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S.H Parish Hall AGM


South Hall Parish Hall Committee. The Annual General Meeting of South Hill Parish Hall committee was held on Monday 21st May 2018 at 7.30.pm.

Present were Messrs D. Hicks (chair for evening), A. Budd, D. Brent, R Squires, D. Skelton, Mesdames E. Moir and W. Trewin. Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. A. Humphreys.

The minutes of the 2017 AGM were read and approved. There were no matters arising.

Reports from the Secretary, Vice chairman and Treasurer.

Vice Chair report.  

I apologise for being absent for the AGM.

Firstly a HUGE Thank You to Nick for the years he’s been the hall committee chair and committee member, for the events organised and setting the standards, I’m sure we’re all sorry to see him step down but I know we can rely on his continued support.

This is very much a team effort, with Wendy as secretary, Liz as treasurer and David, who have ALL been on the committee for many years providing much energy, stability and continuity.

Richard took on the role of bookings secretary last year, and I know he has been kept busy with enquiries and Andy joined last year. (We welcome Janet and Dave to your 1st AGM.)  THANK YOU to you ALL.

The Harvest Supper and Auction is one of the committee’s number one community events, and long may it continue to be successful, attracting many from the parish and enjoying again the entertaining Golberdon Choir. Thank you to everyone involved. This year it will be held onSept 15th 2018.

The hire charge of £12 per session has remained constant and gives great value for money and provides an opportunity to advertise for more day time bookings. In addition weekend packages for weddings and parties could be further promoted.

New curtains organised by Liz with the South Hill W.I and some painting has improved the looks inside. The South Hill Connection paid for the new notice board at the entrance gates, resplendent with flying pheasant, certainly gets noticed.  The Parish Council have installed the old cricket roller, with signage, at the hall entrance and improvements to the road surface there is planned, plus the play park has also recently had a revamp, all important work and helping with the overall look.

Hiring a regular cleaner and casual help has also helped keep up appearances.

We have also gained by working with SHARE, South Hill Association for Renewable Energy, and profit from the solar PV panels on the roof and have FREE WIFI available, the Piece Makers in particular enjoy this free addition. SHARE also proposed money from the Community Benefit Funding from the Solar Farm at Bray Shop be used for a new boiling water system and the Parish Council have made these funds available to us.  SHARE also applied for a Marks & Spencer energy grant to install a solar battery system to store the energy generated from the P.V panels, although unsuccessful, they are also working with us on a lottery grant to provide funds for improvements.

Mainly the flooring, but also the roof over the committee room and the kitchen need refurbishment, LED lighting, plus extra gravel for the car park and looking at extending the existing parking will all be a costly exercise, again I thank our Parish Council and for their support and your commitment  for the future.

We have also had offers of help to fundraise from residents and locals, namely Yvonne and Doug for the recent Quiz Night and Mark for setting up a car wash at Tesco’s. Nick is continuing with the Live Music evening on July 21st. and will be looking for helpers. Plus we will be arranging a car boot sale at the Horticultural Show on August 18th. Johnny Mac has also agreed to provide a free music evening for us sometime.

To continue with the success of our Parish Hall, we need to maintain a high quality venue that is value for money and to help provide a wide range of events for the community, engaging with hall users, and encouraging involvement with local groups and residents.

Ali Humphreys. Vice Chair

Election of officers:-

Chair Liz Moir, Vice chair Ali Humphreys, Treasurer Andy Budd, Secretary Wendy Trewin, Booking Secretary Richard Squires. The AGM concluded at 8pm. followed by an ordinary meeting

Matters arising – hall floor specification have been revised and quotes received, suggested a storage heater could utilise the power provided by the solar panels, if a convertor was purchased. Repair at the back of the hall to be completed. Outside a soak away is needed and piping.

To replace present lighting with LED would cost in the region of £4,600 suggested replacing bulbs with LED equivalent when necessary. We await results of grant applications before making any decisions.

Rent, it was agreed that room rental should stay at £12 per session, Sessions are 6am – 12noon, 12noon – 6pm., 6pm – midnight, parties should be £24 as they usually take more than one session.

Harvest supper   Saturday 15th September.

Broad band – David. Skelton representing SHARE, advised the meeting that paying for broadband was not a viable proposition, as information can be accessed from 4G mobile.

The secretary to write to Nick Easton, thanking him for his time as a committee member and chairman.

Date of next meeting Monday 23rd\July at 7.30.pm.

The meeting concluded at 9pm

Cllr. Sharon Daw


It was great pleasure to present Andrew and Sara Doney a civic award for community work and continuing volunteer work, involving church matters, scouts, horticultural show etc a true asset to the community, followed by tea.

Community money is now open for requests. I could spend this money several times over, available on first come first served basis.

Overgrown hedges have been reported and highways have been to the area to look at particular problems.  I shall be going around to look at specific areas of concern, including potholes with highways. There is an online reporting system now within Cornwall Website. You can report on line here or let your parish councillors know.

The new parking charges, some good, some bad, have been introduced. I would like to see parking cheaper or free and follow Devon’s example £2 all day in Tavistock and Lyme Regis, admittedly some towns including Callington have the first hour free but the cheaper the parking the longer people will stay. A recent visit to Poole just shows how the hustle and bustle of high street is far from dead despite £1.20 per hour. Cranleigh in Sussex Sunday’s free parking, and a very interesting public enquiry into housing in the town, no one wanted but was over ruled by the inspectorate.   Continue reading

Church MATTERS June 2018


For six months the Church Calendar rolls steadily on remembering the events of Jesus’ earthly life. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension (and Pentecost). Then suddenly it all seems to come to a halt and there is nothing for the next six months until Advent rolls round again. Of course this is really only a matter of perception. There are many other events in the Church Calendar: some such as Patronal Festivals and Anniversaries being spread through the year; and others like Harvest and Remembrance filling in the gap. But if we restrict ourselves just to those festivals which commemorate the main events in the life of Jesus then the six month rule applies very well indeed.

Personally I find this fact quite challenging. It is a reminder that with Jesus’ departure at Ascension and with the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, to empower the Church, God in effect says “It’s over to you now; get out there and spread the Good News.”

With all the busy-ness of making sure that we get our celebrations right we can forget that the essential function of the Church does not change in those empty six months – nor has it in the past two thousand years.

We might do well to ask who the celebrations of the Church Calendar are for? Continue reading

U3A


Michael Bearcroft was the speaker for our May meeting and was very entertaining.  He spoke about his life and his experiences and, using humour, made light of his many achievements and a few downfalls.

He began with tales of his early life in Sheffield. His father ran a power station and he remembers him fretting about nuclear fuel.  His mother was a housewife with strong anti-war feelings.  She was involved with the organisation of an International Peace Conference and invited to go to Poland.   Michael’s father with great generosity of spirit, unusual at the time, encouraged her to go.  He took time off work to look after the family until she returned.  When she did, she spoke with horror of her visit to Auschwitz which always stayed with her.  Picasso had been at the conference and painted her portrait.  However, whilst she agreed with his politics, she didn’t care for his artwork and gave the portrait away.  Michael seemed speechless , I wonder why! Continue reading

South Hill Parish Council


South Hill Parish Council

The Annual General Meeting of the Council was held on 15th May. All Parish Councillors attended.

David Skelton was elected as Chairman and Dan Smith as Vice-Chairman for the forthcoming year.

Planning applications PA18/02989 for a replacement agricultural building at Lower Woodland Farm and PA18/03342 for a change of use and extension of an agricultural barn to residential at Jordan were discussed. The Council’s comments and details of all other planning applications can be viewed here

Regarding PA17/09824 Swallow’s Rest, Golberdon, it was reported that after further consultation with the planning officer which resulted in some welcomed changes to the proposal, the Parish Council agreed to reconsider its previous response and agree with the recommendation to the planning officer to approve the application with conditions.

The Council had not been informed about any progress with ongoing planning enforcement cases in the parish.

The Parish Council is cooperating with The Hall Committee to replace the wood floor in the main hall. Quotations were opened and a recommendation made to the Hall Committee. There was a preference for a hardwood floor but this will be more expensive. Applications are being made to the Big Lottery Fund and Viridor. The Hall committee has also set aside £3,000 but some of the money will have to come from fund raising within the parish so please support these events.

Parish councillors and other volunteers have completed most of the maintenance tasks needed in the Play Area. Another session is needed to complete the work, which will be publicised. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to muck in and to those that have already helped.

The management of a couple of allotments needs to be improved because weeds and seeds are having an unacceptable effect on neighbouring plots.

A list is being compiled of work that needs doing to our footpaths. This will be completed by our next meeting.

Our clerk, Jenny, who has been on an appropriate training course, was appointed as our Data Protection Officer.

The meeting, chaired by Dennis Hicks, ended with everyone warmly thanking him for the time and effort he has committed to serving the Parish.

Our AGM included the Annual Parish Meeting when anyone from the parish could discuss parish matters with our Cornwall Councillor or the parish councillors but no-one took this opportunity. In the last few months 50+ people have attended parish council meetings to give their views on planning applications which has helped to inform comments made by The Parish Council. There are plenty of other issues on which the Council would welcome your views. An example is the new Community Network Highways Scheme.

This is a new initiative giving the Caradon Network Area (that’s South Hill + 7 neighbouring parishes) £50,000 to spend on highway improvements of our choosing. It can’t be used for routine maintenance which rules out fixing drains and potholes. Proposals with wide public support which benefit more than one parish are more likely to succeed. Stoke Climsland Parish Council has proposed speed warning signs for Bray Shop. Linkinhorne and our parish are supporting the idea which will benefit all three. When you are next out on the road, think about good uses for that money. Let any of your Parish Councillors know or email the council, southhillpcclerk@gmail.com This scheme will be used by others from elsewhere  if you don’t!

Please note that the first part of this report is selective, based on notes taken during the meeting. Full and formal minutes of the meeting will be approved at the next meeting.

David Skelton

Trees and Kayaks and Carbon


…. something to think about.

A tree makes its own food through photosynthesis. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide ( 1 part carbon 2 parts oxygen)

Scientists are still working on how to calculate the amount of carbon in trees. The generally held view is:

The average carbon content of a tree is 50% of it’s dry weight.

A tree absorbs up to 20kg carbon dioxide (CO2) each year.

A 40 year old tree will contain up to 1 tonne of carbon.

Carbon is stored in the trunk, branches and roots (and a small amount in the leaves).

The greatest store of carbon is within the soil, so disturbing soil by deep digging releases carbon.

A 55cm3 block of wood contains the same amount of carbon as would be emitted by boiling a kettle or driving a moped 1km.

Sea Kayaks Rick Cooper, from Trematon, Saltash, British Sea Kayaks, sells new GRP, or carbon fibre or polyethylene, sea kayaks made in Anglesey. https://britishseakayaks.co.uk/

Making these kayaks will inevitably result in the release of CO2 into the atmosphere, thus adding to the greenhouse gases. Most sea kayakers have an environmental conscience, they paddle to remote places to observe beautiful scenery and wildlife. Each kayak sold is accompanied by a free native hardwood tree which during its life time, will hopefully offset/absorb the carbon released during its manufacture. Kayakers can choose the species of tree they want. Some want to grow the tree in a pot to begin with because they intend to move house and want to take it with them (good trees for this hornbeam, beech, lime, rowan, crab apple) The most popular for planting in the ground are silver birch and wild cherry. If you have nowhere to plant your tree we can plant one in our wood at Trematon.

We were delighted to show members of the South Hill Association for Renewable Energy, SHARE, around our young wood and where Rick has his kayaks.

Rick’s aim is to put you in the correct sea kayak for you, and believes you should try before you buy, whether you are a solo paddler or a group, Rick is an advanced sea kayak leader and during your demo will be there for your guidance and safety, giving hints and tips to help you get the best from your experience.

Interested ? ! Phone 07779 134888 rick@britishseakayaks.co.uk

Fiona Cooper, Tamar Valley Trees

 

Memory Cafe


Are you caring for someone with Dementia, or do you perhaps have concerns about your own memory? It can be lonely and worrying but you’re not on your own. Many people around you are in the same boat. You don’t have to feel isolated. More people than ever are becoming dementia aware, and most organisations need, and want, to be dementia friendly.

You may have seen posters for Memory Cafes and wondered what they are about. They are a great place for people with dementia and memory problems to socialise in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Memory Cafes are held in Liskeard, Callington, Launceston, Downderry, Looe, and many more places in the South West. Most are held monthly, some are more frequent. Pensilva has its own Memory Cafe. It is a small friendly group who meet once a month for tea and cake and a bit of relaxing fun. We might have some music, a simple game or quiz, and a bit of reminiscing. You can join in if you want to, but nothing is compulsory. We hope you will just relax and not worry about anything for a couple of hours. There is no charge but we do appreciate a donation in the region of £1 each towards expenses.

It might be worth coming along to join us just to see what goes on. You might find it beneficial to yourself, or your partner, or a parent, or friend. You might even enjoy it. Why not give it a try? You’d be most welcome. There’s nothing to lose.

We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2pm – 4pm. We’d love to see you at St John’s Church, next to the Millennium Centre, PL14 5NF.

For more information contact Carolyn or Pat – 01579 363461 or 01579 362698 email carolynandgeoff@gmail.com or patdilworth@hotmail.co.uk

If you are a carer of anyone, of any age or condition (not just dementia), you will benefit enormously from the help of Kernow Carers Service. Freephone 0800 5878191.

June 2nd 2:45 – 3:45pm The MEMORY CAFÉ Callington Town Hall, Percussion experience workshop for adults with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

April Update


 

A Guide to Energy Saving in the Home – SHARE (South Hill Association for Renewable Energy) are delivering this handy FREE booklet to all households in South Hill Parish.  It’s full of tips and advice from the Energy Saving Trust to help you save energy AND money.  Look out for your copy and use it to reduce your bills AND your carbon footprint.

If you’d like to join SHARE, please contact us by email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or phone 01579 382397.

Investment Opportunity open to SHARE members – SHARE’s successful solar PV installation at South Hill is currently paying out 4% interest, and we are looking for new investors as part of our revolving loan arrangement.  You can invest any amount from £100 upwards, for a fixed term of 2 years, interest to be paid annually.  Interested?  Please contact us using the details above.  The deadline for offers is April 29th 2018.

QUIZ NIGHT at the Parish Hall, Golberdon – Sunday May 6th (the day before the bank holiday) 7:30 for 8pm start.  Raising funds to help replace the Hall floor.  Bring your friends, bring a raffle prize, bring your drinks and nibbles, teams of 4, £2.50 per person.

 April Fool in the recent Connection Newsletter

Was it the fact that the road in Maders will be closed for one week from April 30th?    No, sadly this is true.

Was it the fantastic tale of Councillor Sharon Daw running 52 marathons in 46 weeks?    Amazing but true!

Was it the opt-in request to satisfy the new Data Protection rules?    Boring but necessary – see below.

Did you spot it – it was the story about the training shoes that deliver an electric shock to get you moving faster – a tall tale indeed.

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 Plenty of other events can be found on the South Hill Connection Events Calendar, please take a look.

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SHARE Investment Opportunity April Update


Members may recall that back in May 2016, at the time the SHARE Church Park Solar PV installation was nearing completion, we provided fixed term Investment Opportunities to members, rather than obtaining commercial loans.

Members were able to directly support SHARE’s aims and the Church Park project, and benefit from a preferential interest rate.  At the same time, SHARE was able to obtain funding at lower cost than would have been possible from banks, and the full financial benefits remain within the community. Our 40kW solar installation at Church Park was fully funded by members. Since then, routine interest has been paid, and some loan capital has been repaid.  The next substantial repayment of capital is in May this year.

Therefore we are now able to offer a new opportunity for Members to invest in SHARE by providing new loan funding.  The Directors would like this new investment opportunity to be as widely available as possible.

The loan period will be 2 years, at the end of which the loan will be repaid in full (unless there is mutual agreement to extend the loan agreement). Interest at 4% per annum will be paid at the end of year 1 and at the end of year 2. You may offer to invest as much as you like, subject to a minimum of £100. If this opportunity is oversubscribed, the Directors will amend the amounts of individual loans while maintaining the membership participation as wide as possible.

If this Investment Opportunity is of interest to you, please contact us by email: SHARE@south-hill.co.uk (or phone SHARE Treasurer Sue Skelton: 01579 382397) and full details will be provided, including a financial projection for the Church Park project.

The closing date for offers is the 29th April 2018.    Graham Beven  SHARE Financial Director

Other SHARE News:

The visit to the Bray Shop solar farm has been postponed by the owners, Lightsource. This is due to a major “realignment” with BP who now own 43% of the new company, Lightsource BP.  You can read about it here if you want to know more…

Visit to the Plymouth Incinerator, we still plan to go ahead with this when more people sign up.

We will soon be publishing an “A Guide To Saving Energy In The Home” which will be delivered to every household in the parish.  Look out for yours and please give us any feedback.

A Happy Easter from all at SHARE