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.

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

Wednesday January 26th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Film
Sometimes, Always, Never

Bill Nighy stars as a dapper tailor trying to mend fences with his family through the magic of Scrabble in ‘Sometimes Always Never,’ a British comedy-drama written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Carl Hunter. A detective, family drama where a love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son.

Tickets £5

Wednesday February 9th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Film
Limbo

Limbo is a wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims.

“witty, poignant, marvellously composed and shot”…The Guardian.

Tickets £5

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.

Lady Nade will be supported by Simeon Hammond Dallas, an up and coming young female country/folk singer with a voice to die for.


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

Sunday February 20th
3:00 pm

Tolmen Theatre
Vinland : A Viking Adventure

Jack Dean and Company

Set sail with Freydis and her son Snorri on a Viking adventure…

..brought to life through storytelling, animation and live music. Join her crew of explorers as they come face to face with ghosts, monsters and wild gooseberries.Vinland retells the incredible historical tale of theVikings last journey to North America inspired by the Viking sagas of Erik the Red and his family. A visually brilliant family show.

With thanks to Carn to Cove

Tickets: £10, Children 7+ £5, Family £25, (2+2)

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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Wednesday March 2nd
7:30 pm

Tolmen Film
All Hands on Deck

A warm summer evening in Paris: Félix meets Alma by chance.They laugh, dance, and spend the night in a park. But she is about to go on a family vacation and their time together is cut short. On an impulse, Félix decides to surprise her where she is holidaying. A sun-soaked rendezvous with this charismatic cast makes for the perfect getaway!

“a terrifically fresh, funny and gentle film”….Peter Bradshaw,The Gardian.

Tickets £5

Sunday March 6th
3:00 pm

Tolmen Theatre
A Real Fiction

aKa Dance Theatre

Fasten your seatbelts. A Real Fiction is coming and it is filled with fun, funk and foam bananas. aKa want to bring communities together.They have been creating turbulently happy works since 2014. A great family show.

“So fun, so much laughter and sooo much energy”…Mandy Loxton.

Tickets £10, Children 7+ £5, Family £25 (2+2)

With thanks to Carn to Cove

Wednesday March 16th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Film
Paris

An ex-dancer has a heart problem and even with a transplant, he may still only have a few months to live.Time is spent looking at people/life in Paris from his balcony. His single mom sister (Juliette Binoche) moves in with her children to care for him.

“A visual valentine to Paris.”

Tickets £5

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

GET TICKETS £12

We have sold all the 90 tickets allowed under our Covid protocol. However, more tickets will be available in the New Year – either by expanding the audience size if permitted or by adding a second performance. Keep watching the website for details.

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Wednesday April 6th
7:30 pm

Tolmen Film
Transit

Writer-director Christian Petzold transplants a wartime novel by Anna Seghers, a German Jew who fled Europe in 1940, on to modern-day Marseille.

Its star, Franz Rogowski plays Georg, a German trying to flee Europe via hastily adopted identities and a romance with a mysterious widow.

Tickets £5

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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