Constantine Cornwall

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.

The free hyper fast wi-fi connection (up to 1Gb), accessible within the church, has been provided by Wildanet, the local Cornish broadband provider which has installed, free of charge, a broadband hub on the church tower roof. What this means is that we now have one of the fastest broadband con- nections of any parish church any- where in the county and indeed the UK.

In the weeks ahead the church will be working with Wildanet to become a “Digital Community Hub” This is a hugely exciting project and will open up a whole raft of opportunities to our com- munity which they have previously been unable to access. There will be more about this as the project develops.

Anyone who would like to become a part of this exciting development is more than welcome. If you are interested, then please get in touch with me for more information.

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


So why did we call it Monty’s? Well Monty, or actually Montague, is the name of our church mouse. Monty is a little knitted mouse (on the front cover) who was discovered by Liz Moore in “The Save The Children Shop“ and was given to Alan Pearce, our then church warden, as a birthday present in 1989. Apart from a brief stay at Truro Cathedral, he has been there ever since, keeping a watchful eye on the place. So we thought it only fitting that we should name our cafe after him. Monty does move about a bit so it might be fun for the children to go on a hunt and see if they can find him.

Monty’s provides a comfortable place to meet up with friends or a place to relax and access our hyper fast internet connection, all set in the surroundings of our beautiful 15th century church. Monty’s will be open every day from 10am until 5pm (although there will inevitably be the odd interruption from time to time due to service requirements)

There is also a selection of hand made cards and crafts, and second hand books on sale.

The facilities are free to use. However, there is a “donation station” which includes a card reader and a cash box, so if you are able to give a donation to help towards our running costs it would be greatly appreciated.

So why not pop along for a coffee and a chat with friends or simply spend some quiet time in our lovely building.

God bless,
Stewart

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.


The Church community has given up its lease of the Church Hall, with the aim that many of the activities that took place in the Hall will now take place in the Church, in addition to its continuing role as a place of worship. There are significant changes planned to the interior of the Church to allow this to happen. The Church Hall is owned by the Diocese of Truro, and it is likely that they will try to sell the building and its associated car park. There have been plans circulating recently that show the Church Hall potentially being redeveloped as residential accommodation, with a new enlarged car park being constructed in the field below the ‘green’.

Early in 2020 the Parish Council successfully nominated the Church Hall as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. The consequence of this is that should the Diocese put the Church Hall up for sale, there is a requirement for the sale to be delayed by six months if there is community interest in buying the Hall. There is no preferential treatment – the required delay is simply to allow a community group to raise funds. They would then compete in an open market with others interested in the property.

At the last Parish Council meeting it was proposed that there should be a survey of the local community to establish whether people felt the loss of the Church Hall mattered, given that other spaces are available, including the Social Club, the WI Hall, the Tolmen Centre, and of course the remodelled interior of the Church. The benefit of a survey was agreed, and the Transition Group undertook to carry it out. A key aim of the survey is to establish whether there are ideas for new community functions that the Hall might support, other than being a general multi-function ‘space’.

Robin Curtis

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

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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!

Weekly stories have continued online to support early reading; instilling the love of reading that all staff share, from an early age is valued highly and at the centre of their inspiring topics. The children have enjoyed submersing themselves in the underwater world of this Term’s theme, and are sharing stories with strong environmental links – raising the next generation of eco-warriors!

Alongside caring for creatures in the ocean, the children have begun an inspiring, sponsored “Readathon” this month. With the support of their wonderful parents and carers at home, sharing books will not only be enjoyable for the children, it will also be raising money for the wonderful charity “Read for Good,” providing books for children in paediatric care.

The wonderful world on our doorstep…
The children and adults at Preschool have thoroughly enjoyed being able to be back in the woods, relishing the (sporadically!) milder weather and grounding themselves in amongst the beautiful surroundings on offer down the road. As always, the team have planned in opportunities for exciting, inspiring and truly memorable experiences. To name but a few, the children have had the chance to create beautiful, floral May Day crowns, celebrating the coming summer solstice in the sunshine and sampling gorse flower porridge.

They have also planned, tested and evaluated their ideas, creating pulley systems across the ambling streams in the woods, helping “Mr.Grinling” get his lunch successfully, avoiding pesky seagulls! How lucky the staff and children alike are, to have such a beautiful resource right on their doorstep; in these strange times, never has a connection with nature been more important or appreciated.

Help!
We hugely appreciate all of the donations we have had so far to raise money for our new Forest School gear, however we are still at £390 of our £400 target, we are so very nearly there and would love to make this total!

As a final request, if you are an Amazon customer and use this regularly, you have option to join “Amazon Smile.” With this, you are able to choose a charitable organisation to support; a small but significant percentage of your purchase value will be added to the Preschool pot.

If this is something you feel able to do, we would very much appreciate you choosing to add Constantine Preschool. Every penny counts!

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!

Gwennap Music Festival

A date for your diaries – the Choir is booked in and will hopefully be singing at Gwennap Church on 30 June at 7.00pm. Do come and listen to some lovely singing from this County Championship Choir.

As soon as we can, we will be meeting again on a Monday evening at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, with practices starting at 7.00pm. We would love to welcome any aspiring singers and absolute beginners to join us for a sing, or just simply pop along and have a listen. We have a very wide repertoire that will suit all tastes.

To find out more and have a chat, do call Melanie on 07968772874.The rehearsals will be strictly covid-secure, with social distancing of the seating, no sharing of paper music. Also the hall will be well- ventilated and there is a PPE station as you enter the hall.

In the meantime, do check us out at
constantinecornwall.com/trengillysingers
or on our Facebook page.

Chris Martin

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

Constantine Primary School

constantine.cornwall.sch.uk

Trescobeas Road, Constantine
01326 340554

Head of School: Mrs Caroline Gilbert

School Secretary: Natalie Sach

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.

At the surgery we have seen people keen to help with deliveries of medicines to people who are isolating. We have also benefited from the help of the “Friends of Constantine Surgery” charity, who have purchased the “COVID cabin” which helps us to see patients while minimising the risk of infection to the staff or other patients. We are gradually starting to open the surgery again bit by bit.

This is possible as more and more of the vulnerable patient groups are vaccinated and pro- tected against the COVID virus. In the coming months we hope that we will be able to open the premises more fully, but this will be a gradual process.

Meanwhile, the practice is doing well with the COVID vaccine rollout with about 97% of people in the top four patient risk groups having been vaccinated with their first dose, and about 50% of people in all the patient risk groups having been vaccinated with their first dose (at the time of writing).

As a practice, we would like to thank you all for continuing to work with us, and our special thanks to the Friends of Constantine Surgery who are continuing to support us with improving the Surgery to cope with COVID.

Dr David Roberts

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.

What’s going on…
With hope of the times ahead, the team excitedly welcomed back all children on 8th March, along with some new starters who we hope will settle in well in the coming weeks.

This half term the children are investigating the signs of Spring and the new beginnings it brings. They will be planting up the Pre-School garden and vegetable patch and using their role play market stall to sell their produce to their peers!

The team and children are excited to be returning to the woods, for weekly Forest School sessions from the end of March, which we find are invaluable to children’s development and emotional wellbeing (and they’re just super fun!).

We need your help!
Like many charities the impact of the numerous national lockdowns has greatly affected the financial support for our little Pre-School. Our kit that is used for our weekly Forest School sessions is becoming very tired and desperately needs replacing. If you are able to support our cause, we would hugely appreciate any donations through our Gofundme page (gofund.me/ ed7aaa34).

We are incredibly grateful for donations received so far this year and would like to share our appreciation to OTS (running the Bus services through Constantine to Falmouth and Helston) who very kindly made a generous contribution earlier in the year.

Whatever you can spare will make a big difference and will allow the children to continue to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world on their doorsteps.

If you would like to get in touch to know more about the Pre-School, please contact committee@constantine-preschool.co.uk.

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.

In mid-March the Parish Council received copies of documents sent to Cornwall Council planning department that form a ‘pre-application’ submission. In other words, the Diocese will be seeking planning permission to re-develop the Church Hall as residential property, and has submitted an outline of the proposal to prompt comment from the planners. There are various options presented, showing the Hall being converted into one, two, or three residences. All involve the current walled car park being taken into the exterior space of the residence(s), with the further car park by the green being extended into the field below.

Early in 2020 the Parish Council suc- cessfully nominated the Church Hall as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. The consequence of this is that should the Diocese put the Church Hall up for sale, there is a requirement for the sale to be delayed by six months if there is community interest in buying the Hall. There is no preferential treatment – the required delay is simply to allow a community group to raise funds. They would then compete in an open market with others interested in the property.

At the time of writing it is unclear what the Diocese’s intentions are. It is possible, but perhaps unlikely, that it will retain ownership of the Hall. Should planning permission be granted, there seem three possibilities. The Diocese could:

  • sell the Hall as-is with planning permission in place;
  • redevelop the Hall and let the properties(in which case no sale would take place, and the ‘community right to bid’ would not be relevant;
  • redevelop the Hall and sell the properties. The next scheduled meeting of Constantine Parish Council is on Tuesday 15 April 2021, and the proposed redevelopment of the Church Hall will undoubtedly be discussed then. These meetings are open to the public to attend, and there is always provision for public questions before the meeting begins. In any case, I am sure Parish Councillors will welcome public views on the proposed redevelopment in advance of the meeting.

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. Our hoped for start date has been delayed slightly as we wait for South West Water to finish their work expanding the holding capacity of the pumping station at the entrance to the woods. The understanding is that once the work is completed the area will be restored to something like the condition it was in prior to the works starting, so it will likely be May or perhaps later before we can take up the lease (and begin our own works).

In February we sent a call-out to people who had pledged support over the last year to cover the necessary set-up expenses, insurance and annual lease payment, approximately £600. We’ve now raised about half of what is needed, and will be doing another appeal once we have the lease start date confirmed. If you would like to be included in updates, or offer a donation, please email me at c.desilvey@gmail.com.

£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.

Last year we relied, as everyone did, on funds saved for a rainy day to put on the village Christmas lights display, now hopefully if the government road map goes to plan, we can look forward to holding some community events.

With that in mind we would like you to pop these dates in your diaries: From April 17 the Book Harbour will be back on my drive in Bridge every weekend. You can’t miss it as you drive or walk past. A huge thanks to so many of you have been donating books over the lockdown, meaning we have a fantastic selection to start off this new season.

Following on from this will be ‘Books at the Bus Stop’ May bank holiday Monday. Weather and road map per- mitting, we shall aim for May 3rd however should the weather be inclement we shall try for the second bank holiday May 31.

It has been 18 months since we last sat and drank tea together on the grass opposite the Church so we are extremely excited to think that fingers crossed, this August we shall be able to run ‘Teas Under the Trees’ every Wednesday from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. It will be fantastic to be together again eating cake and drinking tea.

As always, our events will be advertised by a notice board either on the railings near the Bus Stop or propped against the telegraph pole near the village carpark.

Please do come and join us.

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.

We are really hoping to see restrictions ease further as we move into the summer term. We’d love to be able to go on our camps, have our sports day, Tolmen Centre performances, and be able to look forward to the all the other long standing Constantine School traditions that occur at this time of year.

Science Week
Our whole school enjoyed National Engineering and Science Week and this year’s focus was on ‘Space’. If you have been checking out our Twitter feed (@ConstantineSch2) then you will have seen some of the fun investigating and learning we took part in. The quality of what was investigated, discussed and also produced was really impressive.

Here are a few images to let you in on the fun:

  • We have been investigating ways to transport tourists into space, help them travel on the Moon and also get back to Earth after their visit.
  • Immersed in STEM challenges to find a way to bring space tourists safely home. We used our learning powers of collaboration and questioning to design an experiment.
  • A fabulous day learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon. The children worked in small groups to use circular/ spherical objects to represent their ideas of the relative sizes of the Earth, moon and Sun. Afterwards we learned that the Sun is so huge that it could fit 1.3 million Earths inside it!

We are very excited to have recently heard that our school, along with all other schools in Kernow Learning Academy Trust, will become part of the Ogden Trust Partner- ship. This is a
charitable Trust to promote physics and science in primary schools and we can’t wait to get stuck in. This means funding, training, resources and exciting opportunities for us all over the next 4 years! We promise to share more about this journey with you as we go along.

International Women’s Day
The children enjoyed celebrating this special day and we read and heard about many inspirational women in the wider world and also those in our own lives.

Chateez
To help the children communicate and develop their skills in understanding their own and others feelings, all staff have undertaken Youth Sport Trust Chateez training. This added to our Trauma Informed and PACE (playful, listening, curious, empathetic) approach’s we already use.

The initiative behind this uses emojis for children to help them explain their thoughts in whole class, group or 1:1 situations. This has worked really well so far and has been enlightening also as some children don’t understand some feelings and may have never experienced them. Some have been able to tell us they are hungry and we have been able to provide extra fruit at break-times or even breakfast if it’s been a rushed morning at home. The children love the emojis and many games are played in PSHE using these cards also.

We also have friends in the village who would like us to become more involved in the Plastics Project and as a school we will certainly be wanting to get stuck in. This is being led by Vera an ex-pupil and Christo (Max and Ella’s dad). It’s great to have so many exciting projects and community links to look forward to.

Constantine School Local Advisory Board (Governors)
Our LAB are seeking a further member to join our team. If you would to become involved and feel you can offer our village school some of your time then do get in touch with our Chair of Governors Mrs Jude Carroll via school 01326340554. We are seeking parent and community representatives and we are always looking out for ways to continue and make further positive links with our community.

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. 

With that in mind we are hoping to organise some small-scale community fundraising events when restrictions allow, such as a coffee morning or afternoon tea, to keep eve ryone up to date, giving you a chance to see how far we have come and to share even more of your stories and photographs. How ever, until that time, and just to set the ball rolling, Sally has agreed to have a small Bric a Brac stall to raise funds on her driveway (next door to the Recreation ground) for one month. We do have some lovely bits and pieces for the stall so keep your eyes open as you walk along Trebarvah Road. 

In the meantime, my task is to start to research grant options. If anyone has ever been down the route of writing and producing a book in the past and can offer any advice or support, or help us steer clear of any pitfalls, then I would welcome a chat. Although our main aim is to produce a book, we hope to collect and collate oral history accounts along the way, which will complement the contents of the book. We are also hoping, if funds and planning permission allows, to see a listening post installed somewhere within the village. 

You can help by keeping those photo graphs and stories coming in. Every day we are making history so please don’t think you have nothing to add because you haven’t lived in Constantine for several generations. 

Sally Coot can be contacted on her email – sallyandalfie@icloud.com.
I can be contacted on 340279. 

Tracey Clowes

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. 

We’ve had a lot of interest from Constantine and whilst we can’t make a delivery point there, one of our regular customers, Rosie North has offered to pick up any orders from Helston, bring them to her home where you can collect from her, saving a few journeys and a few less food miles. By shopping with us, you help strengthen and support your local food economy, and 80% of your spend goes directly to the producer. 

How it works 

Helston Local Food Hub is just like a ‘click and collect’ service that you might be familiar with at a supermarket. We sell delicious food items from a range of producers local to Helston. These include: Gear Farm Organic Vegetables (in season, not now) Treveador Farm cheese, Boscarnon Farm beef, Primrose Herd pork, Penny’s Pies, Boscadjack Mill Seasonal Produce, Gweal Mellin Cider, Ruby June’s Indian Kitchen and lots more.

  1. Visit www.helstonlocalfoodhub.co.uk to see the range of produce available to buy from our website on the Open Food Network. You can filter the items by producer or by product type, e.g. ‘Dairy’ or ‘Bread and Bak ing’. If you don’t have access to a computer or don’t like shopping online, give me a call on 07421 271106 and we can arrange a different way for you to shop for these products. We are also now offering a ‘subscription’ service so if you want a regular order you don’t need to remember to order each week (but you will need to remember to come and pick your order up!) 
  2. We work in order cycles, opening up the online shop each week until Thursday lunch time for you to shop from. We then assemble all the orders at the Old Cattle Market in Helston on Saturday morning and Rosie will deliver to Constantine – Staplehurst, Bowling Green, (the turning space and entrance to the doctors surgery) rosie.north16@gmail.com Tel: 07491658155 at 11.00. 
  3. Just click ‘Collection in Constantine’ at checkout and we’ll make sure your order arrives with her.
  4. Please bring shopping bags or boxes to take your food away in. 
  5. Rosie won’t always be able to offer this service, so there may be times when this ser vice is not available. Please talk to Rosie if you think you might be able to help out on days that she can’t get to Helston. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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!

Recycling in Cornwall can be difficult. So it isn’t a surprise that the average home is throwing away more and more rubbish every month. In Spring 2018 the average Cornish home threw away 42kg of rubbish every month. By Autumn of last year, the most recent period that the Council has data for, this has grown to 45kg every single month. And in Cornwall we don’t use any landfills. We burn it instead, releasing a lot of CO2 and maybe other pollutants as well. This isn’t great!

Worse, the recycling isn’t increasing fast enough to make much of a difference. Yes it is increasing… and maybe it’s encouraging that the amount of household waste that is recycled is up 3 percentage points since Spring 2018. But that still means that only 22% of all household waste is actually recy- cled. All the rest gets burnt.

Precious Plastic Cornwall wants to make a dent in that. We’re taking advantage of the Precious Plastic global community (more than 80,000 strong) and we are setting up a community plastic recycling centre.

This means we can recycle the plastic here, more types than can be recycled via the kerbside collection, and it also gives us all a chance to learn about the problem, for other charities and schools and the community to be involved, and to benefit from it and to give something back (instead of shipping the plastic off to distant counties so others can recycle it and sell it back to us!).So it’s early days. There’s a small group of us who are now hard at work, but we will accept any help you can offer!

We need a location where we can put the machines. We are going to use the Precious Plastic tried-and-tested designs for a shredder and an injection moulder, but advice and help from everyone and other ideas are very welcome. We’re going to work with local businesses, local secondary schools and the local universities to help with injection mould dies and other matters. We have got some great support- ers in the council and we will be applying to them and others for help with funding.

We would love to have your help with any of these, and there are so many other things as well. If you’re interested and you’d like to know more or if you just have any questions then you can email us at preciousplasticcornwall@gmail.com

Thanks!

Vera & Cristo

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

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five gar-bage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.

You could make a difference by collecting your hard colourful plastic waste, and giving it to Cornwall Cast: a new circular economy business in Constantine, making signs, memorials and smaller objects from recycled materials.

While single-use plastic is a massive worldwide problem, I am offering a solution to help my local community, to remove the excessive plastic waste already in the system.I have collection points in Penzance and Falmouth, but especially here in my own village. This enterprise has been developed over the last 3 years, working with many business advisory groups, and has received funding from TEVI, towards a Granulator (this shreds the plastic). I am currently working with Acceleration Through Innovation 2, to explore and research uses for plastic waste, alongside The Skills Hub and Cultivator Currently, I am accepting any hard colourful plastics to my home address; 14 Penwartha Close, Constantine TR11 5GB – there is a big yellow wheelie bin just inside my garden as a receptacle. Bottle tops, old plastic bowls, toys, tubs, anything that is hard, colourful and made of plastic, etc.

Kate Milan

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? 

Our gardens have the potential to be mini nature reserves – by just making a few simple changes, they can become places where wildlife thrives. Food, water and shelter are the top priorities. Here are some top tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden of any size. 

Provide water – Water is one of the most important resources you can offer, it will be gratefully used by birds, insects and even amphibians. If you have space, dig a pond and even if you have a very small space, an old washing up bowl filled with rainwater will soon attract visitors like pond skaters and damselflies. 

Make a deadwood pile – Dead and decaying wood is almost as important to wildlife as living wood. It provides shelter for amphibians and reptiles. If in sun, logs provide nesting habitat for some types of solitary bee, while if in shade and partially buried, dead wood pro- vides nesting habitat for some types of beetle. 

Plant for pollinators – Fortunately, there is a great variety of beautiful flowers and shrubs which provide much needed nectar for bees and butterflies. Nectar rich varieties will attract colourful displays and reward your efforts. Try to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides as these are particularly harmful to bees. 

Other ideas include building a bat or bird box, opening up a gap in your fence for hedgehogs, leaving areas of long grass and of course feeding the birds. There are no rules, simply do as much as you want and have room for. Gardens take up more space than all of our nature reserves put together, so whatever you do will make a difference! 

Antonia Mullaly, Transition

Trees for the planet 

Transition Constantine has been part of a group in Falmouth which raised money to save thousands of new oak saplings from being mulched. 

We are now offering these to people in the Parish for free. Anyone who has room in their garden, or on their land, for a tree or for a few trees, please contact Sandra Boreham, 01326 341493 as soon as possible. It would be good to get them in the ground as soon as we can. 

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. As mentioned in the last magazine entry, we will be having the Constantine Village, best front garden and hanging basket award. The properties that will be judged will mainly focus on those along Fore Street. The judges will start by Constantine School and walk Down towards Penbothidno taking in streets either side. This will be judged in July, by 3 society members, who will chosen at a later date. The award will be presented soon after the judging has taken place. I’m sure that after 3 lockdowns and the amount of time that some people have spent planning, preparing and improving their gardens we will have some great gardens to see. So please if you are resident within that area, get planning, preparing and planting. Good luck to you all.

I personally am hopeful that the old English proverb, ‘In like a Lion out like a Lamb’ will hold true this year. I will be glad to see the back of these frosts and cold easterly winds. As I sit here writing this, the wind is howling and sleet hitting the windows, I can’t wait for Spring to arrive. I have lost a few plants this winter to the frost and am currently working overtime to protect the new shoots that are coming through in the garden and all the seedlings that are growing under lights and those in the greenhouse.

Peter Wilson

Lockdown: Key facts to remember

HOLIDAY HOMES
Guidance is clear, you are not allowed to go on holiday, or to visit second homes, except in exceptional circumstances. Full guidelines on the Government Covid-19 website.

If you have concerns re the abuse of this restriction which is now law. You can contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 118.

SHIELDED RESIDENTS
Those deemed to be clinically extremely vul- nerable and are employed are asked to work from home, while all are advised to go outside once a day for exercise when possible.

The Government should have written to all those who previously shielded to offer the latest advice. Anyone who needs support should contact our Cornwall Council dedi- cated support email address at covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

MEETING WITH OTHERS
You can meet with one person from another household to exercise outdoors, and children under school age can attend those meetings.

Adults living alone are now allowed to form a support bubble with another similar household, meaning they can visit each other’s homes, stay overnight and meet in outdoor spaces.

Important Cornwall Council links
All coronavirus-related enquiries or issues should go to our dedicated Cornwall Council email address covid19@cornwall.gov.uk. This email address is monitored throughout normal business hours.

Anyone who needs help can request a volunteer by ringing 01872 266988 or visiting volunteercornwall.org.uk.

Find out more about the support available for businesses on the Cornwall Council website – Business Rate Support, Council Tax Support and Growth Hub. Other useful numbers:

  • Samaritans 116123
  • Domestic Abuse UK 0808 2000 247
  • Domestic Violence UK 0808 2000 247
  • Child Abuse Helpline 0800 111
  • Young Person’s Mental Health 0800 068 4141

Constantine Parish Council elections

Constantine Parish Council elections take place every four years and are due to be held this May when all eleven seats on the Council are up for election. The current Council members are:

  • P. Carter (Chairman)
  • J. Andrew
  • A. Carter
  • H. Bolt
  • Mrs S.Dunstan
  • E.Nicholls
  • Mrs T. Thomson
  • Mrs P. Bradley-Davis
  • R. Wickins
  • C. Painter.

The role of the Parish Council is to:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

If you believe you could help to look after and improve facilities for the community and might consider standing for election to the Parish Council, find out more at constantinecornwall.com/parish-council/becoming-a-councillor/ and at askyourcouncil.uk.

Editor’s note: Standing Council Members were invited by The Constant Times to say something about themselves and their aims if re-elected, but have not yet done so. However, there will be another opportunity in the April/May issue, when other prospective candidates will also be invited to submit statements.

New Tolmen Centre roof finally complete and the seagulls love it!

Tracey Clowes, Hon. Chair, Constantine Enterprises Company

A month shy of two years since we launched our Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ Campaign, the roof
work is complete. The final section of scaffolding came down mid-January and the slated slopes are looking fantastic! The guttering has been replaced along with the downpipes to the two side elevations, and bat slates have been put in place on the north-west slope of the roof in consultation with the bat specialist.

If the amount of guano is anything to go by, the seagulls are also well pleased with their new perching spot! The timberwork to the roof is generally sound, timber treatment has been carried out and insulation installed in the roof void. Thanks go to all involved in the co-ordination of this phase of our project, with special thanks to Richard Thomas, Marc Lothian, Andy, Phil and all the crew at Landstone Construction who have worked in some very inhospitable conditions at times to get the roofing complete.

So, what next? As I write we have a plasterer in situ completing internal plaster repairs around the large upstairs arched window and the kitchen/café walls. This damage arose due to water ingress from the failing roof and downpipes over many years. We also have a minor area of audi- torium ceiling to repair, not an uncommon problem in a building dating from the late Victorian period. Once we can be sure all the dust has settled and Covid restrictions allow, we shall be back into the building for a thorough clean.

On to phase three of the project – the 22 windows, most requiring some attention either repair/restoration and 1 total replacement. Constantine Enterprises Company would like to thank Constantine Parish Council who in December generously donated £2000 to assist with this phase of the project, recognising the importance of keeping such a wonderful village building in good order for the future. We also have ringfenced £4000 from an earlier Garfield Weston Grant. So, for now, we shall draw breath before hopefully in the Spring beginning this part of the project, window by window.

We are so looking forward to a time (maybe now with vaccinations, in the not too distant future) when we can invite you back to the Tolmen Centre and to say in person a huge thank you for ‘keeping the faith’ both financially and on a very personal level which is enabling this vital vil- lage project to progress. We could not have done this without your support.

Tolmen Centre Events

With the new restrictions coming in just before it was due, we had to cancel Martha Tilston’s eagerly awaited gig on January 2 – a decision made all the more inevitable when a small section of ceiling fell onto the stage a day or two earlier! We hope to rebook Martha later in the year, and would like to thank her and her band, and all those who bought tickets for the event, for their support.

IF (that’s what’s technically called a big ‘if’) conditions allow, we hope to be able to re-open in the spring.

tolmencentre.co.uk

A glass half full

By John Hawes, our very own voluntary ‘litter warden’

I write this piece on the first day of the new lockdown. I live with my wife in Ponjeravah, or as a good friend calls it “the swamps of the village”. I am an octogenarian.

Of course, the long haul since last March has depressed me from time to time. It was alright in the spring and the summer. It was a novelty at the time and I was happy to spend long hours outdoors. The autumn was not too bad but the shortening days of the last two months of the year and the endless succession of wet and windy days have not been good for my morale. And then there is the cumulative effect. Surely, now is the time to look on the bright side?

Yesterday, it was still quite light at 4.30 pm. Slowly, the days are lengthening. In a month or so the birds will be tuning up, certainly the blackbirds and very likely a mistle thrush. Positive points for all of us but we have different problems.

A fair number of our fellow villagers live alone; some are house-bound through lack of mobility or other reasons. There are young families with children now at home and living in restricted space. There will be teenagers worried about their GCSE’s or their A levels and desperately missing their friends. Lots of us have poor Broadband reception which is particularly difficult when working from home and studying on line. And not everybody has enough computer hardware. There are people who are unwell, not with Covid but are hesitant to seek treatment for fear of Covid . Some people have lost their jobs, have used up their savings and are now finding it very difficult to make ends meet. All these scenarios are present in our village and are common all over the United Kingdom. However, without discounting an ounce of sympathy for our fellow citizens throughout the country, I think that we should concentrate our thoughts on our village and its inhabitants.

As I wrote above our difficulties are varied, however we members of the Constantine community have our advantages in common. They are firstly of people and secondly of place. I walk up to the village several times a week and I often meet walkers down at Ponjeravah who are taking their daily exercise. They are invariably so friendly maybe brought closer together by a common enemy. We exchange a few words with each other and feel just a little bit brighter. This year, my wife, Eleanor and I have learned how to live more locally. We now appreciate the excellent service from Kevin and his team at the Spar shop. Dominique from Trebarvah farm has just delivered some of her excellent Dexter beef. Later in the week we will have the freshest fish home supplied from the Lizard fishing cooperative, Kernowsashimi. And then there is the personal side, certainly we are ‘phoning each other more often than in the past. For some life is less busy and they enjoy more time to care. For others there is perhaps more time to think and then to contact those who may be lonely.

There is less motor traffic therefore less noise and less air pollution and even the fewer overflying planes must contribute. I am told that wildlife is thriving from reduced human interference. As a village litter-picker I can confirm that there is much less about. But where we are all most fortunate, under my sub heading of place is in living in Constantine, the village, the parish, in West Cornwall. We are not restricted to exercising in a crowded local park, we have lovely country all around us, it is healthier in every way. Very soon the primroses will be in flower, we will hear the Chiffchaff by mid March and then in April the bluebells will carpet Bosahan woods. We are luckier than many. I have read this very day on the Surgery website that the first vac- cines will be delivered within a few days. By late spring most of us should have received our jabs and by June we should all be partying in the streets. Perhaps, I am being too optimistic but that is definitely better than the other way round. It will be some weeks before what I write today will be read by you all. Let us hope that my optimism is justified.

All aboard for a new future

Helford Marine Conservation Group

Due to Covid 19 everyone missed the boat with the cancellation of this year’s annual cruise up the river with the Helford Marine Conservation Group. But at the Group’s annual meeting via zoom the new Chairman Dave Thomson assured members that the cruise will return in 2021.

There was also news that the Group’s popular monthly talks will go ahead on zoom. Members will have free access to these while for everyone else over 18 there will be a charge of £4 per meeting. Against this it is just £10 to become a member for a year. For more details contact Sue Scott at coordinator@helfordvmca.co.uk

The annual meeting not only saw the appointment of Dave Thomson as the new chairman, following the retirement of David Muirhead, but also a new vice chairman, Jackie Whibley. Coordinator Sue Scott said: “They bring many strengths to the Group. Jackie is a serving Mawnan Smith parish councillor and is actively involved in local affairs as they impact the environment. She is an active volunteer with the National Trust, the Women’s Institute and Plastic Free Helford.”

“Dave Thomson, formerly the vicechairman of the group’s advisory committee, has held a number of posts within the Group. Both he and Jackie love the Helford and the surrounding area and recognise that its natural and historic value needs to be cared for and protected for future generations to enjoy.”

This theme was emphasised by guest speaker wildlife photographer David Chapman, who gave an illustrated talk on zoom on where to watch wildlife in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

All that was missing was the cake!

Second History Book of Constantine

Tracey Clowes

In the last Constant Times I wrote with plans for compiling a ‘Second History Book of Constantine’. With Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp, good old emails and of course the telephone, despite Covid we are still able to connect with anyone who has memories and photographs to share. Sally Coot is happy to receive information via her email address: sallyandalfie@icloud.com, or to me via my landline 01326 340279.

Not giving any secrets away, we have already received several photographs which neither Sally or I have seen before, and for one local family, contact has been made with a cousin in Australia who is helping to gather information. I also have a book with notes taken by one of the original owners of a cottage in Fore Street from where a business ran many years ago. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far.

If you have memories or photos please do get in touch. We can’t guarantee that everything will make the final copy but our plan is to have a local exhibition of all photos and stories which have been shared and are also hoping that some of the stories can be recorded for a Podcast, and for a listening post (if planning allows) located at a central point in the village.

Gweek Players to premiere home-grown drama on-line

Gweek Players have not been idle these past few months, putting skits, poems and songs on YouTube as well as demonstrations of favourite recipes. Their next venture is an online murder mystery – The Village Hall Murder – written by our very own David Ivall. It will be premiered online on Monday, 1st March.

The story so far:
Petra Lyttleton, the overbearing Hall Bookings Secretary, upsets or falls out with a number of people in the village. She is then found dead on the stage. Speculation runs rife. There are many people with a possible motive but, since the hall door lock had recently been changed, very few people have keys and all of them have an alibi! Or do they? Can those under suspicion discover the identity of the true murderer?

BUT NOT EVEN THE CAST KNOW WHODUNNIT YET! And they won’t know until the final cut!

(We are only going to tell the murderer and their scene co-actor) The action will be recorded on Zoom but filmed by the cast themselves to comply with the latest lockdown restrictions. It will include all the attention to detail of an onstage Gweek Players’ production thanks to our Creative team, who will consult and liaise with the cast to source costumes, sets, props, sound effects and lighting within their own bubble.

The Village Hall Murder will be directed by Emma Phillips and produced by Mandy Rolleston, our artistic and technical duo!

To register to watch our online drama, please email info@gweekplayers.co.uk

Constantine Silver Band

Dougie Down

2020 turned out to be a very difficult and strange year for us and many others having to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

After a very busy Christmas 2019 period the Band took a short break before resuming practice again. We managed to hold our Annual General Meeting on 2 February, but then had to go into total lockdown in March. This left us with no rehearsals and no indication of when we might be able to resume. We also were obliged to cancel all our bookings for the year, including Brass on Grass, Port Navas Regatta and our usual Christmas commitments for 2020.

Whilst all this was going on we had to remove all our band equipment and instruments normally stored in the Church Hall in exchange for a donation due to the Church giving up the lease on the building. This left us with a headache finding alternative temporary storage. Consequently, our equipment and instruments are currently spread all over the village! In the longer term we are hoping to replace our old rusted and leaky container with a new one so that all our stuff can be stored safely and securely in one place again.

Once again, we wish to thank the Constantine Social Club for all the help they give us over the year, for without them we would be in a very difficult place. Many thanks for all your support.

Like everyone, we wait to see what the future holds. Hopefully 2021 will be a better year for us all. In the meantime, Constantine Silver Band wishes all its supporters a happy and healthy New Year.

Free timber from fallen oak trees at Goongillings

Over the past year we have lost three large oak trees at Goongillings – all in close proximity to our wildlife pond down by the creek.

We don’t really understand what has caused this – it could have been prolonged dry spells (yes we did have some in 2018 and 2019!) or it could have been prolonged wet spells in late 2019 and 2020.

The two biggest trees which must be at least 100 years old – fell from opposite sides of the pond towards the water, and left a large number of branches hanging over the pond surface.

During the summer, I managed to trim a good number of these and devised a system of cutting branches so they fell into the water and then using a long rope to haul them across the pond and out onto the bank to be cut into lengths.

This left the large – very large – main parts of the trees lying on the bank of the pond, too big for me to deal with. It needs someone able to deal with big hunks of tree and with some use for what is a huge quantity of oak timber – some suitable for firewood, and some, maybe, able to be made into useable building wood.

If any Constant Times reader knows anyone who might want to have a project to get all this wood taken away, they can have it for free as long as the site is left tidy afterwards.

The location is away from the public access and is fairly easy to get to across the fields – but as they are on the bank of a large pond getting the wood moved won’t be easy. It will take lots of chain-sawing and dragging the timber to where it can be either cut up small or loaded onto trailers to take away.

I can be contacted on 01326 340630 or 07799777730 and will happily show anyone interested where the trees are (but please don’t set off looking for them without contacting me first).

Walks and thoughts

By Eleanor Hawes

There are different kinds of walks to benefit our health and well-being, the brisk and speedy and the slow and observing, even tree-hugging if need be. Each is good for us.

I was walking slowly back home, down the lane, when I encountered a worm, crossing very slowly, lugging all of eleven inches behind it!!!

Since my brother loved chasing me with worms when we were children, I have not been over fond of them, but over the years have come to appreciate their value. All gardeners would agree with that, so I watched and waited until it made its way to safety, into the mud and leaves of the verge.

Did I say safety ? Many more dangers lie ahead I.e. moles, badgers, birds , cars. Two cars went by a few minutes later and I wondered what they would say if I told them what I had been doing, protecting a worm from being flattened! They would have shaken their heads and said ‘utter nutter’ or something! Or something !!

Saint Francis would have picked it up and put it in a safe place. Nothing was too yucky for him, not even slugs! Nothing that God has made was ugly or yucky in his eyes. He was overwhelmed with wonder at God’s Creation and how it all works together for good.

We probably squish, squash and flatten many a bug as we walk through our lovely woods, completely unintentionally. We look at dead tree trunks as they appear to break down and rot BUT they are rich with stuff for all sorts of creatures to feed on, to carry on the circle of life.

So let’s keep walking, watching and wondering , knowing that it will help us through these strange times and in between times, stay home, stay safe , stay well.

Constantine School carries on through Covid

Cags Glbert, Head of School

What a strange start to the school year it has been with a full school in one day, closed the next following Boris’ announcement and then open again on Wednesday with Remote Learning also in full swing. Our staff, pupils and parents responded so well to the changes and we had no prior warning, finding out by listening to the news at 8pm along with most of the nation on Monday 4 January.

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Cornwall Councillor for Constantine, Mawnan and Budock, John Bastin, reflects on 2020

Who would have thought as we sat in the February 2020 Farmers Market that we were about to be thrown into a world more akin to a Science Fiction drama?

Cornwall Council responded to the ensuing first lockdown with a fast reorganisation that saw both Staff and Councillors working from home. With the second and third wave this is still the situation but now a normal programme of meetings carries on in the virtual world of Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Although strange at first, there are now clear protocols to allow democracy to be seen to be done. That said however, this method of communication does put pressure on all participants to be open and transparent just as they would be in a face-to-face situation.

All these council meetings are live streamed so that anyone in the public can watch what is said and voted on. Voting takes place by means of a ‘roll call’ where each committee member responds with a For, Against or Abstain.

My role has had its challenges locally, the main difficulty is meeting with people, (my wife is on the Shielding list) however the use of the telephone and e-mail has still provided a clear pathway for communication. Interestingly this is also the case with Council officers who as previously mentioned are working from home. I have nothing but praise for the help and support I still get even though it may take just that little bit longer.

I have also been able to work with the Parish Council and offer support where needed.

Praise is also needed for the village and surrounding area itself, so many have risen to the challenge of social isolation, and loneliness. The way which people took up the challenge and made food and medication deliveries to those who were forced to ‘isolate’ because they were vulnerable, was beyond belief. I did put some money from my community chest into these groups to help make these efforts easier. I still have some Covid support money available, all you have do is ask.

We are now in a third Lockdown, if we are to ever return to whatever a new normal looks like it is vital that we all “play the game” and follow government and local advice.

The promise of a vaccine does a least offer hope but even then, I do not think we will see much evidence of infection reduction until around Easter.

So, what of the future?

It is difficult to say how long this pandemic will go on, even with the hope of a vaccine. The so called ‘New Normal’ does however offer us the opportunity to rethink how we do things and at the same time remember that the challenge of Climate Change has not gone away. Climate Change has sadly been eclipsed by our current situation but still has the potential to offer greater global devastation than the CV-19 pandemic.

Cornwall Council is reviewing the way it works, it has been realised that locally driven action works best for local people. It has been also realised that Council staff working in their own localities have an incredibly significant impact on the Council’s Carbon Footprint.

Please remember that I am always willing to help you where I can.

My contact number is 01326 368455 or e-mail john.bastin@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Best wishes for a Happier New Year.

John Bastin Cornwall Councillor

Heatpumps – low carbon heat

A recent tally of heat pumps installed in Constantine came up with a figure of somewhere between 25 and 30, being a combination of air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.

At the moment there are two funding mechanisms to support the purchase of heat pumps for homes. There is the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi/about-domesticrhi) and the Green Homes Grant. (greenhomesgrant.campaign.gov.uk) The Transition Constantine RHI is a tariff based scheme requiring an upfront capital cost, with a guaranteed payment for all the heat generated by the unit for seven years. The Green Homes Grant provides an up-front capital grant. The RHI scheme is currently due to end in March 2022.

This is an opportunity to see more heat pumps installed in at least some of the suitable properties in the parish. If you would like to speak to someone in the village who already has a heat pump operating, send an email to tmconstantine@btinternet.com. Alternatively, you can contact a suitably qualified and experienced local installer.

Even if you don’t go with the heat pump solution, the Green Homes Grant provides support for other energy efficiency measure in homes. You may have to be patient – there is considerable interest in this scheme and installers are very busy!

Cottage Garden Society update

Peter Wilson, Chair

As 2021 starts with some frosty mornings and a new national lockdown in place, very little has changed within the Constantine garden society. We are still unsure when any meetings may be permitted and also any decisions regarding the summer show. What we can decide upon is that for those living within Constantine, we will have the front garden Class 9b competition for judg- ing in July. So please get your planning heads on ready for for planting ideas.

January is a great time for garden tidying and preparation, I personally have built two new raised beds and am filling these with rotted horse manure and compost ready for early plantings, when the ground warms up. February will see early seed sowing and various root cuttings being taken.

As Covid continues, please keep your-selves safe, let’s hope the vaccine is rolled out as quickly as the Government says and we can resume normality by the summer or Autumn.

Santa’s flying visit (road trip, but who cares?)

Christmas Lights Team

Having written to Santa on a regular basis for 3 score years and 1, it was with trepidation knowing his busy schedule at the end of any year, and me regularly being on someone’s naughty list, that I wrote and invited him to Constantine to see our Christmas Lights. I explained we usually had a Lantern Parade and a Big Tree switch on, but as this could not happen due to Covid restrictions, could he come along and give us some Christmas cheer (socially distanced of course)?

Everything was prepared – the bus stop looked beautiful with tree, mini sleigh, reindeer, and a lookalike Santa!!! 48 small trees lit up Fore Street gardens, and fairy lights twinkled in hedges and doorways. Other trees lit up Clinton Road, Trebarvah Road, Bridge, Brill, Port Navas, Seworgan, and inside our lovely St Constantine Church. Silhouettes were placed around the village and the Recreation Ground festoons shone brightly. The Crib scene was erected by the Junior Lights team and the crosses on the Church shone out across the Parish. We were ready!

Constantinians were invited to stand on their doorsteps at dusk on 6 December just in case Santa came past.

Getting Santa secretly into the village before the event was no problem. With the sleigh in the workshop being made ready for Christmas Eve, Santa asked if he could be pulled around on a large trailer, and so it was.

With the Christmas Lights team following on close behind, or indeed driving the Saab (Santa Alternative Arrival Buggy) pulling the trailer, Santa waved and shouted his jolly ‘ho ho ho – keep safe everyone’ message to all those who came out into the street to greet him. One Grandma commented that this visit from Santa was so very special this year as her grandchildren had not been able to go inside any shops or halls to see him. It was the highlight of their Christmas.

Along Fore Street, around Penbothidno, Bowling Green, and into Bridge – Santa was everywhere and we absolutely cannot thank him and his Chief Elf enough. It did us all ‘a world of good’.

And with a tap of his nose and a nod of the head he was gone. BUT if you listened carefully as he took his leave he was shouting ‘SEE YOU ALL ON CHRISTMAS EVE’

Wishing you all a safe and healthy 2021.

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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.

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.

Fund raising events throughout 2020 have been limited, but as always, individuals have risen to the challenge and contributed in many exciting and varied ways. Villagers have made generous personal donations, sold plants, fruit, vegetables, jigsaw puzzles, and home-made jewellery. We were able to hold the ‘Books at the Bus Stop’ event just in time before mass gatherings were banned, and there have been books for sale on my driveway since lockdown eased. So thank you to everyone who has purchased or donated books. As always, we thank the Parish Council for their continued support and significant contribution of £600 to this year’s fund.

We have been asked on numerous occasions if Constantine will be decorated this year as there have been no opportunities for our usual fundraisers and there are several villages in the area who have decided not to put up their festive displays. The Christmas Lights Committee have always set funds aside for a rainy day, and this is our ‘rainy day’! We are confident we will be able to decorate the village in the same way as we have done for the past 6 years, working in small family teams and socially distanced. By the time you read this we will have made our annual pilgrimage to the Christmas tree farm to label up 40 medium trees, 6 large trees, and we hope, one enormous tree for the bank, all ready for collection and then distribution at the beginning of December.

Christmas trees are offered to everyone in Fore Street and Clinton Road. We also offer sets of lights to houses with lovely outside trees or bushes. We always have a very large tree at the bus
stop and beautiful crosses on the St Constantine Church tower. We put up a large tree at Brill just outside the Cricket Ground, and offer a tree to Seworgan, Port Navas, St Constantine Church, Social Club, Tolmen Centre and, historically, the Queens Arms car park.

Port Navas

What we are able to do is limited by access to a power supply, so the many silhouettes, Brill Tree, the village crib scene, lights coming up the hill from Ponjeravah, lights along the Recreation ground and around the Church Hall and in the village carpark are reliant on the goodwill of the nearby neighbours who let us plug in. Several trees in other places use battery lights although these are never quite as successful.

Sadly, we will not be able to hold a mass gathering for switch-on or a village lantern parade this year, but we will be encouraging as many folk as possible to try and have lights up and on by dusk on Sunday 6 December giving a real sense of community which is so acutely felt when we usually gather together at the bus stop.

We have been told by so many of you that driving along Fore Street and seeing the lit trees and lights, or the Church crosses from a distance as you come into Constantine, gives such comfort and boosts our festive spirt – it really is immeasurable.

Stay safe and well and we shall hopefully see you next year at some of our village fundraiser events.

Tracey Clowes, Christmas Lights Team

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.

Since lockdown in March meetings have been in the regular Friday night slot over Zoom, allowing many girls to continue seeing their peers remotely as well as work towards a number of achievements, such as the apt for the times, ‘Too Cool for School’ badge.

With the implementation of a risk assessment signed off by the organisation however, we have been able to start meeting again in person. Initially we met on 25 September on the recreation ground playing field, before meeting indoors again on 9 October.

As well as being the first indoor meeting since lockdown, the evening also saw the use of a new venue, Girlguiding in Constantine having moved from the Church Hall to the Tolmen Centre, at least until January.

The Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers are operating in ‘bubbles’ as part of the Covid-secure risk assessment, which includes all members at Guides and older wearing a face-covering indoors and that social distancing (2metres) is maintained throughout the meetings. Whilst these restrictions mean that meetings look a little different, the goal to empower girls to be their best and become confident women is still central to all activities.

We cannot guess how the months ahead will be affected by the pandemic, but Constantine Girlguiding will continue to offer what we can. Anyone seeking more information can contact local leaders via: girlguiding.org.uk.

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’. It is now out of print, so if you have a copy, you are one of the lucky few as they are almost as rare as hens’ teeth, and quite expensive if one comes up for auction. The book covered many aspects of Constantine’s history, including wartime, industry, education, sport, shops, music, Church and Chapel, and village characters.

Just prior to lockdown, Sally Coot and I had plans to create an archive of local stories, interviewing Constantinians about life in the village, and we planned to use the many photographs held at the Museum to trigger memories. Another casualty of Covid you may say, but NO, quite the opposite. Sally and I have formulated a plan to go one stage further and are hoping to create a second ‘Book of Constantine’ to complement the first compiled by Trethowan and Moore. We are giving ourselves 2 years to research stories and photographs, edit and publish, however we can’t do this without you.

Whether you have lived in the village all your life, or like me, just a few years, we have all seen and been part of the changes and have made a contribution, however small, to its evolving life and history. We would love to hear stories and see your photographs although we cannot promise everything will be included in the final edit!

Please telephone Sally Coot 340050 sallyandalfie@icloud.com, or Tracey Clowes on 340279 if you want to know more.

Tracey Clowes

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. The trees haven’t complained about the delay, though, and we have made very slow progress over the last months. The Constantine Enterprises Company (CEC) Board reviewed a revised version of the lease agreement at its October meeting. If all goes to plan, we should now have a lease signed by the end of the year. The hope is that we can celebrate community stewardship of the 2 acre parcel with a socially-distanced, staggered-shift work party on New Year’s Day.

We already have about 50 individuals and households who have pledged support as Friends of the Glebe, and offered to pay a small annual subscription (£10 suggested, more welcome) to help cover the costs of the lease and the insurance. If you are interested in becoming a Friend and contributing to conversations about future plans, please email me at c.desilvey@gmail.com. Even before COVID-19 slowed down the world,our intention was to begin very gradually with light touch maintenance and restoration of some of the overgrown paths and features. We’ll take down the estate agent’s signs from Sentry Path and ensure access for all villagers into the future. The special place through the old granite gateposts will stay mostly as it is now, with a bit more care around the edges.

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.

Mr James Agnew, Chair of the Friends of Constantine Surgery said: “Due to the extraordinary support and generosity, over many years, from the community of Constantine & others, we are able to help the Surgery with those items, which are not a statutory duty of the NHS. We cannot start to thank the members of staff for their unstinting service to this community in these uncertain times.”

Dr David Roberts from the Surgery commented: “The portacabin provides a safe environment to see our patients and to carry on providing healthcare at the highest level with minimum risk. It is a huge asset to the surgery and the village community. We are very grateful to the Friends of the Surgery for raising the funds and purchasing the Portacabin during these uncertain times”.

Who are we?
The Friends of Constantine Surgery is a charity which was formed in 1985 in the local community to assist the work of the Surgery in Constantine, Port Navas and Gweek areas to provide extra equipment which the NHS does not supply. This enables the treatment of patients without delay, which can be of real benefit in giving, for example, either immediate diagnosis of heart problems, the latest computer technology or supplying medical equipment for the Doctors visit bags. We have also provided and helped fund Defibrillators for Constantine, Port Navas, Gweek and Seworgan. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we are unable to run our Defibrillator Programme. More recently we have purchased the Medical Unit, which is positioned in the Surgery Car Park. This helps to maintain protection for patients and staff and enables the Doctors to carry out their practices while removing the risk from the main surgery building.

Our funds are raised in a number of ways. We have our annual social evening. Members hold open gardens and coffee mornings. These functions all help the ongoing needs of the surgery and clin- ics. Individual donations and bequests given as a mark of gratitude are an equally important part of our fundraising scene. Any donation whether by cash or cheque is warmly received and every penny will be used to support the needs of the surgery and patients. If you would like a Gift Aid Declaration, then please contact me on the number below and I’ll arrange for a form to be sent out to you.

Hospital Car Service
The Friends of the Surgery provide a hospital car service. The service is run by volunteers and only if available. It is for able bodied patients, who do not fit the criteria for the ambulance service who find themselves unable to find transport to hospital. This is not a taxi service and our volunteer drivers are purely available to take, drop off and collect if necessary. There is a charge to cover petrol costs. During these present Covid times, the car service is still available if needed, but is at the discretion of our volunteer drivers. Please do not request this service if showing any signs of the Co- rona Virus. The hospital car service telephone number is 01326 340088.

All registered patients are treated as members of the Friends of Constantine Surgery, so if there is anything you would like to help with, either an interest in joining the committee, fund raising, volunteering for the car service or would like to know more, then please do get in touch.

Sara Thomas 01326 340411

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.

As nothing has been happening in the Hall maybe a quick summary of some other Port Navas happenings might be of interest.

The Pope’s Garden squad have continued to meet, at a distance, and do some garden maintenance. The garden has been enjoyed all through the last few months as a tranquil space to sit and think about how fortunate we are to have such places on our doorsteps. The Port Navas quay, in its now tidy state, has also been much enjoyed but at times has not been all that tranquil. It’s been good to hear happy young voices playing and crabbing, almost like normal.

The river has also been busier than usual, enjoyed by regular sailors and many body-boarders and kayakers. The 6 knot speed limit was not always observed, but new signs are now in place so the safety of the river users and the banks should improve.

At the beginning of lockdown, Cate Jones set up the Port Navas chitchat WhatsApp group, and there are now approximately 40 members. It has been a source of support and hilarity as well as a place to show beautiful photographs of the Helford and the village. Originally it helped to establish a regular shopping drop and source of information (watch out for compass jellyfish being one item). Hannah Darling has run regular quizzes on the site and although not everyone has participated in these, many of us have tried them out in the safety of our own homes. The questions have been a real challenge for some of us but they also brought out the competitive streak in many participants, all good natured though. Thank you all for contributing so much to community life by these gestures of kindness.

Finally, many congratulations to Lucy Jewson who was awarded an MBE in the latest honours list. Lucy and Kurt presented a fascinating talk in Port Navas way back in September 2019 when they spoke about their journey in establishing the ethical clothing company, Frugi, in 2004. This has now become a global brand.

Margaret Scott

A very peculiar gardeners’ year

Many gardeners will say that as winter approaches, it is the end of the gardening year. Others advocate that it is the beginning and you will yield the results next year due to the preparation done now. Whichever camp you belong to, this year has certainly been a testing one for most of us. Who would have thought that 2020 would end in such a way.

The society has not met since the last AGM and it will most likely not meet again until after the next one would have been held in 2021. We must all wait and see what the future holds prior to any further interaction.

The committee has decided that all Membership annual subscriptions paid in 2020, will be honoured for 2021. Let us hope that we can meet, have gardening talks and plan future events as soon as s reasonably practicable.

As keen gardeners we know that now is a great time to collect seed ready for next year.

As society members can we try to collect a few varieties from our garden so as things get back to normal we can try and get a community seed swap scheme for Constantine going in 2021. It will be a big project to initially start, but I’m sure with our collective knowhow wecan make a success of such a scheme.

The Facebook page is there for us all to use, to share ideas, ask questions and post pictures of plants and our gardens. For thosewithout a Facebook account I’m more than happy to administer any content that you wish to be included. For those wishing to have photographs included please send them via an attachment in a JPEG format, not via a Word or Pages document.

As this issue covers November and December, albeit it may be a little early for some, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Peter Wilson

Gweek Players tread the virtual boards

Gweek Players have not been idle these past few months, despite Covid-19. Every fortnight on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings we’ve been reading a variety plays on good old Zoom.

An average of 24 actors take part over the two nights. Aline Turner, our Committee Chair, has
read dozens of plays to find scripts that are interesting, with enough parts to go round and that aren’t too long! The plays we’ve read include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton and Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale. Next up is Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas – originally written as a play for radio, so ideally suited to a virtual performance. With permission from the publisher we use the Zoom share function to display the script on the screen.

Another member of the Committee, Emma Phillips, has taken it upon herself to direct and film short sketches, songs and party pieces by various members of Gweek Players. To view, go to gweekplayers.co.uk and click “Contact us” to receive the link.

Our production of Blithe Spirit, cancelled this April, is due to go ahead in April 2021. Rehearsals will resume once it is safe to do so. We are very much looking forward to performing in front of a live audience again in the not-too-distant future. The photos below show the actors, Chris Breach, Mark Breach, Antonia Coppen, Tabby Lammas, David Quinn and Steph Randlesome, in rehearsal at the WI in Constantine.

Linda Capone

Tolmen Centre Roof – A Quick Update

The scaffold is erected, slate has been delivered, and the roofers are on site. There is a huge orange bucket tunnel going from top of scaffold to the ground for easy removal of old cement roof slates, and we have a Bumpa Lift in place for raising the new slates up to scaffold level.

A combination of the moss growth in the roof tile joints, and gutters continually being clogged has caused significant damage to our internal walls. Being able to complete the work after a successful fund-raising campaign, with immeasurable support from locals and major grant providers, has not come a day to soon.

We have had an inspection by ecologist Paul Diamond who required the northern slope to be stripped first as this was the most likely habitat for bats. Much as we love bats, they can cause delay and significant additional work and cost if found in a roof space. Thankfully we had none. However, when the roof is replaced we shall be putting in a specialist bitumen felt so that should bats wish to live with us in the future they are able to cling with their claws to the surface without getting caught.

The work is anticipated to be complete, weather permitting, by 11 December, and what a Christmas present this will be for our wonderful Victorian chapel!

Many of you have written messages on slates which will be incorporated onto the new roof. We have photographed all the slates and will be putting copies into a book which we hope Constantine Museum will hold for the future, as we anticipate we will not see the slates again for many years. When the roof is next replaced, some of our memories of how we have used the building will be there for future generations to read.

Tracey Clowes (Chair Constantine Enterprises Company)

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.

Peggy Seeger

2011 saw Peggy Seeger, doyenne of the folk world, play with grace and humour to a full house; the international guitar festival ended with Martin Carthy, another folk colossus; while Steve Sogo and his band from Zimbabwe had everyone dancing. On the theatre stage, ‘Bound’ was a claustrophobic tale set in the cabin of a lurching trawler; and ‘The Animals and the Children Took to the Streets’ by company 1927 dazzled and delighted, with its shadow puppetry, projections and haunting music.

2012 opened with the incomparable Guy Masterson delivering his one-man show, ‘Shylock’, and
ended with John Welch and Pipeline Theatre’s unforgettable play, ‘Transports’, which explored memories of the Holocaust against a background of contemporary rural Britain; in the middle came ‘Mayday’, Tristan Sturrock’s thrilling and highly personal account of his near-fatal spinal injury and recovery. On the music front the two extremes of the Celtic fringe were on display: our local Cornish band Dalla led us in dancing in 5/4 time; and Rua MacMillan’s driving fiddle led his trio in a show of tunes from the Highlands and Islands.

2013 introduced us to Jacqui Oates, one of the finest voices in English folk; and the founders of Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden, entertained a sold-out auditorium. We had our first visit from performance poet Luke Wright with the first of his trilogy of political commentary, ‘Freddie Dare’; and Guy Masterson returned with another one-man show, the searing ‘Soldier’s Song’ based on the real experiences of a paratrooper in the Falklands War.

2014: for me, the standout theatre show of the year was ‘Major Tom’, a hilarious exposure of the world of beauty shows and dog shows, presented by Victoria Melody and, of course, her dog Major Tom; equally striking was Pipeline’s premiere of Jon Welch’s new play, ‘Streaming’, focussing on webcam sex and its human costs. The big name in folk was Chris Wood, while the female trio Lady Maisery sang beautifully and also ran a well- attended singing workshop the following morning.

2015 was another good year for music, from Devon’s Steve Knightley, through fingerpicking master Stephan Grossman and kora virtuoso Modou Cisshoko to the gritty Dublin band, Lynched. Pentabus’ play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ about depression somehow managed to be uplifting; and yet again Jon Welch and Pipeline came up with another innovative play, ‘Spillikin’, where dementia and artificial intelligence met in a powerful, moving piece.

The Gabby Young Duo

2016 saw more diverse music, including the Gabby Young Duo, the Moulettes, the strings section of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Will Kauffman’s fascinating audiovisual show about Woody Guthrie. On the theatre stage the Kernow King was Trevithik; our own Kerry Vincent produced her play ‘How Long Will I Love You’, and Luke Wright returned, this time as Jonny Bevan.

2017 had Ad Infinitum’s musical drama ‘Bucket List’ about a Mexican woman’s fight for justice, and Bea Roberts’ extraordinary retelling of Madame Bovary, in ‘Infinity Pool’. Wizz Jones and Ralph McTell entranced us old folkies from the 60s, Barb Jungr sang Dylan like no one has ever done before, John Etheridge and singer Vimala Rowe, fresh from Ronnie Scott’s, graced us with their limitless talents, and the Rough Island Band gave us a great show of self-penned songs and tunes inspired by the Isles of Scilly.

2018 gave us a sell-out courtesy of local singer-songwriter Martha Tilston, as well as modern music from the Kevos ensemble, and great entertainment from two of our favourite regulars, the Budapest Cafe Orchestra, and the Moscow Drug Club (from Haringey and Bristol respectively). On stage Ad Infinitum reprised the heartbreakingly tender ‘Translunar Paradise’, leaving many of us in tears; and Lost Dog filled the house with ‘Juliet and Romeo’, an irreverent retelling of another well-known play.

2019 was a bumper year for drama, led by Pipe- line’s ‘Drip, Drip, Drip’, an exploration of racism in the NHS, and more from Rhum and Clay with‘Mistero Buffo’, Owdyado with ‘Twisted Tales’, and 1927 with ‘Roots’, a weird blend of paper animation, storytelling and live music. Scottish trio Talisk nearly brought the house down, duo Twelfth Day produced a unique sound with full size harp and violin and two distinctive voices, and the great Martin Simpson showed his mastery of folk and blues guitar.

2020 was, as we know, cut short, but not before Squashbox Theatre had entertained our young- est audience with Tales from the Trees, and Luke Wright had brought us yet another incarnation, this time as Logan Dankworth. Our musical offerings were the effervescent Cornish bluegrass boys, Flats and Sharps, and the equally energetic but very different Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair, whose infectious rhythms had the downstairs audience on their feet from the very start.

I hope this retrospective will bring back some happy memories to our regulars, and entice others to sample the amazing range of musical and theatrical talent on show on our doorstep. To stay in touch, if you haven’t already done so drop us an email to get onto the mailing list: tolmen@constantinecornwall.com

Bird boxes for Bosahan woods

Terry Swainsbury (on behalf of the Bosahan Woodlands Committee)

I would like to thank, Martin, Jack, Stewart, Roger, Mark, Jan, Alex, Robert, Mike, Luke, Andrew and Chris for their enthusiastic response to my appeal for the building of bird and bat boxes. I have already received notification from some volunteers about their completed projects. Please could you either keep the box or boxes until March or alternatively I could collect and store them. If anyone else would like copies of the plans, please contact me. However, I am conscious that we are in the first phase of the project and I am mindful of needlessly overpopulating the woods with nesting opportunities! With this in mind, I would advise that if you would like to contribute to the project, please hold fire until I have a better idea of the numbers and types of boxes made.

Please feel free to contact me for further advice or information. I’m particularly keen for children to get involved in improving the biodiversity of the woods. If anyone has ideas regarding building ‘Bug Hotels’ or similar child-friendly projects, then I’m open to ideas. terry.swainsbury@gmail.com 01326 340661

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.

We have extra cleaning regimes in place and staggered start, finish, lunch and playtimes
and it is working well now everyone knows the routines. We also have more pupils who have joined our school during the last few months and we are delighted they have chosen Constantine and we are almost full!

We are used to the ‘new norm’ and are really hoping that plans we have in place for all the fun activities we usually have to look forward to can go ahead, especially our camps. Years 5 and 6 are due to go to the Isles of Scilly next Summer term so please keep everything crossed for us to help make this happen.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming parents back into our school as soon as we are allowed to do so. You have all been amazing in adjusting and we can’t thank them enough for all your continued support.

New Reception Class 2020
If you receive the local newspapers, you may have already seen our wonderful new Reception children. They have settled in incredibly well and Mrs Savage and Mrs Kent have been really enjoying getting to know them. They are an amazing class.

French skipping has taken off
To help the children all be more active and play at break times, each class has a bucket full of ropes, toys, balls and other equipment. One addition has been French Skipping elastic. Many of the chil- dren have enjoyed challenging them- selves to learning new routines and some have made up their own awesome rhymes and songs to go with the skipping.

Website Facelift

You may have noticed that our brilliant website is having a facelift. There are still some pages under development but it is very nearly finished. Mr Wild and Jeff Meadows (former governor) have worked hard and for many hours to ensure that it is easy to navigate, giving visitors a smoother, cleaner experience whilst retaining its creative personality, friendliness and child centred news focus. It is now also more compliant with OFSTED requirements and other Kernow Learning websites. We believe it stands out from the crowd more than ever now. We hope you like the changes we have made. Take a look by clicking here or on our much loved aeroplane image link or by visiting .

Cornwall School Games 2020
At the start of term, Head of School Mrs Gilbert was presented with our trophies following the Cornwall School Summer Games. We were awarded with three Golds for tennis in years 3 and 5, and volley ball in year 6. Due to the success of the games during lockdown and the restric- tions on sporting events this term, the Cornwall Sport Partnership have decided to run a winter school games also. We started by entering the athletics and we have the cross country, gym fit and badminton to look forward to before the Christmas break.

Science
Helford Class have been learning about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. They have carried out two experiments. In the first they used chocolate to create representations of how igneous rocks are formed. In the second they observed different types of rocks to classify them. They are working hard to think scientifically. Did you know, crystals form when magma cools?

New Appointments
We are delighted that Gill has joined us to be our new school chef. She is amazing and provides us all with delicious hot meals every day. She is so smiley and we look forward to lunch every day – it really is good!

Gill & Bronwyn

Our amazing cleaning team
Mrs Stocks and Kirsty are doing a brilliant job of keeping our school clean. They come in early in the morning, during the day and after school to ensure everything is squeaky clean in these unprecedented times!

New Governors
We also have two new Governors; Emma Vyvyan as a community member and Charlotte Evans as a parent member. We are delighted to have them on our team along with our Chair, Judith Carroll and community member Jo Bryce. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, then please make contact with the school on 01326 340554.

Friends of Constantine School
Over the years, the Friends of Constantine School has hosted many great events and with your huge support, we have managed to raise many hundreds of pounds. The money has helped to fund school trips by paying for coach travel and admission fees. We have also been able to buy gazebos and tables that help to make our sports day a truly brilliant event. Collectively we have funded the purchasing of countless resources and new sports equipment. We have even helped with upgrading IT equipment.

Due to distancing regulations, we are unable to host the regular Halloween discos, sports day activities, Autumn and Christmas fairs. This has had a detrimental effect on The FoCS kitty and for this reason we are setting up a Just Giving Page.

The need for FoCS donations to the school are greater than ever at the moment and we ask to give what you can. Every time you shop online you could be helping Constantine School raise funds for free. Over 4000 retailers will make a donation to Friends of Constantine School when you place an order online – such a simple easy way to help your local primary school at a time when they can’t put on their usual Autumn term events and activities.

1. Register for free by visiting easyfundraising.org.uk
2. Choose Friends of Constantine School
3. Select your retailer, place an order and our school receives a donation!

The Friends of Constantine School Just Giving page is another great way to show your support and you can add to this anytime. Can you help raise £2000 to help fund school trips and to buy resources and new equipment? Please donate on their Just Giving crowdfunding page .

Thank you for all your continued support for what we believe is the best community-led school ever!

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!

The Choir now meets on a Monday evening at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, with practices starting at 7.00pm. We would love to welcome any new choral singers, aspiring singers or absolute beginners to join us for a sing, or just simply pop along and have a listen. We are a very friendly and sociable group and have a very wide repertoire that will suit all tastes.

To find out more and have a chat, do call Melanie our musical director on 07968 772874. The rehearsals are Covid secure, with social distancing of the seating and no sharing of paper music. Also, the hall is well ventilated and there is a PPE station as you enter the hall.

In the meantime, do check us out on our website or on our Facebook page.

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.

They returned home with more rubbish than they originally carried to Exeter on the 112 years-old Danish Schooner The Annette. Anchoring in many hidden places along the South Devon and Cornish coasts, the crew of enthusiastic volunteers were doing clean ups of otherwise inaccessible coves on both ways.

The crew collected over a ton and half of all sorts of flotsam and jetsam (plastic bottles, polystyrene bits, pneumatic tyres, tangled masses of ropes and nets, broken crab pots and barrels, to name but a few).

Such items can be found all along our coastlines, both in the UK and globally representing an unending plastic tide; “Its quite hard to realise that this cycle of work will never end. We collect marine plastic then find ways to process it, so it doesn’t end up in landfill. Yet before we even deliver it we collect again twice as much rubbish on our way there,” pointed out Steve Green cofounder of COS.

During the voyage The Annette and her crew had many opportunities to observe closely a rich marine wildlife including, Seals, Dolphins, birds and even some surprises such as jumping Tunas, Kingfisher and a friendly Fin whale. “We were very lucky to meet the Fin whale on a way back home, she stayed alongside Annie for several minutes; these are the moments which encourage us to carry on cleaning up our ocean. These amazing, curious and intelligent creatures deserve a better place to live than in a soup of human trash,” Says Monika Hertlova, co- founder of COS.

Sailing old wooden sailing vessels can pose unique challenges, with unique solutions as their oak planking swells and shrinks over time. During the return voyage the crew had their hands full manually pumping out seawater when the Annette sprang a leak somewhere off Berry Head and due to rough seas the electric pump malfunctioned. Whilst anchored by Start point, they had to dive under the boat and attempt some emergency underwater repairs. These repairs methods ranged from nailing on patches (unsuccessful) to carefully delivering sawdust to cracks in the planking whilst underwater (amazingly successful), “The repairs we have done on the way are only temporary and we must continue restoration work on her stern during this winter. It’s essential for our next mission to keep The Annette seaworthy,” Added Steve.

On their return to Gweek the crew unloaded all the collected rubbish, weighed it, sorted it and counted it. This will generate important information for understanding the extent of pollution along our beautiful, but fragile shores and marine ecosystems. Volunteers are invited to help with this last bit of work of the whole mission. “Please come and join us to see for yourself and share awareness,” Encourages Monika, “The mission wouldn’t be possible without generous support of people who care about marine environment. We already raised over 80% on our Justgiving crowd funding campaign, thank you! Everyone can help us complete even more clean-up expeditions by donating just a small amount. Together we can do it!”

For more information, go to justgiving.com.

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.

Can you help support the wildlife of Bosahan Woods?

As part of a programme to support the biodiversity of Bosahan Woods, it is planned to place a number of bird, owl and bat boxes at suitable locations. This is a community project that you may like to help with.

Since coming into ownership of the village, as a result of a generous benefactor, Bosahan Woods has become the responsibility of all of us who care, not just for this beautiful place, but nature in general. This is a great opportunity to enhance the habitat by encouraging more birds and bats to think of the woods as their home. I am therefore looking for anyone who has basic carpentry skills to build a bird, owl or bat box using the simple plans that I can provide. The plans give details about the materials and tools needed.

At the moment, the idea is to number and place the boxes in sites that will optimise their use. Once fixed to a particular tree, it is hoped that the locations will be recorded on a map available for everyone visiting the woods to use.

I am a novice carpenter myself with limited skills. The plans are very simple, although the bat and owl boxes require a little more work. If you have a young family, this could be a great opportunity to involve your children in the making. Once in situ, you and your family will have your own, small real estate and investment in the future of the woods. Part of my motivation for this project is to encourage present and future generations to enjoy this wonderful place and to promote a personal responsibility for the woods and its management.

I’m also thinking of setting up a feeding station for birds that will be maintained all year round. Hopefully, with your help, we can make Bosahan Woods a special place for humans and animals alike.

For plans or advice, please contact me either by email or phone. I can then send you the appropriate plans that have been provided by Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Email: terry.swainsbury@gmail.com
Telephone: 01326 340661.

Teas Under the Trees

I have an App on my phone that enables me to check the weather, hourly, on any given day, and in any location. On Wednesday 5th August it rained, and I already know that on Wednesday 19th August it will be raining (it’s only the 13th today). Why, you ask, is this relevant? Well, it means that two of the four Wednesdays in August, when our village tea-drinking and cake-eating get-together ‘Teas Under the Trees’ should be happening, it would have been rained off. There was nothing we could have done about it. Out of our hands, nature taking over, but it makes me feel better knowing that had the Covid situation had not forced us to cancel, we would have lost at least two due to weather anyway, so I am being positive!

On the wall of my kitchen I have a vibrant painting by Mollie Silver, showing ‘Teas Under the Trees’ when it started, with just two picnic benches and a couple of foldable chairs. I am even able to identify the dozen folk in the painting, chatting, drinking tea, and munching cake. Now, this year apart, every Wednesday in August we get 6 times that number, with every spare chair, bench, cushion, picnic blanket and rug transported to the green from each of the Christmas Lights Teams’ homes, ensuring everyone has somewhere to sit and enjoy this com- munity event for the two hours it runs. Baking used to be two sponges and six scones – now the team plan weekly for the dozens of cupcakes, batches of scones, flapjacks, sponges, eclairs, fruit loaves regularly on offer, supplemented most generously by baking donations from several magnificent village cooks. All funds raised (we never charge, just ask for donations) go towards Constantine Christmas Lights.

Every August Wednesday afternoon is nonstop chatter, laughter rising through the leaves of the overhanging trees, giggling babies toddling from table to table, children gently reading to one another sitting on the many cushions, whistling kettles, dogs looking up longingly at owners for the slightest morsel, all accompanied by the sound of clinking, tea filled china cups. Visitors have celebrated birthdays with us, anniversaries, success in exams, and given much needed love and support to anyone who has lost a loved one.

SO, I hope you read the poem below at the bus stop announcing we could not run ‘Teas Under the Trees’ this August. And at 3.00pm sharp you got out your china tea cup, tea pot and jolly tea cosy, and together with a good big slice of cake, celebrating everything we have in our village – not the being apart, but the being together. And we SHALL be back, drinking tea and eating cake with you all next year.

‘I had a little tea party every Wednesday at 3.00.
Twas very small, three guests in all, just I, Myself and Me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches, while I drank all the tea.
Twas also I who ate the pie and passed the cake to me’ 
(Jessica Nelson North)

FAQ: ‘Will the village still have Christmas Lights as there have been no fundraisers this year’?
YES – the team have planned over the years for a rainy day and this is the rainy day, so have some funds in the bank. If you would however like to donate either with time when it comes to putting the lights up, or with cash we are always very grateful. Ring 340279 for more details.

Tracey Clowes, Christmas Lights Team

Constantine Cottage Garden Society

Peter Wilson, Chair

This edition would have been mostly about our Summer Show that was due to take place in July. We would have been blessed with marvelous weather and I’m sure the day would have been a tremendous occasion. The last time the show was cancelled was during the Second World War although a show did take place in 1945, where money was raised for the local forces tribute fund. There was a similar occurrence in the Great War, it again resuming in 1919. After such a long period of absence during both wars, I bet it was a great morale booster for the village.

Constantine Cottage Garden Society’s 2019 Summer Show in happier times

Whilst our current predicament cannot be compared to those events, we must certainly look to next year and if we are not able to hold a full show, we must see how we can try to have some involvement of the various categories. It will certainly be feasible to judge, best gardens, hanging baskets in the Division 9 category, maybe a virtual show via Facebook or web pages will be an option. The committee are open to suggestions for this. As the cups presented in 2019 have not been collected, can I please ask that those winning recipients of that year, please ensure the cups are safe and stored securely, ready for collection at a later date.

The Constantine Cottage Garden Society Facebook page is now operational, several members have joined so please have a look and join, so we can boost the numbers. It is a chance to share pictures, ideas, problems we all encounter while gardening. If you are not on Facebook, please feel free to use me as a conduit for items, issues to be posted.

As the summer schedule visits have all been cancelled, we are currently unable to arrange the winter program of talks in the WI hall. There are a number of health and safety issues which preclude the use of the hall and until these can be addressed, it is unfortunately closed for meetings.

While we have had a lovely spring and summer so far this year, our attention as Gardeners’ undoubtedly turns to the Autumn and the inevitable garden tidy up. While that seems a little way off yet, just take a few moments out of your busy schedules and enjoy your garden, while the sultry days of summer slowly ebb into the Autumn.

Milestone reached for Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ campaign

Tracey Clowes, Hon. Chair, Constantine Enterprises Company

The Show Must Go On

On 14 February 2019 we launched, with a `Crowdfunder’ campaign, the Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ project. After 18 months of trawling grant providers, chasing quotes, and generally thinking we were living in some parallel challenging universe, we have done it!!! We have reached our £54,500 target, meaning we can replace the roof on our fantastic Tolmen Centre. We are all still pinching ourselves as we cannot quite believe it.

The Constantine Enterprise Company (CEC) would like to say an enormous thank-you to:

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

We encountered some of the roof grant funders, (Garfield Weston) 22 years ago when they first supported us as we were setting off on our journey to convert a Victorian Methodist Chapel into what has become a countywide-known, and respected Arts Centre. YOU HAVE ALL had the faith in us to get the job done, and if we could, we would give you a massive hug and invite you to a celebration get together. We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the contract for the roof replacement has gone to Landstone Construction Ltd, a Constantine Building Company who have worked with the CEC before and know our building very well. We are hoping work will begin late September or early October, with completion before Christmas (weather permitting)

If you remember, we launched our ‘Put it on the Slate’ appeal last October at the Big Community Lunch. Many of you now have roof slates with your names and stories on them about how you have used the Tolmen Centre over the years. We only have 80 available so if you wish to be part of our history roof then please contact me (340279) These slates will all form part of the new roof, being there for future generations who will read our stories next time they decide to replace the roof!!!!!!!!

So we move on, feeling positive, to Phase Three and the final stage of the Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ project – the window repair and replacement. We have made the decision to tackle them one by one as funds allow as so many grants have naturally been diverted to support the COVID crisis.

At the moment the building is dormant – we are having, like so many theatres, an interval, but behind the scenes we are preparing for our new chapter and whatever that brings. In the words of one of world’s greatest bands ‘The show must go on’ and my goodness, we are determined that it will.

See you in 2021!

Constantine School News

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

We were delighted to open more widely in the second half of the summer term allowing more pupils to return to school. This enabled the majority of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return along with children of Key Workers in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Remote learning continued to take place via Class Dojo which is the platform we use to communicate with parents, carers and children at home and this proved very successful.

Those children at home continued to impress us with the quality of their home learning projects and ongoing maths and spelling work. Those in school also did well and here are some snippets of what we were getting up to:

Year 6 did a week long project and made some mechanical toys in Design Technology, learned how to do screen printing in Art, and in Drama they performed their play on the Jabberwocky in the woods.

Fal Class had some amazing Pirate fun and themed days. They also spent time improving the school environment.

Cornwall School Games 2020

As sports day couldn’t go ahead and the Cornwall School Games as originally planned couldn’t go ahead, we joined in with the virtual Cornwall School Games. This also took part during National School Sport Week and what a week we had! We joined over 10,000 unique participants and nearly 40,000 individual results registered, which is AMAZING!

It was an overwhelmingly positive week with so many children getting in- volved and getting active with their teachers, families and friends in school and at home. We take our Physical Edu- cation, school sport and physical activity very seriously and always promote the enjoyment and fun elements with all our children and staff. As a bonus we were delighted to finish the week having been awarded with eight medals in the following categories:

  • Gold Volleyball Year 4
  • Gold Volleyball Year 5
  • Gold Tennis Year 3
  • Silver Tennis Year 4
  • Bronze Tennis Year 2
  • Bronze Tennis Year 6
  • Silver Gym & Dance Year 3
  • Silver Making up the Miles Year 3

The games were streamed live daily on You Tube and they have been great and enjoyed by us all. Here are some quotes from our children and staff:

Erin Y4 “It helps me feel connected to my friend who I haven’t seen at all in lockdown “
Lucy Y4 “I like doing the miles and adding up over the day”

Sophie Y2 “I like the gym”
Morva Y1 “I have done lots of running”
Emilie Y1 “I liked the jumping high. I did one at home indoors and I’m going to do the ball one today at school”
Jimmy Y2 “I’ve been walking with my brother and sister and father”
Matthew Y2 “I love being active”
Alex y6 “it’s better doing things with friends”
Elijah “I was good at jumping because I do parkour “ Mrs G “It’s great to see every child and adult in school active, happy and going for it. There is a real buzz in every classroom. This virtual year has really enabled us to focus even more on equality and inclusion which has been inspirational- something that should surely continue next year’”
Miss M “it’s been great to get the kids active and focused on a common goal. They get so excited when they see our school in the videos”

Year 6 Leavers

Our Year Sixes were delighted to be back in school and although we couldn’t continue with all the usual Constantine School traditions we did manage a few surprises. They loved their leavers’ celebration, hoodies, gifts, awards and cream tea delivered on roller skates by the staff! We will miss them all greatly and wish them well in their future secondary schools for September. They have been the most amazing class and I have no doubts that they will continue to do us proud.

In line with government guidance, from September we will be welcoming ALL registered pupils to our school. There will be additional measures in place to ensure all pupils, parents and staff remain safe and these have been communicated via Class Dojo. If you have any questions then please contact school via email on: constantine@kernowlearning.co.uk

From the vicarage

There is no doubt these last few months have been extremely challenging for all of us. In March our world and everything we considered to be normal changed. We have all had to adapt and deal with the challenges and the consequences that the coronavirus pandemic has brought about.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty in the world at the moment. Everything is fluid and situations and circumstances seen to be changing on a daily basis and none of us know when life will return to normal or what that new normal will look like, and the church is no exception. One thing for certain, however, is that it will not be the same as before.

The bishop of Leicester, Marty Snow, said that In March 2020, almost over- night the church changed, and those changes are here to stay” Our own bish- op Philip has said, “Our churches may no longer be fit for purpose

Since we re-opened on 5 July our ser- vices have been quite different.We are evolving new patterns of worship, new ways of doing things which we hope will inspire people, and enable them to dis- cover new ways of relating to God, and as bishop Martyn said, these changes are here to stay.

However, whilst worship is important, the church is not just about Sunday mornings. Here at Constantine we have a clear vision for the future. We do not exist in isolation, we are part of the wider community and as Christians we are here to serve just as Jesus did. That’s why we opened the foodbank, that’s why we started the community helpline and why we want to open the church up for community use both now and in the fu- ture.

We want to build a church that wel- comes everyone, young or old, people of faith or no faith, a place where everyone feels comfortable and safe, but in order to do this we need your help we need people to join us. We need people to share their ideas and insights, their own personal gifts and talents, and together we can build a church that is fit for pur- pose both now and in the future.

May God bless you all

Rev Stewart Turner, St Constantine

Constantine Community Land Trust

Unfortunately I have to report that we have failed to get approval of our scheme for 14 houses for sale at Bridge. The Planning Officer Mark Ball responded to our Pre-App enquiry in a very negative and subjective manner although it was supported, with caveats, by the Housing Officer Sarah Roberts, and in our view complied with Policy.

Also, Coastline have submitted a scheme for 28 units of which 20 are for rent and 8 for shared ownership which will be approved, in my opinion. This will extend the village towards Brill (which is where they want it to go). It is thought that with this lack of support, together with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated worries on employment and confidence, there is no point in us proceeding any further at the moment. I therefore have to advise that this CLT is going into hibernation for a while.

Richard Colbert, Chairman

2002 – a Golden Year!

With 2020 on hold because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve pulled the one-armed-bandit of time and come up with 2002, perhaps one of Constantine Silver Band’s finest years to look back on.

2002 kicked off in professional style in May with the official launch at Constantine Social Club of the Band’s first ever CD and tape cassette entitled ‘One of The Best’. Recorded by Paul Martyn of PM Sound, this wide-ranging collection of tracks from the Band’s repertoire has since found its way to appreciative audiences as far afield as New York, Sydney, Frankfurt and the Netherlands. On the evening, Band Chairman Dougie Down thanked the then Musical Director Ian Edwards for his hard work in bringing the Band up to recording standard, and Band Secretary Chris Reynolds for securing sponsorship.

Constantine Band and the Nieuwediepervisserkoor

The end of May then saw Constantine Silver Band embark on a concert tour of Holland, the result of a 30-year friendship between Band member Brian Edwards and Bart Kraak, a founder member of the 100-strong Den Helder Fishermans’ Male Voice Choir who kept asking when the Band would cross the North Sea to perform for Dutch audiences. On 28 May, 64 Band members and officers travelled to Den Helder on the northernmost tip of the Dutch mainland where they were officially welcomed by the city’s Mayor during rehearsal at their hotel.

Constantine Band at the Floriade

The Band’s first concert took place two days later at the Floriade, an international horticultural exhibition held every ten years near Amsterdam attracting over 3 million visitors between April and October. Their performance was the first by a British band at this event. Then it was off to the centre of Amsterdam to play at the Heineken Experience, then one of the city’s newest tourist attractions. Playing between the copper vats, the Band ‘refreshed the parts that other bands cannot reach’ by entertaining brewery visitors, again the first time by a British band at the Heineken Experience.

After a day’s rest, sightseeing back in Den Helder, the Band took the stage again that evening at the Nogalweidus Restaurant whose owner provided a free meal for members in appreciation of their performance, which was rounded off with a traditional sing-song.

Marching through Den Helder with standard bearers Dougie Down (Constantine Band banner), David Cotterill (Dutch flag) and Tony Waddington (St Piran’s flag)

On Day 3 of the tour, the Band were up early to play at the official opening of Den Helder’s Day of Music in the city square after which they processed through the city centre led by standard bearers Dougie Down (Constantine Silver Band banner), David Cotterill (Dutch flag) and Tony Waddington (St Piran’s flag). The entire band and supporters were then treated to a lunch at the Visserhall by the Den Helder Fisherman’s Male Voice Choir before an afternoon practice with them in readiness for the evening’s sell-out final concert also featuring the Rejoice 60-strong ladies’ choir. Each gave a 30-minute performance with the Band giving two encores, followed by a massed choir and band rendition of Glory Glory Hallelujah. Solos by Belinda Reynolds on cornet, Aly Smith on flugelhorn, Cecil Bennetts on euphonium, Greg Williams on trombone, and an unforgettable performance on bass drum by Tony Waddington were loudly applauded.

After a farewell get-together and exchange of mementos of the occasion with their Dutch counterparts, the Band returned to Constantine on Sunday 2 June but were back to engagements the very next morning at the Mabe Shindig followed by Constantine’s Jubilee celebrations in the afternoon. The Band’s hectic summer programme continued with sometimes more than one appearance each week at local venues and events including the Princess Pavilion, Constantine Agricultural Show, Poldhu Carolaire, Constantine Garden Show, Brass on Grass, Port Navas Regatta, Lizard Lifeboat Day, Constantine Carnival, Harvest Festival and many more.

But surely the Band’s crowning triumph of its 25th year was to become Fourth Section Southwest Brass Band Association Champions at the SWBBA contest in Torquay for the first time in November 2002. A fitting end to a golden year for Constantine’s Silver Band.

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Footpath news from Goongillings

The last five months have been extraordinary viewed from almost every angle – and our footpath down the farm towards Scotts Quay and the river is no exception, though perhaps an unexpected one.

Always a popular walk as it is one of the few ways to access the creeks of the Helford from the land, the Covid lockdown has seen a massive increase in use as people need desperately to get some exercise and fresh air, walk the dog, feel the countryside around them. Hundreds more people than ever before were seen walking, running, exercising dogs, enjoying the space.

We didn’t mind this at all. We have always welcomed the public access to the River which runs across Goongillings, and indeed in the recent past (well for twenty years now!), we have extended the original path to allow access through part of Scotts Wood to make a number of circular routes. Most of the walkers have been local folk, and many have formed strong affection for the walk – and indeed I have had many delightful conversations with walkers who love the access we have given.

But the increase in numbers raises some wider questions. It poses the question about when public access to beautiful places threatens to harm the very beauty which is their principal feature.

The walk across Goongillings is not under that sort of threat, but there is no doubt the pressure of numbers brings some problems. Our normal number of about 10 people in a day is not the same when it becomes 100 – as it has recently. And with a similar increase in the number of dogs too.

Some folk – no doubt feeling that the main paths are too busy – abandon the well marked tracks and wander all over the fields to find other routes with fewer people. There are cattle, calves and a bull often grazing the pastures and though ours are quiet and non aggressive, every year there are cases across the country of people being harmed by cows. Dogs are usually involved.

There is always risk in the countryside, and sticking to the footpaths is the best way to minimise this.

Quite recently, we had a much nastier incident. A group of bikers decided to do some off-roading across the farm – without asking of course. They roared off down towards Scotts Quay, five of them, scattering pedestrians aside, with megaphone exhausts blaring. I found them parked up on Scotts Quay, and told them to leave, pointing out that the access was for pedestrians only.

I began to take phone photos to record details. At that point one of the youths became extremely aggressive and abusive. He threatened me with violence if I took any photos, and approached my landrover, kicking and punching it, and making more threats. I am not easily intimidated, but it was an unpleasant and rather alarming experience. I was alone, and there were five of them.

So being the owner of a beauty spot with public access has its ups and downs. We would never want to remove the access, and thoroughly enjoy meeting walkers and interacting with the public. Making our lovely place available to walkers is something we have always done and is good for us – and for the walkers. But it does bring the associated problems of occasional bad behaviour and even petty vandalism. Is there a level of public access which threatens to overwhelm the capacity of a place to deliver its purpose? It is a question which applies to Goongillings only in a minor way, but there are places where it is a far bigger problem.

Here’s another thing: 2020 sees the end of the small financial grant we have had for many years for creating public access under the Defra Countryside Stewardship schemes. The new post-Brexit versions of Stewardship now specifically exclude assistance to landowners for permissive access. They have also removed our quota of Educational Visits by which we welcomed groups from schools, Universities, and other organisations for study purposes.

We will continue to allow these, and the permissive access footpaths: but it seems like a pointer to the future when successful schemes such as we have been part of are cut back in the very areas where the public gains most.

Tolmen News – Autumn 2020

It’s a bad news, good news story from the Tolmen Centre. The bad news is that, given the continuing uncertainty as the Covid-19 pandemic plays out, we have decided that we cannot open for live performances for the foreseeable future. We have looked at how big an audience could be accommodated in the auditorium with acceptable social distancing, and it amounts to about one third of our normal capacity. This would hardly be viable, and on top of that we have concerns about managing social distancing downstairs, and whether people would be prepared to take the risk of attending, small though it may be. At the moment we are tentatively thinking about opening again in the New Year, but it will all depend on how things evolve, and of course on official advice. Meanwhile, it may be possible for the venue to be used for private functions, with all safety measures in place and at the party’s own risk.

Now for the good news. Like similar venues across the UK, a government grant has allowed us to weather the lockdown without eating into our reserves. Furthermore, thanks to Herculean fund-raising efforts by CEC Chairperson Tracey Clowes and colleagues, and to the Tolmen Centre’s successful programme of performances and Barbara’s cafe, we have sufficient funds to go ahead with renovating the roof of the building. The work is set to start in October, and so, if we are able to re-start our events in the New Year we shall be doing so under a new roof and with dry interior walls. This will be a huge relief.

We will keep all our regular supporters posted through our email subscription list; if you are not currently on the list and would like to be added, please drop us a line at: tolmen@constantinecornwall.com. We value your support!

Dougal Jeffries

Constantine’s recycling bank removed

Cornwall Council has removed Constantine’s recycling bank.

These recycling banks were put in place before Cornwall Council introduced our household recycling collections. Recycling is collected from every household in Cornwall every two weeks. Banks provided by supermarkets in their car parks will remain, as will those at the Council’s 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres. If you’ve been using the recycling bank in Constantine, please start using your household recycling collections or take your recycling to your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre. The Council’s Cabinet agreed to remove the banks at a meeting last year. If you’d like to know more, please read the minutes of the relevant agenda item.

Each town and parish council in Cornwall has been given the option of taking over the management of recycling banks in their area.

WI Summer 2020

Well what a Summer! Hopefully you are all getting accustomed to the ever changing guidelines regarding lockdown, the gradual easing of lockdown, when and where to wear masks and what we all can and cannot do.

Sadly many of the WI activities have been, shall we say, ’postponed’ rather than cancelled. The WI have been active in a number of areas though.

Some members have been sending letters to care home residents, almost like one way penpal letters. This activity has continued throughout lockdown and feedback received suggests the letters have been warmly received in these unsettling times.

Members have been staying in touch via chain emails, sharing funny stories, very crea- tive poems and stories about where they’ve managed to visit and other activities. Like a lot of the country many have been using the down time to do a lot of walking and gardening.

One of our WI members, Shelly, runs a local flower farm Jam Pot Flower Co and has very kindly been delivering beautiful arrangements to members picked from a hat. They have been very much appreciated.

The expected easing of restrictions prompted members to plan this year’s Summer Lunch and many members were looking forward to visiting Trenarth Manor. Sadly at the the eleventh hour, a halt was put on the lockdown easing and this was another event postponed for the time being.

Guidance received on the use of the WI hall suggest there will be no WI meetings until the New Year unless the guidance changes.

Patricia Wilson

If you go down to the woods today…

Bosahan Woods Management Team Quarterly Report – 8 July 2020 – Liz Pearce

We have been unable to have a Team Meeting since 2019, due to ill health and the Coronavirus lockdown, although we have kept in touch via emails.

Firstly we have had a considerable number of people say to us how much they have appreciated having the woods available to them, with family friendly paths during lock down. The bluebell season was beautiful.

Sadly I have to report that wood we had harvested from the necessary felling of dangerous trees under licence, and which was stored at Bosahan Quarry, has been stolen along with 7 x 7”x2” 4 meter lengths of sawn wood (path edging) and some drainage piping. This has been reported to the police and our local Police Community Support Officer Paul Whitford has been looking into the case for us, also following up on some additional information we received from the public. The felled lengths of wood were for resale to provide an income for the future maintenance of the woods and to fulfil our VAT requirements. In fact it had been sold and was awaiting collection after lock down.

Some good news, The signs at the four entrances to our woods have been com- pleted and are in place on specially prepared surfaces of existing granite boulders. .This was work that the benefactor stipulated in the gift of the woods to CEC. We need to thank Chris Hussey for all his hard work in designing the signs, consulting widely, obtaining quotes for work and seeing the operation through to the end.

A number of fallen trees and logs at one point were damming the stream, prevent- ing the flow of water down the stream, thus the water was making inroads into the path and undermining other tree roots. A hard working volunteer has sorted this problem. Thank you.

Financially, we have been very fortunate to recently receive a large donation which is gift aided, which we are very grateful for and which we will put to good use. Thank you from all of us, both Woods management and users.

A Dens and Swings inspection was carried out on 13 July and the following noted. The large swing at the north end of the top path now has a visible bracket fungus growth on it, adjacent to the blue polypropylene rope attachment. According to our tree professionals and online information the “bracket” appears only when the disease is advanced and the fungus has invaded the hardwood core of the tree. We already have an example of bracket fungus which has brought down half of a large beech between the upper and lower paths, near where the very large recently fallen tree currently is awaiting attention. This will need to be professionally looked at asap.

There is a new den, charmingly decorated and with a welcoming notice, which is fine, between the middle and river bank paths about 150m north of the fallen beech blocking the middle path. The previously noted dens and swings have not changed since the last report and there are no signs of any change in risk status of any of them.

New possible hazards are a broken branch overhanging the Forest School camp circle and a slender tree overhanging our boundary line, which should be considered for removal. Thank you Adrian for another excellent report.

Hello all Tolmen supporters 

WE ARE STILL HERE! The Tolmen is closed – furloughed – probably for the rest of 2020, but be sure we will be back when all this virus stuff is behind us – even if it needs a vaccination to get us there.

While we are closed down we are taking the chance to get the Roof renewal project under way.   We have just about scraped enough funding together to allow it to proceed  – driven by the immense energies of our Chairperson Tracey Clowes – and it makes sense to get it done during this period of forced closure.

In the meantime, have a read – and a laugh  – at this article from The Stage magazine by Ben Duke from LOST DOG DANCE about the joys of Rural Touring:

Those lucky enough to be at his two dance/theatre shows (Paradise Lost and Juliet and Romeo) will remember two of the best things we were lucky enough to attract to the Tolmen Centre. We get a nice mention too! Thanks Ben.

Also,  to remind yourself of things we have done pre-lockdown, browse through the listing of our past shows. You’ll be reminded of the amazing things we’ve managed to bring to Cornwall over the past 15 years.   

Theatre shows from  Kneehigh, Miracle, Pipeline, Theatre Adinfinitum, Paper Cinema, 1927 Theatre,  Luke Wright – among many:

And numerous equally amazing music shows – Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones, Talisk, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra, Peggy Seeger, all those Guitar Festivals a few years back. And countless Movies:   And Book Club events: And Art Exhibitions: And Cafe Tolmen  supporting all these.

Literally hundreds of performances. Far too many to list in fact.   

So we have the track record – the history. And we will need to make more history when we get the whole show on the road again after the pandemic.  It won’t be easy. We’ll need support. We’ll need new helpers as well as the old hands. But make no mistake – The Tolmen Centre will return to action. 

People like what we do. We like doing it. And perhaps the lovely Ben Duke – echoing Lyn Gardner – sees too what we know – that small scale venues, run by enthusiasts, serving their local communities, offer great future prospects for live performance in  remote – and not so remote –  places

Here’s to the reopening of The Tolmen Centre – whenever it happens

Charlie and Barbara and the Tolmen Team

PS.

Don’t forget to try your hand with our ‘Through the Window’ project.

All you have to do is create something – on paper or online – faintly linked to the big Tolmen Centre window. Then send it to the special email address shown below.

It’s hoped that this will lead to an outside exhibition in the Tolmen Centre porch in August and also on this website.

So join in and have a go! 

Lockdown Update

Come and join us when we’re back to normal.

It’s been a challenging time for us all during the past three months but we appear to have maintained our group spirit via our new Facebook page at Constantine Arts Society. We have issued a weekly Tuesday challenge to all our members – a different subject each week – and the response has fantastic. Our annual exhibition of members’ work in the Church Hall was inevitably  cancelled, but was replaced with a virtual exhibition on the internet. Take a look here, it is entitled Lockdown Gallery 2020:

Lockdown Gallery 2020

We usually meet every Tuesday from 11 to 4 in the Church Hall during term time. You don’t need to be an accomplished artist to join us, we have beginners, artists who paint or draw for fun, and those who sell their work in galleries and exhibitions. If anyone needs help there are always willing artists to suggest what to do, what materials to buy or where to seek inspiration. If you would like to join us when things get back to normal, why not come along one Tuesday to see what we do, and it only costs £10 a term.

We have social events at Easter and Christmas. We also like to support a charity each year at the exhibition and raise funds for Constantine School. Please join us, you would be very welcome.

For further information please contact our membership secretary:

Bobbie Parker at rojaparker22@gmail.com

Through The Window

Hello from The Tolmen Centre

We are still shut down and there is no clue when we shall start to open up again.   Sad but true… and let’s hope it’s not too far off.

In the meantime, our Art Department (ie Sally and Tracey!) have come up with a sort of ‘activity project’ for anyone with time on their hands and a bit of artistic energy.  Here it is: all you have to do is create something – on paper or online – faintly linked to the big Tolmen Centre window.  Then send it to the special email address shown. 

We hope the theme will be a creative springboard, which can be broadly interpreted in any medium. The view through the window can be real, remembered or imagined; past, present, or future.

Looking out or looking in, unrestricted by lockdown…….. It could even be a design for a stained-glass window. You could also draw the wall surrounding the window, it could be an old stone wall or interesting wallpaper….

Click here for an image of the big window at the Tolmen Centre. Right-click then download and print out at A4 to use as a framework/starting point for your artwork. If you are using paint, it’s a good idea to print the image onto thin card or reasonably thick paper. The ‘art tip’ is to draw across the window bars and then go over them with a dark pen.

Things are uncertain at the moment, but an outdoor exhibition in the porch over the August Bank holiday would be fun, we would also like to show a selection on the website. Let us know if you are taking part, by emailing a picture of your work any time before 15 August, so that we can contact you about the exhibition. The email address is: cectoc54@gmail.com

Also if you use Instagram, please tag @tolmencentre and hashtag #tolmencentre and #throughthewindow.

With the artist’s permission, once the weekend is over, we would like to choose 5 designs to be made into cards which would be for sale in the museum to go towards the renovation of the Tolmen Centre windows. Each individual artist would be credited on the card.

Look forward to seeing your work!

OTS and Transport for Cornwall resume normal bus timetable

Our all-important local bus service linking Constantine with Helston and Falmouth is resuming its normal timetable from Monday 1 June. However, please note that at present, OTS is operating the ‘schooldays’ service as highlighted in yellow on the timetables: Click to view timetable

BF Adventure supports vulnerable children through Covid-19

BF Adventure’s charitable services remain open to support vulnerable children and young people, whose challenges, including poverty, mental ill-health and other complex barriers, have been compounded by Covid-19. The pandemic has seen a surge in domestic violence, loneliness, anxiety and feelings of isolation and for many, home is not a safe place to be.

BF Adventure is officially recognized as a provider of key services to young people who are vulnerable, have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and/or are disabled. Many of these young people are currently in crisis and BF Adventure is delivering a scaled down service from its safe and accessible outdoor site.

Our Crowdfunder offers rewards

Due to Covid-19, BF Adventure has lost nearly all of its income following the temporary closure of its site to groups and the public. Without financial support, this accessible site may have to close forever.

Our work is needed more than ever and many young people have begun to open up to BF Adventure about aspects such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and housing issues – dangers which have intensified through this pandemic. We have therefore launched a crowd- funding campaign, which enables supporters to receive fantastic rewards.

Rewards for supporters

BF Adventure is offering the chance to pay it forward and receive discounted activity vouchers, giving supporters and their friends or family the chance to join them onsite once the current restrictions lift. Activities range from climbing to watersports, quarrysteering, zip-lining and Via Ferrata. Many of these activities are available as childcare for 6-13 year olds, for which there are also vouchers. It plans to open for the summer holiday period with Covid-19 safe activities.

Corporates can donate, select a sponsorship package with a range of benefits, or pay it forward and purchase a Teambuilding/Team Away Day, or team entry into its award-winning Business Challenge Event.

The full list of rewards can be found here:
crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-help-vulnerable-young-people-bfadventure

Eleanor Devenish

Roy Keverne and David Burke

Members of the Cottage Garden Society have been saddened by the loss of two most prominent members who have passed away.

Roy Keverne (above) and David Burke (below) have both contributed so much to the success of the Society over many years.

They worked on various committees and held important positions within the Society. Roy was latterly the President and David the Treasurer. They were both keen and successful entrants to the Summer Show, Roy usually won the Fuchsias Trophy and David the “Men Only” Home Produce Trophy.

Our condolences are sent to the families of both Roy and David.

Howard Bolt

Meanwhile, down on the farm with Bosahan’s Simmentals….

Bridget Olds talks about the challenges and changes for pedigree beef breeders as a result of Covid-19

The vast majority of us have never experienced anything that has impacted on our daily lives akin to the measures to slow the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We have responded in a variety of ways to manage the restrictions to our freedoms that we have always taken for granted.

It will be interesting to observe the changes to working practices, education, retail shopping and relationships with our families that will endure beyond government lockdown. There of course have be vast financial implications for thousands of businesses.

Livestock markets have had to be creative in finding ways to promote and sell breeding stock which really are the lifeblood of a continuing robust food chain whatever facet of agriculture is involved. For the first time we have extensively used online Simmental promotions, social media and online auctions (just like ebay for cattle) to offer the breeding bulls and females we have had for sale this spring. The positives are the cattle have stayed on the farm, not been hauled for hours to Society Sales, and we haven’t needed accommodation, pay for transport and prepare them for showing. A photo shoot maintaining social distancing was interesting.An emergency c-section on a cow with a breech presentation which turned out to be twins was more of a challenge. As you can imagine delivering two babies weighing 43 and 40 kilos required several pairs of hands. The backwards bull calf had already died but Georgia the cow and Lucky her daughter are thriving and humans involved keeping well. Next time you take your daily exercise you might see them in the field in front of the blue farmhouse together with our youngest calves and their dams. Only one more to calve in the maternity wing until the autumn.

The rain a while back may have driven your gardens into overdrive but we were delighted to see it. The barley is now well established in the fields opposite electric station and the silage fields around the cricket club and beside the electric station are bulking up nicely. Meanwhile the cattle are oblivious to issues of the day. Love the sun on their backs, are the picture of contentment and have no idea what two metres apart means!

Tolmen music in lockdown

At the time of writing, it looks pretty certain that the Tolmen Centre won’t be open for events for the next few months at least. Entertainment venues look like being one of the last categories to be re-opened, and our relatively top-heavy (age wise) audience and management team will make it a particular challenge for us.

We are very sorry not to be bringing you three top acts that were planned for the summer. Two dynamic trios from Scotland – first Talisk, then supergroup Lau – were due to be followed by female American duo Madison Violet. 

We’ve tentatively accepted provisional rebookings for next year, but don’t forget that you can always find just about any artist on Youtube, Spotify or their own websites, to get a taste of what you’re missing!

Madison Violet

Spare a thought for the thousands of musicians and other members of the performing arts whose livelihoods are being devastated by the Covid-19 epidemic. Many of them have been posting recordings and live performances on the internet, some of them asking for donations for charity or towards their own living expenses, sometimes both.

Locally some of us have enjoyed Martha Tilston’s two live gigs from her front room, just a mile or so from the centre of our village. Martha’s music and her infectiously warm personality offer hope and joy in gloomy times, and if you missed her you should be able to catch up at facebook.com/marthatilston

Martha Tilson

Another online concert (thanks for the tip, Sally H.!) can be found at folkonfoot.com/festival. This is no less than 7 hours of folk music from a wide range of performers, each performing in their front rooms. Among them are several who have performed at the Tolmen in the past, including John Boden, Martin Simpson, Bella Hardy, Peggy Seeger and Steve Knightley. Another artist featured is Kris Drever, one third of Lau. The online festival is raising funds for the Help Musicians charity, which is providing emergency grants to working musicians during the epidemic.

Keep listening to music, keep safe, and keep an eye out for better news in future.

Dougal Jeffries

Constantine School – news and life under lockdown

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

Essential childcare for Key Workers

You may be aware that Constantine Primary School has merged with three other Kernow Learning Trust Schools in order to continue providing essential childcare during Covid-19. We have been operating out of Falmouth Primary School daily since 30th March where our staff are working alongside the other school’s staff. This has enabled us to minimise the number of staff and children who are exposed to each other and ensure we can adhere to social distancing measures where possible, with those children on site who really do require essential childcare.

If your circumstances change and you need to call us, then please ring our usual number (340554) and leave a message or call Falmouth Primary as stated on our website on: 01326 341070. The other way to contact us is via Dojo.

CPS in the community

Prior to merging with three other schools we continued operating from our school site
and were approached by Mrs Olds to write messages to people in care homes in Mawgan
and St Keverne due to them not being able to see visitors and family members. The few
pupils we had in school during the first week of lockdown rose to the challenge and made a
huge rainbow poster for those in Park Vro Residential Home, Mawgan and made individual
rainbows and messages of hope to those in Polventon House, St Keverne. These were all gratefully received and put a huge smile on the resident’s faces.

Learning

Our teachers and staff have been very busy working from home since lockdown was an- nounced to ensure a variety of home learning activities and ideas are posted daily on our school Dojo system. Whilst keeping up with daily maths, reading and writing challenges we have been in awe of all the amazing learning that has been sent back to us. We’ve had models of countries made from pasta, wine bottles and Lego, some amazing art in the great outdoors and even skills such as cleaning and baking to help at home.

Tamar Class Blog

https://constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/There are some very enthusiastic writers at Constantine School who have continued to update the Blog whilst away from school, especially in Year 5. You can follow their Class Blog at the following address: constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/

Our Curriculum

Although the curriculum is a little different right now the teachers are all busy planning and preparing our curriculum re-design from their own homes. They are ensuring that what we have planned is current and in line with all guidelines as there are many changes in edu- cation all the time. The new RE Agreed Syllabus for Cornwall has been published recently along with new statutory guidelines for relationships education.

Staff have also been taking part in online training to update them in many areas such as; fire warden, safeguarding, equality and diversity, risk assessments and safe working practices. So, once we are back in school we shouldn’t need time out of classrooms to train. We want to be with our children all the time once school does start again.

To help keep spirits up during this time the staff have been publishing photo messages to keep in touch. See our Website Twitter feed: We miss you; Super heroes; Flora Day; Reading challenge.

Return to school

We have always been open for the children of key workers and are potentially opening more widely for Reception children on June 3rd and Year 1 children on June 8th. We have our plans in place but won’t know if this will actually go ahead until the Government make the announcement on 28 May.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to open for Y6 also, as by following Govern- ment guidelines we don’t have the space or staff numbers to adhere to social distancing and the group sizes recommended and this is still a top priority. The key is to keep children and staff safe, reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

If we do open, we cannot mix our groups of ten children or the staff who are with them, we will have staggered start times, staggered play, lunchtimes and end of the day pick up. School will be very different for a while, that’s for sure.

As a team we are really missing not being in school with all the children and are very much looking forward to a time when we can all be together again. Unfortunately that cannot happen until it is safe to do so and we will be guided by the Government and Kernow Learning Academy Trust.

The SPAR’s the star!

We find out how one of Constantine’s valued convenience stores is keeping us all going during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our village shop in Church Square has served the people of Constantine for over fifty years and, unlike so many other Cornish communities, we are so lucky that it thrives to this day. Kevin Haysom and his team have always provided a great service for everyone in ‘normal’ times, but they have gone several extra miles to meet the challenge of the current Coronavirus crisis.

We asked Kevin how they’ve been able to continue serving the community during lockdown.

How many staff are continuing to work at Spar Constantine?

“All of them! Sharon , Kate , Diana , Liam , Paco and Matthew work in the shop whilst Pauline , Gavin and Pierre (Pete) complete all the newspaper and grocery deliveries.”

There was news about supermarkets running short of supply. How have you managed to keep so well- stocked?

“We’ve tried to maintain a good service level by having Spar central office buying team using many national resources , but when gaps appear we have utilised our local suppliers more than normal to a better effect. We have also used the knowledge of the current staff who have come up with some pleasing ideas, notably the flour solution of decanting from bulk sacks into more manageable sized portions. Thanks to Julie Dobson for her assistance in this task. Also, the availability of plants was well supported, but I never expected to have so many requests for compost!”

How are you ensuring the safety of your staff and customers at the store?

“We have a six point plan to protect customers and team members, which is constantly reviewed.

  • Level 1: Normal trading conditions and normal hours
  • Level 2: Social distancing within the store and reduced opening hours
  • Level 3: Restricting the number of customer in-store at any one time
  • Level 4: Serve customers from the door only
  • Level 5:Home delivery service only
  • Level 6: Unable to support the village and unfortunately having to cease trading

We are currently at Level 3.”

What personal protective equipment have you been able to provide for staff?

“All team members have been provided with gloves, face masks, hand wash and shields for their personal protection. A customer hand sanitisation unit is currently on order and will be available for use soon. I would like to thank all our customers who have provided additional PPE which has helped us when supplies were difficult.”

How many deliveries are you making at the moment for people who can’t come to the store?

“We are here to provide a service to the villages of Constantine, Port Navas, Mawnan Smith, Lamanva and Treverva. The shop has been here since 1965 and without villagers’ support for the various shopkeepers during that time, it would not have survived. It is now our time to give back that loyalty and we are currently delivering over 350 newspapers daily and over 200 grocery orders per week.”

Kevin and his team have received many compliments from customers, either verbally or by card, which are very much a boost for them.

Although a business at the end of the day, they hope they are helping people maintain some normality in these very difficult times. He concludes, “We are currently working to maintain the standards that Constantine expects and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their understanding, patience and continued support in these challenging times. I would also like to thank all the team members that have given up their time to ensure Spar Constantine has been able to continue serving such a great village. It is a pleasure to work with them.”

Local bus services

Despite the current restrictions on travel, Transport for Cornwall continue to offer transport to Falmouth and Helston aboard bus services 35 and 35A.

Following a successful bid to operate the service, Go Cornwall Bus have entered in to partnership with other bus operators, including Constantine-based OTS, to deliver local bus services under the “Transport for Cornwall” banner.

Buses are currently operating to a revised schedule to reflect their current role of supporting only essential travel for key workers and those with no viable alternative. For more information, please visit: transportforcornwall.co.uk or call 0808 196 2632.

Transport for Cornwall continue to monitor and follow Government guidance and look forward to commencing the full schedules at the appropriate time.

Constantine W.I. looks back during lockdown

Our last meeting before lockdown was on 9th March. Our guest speaker was Lynn Kentish and she showed us how to make a willow heart. It was a good fun evening with something to show for it, at the end.

The W.I. was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the W.I is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The W.I. plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Constantine W.I. was formed in 1951.

Constantine W.I. puts community at its heart. We run Soup and Pud meals from September to April on the last Monday of the month, which is very well attended by the village. We have a village craft and chat Club every week. Our knitters are in the Primary school teaching the children to knit. There are currently on-line craft and art classes and some of our ladies are making face masks.

Apart from the monthly meetings, when we have a wide range of speakers, from the Dynamics of DNA to gin production (that was a good evening – many samples). We organise monthly walks, lunches in different pubs and cafes, and outings. For example, last year a river Fal trip with pasty supper and The Christmas lights tour with a meal at the Meadery in Penzance. Friends and husbands were invited.

We help at charity and fund raising events collaborating with other organisations in the village, like the Bosahan Woods path project which several members supported with shovels and rakes. Most of all we have really lovely ladies, who soon become friends, who are willing to help and support each other and those in Constantine. During this lockdown, we have kept in touch almost daily sending group emails with jokes, videos, poem, news and messages to those in need of some support. Those not on email, get cards, letters and phone calls. A number of the W.I. ladies have been paired up with people in the care homes in the district, who we write to as a friend. I personally have been allocated two ladies and am on my 10th letters to them.

This is a very difficult time for us all, as almost all our activities have been sus- pended, but being part of the Constantine W.I. has certainly helped us all through and will do, until we see the light at the end of the tunnel and can meet up again.

New members are always welcome. In the past year we have welcomed 10 new members and were growing nicely. Until the lockdown we were looking forward to an exciting year full of events and fun!

Constantine Foodbank open for business

The food bank in Constantine has been open now for several weeks in the lower vestry (the room below the council chamber) on Wednesday mornings between 10 and 12am. It can also be accessed at any time through the help line. Whilst this facility cannot supply short life perishable items such as bread, milk, eggs, butter and such like, we are also issuing £20 food vouchers (funded by the vicars’ discretionary fund) which can be exchanged for these items at the Spar shop so that we can meet the needs of those most in need in our community. If people are self isolating we can also deliver food boxes to them.

To date we have 103 volunteers who have signed up to the community help line there is an email address for this as well as the phone and text numbers rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.com

Constantine Surgery – not as we know it but still serving your needs

Neil Stevens, Practice Manager

The Constantine surgery, like all NHS organisations, has had to re-organise the way that health care is provided. This has meant restricting access to the surgery with unfortunately some routine procedures being postponed, an example being ear syringing.

The GP’s & Nursing teams are conducting consultations with patients via telephone & online (e-consult). Some patients are still being seen in surgery, for example baby immunisations have continued, and patients who have a significant medical concern are seen. All patients with long term conditions (Diabetes, Asthma etc.) are being reviewed either remotely or in person.

For patients who have visited the Con- stantine surgery they will be aware of initially a tent and now a medical trailer being located in the car park. This is for patients who require a blood test, or a blood pressure test, or another clinical procedure.The Practice Nurse or Phlebotomist will see these patients in a safe environment in full PPE ( Personal Protective Equipment ). This is to protect both the patient and member of staff.

The practice has been extremely well supported by the voluntary sector. Ice Trikes provided the tent (until the recent winds were causing problems) and now we thank Active Medics for the use of a medical trailer. We are also being supported by the many organisations in the village. The Friends of Constantine Surgery have been collecting & delivering essential medications for patients who are shielding in isolation for their protection.

Please also see the information on our facebook page and on the practice website:  mullionhealthcentre.co.uk

Lockdown Survival Guide

The folks at Transition Constantine have put together this handy guide on what food, drink and other services are still available locally. Correct at time of publication but subject to change.

The Spar is open 8.00am – 5.00pm and will take telephone orders and provide deliveries.

Constantine Stores are “open” in the mornings until 1pm. You can request items at the door and they will bring them out to you.

The Slice pizza van has returned on Saturdays. You can phone though your order to 07546 496730 and collect at the van, observing strict social distancing.

West Country Foods takes orders by phone – and delivers. Choose what you want from bulkbuygroceries.co.uk then ring your order through to 01326 331900.

Sylvia Dunstan takes orders by phone for her pork as normally sold at the Farmers’ Market. Deliveries organised / or may be collected. Ring through your order on 01326 340548.

Dominique takes orders by phone for beef as normally sold at the Farmers’ Market. They deliver. Call 07891 052018 or 01326 340853.

The Cider Man takes orders online and delivers: gwealmellincider.co.uk

Helston Food Hub is operating: openfoodnetwork.org.uk

Rev Stewart, the Vicar, is co-ordinating the volunteering effort / food bank operation etc. For information contact 01326 340259 or 07807 134606 for texts only.

The Trengilly Wartha is delivering take-away meals on Thursday and Friday evenings. See the menu on their Facebook page. Orders taken Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Call 01326 340332.

Sally’s Cakes bake on Thursday for a Fri- day collection/local delivery, and on Sundays for Monday. For deliveries further than Constantine a small fee is charged. See Sally’s list of offerings and prices on her Facebook page. Please email sally-cakes@hotmail.co.uk or send a message via Facebook for orders and collection/ delivery information.

The Natural Store (Falmouth and Helston) make deliveries to the village. Currently £5.00 delivery charge, or free if over £80.00. E-mail deliveries@naturalstorecornwall.co.uk or call 01326 311507 (Falmouth store) or 01326 311507 (Helston store).

Shipton Mill have flour available for delivery both for bread and cakes.

Face mask patterns available at craftpassion.com and trendpatterns.co.uk. These are fairly easy to make and fit well.

Compost: Trevena Cross Garden Centre are doing deliveries and Falmouth Garden Centre are doing a Click and Collect service as well as prioritising the vulnerable, elderly and isolated with local deliveries.

Incredible Bulk have been making visits to the village. Details can be found on their website.

Alchemy Tiles

Mel Chambers

The Studio
Sampys Hill
Mawnan Smith
Falmouth
Cornwall, TR11 5EW

07768 193848

Website: melchambers.com

Email: info@melchambers.com

Individually hand carved encaustic, inlaid tiles with inspiring poetry, quotes and images using ancient 13th Century techniques held eternally in earth and time.

Great Western Railway

gwr.com

Land’s End Airport

Phone 01736 785231

Website: landsendairport.co.uk

Dental Care

25/27 Kimberley Park Road
Falmouth
TR11 2DA

Telephone: 01326 313344
Email

Helford River Sailing Club

Founded in 1948 and located on the south bank of the Helford River in some of the best sailing waters in England with shore facilities and pontoons.

Extensive clubhouse, with social calendar throughout the year. 

Bar and restaurant for members and all visiting yachts.

Port Navas Yacht Club

Port Navas Yacht Club is a friendly members club that welcomes visitors.

Founded in 1958, the Club is part of the picturesque village of Port Navas, set on the beautiful Helford River. From the Club you have access onto The Helford river and out into Falmouth Bay. Or you can go inland down the river to Gweek passing ancient oak forests on the way – but make sure you get the tides right.

We welcome members and visitors alike to the bar and restaurant.

PNYC is managed by Tom and Antonia (Ant) Ellemann.

pnyc.co.uk

Summer Show

Spring update

Unfortunately with the Covid-19 virus the garden society programme for 2020 came to an abrupt end in early March. All meetings were cancelled and the Summer Programme has been put on hold until further advice is received from the Government. This has of course meant the unfortunate cancellation of our Summer Show, which would have been held on Saturday 18th July.

As the Lockdown has extended, it has given a few people the incentive to start gardening, with a number of tabloids running quite a few articles on ‘How to garden’. Naturally those new to gardening have wanted to obtain, compost, seeds plants etc, but with garden centres closed it has been problematic. With the desire for an instant Alan Titchmarsh ‘Love your Garden’ style garden; being unable to acquire these items has prevented a few progressing a new found hobby. The garden Society previously had a seed share scheme administered by members and as many neighbours do swap excess plants and cuttings, this is perhaps something that we can look to re establish, should the isolation and lockdown continue for some time.

For those new to gardening, the society has many experienced horticulturalists, who would willingly give advice to get you started. In order to assist with this and to promote the garden society, I have been working on a group Facebook page, which will be established in the near future. Members will be able to join, post pictures, ask questions to better their knowledge of our hobby. This will hopefully be ready for a future publication of this magazine or for discussion during the winter programme.

All that is really left to say for this edition is, albeit we have excellent gardening weather, please stay safe or should we now say, stay alert and take care of yourselves and family members

An evening with Raynor Winn

Constantine Book Group Plus

Raynor will be talking about her life and the books that have come out of times of desperate adversity. Raynor lives in Cornwall and her walk around the 630-mile South West Coastal Path led her to writing ‘The Salt Path’ which became a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Costa, the Wainwright and the Stanfords Travel Writing awards.

In The Salt Path, Raynor and her husband, Moth, set out to walk the wild Cornish coastline in an attempt to find a way through Moth’s terminalillness diagnosis and their sudden homelessness. Her new book, The ‘Wild Silence’, is a magical and life-affirming story in which she documents Moth’s continuing illness and their struggle to adjust to a new, housed, life – until everything changed after an incredible gesture made by someone who read their story and felt compelled to act…

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