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 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

Tuesday November 9th
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.

The Constant Times

Distribution of The Constant Times is restricted during lockdown. Please consider printing a copy for a neighbour who may not be able to access this online edition.

Meeting the Covid challenge at Constantine Surgery

It’s been a challenging year at the Mullion & Constantine practice, with lots of changes and new ways of working. It’s also been inspiring to see people helping each other to overcome the difficulties of the pandemic.

Dr David Roberts

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Constantine Pre-School

The last year…
What a year we have all had! With the temporary closure of the Pre-School last year in lockdown #1 and reduced opening hours from January, Kate and the team have tirelessly offered support to our children and families throughout this time. They provided story-time recordings, toy library deliveries, useful links for activities and support and arranged one-to-one visits. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated, passionate team who care deeply about their roles and the children.

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Future of the Church Hall

Transition Constantine Update
Chris Hussey

The Church Hall is owned by the Diocese of Truro, along with the car park, the fields below, and the Glebe Garden. Now that the Church has given up its lease on the Church Hall, the Diocese is considering what should happen to it.

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Glebe Woodland Lease

Transition Constantine Update
Caitlin DeSilvey

Thanks to the support and patience of the CEC board, we now have agreement on a final version of the lease that will allow for community stewardship of the Glebe Woodland.

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Reminder – local elections on 6 May

These elections are at three levels: – Parish Council, Cornwall Council and the Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner.

You may feel that you do not want to go out to vote in the present Covid situation, but you can do a postal vote from your home. To apply for a postal vote, go to the Cornwall Council website and register to do so.

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£1200 raised for Carn to Cove by Gweek Players!

The premiere of Gweek Players’ The Village Hall Murder went off swimmingly on
1 March on YouTube. The actors and “backstage” crew did themselves proud by filming the scenes under strict Covid conditions. The play was organised and produced by the wonderful Mandy Rolleston and directed by the brilliant Emma Phillips, who spent literally hours and hours editing the videos she received from the cast, then adding music and drone footage to create The Village Hall Murder. We would like to thank the 1,183 viewers (as of 9 March) who have watched the murder mystery so far. It can still be seen on YouTube by registering on our website, gweekplayers.co.uk.

Another thank you goes to those viewers who helped raise £1200 in donations for the performing arts charity, Carn to Cove, who very much appreciated our initiative. We look forward to seeing a real live audience when we perform Blithe Spirit on 17- 20 November this year at Gweek Village Hall (fingers crossed!).

Books, Tea, and Cake

Tracey Clowes and the Christmas Lights Team

Very cautiously the Christmas Lights Team are beginning to plan for some of our popular fundraising events.

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Constantine School fully open again

What a strange year it has been so far for us all in schools, especially when we have spent most of the first term in lockdown. We have been open for the children of Key Workers and this was quite challenging as we had children in school and at home to educate. The learning curve for staff, children and parents was steep with getting to grips with different learning platforms mid lockdown, but we are delighted with how successful it was.

Now we are fully open again we are so happy to be back together where we all belong. Our school has come alive again and we’d love to bottle the excitement, enthusiasm and smiles we have been seeing every day since welcoming everyone back.

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Second History Book of Constantine

Judging from the number of photographs and local stories that have been offered so far, Sally Coot and I both feel encouraged to go ahead with a second history book of Con stantine. This will be quite a process, and having gauged enthusiasm for the project, an important task now is to raise sufficient funds enabling us to not only get the project off the ground but ultimately for us to go to print.

Tracey Clowes

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Click and collect now available in Constantine

Helston Local Food Hub is a new way of shopping each week for the finest fresh, local and seasonal produce that you can usually only buy once a month from a Farmers’ Market or by visiting lots of different farms and shops.  Over 400 items of meat, vegetables, dairy, preserves, sweet and baked goods from a range of local producers are available to purchase from helstonlocalfoodhub.co.uk. It is a ‘click and collect’ service with pick-up from the Old Cattle Market in Helston and at collection points in Mullion and Porthallow in the early afternoon.

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Precious Plastic Cornwall

Let’s recycle our plastic right here in Constantine!

Everyone knows that climate change is a big problem, but sometimes it’s really hard to know what you can do to help. Precious Plastic Cornwall is something everyone can be a part of and it’s something we’re really excited to tell you about!

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The falconer of Fore St – Episode 1

Lockdown has had many disadvantages and difficulties but it has given me time to do some research into the history of our house. I had promised myself I would find out more about 61 Fore Street when I first saw the handwritten deeds from 1824 and 2020 has given me that opportunity. I have been able to follow a fascinating trail of local families, businesses and occupants.

Lynda Gregory

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The Plastic Problem

‘Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issue, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.’
National Geographic June 2019

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How can we make space for nature?

Spring is well underway and we have hopefully been able to spend more time outdoors enjoying the birds singing, the bees buzzing and the flowers blooming. However, without our help these natural wonders will become steadily become poor imitations of themselves as across Cornwall and the UK they are facing alarming declines due to pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Perhaps you have already noticed that there are fewer sparrows and swallows around since you were younger, or less bees visiting your flowers?

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Music returns to the Tolmen Centre (we hope…)

After the disappointment of having to cancel Martha Tilston’s New Year show, we are keeping all our fingers firmly crossed for our first live event in nearly a year. On Saturday May 29th Kitty Macfarlane will be playing to an audience limited to 50% of our usual capacity. Kitty is a young singer-songwriter from the Somerset levels, and this is what the Guardian had to say about her:

“Her remarkably accomplished debut album, Namer Of Clouds, beguiles with its poetry and tenderness, and her eye for detail, vivid imagination and bright vocals make it a captivating listen. She is a talent to watch”. Tickets on sale shortly, and we hope to welcome back as many people as are allowed.

From June 21st, if all goes well, we should be able to open to full audiences, and we already have bookings in the pipeline for a wide range of musicians including Martha Tilston, and The Blackheart Orchestra, both in June/ July, with The Odd Folk, Daoiri Farrell, the Budapest Cafe Orchestra and Thomas Gabriel in the autumn. Watch this space!

Dougal Jeffries

Constantine Cottage Garden Society

As we emerge from what seems a long dark winter, I think we are all feeling a sense of expectation that 2021 will continue to improve and a belief that some form of normality may return. As more Covid vaccinations are administered and the roadmap out of lockdown revealed, as a society I am optimistic that we can start to make tentative preparations for garden society meetings towards the end of the year. Unfortunately until the all clear has been given we must be cautious with any preparations or decisions made.

With this in mind, I have to report that the 2021 Garden Society Show in July will not take place. As mentioned in the last magazine entry, we will be having the Constantine Village, best front garden and hanging basket award. The properties that will be judged will mainly focus on those along Fore Street. The judges will start by Constantine School and walk Down towards Penbothidno taking in streets either side. This will be judged in July, by 3 society members, who will chosen at a later date. The award will be presented soon after the judging has taken place. I’m sure that after 3 lockdowns and the amount of time that some people have spent planning, preparing and improving their gardens we will have some great gardens to see. So please if you are resident within that area, get planning, preparing and planting. Good luck to you all.

I personally am hopeful that the old English proverb, ‘In like a Lion out like a Lamb’ will hold true this year. I will be glad to see the back of these frosts and cold easterly winds. As I sit here writing this, the wind is howling and sleet hitting the windows, I can’t wait for Spring to arrive. I have lost a few plants this winter to the frost and am currently working overtime to protect the new shoots that are coming through in the garden and all the seedlings that are growing under lights and those in the greenhouse.

Peter Wilson

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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