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 and a dedicated and established choir: The Trengilly Singers.

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 3rd
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston has gathered a large and loyal following with her fine voice, inspiring lyrics and captivating stage presence.  During lockdown she has kept us entertained with a series of homemade fireside gigs, and now – at last – we have the chance to hear her live again, with her band backing her. 

Tickets £12.50 (under-16 £6.25)

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Wednesday July 7th
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Tolmen Music
The Blackheart Orchestra

With their Top 20 charting album Mesmeranto, and Chrissy Mostyn recently voted in the Top 10 world female vocalists, the UK’s inspirational award-winning electronic folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension.

Tickets £12 (children £6)

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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.

CEC/TOC AGM

Dear Reader,

19 April 2021

In view of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions we have again had to make alternative arrangements for the CEC/TOC Annual General Meeting in May this year. Instead of holding our usual open meeting we are having to conduct matters on-line & by email. In this connection & for your ease of information, I have pleasure in providing copies of the following, which would normally be presented at the AGM:

Should you wish to make any comments or raise any queries, please would you email them to cectoc54@gmail.com by 1 May & we will do our best to answer them.

I hope you will agree whilst it has been a very difficult year for everyone the fact that the CEC & TOC have come through, are ready to continue what we did so successfully previously & are also ready to meet the opportunities & challenges that lie ahead is most reassuring. Naturally, we are sorry that we cannot at this time hold our AGM in person but, as always, really appreciate you interest & continued support of the CEC/TOC & all that it does. Hoping that we will be able to recommence again soon & wishing you well for the future,

Tracey Clowes
Honorary Chair of CEC

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 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.

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