I joined the Council in 1999 as one of four co-opted members. Since then I have served on all the committees, and was Portreeve and Town Mayor in 2006/7.
As well as serving on the Town Council, in 2007 I was elected as one of the three members on Caradon District Council. When that Council was abolished as part of the creation of Cornwall Unitary Council I was elected as the Councillor for Callington in 2009 and was re-elected into that position in the 2013 elections.
I have lived in and around Callington for most of my life, and went to Stoke Climsland Primary and Callington Comprehensive Schools.
Since leaving full time education, I have worked for 27 years for Weatherhead Shop Designers as a Sales executive.
In my spare time I am involved in Callington Town Football Club and also Shout Kernow – which aims to bring back Cornish folk singing to local pubs around Cornwall.
34 Coombe Road, Callington PL17 7QG
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I was born in Taunton and educated at Menheniot Primary School and Liskeard Comprehensive. After leaving Comprehensive education I went on to further study at the Duchy College - so I have lived in Callington since I was sixteen. I am a past president of the Callington Lions Club, and currently the owner of a manufacturing business based in Plymouth. Previously, I worked as a herdsman and spent fifteen years working with local quarrying industries.
In my spare time I’m involved with fundraising for charities as part of my involvement with the Callington Lions Club - which has included walking from Plymouth to Landsend in July 2010. I am also a long-serving member of the Callington team that help the homeless with a “ soup run” in Plymouth. I am married to Helen - a local Callington girl - and have a son, Thomas, who goes to school in the town. As a family we love to travel and meet new people.
I have been actively involved with the Town Council over the last six years where I hope that my practical and business skills contribute - along with a fresh approach and perspective to the town council. I try and get involved in community life as much as possible and, over the years, have been an active organiser & supporter of some of the town’s most memorable events such as the Honey Fair, Gala Day, Carnival and Festival week.
1 Trelowarren Close, Callington PL17 7TB
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t: 01579 389121
Vice-Chairman Of Outside Services
I moved to Callington in 1982 with my husband Robin and two children, Steven and Claire. Shortly after that I started working at Callington Community College, where I have held many roles and am now the Integrated Services Co-ordinator. This has helped me to understand the needs of the area’s young people as one of my interests is making sure that young people have access to suitable facilities.
My family has grown up in Callington and two of my four grandchildren were born in Callington and attend Callington Primary School. My family roots are Cornish, and although I was born in Australia, I class myself and family as Cornish.
I joined Callington Town Council in 2006, I felt it was time to give something back to the community that had given myself and my family so much. I was Portreeve for two years, a time I thoroughly enjoyed, especially meeting so many local people and forging some good friendships. I am on the Committee which organises the Christmas Festivities on behalf of the Town Council and help out at other local events.
I have been an active member of Callington Women’s Institute and am on the Callington Festival Committee working in partnership with the Rotary, Lions and Young Farmers, organising Callington Carnival, which has grown since its reformation in 2009. This is always a great time in Callington and shows how the community can work together to put on a great Carnival. I am also on the Steering Group of Callington & Saltash’s branch of Community Action Through Sport (CATS), which is a National organisation, which organises events and rewards youngsters for their volunteering.
I believe Callington has a lot to offer to all ages as there is a huge variety of groups and organisations in this area, no matter what your interests are. I will continue on the Town Council, for as long as possible, to help in the development of our community and help promote the growth of Callington as a major town in Cornwall.
17 Fowey Crescent, Callington, PL17 7PJ
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t: 01579 382752
Born and educated in south-east London, I moved to Yorkshire after secondary schooling to study German and Swedish at the University of Hull. My studies included a year-long placement as a languages assistant in a German school and as a consequence I was offered a full-time job in a prestigious boarding school in Germany on completion of my degree.
On returning to the UK I completed my teacher training at the University of Exeter, after which I moved to a forward-looking Community College in Leicestershire. The notion of education “from the cradle to the grave” inspired me and every subsequent teaching post I held in Essex and Cornwall did contain an element of community education.
Outside teaching I have been involved in Town Twinning and promoting international understanding through annual European youth projects. I am currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Callington & Delaware Children’s Centre. I have been an active member of the Callington Rotary Club for some twenty years (and proud to have been President on three occasions) and locally have played a major part in organising the Callington Street Fayre, the Carnival and Festival Week. I was a member of the Rotary team instrumental in setting up the Callington Memory Café.
I have been active in Callington 2000, the Town Forum and other regeneration initiatives since the mid-90s. I have served as a Town Councillor since 2002, serving on each of the four committees, and during my time as Portreeve I introduced the idea of live entertainment in the Town Hall. This has developed into Callington Arts at the CAVe which has brought many facets of the arts to Callington.
I am passionate about regenerating Callington and making it a vibrant town fit for 21st living, whilst securely maintaining its rich historical and cultural heritage.
Lysonoweth, 23 Launceston Road, Callington PL17 7BT
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Mark Smith, born in Gunnislake, and educated at Callington Comprehensive, has spent the majority of his life in and around the town.
He is a local fire fighter, and owner of a business in Callington. His previous occupations have included ten years in the road construction industry, working at a local quarry.
Mark is an avid reader, with an interest in medieval history, particularly the War of the Roses. He has travelled extensively, and spends his free time engaging in outdoor pursuits, such as walking. In 2009 he successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden all in 24 hours.
Having joined Callington Town Council in 2013, Mark‘s primary aims are to use practical knowledge, from his experience as a fire fighter, first aider, and businessman, to improve facilities within the town.
He also hopes to promote and strengthen relationships between local businesses and the residents of Callington, both to support the town’s economy, and to bolster its community spirit.
Kilbride, Stoke Road, Kelly Bray, Callington PL17 8RA
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t: 07817 101788
Chairman Of Outside Services
My name is Suzan Tolman and I’m the latest recruit to the Town Council, having been co-opted on during the summer of 2013.
I have been connected with Callington for several years, albeit through my family, the Church or training many residents through my involvement with the Adult Education Team in the Town. I retired from teaching to enable me to look after my poorly husband but since his passing, I am now in a position to give some time back to our community, which is why I joined the Council.
Many years ago my husband and I actually worked for the town council coordinating the bookings and caretaking the hall, so I’ve seen first-hand how the Council has evolved and developed over the years.
I have a great passion for local history, so use my skills and knowledge to help people particularly with family history projects.
55 Coronation Road, Callington, PL17 7BX
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t: 01579 383687
Vice-Chairman of Finance & General Purposes
I was born in Callington in Coronation Road in 1957. My father came from St Germans and my mother from Devon. I moved to Slough when I was 5 yrs old but always spent Summer holidays in Callington. I went to Callington Secondary for a while in the late 60’s
I moved back to callington in 2004 and was elected onto Callington Town Council where I have been the Vice Chair of the Finance & General Purposes committee. I have been a school governor at the Primary School. Other groups that I have belonged to include Fair Trade, Children Centre steering group and Kelly Bray Resident’s Association.
I work part-time at the Community College and have been there 9 yrs.
I am single and live in rented accommodation with my two daughters and some pets. I now volunteer at Oxfam while looking for work.
I joined Mebyon Kernow last year - before that I was an Independent. I want to see Cornwall grow and prosper. I believe we should have independence but we need the right people in council. I hope I can be one of those people.
32 Skitta Close, Callington, PL17 8DF
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Chairman of Finance and General Purposes
After re-locating to Callington 2 years ago I have joined the Council as a co-opted member in July 2014.
I left school aged 15 to join the Merchant Navy, then at 21 became a Royal Marine Commando, serving 22 years, leaving as a Colour Sergeant in 1985.
During this time I married and had 2 children, we now have 4 young grandchildren, and have celebrated 43 years of marriage this year.
After leaving the Royal Marines I worked in London, finally ending up at Dartmoor Prison. (Though not as an inmate!)
We retired to Spain in 2003, where I was elected President of our local community, but decided after 9 years it was time to return to the UK. Having moved about 15 times this was going to be the final move.
I am a member of the Callington Royal British Legion, the local Masonic Lodge and Callington U3A, where I enjoy attending the baking group, crime fiction group and the computer group. I have also re-introduced the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Broadmead.
Callington has so much to offer and I hope to contribute in working with the Town Council to the benefit all the residents and visitors, young and old, with a positive forward looking approach.
113 Broadmead, Callington
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t: 01579 384522