Constantine Cornwall

The CEC has been operating since April 1998 and was established to manage projects within the village of Constantine, for the benefit of its inhabitants. Specifically, it owns and manages the Tolmen Centre, a Grade 2 listed former Methodist Chapel in the centre of the village, purchased in 1998 and now run as an arts, theatre, museum, & community centre.

The CEC is run by a board of Volunteer Directors (Trustees) who meet regularly to ensure the smooth running of the company and ‘subsidiaries’ (as shown in the diagram below).  The ‘subsidiaries’ are also run by teams of volunteers – all with their own interests and specialisms. The structure of the Charity is detailed below with the activities highlighted in yellow.

Our Objectives

Our charitable objectives are to provide, in the interest of social welfare, facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupations for the inhabitants of Constantine parish and its environs. These facilities will include those to which residents have need by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty, or social and economic circumstances; and which will improve the conditions of life for such persons by promoting their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

To promote commerce, art, science, education, culture or any charitable object & anything ancillary or conducive to any of these objects for the benefit of the inhabitants of Constantine Parish.

The centre draws its visitors, not only from the 1,747 inhabitants of the parish (2011 census), but also neighbouring villages and towns in this largely rural area, and last year over 9,000 people visited the centre for at least one of our activities.

Where we operate

The CEC is based in The Tolmen Centre, Fore Street Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5AA.

The Tolmen Centre, an iconic feature in Constantine village, has dominated the Fore Street skyline since 1835. Originally a Methodist Chapel, used by 300 worshippers each Sunday at its height of popularity, and a community space during the week. It was sold in 1998 when the Methodist community had dwindled to just 7 and purchased by the newly formed CEC using community donations. 

The CEC then secured funding to undertake the necessary repairs and conversion work as well as the addition of a purpose-built extension to house the village Museum. The CEC has grown over the years to oversee several village projects, all for the benefit of the local community.

Our Achievements

  • Purchased & converted the Tolmen Centre into a performing Arts centre with a fully equipped 180 seater theatre & a national reputation.
  • Tolmen theatre cafe & exhibition area.
  • Community centre with lending library & internet access.
  • Village Museum with the display & storage of village archive material.
  • Production of a village walks booklet.
  • Obtained Museum Accreditation Status.
  • Owns & maintains the Bosahan ‘Bluebell’ Woods.
  • Initiated the Bank Landscape Project at the village Bus stopping.
  • Constantine Cornwall Website.
  • Transition Constantine.
  • Farmer‘s Market.
  • Inherited & maintains Who’s Where.
  • Community Days & Lunches.
  • Wind & solar power projects – Pre-School roof solar Panels.
  • Environmental & climate projects.
  • Hustings, Any Questions & other events.
  • Purchased & maintains Tolmen Garden.
  • Home of the Gweder Myras – now the Constant Times community newspaper.
  • Introduced Kid’s club.
  • Introduced Credit Union.
  • Provision of community meeting space & social venue.
  • Film Club.
  • Literary Pod.
  • Produced Parish plans.
  • Provision of IT & other Training courses.
  • Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
  • Lease of the Glebe Garden.


Leadership and Management

The CEC is run by a board of volunteer Directors/Trustees who meet regularly to ensure the smooth running of the company and subsidiaries. 

The CEC Directors are:-

  • Tracey Clowes:  Honorary Chair. 
  • Charles Pugh:  Honorary Company Secretary & Treasurer.
  • Gerelyn Blackstone-Karapanos, Caitlin DeSilvey, Chris Hussey,  Dougal Jeffries, Barbara Pugh, Elfie Rawlence, Gia Shaw, Peter Tatham & Richard Thomas. 


What is the relationship between the CEC and the TOC?

The Tolmen Operating Company (TOC) is a subsidiary of the CEC, who, on a day to day basis, run the commercial side of the Tolmen building managing the users, performers and Café.