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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

Power The Night With Sunlight


WE HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR A GRANT

from M&S Energy

South Hill Parish Hall in Golberdon has set its sights on using sunlight
– at night!

‘Power the Night with Sunlight’ – South Hill Association for Renewable Energy from Stuart Bailey on Vimeo.

SHARE (South Hill Association for Renewable Energy) community benefit group have applied for an M&S Energy Grant to install a Tesla Power Wall in the Parish Hall at Golberdon.

This will enable the energy generated from the solar panels to be stored for later use and dramatically help with heating and running costs, helping to keep the hall a viable and attractive venue.

Voting is finished now.  Thank you to all who voted for us and pledged money for our wonderful rewards.

We will hear on November 6th whether we have been successful with our bid

Collecting votes at M&S Plymouth

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SHARE Update


South Hill Association for Renewable Energy
Community Group

Fundraising

We are pleased to announce that SHARE has been shortlisted for funding from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.  This year £300,000 will be awarded to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK.  Last year 25 projects received funding, and this year we hope to earn our share.

The project we are proposing is to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 energy store at the Parish Hall to take full advantage of the roof-top solar PV system. At present, this is only of direct use to Hall users during the day, and excess generation is exported to the National Grid.  With batteries, energy could be stored and used during the evenings too.  This is particularly exciting in view of the recent announcement by the government that they plan to support the further development of battery technology for this purpose.

The judges base their decisions partly on the merit of the project, but also on support from the public. The voting and crowdfunding stage will take place in September and October.  Our fund –raiser, Astrid Fischer, has just started working on the next stage of the M&S bid.  A small team is already helping her to expand support for our project.  If you are able to help please step forward.

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YFC County Rally at Meaders


The 80th annual Young Farmers Clubs County Rally Organised by Cornwall county chairman Cat Ede, took place on Saturday, July 22nd at Meaders Farm, hosted by the Ede and Gorman families.

The rally brings together all the county clubs for a day of fun activities competing against each other in various competitions from cookery, handicrafts to sports & practical skills.

‘how many people can you cram into the middle of a tractor tyre’, the ‘greasy pole’ competition, and build a lawn mower suitable for a tractor pull.

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Callington U3A July Talk


Callington U3A   U3A speaker of the month for July 2017 Walking in Cornwall

Sue Kittow came to speak at our July meeting. Sue lives in Falmouth and writes books on Cornish Walks.  She has always loved walking but now enjoys the company of Mollie Dog her Jack Russell who provides a means of chatting to other people and their dogs.   She is an excellent photographer and showed us lots of her pictures, including a beautiful geographic sand sculpture she came across at Gwithiam – made by an artist with a rake.

Sue used to write up her walks for the magazine Cornwall Today but thought about producing a book. So she re-visited and re-wrote 20 for her first effort, then set about trying to find a publisher.  She found one in Wales and has kept going – both in the walking and writing sense.

She was inspired by a friend to take a more themed approach and has written a book of walks connected to Writers in Cornwall and their favourite places. Following that came the television series of Poldark and Sue realised that someone else would write about the places used in the filming if she didn’t do it first.  So she began, by her own admission, a little late in the day and working through the winter.  The weather took its toll on her photography and she was faced with a bit of a scamper towards the publisher’s deadline trying to get pictures which were not indistinguishably grey and misty.  She said she spent the Easter weekend driving around madly taking duplicate photographs because the sun had come out!  Continue reading

Raising Funds for St Sampson’s


St Sampson’s Church are contacting architects to draw up plans for our renovations and improvements to the building and we are also looking at many funding options.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for St Sampson’s Church, South Hill?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, the trainline and Tesco – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… 

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stsampsonschurch/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever.

There are no catches or hidden charges and St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, Cornwall will be really grateful for your donations to help with the ongoing upkeep of this beautiful church.

Thank you for your support.

 

SHARE Fun Day


The SHARE in our Community Free Family Fun Day was an amazing success on Bank Holiday Monday. There have never been so many children in Golberdon Park, estimated around 300 people in total, all enjoying the activities laid on by South Hill Parish Renewable Energy community group, S.H.A.R.E.

Events centered on energy and money saving tips, recycling and reducing waste, including Kicks Count charity, clothes alterations by Janet Harding, promoting cycling with E Bike demos and bike slalom course, planting seeds, foraging the hedgerows and an energy science project. Plus The Big Beat Junk Band invited everyone to join in and make lots of noise.

“South Hill Rocks” was launched as rocks were painted and hidden around public spaces for people to find, then upload a photo to South Hill FB and re-hide, encouraging families to be creative and explore the area. Join in the fun, like South-Hill FB facebook.com/SouthHillParish or visit south-hill.co.uk/south-hill-rocks

Free Energy Saving Light-bulbs were donated by E-On, sunflower starter kits and grocery Bags for Life, donated by Tesco’s, Morrison’s and Waitrose were given away. A massive Thank you to everyone that helped make the day so special, to all that donated items, Tamar Organics, Spar, Launceston Cycles, Compton Park Farm Shop, Callington Fresh Produce, our generous parishioners, the South Hill W.I ladies for teas, the South Hill Horticultural Show for including the Sunflower class on August 19th. The car booters, the Police for providing leaflets on protecting property, Project Solar answering questions and giving energy advice and the families that came from near and far and team S.H.A.R.E for hosting such a great fun day. Learn more by contacting enquiries@ProjectSolarUK.com or call Simon on 07955522072.

South Hill Association for Renewable Energy (SHARE) a Community Benefit Society since June 2015. SHARE’s vision is “A secure and sustainable future for all, using community owned R.E to provide economic, social and environmental benefits.” Contact SHARE@south-hill.co.uk call Peter 01579 208519 and visit south-hill.co.uk/share

…. and the 50/50 of 140 pounds was won by a couple from Saltash, visiting for the day. finding and hiding SOUTH HILL ROCKS at Golberdon Park !

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U3A speaker June 2017


This month speaker at the Callington U3A was the delightful and funny Denise Walker her talk was entitled ‘Who goes there’ a look at animal tracks.
She suggested when we are out walking in this beautiful county, that we keep our noses to the ground, as there is a world of animal tracks and clues to the wild life in your area. You need to look for clues to the small dramas that have been taking place.
There maybe fur caught on barbed wire, tracks and trails in the bank, and foot prints if the path is wet. Denise showed us various tracks we could spot, like hedgehogs, squirrels, deer and foxes. She showed us pictures of various poo! which contains the indigestible parts of foods such as hair, feather, bone splinters, which provide a wealth of information. Smells also play a vital role in the social aspects of mammals.
Clues can be found about their eating habits in their droppings, there are 3 types, vegetarians, carnivores and birds.

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Parish Hall committee A.G.M May 25th 2017


Secretary’s Report 2017

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the past year so successful, with regular booking most nights. The long running saga of the soak away has been resolved thanks to Rick supervising and Rosie and Nick doing the work.

Thanks to Nick who continues to keep a steady hand on the reins, to Liz for clearing under the stage and continuing to supervise the cleaning, most importantly for managing the finances. To Richard who has taken on as booking secretary, which is not always plain sailing.

It was good to welcome Dave Proctor onto the Committee, we do need more members.

Finally, thanks to all the committee for continuing to pull together.

Wendy

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

This has been a very good year for South Hill Parish Hall. It has seen a continued stability in regular bookings. Groups such as the playgroup, give us an increase in children’s parties and wedding bookings.

The hire charge of £12 per session is a fundamental strategy to our success, in growing new and repeat business.

I would like to thank Wendy for her work as secretary and Liz for her role as treasurer, and Richard in his first year as bookings secretary.

Thanks to Clare, Andy and Ali who have all given up their free time to give a continued impetus to the committee and organising events.

We had a great Harvest Supper, celebrating our 50th year with a sell out of tickets and fundraising auction to produce our best total ever. Everybody enjoyed The Golberdon Girls choir who provided the entertainment. Big congratulations to all the committee for providing an excellent self selection buffet.

The hirers have continued to benefit from our decision to introduce a permanent weekly paid cleaner.

From now having completed a funded joint project with SHARE to provide solar panels on the Parish Hall roof, we are benefiting from the electricity generated in the day and feed in tariff. We need to capitalise on the free energy by installing storage heaters or similar.

The canopy at the rear of the building facing the playing fields has created an outside all weather area which has been well used and appreciated by hirers.

To the Future –We are going to continue to find people that would like to use the hall during the day as our evenings are fully booked. We continually need to raise extra funds to pay the Council Tax, a sum of £400 each year.

We have replaced the leaking roof on the field side of the new extension and installed fans to help reduce condensation in the roof space. For the future we will need to start budgeting for replacing the main hall floor, which continues to suffer from dry rot.

The next big project is to refurbish our twenty year old kitchen. Our aim is to replace it with commercial stainless steel units and tops. So it can deal with the demands of a popular Parish hall.

For the future to continue with the success that is South Hill Parish Hall.

To maintain a high quality venue this is value for money.

To help provide a wide range of events for the community.

Nick Easton

Chair

U3A May meeting with Milli Lindfield


The talk this month was from Milli Lindfield about the short but remarkable life of her daughter.

Our daughter Hannah-Kate was born in 1991 with a rare syndrome called Pfeiffer Syndrome with Cloverleaf. This meant that Hannah was born with a cloverleaf shaped skull which affected her breathing, sight, hearing and pressure on the brain.

At five days old my husband and I took Hannah to Great Ormond St Hospital totally unaware that this was to become our second home for the next 19 years! At 6 weeks Hannah underwent the first of many, many major surgeries to help her live life to the full.

Hannah from day one proved she was not going to be beaten and amongst all the surgeries, having a tracheotomy (four times) being registered deaf and blind ,she attended main stream primary school and then the West of England School in Exeter.

Here she gained her love for swimming and art, and was introduced to her ever faithful Guide Dog Bella. Art became her life, it gave her an avenue to express her many emotions and to cope with the acute pain that she dealt with on a daily basis. She took her A level Art exam in Gt Ormond St Hospital on huge amounts of pain relief and blind folded as day light affected her eye pain. Continue reading