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The Constant Times is produced with support from Constantine Enterprises Company and Transition Constantine. Volunteers distribute free copies to most households in Constantine Parish every two months.

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Community Help Line

Constantine Church, Transition Constantine, Farmers Market, WI, Friends of Constantine Surgery, Constantine Social Club, & Spar Shop – Working Together Caring and Sharing

There is no doubt the spread of the Coronavirus will have an increasing impact on our community. With that in mind many of our community organisations have come together to offer assistance to those who have no available relatives or friends and are self-isolating, unwell and housebound, worried or afraid.

We can help with

  • Shopping, buying and delivering to your door
  • Picking up and delivering prescriptions
  • Help with pets, dog walking, trips to vets
  • Having a chat with you on the phone

   01326 340259

    07807 134606 (Text only)

   rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.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.

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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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Cottage Garden Society

Peter Wilson, Chair

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

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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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Women's Institute

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

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

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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

Constantine Silver Band

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

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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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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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Constantine’s recycling bank removed

Cornwall Council has removed Constantine’s recycling bank.

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Constantine Arts Society

Lockdown 2020 by Millie Silver

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

Lockdown Gallery 2020

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

Neil Stevens, Practice Manager

The Constantine surgery, like all NHS organizations, has had to re-organise the way that health care is provided.

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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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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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Women's Institute

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

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Cottage Garden Society

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

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Cottage Garden Society

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

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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

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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Adrian Seys-Prosser

Ade with Tiffa Meadows

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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