Chairman of Town Hall Committee
Vice-Chairman Of Staffing Committee
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.
Chair 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 held many roles including Integrated Services Co-ordinator. This 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.
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Chair of Planning Committee
I was born in Callington but not brought up here, we moved away when I was five years old. I spent all my school holidays here and even came back for a while when I was eleven.
I became a Town Councillor in 2009 and have been also been Deputy Chair of Finance and General Purposes although I am still on lots of other sub-committees.
I can often be found volunteering in the Oxfam shop and I am a member of Mebyon Kernow.
I have two grown up children and I have one grandchild.
I would call myself a community Councillor, I love Cornwall and am very proud to call myself Cornish.
Mayor and Portreeve 2019/2020
My name is Suzan Tolman, I was born in 1948 and went to school in Gunnislake, South Hill and Callington.
I have lived and worked in Callington for 55 years.
I was co-opted to the Town Council in the Summer of 2013.
My working life I spent almost 30 years looking after people with dementia then at the age of 50 I became an IT Tutor with the Adult Education team in Callington. I taught mostly older people helping them find their way around the internet and emails. I also taught basic English and Maths, Wordprocessing, Spread-sheets and Database.
My three children grew up and went to school in Callington, two of them still live here.
I am a member of the Methodist Church.
I retired from teaching to enable me to look after my very sick husband, since his passing I am now able to give some time back to the community which is why I joined the local Council.
Many years ago my husband and I actually worked for the Town Council coordinating the bookings and caretaking the hall, so I have 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.
If anyone wants to speak with Sue, she is available in the Town Hall from 4.00pm - 6.00pm on Tuesday 17th September, Tuesday 24th September and from then onwards the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Just pop in for a chat.
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Deputy Mayor and Portreeve and Chairman of Finance and General Purposes
After re-locating to Callington seven years ago I 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.
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.
I am a member of the Callington Royal British Legion, the local Masonic Lodge and Callington U3A, where I enjoy attending the baking 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 off all the residents and visitors, young and old, with a positive forward-looking approach.
tel: 01579 384552
I am a retired professional chartered mechanical engineer.
Most of my professional life was spent working for Rolls Royce in the Midlands having moved there from London and the home counties.
I moved to the South West to work in the Dockyard.
When my wife retired we moved to Callington about 10 years ago.
I belong to a number of local organisations have taken up specific roles within them. This includes Callington U3A, Rotary Club of Callington and Callington Community Arts (Formerly CAVe). I also attend Town Forum meetings.
Callington faces a number of challenges going forward from increased pressures due to increased housing to diminution of the high street. I hope to contribute to Council by seeking appropriate initiatives which will maintain and enhance our town and its environs.
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Vice-Chairman of Planning Committee
My name is Mikkie Raphael. I have lived in Callington for 18 years and in that time I have been involved in community groups and projects and I jointly started Callington Volunteer Litter Pick with our Cornwall Councillor, Andrew Long.
All of this has allowed me to recognise how important it is to have people behind the scenes working hard for our community. I am looking forward to the new challenge of joining the Council and working as part of a team to ensure that our town is the best it can be, I also aim to listen to both residents and small businesses about how Callington can improve for them.
Fundamentally, I believe our Council already provides an essential service and I am very excited to be a part of that.
Cornwall Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency for our county and since then local councils have been following suit, the same is for Callington Town Council who unanimously agreed to declare a Climate Emergency for the Parish. l proposed that an Environment sub-committee be established with the aim of taking action to tackle issues that are facing our environment. It was also decided that the sub-committee be open for members of the public to be able to join and help in the decision making process. Any level of expertise is welcome we only ask that you have the drive to make a change.
For further information or to express interest please email me.
Callington has been my home for over 16 years, and I have lived in the local area for almost 50 years. I was co-opted to the Council in Autumn 2019.
My working life was spent in scientific research as a UK Government Scientist, and as an advisor and diplomatic employee in various capacities for the United Nations. I am now semi-retired, although I still maintain an active interest and research involvement in environmental health, through my Professorships with the University of Exeter Medical School (European Centre for Environment and Human Health – ECEHH, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro) and the University of Plymouth; as well as an Emeritus Fellowship in Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
I have been involved in various community activities including Callington Town Forum (Chairman for 10 years), Caradon (Southwest Cornwall) Neighbourhood Watch Forum (Chairman for 8 years), and the Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (DaCCWA board member and trustee for 7 years). I am also a Police Volunteer. Slightly further afield, but still in Cornwall: I am a member of the Launceston Café Scientifique, and currently the Co-Organiser for guest speakers. The Café aims to bring new and exciting scientific and engineering topics to the attention of the interested general public and local schools.
Current activities related to Callington Council include my active membership of the Callington Neighbourhood Plan (NHP) Steering Group. In this capacity, I have advised the NHP consultants on a variety of relevant public health issues including those related to air pollution from road traffic; and environmental issues related to the projected mining activities for Tungsten and Tin at Redmoor in Kelly Bray.
Callington faces many societal and environmental challenges in the near future, with the projected increase in housing and the associated requirement for infrastructural improvements, as well as the potential benefits from proposed mining activities. I love living in Callington and hope to contribute to both the Council and the local Community, particularly by drawing upon my knowledge and experience in dealing with societal and environmental problems, which are often closely interwoven; and how they may affect our urbanised environment, and health and well-being in our Town.