Meet The FoT Team

The Friends of Thurston Team

Chair. Jim Frazer.

Retired South Tyneside Headteacher.  Visited Thurston many times between 1983
and 2008, with many groups of children and took part in teacher courses learning
to sail and explore the wonderful area around the Centre.  My vision is to help
South Tyneside keep and develop Thurston for the future so that as many young
people as possible can enjoy the great outdoors and learn new skills in such a
fantastic environment.

Secretaries. Sonia Morton.

‘I first went to Thurston in April 1986 at the grand age of 14 with Whitburn Comprehensive. I went on to do several more courses including my work experience and assisting with Bamburgh School. Now 30 years on I have 2 young sons who will be going with school soon and also get to share the “Thurston Experience”. Which in my eyes is priceless. Both myself and my family are involved with the Friends to build a better future for the next generation’.

& Andy Stubbs.

Andy worked at Thurston for 31 years. Joining in 1883 as the Grizedale Group Instructor, Chief Instructor and in 2003 Head of Centre. ‘I believe passionately in Outdoor Education and all the benefits it offers. Its satisfying to help the Centre’s continued development and help access for all’.

Treasurer. Billy Tindle.

‘I first attended a residential week at Thurston in May 1986 as a pupil of Redwell Comprehensive School. I had participated in outdoor adventure as a member of the local Cubs and Scouts. However, Thurston took this experience to a higher level and I still have a passion for the outdoors today. I joined the Friends of Thurston to ensure people encounter the outdoors for years to come’.