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Meet the team who help keep The Stithians Centre thriving.


The Stithians Centre is a registered charity with the aims of providing facilities for meetings, lectures, classes and other forms of recreation and leisure for the community. This can only be done with the good will and hard work of lots of volunteers and helpers. The team comprise of many characters you will see around the centre and further afield in the parish.

If you would like to volunteer to help in the centre in any capacity please feel free to contact any of us for further information.

Denis Nightingale - Chairman


I became a trustee some years ago when I took over the editorship of the Stithians Times. It's been a very exciting time as a terrific troop of trustees has built up The Stithians Centre into the busy place it is today. I especially enjoy helping out at a varied number of events in the Centre from the film club to compering Stithians Got Talent. Volunteering here is hugely satisfying and we welcome anyone new with open arms.


Tel: 07432 476665

Phil Blease - Vice Chairman

Phil retired in 2010 after 19 years in the financial services industry which in turn followed 20 years in engineering. Since retiring as well as taking up golf and walking his black labrador "Ben" he has increasingly involved himself in the local voluntery sector. As well as Vice Chairman of The Stithians Centre he is a member of the Parish Council.


Tel: 01209 861535

John Colgate - Treasurer


John moved to Stithians with his wife, Anthea, in 2005, on retirement from the Royal Air Force after over 30 years’ service as a photographic interpreter and intelligence officer.  They bought a cottage “in need of some modernisation” and are still re-building it and rescuing its garden.  John has been Treasurer since 2008, soon after the modernised/extended Centre was opened.  When not generating invoices and budget forecasts, or working on the house and garden, he plays tenor saxophone and escapes to Bodmin where he flies and maintains a vintage light aircraft.  John is also Secretary of Feet Off the Ground, a Bodmin-based charity which provides aviation-related experiences and flights to disabled and disadvantaged young people.


Tel: 01209 860451

Jackie Barson MBE - Secretary


Jackie became a Trustee and assumed the role of Secretary in November 2023.  Jackie is a former British Diplomat; serving British interests overseas for 38 years. She took early retirement from the Foreign Office in 2016 in order to look after her Mum. Jackie and her partner Nancy have now made Stithians their UK home. They share their time between the UK and Canada where Nancy’s family are from.  Jackie is also a Parish Councillor.


Tel: 01209 861406

Judith Twigger - Publicity Officer

Judith joined The Stithians Centre Committee in 2007 following a career in the IT sector. As Publicity Officer she keeps our community updated on the diverse range of events and activities on offer. Should you choose to hire our facilities she can help you promote your event to a wider audience through our website and email news bulletins. Click here for details.


Tel: 01209 860430

Martin Roper - Caretaker
I’m originally from Paignton but moved down to Cornwall more than 20 years ago. I’m a glazier. I gave up work to help my partner Lesley care for her mum - the much missed Peggy Pascoe.  I cleaned in the Seven Stars for a few years. I am an avid football supporter and like nothing better than chatting about the game! 


Tel 07549 610034

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