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).


The Constant Times


Please send your contributions to constant.times@gmail.com or deliver to the Layout Editor at Comfort View, Well Lane.

Deadline for news items, calendar entries and other submissions for the February / March 2021 issue is 15 January 2021.

Constantine’s lights will shine this Christmas – Covid or no Covid!

The hundreds of enthusiastic villagers at last year’s Christmas Lights switch on leaves us in no doubt how much pleasure and benefit lighting our village brings to the community. This year has been one of the most difficult in recent times and so, more than ever, it is crucial our village is lit up during the dark winter months to give us all a feeling of community and hope for 2021.

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Girlguiding resumes face-to-face meetings at new venue

Girls and Leaders from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers alike were delighted to attend face-to-face meetings again, beginning on 25 September.

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A new chapter for Constantine’s history

Twenty years ago, two village historians, Gerald Trethowan and Liz Moore, compiled and published ‘The Book of Constantine – The Parish Yesterday and Today’.

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Community Plans for the Glebe

Back in February when Transition Constantine updated readers on progress towards securing a lease for community use of the Glebe Woodland Garden, it seemed plausible that we would have an agreement in place by Spring. As with so many other plans and projects, it was not meant to be.

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Friends of Constantine Surgery fund new medical unit

The Friends of Constantine Surgery have shown great innovation in helping the practice to provide continuity of community care during the ongoing pandemic. To maintain protection from Covid 19 and remove risk within the surgery, they have purchased through funds collected, a Portacabin for use as external consulting rooms. This has been placed in the car park and enables the Doctors and other clinical staff to carry out their patient consultations and procedures whilst removing the risk to the main surgery building and allowing the dispensary and other aspects of the surgery to operate efficiently. Lifting of planning restrictions has allowed the installation of the £12,000 Portacabin without an extended application process.

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Port Navas village news

Forthcoming events? Sorry we don’t have any on the horizon. Past events? Sorry we haven’t had any of those either. However, we do plan to have a Christmas tree and lights in Port Navas organised by Village Hall committee member Roger Wickins and helped by other committee members. At least that will bring a little bit of normality to the centre of the village.

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Gweek Players tread the virtual boards

Gweek Players have not been idle these past few months, despite Covid-19.

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Tolmen Centre Roof – A Quick Update

The scaffold is erected, slate has been delivered, and the roofers are on site.

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Music and theatre at the Tolmen Centre: a 10 year retrospective

With the Tolmen Centre closed for events for the foreseeable future, rather than sound gloomy this seems a good time to reflect on some of the highlights of the past ten years.

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Bird boxes for Bosahan woods

Terry Swainsbury (on behalf of the Bosahan Woodlands Committee)

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Constantine School Report

We are delighted to be back in school again with all pupils and staff in attendance. The summer term was very strange for us here at CPS, but now we are all back together it is great. Of course, school is a little different as we are working and playing within our class bubbles only. However, we are here, attendance is very good, and we are making the most of the great social times and friendships we had missed.

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Trengilly Singers return to face-to-face rehearsals

We’re still here and singing! Do come and have a listen.

The Trengilly Singers have started proper face-to-face rehearsals again, following six months of no regular rehearsals due to Covid 19 and the lock-down. Fortunately 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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Sailing on plastic tides

After one month sailing and cleaning the coast from Gweek to Exeter, Clean Ocean Sailing successfully completed their mission to deliver one ton of marine plastic to Ocean Recovery Project for recycling into kayaks. The last leg involved paddling the ton of pre-sorted, recyclable plastic rubbish on canoes and kayaks up the Exeter ship canal, completing the journey with minimum environmental impact.

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Tolmen Centre roof

Work on the Tolmen Centre roof has now started. Scaffold is erected, slate work has been delivered and the roofers are on site. 

The Constantine Enterprise Company (CEC) would like to say an enormous thankyou to the following who have made it possible:  

  • Garfield Weston 
  • The Tanner Trust 
  • The Bernard Sunley Foundation 
  •  Power to Change/Locality 
  • The Tolmen Operating Company 
  • The Tolmen Crowdfunder Community 
  • Very many generous local, distant, and anonymous donors.