Jefferson Horsley is new Mayor

Taunton Deane’s new Mayor, Cllr Jefferson Horsley (centre) with his wife, Freny, and Deputy Mayor Steve Brooks.

Taunton Deane’s new Mayor, Cllr Jefferson Horsley (centre) with his wife, Freny, and Deputy Mayor Steve Brooks.

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

THERE will be an educational feel to former teacher Cllr Jefferson Horsley’s year as Taunton Deane Mayor, which started last Thursday.

Mr Horsley, who succeeds Cllr Bob Bowrah, is supporting Taunton Music Trust, which promotes musical education for all ages and Tossing a Starfish Charity, to build two new classrooms in Farafangana, Madagascar.

Yorkshire-born Mr Horsley is a Dublin University graduate who has worked as a lecturer in Iran, in the financial industry and teaching economics and business studies at Taunton School.

He chaired Friends School Sidcot governing body, and the predecessors of Open Door and Taunton Association for the Homeless.

He was also a governor at Somerset College and a director of Taunton Citizen Advice Bureau.

He became a Taunton Deane councillor in 1987, serving as leader for 12 years and later holding the economic development, tourism and culture portfolio.

In his younger days he was hard court tennis champion of Ireland and played squash for Somerset.

He is a keen theatre and cinema-goer and has long supported The Brewhouse, in Taunton, and enjoys playing golf.

He is a member of the Royal Overseas League Taunton branch and Tone Vale Probus group.

Mr Horlsey and his wife, Freny, have two children, Genista and Jonathan, and enjoy being grandparents.

He said: “Freny is the complete antidote to me.

“Her no nonsense background of being born and brought up in India helps me keep my feet firmly on the ground and ensures I don’t have too many flights of fantasy.”

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9:50am Wed 19 May 10

crazyrainy says...

I have had the misfortune of meeting this dreadful man on several occasions mainly because he was the worst counsellor that has ever existed. The sooner this biased man's year is up the better for everyone.
I have had the misfortune of meeting this dreadful man on several occasions mainly because he was the worst counsellor that has ever existed. The sooner this biased man's year is up the better for everyone. crazyrainy
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3:52pm Wed 19 May 10

MusgroveMan says...

Congratulations Jeff,

I hope you and Freny enjoy your year. It is great to have you on the team.

Charles
Congratulations Jeff, I hope you and Freny enjoy your year. It is great to have you on the team. Charles MusgroveMan
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8:00pm Wed 19 May 10

creecher says...

Great useless streak, is this the best we could find. Haven't forgotten the ****-up he made of the priory bridge rd junction and tried to blame it on Atkins.
Great useless streak, is this the best we could find. Haven't forgotten the ****-up he made of the priory bridge rd junction and tried to blame it on Atkins. creecher
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12:17pm Sat 22 May 10

Hersheyboy says...

Bad bad news for Taunton to have this man as mayor, but I guess he doesn't have any real power, Thank God!
Bad bad news for Taunton to have this man as mayor, but I guess he doesn't have any real power, Thank God! Hersheyboy
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8:56am Tue 25 May 10

crazyrainy says...

What I love most about this man is he believes that Taunton School can build homes on any green land available to them to make more money, just because he worked for them. He does not care less about the people he represents. Also would two local charities not have been much more sustainable and infinitely nicer, particularly in this economic climate...clearly not as maybe he'll get a free trip out of his fundraising to Madagascar. This man is toxic!
What I love most about this man is he believes that Taunton School can build homes on any green land available to them to make more money, just because he worked for them. He does not care less about the people he represents. Also would two local charities not have been much more sustainable and infinitely nicer, particularly in this economic climate...clearly not as maybe he'll get a free trip out of his fundraising to Madagascar. This man is toxic! crazyrainy
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10:47am Tue 25 May 10

verthandi says...

You may wish to research connections to Northern Foods.
You may wish to research connections to Northern Foods. verthandi
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