Category Archives: General Interest

South Hill PARISH MEETING


South Hill Annual Parish Meeting the Parish Hall, Golberdon. Wednesday 15th May 2019

40 people attended, using the main hall for displays by local groups and inspected the work on the hall improvements to date. The floor still needed to be finished so the group moved into the meeting room, cosy but proved 30 people can be seated there no problem.

Cllr David Skelton welcomed everyone, thanked the W.I members for providing and serving the refreshments and gave his report.

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Kit Hill Bee Keepers


Kit Hill Beekeepers get a training apiary – with help from Tamar AONB The Kit Hill Beekeepers are a group within the Cornwall Bee Keepers Association (CBKA), currently celebrating its centenary. Most of you will know us from the Callington Honey Fair, but might not realise that we do more than just collect and show honey. One of the charters of the CBKA is to provide education and training for prospective beekeepers and people interested in the welfare of pollinators. The Kit Hill group had been on the lookout for a suitable site for some years, and having obtained a good south facing site courtesy of a Group member, and accepting that we could not fund it all ourselves, we approached the CBKA for some start-up money. Which funded the group with its initial outlay of buying a mix of new and second hand hives, together with some temporary storage to enable us to get the bees up and running. Longer term, we needed additional funds for a more permanent shed/workshop that can be used for training, meetings and secure storage.

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Hill Pony Resources


Could you help us care for our ponies please? We currently have 12 ponies with us and foster ponies due to come back. When we set up Hill Pony Resources in 2014 our aim was to find homes for a few foals in order to prevent them being pts. At the time we didn’t have land or facilities to keep ponies long term and we worked with the small fields we were renting ourselves. Over the past few years we have also found homes for older mares, arranged for colts to be castrated and returned to the moor, taken in ponies needing rehabilitation and long term care, and more foals! In order to meet the welfare standards required for the ponies and continue running we have had to rent more land, increase our feed and hay bills, veterinary bills etc. We only can do this through donations from our supporters, fundraising, voluntary help and sometimes a wing and a prayer! So thank you to everyone that does their best to help us through all of this. Our resources are currently very stretched and still we have outstanding vet bills to meet, hay/feed to pay for and rent bills to cover.

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Connection report for Parish meeting


THE South Hill Connection has had another steady year THANK YOU to the committee.

We rely on articles from all of you for the newsletter and Thank our regular contributors.

 We have attracted a number of new advertisers recently and Thank those that have recommended our newsletter as a way to promote their business, services, events, charities etc We have 37 advertisers, 13 from the parish. Recently added are Caroline Tregaver Fibre, Andrew AB Pest Control and Ash Lamb builder, we also thank those that have advertised with us since day one in 2007. Please support all our advertisers by using them or telling your friends.

I must also Thank Sue Skelton for continuing as web master and for recently adding all the content back onto the calendar of events The web hosting continues to be a free service thanks to Peter Taylor which allows us to keep our overall costs down and for business owners that live in the parish, we charge just an initial 15 pounds set up fee, all others pay 15 per year.

Welcome packs continue to be well received by our new residents and this year we added a Calendar, along with literature from local groups.

The South Hill Parish FaceBook page was created in 2014 and continues to attract new followers 1758 to be exact. T.You to Mandy Haxby for her page posts the most recent .. missing Tabby cat from Egypt.. If you have any information please contact Steve Silks 07898204637

And finally our old printer, which was donated, has seen it’s last days I think as it prints black pages, it’s not the toner, if you have any ideas to fix it or where we can find a replacement printer please let me know.

And finally finally if you don’t receive the newsletter and updates via your email inbox and would like to…. let me know. Thank you Ali Humphreys

Cloud Dog Studio workshops


Cloud Dog Studio, Higher Kelly, Calstock Workshops on offer. Something for Everyone. All sessions need to be booked in advance as the studio has limited space. This means that you get plenty of individual teaching and help. * is suitable for children.

Please don’t hesitate to ring me on 07531951108 or email me at clouddogstudio@outook.com if you have any questions or would like to book a party or event. Jules.

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SHARE – new investment opportunity


Members may recall that back in May 2016 we offered fixed term Investment Opportunities to members, rather than obtaining commercial loans, at the time the SHARE Church Park Solar PV installation was nearing completion, and again in 2018.

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 due in June 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 spread as widely available as possible.  Full membership is open to anyone who lives, works or owns property in South Hill, and Associate membership for anyone else interested in our work.

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South Hill Parish Council – March 19th 2019 meeting


Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend to address the council at the start of the meeting with any matters or questions or just sit in and stay for the meeting or leave at any time.

Parish Hall Refurbishment    The Parish Council has worked alongside the Parish Hall Committee to obtain funding to carry out some refurbishment works.  The Hall will be closed for up to six weeks when a new hall floor and heating system will be installed.  Grant funding has been obtained to cover most the costs.  There is a small amount of ground works required for the heating system so this will involve closing the recreation field while a trench is dug and pipes installed.  Notices will be displayed on all entrances but limited access will be allowed to the children’s play area. Although this may cause some inconvenience for a short period of time, the work will give us all a much improved hall for the future.

The next Parish Council meeting on the 16th April 2019 will therefore be held at St Sampsons Church; same time 7.30pm.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

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Because SHARE loves recycling…


We organised a visit to the SUEZ Bodmin recycling plant for Valentine’s day.  SUEZ are contracted by Cornwall Council, together with Biffa and SITA, to deal with our recycling and other general waste.

The Bodmin recycling facility sorts the different items which we put in our recycling bags. When you put your steel, aluminium and plastic in one bag, the Bodmin plant has an automatic sorter to separate these, coupled with people just checking that the whole sorting process goes as it should. First, the metal gets separated from the plastic, and consequently the steel and aluminium are separated by their magnetic properties.

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An opportunity to make a difference for the future


There has been a Christian presence in South Hill, serving this local community for over 1000 years, and St Sampson’s Church at South Hill is a special place for many people.  At the community meeting in November people gave over fifty reasons why St Sampson’s is special. These included: ‘a sacred space of Christian worship’, ‘family connections’, ‘the heritage’, ‘part of our history’, ‘a peaceful haven’, ‘thriving congregation’, ‘focal point and heart of the community’, ‘another venue for community use’, ‘a beautiful place of friendship and joy’, ‘a community asset’.

Our parish church is a Grade 1 listed medieval building.  It has a wealth of history attached to it, including being the possible site of the monastery founded by St Sampson in the 6th century and having been Bishop Trelawney’s first parish.  There are lots of things of historical importance both inside and outside the church, such as the 6th century standing stone, the carved apostles on the tower, and the font, which was part of an older church on the site.  At the moment the church is open during daylight hours for anyone to visit and it is an oasis of peace. It would be a such a shame if it was lost to future generations.

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