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

 

Memory Cafe


Are you caring for someone with Dementia, or do you perhaps have concerns about your own memory? It can be lonely and worrying but you’re not on your own. Many people around you are in the same boat. You don’t have to feel isolated. More people than ever are becoming dementia aware, and most organisations need, and want, to be dementia friendly.

You may have seen posters for Memory Cafes and wondered what they are about. They are a great place for people with dementia and memory problems to socialise in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Memory Cafes are held in Liskeard, Callington, Launceston, Downderry, Looe, and many more places in the South West. Most are held monthly, some are more frequent. Pensilva has its own Memory Cafe. It is a small friendly group who meet once a month for tea and cake and a bit of relaxing fun. We might have some music, a simple game or quiz, and a bit of reminiscing. You can join in if you want to, but nothing is compulsory. We hope you will just relax and not worry about anything for a couple of hours. There is no charge but we do appreciate a donation in the region of £1 each towards expenses.

It might be worth coming along to join us just to see what goes on. You might find it beneficial to yourself, or your partner, or a parent, or friend. You might even enjoy it. Why not give it a try? You’d be most welcome. There’s nothing to lose.

We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2pm – 4pm. We’d love to see you at St John’s Church, next to the Millennium Centre, PL14 5NF.

For more information contact Carolyn or Pat – 01579 363461 or 01579 362698 email carolynandgeoff@gmail.com or patdilworth@hotmail.co.uk

If you are a carer of anyone, of any age or condition (not just dementia), you will benefit enormously from the help of Kernow Carers Service. Freephone 0800 5878191.

June 2nd 2:45 – 3:45pm The MEMORY CAFÉ Callington Town Hall, Percussion experience workshop for adults with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

SHARE Update June 2018


The SHARE Guide to Saving Energy in the Home

 

SHARE has delivered this handy FREE booklet to all households in South Hill Parish.  It’s full of tips and advice from the Energy Saving Trust to help you save energy AND money.  Use it to reduce your bills AND your carbon footprint.

For example – DID YOU KNOW…?

You can save around £30 a year just by turning your appliances off stand-by mode!  Your TV, your laptop power supply, your phone charger – they don’t use much power but if they’re on 24/7 it adds up to a lot.

You can also read the Guide online at www.south-hill.co.uk/SHARE.

Just in case we’ve missed anybody out…  If you live in the parish and haven’t seen the booklet, please email or phone and we’ll deliver one to you.

Good News!  Investment offer over-subscribed.

Our recent investment offer was very well received by the membership.  The investment is a 2-year fixed term loan to SHARE which will pay 4% interest annually – better than any bank or building society.

About a quarter of members expressed an interest in the offer, and of those more than half decided to invest.  As a result, we were offered more money than we needed, so we scaled back the amount we will borrow from each lender.

The money raised is used to finance our solar PV installation at Church Park, South Hill, which has been in operation for 22 months and is performing even better than our original forecast.

SHARE IN OUR COMMUNITY

SHARE is proud to support St Sampson’s Church in their application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Improvements planned for the church include the addition of toilet and kitchen facilities.  This will be a green community initiative, using renewable, sustainable and locally sourced materials where possible.

We are also supporting the Parish Hall committee with their bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund which, if successful, will enable the installation of a new kitchen, and battery storage to make better use of power generated by the solar panels on the Hall roof.  SHARE will encourage the use of energy-efficient appliances and an instant hot water boiler to replace the power-hungry tea urn.

Wi-fi disconnection?

With help from the Parish Council, SHARE has been paying for the fibre broadband and wi-fi connection at the Parish Hall in Golberdon, using income from the solar PV panels on the Hall roof (which we share 50:50 with the Parish Hall committee).  BUT…  our BT contract is now coming to an end, BT want to almost double the cost, and the Parish Council have said they can no longer contribute.  What do we do?  Our share of the income from the solar PV is not enough to cover BT’s aggressive price increase, so we are looking at alternatives.  It would be a shame if we had to abandon this valuable asset to the community.

Do YOU use the wi-fi service at the Hall?  Please let us know if this is important to you.

Planned visit to Plymouth Incinerator

This is still on the cards.  Details to follow.

A Guide to Saving Energy in the Home


SHARE Energy Booklet – click here…

Brought to you by South Hill Association for Renewable Energy with the Energy Saving Trust, a copy of this booklet has been delivered to every household in South Hill Parish.

Packed with tips and information to help you save energy and money at home, and reduce your Carbon footprint.

For our readers outside the Parish, and for those who prefer to read online, just click on the picture or the link above to download the booklet as a pdf (3.18MB).

To find out more about the Energy Saving Trust please visit their website, here…