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SHARE Update June 2018


The SHARE Guide to Saving Energy in the Home

 

SHARE has delivered 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.  Use it to reduce your bills AND your carbon footprint.

For example – DID YOU KNOW…?

You can save around £30 a year just by turning your appliances off stand-by mode!  Your TV, your laptop power supply, your phone charger – they don’t use much power but if they’re on 24/7 it adds up to a lot.

You can also read the Guide online at www.south-hill.co.uk/SHARE.

Just in case we’ve missed anybody out…  If you live in the parish and haven’t seen the booklet, please email or phone and we’ll deliver one to you.

Good News!  Investment offer over-subscribed.

Our recent investment offer was very well received by the membership.  The investment is a 2-year fixed term loan to SHARE which will pay 4% interest annually – better than any bank or building society.

About a quarter of members expressed an interest in the offer, and of those more than half decided to invest.  As a result, we were offered more money than we needed, so we scaled back the amount we will borrow from each lender.

The money raised is used to finance our solar PV installation at Church Park, South Hill, which has been in operation for 22 months and is performing even better than our original forecast.

SHARE IN OUR COMMUNITY

SHARE is proud to support St Sampson’s Church in their application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Improvements planned for the church include the addition of toilet and kitchen facilities.  This will be a green community initiative, using renewable, sustainable and locally sourced materials where possible.

We are also supporting the Parish Hall committee with their bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund which, if successful, will enable the installation of a new kitchen, and battery storage to make better use of power generated by the solar panels on the Hall roof.  SHARE will encourage the use of energy-efficient appliances and an instant hot water boiler to replace the power-hungry tea urn.

Wi-fi disconnection?

With help from the Parish Council, SHARE has been paying for the fibre broadband and wi-fi connection at the Parish Hall in Golberdon, using income from the solar PV panels on the Hall roof (which we share 50:50 with the Parish Hall committee).  BUT…  our BT contract is now coming to an end, BT want to almost double the cost, and the Parish Council have said they can no longer contribute.  What do we do?  Our share of the income from the solar PV is not enough to cover BT’s aggressive price increase, so we are looking at alternatives.  It would be a shame if we had to abandon this valuable asset to the community.

Do YOU use the wi-fi service at the Hall?  Please let us know if this is important to you.

Planned visit to Plymouth Incinerator

This is still on the cards.  Details to follow.

A Guide to Saving Energy in the Home


SHARE Energy Booklet – click here…

Brought to you by South Hill Association for Renewable Energy with the Energy Saving Trust, a copy of this booklet has been delivered to every household in South Hill Parish.

Packed with tips and information to help you save energy and money at home, and reduce your Carbon footprint.

For our readers outside the Parish, and for those who prefer to read online, just click on the picture or the link above to download the booklet as a pdf (3.18MB).

To find out more about the Energy Saving Trust please visit their website, here…

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

 

February email update


EVENTS COMING UP…

Pub Quiz – this is now being held regularly again at the Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, on the last Thursday of each month, 7.30pm for 8pm start.  The February quiz will be on Thursday 22nd (tomorrow)

The Young Farmers charity DUNG SALE is this Saturday EMAIL or phone Cat Ede to book your order. catede@hotmail.co.uk 07900381890

Saturday evening. BEETLE DRIVE 7pm start Parish Hall Golberdon. £3 per person including refreshments. In aid of the Parish Horticultural Society. 

SHARE will be planting our free tree whips on Saturday 24th. We’re looking for youngsters and others to help so please get involved, meet at the Golberdon play park at 9:45am. Thank you. If you have reserved trees these will be available to collect on Saturday from Green Meadows. Mike will be here.(watching the rugby). If you haven’t confirmed you want any trees yet. DO IT NOW. Thank You. Email iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com or phone Ali 384544

The woodland visit to Trematon has now be confirmed for next Monday 26th, car sharing from Green Meadows at 10am. Join us as we visit a young mixed species wood, plus an established wood which has had no management and another which is described as “the most beautiful wood I’ve ever seen” and reaches down to the beach on the north side of the Lynher.  All welcome email share@south-hill.co.uk for numbers or phone Sue 382397.

Parish Hall Wi-Fi (SHARE In Our Community) – there is currently a fault with the broadband connection at the Parish Hall.  It seems to have failed just after midnight on Tuesday 20th Feb.  We are looking into it and hope to get it reinstated as soon as possible.  As far as we know this is the first time this has happened.  Do you use the Hall wi-fi service?  If you have had any issues, please let us know by emailing sue.skelton@south-hill.co.uk.

Ultra fast fibre Broadband to the premises is now available from Cabinet number 4 and covers South Hill, Mornick, Lansugle and Trewassick.  If you make enquiries and find out any more, please email newsdesk@south-hill.co.uk so we can let others know.

Tenders are invited to contact the Parish Council for grass cutting and strimming in the recreational field, see the PC web site for details. http://www.south-hill-pc.gov.uk

Parish Council reminder: All roadside hedge-trimming should be completed by the end of February 2018.

The Parish Hall floor needs replacing. Funds need to be raised and quotes for the work. Contact Chair Nick Easton with suggestions. njdteaston@btinternet.com

There are a couple Eastern European men with a white Ford Transit van registration number NJO3 RKA in the area stealing what they can. They targeted this area last year and have come back. Keep your eyes peeled and call the police if you see anything suspicious. GOOD NEWS…  we understand that these two unsavoury characters have now been arrested.

SHARE News Update


Twelfth Night: On January 6th, we had an open invitation to join us at the Parish Hall in Golberdon, and bring Christmas trees and cards for recycling, and to share drinks and nibbles. We were pleased to see families with children, members and non-members, many brought food and drink, giving the evening something of a party atmosphere. Surplus food was also taken to Callington Foodbank.  Information about recycling, food miles and future SHARE events was available at the meeting and discussed. As part of your recycling please collect these items and pass them on.

New Finance Director: We are delighted to welcome Graham Beven of Kelly Bray to join the board in the role of Finance Director. His background and interests are a perfect fit for us. 

Visit Bray Shop Solar Farm: We have arranged with Lightsource to visit the solar farm on our Bray Shop boundary. South Hill Parish Council receives money from this installation (together with Stoke Climsland).  This money is specifically to be used by the Parish for “charitable, educational, environmental, amenity or other appropriate purposes within the areas of the Community and wherever possible to apply the Community Benefit Payment towards the promotion of sustainable energy and uses”.  Some of this money has been used to put solar panels on the Parish Hall roof, and in order to monitor the system remotely, broadband was installed, giving free Wi-fi to all Hall users.  The defibrillator at the Parish Hall was also paid for using this fund.

Lightsource (https://www.lightsource-re.com/uk/) is a global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of international large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions. They also own a number of smaller installations in the UK. Members and non-members are welcome to join us on the morning of Saturday March 31st.  We will meet at the Parish Hall car park and car-share to the site. Numbers will be limited so we will need to know names beforehand. Contact share@south-hill.co.uk, or phone David Skelton (01579 382397), if you are interested. If you have questions for Lightsource, even if you are unable to attend, please forward them to SHARE. share@south-hill.co.uk

Proposed visit to Incinerator, Plymouth ( https://www.mvv) : South Hill W.I. were very impressed with their visit to the Plymouth incinerator so we are arranging a visit for anyone interested, SHARE Members and Non Members. Our plan will be to car share to Gunnislake Station and take the 9.27am train to St Budeaux, returning on the 12.54 or 14.54. The longer tour is more interesting apparently and we can have lunch in St Budeaux while waiting for the later 14.54 train. If interested let us know which times works best for you.

LOVE FREE TREES : SHARE recognise the importance of planting trees. The following young whips of trees are available Free of Charge to anyone in the parish. They have been chosen for their contribution to gardens, wildlife and are hardy. These young saplings should be planted around VALENTINE’S Day and we would like as many youngsters to be involved as possible.  Let me know what trees and quantities you would like AND if you can help with planting. Ali 384544 SHARE@south-hill.co.uk

Mountain Ash/ Rowan, Bird Cherry, Hazel, Common Crab Apple, Grey Willow/Pussy Willow, Osier Willow, Golden Willow,  Dogwood.

Woodland Visit: Are You interested in visiting a young mixed species woodland at Trematon? SHARE have been invited to see the growth of the various trees and discuss with the owner. Plus there are two other small woods nearby (possibly walking distance) that we can visit – very different to each other. One has had no management since it was planted 20 years ago. The other is “one of the most beautiful woods I’ve ever seen” and goes down to the beach on the north side of the Lynher. The invite is open for members and non members of SHARE.   Let Ali know ASAP so we can arrange a date/time ideally before Valentine’s day and car sharing.

Recycle your Christmas Tree event.


Join SHARE on Jan 6th from 7pm at the Parish Hall. Bring your Christmas trees, and cards to recycle, and any drinks and nibbles to share.

Plus we can help reduce waste, reuse and recycle, and support Kicks Count. Kicks Count www.KicksCount.org.uk and facebook group

Kicks Count inform and support pregnant ladies about their unborn babies movements, and help reduce the stillbirth rate within the UK. By RECYCLING not throwing away these items.

  • Baby food pouches & lids (any brand i.e. Ella’s kitchen) and Ella’s Kitchen snack wrappers
  • Flexible plastic cleaning wipe packets
  • Plastic trigger tops from cleaning spray bottles
  • Plastic tops from washing up liquid bottles
  • Plastic air freshener packaging, cartridges and used air fresheners such as plug in refills (any brand – NO GLASS or aerosols)
  • Plastic biscuit wrappers (sweet, not savoury) including individual wrappers like penguin wrappers. Must be biscuit wrappers, not confectionery
  • Used stamps (leave at least 1cm backing paper around stamp) both UK and Foreign
  • Any brand of coffee plastic jar lid, instant coffee refill pouches, coffee bean/filter coffee bags, one cup coffee sachets. Tassimo pods and foil bags (Tassimo only, no cardboard)
  • We are also collecting plastic Milk Bottle Tops and Ink Cartridges

Recycle collection point at Green Meadows on the South Hill Rd across from Golberdon crossroads or Annies Tea Room on CALLINGTON Fore street.

  • Plus recycle clothes at the bin located by the Fire Station on South Hill Rd.
  • Homeleigh Garden Centre, L’Son has a collection point in the top car park for Plant Pots and trays

SHARE Update


South Hill Association for Renewable Energy 

Since the AGM in September, we have appointed two new directors.  Astrid Fischer and Sue Skelton were invited to join the Board.  Astrid will take the role of Company Secretary, and Sue will continue as Treasurer.  We are still actively seeking a Finance Director.

At our first Management Committee meeting following the AGM, we welcomed Magda Gould and Mary Hardman onto the committee.

In October, we organised “Seedy Sunday”, together with Wyld Thyngz, who offer woodland workshops which inspire children to develop a lifelong love of the natural world.  People brought seeds and plants to swap, and although this event was planned in rather a hurry, it was well attended.  There may be some interest in a “Springtime Seedy Sunday” – what do you think?

Members of SHARE took part in the Tamar Energy Fest.  Held in Tavistock Town Hall in October, the event brought together local businesses and volunteers in a celebration of local energy and other eco-innovations.  If you missed out on this annual event, you can read all about it on the Tamar Energy Community website.

SHARE Wood Project More deliveries have been made this year than last, and there is still wood in store if you need it. Plus if you have trees to be felled or pruned, we’re working with Red Squirrel Tree Care.  By working together we can get a better deal. Earlier this month 5 volunteers helped Matt and Tania of Red Squirrel to clear trees at Trevigro and Trewoodloe. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED.

Geoff Hardman is arranging chainsaw training.  If you miss out on this group, put your name forward for the next session.

Taking The Power Back – an event by Regen SW and Plymouth Energy Community 

We attended this event which was held at the spectacular Devonport Guildhall in November. Continue reading

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.

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.

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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