaison – Data Protection Committee Member

Mr Peter Workman was first elected to the Parish Council in May 1999. Peter was born in Poringland in 1950 and has now lived in Hempnall since 1975. Employed as an electrician he still has time to be a member of Hempnall Football Club and the Playing Field Users Association.

Tel:  01508 830266

Email [email protected]


If you’re interested in becoming a Councillor and help make the Parish a better place to live please contact the Clerk for more information or speak to a Councillor to find out what it involves.

Role of a Councillor

A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area, Hempnall has 9 elected councillors. Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’. Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a monthly or bi-monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. Meetings are held in open sessions, at which members of the public can speak. District and County councillors regularly attend parish council meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. Being a Parish Councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience.

The pdf guide below gives you a brief insight into parish and town councils, as well as providing specific advice and information on how to become a town or parish councillor.

The guide includes the following information:

  • Introduction to town and parish councils
  • Being a councillor
  • Am I qualified ?
  • How to become a councillor ?
  • Further information and case studies

Download the following:

All about local councils

Become a Councillor

Good Councillors Guide

Hempnall Parish Council nominates representatives on various bodies as detailed below:

Organisation Representatives
Estate Educational Foundation
David Hook

Pauline Brooks

The Church & Town Estate Property
David Hook

Pauline Brooks

The Hempnall
Mrs Chris Barnes

Mrs Jean Griffiths

Peter Workman

Hempnall Village
Liz Allen

Peter Workman

Highways Liason Vacant


Playing Field Liaison Richard Delf

Peter Workman

SAM2 Officer Mike Turner
Footpath Officer Phil Bates
Tree Warden David Hook

District Councillor

Mr Martyn Hooton

Party: Conservative Party -: First elected:
2023 – Ward: Hempnall – Parish(es):
Bedingham • Fritton • Hardwick  • Hempnall • Morningthorpe •  Shelton •


07776 142027

Address: Wood Barn Farm, School Road, Bedingham, NR35 2DB

Email Martyn.hooton@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

County Councillor

Alison Thomas

Mrs Alison Thomas

Conservative – Member of Norfolk County Council for Long Stratton Division – Parish or Urban areas within the Division: Hempnall, Long Stratton, Morningthorpe, Saxlingham Nethergate, Shelton and Hardwick, Shotesham, Tasburgh, Tharston and Hapton , Wacton.

Outside Organisations: Adoption Panel.

Details: Deputy Leader.

About the electoral division of Long Stratton (information from the Norfolk Insight)


01508 530652

Ipswich Road
Long Stratton
NR15 2TF

Email [email protected]

Member of Parliament

Richard Bacon

Richard Bacon has been MP for South Norfolk since the 2001 General Election

Richard is a member of Parliament’s public spending watchdog, the influential
Public Accounts Committee and is also a member of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee.

If you would like an appointment to see Richard at one of his advice
surgeries, please telephone:

01379 642769

You can also contact Richard’s office by telephone on:

01379 643728 or
01379 642769 or
01379 651979

You can write to Richard at the Constituency Office:

Denmark Street
Norfolk IP22 4LE

Alternatively, you can write to him at the House of Commons:

House of Commons

Website: www.richardbacon.org.uk/index.html