Category Archives: Travel

Adventures in Portugal


Some of you might remember me

as Fiona Petto, from the days of the Scorpion Inn back in the 60s when my parents (John & Toinette) bought it and built on the Yew Tree dance hall but that is another story. Years past, I married Adrian (Adie) Wisher, had children and moved to Dorset where this story begins.

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A Newsletter produced by and for the Parish of South Hill


Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter!

Newsletter number 79, July 2020

Keep sending your items, photos, ANYTHING of interest email editor@south-hill.co.uk. Thank You.

Thank you for the articles sent to us; some really good reading again in this issue:

  • Vacancy for Parish Councillor and updates
  • Swap Shop, Donate, Gifting site
  • Cornish dialect – what is it or what does it mean?
  • Please support our advertisers
  • July 5th for the NHS
  • SHARE new Tri Fold
  • Horticultural Show
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Treasure Hunt II
  • Church Matters
  • Local History
  • Town Band
  • Bees

and much more…

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“Owning a car of the future!”


As a result of an unfortunate incident involving a tractor, I had to look for a replacement van! I am very aware, as a regular cyclist, how damaging the effects of motor vehicle emissions are on the environment and on our health. In the UK alone, more than 50,000 premature deaths a year can be attributed to vehicle emissions. I also know how big a hole in my pocket filling up my diesel van was making each month.

I knew that an electric vehicle could be the answer, but I still needed a van. Following a bit of research, I discovered the Nissan eNV200. But was it practical and was it affordable? Well it was certainly affordable, with a 100 miles costing about £3 of electricity, compared to about £15 in my old diesel van. Coupled with my solar panels, zero road fund licence rate and very low servicing costs, I was certainly going to be quids in.

But was it practical? It was significantly smaller than my previous van but with van hire from £30 a day the crucial consideration was range. Nissan optimistically quote a range of 106 miles on a full charge, but real world conditions make it more like 75 miles.  It takes a different approach, but you soon adapt, taking every opportunity to charge. Unlike petrol stations, electricity is everywhere! The ‘rapid’ chargers as found in the Co-op car park are only required for long journeys or ’emergency’ top ups, 99% of the time you can charge at home or at work. Continue reading

Darrens Cars Taxi Service


Darren also provides a ring and ride service subsidised by Cornwall council that serves Rilla Mill-South Hill- Maders  and then into Callington on a pre-booked daily service ( Monday to Friday)

It needs to be pre-booked at the latest 5 PM the day before travel . 920 from Rilla Mill
Return from Callington 1230
Senior citizen bus pass holders travel for freeDARRENSCARSAD