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A Newsletter produced by and for the Parish of South Hill


Welcome to the South Hill Connection Newsletter!

Newsletter number 73, August 2019

 In the latest edition of the South Hill Connection:

  • Lots of events in October and November
  • Callington Community College – student writes to Principal regarding Climate Emergency
  • News from St Sampson’s Church Games Night, Saturday 12th October
  • News from our advertisers
  • South Hill Parish Hall – new kitchen completed
  • Our regulars:
    • SHARE
    • Recycling
    • Church Matters
    • South Hill Parish Council and Parish Hall
  • and more…
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Church Matters – October 2019


The three words that can save your life – so ran the BBC news headline that recently caught my eye. Reading through the corresponding article I learned of a group of friends who had got lost in a forest on a dark wet night. They had no idea where they were and so, finding a spot with mobile signal, they dialled 999. On answer one of the first things they were asked to do was to download a smartphone app called “what3words”. Having downloaded the app they were able to give three words that precisely gave their location such that they were swiftly found by a search and rescue team.

Having read the article I promptly downloaded the what3words app onto my iPhone to see what it did. The developers of the app have divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3 metres by 3 metres, with each square having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address. When you open the app on your phone you’re presented with a grid of squares with your location identified by a blue dot in one of the squares. You can also view the grid superimposed on a satellite picture so you can see exactly where you are in relation to your surroundings. For instance, as I sit here at my desk in the Rectory typing this article, my three-word location is jumps.rationed.nearly. From the satellite picture I can see that the whole Rectory has around 30 squares, and so if I moved to the kitchen I could find myself at refilled.factor.fights. If I were to head over to the Church and stand in the porch I’d be at crop.ballots.drifters.

It’s fascinating to explore the app, and not just to see the sometimes playful combination of words that have been randomly generated (there’s a location within the Stoke Climsland Old School that is executive.dime.agreed). You can see just how powerful it is and why the emergency services can be keen to see it installed on people’s phones. It is far more accurate in pinpointing a location compared with postal codes, and hence in an emergency situation it could literally be a life-saver.

This idea that three words can save your life got me thinking – within the Christian faith we also have three words the can save your life, and those same three words work wherever you are in the world. The words are “Lord Jesus Christ”. Lord – the acknowledgement that there is a God over and above us. Jesus – the earthly embodiment of God who shows us what God is like. Christ – the anointed one, the Messiah, who died for all sins, was resurrected and now waits for us to join him in heaven. For those who have come to understand the full significance of those three words it is not only a life-saver here in our earthly days as we see our lives transformed, but it is a life-saver for the whole of eternity.

Anytime, anywhere, the same three words apply. Lord Jesus Christ.

Tony Stephens

Cornwall Council Climate Change Consultation


 We asked people to let us know what was most important to them

· Reducing car journeys through more buses and trains, more frequently and helping people to walk and cycle more easily

· More public charging points to help people switch to electric cars

· Building more energy efficient new homes

· Making existing homes more energy efficient and greener

· Getting more solar energy panels on rooftops

· Creating more large scale renewable energy farms

· Planting more trees

· Helping nature and wildlife to thrive

· Making it easier to reduce, reuse/repurpose and recycle waste

· Making it easier to reduce single use plastic(s).

CAN YOU tick off any of these as things you have done ?

· Rung an energy supplier to see if you can switch to green energy

· Buy local seasonal produce as much as possible

· Educated yourself about the science and impacts of climate change

· Contacted our MP and ask your friends make these ten pledges too

· Walked, cycled, used public transport or arranged to car share to work or shop.

· Worked on your carbon footprint using one of the many easy carbon calculators e.g. www.footprint.wwf.org.uk

· Done a home energy check to find out how much you can save energy in your home www.hec.est.org.uk  and/or asked the energy saving trust by phoning 0800 512 012

· Reduced your holiday air miles

CAN YOU add to this list? Let us know your thoughts, speak to your Parish Councillors.

South Hill Parish Council September Report


Thank you to all who came along to the Horticultural Show and submitted your concerns, comments and suggestions on parish matters.

The speeding of traffic through Golberdon continues to raise concerns for the Parish Council and we are hoping to receive some assistance to deal with the matter.  The police don’t have enough officers to tackle this directly. We have three volunteers for a Community Speed Watch Scheme. The CSW coordinator and our local police officer are working on the practicalities. If you have a few hours to spare to help, please let me know. You might prevent an accident, injury or worse. Traffic surveys generally have identified that local residents are often to blame for speeding in their area, becoming complacent with the road network and the local village status. Please SLOW down and help to keep everyone safe.

General maintenance repairs are being carried out to the children’s play area equipment and inspections are completed on a weekly basis to ensure the site is kept to an acceptable standard.  However, if anyone finds anything that raises concerns please let us know.

Our Cornwall Councillor, Cllr Sharon Daw has a small sum of money available for organisations to benefit the community.  Applications can be made to Sharon direct on sharon.daw@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Alternatively there is funding from the Trefinnick Solar Farm that organisations or individuals can apply for.  There were lots of good suggestions made at the Horticultural Show such as a community orchard/meadow/woodland or a green burial ground. For the Parish Hall, kitchen improvements, radiators, more solar panels, film club equipment and better marketing of the Hall for celebration functions. Other ideas were a community electric car, creating wildflower verges, grants for households to install more efficient and sustainable heating, grants for water butts and compost bins and an extra dog waste bin. All of these ideas are very welcome and in principle eligible for funding. For them to proceed further, YOU, either individually or with a local group need to provide more details with costs so that the parish council can evaluate them.

 The parish council considered a request from the Hall committee for funding for radiators in the kitchen, meeting room etc. More information was required about the running costs of the new heating system and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments that will be received before a decision could be made. Consequently, it was decided not to place an order for installing the additional radiators. It was agreed to proceed with the cavity wall insulation for the Hall using the existing funding.

The Parish Council continue to monitor planning in our parish and identify any aspects of development that do not have planning consent or do not comply with the conditions on the approval granted.  We are working with the planning officers from Cornwall Council to resolve matters within the parish, and liaising with neighbouring parishes on sites within the area.  We now have a central planning team that focuses on all planning within the eastern part of the county.   

As many will know, Jody the mannequin disappeared from the phone box.  We have collected suggestions for the future use of the old telephone kiosk and replacing Jody was the clear favourite. We are looking at the costs of Jody II.

Our September meeting is always a long one, as there is no meeting in August, and this one was no exception.

There was not time to discuss declaring a Climate Change Emergency in the detail that it deserves. It was agreed that councillors needed more information about what this means for a small council like ours and what practical measures local councils can take. Our neighbouring councils, St. Ive and Stoke Climsland, have each declared Climate Change Emergencies so it was decided to ask them to come and explain to us what they have done.

This will be a public meeting and we encourage you all to attend, sorry we don’t have the date yet, please look out for it.  

The parish Remembrance Service will be held on Saturday, 9th November at 2.30pm  Posters will be published nearer the time and information placed on the parish council website www.south-hill-pc.gov.uk

Jenny Hoskin (Parish Clerk)

telephone 01208 72789 or email southhillpcclerk@gmail.com

Editor I note Openreach have been busy around Trevigro installing fibre broadband.

Over a year ago the Parish Council questioned why the property at 1 Moorland View, Golberdon had been left empty for so long. Many will have noticed the array of workman over many weeks working here, progress at last.

October PC meeting 15th , the 3rd Tuesday, starting at 7:30pm prompt.

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

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/

Recycling For Charity


SHARE is saving valuable resources being wasted. These plastic items are sent to TERRACYCLE to be made into new products and credit KICKS COUNT charity, who aim to reduce the UK’s still-birth rate.

                    We have set up a number of collection points to drop your items and are delighted that both Callington schools, Duchy Stoke Climsland & Saltash colleges are now recycling.

The items we can accept UPDATED:

  • New. lipsticks, balm, gloss, mascara, eye shadow compacts, facial wipes packs
  • Soft tubes creams, gels, lotions, ointments, plastics in hair dye kits
  • all biscuits and crackers wrappers, inc multipacks and individual cakes, mini rolls
  • all crisp and snacks packets inc popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and pringles
  • all sweets and confectionery wrappers (no trays, paper, foil)
  • baby food pouches and lids and snacks
  • bread loaf bags (no other bread products)
  • triggers and pumps off bottles, disposable gloves (not rubber gloves)
  • plastic air fresheners and packaging, inc. plug ins
  • dishwasher salt & tablet flexible packets, tops off washing up liquid bottles
  • toothbrushes, electric heads and plastic packaging and used tooth paste tubes
  • pet food pouches, clean dry and bagged + plastic biscuit & treats bags ALL PETS.
  • WE CANNOT TAKE anything not on this list, the manufacturers that sponsor the programs are very specific about what can be accepted.
  • We no longer accept Contact Lenses, take to your optician
  • NO pill blister packs, fruit & veg bags, any yoghurt packaging, cheese packets,coffee & tea packets,cling film, plastic from flowers & cards, any cereal packets.
  • Please bag like items together to help with sorting and join us at Green Meadows on Fridays at 10am to sort and box up. It’ll be an eye openerI’m sure
  • email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk, our FB group  and web page on line here

I’m also collecting for Hill Pony Resources :- used stamps, old mobile phones, gadgets, cameras, sat navs, unwanted jewellery, any banknotes even if obsolete.

SHARE October news update


SHARE AGM was held on September 18th.Members will receive a full report and details will be posted on the web page.  This year has proved another VERY busy and profitable year and has attracted a number of new members, in and around the parish.

If you haven’t signed up yet, email us or phone Astrid 01579 383620 and we’ll drop a membership form to you and answer any questions you may have. 

We have enjoyed and been shocked on the recent visits to the:

Materials Recycling Facility at Bodmin: 30 took a coach on this fascinating visit, to see where our kerb side recycling goes and what happens to it. SUEZ monitor the contracts and processing and can confidently say that all materials stay in the UK. 

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St. Dennis: as numbers where limited to 10 per visit, we organised 2 visits here to watch our kerb site waste being incinerated and generating enough electricity to power 21,000 homes. There are no operating landfill sites in Cornwall, all our ”black bag” waste is incinerated here. The tons of ash produced is processed on site and are used as aggregate for roads and building.

Langage Farm Anaerobic Digestion Facility operating since 2010, takes food waste from local restaurants and schools and generates power to produce their ice-cream products with surplus electricity powering around 500 homes. After 6 months being digested the resulting “waste” is a rich material used by local farmers to improve their farmland.

We visited a water wheel to see if hydro power generation is viable. We’re still not sure. More visits are being planned, if you have suggestions or contacts let us know.

SHARE Trees: If you have land to plant trees please get in touch, it’s more important now than ever. Planting and managing trees & woodland so they are fit for the future is a big responsibly, SHARE can help. Plant native trees and know where they have been sourced. Insect pests & organisms such as certain bacteria & fungi are a real threat. Take a note of any Ash Die Back, take a photo, record and watch for any changes. The Forestry Commission has information as will our local arborists. SHARE is concerned.

SHARE Firewood for Sale:  Many of our regulars have already stocked up, but if you need top ups a full load is £120 and dumpy bag is £60 ALL local seasoned wood, sized for you. Email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk All profits go towards planting more trees.

Annual Trees Sale. These won’t last long :  TEXT Ali 07305 044049 this week From Endsleigh Milton Abbot:  Pears £25,  all others a tenner:  Apples , Crab Apples . Ornamental Weeping Cotoneaster,  Weeping Cherry,  Robenia x Slavince  “Hillier”

Recycling Project. We have sent Terracycle around 375kg, equating to over £600for Kicks Count charity. Every Friday at 10am we sort the items at Green Meadows, join us, just to see what we do! see the amount of “rubbish” saved from being wasted.

 SHARE@south-hill.co.uk

www.south-hill.co.uk/share

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.

SHARE Visits in August


30 people took a coach to tour the Suez MRF Materials Recycling Centre at Bodmin  and in 2 visits 20 people toured the SUEZ CERC Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St Dennis both were fascinating trips and we all learnt so much about our “waste” and the importance of recycling everything we can.

  https://www.suez.co.uk/en-GB/our-offering/Communities-and-individuals/What-happens-to-waste/General-waste/Energy-from-waste

and some of us joined DS SMITH Launceston in celebrating 50 years and took a tour and ate some cake !  A tour for SHARE Members has been offered and will be organised later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkOePLDJp9c 

What Wikipedia say about Boris Johnson


 Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, journalist, and popular historian who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, having been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. He was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2018 he served as Foreign Secretary. A member of the Conservative Party, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies. Johnson is a candidate for Leader of the Conservative Party, and thus Prime Minister, in the 2019 leadership contest. Born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class British parents, Johnson was educated at the European School, Brussels I, Ashdown House, and Eton College. He read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1986. He began his career in journalism at The Times, but was sacked for falsifying a quotation. He later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, with his articles exerting a strong influence on the growing Eurosceptic sentiment among the British right-wing. He was eventually made assistant editor of the Telegraph in 1994. In 1999, he left the Telegraph to become editor of The Spectator, a role he would hold until 2005. He was elected MP for Henley in 2001, and largely adhered to the Conservatives’ party line during his first period in Parliament. He did, however, adopt a more socially liberal stance on issues like LGBT rights. He was later selected to be the Conservative candidate for the 2008 London mayoral election; Johnson defeated Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone in the election, and subsequently resigned his seat in the House of Commons. During his first term as Mayor of London, he banned alcohol consumption on the city’s public transport, and introduced the New Routemaster buses, cycle hire scheme, and Thames cable car. In 2012, he was re-elected Mayor, again defeating Livingstone. During his second term he oversaw the 2012 Olympics. In 2015, he returned to Parliament as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, stepping down as Mayor the following year. In 2016, Johnson was a prominent figure in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, becoming a leading figure in the successful Vote Leave campaign. He later declined to run in the party leadership election immediately following the referendum, despite speculation that he would. After Theresa May won the leadership, she appointed Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and  Commonwealth Affairs. He served in this position for two years, before resigning in protest at May’s approach to Brexit, criticising the Chequers Agreement. Johnson is a controversial figure within British politics and journalism. Supporters have praised him as an entertaining, humorous, and popular figure, with an appeal stretching beyond traditional Conservative voters. Conversely, he has been criticised by figures on both the left and the right, who have accused him of elitism, cronyism, dishonesty, laziness, and using racist and homophobic language. Johnson is the subject of several biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals.

159,000 Conservative members voted 87.4% 509 voting papers were rejected.

Jeremy Hunt 46,000 Boris Johnson 92,000