I think you all know the bat situation. The licence application has now been submitted to allow us to do the works planned for the summer and we should be able to do everything starting in October. This has however left us with an extra cost of £6,000 +. Therefore we have a new campaign:
South Hill Bat Project – helping bats and humans share their space.
This is an opportunity not just to raise money, but to think about how we interact with the wildlife in the churchyard (and church) and make it a community project. There will be a bat talk event and a bat box making workshop. Any other ideas will be welcome. We have recently secured a £1,000 grant from Tamar Valley AONB sustainable development award towards the project.
It’s been a
year since I moved to Golberdon, and I can honestly say I’ve loved my time here
The village is
so friendly and helpful, my neighbours are always wonderful. I’ve had a bank
card drop back into me that my boiler engineer dropped on the street…. I’ve
had Dick helping to try and jump start my truck when it wouldn’t start… I’ve
traded eggs for a bag of kindling, rhubarb for recycling bins and another
neighbour “stealth dropped” some wonderful tomatoes on my
I’ve not had to take anything I no longer need to the tip – I’ve rehomed a table, a mirror, shelving units and numerous other bits and bobs by dropping them to the free corner, and also acquired some gems too – a great little shelf unit, a fabulous casserole dish to name just a few!
farming wise, it’s been an amazing year too. I lambed for the first time ever
this year, by myself (remember the freeze in April? I camped at the field and my
tent was like an igloo one morning when I woke up with ice burns on my eye
I only have 2
ewes and borrowed a tup back in November. He did a proper job, and we were
rewarded with 4 marvellous lambs (Branok, Bryan, Brea, and Beryan) to add to
our fibre production crew at Tregaver – 3 boys, now castrated, and a ewe lamb
which will be bred when she’s of age.
I also bought 2 valais x lleyn lambs (Byghan and Ballow) a few months ago – their fibre is superb, perfect little locks which are much softer than pure valais black nose!
And one of the
most exciting things… We finally have goats at Tregaver, making it a genuine
“place of the goats”. We welcomed 5 gorgeous angoras from Devon. So
we’ve now got a Boudicca, Barvus, Bolitho, Barthek and Baya.
As you can
see, all of our livestock have Cornish or Celtic names – Bolitho is my family
name back to 1611!
So here’s to
another year in Golberdon, and here’s hoping our fibre business continues to
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.
My name is Caroline, I’ve recently moved to Golberdon with my dog Eliza. I’ve achieved a dream by buying some land in Latchley, much neglected for many years, my priority is to improve the ground. I’ve worked with goats, and intend to get some Angoras in the near future, but for now I’ve decided one of the ways to begin land recovery, was to get some sheep to graze! I’ve worked with sheep before, and when I started to look into breeds, I just fell in love with the fleeces of UK rare breeds, and settled on a small flock of pedigree Teeswater sheep and I’m now venturing into wool production.
I intend to sell my wool fibre for carding, spinning, felting, and any other crafting hobbies, either as raw locks or hand washed and dyed. Continue reading →
MSc Student Has Research Published In Horse & Hound Magazine
Owners may well be rugging their horses when it is not necessary – and may be compromising their welfare as a result, a study has shown. Although it has become routine for many horses to be rugged all year, there have been few studies on rugging, and none on the effects of different rugs on horses’ body temperature. Continue reading →
The hot weather is also a great excuse to eat more ice cream to stay cool!
Do you prefer a cone or tub, single or double scoop, sauce or no sauce? Whichever way you choose to eat your cool treat this summer, be sure to back British farming. Supporting the industry has never been more important, so what better way than to treat yourself than with a scoop of British dairy ice cream on a warm summer’s day!
Here are some local producers, many encourage site visits, so why not go explore them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ali 384544