Category Archives: In South Hill Parish

SAVE OUR CHURCH


CHERISHED & RESTORED OR LOCKED & LOST?

St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, as many of you will be aware, needs major repairs and improvements. In August our funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was unsuccessful but they like our project and we were advised to reapply in the New Year under a new funding programme, with a scaled down project and more evidence of community need and support. There was one million pounds available to the South West with a total of five million being requested from fourteen applicants. We were asking for £500,000 so half the pot that was available!

Undeterred we will apply again. In consultation with our architect, the most urgent and essential items that need to be done are; the ceiling, which now has holes in it, the roof, which needs re–slating, the tower, to prevent water coming in, a toilet, which also means getting a water supply, and the window and stone work repairs, which will stop many of those pesky draughts. This scaled down work will still cost in excess of £300,000.

This is a huge sum, but not impossible to raise. Some people have said, “why doesn’t the Church of England pay for it?”  The answer is, “Each congregation is responsible for maintaining their church building and the Church of England does not provide money for repairs”. Others have said, “Taxes pay for churches”, the answer to that is, “no they don’t”. There is no central or official funding for church buildings. Another question may be, “we have a fantastic well used hall, why do we need another space?” and the answer is, “it is used almost to capacity and another public space will complement the hall”.   There are funding bodies out there that can help, but so can each member of our community. St Sampson’s needs to show not only why the repairs and improvements are needed but also that there is community support (the survey you all completed two years ago was a big help, thank you).  Funding bodies want to see the community rallying round, doing their best and doing their bit. The building with its rich heritage could be used much more by the community, especially if we have toilet facilities. Some of the things you suggested in the survey were concerts, exhibitions, a meeting space, educational classes. All this and more could happen if the repairs and improvements are done.  But… there is a real risk that without repairs, improvements and support St Sampson’s will be locked and lost in the future.

Does St Sampson’s hold a special place for you? Do you know about its Cornish heritage and history?

If you value St Sampson’s, for whatever reason, how can you help? Your time, your expertise, your ideas, your contacts, your enthusiasm. I have had a lot of conversations recently, making people aware of the situation, and this has resulted in some brilliant ideas and excitement for the project. We need to share ideas and enthusiasm and that is the purpose of the community meeting on Monday 29th October in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm. Please do come along, bring your friends and neighbours near and far, they don’t have to live in the parish.  We need you all for a group photo to show how valued St Sampson’s Church is.

Can’t make the meeting, but want to show support? contact Judith Ayers judithayers@yahoo.co.uk

 

Let’s make St Sampson’s Church Cherished and Restored.

Minefield


Minefield

How can a soldier deal with memories of war? What memories do they repress – and which do they cherish?

Three Argentine and three British veterans from both sides of the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas conflict came together for this remarkable show exploring the treacherous minefield of their memories, through theatre, film and live rock music.

MINEFIELD is an enthralling piece of documentary theatre by Argentinian actor and director Lola Arias – compassionate, cathartic and astonishingly moving. Performed to enormous acclaim in both Britain and Argentina and have taken the crew on tour to Paris, Frankfurt, Angers and Montpellier. The show takes you from the horrors of the battlefield to today’s uncertainties, with brutal honesty and startling humour. See more here

Cast: David Jackson, Lou Armour, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, Marcelo Vallejo

Dave Jackson lives in Trevigro, Congratulations on the success of Minefield and the wedding of your daughter in September. What an amazing time for you all.

Commonwealth War Graves


Commonwealth War Graves

Some of you will have seen the Commonwealth War Graves Commission sign which has gone up outside St Sampson’s church. If you try to find the usual Portland stone headstones you will search in vain.

John Henry Rogers and Aaron Dennis are commemorated in the churchyard not with official war commission memorials but with personal gravestones.  There are no Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials in St Sampson’s churchyard.

John Henry Dennis was Chief Stoker aboard HMS Earnest when he died on Tuesday 8th February 1916, age 39.

Aaron Rogers was a Petty Officer, on HMS Vivid, who died on Thursday February 10th, age 40.

For reasons unknown, neither of these men’s names appears on the war memorial in Golberdon.

Their graves can be found in the churchyard next to each other in the row of graves nearest to the road wall.

 

Thank You Miranda Lawrence-Owen for this information.

Percy Jenkin


The final resting place of Percy Jenkin

Percy’s parents, James and Mary Jenkin lived at Lower Downgate with their four daughters and five sons, most of whom who were born there and all baptised, either at home or Downgate Chapel, as Bible Christians. James was a miner although a few years later, he was recorded as being an invalid. That didn’t stop his eldest son George working in the mines too. Next in the family was Alfred who joined the Territorial Force. Then came Ephraim who joined the Royal Navy and was a stoker, first class, on HMS Vivid. Percy was next and he went to work for Mr. Lawry Rickard as a live-in waggonner at Manaton. The youngest brother Stanley got work at Trewassick for Mr. Nicholas Coad. He lived in, and looked after their cattle. Continue reading

Horticultural Show


Lots happening at the Horticultural Show this year, inside and out and down at the river…..

For the first time the Kit Hill group of the Cornwall Beekeepers Association had a stand at the Golberdon Horticultural Show on the 18th August. The display included bee identification, plants for bees and honey tasting. Geoff and Mary Hardman, (Chair and Secretary of Kit Hill CBKA respectively) cajoled passers-by to try honeys of six distinct flavours – all dependent on what the bees had foraged for. Dale Wood brought along his observation hive which proved very popular with visitors trying to spot the queen.

Kit Hill Beekeepers can be contacted via the secretary Mary Hardman at m.a.hardman@btinternet.com

South Hill W.I news update


South Hill W.I.

At the beginning of June a coffee and cake morning was held and invited cycling groups to drop into the parish hall at Golberdon and raised £250 for Prostate cancer.

Later in June some ladies put on their best hats and spent the housekeeping on a horse as we enjoyed the Ladies night at Newton Abbot races.

July saw us spend a morning with the Royal Navy as we went down vertical ladders into the decommissioned nuclear submarine HMS Courageous.

We used our crafting skills when we won the W.I. cooperative display at the Liskeard show depicting Minions. 

If you are interested in joining our group please contact Janet on 01579 388743.

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

59th South Hill Horticultural Show, get your schedule here


Everybody has a skill… do YOU grow tasty fruit, perfect vegetables, perfect blooms?  Do you enjoy baking or photography?  Or are you handy with a needle and thread, or a paintbrush?  Whatever your hobby, you could win a prize at the South Hill Horticultural Show on August 18th 2018.

This year we also have a Dog Show and a Duck Race, both organised by Callington Young Farmers Club, raising money for St Luke’s Hospice, show funds and Club funds.

PLUS a CAR BOOT SALE, Bring your items to sell or donate for us to sell, raising money for the Parish Hall Funds, a FIVER a pitch >> contact events@south-hill.co.uk or Ali 384544

Full details in the Show schedule – get yours here…

S.H Parish Hall AGM


South Hall Parish Hall Committee. The Annual General Meeting of South Hill Parish Hall committee was held on Monday 21st May 2018 at 7.30.pm.

Present were Messrs D. Hicks (chair for evening), A. Budd, D. Brent, R Squires, D. Skelton, Mesdames E. Moir and W. Trewin. Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. A. Humphreys.

The minutes of the 2017 AGM were read and approved. There were no matters arising.

Reports from the Secretary, Vice chairman and Treasurer.

Vice Chair report.  

I apologise for being absent for the AGM.

Firstly a HUGE Thank You to Nick for the years he’s been the hall committee chair and committee member, for the events organised and setting the standards, I’m sure we’re all sorry to see him step down but I know we can rely on his continued support.

This is very much a team effort, with Wendy as secretary, Liz as treasurer and David, who have ALL been on the committee for many years providing much energy, stability and continuity.

Richard took on the role of bookings secretary last year, and I know he has been kept busy with enquiries and Andy joined last year. (We welcome Janet and Dave to your 1st AGM.)  THANK YOU to you ALL.

The Harvest Supper and Auction is one of the committee’s number one community events, and long may it continue to be successful, attracting many from the parish and enjoying again the entertaining Golberdon Choir. Thank you to everyone involved. This year it will be held onSept 15th 2018.

The hire charge of £12 per session has remained constant and gives great value for money and provides an opportunity to advertise for more day time bookings. In addition weekend packages for weddings and parties could be further promoted.

New curtains organised by Liz with the South Hill W.I and some painting has improved the looks inside. The South Hill Connection paid for the new notice board at the entrance gates, resplendent with flying pheasant, certainly gets noticed.  The Parish Council have installed the old cricket roller, with signage, at the hall entrance and improvements to the road surface there is planned, plus the play park has also recently had a revamp, all important work and helping with the overall look.

Hiring a regular cleaner and casual help has also helped keep up appearances.

We have also gained by working with SHARE, South Hill Association for Renewable Energy, and profit from the solar PV panels on the roof and have FREE WIFI available, the Piece Makers in particular enjoy this free addition. SHARE also proposed money from the Community Benefit Funding from the Solar Farm at Bray Shop be used for a new boiling water system and the Parish Council have made these funds available to us.  SHARE also applied for a Marks & Spencer energy grant to install a solar battery system to store the energy generated from the P.V panels, although unsuccessful, they are also working with us on a lottery grant to provide funds for improvements.

Mainly the flooring, but also the roof over the committee room and the kitchen need refurbishment, LED lighting, plus extra gravel for the car park and looking at extending the existing parking will all be a costly exercise, again I thank our Parish Council and for their support and your commitment  for the future.

We have also had offers of help to fundraise from residents and locals, namely Yvonne and Doug for the recent Quiz Night and Mark for setting up a car wash at Tesco’s. Nick is continuing with the Live Music evening on July 21st. and will be looking for helpers. Plus we will be arranging a car boot sale at the Horticultural Show on August 18th. Johnny Mac has also agreed to provide a free music evening for us sometime.

To continue with the success of our Parish Hall, we need to maintain a high quality venue that is value for money and to help provide a wide range of events for the community, engaging with hall users, and encouraging involvement with local groups and residents.

Ali Humphreys. Vice Chair

Election of officers:-

Chair Liz Moir, Vice chair Ali Humphreys, Treasurer Andy Budd, Secretary Wendy Trewin, Booking Secretary Richard Squires. The AGM concluded at 8pm. followed by an ordinary meeting

Matters arising – hall floor specification have been revised and quotes received, suggested a storage heater could utilise the power provided by the solar panels, if a convertor was purchased. Repair at the back of the hall to be completed. Outside a soak away is needed and piping.

To replace present lighting with LED would cost in the region of £4,600 suggested replacing bulbs with LED equivalent when necessary. We await results of grant applications before making any decisions.

Rent, it was agreed that room rental should stay at £12 per session, Sessions are 6am – 12noon, 12noon – 6pm., 6pm – midnight, parties should be £24 as they usually take more than one session.

Harvest supper   Saturday 15th September.

Broad band – David. Skelton representing SHARE, advised the meeting that paying for broadband was not a viable proposition, as information can be accessed from 4G mobile.

The secretary to write to Nick Easton, thanking him for his time as a committee member and chairman.

Date of next meeting Monday 23rd\July at 7.30.pm.

The meeting concluded at 9pm

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.