Constantine Cornwall

News Archive

The return of Who’s Where

Please help us with our new edition of this valuable village resource.

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Welcome to Monty’s!

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

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

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

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Please take part in the Church Hall Survey

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

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Obituary

Oliver Carne

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

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Second History Book of Constantine

Sally Coot & Tracey Clowes 

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

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

Ukulele Orchestra of Constantine – Strumming Again!

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

Tracey Clowes (local friend and fan)

Trengilly Singers

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

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Constantine Silver Band

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

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

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

Dougie Down

Meeting the Covid challenge at Constantine Surgery

It’s been a challenging year at the Mullion & Constantine practice, with lots of changes and new ways of working. It’s also been inspiring to see people helping each other to overcome the difficulties of the pandemic.

Dr David Roberts

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Constantine Pre-School

The last year…
What a year we have all had! With the temporary closure of the Pre-School last year in lockdown #1 and reduced opening hours from January, Kate and the team have tirelessly offered support to our children and families throughout this time. They provided story-time recordings, toy library deliveries, useful links for activities and support and arranged one-to-one visits. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated, passionate team who care deeply about their roles and the children.

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Future of the Church Hall

Transition Constantine Update
Chris Hussey

The Church Hall is owned by the Diocese of Truro, along with the car park, the fields below, and the Glebe Garden. Now that the Church has given up its lease on the Church Hall, the Diocese is considering what should happen to it.

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Glebe Woodland Lease

Transition Constantine Update
Caitlin DeSilvey

Thanks to the support and patience of the CEC board, we now have agreement on a final version of the lease that will allow for community stewardship of the Glebe Woodland.

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£1200 raised for Carn to Cove by Gweek Players!

The premiere of Gweek Players’ The Village Hall Murder went off swimmingly on 1 March on YouTube. The actors and “backstage” crew did themselves proud by filming the scenes under strict Covid conditions. The play was organised and produced by the wonderful Mandy Rolleston and directed by the brilliant Emma Phillips, who spent literally hours and hours editing the videos she received from the cast, then adding music and drone footage to create The Village Hall Murder. We would like to thank the 1,183 viewers (as of 9 March) who have watched the murder mystery so far. It can still be seen on YouTube by registering on our website, gweekplayers.co.uk.

Another thank you goes to those viewers who helped raise £1200 in donations for the performing arts charity, Carn to Cove, who very much appreciated our initiative. We look forward to seeing a real live audience when we perform Blithe Spirit on 17- 20 November this year at Gweek Village Hall (fingers crossed!).

Books, Tea, and Cake

Tracey Clowes and the Christmas Lights Team

Very cautiously the Christmas Lights Team are beginning to plan for some of our popular fundraising events.

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Constantine School fully open again

What a strange year it has been so far for us all in schools, especially when we have spent most of the first term in lockdown. We have been open for the children of Key Workers and this was quite challenging as we had children in school and at home to educate. The learning curve for staff, children and parents was steep with getting to grips with different learning platforms mid lockdown, but we are delighted with how successful it was.

Now we are fully open again we are so happy to be back together where we all belong. Our school has come alive again and we’d love to bottle the excitement, enthusiasm and smiles we have been seeing every day since welcoming everyone back.

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Second History Book of Constantine

Judging from the number of photographs and local stories that have been offered so far, Sally Coot and I both feel encouraged to go ahead with a second history book of Con stantine. This will be quite a process, and having gauged enthusiasm for the project, an important task now is to raise sufficient funds enabling us to not only get the project off the ground but ultimately for us to go to print.

Tracey Clowes

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Click and collect now available in Constantine

Helston Local Food Hub is a new way of shopping each week for the finest fresh, local and seasonal produce that you can usually only buy once a month from a Farmers’ Market or by visiting lots of different farms and shops.  Over 400 items of meat, vegetables, dairy, preserves, sweet and baked goods from local producers are available to purchase from helstonlocalfoodhub.co.uk. It is a ‘click and collect’ service with pick-up from the Old Cattle Market in Helston and at collection points in Mullion and Porthallow in the early afternoon.

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Precious Plastic Cornwall

Let’s recycle our plastic right here in Constantine!

Everyone knows that climate change is a big problem, but sometimes it’s really hard to know what you can do to help. Precious Plastic Cornwall is something everyone can be a part of and it’s something we’re really excited to tell you about!

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The Plastic Problem

‘Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issue, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.’
National Geographic June 2019

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How can we make space for nature?

Spring is well underway and we have hopefully been able to spend more time outdoors enjoying the birds singing, the bees buzzing and the flowers blooming. However, without our help these natural wonders will become steadily become poor imitations of themselves as across Cornwall and the UK they are facing alarming declines due to pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Perhaps you have already noticed that there are fewer sparrows and swallows around since you were younger, or less bees visiting your flowers?

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Constantine Cottage Garden Society

As we emerge from what seems a long dark winter, I think we are all feeling a sense of expectation that 2021 will continue to improve and a belief that some form of normality may return. As more Covid vaccinations are administered and the roadmap out of lockdown revealed, as a society I am optimistic that we can start to make tentative preparations for garden society meetings towards the end of the year. Unfortunately until the all clear has been given we must be cautious with any preparations or decisions made.

With this in mind, I have to report that the 2021 Garden Society Show in July will not take place.

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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 vulnerable 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 dedicated 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.

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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!

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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Constantine Silver Band

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

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Girlguiding resumes face-to-face meetings at new venue

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

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A new chapter for Constantine’s history

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

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Community Plans for the Glebe

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

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Friends of Constantine Surgery fund new medical unit

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

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Port Navas village news

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

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Gweek Players tread the virtual boards

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

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Tolmen Centre Roof – A Quick Update

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

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

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

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Bird boxes for Bosahan woods

Terry Swainsbury (on behalf of the Bosahan Woodlands Committee)

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Constantine School Report

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

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Trengilly Singers return to face-to-face rehearsals

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

The Trengilly Singers have started proper face-to-face rehearsals again, following six months of no regular rehearsals due to Covid 19 and the lock-down. Fortunately during this period there have been virtual practices ensuring all members can keep singing and could at least see their colleagues on screen!

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Sailing on plastic tides

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

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Tolmen Centre roof

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

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

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

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.

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Teas Under the Trees

Tracey Clowes, Christmas Lights Team

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!

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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.

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From the vicarage

Rev Stewart Turner, St Constantine

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.

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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

Have a unique adventure and support vulnerable young people

Ready for an epic adventure that will push your limits, conquer fears, build confidence and make amazing memories?

Check out Via Ferrata Cornwall! Launched by and sharing the same site as local charity BF Adventure, Via Ferrata Cornwall lets participants journey through historic granite quarries in an adventure like no other. You’ll climb the Iron Stairway, traverse across rock faces, balance your way from one side of the quarry to the other on a single strand of wire and leap from the cliff top on one of Cornwall’s most scenic zip-lines. Most importantly, you’ll have FUN!

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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.

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Tolmen News – Autumn 2020

It’s a bad news, good news story from the Tolmen Centre.

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Constantine’s recycling bank removed

Cornwall Council has removed Constantine’s recycling bank.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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…

Tickets £5.00
Call 01326341353

Kids Club

For 4 to 14 year olds.

Meets in the Pre School Building, Trebarvah Road

Term time:
Weekdays 8 to 9am & 3:15 to 6pm.

Holiday Club:
Weekdays 8am to 6pm.

Short term or emergency supervision available for our young people. Bright and airy building with the use of the playground and School field for outdoor activities.

All children welcome to come and join our fun sessions! Contact the school for more information on 01326 340554.

Constantine Pre-School

Pre-school sessions are Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm and Tuesday to Thursday afternoons 12pm to 3pm.  The local playgroup runs on a Monday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm.

For more information or a prospectus please call 01326 341444 or visit constantine-preschool.co.uk

Awarded Ofsted “Outstanding” status in 2009, we are situated within the grounds of the local primary school and welcome children between the ages of 2 and 4, potty trained or not.

With a stimulating environment both indoors and out, excellent facilities and dedicated staff, we are able to offer a welcoming, safe and friendly setting for enjoyable and sustained early development.  Our professionally-trained personnel, all of whom hold early years or play-work qualifications, take great pride in knowing their children well, and meeting each individual child’s needs.  Those with special requirements are also well supported.

Adrian Seys-Prosser

We very much regret having to report that Adrian Seys-Prosser passed away at home on April 26th.

Ade and his partner Jan lived at Covehill in Port Navas for many years before moving to Constantine a few years ago. They were always actively involved in village life and Ade loved living in Port Navas, appreciating its sense of fun and community spirit. He particularly enjoyed being part of the Regatta barbecue team each year. Many of Jan’s memories with Adrian are of happy times down at ‘the club’, crabbing on the quay and messing about in dinghies with the grandchildren. 

Ade will be missed by his family and by all who knew him.

Martin Winters, Stuart & Sally Annan, James Jowett with Ade at The Port Navas Regatta

Re-ordering of St Constantine Church

Part of the Matthew 20:28 Project

As many of you will know, the church here at Constantine has been looking at various ways in which we can better serve our community in very real and practical ways.

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Tolmen Restoration Project

Phase 1 completed in 12 months

Exactly one year on from the launch of Constantine’s Tolmen Centre ‘Love Me Re- store Me’ campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the building’s roof, twenty- two windows, and car park on 14 February 2019, phase one of the restoration project is complete. Thanks to a ‘National Lottery Community Fund’ grant of £10,000, and a grant from Cllr John Baston’s Community Chest fund of £700 there is now a car park which is not only safe to use but also complements the original Victorian building.

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David Burke (1936-2020)

It is with much sadness that we heard of the death of David today. Our thoughts are with Jane, Christopher, Irena, Jennifer and Nicola; Michael, Caroline, Jasmine and Louise.

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Nell Kerr – Landscape Artist

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),

It’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

E.E. Cummings

Having lived in Cornwall for most of the last sixteen years, I moved to Constantine in 2016, and have found the creeks, rivers, beaches and shorelines of the area to be an abundant source of inspiration. I feel very lucky to be able to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country, and one which has such a rich artistic heritage.

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ALL OF ME

Caroline Horton

Directed by Alex Swift and produced by China Plate

Every now and then a piece of theatre crosses our path which is as deeply affecting emotionally as it is magnificent theatrically. Such a piece is ALL OF ME by Caroline Horton.

Tickets £10

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Constantine Allotments Society

Constantine Allotments Society has been cultivating the site in Bridge for well over 40 years.  We run on organic lines, and members grow a variety of vegetables, soft fruit and flowers. We are family-friendly and children are encouraged to get involved. We are currently in the process of re-terracing all the plots thanks to a grant from the Lottery fund.  At present all the plots are occupied, but we run a waiting list and anyone interested can contact the joint chairpeople, Dougal & Suzanna Jeffries, on 01326 341356.

Glebe Garden

The Glebe Garden is an area of 2.12 acres adjacent to the Brillwater stream, owned by the Diocese of Truro. It was developed in Victorian times by one of the village vicars and was later planted as an orchard by a local family.

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Challenging clean up during winter storms

10 beaches in 10 days

Cornish local environmental group Clean Ocean Sailing has cleared a total of 863kg of marine pollution in just 10 days. This was accomplished under sail on ‘The Annette’, their historic Schooner, using her as a base for dedicated volunteers to clean remote beaches and coastline.

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Tolmen restoration hampered by bad weather but funding rolls in

In good fine weather on Monday 14 December, work began to replace the surface of the Tolmen Centre car park. All was going well and in just two days we were ahead of schedule with the old surface dug out and removed. Finding the condition of the existing substrate such that no additional hardcore was required to make the surface good, we were ready to have the cement base poured. However on Wednesday 18 December the rain started!

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Hats for Hire

Need a hat for a special occasion?

Try the Hatalogue!

Cost:- £10 to go to Save the Children or the charity of your choice

Please contact
alineturner@btinternet.com
Tel 01326 251233

Click to see all the hats…

DRIP DRIP DRIP

By Pipeline Theatre

Following their introductory tour early last year, DRIP DRIP DRIP has been recast and rewritten for its new nationwide tour in 2020.

We are fortunate to have the only performance in Cornwall on this tour, as the company journeys across the country, ending with a long run at the Pleasance Theatre in London.

In its new form and with a new cast, the play retains it’s powerful examination of racism and political extremism, in the context of our beloved NHS in 2020.

As with all Pipeline’s work, and with Jon Welch’s writing, this is a play that merits seeing for a second time, especially as it has evolved in keeping with the changing circumstances facing the country and the NHS.

And if you missed it last time, grab the only chance to see it at The Tolmen Centre, Pipeline’s  home venue –  from where all their work has originated.

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Neil Wiseman

21 January 1930 – 3 January 2020

Neil and Jean Wiseman arrived in Constantine in the summer of 1968 and in that September Neil assumed the post of the Headmaster of the School. One of his early pupils described him as firm but very fair: “every child respected him”.

His impact on the life of the community over the course of the next fifty years was to be immense. He joined the Cottage Garden Society and in turn become both Chairman and President (and minder-in-chief of the Annual Show marquee and fetcher-and-carrier of all the equipment necessary for the Show).

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THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS BY TIM SPOONER

THE ASSEMBLY OF ANIMALS comes to the Tolmen Centre for two performances. Part installation, part sculpture, and part puppetry performance, this is an exciting addition to our spring programme as part of the  “Festival of Curious Puppetry”. The show, which is suitable for all ages from 3 upwards, lasts about  half an hour, followed by an opportunity for  audience members to  explore the objects used and see how they function.

The Assembly of Animals has been performed widely across the UK and Europe to audiences of all ages and has been part of the British Council Showcase, which takes standout shows from the Edinburgh Fringe to wider audiences.

Performances at 2pm and 5pm

Tickets £5

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A Year of Forest School

It has been just over a year since Constantine Pre-school began regular Forest School sessions in the community-owned section of Bosahan Woods. And what an incredible year it has been. We have enjoyed so many different adventures! Here are just a few of the things we have got up to… learned how to light fires and cook outside, built dens, paddled in the stream, meditated in the trees, found bugs, toads and badger sets, used tools to cut firewood and make musical instruments, gone exploring, learned how to make natural paints, prints and sculptures, climbed trees, told stories, played games, made boats… and many other things besides.

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