Category Archives: Callington

Recycling For Charity – help for the confused


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The waste that SHARE collects for recycling is sent to a company called Terracycle, where it is sorted by type and then goes on to be made into other products such as picnic benches, furniture, garden planters, playground equipment, watering cans…

By agreement with certain manufacturers of plastic packaging, Terracycle collects very specific items. For example, the Hovis scheme takes all brands of bread loaf bags (not just Hovis ones), and Colgate offers a scheme collecting all brands of toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. There are also schemes for biscuit and cake wrappers, confectionery, crisps and snacks, pet food pouches, home care products and personal care products. Most of these items can’t be accepted in kerbside recycling collections.

The similarity of many plastic products can lead to some confusion. For example, is a bag with apples in the same thing as a bread bag? The answer is NO, because the Hovis scheme only takes loaf bags. It doesn’t accept bags from rolls, wraps, crumpets etc either!

Here is a note found at Stoke Climsland Old School collection point this morning:

This person had also left several bags of perfectly well-sorted recycling, which we are grateful for.

BUT… there were very few things in this bag that we CAN recycle – pictured here (also 4 or 5 crisp packets)

Sweets, personal care plastic packaging, crisp packets (not pictured)

There were several food trays that could have gone in the kerbside collection. And pictured below, quite a lot that we CAN’T recycle. These bags should go in your kerbside waste, and will be taken to the energy recovery centre at St Dennis. And I think old lightbulbs are often collected at larger supermarkets, along with batteries, or you can take them to your local recycling centre (Saltash or Launceston). The bread bag on the left of the photo is OK, but all the stuff in it was waste.

WE HOPE THIS ARTICLE HELPS TO REDUCE CONFUSION.

NOT ACCEPTED BY TERRACYCLE: cereals, frozen food bags, herbs, nuts, fruit bags, cheese packets, rice bag, plastic cup and light bulbs

We have collection points at: the Parish Hall in Golberdon, Callington Tesco, Nanny Oakleys Cafe, the Tamar Valley Centre at Drakewalls, Launceston Co-op and Pets At Home, Tre Pol & Pen, South Petherwin church, Coads Green phone box, Upton Cross community centre, Millennium House Pensilva, and more.

Thank you to everybody who brings their non-kerbside recycling to our collection points.

We sort and package everything once or twice a week to be sent off to Terracycle via UPS. This is a real eye-opening experience, and should be seen by everybody at least once.

If you would like to help (even just once, no pressure to commit regularly), please email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or leave a message on our Facebook page

From Madison, Year 9 Callington Community College


Dear Principal Ainsworth,                                                                         
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I write to you today to draw your attention to improvements I think would make Callington Community College a more environmentally friendly school and staff and pupils more environmentally aware and responsible.
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I was pleased to read in issue 34 of ‘The Voice’ Callington Community College is now part of the green charter for schools initiative and are committed to promoting environmental awareness. I have also been encouraged by initiatives like Oceans Day, but I am concerned these measures do not go far enough.
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As I’m sure you are aware, our planet is facing a climate emergency. 67,000 acres of rainforest is destroyed every day ¹. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually ². Of those, more than 236,000 tons are microplastics ³. It is thought 10,000 species go extinct each year ⁴ with thousands more listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature ⁵ as threatened with extinction or critically endangered. I feel the school currently contributes enormously to the ever growing environmental problems and have identified key areas I feel we should be taking more direct action.
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1. Excessive Plastic Consumption. Almost all the plastic used in the school is single use with little effort being made to reduce the use of items such as plastic cutlery in the canteen, drinks bottles in vending machines and pens. Did you know Plastics kills approximately 100,000 sea creatures and 1 million sea birds each year? ⁶
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2. Recycling. There were not enough recycling bins around the property up until recently. I’ve noticed that now the awareness of plastic and recycling has been raised you have now added a few bins, but there is no signs. Did you know many items such as crisp packets, sweet and biscuit wrappers can be recycled through Terracycle allowing charities such as Kicks Count ⁷ who operate local collections to financially benefit from packaging which is not currently recycled through kerbside collections? I think it would be great if our school rubbish could raise funds for charity.
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3. Excessive energy consumption. I have noticed lights, computer monitors and whiteboards being left on in empty class rooms. The school could also save money of utility bills as well as reducing carbon footprint just by turning electrical goods off when not in use.
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4. General recycling. I am worried the school is not doing enough to recycle common materials such as paper and card. Some classrooms have no provisions to recycle these products and I am concerned they are being unnecessarily disposed of in general waste.
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We are taught if we try, we can achieve anything. We can all do something to help our planet and our school could be leading the way in encouraging staff and pupils to make “refuse, reduce, re-use, recycle, repair, re-gift, recover and re-cycle” commonplace.
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I would like to suggest the school forms a student environment committee (which I would like to be part of) to share and implement ideas to make our school more environmentally friendly. We could even start by designing posters and leaflets to make sure everyone uses the recycling bins!
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I hope you will consider my points and then we can all start to make a difference.
[1] Rainforest alliance (2019) https://bit.ly/2klcmH9 
[2] Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean (2015) https://bit.ly/33BqXjN
[3] A global inventory of small floating plastic debris (2015) https://bit.ly/2kEIE0c
[4] World Wildlife Fund (2019) https://bit.ly/2IXm8ty
[5] IUCN https://bit.ly/2TRpCkn
[6] Ocean Crusaders (2019) https://bit.ly/1LSU9CX
[7] Kicks Count https://www.kickscount.org.uk/

Callington U3A November meeting


We celebrated the Armistice with a morning or nostalgia from music, singing, poems, a play, memorabilia and baking.

On arriving at the Town hall we were welcomed with a crocheted poppy beautifully made by our Secretary Jo. The stage was decorated with red, white and blue bunting and red balloons. Silhouettes of soldiers were displayed along with a beautiful flower arrangement by Eileen Sturt,each of the yellow roses representing one of the named men on the Memorial. Whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee we were able to sample a selection of cakes, biscuits and bread, each made following war time recipes by our baking group. These included Anzac biscuits, Trench cake, potato scones, oatmeal and ginger biscuits, potato and chocolate biscuits and bread and dripping. Continue reading

And Some Came Home


Callington Town Band, in association with Callington Community College and the People of Callington & District, presented AND SOME CAME HOME.

 

Conceived and written by Shirley Morse and originally staged in 2014, this production has been made possible by a grant from Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme.

The First World War claimed the lives of William John Smith the Town Band’s principal cornet player, who was born and lived at St. Mellion. He joined the 1st Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was 19 when killed in action on the Western  Front on 14th Sept. 1914, just a few weeks after the war had begun. Also Robert Hicks Pike, born in Callington in 1878, he ran his late father’s drapers shop in Fore St. before he was conscripted during 1916 into 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards. He died in action on 6th July 1917 aged 39. Continue reading

Ex-Callington school students


Dear Ex-Callington students,

We have a number of events coming up, one of which is very soon and one slightly further away in time. We are also keen for any of you who would like to to come in to talk to our students about what you do either in assemblies or with classes; departments are always very keen to tell our current students about what you are up to.

Recently we have had scientists, artists, train drivers and ship yard apprenticeships who used to attend the college coming in and telling us all about their lives and careers since leaving Callington. We are also, of course, basking in the reflected glory of alumnus Joff Oddie’s sucess with winning the Mercury Music Prize with his band Wolf Alice.

On Thursday 1st November we are holding an event for our current Year 11 students who are just about to consider their post-sixteen options. If you were able to attend and talk to our students that would be great. The idea is that small groups (6-10) of Year 11s will carousel around different employers/alumni and further education providers to find out what the future could hold for them. The event is due to run from 8.50am until 11.20. If you can’t make it in person but would like to be involved then there are some options:

1: Perhaps someone in the organisation/company that you work for could come along

2: Perhaps you could make a 30 second video about yourself/your work that we could show.

3: Perhaps your organisation has a promotional video that we could show on the day.

Looking further into the future we another calendered event on 14/02/2018 that I am calling ‘I Love My Job’ which will be aimed at the younger children at the college; again, you, your colleagues or your virtual presence would be great.

Thanks for taking the time to read this; you are an essential part of our college community and we are hugely proud of what you have achieved,

Let me know if you can help or if we can help you in any way,

Best wishes

Jonathon Plunkett

Alumni Officer Callington Community College callington@networks.futurefirst.org.uk

Kit Hill U3A Oct. meeting


Kit Hill and Its Habitats with Chrissie Le Marchant
This month we stayed very much at home with a talk about Callington’s dominant feature Kit
Hill which at a height of 334m (1.096ft), stands proudly above the town. It can be seen from all
directions and I always look for it when returning to Callington to know a cup of tea is not far away.
Chrissie is very well qualified to talk about Kit Hill having until recently managed the Country Park.
She is qualified as a geologist and worked for many years in prospecting, gold mining and civil
engineering, including working on the Saltash Tunnel. She now works and volunteers as a Blue
Badge leader, walks leader and ranger and she has a real passion for the area of natural beauty.
She spoke with enthusiasm and knowledge, illustrating her talk with plenty of photos and diagrams.

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Callington U3A


U3A News – At their September meeting Callington U3A were taken on a magical trip to the Galapagos Islands by Ian Casper, a retired teacher from Tavistock, who achieved a lifetime ambition visiting the archipelago. Through pictures he spoke of the differing landscapes, volcanic rock, forestation, plains, shorelines, emerald coves and mangrove lagoons. Ian showed examples of the endemic animals like the inquisitive sea lions who welcome visitors, the gentle endangered Marine Iguana the only lizard that swim and feed from the sea. Roaming the shoreline are the prehistoric looking Land Iguanas, the popular giant tortoise, remember Lonesome George, and the delightfully named crab Sally Lightfoot. He went on to explain the many species of birds, the red and blue footed boobies, the Great Frigate and flightless Cormorant that have developed skills to swim instead of fly. There are 14 species of finch. One Finch breed lives alongside the tortoise eradicating annoying insects from them. The tortoise support this toilette by raising their legs to help the procedure! Amazing flora and fauna grow on the equatorial islands.  Ferns and trees, a cactus that grows on lava and mangrove seeds that floated to the islands and grew into large vegetation lagoons. This brief tour of the Galapagos was extremely interesting thanks to Ian Casper. Maybe one day some of us can make the dream come true.

Next months U3A meeting is Monday Oct 1st 10:45am start at the TOWN HALL, Callington

and will be an illustrated talk about Kit Hill Country Park, it’s history, geology and more.

Kit hill is the highest point in the Tamar Valley and has 400 acres of heathland and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site.

 

September Connection Update


– Sept 2nd CIRCUS FUNTASTIC in aid of Macmillan, Saltash Rd Recreation Field, Callington. Seats £6, Kids under 2 free.  Book on 07447 986900 Show times: Wed 29th 7pm, Thursday & Friday 4pm & 7pm (Thursday Special Family Ticket 20). Sat 2pm & 5pm Sunday 1pm & 3:30pm  

Saturday 8th Sept CALLINGTON CARNIVAL – procession starts from Saltash Road car park, 4:30pm  

Saturday 15th Sept  HARVEST SUPPER, 7:30pm start at The Parish Hall Committee HARVEST SUPPER. Tickets are on sale now, please phone Liz 383202 to reserve your seats. If you are unable to attend and wish to support with a raffle prize or item for the Auction or a donation, please drop off at Green Meadows or phone Ali 384544 for collection. Thank you.

 Wednesday 19th Sept    SHARE AGM, 7:30pm at the Parish Hall Golberdon. South Hill Association for Renewable Energy 3rd AGM. Members and potential new members all welcome to hear about another busy and successful year for the group. Exciting news from M&S Energy, upcoming visits and discuss future projects. Light refreshments available so please email share@south-hill.co.uk if you plan to attend, alternatively send your apologies and any ideas, thoughts or items for discussion.

 Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th Sept – walking THE SAINTS WAY  from Padstow to Fowey (28 miles ish). If you would like to join us for the whole walk or a part,  let Ali know ASAP Thank You iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com  https://www.oliverscornwall.co.uk/saintsway.html

 Friday 28th Sept                MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING, from 10:30am until 1pm. Lucy Penney is holding a coffee morning at Polhilsa Farm, PL17 8PP (kind permission of the Barriball family) Coffee, cake, games and raffle… Even have a walk around the ponds! All welcome, bring your friends. For any more info please email: lucyede@live.com 

 Other News:

The Horticultural Show write up and pictures are on the Connection web site here.  

Planning – On August 24th the South Hill Parish Council met to discuss the recent planning application at “The Bee Farm” Trevigro. About 20 parishioners also attended to voice their views. The full details can be read on the Cornwall Council Planning Portal here…  

 South Hill Parish History group. Thank you to Magda for stepping forward to get the group started. If you are interested email ….. PLUS what would YOU like to discover more about? Reply to this email with your suggestions. Or if you have photos or information to share email newsdesk@south-hill.co.uk  

If you know of an event you’d like to share or have an article for the next newsletter due Oct 1st, please send to editor@south-hill.co.uk.  Thank you.