Constantine Cornwall

Inspirational sporting visits

There have been many highlights over the past few months for pupils of Constantine School but I think if you ask the children they will speak about the following:

On Thursday 23rd February we were one of only six schools in the country to win a competition with the prize being a visit from the actual Premier League trophy and workshops with our nearest football league club – Plymouth Argyle. The children were treated to an inspirational assembly from the Premier League Team and then photo opportunities with the trophy. They were also all able to participate in workshops led by some of the Plymouth Argyle squad – aided by Pilgrim Pete – their mascot!

There was also a fascinating Q&A session with the trophy’s two security guards. They travel the world with it and are never allowed to let it leave their sight. After leaving us they were off to India and they told us the trophy gets its own seat on the plane!

The following week we had another inspirational sporting visit from international triple jumper Nathan Fox. He gave a brilliant insight into the life of an athlete and again the children participated in fitness circuits to raise money for sports equipment for school. For such a relatively small school we have had some amazing sporting successes this year making us incredibly proud. It is opportunities like these that keep inspiring and motivating our wonderful children.

Helen Bancroft

Celebrating Wild Lizard

National Nature Reserve

The Lizard National Nature Reserve was extended in 2016 to include an extra 470 hectares of land in National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust care such as Kynance Cove, Lizard Point, Black Head and Windmill Farm. This makes the Lizard NNR one of the largest in the south-west at almost 2500 hectares of nationally important land recognised for its incredible wildlife.

In celebration of this extended National Nature Reserve, the National Trust and partners Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, are organising a series of events during May and June 2017.

Track down elusive nightjars by their bizarre churring calls, peer into ponds to dis- cover dragonfly nymphs and newts, join botanists to marvel at the glorious spring flowers carpeting the cliffs and get to know why the Lizard Peninsula is such an im- portant place for wildlife and a mecca for naturalists. With events appealing to all ages and interests, there’s bound to be a wildlife adventure to suit!

For full details of all events, visit www.the-lizard.org.

Grow your own organic food

Constantine Allotments Available

Would you like to grow your own organic food? Beat the price rises, boost your fitness, and meet friendly people?

Constantine Allotment Association has a number of allotments available to rent. Situated in Bridge, a short walk from the church, with stunning views, their own stream, and a shed with communal tools, the allotments are a great but underused village resource.

It costs only £20 per year for a half plot or £30 for a full one. There are plenty of tools to borrow, and a communal shed. Seeds can be purchased at a discount.

If you are interested, please ring Liz and Martin on 01326 250170, or Dougal and Suzanna on 01326 341356. We’d be happy to show you around and answer any questions.

Farmers’ Market News

First of all, hopefully you have noticed that we have new helpers with the Farmers’ Market. So, many thanks to Zoe and her team for stepping up and taking on the challenge – it’s really appreciated. If you would like to get involved then do talk to us at the market.

It’s taken 5 years, but we have a small surplus! So far we have bought new tables for the Village Hall, contributed to the Christmas Lights, etc. This time we would like to give a grant, or two, to local groups or individuals from within Constantine Parish.

The maximum is £250 and minimum £50 and any amount in between. To apply we would want to know about your group (or you)? What the money is for? If it’s part of a larger amount, then where you are getting the rest. And we may well want to meet you.

Any local voluntary/community groups can apply. We are thinking that individuals may need it go towards a recognised educational trip – scouts, D of E, etc., a musical instrument, help to buy a piece of disability equipment, sports equipment for the next world champion… or….

So, to apply or if you have any queries, email me at: mandymilano@hotmail.com or write to the Farmers’ Market, c/o Tarn Etive, Parc Monga, Constantine TR11 5AR. The closing date for applications is Friday 19th May and the Farmers’ Market Committee will announce the winner/s by the end of June.

For June, July, August and September this year we will be holding the Farmers’ Market at the Tolmen Centre. Same day – second Saturday of the month. Same time – 9.30am to 12 noon. Just so we can see if there is an increase in business for the stall holders, by picking up more pass- ing trade during the summer months.

We will return home to the Village Hall for October to May 2018.

 Mandy Milano