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).

Contact

PNYC SATURDAY NIGHT OUT/ IN

Port Navas Yacht Club is offering take away meals every Saturday night. Mike McGuire publishes his menu on pnyc.co.uk by mid week and accepts orders by phone or email. Payment is requested by BACS and pick up arrangements maintain social distancing rules.

Farmers’ Market

farmersmarket

Constantine Church Hall

Second Saturday
of each month

9.30am to 12 noon

Cottage Garden Society

Saturday 18th July

Summer Show

Constantine Silver Band

Saturday 18th July - Sunday 19th July

Brass on the Grass 2020

Port Navas

Saturday 18th July
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Tea in the Garden

Port Navas

Saturday 1st August
3:00pm

Port Navas Regatta

Constantine Silver Band

Saturday 17th July - Sunday 18th July

Brass on the Grass 2021

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Constantine Community Help Line

Constantine Church, Transition Constantine, Farmers Market, WI, Friends of Constantine Surgery, Constantine Social Club, & Spar Shop – Working Together Caring and Sharing

There is no doubt the spread of the Coronavirus will have an increasing impact on our community. With that in mind many of our community organisations have come together to offer assistance to those who have no available relatives or friends and are self-isolating, unwell and housebound, worried or afraid.

We can help with

  • Shopping, buying and delivering to your door
  • Picking up and delivering prescriptions
  • Help with pets, dog walking, trips to vets
  • Having a chat with you on the phone

   01326 340259

    07807 134606 (Text only)

   rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.com

OTS and Transport for Cornwall resume normal bus timetable

Our all-important local bus service linking Constantine with Helston and Falmouth is resuming its normal timetable from Monday 1 June. However, please note that at present, OTS is operating the ‘schooldays’ service as highlighted in yellow on the timetables: Click to view timetable

Lockdown Survival Guide

The folks at Transition Constantine have put together this handy guide on what food, drink and other services are still available locally. Correct at time of publication but subject to change.

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Meanwhile, down on the farm with Bosahan’s Simmentals….

Bridget Olds talks about the challenges and changes for pedigree beef breeders as a result of Covid-19

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Constantine Foodbank open for business

The food bank in Constantine has been open now for several weeks in the lower vestry (the room below the council chamber) on Wednesday mornings between 10 and 12am. It can also be accessed at any time through the help line.

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The SPAR’s the star!

We find out how one of Constantine’s valued convenience stores is keeping us all going during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Constantine Surgery – not as we know it but still serving your needs

Neil Stevens, Practice Manager

The Constantine surgery, like all NHS organizations, has had to re-organise the way that health care is provided.

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Constantine School – news and life under lockdown

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

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Local bus services

Despite the current restrictions on travel, Transport for Cornwall continue to offer transport to Falmouth and Helston aboard bus services 35 and 35A.

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Tolmen music in lockdown

At the time of writing, it looks pretty certain that the Tolmen Centre won’t be open for events for the next few months at least.

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BF Adventure supports vulnerable children through Covid-19

BF Adventure’s charitable services remain open to support vulnerable children and young people, whose challenges, including poverty, mental ill-health and other complex barriers, have been compounded by Covid-19. The pandemic has seen a surge in domestic violence, loneliness, anxiety and feelings of isolation and for many, home is not a safe place to be.

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Constantine W.I. looks back during lockdown

Our last meeting before lockdown was on 9th March. Our guest speaker was Lynn Kentish (pictured here) and she showed us how to make a willow heart. It was a good fun evening with something to show for it, at the end.

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Night Sky

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Cottage Garden Society
Roy Keverne and David Burke

Members of the Cottage Garden Society have been saddened by the loss of two most prominent members who have passed away.

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Cottage Garden Society
Spring update

Unfortunately with the Covid-19 virus the garden society programme for 2020 came to an abrupt end in early March. All meetings were cancelled and the Summer Programme has been put on hold until further advice is received from the Government. This has of course meant the unfortunate cancellation of our Summer Show, which would have been held on Saturday 18th July.

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Adrian Seys-Prosser

Ade with Tiffa Meadows

We very much regret having to report that Adrian Seys-Prosser passed away at home on April 26th.

Ade and his partner Jan lived at Covehill in Port Navas for many years before moving to Constantine a few years ago. They were always actively involved in village life and Ade loved living in Port Navas, appreciating its sense of fun and community spirit. He particularly enjoyed being part of the Regatta barbecue team each year. Many of Jan’s memories with Adrian are of happy times down at ‘the club’, crabbing on the quay and messing about in dinghies with the grandchildren. 

Ade will be missed by his family and by all who knew him.

Martin Winters, Stuart & Sally Annan, James Jowett with Ade at The Port Navas Regatta

Re-ordering of St Constantine Church

Part of the Matthew 20:28 Project

As many of you will know, the church here at Constantine has been looking at various ways in which we can better serve our community in very real and practical ways.

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Tolmen Restoration Project

Phase 1 completed in 12 months

Exactly one year on from the launch of Constantine’s Tolmen Centre ‘Love Me Re- store Me’ campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the building’s roof, twenty- two windows, and car park on 14 February 2019, phase one of the restoration project is complete. Thanks to a ‘National Lottery Community Fund’ grant of £10,000, and a grant from Cllr John Baston’s Community Chest fund of £700 there is now a car park which is not only safe to use but also complements the original Victorian building.

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David Burke (1936-2020)

It is with much sadness that we heard of the death of David today. Our thoughts are with Jane, Christopher, Irena, Jennifer and Nicola; Michael, Caroline, Jasmine and Louise.

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