About St. Bride’s Community Centre

About St. Bride’s.

The St. Bride’s Centre is a very special community-owned facility.

The Centre is owned and managed by the Douglas St. Bride’s Community Group (DSBCG), a hard -working team of volunteer Board of Directors who look after the facility on behalf of the local community.

The DSBCG is a Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status, with a Memorandum and Articles of Association as a governing document. The structure gives a degree of legal protection, as well as the benefits of operating as a charity. Annual reports are submitted to Companies House and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Read our Memorandum & Articles of Association or to view our latest Accounts.

A number of staff support the Board including the Business Development Manager, who is responsible for the sustainable future of the St. Bride’s Centre; Administrator, who is central to the everyday running of the facility and two part-time staff, who open the Centre at weekends and help with private events. In addition, South Lanarkshire Leisure provide three Facility Staff who help keep the Centre open to accommodate all users.

The Community Group also manage the valuable asset of the Second Glance Charity Shop on the Main Street in Douglas. Run by an amazing team of volunteers, the shop not only provides a resource for the local community, but also a sustainable income for the St. Bride’s Centre.

Want to help out, join in, influence direction or just keep up to date with all that’s going on? Call in or phone 01555 850019 to speak to us, or leave a message thorough our Facebook page or email.


Our Team

We have an amazing team at St. Bride’s who want to ensure that every visit to the Centre is an enjoyable one.

Liz Steele

Business Development Manager

Working under the direction of the DSBCG, I am responsible for the everyday management of the Centre and our property at 11 Main Street. Part of my remit is to help create initiatives to support the sustainable economic future of the St. Bride’s Centre and to create activities and events for the all age groups. If you have any ideas for events or initiatives, please get in touch.

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
September 2016.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
In the surf with my family at Perranporth Beach in Cornwall.
I couldn’t live without…
Open spaces.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
I have survived Shak’s beginners Circuit Class.

Lyndsey Devaney

CENTRE ADMINISTRATOR

I am responsible for the day to day administration of the centre so come and see me if you need: to book a space, get information on availability, find out what is going on at the centre, find out how to join the gym, have any queries about costs and invoices or anything else you can think of!

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
September 2016.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
Cuddled on the sofa with my dogs and a good book or box set (I’m really boring!).
I couldn’t live without…
Crunchy peanut butter or music.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
I somehow managed to survive a solo parachute jump to raise money for meningitis research.

Elizabeth Finlay

Facility Assistant

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
September 2016.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
Chilling out at home.
I couldn’t live without…
My fire (especially in the winter!)
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
Making the best steak pie at New Year (and putting up with the family too!)

Dougie Ross

Facility Assistant

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
January 2013.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
Watching my favourite football team.
I couldn’t live without…
My wife!
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
I once saved a man from drowning in the sea at Kirkcaldy.

Sandra Turpin

Facility Assistant

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
June 2000
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
Anywhere that’s by the sea.
I couldn’t live without…
Chocolate.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
I once bumped into Prince Charles when he was roaming around Leadhills looking for grouse.

Fiona Young

Hall Keeper

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
February 2017
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
One the couch with my dog
I couldn’t live without…
Irn-Bru - but will need to find a way now that they've lowered the sugar content!
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
Don't have one!

Heidi Strickland

Hall Keeper

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
In the house with my kids
I couldn’t live without…
My kids
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
Don't have one!

John Gold

Director/ Trustee

I have a black Lab called Zach. Fond of gin (me, not Zach).

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
circa 2008.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
on the slopes.
I couldn’t live without…
Tonic water... for the gin.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
closet florist.

Kyle MacMillan

Director/ Trustee

I am a 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate.

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
November 2013.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
camping and enjoying the outdoors with friends.
I couldn’t live without…
My car!
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
this is a hard one, I’ll get back to you!

Sarah Peters

Director/ Trustee

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
2008.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
still thinking.
I couldn’t live without…
a camera and a bike.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
I was Silver British Champion at Taekwondo when I was 17! Watch out there is a ninja about!

Kim Ashford

Director/ Trustee

Facts about me:

I joined the St. Bride’s team in…
I’ll look it up in a moment.
My favourite place to be (other than work!) is…
in the forests walking my dogs, or having a meal and watching the Dancing Fountains at the Dubai Mall.
I couldn’t live without…
my dogs.
My ‘Claim to Fame’…
Use to do Athletics training with Lynford Christie, Adie Maffie and Alan Pascoe – I have competed at the National WAAA Championships at Crystal Palace.

Our Journey

The building that currently houses the St. Bride’s Centre originally opened as a school in 1876. After the school closed, the facilities were taken over by the local church to use as their Hall. Over time the building deteriorated into a state of disrepair. A team of enthusiastic volunteers then got together and through a major refurbishment, transformed the rather bleak facility into a welcoming community centre which opened for business in May 1998.

The refurbishment of the Centre served the village well for the best part of twelve years, but there were still major issues with the fabric of the building. Over the next five years, Douglas St. Bride’s Community Group worked tirelessly to develop a robust proposal for a major reconfiguration and redevelopment of St. Bride’s. Following detailed consultation and engagement with stakeholders and the wider community, together with a lengthy period of architectural study, business planning and construction, the St. Bride’s Centre reopened in 2012 with a facility fit for the 21st century.

A more detailed account of all these developments can be read here.

As part of the refurbishment, the Douglas Community Group developed what is thought to be a Scottish first in the form of Douglas Community Ecoheat. Find out more about this exciting project.


Current & Future Projects

The Board members and staff at St. Bride’s are always looking for ways to move forward with new and exciting initiatives. The most recent project is the purchase of 11 Main Street in Douglas. The building currently houses 2 shops on the ground floor and an upper 3-bedroom flat. One of the shops currently houses the Second Chance Charity Shop which is managed by St. Bride’s and the other, the Bake my Day bakery.

Acquisition of the property through a Scottish Land Fund grant, supported by funding from the Clyde Windfarm, will not only secure the future of the charity shop but also create a regular income for the sustainable future of the St. Bride’s Centre. Plans are in place to refit the shops to make them more fit for purpose. Regular updates of the project will be posted on this page.