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Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter!

Newsletter number 63, February 2018

In the latest edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • Events coming up in South Hill, including Half Term week
  • How Far Does Your Fresh Food Travel?  And where to buy locally
  • SHARE Update – free trees, and visits to Solar Farm and Incinerator planned
  • Church Matters
  • Local History – and Family Connections
  • South Hill Parish Council News
  • One Callington
  • Callington Young Farmers Club

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Come and meet the donkey

Palm Sunday, 25th March, St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, are planning an informal service, with a real donkey, A good natured miniature chap called Corduroy, who is a local resident. it will take place at Golberdon parish Hall at 10am We will have a short walk of witness and singing, led by the donkey, starting from outside Green Meadow, (on the road towards South Hill) to the hall, join us there or along the route, or at the hall, bring a branch to wave. This will be followed by a short friendly service, biscuit making for all ages, tea coffee and hot cross buns.
Contact judithayers@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

February email update


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.

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.

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.

Local fruit & vegetable retailers

How many miles does your produce travel? 

Callington Fresh Produce stall, The Beeches on South Hill Rd. inc plants and firewood www.facebook.com/callingtonfreshproduce

Callington Country Market, Wednesday mornings in the Scout Hut, COOP car park. Plus the Fish Man arrives at 8:30am and doesn’t stay long. Plus home-made foods, preserves, Chris Rounsevell meats and dairy products and other local crafts and goodies. facebook.com/Callington-Country-Market

Tamar Grow Local local food hub. Order Tuesday, deliver or collect Friday. Inc Fish, meats, great range of local produce http://www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk

Dupath Farm Shop, Saltash Rd, Callington. Large bags of potatoes £6, worth splitting with your friends. http://www.dupathfarm.co.uk/farm-shop.php

Albaston Fresh Produce stall, just up from the Queens Head pub

Tamar View Fruiterers at Tamar View Nurseries, Saltash, good range, not all local. http://www.tamarviewfruiterers.co.uk/

Callington COOP https://www.co-operative.coop/

Callington Tesco https://www.tesco.com/

Callington Spar

Riverford Organic veg boxes, home deliveries from Bodmin https://www.riverford.co.uk/

Trevallick’s farm shop & tea room, Pensilva, locally sourced and home-made produce http://www.trevallicks.com/

The Growing Project, Pensilva, past the shop on the right, stall on the road with fruit and veg.

1st Saturday of the Month 11- 2pm at The Carpenters Arms Metherell, April to October. Brunch and Produce Market with Tamar Grow Local

 Local meat can be sourced from: 

Grumpy Old Porkers on Haye Rd. Pork joints, sausages, hog roasts, events. http://www.grumpyoldporker.co.uk/

Phil Cole butcher at The Stable, Coombe, on Golberdon to South Hill Rd

Chris Rounsevell butchers shop, Caradon Town. https://www.chrisrounsevell.co.uk/

Can you add any other local fresh produce retailers??

Let us know newsdesk@south-hill.co.uk


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

Penharget 6.5 miles

Penharget Circular 6 ½ miles, 2 hours. Mostly dry under foot even in December. On quiet roads, tracks and footpaths.

From Golberdon crossroads, walk through the recreation field, past the hall and the play park, out through the pedestrian gate, be careful crossing the road, into “The Square” and walk down “back lane” footpath. Keep right, passing the houses at Moorland View, and along the foot path to Trewoodloe lane. Turn left and follow the lane through Trewoodloe, down the hill to Egypt (see the old pump on the left) and join the main Pensilva road.
Turn Right. Take care, keep in to the side and watch out for vehicles on this road.
At Kerney Bridge take the sign posted footpath alongside the water works, through the wood and following The Lynher river, take advantage of the recently installed bench at “the beach” and continue over the stile out to the road.
Turn right and this will bring you to Bicton Bridge, with the remains of the water wheel and leat (water was rushing through here today).

Continue up around the corner and turn right into the wood, through the gate.

Pay attention to any posted signs, as they do have shooting here. There’s a number to phone for more info.
The ground under foot is much improved and dryish, as there’s been logging and planting here recently. Keep going, the stream is on your right, turn right when you spot the turn and a footbridge that crosses the water.

Scramble up the track/gully till you come out at Burnt Wood at the top of Scrawsdon Hill.

Turn left and in 50 paces turn right to Mill Lawn (For Sale sign).
Follow the newly tarmaced road.
(At Cobwebs you’ll see a footpath signposted, this will bring you back to Scrawsdon Farm just above Kerney Bridge.)
Continue past the stables and farm buildings and onto Mill Lawn cottage and then through Penharget Wood. (I saw a couple deer here today). Finally you’ll arrive at the junction with Penharget Cottage. Turn right.
Pass the farm, keep going down and up the hill to the Junction (close to the telephone exchange).

Say Hi to the pony, Keep Right and follow this road (to Golberdon), down hill all the way past Longridge and arriving back at Kerney Bridge.
(For an extra 2 ½ miles longer road walk, turn left to Mornick, at South Hill turn right and right again, back to Golberdon).
Or Continue up the hill, retracing your steps by turning left, pass the pump and up the steep hill to Trewoodloe and back on the lane to the footpath on the right to Moorland view houses, then left, up back lane into The Square and over the road into the recreation field, play park and the parish hall.
Or continue without turning off and continue into Golberdon and back to the crossroads.

St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Mikolaj, Santa

St. Nicholas’ day is on the 6th December, but in The Netherlands and Poland, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December. Sinterklaas or Santa Claus visits and in Poland, Mikolaj, the Polish Santa, visits children and brings small gifts to reward them for good behaviour, or to remind them not to be naughty he’ll leave a twig, maybe with a present. Advent is the start of Christmas in Poland, when people try to be peaceful and reflect and try not to have excess of anything, some giving up their favorite foods or drinks. Children take part in “Jasełka” (Nativity Plays). The smell of tangerines in schools or workplaces is widely thought to mean that Christmas time is about to start!

Christmas Eve known as Wigilia (pronounced vee-GHEE-lee-uh) is a very important and busy day, even though it’s not a holiday. The house is cleaned and the Christmas tree decorated. The main Christmas meal is eaten in the evening and is called “Kolacja wigilijna” (Christmas Eve supper). It’s traditional that no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky!

On the table there are 12 dishes, meant to give you good luck for the next 12 months. The meal is traditionally meat free. For catholics the 12 dishes symbolize Jesus’ 12 disciples. Some people in central Poland say that at midnight the animals can talk.

One of the most important dishes is “barszcz” (beetroot soup) eaten with “uszka” (little dumplings with mushrooms) or “krokiety” (pancakes with mushrooms or/and cabbage, in breadcrumbs).

Carp is the main dish of the meal. The fish itself is traditionally bought a few days earlier alive. The carp’s scales are said to bring luck and fortune and kept.

“Bigos” is a dish which can be eaten either hot or cold. It’s made of cabbage, bacon, sometimes dried plums – so it is saved for Christmas day or the 26th as it has meat in it. It is made about a week or so before Christmas Eve, because with each day it gets better.

Herrings are very popular and served in several ways. In most houses there is “kompot z suszu” a drink made by boiling dried fruits and fresh apples.

Presents aren’t to be opened until after the meal and after carols are sung, sometimes prolonged to tease the children. Christmas Eve finishes by going to Church for a Midnight Mass service.

In Polish Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Wesołych Świąt’.

Polish Children often get dressed up and go carol singing on Epiphany, January 6th.

In the Netherlands it all starts on the second Saturday of November when Sinterklaas and his servants (elves) called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (‘Black Peters’) travel to a city or town. Dutch tradition says that St. Nicholas lives in Madrid, Spain and every year he chooses a different harbour to arrive in Holland, so as many children as possible get a chance to see him.

Church bells ring in celebration, Sinterklaas, dressed in red robes, leads a procession through the town, riding a white horse. Every town in The Netherlands has a few Sinterklaas helpers, dressed the same as Sinterklaas who help give out the presents.

Children are told that the Zwarte Pieten keep a record of all the things they have done in the past year in a big book. Good children will get presents from Sinterklaas, but bad children will be put in a sack and the Zwarte Pieten take them to Spain for a year to teach them how to behave! Continue reading


So here we go again – the slide into Christmas and all the good things that it can bring. I’m well aware that it can also bring added pressure on those who set out to make sure that it is a special time for family and friends, but my hope is that the appreciation by family and friends would bring a sense of joy, peace and fulfillment to those who put the effort in. Who knows, the appreciation may even spill over into doing the washing up after Christmas lunch.

Within the Christmas season we of course can’t escape the commercial importance to retailers and all the advertising that goes along with it. You may recall that at this time last year I wrote about the 2016 John Lewis Christmas TV advert and how bowled over I was about its creative brilliance. This year’s John Lewis advert has been eagerly anticipated in some quarters, with even an article in The Guardian on Friday 10 November informing its readers of the first viewing schedules later that day. In some ways the news item and interest surrounding the advert was taking on the dimensions of what we have seen in the launch events of such things as Apple iPhones and the like.

So, the 2017 John Lewis advert features Moz the Monster who sleeps under a youngster’s bed and, over period of time, a fun and loving relationship grows between the two. This culminates in a Christmas present from Moz to the youngster, unwrapped on Christmas Day with the tag line “For gifts that brighten their world.” As The Guardian article said – an advert designed to pull on the heart strings to loosen the purse strings. Continue reading