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A Newsletter produced by and for the Parish of South Hill


Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter!

Newsletter number 71, June 2019

 In the latest edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • Lots of events in June and July (including the Mothering Sunday Service at St Sampson’s Church!)   
  • Parish Hall open for business
  • St Sampson’s Unlocked – News and events
  • South Hill Annual Parish Meeting – report
  • Recycling information
  • Kit Hill Beekeepers
  • South Hill 60th Horticultural Show coming up – take a look at the schedule and plan your entries
  • New advertisers
  • Our regulars:
    • SHARE
    • Recycling
    • Church Matters
    • South Hill Parish Council and Parish Hall
    • W.I.
  • and more…
  • The South Hill Connection Newsletter would like to introduce a guest editor to assist the news team.
  • Assemble the articles and advertisers into a new design or follow the existing guide lines, your choice. You will be supported by others and proof-readers to produce the April/May edition or pick other months. Why not?
  • Give it a go. Email newsdesk@south-hill.co.uk

We’re also looking for a TREASURER for the South Hill Connection, to email annual invoices to our Advertisers (around 25 over the year), no need to attend any meetings, there are only 1 or 2 a year anyway. PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH if this is something you can do for us. Phone Brian for the details 07813 693479

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Recycling Events Locally


Following the very successful RECYCLING EVENT at the TAMAR VALLEY Centre SHARE have organised more dates for you to learn about their RECYCLING FOR CHARITY project and also encourage you to bring items you are unsure about for this project and also your kerb side collection. .. so we can get PLASTICS SORTED.

July 11th The Parish Hall UPTON CROSS 2:30 – 4:30pm. WOW what a reception Thank you so much

July 16th The Parish Hall STOKE CLIMSLAND 9 – 12 noon

July 16th The Village Hall COADS GREEN 2:45 – 4:15pm

August 22nd The Methodist church South Petherwin 8:30 – 10am

Please try and make one of these events they have proved very popular and informative. ALL WELCOME

SHARE will also be attending TAVISTOCK ECO FEST on July 20th 11 – 4pm

SHARE MEMBERS are invited to visit Bodmin recycling centre on August 15th and St Dennis Incinerator on August 20th. Plus Langage Farm September 4th

Frogwell Loop walk August 18th 11am


Ali will be leading the CALSTOCK FOOTPATH SOCIETY Monthly walk on August 18th Here’s a rough outline offering a 3.5 to 4 mile and a 6.5 miles route.

Both routes start at The Doctors surgery on Haye Rd at 11am and take the lane to Frogwell, where we pick up the Footpath to Pencrebar Farm and the track down to Callington Newbridge. We follow the river and cross fields looping back around to Caddapitt and take the footpath through the woods for a lunch stop before heading onto to Haye Mill where you can see the working water wheel. The shorter walk will take Haye Rd which leads directly back to the start. 4 stiles, some ups and downs.

The longer walk will continue through the woods and emerge at Southland Farm and pick up South Hill Rd. we past the new homes being built opposite the fire station to Bowling Green. Crossing the road and going up Florence Hill we pick up the track behind the college bringing us out eventually near Tesco on Tavistock Rd and making our way back to the cars. 6.5 miles.

No dogs unless service dogs, (there will probably be animals in the fields) free to members (join for 6 quid) and 3 quid for non members. Bring a drink and packed lunch and wear your walking gear, should be dry all the way underfoot.

Questions : iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com or phone 01579 384544

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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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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