23 Oct 2018

Constantine Community Day

Chris Hussey

On Saturday 13th October Transition Constantine held a ‘Community Day’ in the village. This grew out of ideas shared at a meeting of Transition groups at the Tremough Campus in Penryn. The Sustainable St. Agnes group described how they had taken to having a few regular, annual events. The aim was to put a marker in the village calendar (alongside all the other events) for sustainability. The Transition Constantine group decided to give the idea a go, and a sub-group debated the form such an event might take. It was decided to hold it on a Farmers’ Market day, merge it with the successful ‘Big Lunch’ that had been held before, and also combine it with various community and Transition themed stalls and activities. The result was ‘The ConConstantine Community Day Posterstantine Community Day’.

Despite the adverse weather conditions (which meant that some outdoor activities had to be cancelled) it was felt to be a very successful event. It began with the Farmers’ Market in the morning, followed by ‘The Big Get-Together’ – a pot luck lunch for everyone to share; the rear of the Tolmen Centre was packed out for this. During the lunch, the Trengilly Singers gave a fine performance of a range of enjoyable pieces. This lunch was followed by a mix of events and activities spread across the Church Hall and the Tolmen Centre. Some of these were on Transition themes and activities, such as the Constant Times (village newspaper) and Who’s Where (the village directory), plus some focus on what people were looking for in the community in the future.

There were also local stalls such as those run by the Church and the WI, and a theme of plastic awareness, with representatives from Plastic Free Falmouth, Falmouth Marine Conservation, and Ocean Clean Sailing from Gweek. There were many activities for children, with a quiz trail, face painting, and stalls run by the Scouts, Brownies and the Pre-school. We were also pleased to be able to host the Falmouth Repair Cafe in the Church Hall, who were able to perform a number of successful repairs, while raising awareness of the importance of repair, as opposed to simply disposing of non-functional items. The Ambos Co-housing Collective were also represented, promoting a new approach to affordable housing. A display of electric bikes was to be seen in the Church Hall, with an electric car also on display at the Tolmen Centre. The Museum was open during the afternoon events, receiving a good number of visitors. We will hold an evaluation session in due course, to learn as much as we can from what happened – to help the planning of next year’s event!

21 Nov 2015

This Changes Everything

Chris Hussey
Outside the Tolmen Centre
Outside the Tolmen Centre

To help raise awareness of the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris, Transition Constantine organised in mid-November a screening of the film ‘This Changes Everything’ at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine.

The film is, of course, associated with the book of the same name by Naomi Klein, and it provides some intense coverage of various groups around the world on the front lines of ‘Blockadia’.  From tar sand development in Canada, through gold mining in Greece, and coal power station development in India, the film exposed the impact of global corporations on communities, climate and the natural world.

As an event, it was well supported, with over 30 attending and many new faces in the audience.

27 Apr 2015

Constantine Community Land Trust – Launch Event

Chris Hussey

On Tuesday 28th April the Constantine Community Land Trust will be holding the LAUNCH EVENT of the new organisation (and it will incorporate the AGM of the initial set-up organisation).  For the new organisation, the meeting aims to:

  • Adopt a constitution
  • Elect a board of directors
  • Discuss prospective sites
  • Recruit new CLT members

The meeting will be held at the Tolmen Centre in Constantine, with doors opening at 7:00 pm for a start at 7:30 pm (drinks and nibbles available).

For more information and an agenda, see:

http://constantinecommunitylandtrust.co.uk/

23 Apr 2015

The lost posts – Constantine Hustings

Chris Hussey
Poster for the village hustings
Poster for the village hustings

What would an election be without the village hustings? With the national election due in early May, members of Transition Constantine (working with other members of the local community) helped to organise an event at the Tolmen Centre to which all the candidates were invited. Rather to our surprise, all six of them agreed to come. Even more to our surprise, the audience was over 100 strong, filling the guild room of the Tolmen Centre to near capacity. The event was designed to follow the Radio 4 ‘Any Questions’ format, in which each candidate gives an answer to a question placed by a member of the audience. According to one of the candidates, Constantine was the only village in the Camborne & Redruth constituency to hold its own hustings.

23 Apr 2015

The lost posts – Screening “The UK Gold”

Chris Hussey

One of the group’s occasional activities is the screening of a film relevant to our interests and aims. In June 2014 we organised the showing of ‘The UK Gold’ – a documentary about the role of the UK (and the City of London in particular) in global tax dodging. According to The Guardian: “The kind of film to get the blood boiling and the steam hissing out of your ears – an ambitious and admirably clear assault.” I suspect our audience agreed with that assessment.

Poster for "The UK Gold"
Poster for “The UK Gold”
23 Apr 2015

The lost posts – Constant Times

Chris Hussey

Members of the Transition group helped to revive the village newspaper when its longstanding editor was obliged to give up to health problems. It now has a new editorial and production team, but members of the Transition group help with the bimonthly ritual of the ‘stapling and folding party’. Some 750 copies are collated, stapled, folded and boxed, with the accompaniment of food, drink and much putting of the world to rights. New occupational heath problems sometimes surface – though I’m not sure that ‘stapler’s wrist’ has been fully characterised by medical science…

ConstantTimes

 

27 Feb 2013

Climate Week Programme

Chris Hussey

Transition Constantine will be supporting the UK’s national Climate Week with a programme of events throughout the week.   These will include:

  • Activities at Constantine Primary School
  • A climate-themed pub quiz at the Trengilly Wartha Inn
  • A screening of the acclaimed film ‘Chasing Ice‘ at the Tolmen Centre
  • A ‘Making Day’ at the Tolmen Centre
  • The first Constantine Farmers’ Market of 2013, with information on the Green Deal available

For details and times of events, please see the full programme below:

ClimateWeek2013

20 Sep 2012

Satish Kumar on Radio 3

Chris Hussey

Not being a habitual Radio 3 listener, it was by chance earlier in the week that I heard the presenter, Sarah Walker, talking with Satish Kumar (interspersed with his music choices) during her ‘Essential Classics’ programme.  Satish Kumar has been editor of ‘Resurgence’ magazine for decades.  His presence on the programme was apparently associated with the International Day of Peace on Friday 21st September.  He has been appearing on all the programmes this week, talking about his life and beliefs.  Those local to Constantine may already have heard him speak at the ‘Gather’ festival last autumn at Goongillings.  For anyone else who would like to hear him, the programmes are available on iPlayer:

Monday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mnwzx/Essential_Classics_Monday_Sarah_Walker/

Tuesday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny5s/Essential_Classics_Tuesday_Sarah_Walker/

Wednesday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny6f/Essential_Classics_Wednesday_Sarah_Walker/

Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01mny72/Essential_Classics_Thursday_Sarah_Walker/

Satish appears about 1 hour 30 minutes into each programme, in a half hour slot.  There’s still time to catch the live programme tomorrow!

25 Sep 2011

Gather at Scot’s Quay – Moved the Planet along ?

Chris Hussey

Saturday 24th September saw a gathering of folk in the fields adjacent to Scot’s Quay to mark 45 years of Resurgence magazine and local support for the international 350.org event Moving Planet .   In line with Satish Kumar’s famous multi-thousand mile walks in pursuit of peace – Transition Constantine organised a walk  from the village down to Scot’s Quay – ably led by children from the school carrying flags they had made earlier in the week.  The Gather event included a number of musicians and bands, tree listening, charcoal buying, natural paint making, and dance – all leading up to a session with Satish Kumar being interviewed by Leo Hickman of the Guardian – on Satish’s wide ranging and inspirational thoughts over the last 45 years.  During the afternoon everyone took part in creating two large scale human banners for 350.org – shortly to appear on the Moving Planet website.

06 Sep 2011

Climate Reality – worldwide event to raise awareness of Climate Change

Chris Hussey

Al Gore is promoting a  worldwide rolling 24 hour event on 17/18th September – tune in to the broadcast coming out of London. One of our local Climate Change scientists based at Tremough will be participating from the LSE. Information here…..