Category Archives: In South Hill Parish

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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Church Matters June 2019


At this time of year the Church has two festivals – Ascension and Pentecost. Pentecost is the better known of the two, although it is also known as Whitsun. What is now known as the Spring, or late May, Bank Holiday used to be known as Whit Monday as it was associated with Whitsun. Pentecost (Whitsun) moves around in the calendar as it occurs 50 days after Easter which is itself a moveable feast. This year Easter was late and so Whitsun is also late, with Whit Sunday falling on 9th June. Having a Bank Holiday in June would be difficult for a number of reasons and so the Spring holiday is two weeks beforehand on 27th May. So the association between this holiday and the Christian festival is lost. I wonder if already the festival of Pentecost (Whitsun) is as little known as Ascension. Whilst society in general may be less and less aware of these two Christian festivals, in the Church they are still well known – or at least Pentecost is!

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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

Church Matters June 2109


At this time of year the Church has two festivals – Ascension and Pentecost. Pentecost is the better known of the two, although it is also known as Whitsun. What is now known as the Spring, or late May, Bank Holiday used to be known as Whit Monday as it was associated with Whitsun. Pentecost (Whitsun) moves around in the calendar as it occurs 50 days after Easter which is itself a moveable feast.

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Parish Hall new floor


The hall is now open after the old rotting floor has been replaced with new oak flooring and also installed under-floor heating and a ground source heat pump. THANK YOU to our PARISH COUNCIL for securing a grant with SITA, we thank them for their input. THANK YOU to the HALL COMMITTEE  for securing a BIG LOTTERY grant and juggling all the balls at once. Thank You to Garry Middleton-Batts the project manager and Mike Palmer the main contractor.  Thank you to all involved and the patience of the regular hall users. We now have a hall we can be really proud of and which is now warm and dry and redecorated. There are still items to be completed namely the kitchen, BUT WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

THIS IS HOW WE DID IT! Thank You Peter Tulloch for the photos.

  • Lots of dust and rubble

  • Damp proofing and reinforcement

  • Pumping concrete

  • Insulating the floor

  • Underfloor heating pipes

  • Concrete screed

  • Ground source trenches

  • Ground source underground pipwork

  • Filling in trenches

  • All filled in

  • Plant room

  • New floor on the way

  • Almost finished...

  • New storage under the stage

  • A beautiful finish - and warm too!

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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FACE YOGA – COMING SOON


Some of you might not know what Face Yoga is, others may already know or might have seen the recent programme on TV Twinstitute where the twin doctors tried Face Yoga and a £1000 facial and scientifically tested the results. In just one month Face Yoga made them look 3 years younger than the £1000 facial!

Weekly classes are starting at The Old School, South Hill Parish Hall, Golberdon and Pensilva Hall after Easter. The classes are run by Lilian Jones. It combines facial exercises, acupressure, massage, relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques for your mind, body and soul.

It’s a natural way to make you look and feel younger and healthier. As an aromatherapist Lilian will mix specific oils that improve the quality of your skin. Lilian has been practising yoga for nearly forty years and a teacher for about fourteen years. So Face Yoga is putting all the skills into practice. Come along and do something for yourself. Relax and look forward to more youthful looks as you turn back the age clock.

Classes cost £6 each or £50 if you book 10.

Starting at Golberdon Village Hall                 10.15 am     Wednesday 24th April 2019

      The Old School, Stoke Climsland    6.00 pm    Thursday 25th April 2019(tbc)

       Pensilva Village Hall                    10.30 am     Monday 29th April 2019