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Call-out for old Constantine
village photographs

Sally Coot & Tracey Clowes

Do you, or someone you know, have any photographs of Constantine Village taken in the 1950s and 1960s? Particularly needed are shots inside shops, farms, around Fore Street, local businesses and events which we would like to use to illustrate the many stories we are collating for the history/memories book of Constantine.

So please look through your old photo albums or get that box out of the loft and see if you have any old photographs of good quality you think we could use. We do not keep the photographs, but will scan them and return within a couple of days. Everyone who helps with the preparation of the book will receive an acknowledgement in the final copy.

If you could help in any way please contact Sally Coot on 01326 340050.

Many thanks.

Fancy a trip to France…..?

Would you like to spend a few days meeting the people of Pont-Croix in Brittany this September?

Constantine & Gweek Twinning Association, which has been exchanging visits for many years, has again been invited to organise a visit to our twin community in Brittany, Pont-Croix. Now, grandchildren of the original twinning members can carry on the tradition. This is a chance for anyone to travel - a single person, a couple, or a family.

We have made many good friends around this small medieval Breton town over the years and they are again very keen to welcome old and new friends from Constantine and Gweek this year.

If you would like to find out more about going on this trip, please contact Mary Owen on 01326 250700 or 07814 898997.

Constantine Farmers’ Market is back!

Zoe Rawlence

The Farmers’ Market is back ! In a bigger venue In Constantine Primary School hall. We opened in April and will be there on the first Saturday of each month. Doors open 9.30 until 12 noon.

This is the market with a difference. You will find not only food and craft stalls and a cuppa and cake cafe run by the PTA, but also a Transition Constantine area which will be about building resilience and sharing skills and resources. We are always looking out for new ideas, but for starters there will be a clothing and toys swap, skill-sharing stalls to get advice on fixing your bike, or mending and refurbishing clothes. There will also be a freecycle board where you can advertise giving and getting stuff for free, rather than putting it into landfill.

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Full programme resumes at Constantine W.I.

Liz Pearce

The W.I. is back in full swing, with our usual clubs and those organisations that use the W.I. Hall. We are awaiting the fitting of new double glazed windows, which we hope will help conserve heat in the building.

W.I. meetings are proceeding as usual. The latest talk was from Geoff Davis, recollections of a Cornishman, which was both entertaining and informative and for some of us older members, memories of Cornwall as it was when we were growing up. Geoff included some songs and jokes. We all had an enjoyable evening of light entertainment, while supporting his charity CLIC Sargent. He surprised us all by telling us his previous occupation was as a Vicar.

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Coffee Morning raises £1,340

Liz Pearce, Church Social & Fund Raising Committee

A well-attended community Homes & Gardens-themed coffee morning was held on 7th May at the Parish Church. Organisations in the village were invited to have their own stalls, alongside those of the Church. Save the Children, The Constantine Cottage Garden Society, The Port Navas Arts Society, The Carnival Committee and Deena all took up the invitation.

It was a lovely sunny morning and the event attracted a large number of people, many taking in the Farmers’ Market at the school, and then coming on to us. Also, several groups of cyclists called in throughout the morning, took their chances on the Hook-a-Duck game and enjoyed cake and coffee. All the participating stalls were delighted with their extra income and the church raised a whopping £1340.00.

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From the Vicarage (for the last time)

Rev Stewart Turner

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my retirement at the end of July. My last service as your parish priest will be at 10:30am on Sunday 26th of June and I will then finally finish on the 31st of July. However I will be staying in the Vicarage until early next spring before finally moving back to our old family home in Penryn, which means that in the interim I will still be available to take some services and look after the pastoral needs of the community.

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OfSTED judges Constantine Pre-School ‘outstanding’

In case you hadn’t heard...

Ella Curtis

It is with great excitement and pride that we start the Pre-School entry this time around with our OUT-STANDING OfSTED news! Constantine Pre-School was awarded this, the highest possible grading, in March and of course the team have been walking on cloud 9 ever since! It was truly rewarding for staff, parents, carers and the commu- nity to officially announce what we all see: Constantine Pre-School is outstanding! It would be very easy to quote the whole report, but please do have a read if you’ve not had a chance already; it is a thoroughly glowing review and shows yet again how hard the team work, and how wonderful the children are! “Staff plan an extremely enabling environment, which promotes high curiosity and children's deep engagement.” What more could you want?
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Constantine Cottage Garden Society News

Peter Wilson

As summer approaches once again, it is pleasing to feel the warmth of the sun coming through and those petulant easterly winds diminishing. As the soil warms and the day- light extends, our flowers begin to put on the show we all expect when we start our gardening year in mid winter. Our early fruit and veg being harvested, which seems to be more poignant as food and living costs rise steeply. It seems ironic that old friends con- tact me asking about gardening and how to work an allotment; individuals that I would never have thought would take the hobby that has been my passion for so many years.

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Constantine School News

We have a new revamped website: constantine.kernowlearning.co.uk

Friends of Constantine School

The Friends of Constantine School have been recruiting new members to help with fundraising and they have been doing an amazing job so far.
  • Farmers market tea and coffee = £161.99
  • Egg Tombola = £172.35
  • Bunny raffle = £258.38

Fantastic efforts that total £592.72! This enables us to add the sparkle to our school. The FOCs funded this fire pit for Wild Things, our forest school club. The children love using it.

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Constantine History Group visits Charlestown

May 2022

Members of Constantine History Group joined local historian, Lyndon Allen, on 19 May to learn about the history of the Georgian harbour of Charlestown developed by local solicitor Charles Rashleigh.

Rashleigh had interests in the nearby tin and copper mines and wanted a safe harbour to export the ore and import timber and coal. Polmear Cove prior to 1879 was a cove which was used by some vessels that beached to unload, but in south easterly gales they were at the mercy of the elements and several foundered.

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Constantine Foodbank

Food is available 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Saturday.

To obtain food in a crisis you require a formal referral voucher obtained from either:

  • Constantine School
    01326 340554 
  • Constantine Surgery
    01326 340666 
  • Rev Stewart Turner
    01326 340259

Your request will be dealt with in strict confidence.

Once you have your referral voucher you will need to call 01326 340279 to arrange a collection time. Food can be collected from the Vestry (small cottage building) at the back of St Constantine Church or in an emergency delivery.

All paperwork needs to be formally completed before receiving your food. Donations of food can be either dropped at the Church Vestry on WEDNESDAYS between 9.00am and 10.00am or by contacting Rev Stewart on the telephone number above.

The Foodbank is run by The Trussell Trust in association with St Constantine Church.

Ten years of constant coverage of local news and events

With everyone focused on celebrating seven decades of royal reign, you might have missed that it’s also an important decadal milestone for The Constant Times. With this issue, we mark ten years since the launch of our village newspaper. 

April - May 2022 Edition

The first issue of the Content Times rolled off the presses in the Tolmen Centre print room in March 2012, on the run up to the Diamond Jubilee.

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In a world of change

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most iconic figures in world history: a queen whose reign has outlasted all other British monarchs and most other world leaders. But though she stands for the continuity and tradition of the English monarchy, Elizabeth II’s reign has been anything but predictable. Since she took the throne in 1952, the queen has redefined what it means to be a monarch and withstood a tremendous amount of change within her family, her country and the world.

“Change is a constant,” said the monarch as she addressed Parliament during her Golden Jubilee in 2002, “managing it has become an expanding discipline. The way we embrace it defines our future.” Here are some of the lesser known events, some of which may seem trivial set against a back drop of war, climate change, economic and social upheaval, but they have had a dramatic impact on our everyday lives and our world during Elizabeth’s reign:

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School News: March 2022

Wild Things fire pit

Huge thanks to the friends of Constantine school who funded this fire pit for Wild Things, our forest school club. The children love using it.

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Constantine Pre-School

New Year, new adventures!

Although winter is now behind us and we are welcoming Spring with open arms, the Constant Times presents a wonderful opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful things Preschool has been up to in the past few months.

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Constantine Cottage Garden Society

Peter Wilson

As gardeners, our excitement grows as the warmer sunnier days begin to emerge from a cold dank winter. We have been tormented recently by some tremendous storms, several days, one after the other, gave little respite to our beleaguered gardens. Hopefully, we have seen the worst of the storms and now we just have the late frosts to contend with. I for one am constantly watching the weather forecasts and receiving regular updates from my neighbour with his weather station.

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Bob Mynett

30 April 1939 - 3 January 2022

Bob was an old friend of the village who, with his wife Sue, lived here for several years until, nine years ago, Bob’s deteriorating Parkinson’s disease obliged them to leave their Fore Street cottage. They moved to Bob’s original home town, Stroud, to be nearer to their children.

Bob will be remembered and missed by many of us here. We will recall his unfailing good humour and generosity. He had a huge range of interests and enthusiasms and was impressively well read over a wide range including Greek mythology, poetry, history and philosophy. He sang in local choirs and was a keen sea fisherman. Above all he was a family man.

We greatly enjoyed his slightly wacky sense of humour. He edited and printed our former village newspaper, Gweddr Myras. Each issue featured more strange exploits of Sidney, the one armed projectionist at Constantine’s Ritz Cinema. And who can forget the reports on the successes of Constantine’s Over-70’s Leapfrog Team?

Always good humoured and generous, Bob really liked people. He was well suited to his main career, that of probation officer, and many of his former clients kept in touch with him, as friends, over the years. He had many different jobs during his life; he was a dustman when Sue first met him 57 years ago!

Bob coped courageously with his progressive physical disability. He was a skilled sea angler, and my bass fishing “mentor”. We spent many happy hours putting the world to rights during our many fishing expeditions around the Lizard. Even when significantly disabled he insisted on struggling down some quite exposed cliff descents to show me some of his special bass fishing marks.

Adrian Roberts

Cost of living increases – Cornwall Council offers support and advice

Many of us will be struggling to pay bills and to buy food soon due to increases in the cost of living and massive increases in energy bills and travel costs. Cornwall Council has circulated a list of areas in which they can help people who are struggling. Cllr Dr Andy Virr, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Public Health, said: “Times are already tough, but they are going to get even tougher as our household bills rise significantly this year. I want people to know that they are not alone and there is a wealth of support available from many different groups and organisations. “I would urge people to check out our ‘I’m worried about money’ webpage to find out what help they can receive and how to access it. Alternatively, they can call 0300 123 1118.”
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