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Constantine 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

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 (PDF)

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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Constantine School – news and life under lockdown

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

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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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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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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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Constantine W.I. looks back during lockdown

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
Roy Keverne and David Burke

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
Spring update

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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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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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

'Brink'

“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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Cottage Garden Society
Danny Konik, Cornwall Council Community Partnership Officer

February 2020

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Constantine Arts Society

Mollie Silver at a watercolour and pastel workshop given recently by Janet Judge

– come and join when we’re back to normal

Everyone can draw and paint. If you ask young children to paint a picture, none of them will say they can’t paint. If you ask a person who has left school, probably only those who were “good at art” or have gone on to study art in some form will say they can.

Constantine Arts Society was founded in 1974 and has had 45 summer exhibitions in the Church Hall. We normally meet every Tuesday from 11 to 4 in the hall during term time, but for the time being, unfortunately these are suspended during the Coronavirus emergency.

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Women's Institute
Constantine W.I. Annual Meeting

Barbara Willoughby

Considering the very rough weather our Annual Meeting on 10 February was very well attended. Thanks were given to all and our Secretary’s report reminded all members of the very varied meetings throughout the year, with outings, luncheons, walks etc – something to suit all tastes.

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Cottage Garden Society
Mark Harris of Potager Garden

January 2020

Mark Harris, who has been in charge of Potager Garden at High Cross for some 10 years, gave an inspiring, interesting and amusing talk.

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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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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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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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Women's Institute
Festive Soup and Pud Lunch

We finished 2019 in style with a very Festive Soup and Pud Lunch when the Hall was bursting at the seams. Our Christmas meal was at Polurrian Hotel, a Carol Service at Constantine with our Group W.Is, Mawnan Smith, Budock Vean and friends, was very well attended.

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Tolmen Centre ‘Love Me Restore Me’ update

The Constantine Enterprises Company (which owns the Tolmen Centre) is absolutely thrilled to announce that it has received a grant from ‘Awards For All’ (National Lottery Community Fund) for £10 000 as part of our ‘Love Me Restore Me’ campaign. Our aim is to replace the deteriorating roof, repair or replace the windows, and resurface the car park. The ‘Awards For All’ grant is specifically to be spent on the car park and we hope that work will commence sometime before Christmas, replacing the old tarmac surface which is full of huge holes, with granite imprinted cement surface. This surface will be hard wearing and last for many years, as well as looking extremely attractive complementing the exterior Victorian facade.

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Rae Gray, Photorealistic Artist

Three years ago, my family and I moved to Constantine and we love it here! From September, the youngest of my three children joined Constantine Primary School and the memory of what I did before I had them is steadily returning. Turns out, I was an artist!

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Bosahan Woods Management Team Quarterly Report

After a very busy October re-instating the middle path, there has been a lull in work. The Bosahan Woods Management Team met on 7th November 2019.

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Women's Institute
Gin & Tonic Tasting

What could be better than a Gin & Tonic Tasting evening, especially when produced locally by Curio Spirits Co, Mullion on the Lizard.

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Bosahan Woods Path Restoration Work

When Bosahan Woods was given to the charity, Constantine Enterprise Company, one of the conditions of the gift, was the restoration of the main paths through the woods, which was last done in 1988 by the Manpower Services Commission. Last October we worked on the top path with volunteers giving over 600 hours of their time, trying to make the path as accessible as possible to everyone.

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Women's Institute
Overland to India

HELP, with just a few hours before our meeting the speakers cancelled because of sickness. Luckily one of our members, Dominique Hayes, said she had travelled overland in a truck to India in the 1970s – would that do – yes please!!

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Falmouth Art Gallery

August 2019

The Group’s last visit of the 2019 season in August was a “Behind the Scenes” exploration of the Falmouth Art Gallery led by Falmouth’s Cultural Director Henrietta Boex. Whilst small groups accompanied Henrietta into the depths of the Art Gallery there was much to see for those that remained in the current “Stuff and Nonsense” exhibition plus the display of marine art.

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Women's Institute
‘Multiple Sclerosis & The Merlin Centre’

Steve Lawrence

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Women's Institute
‘Fire & Alchemy’

A Love Affair with Clay with Mel Chambers.

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