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GTH host successful property auction

GTH host successful property auction

April 2017

 A derelict residential property was the star performer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent auction at Batch Country House, Lymphsam.

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Experienced lettings professional joins Langport team

Experienced lettings professional joins Langport team

April 2017

Knowledgeable property professional Claire Crumb has joined the busy Lettings Department at the Langport branch of leading firm Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Property and land snapped up at auction

Property and land snapped up at auction

March 2017

A packed Batch Country House at Lympsham was the scene for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s latest successful property and land auction.

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Susi Kennedy

Exciting new chapter at busy Wells office

February 2017

EXPERIENCED lettings professional Susi Kennedy has just been appointed to head up the Lettings Department at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flourishing Wells office in the heart of the city.

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Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

February 2017

An exceptionally fine silver and gilt cloisonné vase deservedly took top billing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale.

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Candi Taylor

New lettings manager announced

February 2017

Candi Taylor has an exciting year ahead both professionally and personally. She has just been appointed lettings manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s busy Honiton office and she will be marrying her fiance James Macmillan in October.

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Robert Venner

A year of continued growth at Sedgemoor market

January 2017

2016 has been another year of growth for Sedgemoor Market and I would like to thank all vendors for their continued support writes Robert Venner, Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt, who run the successful auction centre.

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Jeremy Bell

Greenslade Taylor Hunt saves tenant from eviction

January 2017

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has recently successfully acted for a tenant initially served with a Statutory Notice to do work of repair, maintenance or replacement on a tenanted dairy farm in Somerset let on a 1986 Act protected tenancy.

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Charles Clark

New Chairman takes the helm at GTH

January 2017

Long standing property professional Charles Clark MRICS FAAV has been selected to head up Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Martyn Venner

New Partner announced at property firm

January 2017

Martyn Venner, residential manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater office has just been appointed a Partner with the leading property firm.

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Stephen Gardner

Team effort rewarded at GTH

January 2017

Experienced estate agent Stephen Gardner has been recognised for his hard work by being appointed an Associate by leading property firm Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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GTH clinches prestigious national advertising award

GTH clinches prestigious national advertising award

November 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating winning a prestigious national advertising award at the recent Mayfair Office annual dinner.

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Give me the moonlight

£500 boost for Moonraker

October 2016

Intrepid hikers from Greenslade Taylor Hunt took part in the annual Moonraker Challenge and raised £500 for local charities.

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Marion Stewart and Jeremy Bell

Marion notches up 25 years with Burnham office

September 2016

A switch from travel agency has turned into a quarter of a century career journey with Greenslade Taylor Hunt in Burnham-on-Sea for Marion Stewart.

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GTH partner EDF for their property needs

September 2016

Now the Government has given the go ahead for the new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point the race is on to find suitable accommodation for the highly qualified staff who will be working on the infrastructure and beyond.

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Jamie Batt

New graduate joins team at Yeovil office

September 2016

Jamie Batt has just joined the team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Yeovil office as an assistant land agent.

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George Cousins

New addition to Commercial Department

September 2016

George Cousins has just joined the commercial department at Greenslade Taylor Hunt. He will be based at 9 Hammet Street, Taunton, where he will focus on commercial agency and commercial professional work.

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Support for skin cancer prevention campaign

Support for skin cancer prevention campaign

August 2016

Robert Venner, Partner at the market at Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, North Petherton, is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer among farmers.

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New home for Langport lettings department

New home for Langport lettings department

July 2016

Leading lettings agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt have a new base in Langport. The long established operation has moved into premises at The Shopping Parade in the town.

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Howard Wills

Home move for new Yeovil manager

July 2016

ENTERPRISING estate agent Howard Wills is making a welcome return to Yeovil after a successful spell in West Sussex. His move back to the town where he began his flourishing career coincides with the imminent arrival of his first child.

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Graeme Biffen and Martyn Venner

Pair celebrate croquet victory for second year running

July 2016

COLLEAGUES Martyn Venner and Graeme Biffen of property partnership Greenslade Taylor Hunt emerged victorious at a charity croquet contest staged by Slee Blackwell solicitors at Taunton Deane Croquet Club.

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GTH wins South West building excellence award

GTH wins South West building excellence award

July 2016

A STUNNING transformation of listed barns near Wellington, Somerset, has seen the design team from Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Land and Planning Department win a top prize at the South West Building Excellence Awards 2016.

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Party in the Park this Saturday

July 2016

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt are delighted to be the main sponsor for Trull’s Party In The Park which takes place this Saturday, July 9, from 2pm.

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Richard Stubbert

“Local lad” heads leading residential agency

July 2016

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt are delighted to welcome Richard Stubbert as Residential Manager at the firm’s Sherborne office.

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Latest GTH magazine in offices now

June 2016

THE new issue of West Country View – the glossy, property magazine from Greenslade Taylor Hunt is available from branch offices now. It is packed with properties and interesting articles, by experts on buying at auction, whether commercial or residential provides the best investment and a host of other informative articles. Pick up your free copy from your local branch or the many agricultural shows that GTH will be attending over the summer including the Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 9-11.

Charity quiz night aids St Margaret’s Hospice

Charity quiz night aids St Margaret’s Hospice

June 2016

AROUND 60 members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt offices throughout Somerset battled it out to be declared quiz champion for 2016. The keenly fought contest at the Windwhistle Inn, near Chard, was all in a good cause and the magnificent sum of £464 was raised for St Margaret’s Hospice – the firm’s chosen charity of the year.

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Auctioneering success

Auctioneers shine in national contest

April 2016

AGRICULTURAL surveyors Robert Baker MRICS FAAV and James Wotton BSc of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, were put through their auctioneering paces at a national contest to spot the stars of tomorrow. he National Young Show Stars event at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, was designed to showcase the livestock sector and the industry’s future talent.

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Key appointments strengthen firm

Key appointments strengthen firm

February 2016

LEADING property professionals Greenslade Taylor Hunt are delighted to announce four key appointments across the firm.Associate Mark Chugg MRICS and planning consultant Russell Williams have joined the Development and Planning Department, senior commercial surveyor Simon Welch has been appointed in the Commercial Department and Melanie Beaton MARLA will head up the Lettings Department at the firm’s Honiton office.

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Sally Mitchell

Firm appoints first female agricultural partner

January 2016

LONG SERVING agricultural professional Sally Mitchell MRICS has been appointed an Agricultural Partner with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.
Dorset born and bred Sally has worked for the partnership for 21 years.

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Abby Carter

Firm appoints first marketing manager

January 2016

ESTABLISHED West Country property partnership Greenslade Taylor Hunt has appointed its first marketing manager - Abby Carter BA (Hons), ACIM.

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Agricultural professional bows out

Agricultural professional bows out

December 2015

LONG SERVING Agricultural Professional, Paul Trolley, will be calling time on a long and distinguished career with Greenslade Taylor Hunt at the end of December.

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£5,000 boost for hospital league of friends

GTH’s £5,000 boost for cancer project

November 2015

PROPERTY specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt have donated £5,000 to the Musgrove Park League of Friends after staff members received outstanding cancer care at the Taunton hospital.

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Tasty barn for conversion

GTH chefs cook up a storm for cancer charity

September 2015

EVERYONE knows Greenslade Taylor Hunt are experts when it comes to the property market, but it is less well known that they are talented bakers. As part of MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning the firm held an inter office baking contest and the results were amazing.

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Limousin Sale Tops At 5,000gns at Sedgemoor

Limousin Sale Tops At 5,000gns at Sedgemoor

August 2015

The August Monthly Suckler Sale at Sedgemoor Market commenced with the Pedigree Limousin Sale to disperse Chris and Wendy Richens' "Broadoak" herd and a major reduction of the "Columbpark" herd for Matt and Vicky Smith.  An exceptional crowd generated 26 different successful purchasers for the 91 head on offer.  A very emotional day for both Vendors was made easier by the excellent trade, which produced some exciting averages.  Please see attached report for full details.

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2015 Champion Pen of Lambs from Chris Chilcott

A Successful Easter Show & Sale of Suck Lambs at Sedgemoor

March 2015

On Monday 23rd March the Easter Show & Sale of Suck Lambs was held at Sedgemoor.  The show, kindly sponsored by The British Wool Marketing Board, was a huge success resulting in the Champion Lambs being sold to 341ppk and £133 per head from Mr Chris Chilcott of Stogumber, being purchased by the Judge Mr Phil David of The Butchers at Darts Farm, Topsham.  Reserve Champion went to John and Louise Reason of Watchfield, which achieved 306ppk and £110 per head.  Many congratulations and a big thank you the sponsors, the Judge and all exhibitors.

2014 SWWF Cheque Presentation to Selworthy School

Selworthy Special School Benefits from Sedgemoor's South West Winter Fair

March 2015

Members of the South West Winter Fair Committee recently presented children from Selworthy Special School in Taunton with a cheque in the sum of £2,700.  It was felt by SWWF committee members that Selworthy School, for children and young people with learning disabilities, was a very deserving cause.

The £2,700 was made up of £2,000 being the proceeds of a raffle held at the annual SWWF Dinner & Awards Ceremony and £700 that was raised on Show Day by the BOS Rotary Club through 'Guess the Weight of the Turkey' and 'Guess the Cowpat Square' competitions! Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt would like to thank all those who kindly helped support the show and enabled these generous donations.

Plans are already well underway for the 2015 South West Winter Fair which is to be held on Monday 30th November, with the Presentation Dinner being on Thursday 10th December.

Free Planning Clinic

Free Planning Clinic at Sedgemoor Auction Centre

January 2015

A free Planning Clinic is to be held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Saturday 7th February 2015 between 9am-1pm.  Please feel free to drop in for some advice about all your planning queries.  Surveyors from our specialist Land & Planning Department will be on hand to give advice.

Will Handel

New Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

January 2015

THE New Year marks a new chapter for Will Handel who has just been made a partner with successful Westcountry property experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Will has been with the firm for 10 years, but his connection with the business is lifelong as his father, Chris Handel, was also a Partner in the business having retired from the partnership himself in 2006. Having grown up on the Devon/Somerset border and gone to school at Queen’s College in Taunton Will has always had a desire to work in the area. He has had an interest in agriculture and property from an early age and it was therefore inevitable that he would follow in his father’s footsteps.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” said Will.

After completing a Rural Land Management degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester Will worked for national property firm Cluttons in Kent undertaking Estate Management duties for the Church Commissioners. Whilst in Kent he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and also an Agricultural Valuer before returning to the West Country.

He set up Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s agricultural office in Honiton in 2004 and has seen the office expand dramatically in that time. Initially, the office mainly sold town properties whilst today the office has a wide selection of town and village properties in addition to farms and land. Furthermore, Will also provides professional services to clients to include valuations for banks and taxation, compensation claims and has also established a reputation for his knowledge of the changing agricultural subsidy system. The office also offers a residential lettings department providing a managed or introductory service to landlords.

“The last few years, but 2014 in particular, has been tremendous for the Honiton office and our established team has been extremely busy on the agency side with the wide portfolio of properties that we have sold ranging from flats, town houses, village properties through to land and farms. With confidence within the property market I see no reason why it will not be the same again in 2015. Furthermore, with the new Basic Payment Scheme starting on 1 January, I am sure we will be very busy again in 2015,” said Will.

His work is mainly focused in East Devon, from the coast and heading up onto the Blackdown Hills and he enjoys the variety of the job.

“There’s a real cross section in the services that we provide – the marketing of different styles of properties to professional services and residential lettings which all complement each other very well,” he said.

Will is also familiar to many farmers throughout the South West as an auctioneer at Sedgemoor Auction Centre where he sells stirks every Saturday.

If you are considering selling a property or need assistance with professional services please contact Will on (01404) 46222 or drop into the office at 111 High Street, Honiton.



Justin Lowe, Partner at GTH presents Luke Simon, of School in a Bag with a cheque for £1,500

Major boost for School in a Bag charity

January 2015

LEADING property professionals Greenslade Taylor Hunt are supporting a Somerset-based charity to the tune of £1,500.

School in a Bag, an initiative of the Piers Simon Appeal, was an obvious choice for the property firm as the founder’s father was a former GTH colleague.

Tragically Piers Simon died in the Boxing Day tsunami 10 years ago and his brother Luke set up a charity in his memory.

Initially the charity focussed on working in Thailand where Piers died, but during the last five years has been providing and filling School Bags for poor, orphan and vulnerable children in desperate need around the globe.

To date 50,000 children in 22 different countries have been helped by the charity.

Comments Graham Ford: “As a local business we are delighted to support Luke and his charity in supporting children who are simply not as privileged as our own.”

The firm’s donation will help towards funding a couple of vehicles so the charity can get its message across to more people, as well as providing some School Bags to Uganda in Africa.

Later in the year staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be embarking on an ambitious cycle ride through Somerset, Devon and Dorset, to provide further funds for this worthy cause.

According to UNICEF figures 20% of the world’s child population will never attend school so School in a Bag provides stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that enable a child to learn and hopefully provide a passport to a life out of hardship and poverty.

Already the Inner Wheel, one of the country’s largest women’s voluntary groups, has backed the campaign having chosen School in a Bag as its international charity of the year.

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JUSTIN Lowe, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Yeovil office presents Luke Simon, of School in a Bag with a cheque for £1,500.


South West Winter Fair Champion Bullock at £3,700

South West Winter Fair Champion Bullock at £3,700

November 2014

A superb entry of 138 Prime Cattle for our 8th Annual South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor was crowned by a homebred 14m Blue cross heifer from Mr SJ & Mrs JB Clatworthy.  The heifer, shown by Miss Meg Chilcott was awarded First Prize in Class 10, for the best heifer sired by a British Blue bull and went on to take the Overall Championship under Judge Mike Alford of Stillmans, Taunton.

There was a real buzz at sale time as the heifer went on to achieve £3,700.  The successful purchasers were The Butchers at Darts Farm Ltd, Topsham.  The price equated to 672.8ppk.  The Reserve Championship was won by Mr DE & Mrs SJ Cheacker of Pilning with a 17m homebred Limousin steer, which went on to sell at £1,800 (267.8ppk) to Puxton Park Butchers of Hewish.

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TB Orange Markets gain momentum at Sedgemoor

November 2014

Numbers are greatly increasing at our Orange Markets as vendors become confident of a good trade for their forward store cattle, barren cows and finished cattle.

The total head of stock at our last sale was 377 (comprising of 277 store cattle and 100 cows/finished cattle).  These large entries are in turn attracting buyers from across the country to ensure a competitive trade on par with open sales and at times even dearer.

Vendors who are in the unfortunate position of being under TB restriction can be reassured that they can continue to sell their stock at Sedgemoor and achieve the best possible price.

A Record Breaking November Entry of Store Cattle At Sedgemoor

A Record Breaking November Entry of Store Cattle At Sedgemoor

November 2014

For the first time since Sedgemoor Market opened in January 2008 we have had a huge November entry of over 1000 store cattle at 1029 head.  This was part of a massive total entry of 1440 store cattle, stirks and sucklers.  Incredibly trade was dearer, with purchasers from across the country keen to source stock.  A top price of £1295 was achieved for a 25m Blue heifer from Mr J Cranton of Steeple.  Our grateful thanks go to all vendors for this fantastic entry.

Flagship Dorchester team

New appointment strengthens flagship Dorset office

November 2014

AGRICULTURAL surveyor William Wallis MRICS has just joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flagship Dorset office.

His appointment strengthens the existing team led by Office Manager and Associate Partner of Agriculture Sally Mitchell MRICS and Residential Manager Paul Chivers.

The experienced and knowledgeable pair have led the thriving branch at Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, for around five years. William’s appointment will allow the firm to bolster its expertise in Dorset and meet rising client demand particularly for professional agricultural services and estate management.

Sally said: “Business is really good. Will’s appointment will allow the department to grow and offer an even broader service to the Dorset rural community.”

Will has spent the past two years in the firm’s agricultural agency and professional team based at Yeovil where he has gained a deep understanding of the challenges facing farmers today. More recently, to provide and maintain a professional and high level of expertise, he has become a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “Greenslade Taylor Hunt and RB Taylor & Sons merged some 16 years ago - as a result, we at Greenslade Taylor Hunt have tremendous links in the county of Dorset and further East. Our commitment to serve that area with top flight professionals from our already established flagship office in Dorchester, is further evident by the appointment of Will Wallis in this senior role. By bringing new expertise in to the office, we believe that existing services provided will be considerably enhanced.

“William’s background, knowledge of the area and his training in the South West over the last 10 years, makes him the ideal candidate to push our business forward along with Sally Mitchell, who has run the office in Dorchester for the past five years.”

William is involved in a range of agricultural and rural professional work on behalf of farmers and landowners.

Typical day to day work includes valuations, planning applications, compensation claims, stewardship schemes, grant applications and land agency.

“Variety is part of the attraction. Every day is different,” he said.

William is also heavily involved in the single farm payment scheme. This EU subsidy is being replaced by the basic payment scheme next year and many farmers are unsure how this will affect them, he is well placed to help them through the maze of regulation and online applications involved.

He has been very much involved in the home farm near Dorchester and over the years has helped with the diversification of the holding with running of a caravan park, storage units and growing and selling of Christmas trees.

William a qualified chartered surveyor and auctioneer, joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt two years ago. He has been working with Justin Lowe MRICS, partner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, based at their Yeovil office dealing with the sale and purchase of agricultural and rural property throughout Dorset and South Somerset and undertaking professional work for their expanding client base.

He can be contacted at the Dorchester office, Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, telephone (01305) 268786 or

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Winning team from left Paul Chivers, residential manager at the Dorchester office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, William Wallis, agricultural surveyor and Sally Mitchell, Associate Partner of Agriculture at the Dorchester office.

The first Pedigree Beef Calf Show to be held at Sedgemoor heralded a tremendous success

The first Pedigree Beef Calf Show to be held at Sedgemoor heralded a tremendous success

October 2014

With over 100 calves entered and numerous competitors from across the South West the atmosphere was electric at our first ever calf show.  Please see full report attached.

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Top prices of over £1,000 achieved in all three cull sections at Sedgemoor on Tuesday 14th October!

Top prices of over £1,000 achieved in all three cull sections at Sedgemoor on Tuesday 14th October!

October 2014

A large Barren Cow entry of 178 head met a dearer trade to a top of over £1,000 in three different sections!

Over £1,000 was achieved across the board for suckler cows, dairy cows and bulls in the Barren Cow ring on Tuesday 14th October 2014 as follows:-

  • Suckler cows to £1038.24 for Messrs FR & DJ Butt of Honiton
  • Dairy cows to £1010.63 for Messrs R & J Jones of Stogursey
  • Bulls to £1087.43 for Messrs CE & BD Bailey of West Chinnock

A very pleasing result and many thanks to all barren cow vendors for a good show of cows.

Derek Biss & Paul Jenkins

New associate appointed at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

January 2014

Paul Jenkins, residential branch manager at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Chard office, has just been promoted to the position of associate.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “As a multi-disciplined partnership it is essential to have a good balance of associates from across our divisions. 

“With their considerable input into the stability and the growth of our business all of our associates are held in high regard. We are delighted to invite Paul Jenkins into this important tier of our business enhancing our property department in his role as Senior Branch Manager of the Chard office.”

Paul, 49, moved to the firm around 19 months ago, having previously worked for a major national estate agent in Bristol and a spell at an agency in Devon.

He has around 30-years experience of estate agency and is delighted with his move to Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

He said: “They are a really brilliant team – experienced, motivated and focussed. Everybody is here because they want to be here. They want to do the job and enjoy it. A good agent can be of real assistance to sellers and buyers.

“We are here to help people sell their houses from flats to mansions. We are here to help everybody.”

Paul is confident about the property market in the year ahead and aims to build on the success of last year.

He said: “The area is great. We have a superb catchment area – Chard, the surrounding villages and stunning countryside.

“There is more confidence among buyers and sellers. It’s a very positive outlook.”

In his spare time Paul makes the most of the outdoors and enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and fly-fishing.

To find out how Greenslade Taylor Hunt could help you with your next property move call into the Chard office at 1 High Street or phone (01460) 238382.

The Burnham Movember

Our Burnham men go hairy for Cancer Awareness

December 2013

All the men at the Burnham office partook with the Prostate Cancer Awareness theme and grew moustaches in the month of November. Photo taken at our last property auction to record the event for posterity reasons and not passport photo purposes. The lady judges felt Henry Brice's looked the best.

Chairman with the newly qualified surveyors

Double celebration for newly qualified Chartered Surveyors

November 2013

Two members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt have become fully-fledged chartered surveyors and have earned the right to add MRICS after their names.

Tom Mellor, 28, who works in the firm’s agricultural office at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near Bridgwater, and Henry Brice, 24, who works in the Burnham-on-Sea office are now qualified agricultural surveyors after passing their APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) exams.

Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, said: “The final exams to achieve full member status of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are always a major hurdle for Agricultural Surveyors. Greenslade Taylor Hunt are proud to announce that both Tom Mellor and Henry Brice have passed these exams at the first attempt.

“They have enhanced the reputation of the partnership of Greenslade Taylor Hunt to produce qualified agricultural professionals with an excellent future within our network.”

APC qualification and membership of the RICS are both quality assurance standards. It gives clients the knowledge and reassurance that they are dealing with professionals who know their market and uphold the highest standards and ethics.

Henry joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt two years ago after completing his degree at Harper Adams University, in Shropshire, which is renowned for its focus on agricultural based studies and embarked on his APC training.

He used his regular Mondays off – he works in Sedgemoor Auction Centre on a Saturday – to do the studying necessary for his hard earned status as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Tom, who is from a farming background, joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt after A-levels as an administrator. Encouraged and supported by the Partners he has completed his degree, awarded by Reading University, and his APC training via distance learning, while holding down a full-time job.

The effort for both men has been worth it. Tom enjoyed the fact that the course allowed him to draw on the knowledge he was gaining in the working environment, while Henry, who grew up on the Mendips, has always been interested in agriculture and auctioneering.

Tom relishes the range of work being a general practice rural surveyor entails from water compensation to landlord/tenant matters.

“My role is extremely diverse, with no two days the same, “ he said.

Picture caption: Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, (centre) congratulates newly qualified surveyors Henry Brice (left) and Tom Mellor (right).

Simon Havens

Article recently published in the Mid Somerset News “Praise for agency’s help at difficult time”

November 2013

Estate agents sometimes get a bad press, so it makes an uplifting change to find a real-life story from a vendor who could not be more happy with the service she received.

Traci Posting’s situation was a difficult one and the last thing she needed was more stress when she had to move home.  In the end she was so pleased with the way her move was handled by a mid-Somerset estate agency that she went to the length of contacting this newspaper to give an account of her experiences.

Traci told us that she moved into her cottage, in Pilton, about seven years ago.

“It was my dream come true, a picturesque cottage, flagstone floors and inglenook fireplaces,” she said.  “I was married at the time and we had moved out of London to bring our two children up away from the bustle of the city”.

After a few years the marriage ended and Traci found it was a struggle being alone with the children in quite an isolated spot.

Then some painful life events, including her daughter becoming very unwell, meant the family needed to move into town to be closer to support facilities.

Traci said: “I chose Greenslade Taylor Hunt initially because Simon Havens offered an honest appraisal of the property and was on time for the valuation appointment, in contrast to the three other agents I contacted, one of whom failed to turn up on the right day.”

“I was very anxious about the sale and was one of those irritating customers that phone all the time being a nuisance.  Tina Chance closely managed my sale and to be honest she became my guardian angel too.”

Traci says Tina never tired of her constant questions and always responded promptly.

“She spoke to other agents and solicitors in the chain on my behalf,” said Traci.

“Much of this is an estate agent’s role anyway but Tina did so much more.  She has such warmth and kindness that went much further than the role of an estate agent.  It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am to her and the team at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.”

“So I want to say thank you.  Thank you for managing the sale.  Thank you for finding me lovely buyers who will love the cottage as much as I did.  Thank you for understanding my situation and supporting me throughout.”

Responding to Traci’s praise, Simon Havens, partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “Thank you for your kind words, Traci, and we were delighted to assist with your move.  We do place a large emphasis on teamwork within the office which contributes to a high level of client satisfactory.”

Jeremy Bell

Property professionals support RNLI’s 10th anniversary ball

November 2013

A glittering ball to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Burnham-on-Sea’s lifeboat station took place on Saturday (November 9)

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the property partnership, which has one of its 17 offices in the town, was the main sponsor for the well-attended event.

Partner, Jeremy Bell, who runs the Burnham office, was among the guests at the ball at the Webbington Hotel, near Loxton.

He said: “Having had a business association with the seaside town since operating the firm’s Burnham-on- Sea office over the past 30 years - and being involved in leisure properties which brand themselves as being in a coastal town - it was apt to be able to support this worthy charity on my doorstep, as many a time I have seen the crew in action from the Esplanade.”

The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station – the RNLI’s newest station on the Somerset coast. It operates two inshore lifeboats from Burnham serving an area from Watchet to Brean Down.

Around 30 volunteer boat crew, shore crew and officers make up the Burnham team that stands ready to tackle any life-threatening emergency at sea. They rely entirely on voluntary donations to operate.

Saturday’s ball was a major fundraiser as well as celebration for the charity. A silent auction and raffle helped boost vital funds during the evening.

Guests enjoyed a splendid three-course meal before dancing the night away to Doctor Chocolate and a disco.

The GTH Marines' Team

Fearless team braves Marines Challenge

October 2013

Eight brave members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating after completing the Royal Marines 10K Challenge at Lympstone, Devon, and smashing their £2,000 fundraising target.

They are nursing a few aches and pains after surviving the tough endurance test. The team finished a creditable 14th out of 47 teams. Around 1500 people took part in the challenge.

Cher Galley, who organised the GTH team, said: “It was tough, but really good fun.

“I knew it was going to be tough. The Marines don’t go there just for fun.

“A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.”

If you would like to support their efforts please log on to The page will remain open until late January 2014.

Money raised will go to the Devon Air Ambulance and a Royal Marines charity.

On the day the team had to contend with bright sunshine and plenty of mud as they tackled the tough obstacle course.

The team comprised Richard Webber, Partner at the firm’s South Molton office, Robert Venner, Partner, at the Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, Martyn Venner, Associate at the Bridgwater office and Associate Will Handel from Honiton. Associate Graeme Biffen, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre and administrator Selina Steele, who also works at the auction centre took part. Completing the line up were administrators Cher Galley, from the Burnham-on-Sea branch and Emily Simons from South Molton.

Undaunted by their experience the team are already thinking about getting into training for next year’s event.

Picture caption: Back from left Will Handel, Robert Venner, Richard Webber and Graeme Biffen.  Middle from left Cher Galley, Selina Steele and Martyn Venner.  Front Emily Simons.

Marine Challengers

Intrepid team takes up Marines 10K challenge

September 2013

Eight fearless members of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are embarking on a tough endurance contest next week when they tackle the 10K challenge at the Royal Marines base in Lympstone, Devon.

The enterprise is not for the faint hearted as the intrepid team will be put through their paces on the same training course that the Royal Marines use in order to earn their coveted green berets.

The effort on Sunday, October 6, is in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and a Royal Marines charity.

The GTH gang hopes to raise around £2,000. You can boost their efforts by sponsoring them on

As part of the grueling event they will run, tackle an obstacle course and get very, very wet. They have to set out on the challenge as a team and must all complete the course together.

Cher Galley, who suggested taking part to her colleagues said: “I have always wanted to take part. This is something for everyone to aim towards. It’s a real team effort.”

Associate, Martyn Venner, who runs the Bridgwater residential office, said: “I am a fan of supporting UK charities, local ones in particular, and I have an uncle who was unwell and the Devon Air Ambulance picked him up, so its a chance to give a little back.”

The daring bunch comprise Richard Webber, Partner at the firm’s South Molton office, Robert Venner, Partner, at the Sedgemoor Livestock Centre, Martyn Venner, Associate at the Bridgwater office and Associate Will Handel from Honiton. Associate Graeme Biffen, who is based at Sedgemoor Auction Centre and administrator Selina Steele, who also works at the auction centre are taking part. Completing the line up are administrators Cher Galley, from the Burnham-on-Sea branch and Emily Simons from South Molton.

Richard & Lisa celebrate their Silver Anniversary

Pair celebrate 25 years of working together

August 2013

A couple of staff from Greenslade Taylor Hunt are celebrating 25 years with the firm and working with each other.

Richard Sanders, Associate, who heads up the Survey and Valuation team in Taunton and Lisa Phillips, his PA mark 25 years with the company this year.

Lisa joined the leading firm of property specialists straight from college.

She said: “I cannot believe it has been 25 years. I can honestly say I would not have changed a thing. Greenslade Taylor Hunt has been a major part of my life since leaving college at the age of 18. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Richard in the Survey and Valuation division all this time, which has not been in the slightest bit monotonous or mundane. Quite the opposite in fact! ”

Lisa achieved her milestone anniversary in June while Richard marks his in September.

He said: “I have enjoyed working for GTH over the last 25 years, a period where there has been expansion in the business as a whole with greater diversification and geographical spread. When I joined there were four offices and a staff of around 60, now 17 offices and over 200 colleagues. I enjoy the diversity of meeting a wide range of clients and being naturally nosey inspecting a broad range of residential and commercial properties.

“It has been a pleasure working with Lisa over the last 25 years, she is my right arm in the office. I sincerely hope we will continue to work together for many years as I would be lost without her invaluable skills and support.”

Picture caption from left Richard Sanders, Associate, Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, and Lisa Phillips, PA.

Crutch a Good Team!

Four caught on the hop

June 2013

Strange goings on in the Commercial Department of Greenslade Taylor Hunt – four members of staff are currently hobbling around on crutches due to a series of unfortunate events.

First to succumb was energy assessor Daren Venning who tumbled down some stairs and snapped his Achilles tendon.

Commercial surveyor Tony McDonnell fell victim on the sports field and partially tore his quadricep muscle during a game of football.

Fellow sportsman Freddie Biss got in on the act by tearing his medial collateral ligament while playing hockey. He is on a five-month placement with the firm as part of his university studies.

Finally making up the limping quartet is Partner Duncan Brown. He tore the cartilage in his left knee and is awaiting an operation to repair the injury.

Duncan said: “You could not write the script for the recent chain of events! Having said this, apart from the day of Daren’s accident, none of us had to have any time off work, it just being somewhat inconvenient hobbling around on crutches. We’ve been the target of many jokes and banter recently. Certainly not enough sympathy!”

Putting their best foot forward (pictured from left) Tony McDonnell, Daren Venning, Freddie Biss and Duncan Brown.

New Marketing Boards

Refining Excellence

June 2013

An elegant new image has been launched on marketing boards across a leading property specialist’s portfolio.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, one of the largest and longest established “brands” in the South West with over 150 years experience has fine tuned its appearance.

Still with the trademark green and red livery, but refreshed for the 21st century, the upgrade represents confidence in the future.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “We are a traditional Partnership that has always moved with the times and re-branding is no exception, and was only executed after considerable thought.

“The new look will hopefully take us to the next level, as we continue to expand the business having recently opened offices in Wells to the North of our region, and South Molton in the South West of our area. We continue to be an established West Country practice attracting National interest.”

The refinement encompasses marketing boards and media advertisements across the firm’s 17 offices from residential sales and lettings, through the commercial sector, to the agricultural sphere. All departments have adopted the distinctive look.

The design combines a clean modern look with the familiar green and red that are long associated with Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

It varies slightly to reflect the different departments. Agricultural sales use more green in their boards than Lettings. Although individually tailored to each division of the firm they all clearly represent and reassuringly reflect the Greenslade Taylor Hunt partnership.

PICTURED: Lucy Haynes, administrator with Greenslade Taylor Hunt and Kathy Cobb, new homes co-ordinator with the firm and some of the new marketing boards.

East Devon Land Opportunity

East Devon Land Opportunity

May 2013

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Honiton Office are delighted to have launched Land at Long Chimney Farm, Salcombe Regis near Sidmouth, Devon.  

The land comes to the open market for the first time in 35 years and the sale affords prospective purchasers an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a superb block of level commercial arable land well situated with excellent access and road frontage and extends in total to 167.07 acres (67.61 ha).  The land is being offered for sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in up to four lots although further sub division of lots may be considered. 

The versatile land is anticipated to attract interest from a variety of agricultural and investor buyers. 

For further details please contact Will Handel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt Honiton Office on 01404 46222 or email

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New Chairman for GTH

New Chairman for Greenslade Taylor Hunt

February 2013

Derek Biss has taken the helm at Greenslade Taylor Hunt and is predicting an exciting future for the partnership.

He has just overseen the acquisition of a new base for the firm’s highly regarded fine art section and is confident this can grow to be one of the most important in the Westcountry.

He would like to build on the success the firm enjoyed with its most lucrative one-day antique sale ever with the disposal of the Joy Barnes collection. This featured a Barbara Hepworth piece that went under the hammer at £325,000.

He is bullish about the future.

“I would like to see Greenslade Taylor Hunt expanding in the area. I would like to develop some of the smaller departments in the firm.

“It’s important to be multi-disciplinary as a partnership.”

The firm, which has 17 offices throughout the Westcountry, specialises in all aspects of property from residential to commercial, agriculture to antiques.

Derek has been Head of Agriculture until his new post of Chairman, and heads up the farm sales department as a specialist live and deadstock auctioneer and is based at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near Bridgwater – the home of the UK’s largest one-day market.

He oversaw the closure of Taunton and Highbridge markets and the move to the state of the art facility five years ago.

It attracts buyers and sellers from Yorkshire, Carmarthenshire, Norfolk and Cornwall, amongst other counties with in excess of 1,000 farmers attending each market.

Derek attributes its success to location – beside junction 24 of the M5 - and the personal management of the business with all of his Agricultural Partners supporting the Centre’s activities.

On a typical market day Derek will start at 7am and he will often put in a 12-hour stint, along with his fellow partners and market staff.

Farming is in Derek’s blood. He is the son of a dairy farmer from Castle Cary and he enjoys managing his own livestock farm in the Vale of Taunton. He trained at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, before moving to Berry Brothers in Leicestershire where he qualified as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is now a Fellow of the RICS.

He joined WRJ Greenslade & Co in 1983 – the predecessor firm to the current partnership.

Milestone Anniversary

Milestone anniversary for staff

January 2013

Five members of staff at Greenslade Taylor Hunt will each clock up significant anniversaries with the firm this year.

Four of the five celebrate 25 years with the successful partnership, which has 17 offices across the West Country specialising in all aspects of property, agriculture and antiques. 

Nick Forrest, Associate and Planning and Development Surveyor, based in the firm’s Chard office is the first to notch up the long service accolade. He marks his 25th year with the firm this month.

He said: “The greatest enjoyment I obtain from my work is seeing a project well done and completed not only on time but within the set budget. It is very pleasing to get alongside clients to realise their aspirations and then deliver to them something which not only fulfills their requirements but on occasions can go beyond what they are expecting.”

Fellow Associate, surveyor and Chard colleague Andrew Preston marks his 21st year with the firm in September.

He explained his reasons for remaining with the firm.

“I put it down to the stability and security of working for a firm like Greenslade Taylor Hunt, the excellent team spirit, particularly within the Land and Planning Division, and that I work close to home, family and friends,” he said.

Sally Popham, an administrator with the Land and Planning Division based in Taunton, also hits the 25 years service mark this month.

She said: “My reason for staying with Greenslade Taylor Hunt is that the whole company works as one big team which makes for a highly professional and friendly working environment.

“In addition GTH has so many specialist divisions and I have been fortunate to have worked within several of these making my time varied and interesting.”

Richard Sanders, Associate, who heads up the Survey and Valuation team in Taunton and Lisa Phillips, an administrator in the same department mark 25 years with the company later in the year.

Long Service Awards

Sterling Service at GTH

February 2012

Long service award presented to: Derek Biffen, John Griffin, Andrew Perry, Mike Ford with GTH Chairman in the centre.

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Steve Allen, Martyn Venner and Robert Clark with Chairman, Neil Biffen (seated)

Three New Associates Appointed

January 2012

GTH are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Associates - Steve Allen, Martyn Venner and Robert Clark.

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NEW WELLS OFFICE: Partner, Simon Havens, to head our new office

GTH Expansion, Optimism and Opportunities

January 2012

GTH go from strength to strength.

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Sky Dive

Greenslade Taylor Hunt Charitable Trust

January 2012

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has recently established their own Charitable Trust in order that all donations to charities automatically receive Gift Aid.  As a local and regional firm, we have strong connections with our local communities and wanted our donations, small and large, to have the maximum benefit.

Pictured, Greenslade Taylor Hunt partners,Duncan Brown(Commercial), Derek Biss (Agricultural) who both jumped, and Graham Ford, Partner,presenting a cheque in the sum of £3,096 to Jon Andrewes, Chief Executive of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, Teresa Wort, Fund Raiser, and two nurses from the Hospice.  The total sum was raised following a donation from the Partnership of £1,500 together with funds raised following a sky dive by staff members and a number of Partners.  Photograph courtesy of Somerset County Gazette.

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