I first met Gordon Coulson back in the summer of 2002 when I became involved in the Community Pathfinder project helping to provide volunteers for local I.T. centres. Gordon had been at the forefront of efforts to bring an I.T. centre to Langley Park and the facility we have today probably wouldn't exist without his efforts.
The centre was originally I.T. @ The Tute and was based at the Church Street Community Centre (The Institute), but had to be moved to the Harry Guildford Centre (Esh Parish Council Office) when the old building was closed due to health and safety concerns. Gordon was involved in acquiring what was the former Neighbourhood Office from Derwentside Homes for both the I.T. centre and as a new home for the Parish Council.
Gordon sadly passed away recently after a short illness and because of his connection with the I.T. centre, it was suggested to the Parish Council that the centre name be changed from I.T. @ The Tute to the Gordon Coulson Information Technology Suite. This was passed without objection and on a personal note I feel it is a well deserved tribute.
Gordon always treated me with kindness and respect and made every effort to help out both with the centre and with any other problems whenever he could. In his many years of public service as both a District and Parish Councillor, he would always go out of his way to help members of the public and would do his upmost to solve their problems. Many people in Langley Park and the surrounding area have a lot to thank Gordon for and he will be greatly missed.
Esh Parish Council I. T. Officer &
Centre Manager for the Gordon Coulson Information Technology Suite