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Newsletter number 100, May 2022

In this 100th edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • 100 editions, 15 years – a trip down the Connection memory lane
  • In-depth articles from advertisers and users of the Parish Hall
  • Photos from the Connection Easter Egg Trail
  • Parish celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • Parish Hall news and AGM details
  • Horticultural Show – early details
  • Volunteers needed for Community Speedwatch
  • Latest from the St Sampson’s, SHARE, Recycling for Charity & Parish Council

And much more…

Next Edition will be a Jubilee Special.  If you’d like to make a contribution, please email editor@south-hill.co.uk or call THE NEWS DESK. Ali 07305 044049 or Areina 07788 300025.

Please email editor@south-hill.co.uk or call THE NEWS DESK. Ali 07305 044049 or Areina 07788 300025

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Bats in the belfry


Dear Friends at St Sampson’s,

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.

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Tregaver One Year On


It’s been a year since I moved to Golberdon, and I can honestly say I’ve loved my time here so far! 

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 doorstep! 

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! 

Business and 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 lids!). 

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 grow! 

Caroline Rimmer     https://etsy.me/2nC60Vk                

https://etsy.me/2nC60Vk

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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Welcome Caroline


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

Duchy College news


News from The Duchy College Stoke Climsland

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

Eat Local Ice Cream, support British Farming


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.

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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…

Come and meet the donkey


Palm Sunday, 25th March, St Sampson’s Church, South Hill, are planning an informal service, with a real donkey, A good natured miniature chap called Corduroy, who is a local resident. it will take place at Golberdon parish Hall at 10am We will have a short walk of witness and singing, led by the donkey, starting from outside Green Meadow, (on the road towards South Hill) to the hall, join us there or along the route, or at the hall, bring a branch to wave. This will be followed by a short friendly service, biscuit making for all ages, tea coffee and hot cross buns.
Contact judithayers@yahoo.co.uk for more information.