Constantine Cornwall

The Parish of Constantine is one of the largest in Cornwall. It stretches from the granite ridge of Carmenellis in the north to the banks of the Helford River in the south.

Employment over the centuries has centred on the river, farming and granite quarries. Now with very little quarrying done, and no schooners and barques using the river, tourism is very important, with lots of vessels enjoying the river with its beautiful creeks and small beaches. Walkers, garden lovers and golfers all recharge their batteries in this lovely area.

The Parish consists of Constantine village, and the hamlets of Port Navas and Seworgan. Constantine’s Fore Street is made up of traditional granite cottages, with a 13th Century Parish Church, and a 19th Century Methodist Chapel which is now home to a unique community and arts centre known as the Tolmen Centre, and an accredited Museum.

Within the village there is an excellent Spar grocers (8am to 9pm and home delivery) and a General Store with a very large Off-Licence (including 500 different whiskies and an unusually comprehensive selection of wines).

There is a first class Doctor’s Surgery with a dispensary; a village pub (The Queens Arms), and a Social Club. Just outside the village, a fifteen minute footpath stroll away, is the Trengilly Wartha Inn, a great country pub with real ales, an extensive wine list and excellent food.

The village also has a popular Silver Band, as well as numerous Village Groups supporting a wide range of social activities. There are regular bus services to Helston and Falmouth (both about 7 miles away) and Truro (14 miles). The village taxi service is operated by Constantine Carriage Company (01326 341291 / 07890 489040).


What's On

Saturday April 24th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
The Blackheart Orchestra

With their new critically acclaimed album Mesmeranto entering the official rock charts at number 18 award-winning electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension.

Saturday May 8th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Talisk

Scottish trio Talisk nearly raised the roof on their last appearance so it is reassuring to know that the roof renovation is now complete.

Saturday May 29th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye.

Saturday July 17th - Sunday July 18th

Constantine Silver Band
Brass on the Grass 2021

The Constant Times


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Port Navas Village Hall Management Committee

Several long-term committee members will be “retiring” from the Committee at the AGM in mid-March. We are looking for new members. If you would like to put your name forward please contact Margaret Scott, Kinloss, Port Navas.

Telephone: 01326 340214 or email m.b.scott@btinternet.com

The deadline for applications is Sunday 28th February

Lockdown: Key facts to remember

HOLIDAY HOMES
Guidance is clear, you are not allowed to go on holiday, or to visit second homes, except in exceptional circumstances Full guidelines on the Government Covid-19 website.

If you have concerns re the abuse of this restriction which is now law. You can contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 118

SHIELDED RESIDENTS
Those deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable and are employed are asked to work from home, while all are advised to go outside once a day for exercise when possible.

The Government should have written to all those who previously shielded to offer the latest advice. Anyone who needs support should contact our Cornwall Council dedicated support email address at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

MEETING WITH OTHERS
You can meet with one person from another household to exercise outdoors, and children under school age can attend those meetings.

Adults living alone are now allowed to form a support bubble with another similar household, meaning they can visit each other’s homes, stay overnight and meet in outdoor spaces.

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Constantine Parish Council elections

Constantine Parish Council elections take place every four years and are due to be held this May when all eleven seats on the Council are up for election. The current Council members are:

  • P. Carter (Chairman)
  • J. Andrew
  • A. Carter
  • H. Bolt
  • Mrs S.Dunstan
  • E.Nicholls
  • Mrs T. Thomson
  • Mrs P. Bradley-Davis
  • R. Wickins
  • C. Painter.

The role of the Parish Council is to:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

If you believe you could help to look after and improve facilities for the community and might consider standing for election to the Parish Council, find out more at constantinecornwall.com/parish-council/becoming-a-councillor/ and at askyourcouncil.uk.

Editor’s note: Standing Council Members were invited by The Constant Times to say something about themselves and their aims if re-elected, but have not yet done so. However, there will be another opportunity in the April/May issue, when other prospective candidates will also be invited to submit statements.

New Tolmen Centre roof finally complete and the seagulls love it!

Tracey Clowes, Hon. Chair, Constantine Enterprises Company

A month shy of two years since we launched our Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ Campaign, the roof work is complete. The final section of scaffolding came down mid-January and the slated slopes are looking fantastic!

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Tolmen Centre Events

With the new restrictions coming in just before it was due, we had to cancel Martha Tilston’s eagerly awaited gig on January 2 – a decision made all the more inevitable when a small section of ceiling fell onto the stage a day or two earlier! We hope to rebook Martha later in the year, and would like to thank her and her band, and all those who bought tickets for the event, for their support.

IF (that’s what’s technically called a big ‘if’) conditions allow, we hope to be able to re-open in the spring.

tolmencentre.co.uk

A glass half full

By John Hawes, our very own voluntary ‘litter warden’

I write this piece on the first day of the new lockdown. I live with my wife in Ponjeravah, or as a good friend calls it “the swamps of the village”. I am an octogenarian.

Of course, the long haul since last March has depressed me from time to time. It was alright in the spring and the summer. It was a novelty at the time and I was happy to spend long hours outdoors. The autumn was not too bad but the shortening days of the last two months of the year and the endless succession of wet and windy days have not been good for my morale. And then there is the cumulative effect. Surely, now is the time to look on the bright side?

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All aboard for a new future

Helford Marine Conservation Group

Due to Covid 19 everyone missed the boat with the cancellation of this year’s annual cruise up the river with the Helford Marine Conservation Group. But at the Group’s annual meeting via zoom the new Chairman Dave Thomson assured members that the cruise will return in 2021.

There was also news that the Group’s popular monthly talks will go ahead on zoom. Members will have free access to these while for everyone else over 18 there will be a charge of £4 per meeting. Against this it is just £10 to become a member for a year. For more details contact Sue Scott at coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

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Second History Book of Constantine

Tracey Clowes

In the last Constant Times I wrote with plans for compiling a ‘Second History Book of Constantine’. With Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp, good old emails and of course the telephone, despite Covid we are still able to connect with anyone who has memories and photographs to share. Sally Coot is happy to receive information via her email address: sallyandalfie@icloud.com, or to me via my landline 01326 340279.

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Gweek Players to premiere home-grown drama on-line

Gweek Players have not been idle these past few months, putting skits, poems and songs on YouTube as well as demonstrations of favourite recipes. Their next venture is an online murder mystery – The Village Hall Murder – written by our very own David Ivall. It will be premiered online on Monday, 1st March.

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Constantine Silver Band

2020 turned out to be a very difficult and strange year for us and many others having to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Free timber from fallen oak trees at Goongillings

Over the past year we have lost three large oak trees at Goongillings – all in close proximity to our wildlife pond down by the creek.

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Walks and thoughts

By Eleanor Hawes

There are different kinds of walks to benefit our health and well-being, the brisk and speedy and the slow and observing, even tree-hugging if need be. Each is good for us.

I was walking slowly back home, down the lane, when I encountered a worm, crossing very slowly, lugging all of eleven inches behind it!!!

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Constantine School carries on through Covid

Gags Glbert, Head of School

What a strange start to the school year it has been with a full school in one day, closed the next following Boris’ announcement and then open again on Wednesday with Remote Learning also in full swing. Our staff, pupils and parents responded so well to the changes and we had no prior warning, finding out by listening to the news at 8pm along with most of the nation on Monday 4 January.

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Cornwall Councillor for Constantine, Mawnan and Budock, John Bastin, reflects on 2020

Who would have thought as we sat in the February 2020 Farmers Market that we were about to be thrown into a world more akin to a Science Fiction drama?

Cornwall Council responded to the ensuing first lockdown with a fast reorganisation that saw both Staff and Councillors working from home. With the second and third wave this is still the situation but now a normal programme of meetings carries on in the virtual world of Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

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Heatpumps – low carbon heat

A recent tally of heat pumps installed in Constantine came up with a figure of somewhere between 25 and 30, being a combination of air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.

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Cottage Garden Society update

Peter Wilson, Chair

As 2021 starts with some frosty mornings and a new national lockdown in place, very little has changed within the Constantine garden society. We are still unsure when any meetings may be permitted and also any decisions regarding the summer show.

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Santa’s flying visit (road trip, but who cares?)

Christmas Lights Team

Having written to Santa on a regular basis for 3 score years and 1, it was with trepidation knowing his busy schedule at the end of any year, and me regularly being on someone’s naughty list, that I wrote and invited him to Constantine to see our Christmas Lights.

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