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 65, June 2018

In the latest edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • Memory Café Pensilva
  • Councillor Sharon Daw
  • SHARE update
  • Callington Young Farmers’ Club
  • Trees and Kayaks and Carbon
  • South Hill Parish Council update
  • July 21st Band night at the park
  • Happy Decluttering! with Jules Greaves
  • Callington U3A
  • Church update
  • and more…

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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.

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.

Keep going, veering off to the right ( going left will bring you out at Appleby Lodge in Kelly Bray) this stoney track brings you out onto the Maders road. Turn left and there are wide verges to walk on, past Woodlands Farm entrance, past East cottage driveway and all the way to WOODLANDS LODGE on the right.

Turn right down the driveway, at the bend turn left by a large tree, there’s a mown path to a hedge to scramble over onto a track, follow this around to the right, through the gate which has a sign “beware of the bull”, (Yes there is a bull here sometimes with stock) and onto the next gate, following the track straight ahead. Views of Callington to your left and behind you KIT HILL. There are 2 gates ahead, take the left hand gate into a grass field , there’s an empty caravan by the left hedge.

Keep the hedge on your right, note the footpath sign, go around the corner and spot the small wooden gate in the bottom hedge. This time of year the ferns are really high, but the well worn footpath is still visible straight through them and will bring you to another small gate and steps down onto a track.

Turn left, over a sleeper bridge, ( pass the footpath to Southland Farm on left ) and through a metal gate, a chicken house is on your right and Bearland House, the driveway eventually comes out at Bearland Bridge. Note the granite markers on either side of the bridge.

Going straight ahead, take the driveway and stream to Haye Mill, note the leet and sluice gate along the way. The Mill has a working water-wheel which you can see when you turn right just before the house entrance, through a metal gate off it’s hinges into the woods. The mass of foxglove were a picture.

Follow the path along by the wire fence , underfoot is dry all the way to the stile this time of year. The stepping stones lead the way on a  well- worn path to a small wooden gate  into a narrow lane that leads to the road.

Turn Right to Trevigro. At the junction, by the bench, there’s a footpath that leads to Trewolland, on this day, I ignored that path as the stinging nettles were not cut back. (Two weeks later the path was well cleared and easy to walk, bringing you out into a field with 2 horses to straight on to Trewolland, turn right) These routes meet, if you stay on the road through Trevigro, and turn left by the old chapel to Trenavin House, a concrete driveway takes you past the house.

Ahead is a small picket gate into a 50 acre field , cut straight across this to a low stile into the road and turn right and then left back to Golberdon…..

(alternatively at the picket gate, if the crops are wet, turn right up the narrow shaded path and at the end turn left, past the barking dogs and back to GOLBERDON. Taking in the views and the shade from the line of old beech trees.

There is an outside toilet at the hall and picnic tables in the play park.

Please email events@south-hill.co.uk if you spot any errors to this walk or if there are any problems with the footpaths.

You can see more walks on the web site at www.south-hill.co.uk

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…

“And Some Came Home” – support project now


Esme and Seth Blaze show their support for Callington Town Band’s Community project, ‘And Some Came Home’, when they put their tokens in the Town Band ‘Bags of Help’ slot at Callington Tesco.  With just a week or so to go they are hoping that the Town Band, in which both their parents play, will be a worthy winner.

And remember that you can support the project in other ways by coming along to the first Singing Workshop in Callington Town Hall at 10am on July 21st or by volunteering to act.  Contact Shirley Morse (01579 360336 or shirleyamorse@gmail.com) for more information.

This is the first event in the re-running of ‘And Some Came Home’, the successful community commemoration of WW1 that was first performed in 2014.

With a cast of local singers, actors and musicians the 2018 performances will take place in the Town Hall on October 26th and 27th with free admission.

If you can’t make it to the first session and would like to take part in any capacity then please contact Shirley Morse now on 01579 350336 or shirleyamorse@gmail.com

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

Cllr. Sharon Daw


It was great pleasure to present Andrew and Sara Doney a civic award for community work and continuing volunteer work, involving church matters, scouts, horticultural show etc a true asset to the community, followed by tea.

Community money is now open for requests. I could spend this money several times over, available on first come first served basis.

Overgrown hedges have been reported and highways have been to the area to look at particular problems.  I shall be going around to look at specific areas of concern, including potholes with highways. There is an online reporting system now within Cornwall Website. You can report on line here or let your parish councillors know.

The new parking charges, some good, some bad, have been introduced. I would like to see parking cheaper or free and follow Devon’s example £2 all day in Tavistock and Lyme Regis, admittedly some towns including Callington have the first hour free but the cheaper the parking the longer people will stay. A recent visit to Poole just shows how the hustle and bustle of high street is far from dead despite £1.20 per hour. Cranleigh in Sussex Sunday’s free parking, and a very interesting public enquiry into housing in the town, no one wanted but was over ruled by the inspectorate.   Continue reading

Church MATTERS June 2018


For six months the Church Calendar rolls steadily on remembering the events of Jesus’ earthly life. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension (and Pentecost). Then suddenly it all seems to come to a halt and there is nothing for the next six months until Advent rolls round again. Of course this is really only a matter of perception. There are many other events in the Church Calendar: some such as Patronal Festivals and Anniversaries being spread through the year; and others like Harvest and Remembrance filling in the gap. But if we restrict ourselves just to those festivals which commemorate the main events in the life of Jesus then the six month rule applies very well indeed.

Personally I find this fact quite challenging. It is a reminder that with Jesus’ departure at Ascension and with the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, to empower the Church, God in effect says “It’s over to you now; get out there and spread the Good News.”

With all the busy-ness of making sure that we get our celebrations right we can forget that the essential function of the Church does not change in those empty six months – nor has it in the past two thousand years.

We might do well to ask who the celebrations of the Church Calendar are for? Continue reading

U3A


Michael Bearcroft was the speaker for our May meeting and was very entertaining.  He spoke about his life and his experiences and, using humour, made light of his many achievements and a few downfalls.

He began with tales of his early life in Sheffield. His father ran a power station and he remembers him fretting about nuclear fuel.  His mother was a housewife with strong anti-war feelings.  She was involved with the organisation of an International Peace Conference and invited to go to Poland.   Michael’s father with great generosity of spirit, unusual at the time, encouraged her to go.  He took time off work to look after the family until she returned.  When she did, she spoke with horror of her visit to Auschwitz which always stayed with her.  Picasso had been at the conference and painted her portrait.  However, whilst she agreed with his politics, she didn’t care for his artwork and gave the portrait away.  Michael seemed speechless , I wonder why! Continue reading

South Hill Parish Council


South Hill Parish Council

The Annual General Meeting of the Council was held on 15th May. All Parish Councillors attended.

David Skelton was elected as Chairman and Dan Smith as Vice-Chairman for the forthcoming year.

Planning applications PA18/02989 for a replacement agricultural building at Lower Woodland Farm and PA18/03342 for a change of use and extension of an agricultural barn to residential at Jordan were discussed. The Council’s comments and details of all other planning applications can be viewed here

Regarding PA17/09824 Swallow’s Rest, Golberdon, it was reported that after further consultation with the planning officer which resulted in some welcomed changes to the proposal, the Parish Council agreed to reconsider its previous response and agree with the recommendation to the planning officer to approve the application with conditions.

The Council had not been informed about any progress with ongoing planning enforcement cases in the parish.

The Parish Council is cooperating with The Hall Committee to replace the wood floor in the main hall. Quotations were opened and a recommendation made to the Hall Committee. There was a preference for a hardwood floor but this will be more expensive. Applications are being made to the Big Lottery Fund and Viridor. The Hall committee has also set aside £3,000 but some of the money will have to come from fund raising within the parish so please support these events.

Parish councillors and other volunteers have completed most of the maintenance tasks needed in the Play Area. Another session is needed to complete the work, which will be publicised. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to muck in and to those that have already helped.

The management of a couple of allotments needs to be improved because weeds and seeds are having an unacceptable effect on neighbouring plots.

A list is being compiled of work that needs doing to our footpaths. This will be completed by our next meeting.

Our clerk, Jenny, who has been on an appropriate training course, was appointed as our Data Protection Officer.

The meeting, chaired by Dennis Hicks, ended with everyone warmly thanking him for the time and effort he has committed to serving the Parish.

Our AGM included the Annual Parish Meeting when anyone from the parish could discuss parish matters with our Cornwall Councillor or the parish councillors but no-one took this opportunity. In the last few months 50+ people have attended parish council meetings to give their views on planning applications which has helped to inform comments made by The Parish Council. There are plenty of other issues on which the Council would welcome your views. An example is the new Community Network Highways Scheme.

This is a new initiative giving the Caradon Network Area (that’s South Hill + 7 neighbouring parishes) £50,000 to spend on highway improvements of our choosing. It can’t be used for routine maintenance which rules out fixing drains and potholes. Proposals with wide public support which benefit more than one parish are more likely to succeed. Stoke Climsland Parish Council has proposed speed warning signs for Bray Shop. Linkinhorne and our parish are supporting the idea which will benefit all three. When you are next out on the road, think about good uses for that money. Let any of your Parish Councillors know or email the council, southhillpcclerk@gmail.com This scheme will be used by others from elsewhere  if you don’t!

Please note that the first part of this report is selective, based on notes taken during the meeting. Full and formal minutes of the meeting will be approved at the next meeting.

David Skelton

Trees and Kayaks and Carbon


…. something to think about.

A tree makes its own food through photosynthesis. Leaves absorb carbon dioxide ( 1 part carbon 2 parts oxygen)

Scientists are still working on how to calculate the amount of carbon in trees. The generally held view is:

The average carbon content of a tree is 50% of it’s dry weight.

A tree absorbs up to 20kg carbon dioxide (CO2) each year.

A 40 year old tree will contain up to 1 tonne of carbon.

Carbon is stored in the trunk, branches and roots (and a small amount in the leaves).

The greatest store of carbon is within the soil, so disturbing soil by deep digging releases carbon.

A 55cm3 block of wood contains the same amount of carbon as would be emitted by boiling a kettle or driving a moped 1km.

Sea Kayaks Rick Cooper, from Trematon, Saltash, British Sea Kayaks, sells new GRP, or carbon fibre or polyethylene, sea kayaks made in Anglesey. https://britishseakayaks.co.uk/

Making these kayaks will inevitably result in the release of CO2 into the atmosphere, thus adding to the greenhouse gases. Most sea kayakers have an environmental conscience, they paddle to remote places to observe beautiful scenery and wildlife. Each kayak sold is accompanied by a free native hardwood tree which during its life time, will hopefully offset/absorb the carbon released during its manufacture. Kayakers can choose the species of tree they want. Some want to grow the tree in a pot to begin with because they intend to move house and want to take it with them (good trees for this hornbeam, beech, lime, rowan, crab apple) The most popular for planting in the ground are silver birch and wild cherry. If you have nowhere to plant your tree we can plant one in our wood at Trematon.

We were delighted to show members of the South Hill Association for Renewable Energy, SHARE, around our young wood and where Rick has his kayaks.

Rick’s aim is to put you in the correct sea kayak for you, and believes you should try before you buy, whether you are a solo paddler or a group, Rick is an advanced sea kayak leader and during your demo will be there for your guidance and safety, giving hints and tips to help you get the best from your experience.

Interested ? ! Phone 07779 134888 rick@britishseakayaks.co.uk

Fiona Cooper, Tamar Valley Trees