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 and includes the hamlets of Port Navas and Seworgan.

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.

Constantine’s Fore Street is made up of traditional granite cottages and features 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.

A fine 13th Century Parish Church, St Constantine, is now home to Monty’s, a community café with free-trade coffee and free hyper-fast wi-fi.

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).

Constantine has a well-supported Social Club featuring live music and sports on the big screen. The Queens Arms is under new management and early reports are encouraging. 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 has a popular Silver Band and an established choir, The Trengilly Singers.

Regular bus services connect Constantine with Helston and Falmouth (both about 7 miles away) and Truro (14 miles).

A village newspaper, The Constant Times, is published five times a year.

Saturday December 4th
11:00 am

Tolmen Talks
William Howard

In advance of tomorrow’s concert William Howard will be hosting an informal “Musical Chat” at the Tolmen Centre.  This is a gentle introduction to a genre with which some may be less familiar.  This is a free event but please book with Gia Shaw in advance on 07979 864736 as seats are limited.

Sunday December 5th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
William Howard

Founder of the Schubert ensemble, William Howard is one of Britain’s leading pianists. As a solo pianist, he has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio Three.

“A thoughtful, poetic player”.. Sunday Times

GET TICKETS £12

Wednesday December 8th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Trengilly Singers Christmas Concert

Our locally based four-part choir invites you to join them for an evening of festive music.The programme will consist of a selection of carols and songs from many countries, eras and styles, ‘Classical to Lighter’. It will include pieces by JS Bach, Peter Warlock, Oliver Tarney, and Will Tod, and carols by much-loved Cornish composer Thomas Merritt. There will be an opportunity for the audience to join in the singing of traditional carols. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets £5 in advance from any member of the choir, or on the door.

This event is a joint fund-raiser for the choir and the Tolmen Centre.

Saturday December 11th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Kanda Bongo Man

The ultimate in feel-good dance music from the culture-rich mid-Africa!

The man who single-handedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the most well known stars of world music, and one of the first pioneers of African Soukous music.

GET TICKETS £15/£7.50

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Sunday December 12th
3:00 pm

Tolmen Theatre
The Christmassy Christmas Show

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

Join Craig as he goes on a quest to find The Twelve Sprouts of Christmas, and along the way spot some naughty elves, meet a wise-cracking snowman, say hello to an over-excited Christmas puppy, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze in wonder at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy…

Tickets £7 adult, £3.50 children (4+), £20 (family 2+2)

GET TICKETS £7/£3.50

Friday January 21st
7:15 pm

History Group
Querky Cornwall – a pastiche

Kingsley Rickard

Saturday January 22nd
7:30 pm

Tolmen Theatre
Luke Wright

WINNER Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Performer 2021

Whether he’s opening for the Libertines or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke Wright is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go. John Cooper Clarke’s regular warm-up guy writes poems that are tender, riotous, caustic and romantic then delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

This is an ALL-NEW show with deliciously funny poems set against a backdrop of pandemic politics, ageing parents, and the endless, droning culture war.

Wright’s third collection The Feel-Good Movie of the Year is out now from Penned in the Margins. Ian Duhig calls it a “a terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal. A hurt man taking stock in fresh words.”

Supported by Arts Council, England
Photo by Emily Fae

www.lukewright.co.uk
@lukewrightpoet

GET TICKETS £12

Sunday February 13th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Lady Nade

Americana Folk Singer-songwriter Lady Nade has learnt that loss and grief isn’t something one can recover from alone and with her music she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms. With a sound of modern soul mixed with folk, she has one of the most unique and distinctive voices in British music today.

GET TICKETS £12/£6

Friday February 18th
7:15 pm

History Group
Wheal Kitty and Goonglaze

The story of St Agnes’ greatest tin mine
Roger Radcliffe

Friday February 25th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Ben Walker and Kirsty Merryn

‘Life and the Land’ and other songs

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker joins forces with highly acclaimed singer and pianist Kirsty Merryn to create a fresh take on a tradition ripe for rediscovery. The EP Life and the Land is a celebration of England’s harvest tradition, reimagining songs born out of our agricultural past. Focusing on songs from rural England found in local archives and EFDSS collections, Ben and Kirsty are breathing new life into long-lost songs of the land. They are innovative composers and performers bringing eclectic influences from across the musical spectrum – from classical to jazz to electronica – as well as deep roots in traditional music. With Ben’s guitars and mandolin providing a perfect frame for Kirsty’s piano, shruti and silver voice, their contrasting and complementary styles combine to create a timeless sound.

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Friday March 18th
7:15 pm

History Group
Wheal Vor

Tony Bennett

Friday March 18th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps, a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall make their very welcome return to the Tolmen Centre.  Their previous appearances have been hugely successful and we expect a sell-out this time round. 

Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.

GET TICKETS £14/£7

Saturday April 2nd
7:30 pm

Tolmen Theatre
Slug…and other things i’ve been told to hate

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed. Expect strong language and adult content ribbon wrapped in carefully and caringly sculpted poetry as Hollie reads from and chats about her much anticipated new collection: Slug…and other things i’ve been told to hate.

Holly McNish

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Saturday April 23rd
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Clive Carroll

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Clive Carroll has created a sound world all his own, with a signature blend of warmth and humour that belies his dazzling technical skill. Clive’s masterful compositions feature influences mined from the delicate cadences of Elizabethan lute classics, the imaginative eccentricity of Frank Zappa, visionary classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, and hints of jazz and Delta blues!

This is a return visit by Clive to the Tolmen Centre. The first was a huge success and we look forward to welcoming Clive again for another varied programme of sublime guitar playing.

GET TICKETS £12/£6

Saturday May 28th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
The Blackheart Orchestra

The Blackheart Orchestra are a two person orchestra playing up to 13 instruments in their unique live show. Their symphonic use of vintage synthesisers, acoustic and electric guitars, mandola, bass, bowed guitar and percussion, piano, organ, omnichord and melodica creates powerful, highly emotional music that has been described as a modern day Pink Floyd, a more accessible Portishead  and with many comparisons to the creativity of Kate Bush.

Their highly acclaimed album Mesmeranto entered the Official UK Rock Chart at No.18 hailed as “A mesmerising powerhouse” “An avant-garde musical utopia” and “A life-enhancing listening experience”. Singer Chrissy Mostyn was voted No.8 in a UK female vocalist poll and named “One of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere today”.

GET TICKETS £12/£6

Santa’s back to switch on village Christmas Lights

Following a hugely successful 2020 pre-Christmas road trip visit from Santa, you can imagine how overjoyed the Christmas Lights Team were when Santa once again confirmed by Email (E for Elf!), that having had such a wonderful time seeing everyone out on their front doorsteps or in gardens last year, he would love to repeat the trip all over again.
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Face-lift for W.I. Hall

A new machined oak floor has been laid in the building, which makes the floor so much easier to clean and keep in clinical good order, especially in these COVID19 pandemic times. Also the guttering has been replaced and two water butts added, so that we can recycle water for our outside needs, like the watering of flower containers and external cleaning jobs that need water. We are all very pleased with our renovated hall.

We have also commissioned a new 4-seater bench in memory of Beaujolais Cavendish, one of the founder members of our W.I. who died recently. This bench will be situated at the front of the building
and we hope will be used by the community, perhaps breaking their journeys to the doctor and back, or just for somewhere for a sit and chat with friends in the sunshine.

Looking after the Tolmen – calling for volunteers

The second phase of the Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me project’, the replacement of the main roof and guttering, is complete. With the help of grants and generous donations we have been able to undertake some very essential and major renovation work at the Tolmen Centre, and our project is now slowly but lovingly moving into Phase Three, repair and renovation of twenty-two windows. We still have a small amount of grant funding ring-fenced for window work and this will include the re-puttying and painting of the large upstairs window which you see as you pass the Tolmen, and the replacement of the downstairs window to the left of the main door. This work will require professional tradespeople.
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Constantine Emergency Foodbank

Tracey Clowes

Housed in the small vestry building behind St Constantine Church, the Foodbank has been operating every Wednesday between 10.00am – Noon since the start of the first lockdown in 2020. It is run by the Trussell Trust (trusselltrust.org) in partnership with St Constantine Church.

The Foodbank provides a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face in life.

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Twenty’s Plenty

John Bastin, CC

The most significant concern raised by all the villagers in Constantine, Mabe and Mawnan as I talked to people over the last few weeks is that of traffic speed and inconsiderate road use.

I have spoken before about my plan to introduce ‘Twenty’s Plenty ‘to all rural villages and single-track roads. This concept may seem a little difficult to enforce but this could be achieved with some lateral thinking such as gateway pinch points. There would also be opportunities at these pinch points to have roadside planting with plants that encourage pollinators and to again emphasise the idea of village and community.

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Constantine Cottage Garden Society

Peter Wilson

The borders in Autumn are a shadow of their former selves, the leaves are turning, there is a nip in the air; some see it as a blessing, the heating goes on a time for relaxation, time to put your feet up with a nice cup of tea. Others push on continuously tidying and clearing our gardens in preparation for a new season. We have been lucky this year with the warmer weather extending well into October a bonus for us all.

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