Our Story

Founded in 1985, here are some of our highlights

1985

Bill Notley started Townsend Fencing soon after moving into the small holding, then quickly needed the help of 1 employee. He says, “Our first job was in nearby Okeford Fitzpaine, where we had to carry all tools and materials on our backs to the site 150 yards up a rather steep hill!” Angela, his wife, took the reins on the office work in the farmhouse kitchen.

1986

Simon, Bill’s son, left grammar school and joined Bill as a labourer. Simon quickly taught himself solid carpentry skills, as he developed into the the new role designing and making fencing, gates and sheds. Together Simon and Bill started to expand the business and even had an ‘office’ in the yard [actually an 8’x6′ shed] complete with telephone!

1994

Simon married Lisa and moved into the family home at Townsend Farm. Bill and Angela moved to a new home locally from where Bill continued his role within the company but Angela now started to reduce her involvement in the day to day tasks.

1995

Townsend’s 10 year anniversary. New larger offices to cope with the expanding business were constructed in the old Farmyard at Townsend.

1996

Townsend acquires its first computer and Si takes on a managerial type role within the company. The workforce is increased with a new bookeeper and extra tradesmen

1999

Si moves from the workshop and into the offices full time and from the humble beginnings, Townsend’s product range is now evolving into Oak Framed Buildings.  Please don’t be alarmed at the image, taken before safety was one’s first thought, this is the boss during his weekend off!

2002

Townsend employs its first Workshop Manager to aid the smooth flow of orders through production to installation.

2004

With increasing market demand Simon begins to design new house build spec ‘Stick-Framed’ Buildings and more detailed Oak Framed Buildings and extra skilled carpenters join he team.

2005

Collette joins as office secretary and Bill moves to a full time Surveying role whilst employing more tradesmen for the fencing teams.

2007

With the continued growth of the business, Simon sees extra demand for Townsend Oak Framed Buildings, and the need to offer a full build service whilst also designing new ranges. Internal training to develop existing carpenters into skilled Framers takes place and more tradesmen are taken on. Many Oak Framed Garages follow and a “turnkey” service is developed utilising many of the staff’s existing skills base for building and roofing.

2010

Townsend’s first major Oak Framed development with a 2 storey “cottage” is undertaken. Townsend takes on its first Apprentice.

2012

Russell Cutler moves from his role as Carpenter to Operations Manager, where his knowledge of the manufacturing side is a massive benefit and the company steams ahead.

2014

Bill eventually “hangs up his hammer”, taking a well earned retirement to spend more time polishing his vintage tractors . Mike Beaumont joins as the new Surveyor. His role begins to evolve towards more bespoke buildings whilst continuing with fencing and gates.

2015

Townsend Timber celebrates 30 years of trading and over that time has seen its business evolve from fencing and gate erection to include beautiful bespoke Oak Framed Buildings and timber framed construction with its largest workforce to date.

Sustainability is high on our agenda

Townsend Timber recognise that businesses can have a negative impact on the environment. We are committed to find ways in which we can reduce the impact of our work in the office, production areas and on site.

The Townsend Team

We're proud of our team. Find out a little about each member here.

Simon Notley

Managing Partner, Head Surveyor, Estimator and Project Manager

Simon Notley

Managing Partner, Head Surveyor, Estimator and Project Manager

Simon has been involved in the family business since the beginning.

He says, “You may find me in the office or out with clients. Ask me about anything and everything.” For Simon, the best part of the business is working with a great team.

When he’s not at work, Simon likes watching rugby or fly fishing. As a bit of a bus man’s holiday, he also enjoys visiting ancient timber buildings.

Mike Beaumont

Surveyor / Estimator & Project Manager

Mike Beaumont

Surveyor / Estimator & Project Manager

Mike has been working for Townend Timber since 2014.

Mike’s role covers many products including oak framed garages, fencing, gates, timber workshops and pergolas. He says, ‘I love creating bespoke buildings and garden features’.

When he’s not at work, Mike is enjoys spending time doing technical drawing or on the computer.

Russell Cutler

Operations and Workshop Manager

Russell Cutler

Operations and Workshop Manager

Russell has been working for Townsend Timber since 2006.

You’ll find Russell in the front office. He will liaise with you to arrange your installation. He says, “I love working indoors and out in an attractive part of Dorset. It’s great to be able to provide customers with one-of-a-kind structures that will stand for many years to come.”

When Russell’s not at work he has his hands full as a father of four.

Collette Stevens

Surveyor / Estimator [Small Works] & Office Administrator

Collette Stevens

Surveyor / Estimator [Small Works] & Office Administrator

Collette has worked for Townsend Timber since 2003, starting as a part time cleaner. She now works in the office where she is responsible for everything from advertising to estimates. She is the first point of call for your telephone enquiries. She says, ‘I love the variety in my job, from meeting customers to drawing up adverts to running the business admin.’

When Collette is not at work, she spends much of her time driving ‘Mum’s taxi’ for her son. In her little spare time she likes knitting and sewing, baking, and meeting friends at jive nights. After all that, she likes to sit down with a cuppa!

Graham Kemsley

Framer/Carpenter

Graham Kemsley

Framer/Carpenter

Graham has been with Townsend since 2006.

Graham’s role means you will find him both in the workshop and out on site (his favourite part of the job is making and erecting Oak Frames).  He says “Having created your build you should be able to ask me anything!”

When not at work Graham enjoys walking and playing or listening to music.

Dave Hannam

Builder, Ground Worker and Fencer

Dave Hannam

Builder, Ground Worker and Fencer

Dave has been with Townsend Timber since 2002.

His favourite parts of the job are the ground building and fencing. He says, “Feel free to ask me anything.”

When Dave’s not at work he’s home on the farm seeing to his sheep, and in his spare time he enjoys fishing.

Will Davies

Framer/Carpenter

Will Davies

Framer/Carpenter

Will has been with Townsend Timber since the beginning of 2013.

Will says you can ask him “Anything about frame manufacturing” as you’ll usually find him as a member of the site team for the frame installation, his favourite part of the job!

When Will’s not at work he spends his free time walking and visiting places of interest as well as having meals out and listening to music.

Bryan Cutler

Builder, Ground Worker and Fencer

Bryan Cutler

Builder, Ground Worker and Fencer

Bryan has been working for Townsend Timber since 2012

Bryan says, “I like the variety in the job. Ask me what we can provide. I’m always happy to make suggestions of help solve a problem.”

When Bryan’s not at work he enjoys spending time working on his own garden or going caravanning.

Adam Cooper

Joiner

Adam Cooper

Joiner

Adam has been working for Townsend Timber since 2011

You’ll find Adam in the workshop. Ask him if there is anything specific you want as part of your project. “I love making products that will become part of people’s homes.”

When Adam’s not at work he likes playing golf, or going to the cinema with friends.

Rob Osborn

Framer/Carpenter

Rob Osborn

Framer/Carpenter

Rob joined Townsend Timber in October 2015 and can now be found both on site and in the workshop.  Rob says he “can tell you how products are made and how to look after your timber building.”

Rob loves the framing side of the work but sometimes will be involved in making your bespoke shed.

As a devoted family man Rob spends  lots of time either with his daughters at dance classes or on the football pitch with his boys.  For himself he loves mountain bike trail riding with his friends.

Jon Chapple

Fence / Gate Installer and Ground Worker

Jon Chapple

Fence / Gate Installer and Ground Worker

Jon joined Townsend in 2014.

Jon says, “Ask me about fences and gate installation.  My favourite part is seeing the finished job.”

When Jon’s not at work he likes fishing and football.

Tom Johns

Carpenter and Builder / Ground Worker

Tom Johns

Carpenter and Builder / Ground Worker

Tom has been working for Townsend Timber since 2014

Tom enjoys the variety of work, and working as part of a good team of quality trades. He says, “Ask me anything and I’ll do my utmost to answer your question.”

Out of work, Tom is an all-round family man and loves spending time with his partner and little boy.

Dan Hibberd

Production Carpenter

Dan Hibberd

Production Carpenter

Dan is one of the newest members of the Townsend team, having joined in October 2015.

Dan can be found in the workshops and out on site helping to install what his team have made.  You can ask Dan “about Groundworks and Sheds!”  A favourite part of his job is taking on something new.

When not working Dan is a family man who loves spending time with his kids but also is involved in his local Community Project to provide child and adult friendly “free-time zones” in his village’s green recreational area.

Jack Moore

Production Carpenter

Jack Moore

Production Carpenter

Jack has been working for Townsend Timber since the start of his apprenticeship in 2013.

Having completed the 3 year apprenticeship you’ll find Jack in our garden building production workshop or out on site. Ask him if there is anything specific you want as part of your project. He says, “I love the variety of the work we do.”

When Jack’s not at work he likes meeting friends, driving and parties.

Michael ‘Mick’ Hallett

Fencer's Mate and Delivery Driver

Michael ‘Mick’ Hallett

Fencer's Mate and Delivery Driver

Mick has been working for Townsend Timber since 2003.

You’ll find him out and about working on client jobs – he says, ‘Ask me anything!’ The best part of the job for Mick is the great team he works with.

When Mick’s not at work he spends time watching Yeovil Town ‘trying’ to play football, gardening or visiting National Trust properties.