Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter

A Newsletter produced by and for the Parish of South Hill

Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter!

Newsletter number 72, August 2019

 In the latest edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • Lots of events in August and September
  • Parish Hall to hold Big Community Get-Together
  • News from St Sampson’s Church
  • South Hill 60th Horticultural Show coming up – take a look at the schedule and plan your entries
  • Cornwall Council Climate Change Consultation
  • Our regulars:
    • SHARE
    • Recycling
    • Church Matters
    • South Hill Parish Council and Parish Hall
    • W.I.
  • and more…
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News Updates Sept. 2019

No newsletter this month, but lots of news.


Starting today, SHARE Tree sale. Fruit and ornamental trees from Endsleigh Nursery Milton Abbott at great prices Contact Ali iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com Text 07305 044049 for stock or pop into GREEN MEADOWS

This weekend the BIG Get-Together at the Parish hall Golberdon has been postponed because a new kitchen is being installed adding to the other hall improvements. so well worth waiting for. Sept 7th – 8th It’s Wild Weekend at the Tamar Valley centre, Drakewalls, with lots for all the family to be involved in. 2 – 5pm on Saturday and 10 -2pm on Sunday call 01822 835030 for details or FB or Twitter @TVAONB

Many groups are now back after the summer holiday. Monday 16th 9:30 – 11:30am JAMM Play group start again and are looking for some extra help in the “new” kitchen at the Parish hall Golberdon, and to make the occasional cake. This is a great group and well worth supporting so please email judithayers@yahoo.co.uk or amywheelerfamlead@icloud.com

Wednesday 18th September SHARE AGM 7:15pm at the Parish hall Golberdon. If you still haven’t got round to joining, please come along and find out what another busy year it’s been and future plans.

Wednesday 28th September The Monthly Charity Quiz is back 7:30 – 10pm

It’s RECYCLING WEEK September 23 – 29th With the amazing success of the RECYCLING FOR CHARITY project we are in need of some help to collect items from around the parish, Callington and beyond and to also help sort. PLEASE contact Ali before she drowns in crisp packets. Text 07305 044049, phone 01579 384544 email iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com Thank you

Thursday 26th September 7pm “What Happens to our Waste & Recycling after Collection” meeting with Cornwall Council organised by St. Ive parish Climate action Group, Millennium House Pensilva

Friday 27th September at CO-OP Newport Ind. Est Launceston from 2 -6pm SHARE will be promoting RECYCLING FOR CHARITY, so if you’re still not sure what can be collected, please pop along with any items or questions.

October 2nd Callington Honey Fair a full day of activities for everyone. www.callingtonlions.org.uk/honeyfair.html

October 3rd Beech Auctions South Hill Rd starts at 9am

October 6th Callington Monthly Sunday Market 10 – 3pm in the Pannier Market Marquees. Since this started 3 months ago it’s been a total success, with lots of different stalls and plenty of people enjoying the atmosphere created.

Launch of TAMAR VALLEY PARCEL CLUB. Some of you will already know Fiona Casey who has been delivering parcels around the parish, she has now gone independent and looking for your continued support. You can use her address for deliveries, so you don’t have to stay in and risk missed deliveries, and she will deliver. Great for surprise presents also ! Join on FB email tamarvalleyparcelclub@gmail.com or phone 07974 674915

New Facebook group for those with horses that ride in the parish https://www.facebook.com/groups/646773255733445/

South Hill Horticultural Show 2019. On Saturday 17th August 2019 the 60th South Hill Horticultural Show took place at Golberdon with 600 exhibits of cookery, vegetables, handicrafts, photographs, flowers and children’s entries from 70 exhibitors. It was great to see so many old and new faces enter and support the show on the day. With torrential rain all day Friday the weather was luckily on our side for show day which aided in a successful day. Anthea Ley a local artist presented the trophies to the many winners and Ruby Doidge of Tutwell presented the gift of a wooden crafted pen to Anthea at the start of the prize giving. The prize winners were as follows :

Committee Cup (Most points in show)- Judith Ayres K. J. Uglow Cup (Runner up)- Pete Tunnicliffe Cup third place most points- Brian Arthur Barbara Ede (New entrant, most points)- Lyla Hunt E.C. Pomroy (most points floral arrangements)- Helen Squires Maureen Hindle (Best floral art exhibit)- Helen Squires Best Cut Flowers in Show- Brian Arthur F. Eggins Memorial Trophy (Most points cut flowers)- Brian Arthur Jenny Jane (best rose in the Show)- Alison Jackson Best exhibit in Pot plants- Ray Moss Gilbert Rickard trophy (most points in Veg classes)- Pete Tunnicliffe H. Trewartha (best exhibit in Veg classes)- John Scarrott Best collection of vegetables- Alison Jackson Buckingham Trophy (most points in handicrafts)- Andrea Hill Best Exhibit in Handicrafts- Sallie Waring Mrs S Rickard (most points in cookery)- Sue Palmer Best exhibit in cookery classes- Sue Palmer Sheila Cup (most points in photography- Marc Haxby Best entry in Photo Classes- Wendy Miller Parish Council (Miss Alvery Cup Local Child most points)- Emily Robbins Child 5 & Under most points- William Coombe Child 6-10 most points- Ruby Doidge Child 11-15 most points- Alfie Snell R.H.G Gimblett (best photo by a child)- Izzy Knight Many Local organisations joined us for the afternoon too with stalls from the Parish Council, SHARE, Recycling For Charity, St Sampson’s Church, Callington Fresh Produce and even a Tarot Reader. The ladies from South Hill WI tested everyone’s ability to tack up a model horse. St Sampson’s Church CRUX team held a BBQ. Kit Hill Bees had their bees on show for all to see and answer any questions on bee keeping. A game of skittles was enjoyed by many on the field with a chance to win some pork in the game named “Bowl for your pork”! TT Taekwondo which meet each week in the hall did a fantastic demonstration for everyone. Johnny Mac, our local postie gave a great live music performance to kick the show off followed by the Golberdon Girls made up of all local ladies who sang beautifully to an audience on the field. The Liskeard Spinners set up in the sun and demonstrated the art of spinning textiles and the Caradon Orchard Group brought along their apple pressing equipment and information to demonstrate making apple juice. Cream Teas and refreshments were served by the ladies of the show committee and even sold out come the end of the day. A Dog Show kindly sponsored by Dirty Dog Grooming of Saltash and judged by Tracey Harrison was enjoyed by an array of canine friends and their owners with lots of rosettes won. Many thanks to Sarah Bunkum for organising. A successful day all round and enjoyed by all. Many thanks also goes to sponsors Helluva Pasties, Josh Gosling Carpentry, Keadeen B & B and Campsite, Callington Fresh Produce, Meaders Cabinet Works and Keltic for their sponsorship of the show and our Cornwall Cllr Sharon Daw for providing funding to cover the cost of insurance. Thank you to all who exhibited and attended the show for your support. Next year’s show will be Saturday 15th August…. Please put it in your diaries and keep it free, it will be great to see you there and fill the hall with exhibits again! If you would like more information or would like to become part of the team, please contact Lucy or Cat on 01579 382182.

That’s it for now. If you have any suggestions, events, news etc, THE Connection AGM is Wednesday 11th so let us know.

SHARE Visits in August

30 people took a coach to tour the Suez MRF Materials Recycling Centre at Bodmin  and in 2 visits 20 people toured the SUEZ CERC Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St Dennis both were fascinating trips and we all learnt so much about our “waste” and the importance of recycling everything we can.


and some of us joined DS SMITH Launceston in celebrating 50 years and took a tour and ate some cake !  A tour for SHARE Members has been offered and will be organised later this year.


What Wikipedia say about Boris Johnson

 Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, journalist, and popular historian who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, having been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. He was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2018 he served as Foreign Secretary. A member of the Conservative Party, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies. Johnson is a candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party, and thus Prime Minister, in the 2019 leadership contest. Born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class British parents, Johnson was educated at the European School, Brussels I, Ashdown House, and Eton College. He read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1986. He began his career in journalism at The Times, but was sacked for falsifying a quotation. He later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, with his articles exerting a strong influence on the growing Eurosceptic sentiment among the British right-wing. He was eventually made assistant editor of the Telegraph in 1994. In 1999, he left the Telegraph to become editor of The Spectator, a role he would hold until 2005. He was elected MP for Henley in 2001, and largely adhered to the Conservatives’ party line during his first period in Parliament. He did, however, adopt a more socially liberal stance on issues like LGBT rights. He was later selected to be the Conservative candidate for the 2008 London mayoral election; Johnson defeated Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone in the election, and subsequently resigned his seat in the House of Commons. During his first term as Mayor of London, he banned alcohol consumption on the city’s public transport, and introduced the New Routemaster buses, cycle hire scheme, and Thames cable car. In 2012, he was re-elected Mayor, again defeating Livingstone. During his second term he oversaw the 2012 Olympics. In 2015, he returned to Parliament as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, stepping down as Mayor the following year. In 2016, Johnson was a prominent figure in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, becoming a leading figure in the successful Vote Leave campaign. He later declined to run in the party leadership election immediately following the referendum, despite speculation that he would. After Theresa May won the leadership, she appointed Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and  Commonwealth Affairs. He served in this position for two years, before resigning in protest at May’s approach to Brexit, criticising the Chequers Agreement. Johnson is a controversial figure within British politics and journalism. Supporters have praised him as an entertaining, humorous, and popular figure, with an appeal stretching beyond traditional Conservative voters. Conversely, he has been criticised by figures on both the left and the right, who have accused him of elitism, cronyism, dishonesty, laziness, and using racist and homophobic language. Johnson is the subject of several biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals.

159,000 Conservative members voted 87.4% 509 voting papers were rejected.

Jeremy Hunt 46,000 Boris Johnson 92,000

Cornwall Council climate change

The public consultation ran from 6 June to 15 July 2019 www.cornwall.gov.uk/climatechange and engaged with people face to face, on social media, online and digitally, and asked people what they would like the Council to initially focus on to help Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030; what people are already doing themselves to reduce their own carbon footprint; and what they would be willing to do in the future.

Engagement overview The majority of people we heard from are very aware of, and very concerned about, the impact of climate change, and the scale of the challenge is widely understood. Many see it as the single most important issue facing Cornwall, the UK and the planet. A small number of people do not agree that there is a climate emergency or feel that there is little they or we can do to make a difference.

What people said the Council can do to make a difference and help Cornwall become carbon neutral: 1. Planting more trees 2. Making it easier to reduce single use plastic(s) 3. Making it easier to reduce, reuse/repurpose and recycle waste 4. Helping nature and wildlife to thrive

There were a number of recurring themes: •Tackle Congestion and Pollution: • Better Education / information: • More Electric cars: • Energy: Cornwall exports a high volume of ‘green’ energy into the national grid, but people want the Council to lobby Government to increase grid capacity into Cornwall and harness wind, wave and underground / thermal. Help to be able to install solar panels on their roofs. • Environment, plant more trees and plants: • Farming / agriculture / animal products: with people typically commenting “Farming has a big part to play in how we manage our environment and in a future carbon neutral Cornwall” • Homes / housing: new homes should have green energy sources installed, including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, thermal energy and facilities such as cycle storage • Reduce Litter: • Lobby Government:’ • Manufacturing / shopping: reduce packaging waste from supermarket purchases • Planning: concerns about the number of new large housing developments without ‘green’ infrastructure in place to help relieve congestion and other problems introduced such as extra pressure on local health care, schools and transport. • Plastics: is not a direct climate change / carbon emissions issue, but it is important to people that there is a better solution available • Public transport: buses are too infrequent and too expensive. Trains should be cheaper than flights. • Recycling: more collection points and more products e.g. Tetra Paks etc. We learned of a scheme at Callington Tesco where they are collecting a wide variety of recycling in partnership with a local company. Some suggested public composting centres. • Spaceport / Air travel: some people suggest the Spaceport plans and our ownership of an airport do not sit well with the Council’s aspirations for Carbon Neutral Cornwall • Strong Leadership: people with very strong opinions about climate change and carbon emissions that are looking to Cornwall Council for quick, decisive action. They want strong leadership on an urgent call to action / for change.

We asked people to let us know what was most important to them • Reducing car journeys through more buses and trains, more frequently and helping people to walk and cycle more easily • More public charging points to help people switch to electric cars • Building more energy efficient new homes • Making existing homes more energy efficient and greener • Getting more solar energy panels on rooftops • Creating more large scale renewable energy farms • Planting more trees • Helping nature and wildlife to thrive • Making it easier to reduce, reuse/repurpose and recycle waste • Making it easier to reduce single use plastic(s).

The 10 things people are already doing or have done themselves to help make a difference to climate change and to help Cornwall become carbon neutral. CAN YOU tick off any of these as things you have done ? • Rung my energy supplier to see if I can switch to green energy, if not I have found one • Buy local seasonal produce as much as possible, starting with at least 2 meals a week • Educated myself about the science and impacts of climate change • Contacted my MP and made my friends make these ten pledges too • Walked, cycled, used public transport or registered with www.carsharecornwall.com to travel to work or another regular journey at least once a week • Worked on my own carbon footprint using one of the many easy carbon calculators e.g. www.footprint.wwf.org.uk • Done a home energy check to find out how much I can save energy in my home www.hec.est.org.uk and/or asked the energy saving trust by phoning 0800 512 012 • Turned down my thermostat to reach the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18 – 21c, think about putting on a jumper or not using A/C in this heatwave • Reduced my holiday air miles by 50%.

CAN YOU add to this list? Let us know your thoughts, speak to your Parish Councillors. Following the Cabinet discussion on 24 July we will hold further activities / events for stakeholders and young people, including a schools event in the autumn, to explore in more detail the benefits and impacts of the opportunities open to the Council and Cornwall.

South Hill Parish Council updates

The consultation on the proposed traffic calming measures on South Hill Road near the new estate, has now ended. Thank you to everyone who commented. It is evident that there is widespread opposition to the build-outs and these are not likely to be part of the final scheme. The proposed locations of the build-outs have been marked on the road but we have been assured that they will take their time before coming to a decision.

Your Parish Council and Stoke Climsland Parish Council have asked CORMAC to look at road safety at the Camelot Junction onto the A388. There has been a serious recent accident and numerous reports of near misses. Spending on road safety is determined by the number and severity of accidents. This junction is 177th on the list so is not dangerous enough to warrant anything being done.

Cornwall Council Planning Officers now work in Area teams rather than county wide so officers are more familiar with the area and local policy such as neighbourhood plans. Planning enforcement is now the responsibility of these teams. There are three sites in the parish currently being investigated.

The Trefinnick Solar Farm Community Benefit Fund has for several years been used for a variety of local projects. A balance sheet has now been produced showing all money received and projects funded since the first payment was received. In future the Parish Council will manage all receipts and grants using a separate, named bank account. If anyone has a community project that could benefit from this scheme please let us know or visit the Parish Council stand at the Horticultural Show where there will be more information about this fund and an opportunity to find out more about what the parish council is doing.

Our Cornwall Councillor, Cllr Sharon Daw also has a small sum of money available for organisations in her ward to benefit the community. Applications can be made to the Community Chest fund via the Caradon Community Network or email Sharon direct on sharon.daw@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Parish Hall. Tenders are being invited for fitting radiators in meeting room, kitchen and toilets. If you know of anyone who may be interesting in this work, please ask them to contact our clerk by emailing southhillpcclerk@gmail.com or phoning 01208 72789.

The School bus was stopping at the crossroads in Golberdon rather than opposite the bus shelter, possibly because of the uncut verge which has now been dealt with. Citybus has been advised that this is dangerous because of the poor visibility and should now be dropping pupils off in the correct area.

Our contractor has been asked to cut the road side verge alongside the play area. It may have been done by the time you read this!

Openreach have confirmed that 34 premises in the PL17 7JR , PL17 7JS, PL17 7JT, PL17 7JU post code areas are part of the current fibre broadband programme. The remaining part of the parish (PL17 7NL,PL17 7NQ, PL17 7NH,PL17 7NJ) is not in this contract but there are other funding routes available and the Openreach manager is willing to visit and discuss these in more detail.

Over a year ago the Parish Council questioned why the property at 1 Moorland View, Golberdon had been left empty for several months. We were assured that refurbishment works were to be carried out and the home re-let to a local family. We are aware this has not happened and continue to question Cornwall Housing as to why the work has not been done given the need for local affordable rented properties and the number of families needing a home.

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.

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

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

July 20th Tavistock Eco Fest 11 – 4pm

WOW what a reception at these events and so much recycling sorted and items saved for KICKS COUNT charity. Thank you so much

August 10th St. Ann’s Chapel Fete 11 – 1:45 & Lezant Show 2:30 – 4:30pm

August 17th The Parish Hall GOLBERDON 2 -4pm as part of the Horticultural Show Special 60th Anniversary event.

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

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 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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