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Callington U3A November


U3A speaker report 6th November 2017
Today’s speakers were Steve Marker and Emma Jones from Hansford Bell, Chartered Financial Planners, Tavistock.
Their subject was Financial Life Planning in Retirement
Steve started by speaking about the recent changes in the Regulations for Financial Advisers, ie no commissions, minimum qualification levels raised, and others.
What is Financial Life Planning, it covers 4 main areas. 1: Life Planning Stage
2: Financial Planning Stage 3: Financial Advice Stage 4: Regular Reviews 6mths/annual.
Their advice in the Life Planning Stage was to prepare Goals (bucket list). If it all’s ends what would you regret not doing. Or if you had 5 years to live what would you do. Or if you had 24 hrs to live what would you regret not doing! And to have the conversation with your partner.
The advice in the Financial Planning Stage was to analyse existing finances, wants, needs and goals, the stress test. Do a cash flow chart, income, expenditure, total assets, net worth, money for care and a disaster scenario. The Financial Advice Stage consisted of, how much is enough, Care cost Planning, estate distribution, Inheritance Tax Planning and wills. Also the facts about gifting money, £6000 per couple per year, £5000 for a wedding etc. Regular Review Stage was to keep on top of your finances.
Emma then talked about Equity Release and how you could release funds tied up in your property. It was a very interesting talk, it showed us that Planning is very important in later years.
If you are interested in joining us at the Callington U3A please go to …. www.u3asites.org.uk/Callington or come along on the first Monday of the month to the Callington Town Hall at 10am.
Gillian Brown

U3A Tamar Valley Study Day


Callington U3A …2017 Study Day entitled: The Tamar Valley, Past Present and Future.
An audience of 120 gathered for this full day event at Callington Town Hall on October 25th.
The Study Day started with a very interesting BBC DVD entitled Tamar Valley Voyage, from The Great British Story series. It followed the life of the valley from the Roman Hill Fort at Calstock, to the present day. It gave us a picture of how the valley was exploited for its minerals such as tin, copper, arsenic, lead, feldspar, silver, tungsten as they came in and out of use for over 2000yrs. It taught us about how unique the Cornish language is. And the history of the civil war with the battles of Horsebridge and the fight for the tin. It concluded that valley today has one of the finest areas of outstanding natural beauty.
We had 4 speakers scheduled throughout the day,’ the first was Rick Stewart the Mine Manager at Morwellham Quay. He told the story of how the River was the highway to transport minerals. The first evidence of mining on the Bere Peninsula was in 1290 for lead, silver, tin, copper and chalcopyrite this was not shaft mining, but Stream Panning. Shaft mining began in the Mediaeval times, they wanted the tin, as copper was valueless until they discovered how to achieve the temperature with coal to smelt it in 1688/9. During the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, a period of major industrialisation which impacted significantly on the predominantly rural landscape. The populations of villages and towns such as Gunnislake, Drakewalls, Luckett and Tavistock increased dramatically during the nineteenth century as a result of the burgeoning mining industry. Copper mining and arsenic production in particular were to dominate the fortunes of the Tamar Valley through into the twentieth century. Devon Great Consols was at one time the largest copper producer in Europe and, later in its productive life, able to supply half the world’s demand for arsenic. If you wish for more information go to www.cornish-mining.org.uk 

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Tamar Energy Fest


On October 28th 2017 SHARE were delighted to be invited to Tamar Energy Fest, by Tamar Energy Community at Tavistock Town Hall. We joined other community initiatives:

Roots to Transition/Tasty Tavy www.transitiontavistock.org.uk/working-groups/roots-to-transition

Sustainable South Brent   www.sustainablesouthbrent.org.uk  including Woodfuel from hedges

Tamar Grow Local www.tamargrowlocal.org  Sustainable local produce

Transition Tavistock www.transitiontavistock.org.uk including “life without plastic” display

Tamar Energy Community www.tamarenergycommunity.com Renewable Energy, home visits for energy advice, Local Matters premises.

Plus: Building materials and insulation advice and suppliers;

Cosy Home Company www.cosyhomecompany.co.uk insulation solutions  for period properties

The Fell Partnership www.thefellpartnership.co.uk in concrete form building

Greenhus www.greenhus.co.uk  external wall insulation

Green Scheme www.greenschemeltd.co.uk Eco-friendly outdoor materials

Mantle building system www.mantlepanel.com super insulated system build

Mike Wye & Associates www.mikewye.co.uk Sustainable & traditional building specialists

Plus: Renewable energy technology specialists;

Metalelectrique High Energy batteries

New Generation Energy www.newgenerationenergy.co.uk Renewable Energy

Regen www.regensw.co.uk advice on sustainable energy delivery

Sungift Solar www.sungiftsolar.co.uk Renewable Energy

ZLC Energy www.zlcenergy.co.uk Renewable Energy

PLUS Other services available;

Abbey Garden Machinery www.abbeygarden.com tools for garden and tree management

Graham Reed Glass www.grahamreedglass.co.uk Demonstrating hand made glass designs

Red Squirrel Tree Care www.redsquirreltreecare.co.uk Tree pruning/arboriculture, & photo booth

South West Water www.southwestwater.co.uk using water wisely

Tamar Valley AONB www.tamarvalley.org.uk oversight of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Utility Warehouse www.lovelysavings.co.uk utilities including energy

During the day there were interesting talks and discussions on;

High Energy batteries, changing the game.

Smarter Community Energy innovation

Affordable energy and warmer homes

Dealing with older homes

Woodfuel from hedges.

The exhibitors and the general public were genuinely interested in SHARE achievements to date and we had great fed back and signed up 3 new associate members supporting our aims. We aim to keep in touch with the Tamar Energy Community and attend their monthly “Green Drinks” the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm at LOCAL MATTERS, and other events. If you would like to join us please contact share@south-hill.co.uk  so we can car share.

November Church Matters


Whenever i sit down to write a church article for a magazine there is always the question as to other the content should be slanted towards the seasonal, topical or eternal. So having considered all that I’ve decided this month to write about Postman Pat, the BBC children’s TV series.

When our youngsters were small, Postman Pat was a regular favourite TV watching experience. My wife Pam and I would often sit and watch the programme with them, getting quite familiar with the characters of Pat and his faithful black and white sidekick Jess the cat (and even as I type away I find that in my head I’m singing along with “Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his Black and White Cat…”). They had such adventures trying to get the mail through to the outer lying areas of the village of Greendale, with early episode titles such as “Postman Pat’s Windy Day,” “Postman Pat’s Foggy Day,” “Postman Pat’s Difficult Day,” and “Postman Pat’s Tractor Express.” And then of course there were the other characters – Mrs Goggins the postmistress, Alf Thompson the farmer, Ted Glenn the handyman and the Reverend Timms.

I must admit I’ve lost track of all the adventures that Pat has had down the years, and I’m a little astonished to see that in 2016/17 the programme is now into its eighth series. It seems that the story lines might have progressed a little, as now there are episode titles such as “Postman Pat and the Zooming Zipwire.” There’s even one called “Postman Pat and the Cornish Caper” and another called “Postman Pat and the Loch Ness Monster.” Although I haven’t sat down to watch any of these episodes, it’s obvious that Pat’s mail delivery area and duties have been extended. Continue reading

SHARE news update


The SHARE AGM was well attended on September 21st.

The formal business of an AGM was conducted, with the chairman of the Board of Directors, David Skelton, giving a full report on all that happened in the year to 31st March 2017.

Peter Tulloch, one of the founding members, is standing down from the Board this year, to pursue other interests and was thanked and praised for his valuable contribution especially with regard to the detailed documentation, insurances and policies needed.

Membership continues to grow, Full Members living, working or owning property in the parish can vote, membership is a nominal £2 and Associate Members not in this category but support our aims, visions and rules, membership is just £1.

The new Board and officers will be announced soon.

There were useful discussions during the meeting and this continued over drinks and snacks.

Wood Project

Firewood deliveries have been going out earlier this year than last, with many new customers taking advantage of this great offer. Locally sourced wood delivered locally, what’s not to like! The price remains the same as last year, £50 for a dumpy bag and £100 for a trailer load all dry and seasoned, sized to you requirements, ready for those cold days. Money raised goes to planting trees and making this a great sustainable project.

Phone Ali if you need wood 01579 384544 or email share@south-hill.co.uk

If you have a tree that needs felling, CALL US. We will be around the parish on MONDAY 9th  October with our experts accessing current jobs so let us know if you have any additional work that needs doing.

Power the Night with Sunlight

Thank You Astrid our project leader & to Nick for being the spokesman on the great promotional video produced by Stuart Bailey, FOR THE COMMITTEE for rallying the troops and spreading the word to different groups and organisations to gain support and votes, our members and ALL FRIENDS that have voted to date.

We have been leading the East Cornwall region but we also have to win the West Cornwall region, WE ARE CURRENTLY LEADING THE WAY but it’s VERY CLOSE and we have 3 weeks to go until voting closes on October 20th.

Keep spreading the word, ask people if they have voted, we will be holding a drop in session on Sunday 15th October 11 – 2pm at the parish hall for those with limited broadband or limited knowledge on how to vote and buy rewards ALL WELCOME, at the same time as SEEDY SUNDAY.

Seedy Sunday

Share and swap ideas, seeds and sip soup! Talk to other gardening enthusiasts and share experiences.

Come to The Parish Hall on the 15th October and take your pick from the range of seeds on offer! Tell your friends and let’s get the community sharing, sowing and succeeding to make our gardens in 2018 truly magnificent! Wyld Thyngz is helping run this event with us.

Church Matters Oct 2017


– Keith Browne It is the season for Harvest Services in our Churches. By the time you read this many will have already been held – some will be yet to come. I have vivid memories of Harvest Festivals as a child.

I was brought up in West London in the 1950s. There was still an air of post-war austerity – with very few luxuries around. My mother took my brother and I along to a Baptist Church each Sunday. The church interior was an austere space with minimal ornamentation. There was almost no colour – the small illuminated red cross in the light above the pulpit being the only bright spot. The abiding impression is that the church, in general, was a solemn place. I can’t even remember whether there were any decorations at Christmas. I think that in later years there was a small Christmas tree placed on a platform above the side pews. Continue reading

Tamar Grow Local 10th anniversary


Tamar Grow Local is 10 years old in 2017 Help them celebrate at some of the following events in October! 

Wed 4th October – Honey Fair, Callington Come along to see live honey extraction demonstrations and enjoy a slice of honey cake. There’ll be honey on sale, details of bee-keeping courses and bee-keeping sundries for sale.

Thursday 5th October – Heralds of Spring Daffodil Conference, Tamar Valley Centre celebrating the 2017 Heritage Lottery funded daffodil project focusing on observation and identification of Tamar Valley daffodils. Share findings, hear daffodil experts, listen to oral histories and buy bulbs for the coming season. Free tickets available here

Thursday 5th October – Food & Farming Pub Quiz, The Carpenters Arms, Metherell Get your team together for the TGL quiz which is everything food, farming and the Tamar Valley. Swat up on your vegetables, plants, animals and current affairs to become our winning team! To book a place, please contact info@tamargrowlocal.org or call (01579) 208412  £2 per person with funds donated to the Grow, Share, Cook project.

Friday 6th October –Tamar Grow Local 10 year celebration, Tamar Valley Centre Join us for a day of talks and discussion from inspiring food projects and funders from across the UK. Speakers from Real Farming Trust, Plymouth City Council, Open Food Network UK and Tamar Grow Local and learning how these groups are working towards building a more sustainable food economy. Theere’s also a market gardening exhibition and a mini farmers market so you can stock up on goodies. Full details and tickets available here 

The day is ticketed on a contribution scheme so please leave the free tickets for those who may not be able to meet the cost of attending. This event is not-for-profit, TGL are looking to meet the costs of providing lunch and speaker travel expenses. For further details, visit the website at www.tamargrowlocal.org

Saturday 7th October – Apple & Chilli Festival, Apple Pressing. Carpenters Arms, Metherell, 10am – 4pm Our monthly Brunch & Produce Market turns into a celebration of apples, chillies and Autumn produce in October. Bring your apples for pressing for a donation, Music from Robin Roper and over 25 varieties of chillies to try and buy!

Saturday 7th October – Foraging Walk, 2pm A circular walk introducing wild food foraging, identification of edible plants & how to create your own hedgerow salads. 2pm, £9, Meet at the Carpenters Arms. To book, please contact    rachaelforster@tamargrowlocal.org

Check out the TGL sowing guide here http://www.tamargrowlocal.org/sites/default/files/vegetable-planting-planner.pdf

September Update


S.H.A.R.E., the Hall Committee and the Parish Council are pooling their efforts to support a bid for an M&S grant to raise funds for the hall, and we hope we can count on you as well. On September 4th voting starts on line to secure our bid for a Tesla PowerWall, a storage unit to capture the energy generated by the solar panels installed on the hall roof 2 years ago, which can then be used when the sun is not shining. Running in conjunction with this, we are Crowd-Funding, i.e. raising money through donated items that you can purchase. If successful this project could bring in 12,000 pounds to the hall for these improvements, which will help ensure the hall stays viable for the future.

We have already been shortlisted so have negotiated the first hurdle, now WE NEED VOTES. LOTS OF VOTES. More votes than the parish alone can generate, so we’ve asked neighbouring parishes to help us and we’re asking YOU to spread the word, to your friends, work colleagues, all groups you belong to. Share the message on email and other social medial platforms and really get behind this. £12,000 is a chunk of change we could really use. M&S want to give it to us if we can demonstrate enough support.

To show we are serious about this project, we are also looking to raise £1500 by donations and purchasing gifted items. We have some amazing products and services already gifted and are looking for more to reach our target. If you can offer something please contact Astrid or Ali.

When the M&S web site goes live on September 4th all the details will be there. Meanwhile take a sneak peek on the www.south-hill.co.uk web site to see those that have committed support so far. Endsleigh Nursery has gifted us a number of trees, shrubs and rose plants to sell for the project. They are in the driveway at Green Meadows for you to take a look at and buy. From Golberdon crossroads, take the South Hill Rd and at the next junction, Green Meadows is on the left. Come and get a bargain and support the PARISH HALL.

 Other stuff going on!

August 27th 10 – 11am Messy Church at St. Sampson’s Fun crafts and discover more about your Christian Faith.

Sunday 27th. Walk with Ali and the Calstock Footpath society, this Sunday 11am from Golberdon crossroads. Taking footpaths and quiet roads to Linkinhorne church for a lunch break and read the head stone carved by Daniel Gumb , then onto Browda passing Roundbury and folllowing the Lynher to Wagmuggle and back. 5 1/2 – 6 miles.

Callington Community College Art Block. Workshops. Wednesday 30th August 10am – 3pm see attached poster (Arty Party)

Thursday 31st. Monthly Charity Quiz 7:30 for 8pm start, Come as a team of 4 or make up on the night. If you haven’t been before join in the fun, bring nibbles and drinks. ALL profits to local charities.

Tavistock Camera Club are organising a two day Photo Exhibition to celebrate 45 years as a club on the 2nd / 3rd September. See attachment (Camera Club Exhibition)

North Hill village hall is fund raising from the Launceston Tesco bags of help tokens, through September and October.

Thursday Sept 21st  SHARE AGM. and Social evening. New and potential members welcome to join us. 7:30pm in the Parish Hall meeting room.

Sat Sept 23rd South Hill Hall Committee Harvest Supper. Tickets on sale from Nick Easton or email events@south-hill.co.uk  Entertainment from the Golberdon Gals choir. Bring your auction items and drinks.

Sept 24th 10am St Sampson’s church service of thanksgiving for our animals.

Horticultural Show report on line here… pix to follow

SHARE FIREWOOD deliveries going out now , contact Ali to place your order. 01579 384544 iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com

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South Hill Horticultural Show


On Saturday 19th August 2017 the 58th South Hill Horticultural Show took to Golberdon Village Hall with 600 exhibits of cookery, vegetables, handicrafts, photographs, flowers and children’s entries from 62 exhibitors. It was great to see so many new faces enter and support the show on the day.

The weather held off which aided in a successful day. Callington Mayor and Town Portreeve Mark Smith presented the trophies to the many winners and Liam Hartley of Maders presented the gift of a wooden crafted pen to Mark at the start of the prize giving. The prize winners were as follows below:

  • Committee Cup (Most points in show)- Brian Arthur
  • K. J. Uglow Cup (Runner up)- Peggy Ede
  • Cup third place most points- Judith Ayres
  • Barbara Ede (New entrant, most points)- Chloe Coombe
  • E.C. Pomroy (most points floral arrangements)- Cat Ede & Susan Hicks
  • Maureen Hindle (Best floral art exhibit)- Andrea Hill
  • Best Cut Flowers in Show- Brian Arthur
  • F. Eggins Memorial Trophy (Most points cut flowers)- Brian Arthur
  • Best exhibit in Pot plants- Barry Jackson
  • Gilbert Rickard trophy (most points in Veg classes)- Peggy Ede
  • H. Trewartha (best exhibit in Veg classes)- Barry Jackson
  • Best collection of vegetables- Brian Arthur
  • Buckingham Trophy (most points in handicrafts)- Andrea Hill
  • Best Exhibit in Handicrafts- Andrea Hill
  • Mrs S Rickard (most points in cookery)- Sharon Jasper
  • Best exhibit in cookery classes- Marina Herbert
  • Sheila Cup (most points in photography- Graham Hartley
  • Best entry in Photo Classes- Sue Skelton
  • Parish Council (Miss Alvery Cup Local Child most points)- Nathan Brent
  • Child 5 & Under most points- Chloe Coombe
  • Child 6-10 most points- Emily Robbins
  • Child 11-15 most points- Nathan Brent
  • R.H.G Gimblett (best photo by a child)- Liam Hartley
  • Jenny Jane (best rose in the Show)- Sue Skelton

Many thanks to Spar of Callington for donating the joint of beef for the “Guess the weight of the roast dinner” won by Erin Beale and Trevallacks Farm Shop for donating the cream tea for two for the game “Guess how many buttons in a jam jar” won by Josh Gosling. The roast dinner weighed 6.132kg and there were 256 buttons in the jar for anyone wondering how close you were! Many thanks also goes to sponsors Helluva Pasties, Janet Harding Alterations, Keltic and Callington Fresh Produce for their sponsorship.

Next year’s show will be Saturday 18th August…. Please put it in your diaries and keep it free, it will be great to see you there and fill the hall with exhibits again! J

If you would like more information or would like to become part of the team, please contact Lucy or Cat Ede on 01579 382182.