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Tool Library Survey

November 26th, 2013 Comments off

In issue 5 of the Constant Times Transition Constantine announced plans to consider the viability of a tool library where villagers could share those incredibly useful items of equipment that are only ever periodically needed. It is hoped that such a village resource might save unnecessary commercial hire or duplicate purchase of kit as well as encouraging people to get to know each other a bit better.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the survey at the October Farmers Market and for all the kind offers of donations or lends to help set up the scheme. As a result we have begun to piece together those items that seem most popular.

In order to get a better idea of what might items might be most useful, we would be very pleased if more people could complete the survey.  Please consider the list below and use the comments link (at the top right of the page) to tell us your top five items (the ones you most wish you could borrow).

Construction Leisure
Cement Mixer Boat
Scaffold Tower Boat Trailer
Long (extendable) Ladder Canoe
Stepladder Gas BBQ
Acroprops Chiminea
Long handled sledge hammer Gazebo
Crow bar Tent
Tile cutter Camp Beds
Block & Tackle Camping Stoves
Kango Drill/Big SDS Gym Equip/Weights
Flood Light  
Sash Window Clamps Domestic
Lathe Breadmaker
Generator Food processor
Garden/Outside Steam Cleaner
Garden Tool Bank (spades, forks, etc.?) Carpet Washer
Petrol/ride on mower Wet vacuum cleaner
General Purpose Trailer Wallpaper stripper
Pressure Washer
Drain Rods Domestic Emergency
Long reach branch cutter / Shrub cutter Water Pump
Large band saw / tree saw Dehumidifier
Strimmer Heater
Hedge Trimmer Sand bags
Garden Roller Infants
Saw Horse Travel Cot
Post Driver High Chair
Log Splitter Car seat
Rotavator Stair gate
Leaf Blower  
Mechanical Clothes Library
Van Everyone who joins contributes
Car Inspection Ramp Book Library
Trolley Jack  
Engine Winch  
Roof rack/roof box Misc
Battery Charger Projector
Long lengths of rope Sat Nav
Large wrench Wheelchair
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Bananas in Constantine

July 14th, 2013 Comments off

Yes! Bananas growing in Constantine!  OK, they’re on on the relatively hardy Japanese banana (Musa Basjoo), and I’m not expecting that they’ll be edible, but it’s still quite exciting.  Apparently, once they reach a certain size, and if they experience more than a year without a frost, they are likely to flower.  And, of course, the photo:

Bananas in Constantine

Bananas in Constantine

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Chough, Chough

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

Not really Transition-related, this one, apart from being a symbol of ‘localness’!  Walking from the Lizard lighthouse yesterday towards Housel Bay, I passed a couple of Choughs foraging in the field, and couldn’t resist the photo.

Lizard Choughs

Choughs near the Lizard lighthouse

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Constantine Community Library

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

Many people have collections of books sitting on their shelves gathering dust.  Most people are happy to lend books to people they know.  Lots of people would be glad to borrow a book rather than pay for a copy of their own.  This state of affairs brought on a ‘light bulb’ moment recently for Robin Curtis, chairman of Transition Constantine.  Why not publish a list of books available to borrow, with details of who has them, and then leave the potential borrower to contact the lender and arrange the loan?  Within a small community the personal contact should create a certain level of trust and obligation, and it would be an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests.

A pilot online ‘library’ has been set up as a trial.  The current collection of books available is broadly on ‘Transition’ themes, but it could be expanded to cover any number of subject areas.  The only limit is the number of people participating and the books they are willing to lend out.  The library is now listed under the ‘Links’ section on the right hand side of the page, or from this article just go to Constantine Community Library.

You can search the catalogue by subject or author (or just download a full list of what’s available).  Selecting an individual book will bring up the contact details of the person who has the book (phone or email).  It’s then up to you to make contact and arrange the collection.  If anyone else wants to participate in the scheme and offer books for loan, please contact Chris Hussey (340007 or chris.r.hussey *at*

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Villagers trial green energy

September 6th, 2011 Comments off

Ladock and Grampound have both benefitted from the Low Carbon Communities Challenge in November 2009 – we need to keep our eyes open for the next time around…….

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UK’s Greenhouse gas emissions not falling fast enough

July 5th, 2011 Comments off
The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions are not falling fast enough to meet government targets, say the Committee on Climate Change.
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Community Composting Guide and Resource

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

After yesterday’s meeting we decided to explore a site for community composting in the local area. I stumbled upon this very comprehensive guide and resource to community composting.

Aside from the physical location of the proposed project TC will need to consider both the demand for compost – lots of gardens and the allotment – but also buy in from locals to supply raw product and the logistics required in such an undertaking and no doubt as some members commented last night the obviously legal / local authority implications.

If you’ve got any thoughts or if you’d like to get involved, please contact us.

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Open Studios 2011 – May28 -June 5

May 10th, 2011 Comments off

A number of local artists and makers will be involved in this event which is coming soon! Look out for the distinctive orange circle on the catalogue of artists, which can be obtained free from the Tolmen Centre and the Post office.
Participating artists:
Paula Downing – ceramics, mixed media
Lyrebird – jewellry, textiles
Maxine Hart – drawings, paintings
Lin Williams – paintings – cards
Annabel harris – paintings – drawings

Do follow the Orange circle notices and support members of our local creative community – visit their studios and see them at work – great fun!

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