Constantine Cornwall

Constantine School Celebrates 50 Years

Constantine School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special assembly and an impressive display of memorabilia from its past. Parents, past and present pupils, and members of the local community all went along to the school to enjoy an afternoon of presentations, shared memories, photos and exhibits, including an old school cane!

The school continues to go from strength to strength. Our reputation for our creative curriculum and wide ranging opportunities has spread far and wide and we now have 174 children on role. In the past year we have introduced weekly cookery and gardening for everyone and we have continued to enhance our learning with trips, visitors, workshops and camps. Our extra curricular clubs range from Samba to Zorbing (we offer over 20 through the year), and last year was our most successful in

terms of sporting achievements and opportunities offered. We also gained Healthy Schools Plus award and became a pilot school for the E-bug project – you may have seen us on BBC Spotlight. We worked with the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Public Health England to raise awareness of health and hygiene and to help cut down on antibiotic use.

The dedicated staff and wonderful children ensure that every day there is a buzz of different activity and a love of learning. It has been a great pleasure to wel- come many members of Constantine parish to share some of our celebrations this year. It has also been a pleasure for the children to get out and about in the community and participate in events that make Constantine unique and special. We truly value this mutual support.

Spotlight on The Samaritans

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The phone rings three times. A volunteer picks it up. “Samaritans – can I help you?” And so starts a conversation that may last a few minutes or an hour or so. Volunteers at Cornwall Samaritans, last year received over 50,000 contacts. By phone, email, texts and face to face. Gill Pipkin, the branch director said “We listen, support, we don’t hurry a caller, neither do we tell them what they must do. All in a non-judgemental way, offering absolute confidentiality.”

Volunteers are at the heart of Samaritans and are welcomed from all walks of life and of all ages. Full training is given and there is incredible support at the branch. Gill also mentioned that – “We not only welcome listening volunteers but also people to help support the branch by undertaking a wide range of other activities. Our outreach team do regular shifts at A&E,Camborne Food Bank and public events. We also need support volunteers to help with administrative work, Fundraising, IT, publicity or helping us look after our building. To touch another person’s life when it really matters, by helping them directly, or by keeping our branches running, is a rare gift. If you would like to know more please ask about volunteering and call 01872 222 321 or email trurosamsrecruit@gmail.com

As a charity we are solely dependent on our own fund-raising to keep the branch running, at a cost in the region of £50,000 per year. We have our successful Par Market shop and we also run various fund-raising activities during the year – but, as always, our income rarely covers our expenditure. We are always extremely grateful to anyone helping in our fund-raising activities and, if you think you could help in any way, we would love to hear from you.

We have a dedicated team of presenters who regularly give talks to different organisations – churches, WI, Young Farmers. Give us a call if you would like your village / town / group to know more about us. We don’t charge either!
Remember Samaritans are available 24 hrs a day and can be contacted on a FreeCall number 116 123. You can visit our branch anytime between 9am-9pm each day. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us. We’re always here, we offer a safe place to talk. As volunteers we’re ordinary people who keep what you say be- tween us. You can be yourself whoever you are, however you feel, whatever life’s done to you.

Our website – www.samaritans.org/cornwall or find us on Twitter – cornwallsamari1

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Giles Williams

gilesGiles Williams, who had many good friends around Constantine and Port Navas, died unexpectedly on September 9th.

Giles was a partner at KPMG in London. Their chairman described him as “one of the world’s leading experts on financial services regulation” and “the ‘go to’ adviser for the major financial institutions, regulators and governments”. He was also a born and bred Cornishman who loved this part of the county and was committed to making a difference here.

Last year Giles acquired the Port Navas Yacht Club. His intention was to preserve an iconic local institution that he, and his family and friends, so enjoyed.

Giles was also a keen supporter of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust. The HRCST is dedicated to providing the opportunity for children in local schools to sail and kayak single-handed, discover love and respect for the sea, gain confidence for life and accelerate academic learning. His family have asked that any donations in his memory are made to the HRCST. You can find out more at hrcst.org.uk/giles-williams.

Giles will be much missed by all who knew him.

Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm Company to close

At work on the oyster barge
At work on the oyster barge

Sadly we’ve learned that the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm Company will close next year. A spokesperson for Wright Brothers, who have operated from Port Navas Quay since 2005, said: “It has been an amazing 11 years in a very special part of Cornwall. We are very proud of what we have achieved, notably creating 8 full-time, year-round jobs and contributing well over £1m to the local economy. We are sad that this has come to an end but we shall now focus on our restaurants and wholesale businesses and we continue to work closely with oyster farmers all over the UK, Europe and America.”

The premises at Port Navas, including the buildings and quay, will be returned to the Duchy by April next year. Chris Gregory, Land Steward for the Duchy of Cornwall said: “The joint decision of the Duchy and the occupant to end the Helford oyster farming agreement provides us with an opportunity to consider how the oysterage is used in the future. We look forward to doing that in conjunction with the local community, over the course of the coming months.”