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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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 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