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).


Sunday June 20th
3:00 pm

Tolmen Theatre
SCIENCE ADVENTURES – THE POWER PICKLE

COPPICE THEATRE

This is a lovely Sunday afternoon show for children and families.   Weather permitting it will be held outside in the garden at the Tolmen, otherwise it’ll be inside

Covid restrictions will limit the number of tickets,  and adults may have to wear face coverings  and obey social distancing.  We’ll probably arrange the seating into family groups, to keep separate from each other, and we’ll all have to keep to the rules!

In association with Carn To Cove

Tickets:
Children £3
Adults £5
Family Ticket £15 (max 4 people)
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Tuesday June 29th
7:00 pm

Constantine School
STARCRAZY

MIRACLE THEATRE PRESENTS

AT  CONSTANTINE SCHOOL

In association with Carn to Cove and with help from The Tolmen Centre.

A welcome return to Constantine for Cornwall’s renowned theatre company – producers of wonderful outdoor shows for the summer.

Tickets are available online only from the Carn to Cove or via the Miracle website.

www.miracletheatre.co.uk

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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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Call Barbara on 01326 340630 to book Café Tolmen.

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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

Friday August 27th - Monday August 30th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Port Navas
Out of This Earth

PORT NAVAS VILLAGE HALL

A solo exhibition by Mel Chambers – local artist and ceramist.

A new collection of paintings, sculpture and Alchemy Tiles inspired by Mother Earth and the protection of our planet. All work is designed to support local conservation projects with donations to each cause from the sales.

Visit Mel’s website: alchemytiles.com

Thursday September 2nd - Saturday September 4th

Gweek Players
TOUCH theatre | Gweek Players

This outstanding piece of drama was running on the main stage of the National Theatre starring Maxine Peake until lockdown intervened.

Both funny, bawdy and at times bleak, the play, set in the 18th century, but with a very modern tone, tells the story of Sally Poppy, who has been convicted of murder but who seeks to avoid hanging by declaring that she is pregnant. To assess her claim, the judge calls a jury of twelve women, and their deliberations are at the core of the drama. It is a serious play about women’s rights and roles, but there is a bawdy, raunchy humour (usually directed at men!) which punctuates the more serious themes. Tickets are available from crbo.co.uk from 1 June.

Saturday September 4th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
The Odd Folk

The best folk band you’ve never heard of…” say the Guardian; a collection of multi-instrumentalists who swap styles as often as they swap instruments. A “passionately ramshackle” quintet playing their own brand of “triumphant folk” while journeying around Europe in a vintage Renault 4. Equally at home on the main stage or the corner of an old barn, the boys treat each gig with the same gusto, bringing you their high octane, theatrical stories and songs in a journey through just about every genre of music.

Pre-show cafe meals (if permitted) must be booked in advance by phoning 01326 340630.

£12 (children £6)

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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.

Friday November 19th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Music
Daoirí Farrel

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’
Dónal Lunny

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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.

The return of Who’s Where

In 2015 Liz Moore (with the help of Steve) published the 35th issue of Constantine’s “Who’s Where” directory of local businesses, organisations and services. It was declared as the “final” issue, since, afer 35 years of devoting a large part of January and February each year to updating the directory, Liz had quite reasonably decided enough was enough. There is no doubt though that it was an extremely useful source of information, and many will still be referring to their treasured copy of issue 35.

A number of people in the Transition Constantine group recognised the importance of “Who’s Where” as a building block of the local community, but also that it was too big a task to be shouldered largely by one person. There was a move to start updating the listing of businesses as a group activity. The aim was to make it more of a ‘digital’ process, trying to get email addresses for all those listed so that future administration and updates could be managed by that route rather than by checking updates for every item by tele- phone. As a project, it lost focus for a long time, but the last collection of business listings has recently been updated, and it’s time to move on to the next stage – refreshing all the contact details for clubs, societies, sports groups and all other local organisations.

The purpose of this article is to provide a ‘call for information’ – to all those organisations that wish to be listed – to send the following details by email to whoswhereconstantine@gmail.com 

  • the organisation name (e.g. “Constantine Christmas Lights”);
  • a brief description of what the organisation does; and for each contact to be published:
  • the person’s role (e.g. Chair, Secretary,Treasurer);
  • the person’s name;
  • their contact details (telephone and/or mobile phone number and/or email address).
    There has to be at least one contact provided, but more can be published as required. In the same way, any business not listed in the last Who’s Where that would like to be included, please contact the same email address giving these details:
  • a contact name and/or the business name;
  • optionally, the business address;
  • a brief description of the product or service offered;
  • contact details to be published(telephone and/or mobile phone number and/or email address. For both organisation and business entries, the email address used to contact Who’s Where will only be published if given as a public contact in the details above; it will, though, be used by the Who’s Where team for future contacts, e.g. checks for updates.
  • Finally – the inevitable Data Protection plea – to anyone who sends information as called for above, please say when you email that you give permission to the Who’s Where team to hold this data. We will only use it to publish Who’s Where, and to administer updates. We will not pass any of it to any other organisation. If you don’t give permission, we can’t hold the data or publish it!

The intention is to work towards a new Who’s Where booklet in stages. The updated business listing is already visible on the village website here, and there is also a version you can print or download as a PDF.

Once all the local organisation details have been gathered, these will be added to the website and to the downloadable document. At that point we will see whether there is still a general desire to have an advertising-funded booklet freely available to all local residents.

Welcome to Monty’s!

Our community cafe with free hyper-fast wi-fi and hot drinks now open in Constantine Church

Monty’s is the name we have given to the community cafe and meeting area which is now open at the back of the church. This facility is free for all to use and includes a free hyper-fast wi-fi connection and a drinks machine which dispenses a selection of different freshly ground coffees, hot chocolate and hot water for making tea. All our coffee, tea and sugar is fair-trade, the tea bags are un-bleached and do not contain plastic, and the disposable cups are fully compostable.

Rev. Stewart Turner (Parish Priest)
rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.com
01326 340259

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Please take part in the Church Hall Survey

Please complete the Church Hall Survey, and drop the completed form off in one of the collection boxes, to be found at the Spar and the Stores. The findings of the survey will be reported back to the Parish Council. Thank you.

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Obituary

Oliver Tresillian Power Carne
1929 – 2021

Oliver was born on 16 May 1929 to Valentine and William Carne. He attended local schools before going to Dartmouth College as a cadet making the natural progression to the Royal Navy. In 1952 he found himself involved in the Korean War where his ship came under heavy fire and missed being hit by inches.

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The Falconer of Fore Street

Episodes 1 & 2

Wildanet brings hyperfast broadband to St Constantine Parish Church

The team at Wildanet are delighted to be working with St Constantine Parish Church to provide free hyper-fast internet to support the new community café that opened in May. This new internet service provides one of the fastest broadband connections of any parish church anywhere in the county and will be instrumental in helping to provide a ‘digital community hub’ for everyone to access.

What’s more, this new broadband service is capable of offering superfast speeds to over 500 homes in Constantine and the surrounding area; so if you’re looking for a better broadband service with a locally- based customer support team, why not get in touch with the friendly team at Wildanet.

Wildanet is a Cornish internet service provider, bringing high-speed internet to homes and businesses throughout the County. Unlike other parts of the UK, Cornwall still has countless communities suffering with poor quality internet connection, making life harder for many families and businesses in these areas and putting them at a distinct disadvantage to the rest of the UK. Wildanet is working to change this and we’re delighted to be helping to support your community.

Music at the Tolmen Centre

On Saturday July 3rd we welcome locally-based singer and songwriter Martha Tilston and her band.
We were very disappointed at having to cancel Martha’s planned concert in the New Year at the last minute, but we’re confident that this one will be a great success.

Martha Tilston

Saturday July 17th will see the multi instrumentalist duo The Blackheart Orchestra take to the stage for an evening of what has been described variously as ‘electronic prog-folk’, ‘a mesmerising powerhouse’ and ‘an avant-garde musical utopia’. Sounds intriguing – why not come along?

The Blackheart Orchestra

We are moving towards online booking and will only be taking phone reservations in exceptional circumstances. You can book through our website at tolmencentre.co.uk. We have an exciting and varied programme booked for the autumn season, culminating in a blockbuster evening just before Christmas. Watch this space!

Constantine School News

We are so happy to all be back in school again. Whilst we still have restrictions in place regarding start and finish times, we are very much looking forward to the rules relaxing more later this term so we can continue with our CPS Summer Term traditions. Despite the unusual circumstances, we have a very full and buzzing school with children who are keen to learn which we are very grateful for.

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Constantine Pre School

The Preschool Team are thrilled to be back up and running, welcoming a new member of staff and, amongst other wonderful things, enjoying being able to prepare for a long-awaited beach trip at the end of May!

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Second History Book of Constantine

Sally Coot & Tracey Clowes 

A big thank you to everyone who donated goods for me to sell on my drive way in Trebarvah Road helping us with funding towards a second history book of Constantine. The stall enabled me to chat with those who kindly donated and those of you who bought items ,about the project which is still very much in its early stages

The book will take us time to put together, hours of research before pen is even put to paper
In the meantime we will keep you informed as to our progress either via the Constant Times or though small scale organised events along the way when you will be invited to join us to share stories and hear updates. The total amount raised to date is £500 which we shall use as crucial match funding when it comes to trying for grants.

Ukulele Orchestra of Constantine – Strumming Again!

The Ukulele Orchestra have been together for over four years. They are a small group of friends who play all over Cornwall raising hundreds of pounds over the years to help many worthy causes or charities. Like so many groups, lockdown has been a challenge, however, as things have begun to ease, get-togethers in each other’s gardens have enabled the group begin to once more to make music. They can be booked for weddings or any other events, see the Ukulele Orchestra Facebook page for more details.

Tracey Clowes (local friend and fan)

Trengilly Singers

The Trengilly Singers are still in business and hope to be starting proper face-to-face rehearsals again soon once we have the green light from the Government to begin. However, during this period there have been virtual practices ensuring all members can keep singing and could at least see their colleagues on screen!

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Constantine Silver Band

With the continuing Covid restrictions we are still unable to get together for band practice. However, like most other bands we plan to restart practices in mid June.

Sadly, because we can’t be 100% certain that all restrictions will be lifted after 21 June as planned, and for the safety of players and audience, Brass on Grass will not go ahead for the second year running. Hopefully, 2022 will see the bands return for this highlight of the Constantine village calendar.

Looking cautiously further ahead, we are planning to perform at the Port Navas Regatta, for the Remembrance Service in November, and at a full list of engagements over the Christmas period.

Dougie Down

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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£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 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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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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