Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

Stroke Befriending Service


Stroke Befriending Service

Have you had a stroke and would like to speak to someone who understands? Volunteer Cornwall’s Stroke Befriending Service could be just the thing you’re looking for.

One of our friendly Stroke Befriending volunteers can meet with you on a regular basis and offer support and encouragement. We have found this can really help to build confidence and make people feel less isolated and more connected to their community.

This is a completely free service and volunteers can visit people at home, in hospital or in a care home. Stroke Befriending is also available via telephone, email and video call.

Or if you have had a stroke and would like to help someone else in their recovery journey, why not get in touch and find out more about becoming a Stroke Befriending volunteer?

Contact Volunteer Cornwall to make a referral or find out more:

Email – Laura Smith, Stroke Befriending Co-ordinator, lauras@volunteercornwall.org.uk

Call – 01872 266997

Visit https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/how-we-help/health-social-care/stroke-befriending-service

The Copper Trail


The Copper Trail is a 60 miles circular walk around Bodmin Moor.

Divided into 6 sections Ali and friends are walking the route in Sept/Oct. If interested in the whole route or a section, or joining us along the way somewhere please contact iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com

Minions to St Neot 8 1/2 miles

St Neot to Bodmin 13 miles

Bodmin to Camelford 6 miles

Camelford to Five Lanes  10 1/2 miles

Five Lanes to Minions 9 miles

There’s a book written by Mark Camp who we have contacted and will be joining us for some sections and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm. If you would like a copy, let me know and read up on some of the history on our doorstep.

setting off my pathetic attempt at a selfie with the group 🙂

Walking Festival


Sun 9th: Liskeard to Looe Walk. Meet Liskeard Station (main entrance) 10.30am. Walk is about 11 miles and takes around 6 hours. Please bring refreshments. At the end of the walk, journey back to Liskeard by train or bus.

Sun 9th: Mt Edgcumbe Country Park Walk. Organised by the Ramblers, more details HERE

Mon 10th: Antony Passage Walk. Organised by Saltash Walk & Talk Group. More details HERE

Tue 11th: TBC

Wed 12th: West of Fowey Walk. Organised by the Ramblers, more details HERE

Wed 12th: Artists of Polperro Talk. Festival organiser Mark Camp will be giving a talk about the history of artists in Polperro. Starts 7.30pm Pelynt Village Hall nr Looe.

Thur 13th: Polruan Village Walk. Meet Polruan Quay More details HERE

Thur 13th: Unlocked Liskeard Walk. Discover the history of Liskeard as part of Heritage Open days. More details HERE

Fri 14th: Liskeard Geology Walk. A different way at looking at a towns buildings. More details HERE

Sat 15th: Duloe Ale & Cider Fest Walk. Celebrate the 18th birthday of the walking festival with a shortish walk through the Looe Valley to the ale fest. Catch train from Looe at 10.20am

Sun 16th: Drangways of Liskeard Walk. Explore the ‘alternative Liskeard Heritage trail’ More details HERE

https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/sports/south-coast/looe/south-east-cornwall-walking-festival

PLUS Ali is walking on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th Sept – walking THE SAINTS WAY  from Padstow to Fowey (28 miles ish). If you would like to join us for the whole walk or a part,  let Ali know ASAP Thank You iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com  https://www.oliverscornwall.co.uk/saintsway.html

Eat Local Ice Cream, support British Farming


The hot weather is also a great excuse to eat more ice cream to stay cool!

Do you prefer a cone or tub, single or double scoop, sauce or no sauce? Whichever way you choose to eat your cool treat this summer, be sure to back British farming. Supporting the industry has never been more important, so what better way than to treat yourself than with a scoop of British dairy ice cream on a warm summer’s day!

Here are some local producers, many encourage site visits, so why not go explore them.

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Get out and Explore the area


The summer holidays provide the perfect time to get out and about in your local area. You and your friends and family will be amazed by what you can find just a few steps from home. The British countryside is a working landscape of grazing livestock, growing crops and fruiting trees – it is where our food is produced.  Filled with expansive green spaces, extensive woodland, water streams and rolling hills, the great outdoors is a giant adventure playground waiting to be explored.

To be in with a chance of winning £100 from Joules, download your free ‘Countryside Safari’ activity sheet and find out more about how British farmers protect wildlife and habitats on their farms, care for their animals and produce the food on our plates. Don’t forget to stay safe though, and follow the countryside code. > Activity sheet here https://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/assets/108870

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Maders, Trevigro 5 1/2 mile loop.


5 1/2 mile circular.     Maders, Haye Mill Trevigro loop                                          July 3rd 2018

From Golberdon crossroads, take the Callington/Maders road, past the bus stop and spot the track on your left, follow this to a metal gate and into a grass field. The footpath deadends at the farm but the landowner has given permission to follow the hedge on the right around to a gate into the next field. Cross straight over, to a gap in the hedge and use stepping stones over the water. There maybe stock in this field, sometimes there’s sheep and today there were curious cattle. Follow the fence to the gate at the end and through into the adjoining field and a short distance to a double metal gate on your right. Through into another field go straight across to the road gate on the South Hill to Maders road at the junction with the Manaton entrance. Looking back you’ll see Caradon Mast, Cheesering and Sharp Tor and also see St Sampsons church at SOUTH HILL. (and maybe the cattle have followed you 🙂 )

Take care crossing the road and take the track off to the right. This brings you out on the corner on Jericho Road. Keep straight on past THE CHUTNEY SHED and on the corner take the track off to your right. This is usually impassable but with the dry weather is now a great walk. Continue reading

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.

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…

Marathon Runner Cllr. Sharon Daw


>52 marathons in 46 weeks<

2017 got off to the worst start and 52 x 52! never entered my mind. And only doing two marathons in the first 4 months, along with the ensuing elections, both local and general, I had a lot to get on with. On top of delivering 10 yellow pages rounds and 5000 magazines to Plymouth surrounding area I was keeping busy albeit not running. Well 52 in 52! was a wild idea, not having any idea of what it meant and number 3 came on 6th May quite unintentionally. Really I’d entered the ox half but ran the ox 12 hour instead and felt awful leggy and tired and breathless. It was a struggle. I walked a lot and was so glad when completed. As I drove home I just couldn’t understand what was wrong. I’d been ill for 2 years with many trips to doctor and consultant, never actually proving very much other than ischemic heart disease, coming about during the heart break heartbreaker. Good run to have a mini stoke/ heart attack but the tracing looked awful and sent panic around the doctors the next day!

I felt awful, ran terrible and was coming to terms that 2016 would be the last year of running marathons and just had to deal with it the best I could. Loosing Marty on 4th January 2017 just added to my torment and headed deep down to the deepest darkest place I’ve ever been, and I’ve got to be honest I still wonder today how I’m actually still here to tell this story.

Dragging my body and weak mind around races was torment. I felt terrible in mind, body and soul and just didn’t know which way to go. I had highs but mostly lows and anyone with mental health knows how low you go and how hard it is to lift one’s spirit when there is so much negativity around. I hated my life, what I did and who I was. I just could not focus or think rationally and just wondered on. To my surprise, and still taking it in, I got elected on council, I don’t know why. Such a shock and with my mental state it took two weeks to sink in. Continue reading

Bray Shop loop 7 -9 miles road walk


While the fields are so muddy, here’s a road walk via Bray Shop.

Can be 7, 8 or 9 miles total. After 5 – 6 miles stop at the Church House Inn, Linkinhorne for a break (The pub is closed on Mondays)

From Golberdon Crossroads:

Take the South Hill Rd to St Sampson’s Church. You may find some South Hill Rocks around the building.

Take the Trefinnick Rd to Bray Shop.

Keep left at the busy main road, staying on the pavement, past the notice board and look around the corner of the barn and spot the BS Boundary Stone. Why SB?

Cross the road and walk down the Lanhargy Rd, past, Lavender cottage, Blagdon, Springfield cottages. (Opposite the Old Chapel House a footpath takes you to Linkinhorne, try when the fields are drier.)

At the entrance to Great Lanhargy Farm take the Exwell road on the right, which loops around through Trerefters. (If you want the 7 mile option, continue straight on here and don’t turn off to Exwell)

Keep left at the junction and left again at Middle Trelabe, then past Higher Trelabe.

At the junction TAKE CARE. This is the main Coads Green, Bray Shop Rd and a fast straight stretch.

Cross over, the sign says 1 mile to Linkinhorne and 2 miles to South Hill.

The wooden sign post further on has seen better days, the sign to Bray Shop is missing but at this junction at the field gate you’ll spot the waymarker for the footpath, the other end of the path from Lanhargy Chapel. Interesting to wonder how many people walked this route in the past.

Continue on … and as you round the bend and start down hill, take a right into the cemetery, follow the path and you’ll emerge on the corner.

Take a right to St Mellor’s church and the pub, (both interesting to explore) or continue straight on, past the red phone box to South Hill.

Retrace your steps by turning right past St Sampson’s church on the Golberdon road. A similar fate as the previous wooden signpost… the arm has come off.

OR for an alternative here and a little extra distance, go straight on past Higher Ford and Manaton, then turn right, at the Beech Tree, (Caradon View) and follow the road back to the crossroads .. you will have walked a total of 9 miles this way with views to Caradon Mast, Cheesering & Sharpe Tor.

This walk and others are laminated and can be found in the box on the seat in the parish hall porch at Golberdon crossroads. PL17 7ND

Any comments email events@south-hill.co.uk

Here’s looking forward to some drier, warmer weather soon.

Dog owners, most of the lanes are very quiet and you may feel you can let your dog run free, please be aware there are lots of sheep in the fields, some with lambs and some due to lamb, keep your dog within eye sight. This way you’ll also notice when it stops to “do it’s business”. There are no poo bins on this route, if you’re going to put it in a bag, carry it home DO NOT put plastic bags in the hedge, and never over the hedge, for many reasons, there are horses along the way and dog poo can have a devastating effect on them. Also dogs eating horse poo isn’t good either. Just be watchful and responsible.