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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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45 years service to our Parish Council


When Tom Brewer started as a Parish Councillor, meetings were held in the Sunday School rooms adjoining the old chapel in Golberdon, now named Batts Chapel, as there was no parish hall. Tom helped with the construction and fund raising of the current parish hall.

More recently Tom had the responsibility of regular safety checks of the play area equipment and instigated the alteration of the safety barrier so children now face oncoming traffic when leaving the park onto the road.

He requested a bench be put at the top of the recreation field so people could enjoy the fabulous views and proposed that wildflowers be planted alongside the far edge of the football field.  He also campaigned to improve parking and reduce speeding through our parish villages and was always asking for updates on the state of our drains and road surfaces.

At the Parish Council meeting on December 22nd, a special Thank You was given to retired Cllr. TOM BREWER for his service to the community over the 45 years he served as a parish councillor.   Tom was accompanied by his daughter Elaine, as our P.C. Chair Dennis Hicks unveiled an inscribed plaque displayed in the Parish Hall meeting room.  Tom joked and gave a few words of wisdom and advice to the new councillors present, instilling a sense of commitment and to have fun. He smiled as he said he wasn’t always in favour of decisions that have been made. 

Tom Brewer


Tom was married to his beloved wife Ann for 58 years. Ann was the niece of boxer Len Harvey, a national sporting idol. Their son Andrew lives in Tavistock and daughter Elaine still lives locally in Golberdon.

Tom is pictured below assisting Ley Daniel (South Hill Parish Chairman), Fern Friend and Les Hambley, Tom Brewer and one other, with the construction of The South Hill Parish Hall, which was established by an Order of the Secretary of State in 1965.

Fund raising from people of modest means via Whist and Beetle Drives meant that construction took a long time, as shown by the ivy growing on the structure.  Prior to and during this time Parish matters were discussed in the Sunday School of The Chapel in Golberdon. Tom’s unbroken service on The South Hill Parish Council exceeds 50 years and whilst he remembers Golberdon being a very tidy and clean place, with well-kept gardens, hedges and verges in his youth, he accepts that growth and infill of property amongst the original properties was a necessity.

Tom’s unwavering commitment to others is demonstrable in many ways. He gave up smoking his beloved pipe on the spot 16 years ago, when his son asked him not to blow smoke in his grandsons’ face. Years earlier he was part of the fund-raising efforts for the bereaved families of the Aberfan disaster and remembers The White Aces band came all the way from St. Austell to play. In recent years Tom has served by checking the Parish Hall children’s play area every day since its installation. He championed the alteration of the parks metal safety barrier onto the road, so that children leaving the park faced the oncoming traffic rather than away from it. The wildflower area, soon to be installed by The Parish Council was Toms’ idea, as was the bench within it that will benefit from a magnificent view of Caradon Hill.

Renowned and respected for his patience and compassion for both the animals he dispatched and for their often distraught owners, Tom travelled over 1000 miles a week working as a slaughterman. He recalls his first horse to dispatch was a large dray at Courage brewery, so tall in fact that Tom had to climb onto a beer barrel. He served the local hunts and attended the point to points of Spooners, Lamerton, Bolventor, East Cornwall and Tedcott hunts. Tom recalls the BSE (1980 – 1990) and Foot and Mouth (2001) outbreaks as being hugely traumatic for all involved, with millions of animals slaughtered.

Tom prefers to focus instead on the many animals he has saved over the years, one a horse, which survived for a further 6 years, and another, a heifer, for 18 months, following his advice to treat instead.

Tom’s eyes dance with merriment as he recalls the numerous bottles of whiskey bestowed upon him over the 55 years he served the Cornish and Devonian communities. Tom drinks whiskey, and always accepted it graciously. He remembers teaching young ladies, who were studying to become vets at Duchy College, about horse anatomy. Their gratitude was such that they bought him a fabulous statue for his retirement. Toms recalls that his leaving party at Duchy College was attended by over 50 guests, who of course brought him more whiskey. Nowadays Tom enjoys relaxing in his bright, sunny lounge reading the daily paper from PaperPhil. He loves to travel and is an avid fan of coach tours to Scotland. His warm personality draws others to him and his many friends clamour to meet up with him again on a trip at Christmas and next July, and of course Tom has readily agreed.

Unlocking, AGM and Big Green Week


In advance of our SHARE AGM event, to be held at South Hill Parish Hall from 7.30pm on Wednesday September 22nd, we are contacting all members informally.  This message includes important information for members regarding the election of Directors.

As music fans will know all too well, during lockdown all gigs were either cancelled or postponed. At last that situation is changing as we head into ever more freedom. There has been a knock on effect; a lack of available venues, as everyone wants a stage at once.  The SHARE AGM has been affected by the same issues, as we’ve had to postpone last year’s AGM until now. The similarity with your favourite band is that venues have become in huge demand. Our own Parish Hall is seeing a great upsurge in bookings, taking advantage of its refurbishment.

We have hatched a Cunning Plan:  the format of the AGM will change slightly.

This September sees the national Great Big Green Week, (18th to 26th September) and we’ve chosen to hook into that for our Annual General Meeting.

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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

News Updates Sept. 2019


No newsletter this month, but lots of news.

Events:

Starting today, SHARE Tree sale. Fruit and ornamental trees from Endsleigh Nursery Milton Abbott at great prices Contact Ali iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com Text 07305 044049 for stock or pop into GREEN MEADOWS

This weekend the BIG Get-Together at the Parish hall Golberdon has been postponed because a new kitchen is being installed adding to the other hall improvements. so well worth waiting for. Sept 7th – 8th It’s Wild Weekend at the Tamar Valley centre, Drakewalls, with lots for all the family to be involved in. 2 – 5pm on Saturday and 10 -2pm on Sunday call 01822 835030 for details or FB or Twitter @TVAONB

Many groups are now back after the summer holiday. Monday 16th 9:30 – 11:30am JAMM Play group start again and are looking for some extra help in the “new” kitchen at the Parish hall Golberdon, and to make the occasional cake. This is a great group and well worth supporting so please email judithayers@yahoo.co.uk or amywheelerfamlead@icloud.com

Wednesday 18th September SHARE AGM 7:15pm at the Parish hall Golberdon. If you still haven’t got round to joining, please come along and find out what another busy year it’s been and future plans.

Wednesday 28th September The Monthly Charity Quiz is back 7:30 – 10pm

It’s RECYCLING WEEK September 23 – 29th With the amazing success of the RECYCLING FOR CHARITY project we are in need of some help to collect items from around the parish, Callington and beyond and to also help sort. PLEASE contact Ali before she drowns in crisp packets. Text 07305 044049, phone 01579 384544 email iamalihumphreys@yahoo.com Thank you

Thursday 26th September 7pm “What Happens to our Waste & Recycling after Collection” meeting with Cornwall Council organised by St. Ive parish Climate action Group, Millennium House Pensilva

Friday 27th September at CO-OP Newport Ind. Est Launceston from 2 -6pm SHARE will be promoting RECYCLING FOR CHARITY, so if you’re still not sure what can be collected, please pop along with any items or questions.

October 2nd Callington Honey Fair a full day of activities for everyone. www.callingtonlions.org.uk/honeyfair.html

October 3rd Beech Auctions South Hill Rd starts at 9am

October 6th Callington Monthly Sunday Market 10 – 3pm in the Pannier Market Marquees. Since this started 3 months ago it’s been a total success, with lots of different stalls and plenty of people enjoying the atmosphere created.

Launch of TAMAR VALLEY PARCEL CLUB. Some of you will already know Fiona Casey who has been delivering parcels around the parish, she has now gone independent and looking for your continued support. You can use her address for deliveries, so you don’t have to stay in and risk missed deliveries, and she will deliver. Great for surprise presents also ! Join on FB email tamarvalleyparcelclub@gmail.com or phone 07974 674915

New Facebook group for those with horses that ride in the parish https://www.facebook.com/groups/646773255733445/

South Hill Horticultural Show 2019. On Saturday 17th August 2019 the 60th South Hill Horticultural Show took place at Golberdon with 600 exhibits of cookery, vegetables, handicrafts, photographs, flowers and children’s entries from 70 exhibitors. It was great to see so many old and new faces enter and support the show on the day. With torrential rain all day Friday the weather was luckily on our side for show day which aided in a successful day. Anthea Ley a local artist presented the trophies to the many winners and Ruby Doidge of Tutwell presented the gift of a wooden crafted pen to Anthea at the start of the prize giving. The prize winners were as follows :

Committee Cup (Most points in show)- Judith Ayres K. J. Uglow Cup (Runner up)- Pete Tunnicliffe Cup third place most points- Brian Arthur Barbara Ede (New entrant, most points)- Lyla Hunt E.C. Pomroy (most points floral arrangements)- Helen Squires Maureen Hindle (Best floral art exhibit)- Helen Squires Best Cut Flowers in Show- Brian Arthur F. Eggins Memorial Trophy (Most points cut flowers)- Brian Arthur Jenny Jane (best rose in the Show)- Alison Jackson Best exhibit in Pot plants- Ray Moss Gilbert Rickard trophy (most points in Veg classes)- Pete Tunnicliffe H. Trewartha (best exhibit in Veg classes)- John Scarrott Best collection of vegetables- Alison Jackson Buckingham Trophy (most points in handicrafts)- Andrea Hill Best Exhibit in Handicrafts- Sallie Waring Mrs S Rickard (most points in cookery)- Sue Palmer Best exhibit in cookery classes- Sue Palmer Sheila Cup (most points in photography- Marc Haxby Best entry in Photo Classes- Wendy Miller Parish Council (Miss Alvery Cup Local Child most points)- Emily Robbins Child 5 & Under most points- William Coombe Child 6-10 most points- Ruby Doidge Child 11-15 most points- Alfie Snell R.H.G Gimblett (best photo by a child)- Izzy Knight Many Local organisations joined us for the afternoon too with stalls from the Parish Council, SHARE, Recycling For Charity, St Sampson’s Church, Callington Fresh Produce and even a Tarot Reader. The ladies from South Hill WI tested everyone’s ability to tack up a model horse. St Sampson’s Church CRUX team held a BBQ. Kit Hill Bees had their bees on show for all to see and answer any questions on bee keeping. A game of skittles was enjoyed by many on the field with a chance to win some pork in the game named “Bowl for your pork”! TT Taekwondo which meet each week in the hall did a fantastic demonstration for everyone. Johnny Mac, our local postie gave a great live music performance to kick the show off followed by the Golberdon Girls made up of all local ladies who sang beautifully to an audience on the field. The Liskeard Spinners set up in the sun and demonstrated the art of spinning textiles and the Caradon Orchard Group brought along their apple pressing equipment and information to demonstrate making apple juice. Cream Teas and refreshments were served by the ladies of the show committee and even sold out come the end of the day. A Dog Show kindly sponsored by Dirty Dog Grooming of Saltash and judged by Tracey Harrison was enjoyed by an array of canine friends and their owners with lots of rosettes won. Many thanks to Sarah Bunkum for organising. A successful day all round and enjoyed by all. Many thanks also goes to sponsors Helluva Pasties, Josh Gosling Carpentry, Keadeen B & B and Campsite, Callington Fresh Produce, Meaders Cabinet Works and Keltic for their sponsorship of the show and our Cornwall Cllr Sharon Daw for providing funding to cover the cost of insurance. Thank you to all who exhibited and attended the show for your support. Next year’s show will be Saturday 15th August…. Please put it in your diaries and keep it free, it will be great to see you there and fill the hall with exhibits again! If you would like more information or would like to become part of the team, please contact Lucy or Cat on 01579 382182.

That’s it for now. If you have any suggestions, events, news etc, THE Connection AGM is Wednesday 11th so let us know.

South Hill PARISH MEETING


South Hill Annual Parish Meeting the Parish Hall, Golberdon. Wednesday 15th May 2019

40 people attended, using the main hall for displays by local groups and inspected the work on the hall improvements to date. The floor still needed to be finished so the group moved into the meeting room, cosy but proved 30 people can be seated there no problem.

Cllr David Skelton welcomed everyone, thanked the W.I members for providing and serving the refreshments and gave his report.

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