15 Nov 2018

Constantine Community Day – The Challenges

Chris Hussey

At the recent Constantine Community Day there were a couple of activities that prompted people to reflect on how they might like things to be different in the future. One was a ‘wishing tree’ where wishes for change or improvement could be hung. Another was a display about Constantine in the past and present, that also invited people to say what they would like to see in Constantine in the future (with a timescale of the next 10-20 years). The contributions from both have been consolidated and summarized below:

Atmosphere and Community Spirit

  • More willing volunteers
  • Volunteer Register – people available to help others in village when needed – Seconded!
  • A Christmas Show!
  • More community days *****
  • Befriending system

Services

  • Community cafe like Saracens’ plate in Penryn
  • A community cafe/restaurant – Seconded
  • Nice to have a café with young and old
  • More inter generational events
  • Shops *****
  • More shops (child)
  • Community swop shop
  • Community run pub
  • A Post office counter ******
  • Access to local, good organic food.
  • More local food – veg & dairy available to buy in the village
  • Ability to buy milk from our local farms
  • Village Policeman!!
  • Community composting collection/delivery point – bike plus trailer

Outdoors:

  • More flowers in public spaces
  • More people taking up allotments 

Transport

  • Village community with bus charity
  • Community bus for elderly/young families for shopping and recreational trips – run by volunteers and funded by events
  • Concerned that when no longer can drive that will be stuck indoors
  • More connection to the other nearby villages
  • An affordable, responsive public transport network **
  • Minibus services to Helston/Falmouth with more frequency
  • More transport routes in outlying areas
  • Would like to have a bus into Truro
  • Cycling routes from Constantine to other villages/towns
  • Cycling routes ***
  • Buggy park, a buggy collective
  • Traffic control in Main Street
  • Enforcing 20mph limit **
  • Road signs need cleaning
  • Electric car charging points **
  • New gate on footpath between Church and Bridge

Housing

  • Community affordable eco-housing with integrated care for the elderly **
  • Somewhere to live in Constantine for older people nearing the end of their lives
  • Community provision for elderly so they can stay in the village – sheltered housing/ Old people’s home **
  • Would like a place – residential for the elderly with café for all as part of it
  • More people looking after older members of their family in their own homes
  • More affordable housing **
  • Proper low cost sustainable housing
  • Affordable eco co housing/ co operative **

Climate Change/Emergency Plans

  • That action towards a just transition for post carbon proceeds now & urgently
  • Plastic free Constantine
  • A more sustainable future
  • Community energy project
  • Idea re coping with extreme weather events
  • Emergency plan for extreme weather events
  • More sunshine (!)

The items with asterisks reflect a number of responses on the same topic. Transition Constantine will be discussing how to take action on these ideas, particularly in relation to the desire for more community days and more affordable housing.

06 Aug 2018

It’s been very quiet…

Chris Hussey

You may notice that there has been little activity on the Transition Constantine website for a long time. Since setting up the TC Facebook page, most of our communications activity has happened there. Very many people use Facebook, and its ‘push’ mechanism means that no-one has to go out of their way to look for a specific website.

Facebook is good for getting attention, but less suitable for providing directly the ‘longer read’, where someone is interested in a particular topic. We are going to try using the Transition Constantine website for providing a bit more depth, via links from Facebook posts. So if someone is interested, they can easily follow the link to the TC website; if not, they can easily pass it by without being overloaded with unwanted information.

27 Apr 2015

Constantine Community Land Trust – Launch Event

Chris Hussey

On Tuesday 28th April the Constantine Community Land Trust will be holding the LAUNCH EVENT of the new organisation (and it will incorporate the AGM of the initial set-up organisation).  For the new organisation, the meeting aims to:

  • Adopt a constitution
  • Elect a board of directors
  • Discuss prospective sites
  • Recruit new CLT members

The meeting will be held at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, with doors opening at 7:00 pm for a start at 7:30 pm (drinks and nibbles available).

For more information and an agenda, see:

http://constantinecommunitylandtrust.co.uk/

23 Apr 2015

The Lost Posts

Chris Hussey

In the course of a migration to a new hosting service, the most recent posts to the Transition Constantine website went missing. To give a flavour of what happened in the last year or so, here below are some new posts to summarise some of the key events (and regular activities) of the Transition Constantine year.

23 Apr 2015

The lost posts – Constant Times

Chris Hussey

Members of the Transition group helped to revive the village newspaper when its longstanding editor was obliged to give up to health problems. It now has a new editorial and production team, but members of the Transition group help with the bimonthly ritual of the ‘stapling and folding party’. Some 750 copies are collated, stapled, folded and boxed, with the accompaniment of food, drink and much putting of the world to rights. New occupational heath problems sometimes surface – though I’m not sure that ‘stapler’s wrist’ has been fully characterised by medical science…

ConstantTimes

 

26 Nov 2013

Tool Library Survey

Chris Hussey

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
  Juicer
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
Woodchipper  
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
Trailer  
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
14 Jul 2013

Bananas in Constantine

Chris Hussey

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
27 Feb 2013

Climate Week Programme

Chris Hussey

Transition Constantine will be supporting the UK’s national Climate Week with a programme of events throughout the week.   These will include:

  • Activities at Constantine Primary School
  • A climate-themed pub quiz at the Trengilly Wartha Inn
  • A screening of the acclaimed film ‘Chasing Ice‘ at the Tolmen Centre
  • A ‘Making Day’ at the Tolmen Centre
  • The first Constantine Farmers’ Market of 2013, with information on the Green Deal available

For details and times of events, please see the full programme below:

ClimateWeek2013

10 Feb 2013

A Facebook page for Transition Constantine

Chris Hussey

Transition Constantine has set up a Facebook page as a way of keeping anyone who shares the group’s interests up to date with what’s going on in the world, locally and globally.  There is now a permanent link to the TC page in the ‘Links’ list to the right, and the full address is:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-Constantine/520422917968856

20 Sep 2012

Satish Kumar on Radio 3

Chris Hussey

Not being a habitual Radio 3 listener, it was by chance earlier in the week that I heard the presenter, Sarah Walker, talking with Satish Kumar (interspersed with his music choices) during her ‘Essential Classics’ programme.  Satish Kumar has been editor of ‘Resurgence’ magazine for decades.  His presence on the programme was apparently associated with the International Day of Peace on Friday 21st September.  He has been appearing on all the programmes this week, talking about his life and beliefs.  Those local to Constantine may already have heard him speak at the ‘Gather’ festival last autumn at Goongillings.  For anyone else who would like to hear him, the programmes are available on iPlayer:

Monday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mnwzx/Essential_Classics_Monday_Sarah_Walker/

Tuesday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny5s/Essential_Classics_Tuesday_Sarah_Walker/

Wednesday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny6f/Essential_Classics_Wednesday_Sarah_Walker/

Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny72/Essential_Classics_Thursday_Sarah_Walker/

Satish appears about 1 hour 30 minutes into each programme, in a half hour slot.  There’s still time to catch the live programme tomorrow!