20 Nov 2019

Transition builds on success with another Community Day

Chris Hussey

It can’t have escaped many villagers’ attention that Transition’s 2019 Community Day was held on Saturday 14 September. In thankfully beautiful weather, even more people than at last year’s event came to see and engage with the host of interests, causes and activities on show in the Church and at the Tolmen Centre during the day. Many also sat down for the Big Lunch in the Tolmen Centre garden where every last mouthful of the enormous spread of wholesome foods brought and shared by the diners disappeared! The day started with the Farmers’ Market in the Tolmen Centre whilst in the Church, W.I. refreshments, a Repair Café, Bosahan Woodland Management, Constantine Cottage Garden Society, a children’s clothes swap stall, Extinction Rebellion T-shirt printing, Climate Vision and a chance to try bell ringing in the tower saw a steady flow of interested visitors.

Community Day - Tolmen CentreCommunity Day - childrens' activitiesCommunity Day - The Big Lunch

Outside, 1 st Constantine Brownies were being creative with recycled plastic! Meanwhile back at the Tolmen Centre, the Big Village Lunch kicked off at 1.00pm with a fantastic spread of home-made and (mostly) wholesome fare brought by the diners for all to share in the garden under the specially-erected marquee, the brainwave of this year’s Community Day co-ordinator Laura Brittain-Long. Entertainment followed with poetry performance by our own Kerry Vincent, singing from the children of Constantine School, and an accompanied musical performance by Misri Dey.

Whilst activities up at the Church continued into the afternoon, inside the Tolmen Centre representatives from a host of local organizations shared information with villagers about their aims and activities. Clean Ocean Sailing, Friends of the Earth and Transition Constantine all had stalls manned by their volunteers. Cornwall Council Waste Management Team “had lots of positive conversations” with Constantine folk – interested in the new waste management and recycling arrangements that arrive next year. Constantine Primary School and Pre-School had a chance to showcase their exciting outdoor education programmes – the Forest School, and the Bee Project.

Daisy Chapman Gardner had a stand and had many conversations explaining the background to her recent conservation trip to Honduras. Charlotte Barry from the Camel Community Agriculture Project held a raffle of fresh vegetables on her stall which raised funds donated to Helston Food Bank. On their adjacent stall they explained the operation and function of Helston Food Bank, run by volunteers. They were accepting donations to the food bank – and recruited two new hands!

Last but not least, Tracey Clowes raised valuable funds and pledges for the Tolmen Centre Restoration Project through its ‘sponsor a roof slate’ scheme. Lastly, a big thank-you to all the contributors and volunteers who helped make the day such a success: a day worth remembering, and one to be repeated next year!

(Reproduced from Constant Times Volume 8, Issue 5; authored by Robin Curtis)

24 Feb 2019

Constantine Pre-school Going Solar

Chris Hussey

In 2015 Transition Constantine was working with Constantine Pre-school to raise funds for a solar PV system to be installed on the pre-school roof. This was done in partnership with the 10:10 Solar Schools organisation. The funding target was not achieved and the project was suspended – but the idea never went away. At the turn of 2018, it became clear that Transition Constantine had a source of funds available that could be used to revive the project. With the solar PV Feed In Tariff no longer being available after March 2019, the project was rapidly relaunched with the support of the pre-school committee. Things then moved very quickly, with ZLC Energy engaged to install a 4kW system over the February half-term holiday. A set of timelapse photos of the installation was obtained and can be seen in the movie: “Constantine Pre-school Going Solar”:

26 Jan 2019

Second Helping For Transition’s Big Lunch

Chris Hussey

Following the success of the communal lunch on the Community Day last October, Transition Constantine held the first of what it hopes will be quarterly Big Lunches on Saturday 12 January.

The people of the Constantine area didn’t let them down and, as before, the Tolmen Centre was packed with families, young and old, who tucked into a huge variety of home-made dishes and delights brought by the diners themselves for others to enjoy. The atmosphere was all the more enjoyable as local band Akoustek played and sang a live set throughout the meal.

The next Big Lunch will be announced in due course. Transition would love to see even wider village participation so if you haven’t been already, do come (and it’s free!).

(Reposted from an article by the editor of the Constant Times (February / March edition, 2019)

26 Jan 2019

Constantine Community Day – Likes & Dislikes

Chris Hussey

At Constantine Community Day on Saturday 13th October 2018, one of the activities was to gather residents views about Constantine. As part of this, people were invited to suggest aspects of Constantine life that they liked and disliked. These have been collected together and documented on the Community Day page on the menu above.

15 Nov 2018

Constantine Community Day – The Challenges

Chris Hussey

At the recent Constantine Community Day there were a couple of activities that prompted people to reflect on how they might like things to be different in the future. One was a ‘wishing tree’ where wishes for change or improvement could be hung. Another was a display about Constantine in the past and present, that also invited people to say what they would like to see in Constantine in the future (with a timescale of the next 10-20 years). The contributions from both have been consolidated and summarized below:

Atmosphere and Community Spirit

  • More willing volunteers
  • Volunteer Register – people available to help others in village when needed – Seconded!
  • A Christmas Show!
  • More community days *****
  • Befriending system


  • Community cafe like Saracens’ plate in Penryn
  • A community cafe/restaurant – Seconded
  • Nice to have a café with young and old
  • More inter generational events
  • Shops *****
  • More shops (child)
  • Community swop shop
  • Community run pub
  • A Post office counter ******
  • Access to local, good organic food.
  • More local food – veg & dairy available to buy in the village
  • Ability to buy milk from our local farms
  • Village Policeman!!
  • Community composting collection/delivery point – bike plus trailer


  • More flowers in public spaces
  • More people taking up allotments 


  • Village community with bus charity
  • Community bus for elderly/young families for shopping and recreational trips – run by volunteers and funded by events
  • Concerned that when no longer can drive that will be stuck indoors
  • More connection to the other nearby villages
  • An affordable, responsive public transport network **
  • Minibus services to Helston/Falmouth with more frequency
  • More transport routes in outlying areas
  • Would like to have a bus into Truro
  • Cycling routes from Constantine to other villages/towns
  • Cycling routes ***
  • Buggy park, a buggy collective
  • Traffic control in Main Street
  • Enforcing 20mph limit **
  • Road signs need cleaning
  • Electric car charging points **
  • New gate on footpath between Church and Bridge


  • Community affordable eco-housing with integrated care for the elderly **
  • Somewhere to live in Constantine for older people nearing the end of their lives
  • Community provision for elderly so they can stay in the village – sheltered housing/ Old people’s home **
  • Would like a place – residential for the elderly with café for all as part of it
  • More people looking after older members of their family in their own homes
  • More affordable housing **
  • Proper low cost sustainable housing
  • Affordable eco co housing/ co operative **

Climate Change/Emergency Plans

  • That action towards a just transition for post carbon proceeds now & urgently
  • Plastic free Constantine
  • A more sustainable future
  • Community energy project
  • Idea re coping with extreme weather events
  • Emergency plan for extreme weather events
  • More sunshine (!)

The items with asterisks reflect a number of responses on the same topic. Transition Constantine will be discussing how to take action on these ideas, particularly in relation to the desire for more community days and more affordable housing.

06 Aug 2018

It’s been very quiet…

Chris Hussey

You may notice that there has been little activity on the Transition Constantine website for a long time. Since setting up the TC Facebook page, most of our communications activity has happened there. Very many people use Facebook, and its ‘push’ mechanism means that no-one has to go out of their way to look for a specific website.

Facebook is good for getting attention, but less suitable for providing directly the ‘longer read’, where someone is interested in a particular topic. We are going to try using the Transition Constantine website for providing a bit more depth, via links from Facebook posts. So if someone is interested, they can easily follow the link to the TC website; if not, they can easily pass it by without being overloaded with unwanted information.

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:


23 Apr 2015

The Lost Posts

Chris Hussey

In the course of a migration to a new hosting service, the most recent posts to the Transition Constantine website went missing. To give a flavour of what happened in the last year or so, here below are some new posts to summarise some of the key events (and regular activities) of the Transition Constantine year.

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…



26 Nov 2013

Tool Library Survey

Chris Hussey

In issue 5 of the Constant Times Transition Constantine announced plans to consider the viability of a tool library where villagers could share those incredibly useful items of equipment that are only ever periodically needed. It is hoped that such a village resource might save unnecessary commercial hire or duplicate purchase of kit as well as encouraging people to get to know each other a bit better.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the survey at the October Farmers Market and for all the kind offers of donations or lends to help set up the scheme. As a result we have begun to piece together those items that seem most popular.

In order to get a better idea of what might items might be most useful, we would be very pleased if more people could complete the survey.  Please consider the list below and use the comments link (at the top right of the page) to tell us your top five items (the ones you most wish you could borrow).

Construction Leisure
Cement Mixer Boat
Scaffold Tower Boat Trailer
Long (extendable) Ladder Canoe
Stepladder Gas BBQ
Acroprops Chiminea
Long handled sledge hammer Gazebo
Crow bar Tent
Tile cutter Camp Beds
Block & Tackle Camping Stoves
Kango Drill/Big SDS Gym Equip/Weights
Flood Light  
Sash Window Clamps Domestic
Lathe Breadmaker
Generator Food processor
Garden/Outside Steam Cleaner
Garden Tool Bank (spades, forks, etc.?) Carpet Washer
Petrol/ride on mower Wet vacuum cleaner
General Purpose Trailer Wallpaper stripper
Pressure Washer
Drain Rods Domestic Emergency
Long reach branch cutter / Shrub cutter Water Pump
Large band saw / tree saw Dehumidifier
Strimmer Heater
Hedge Trimmer Sand bags
Garden Roller Infants
Saw Horse Travel Cot
Post Driver High Chair
Log Splitter Car seat
Rotavator Stair gate
Leaf Blower  
Mechanical Clothes Library
Van Everyone who joins contributes
Car Inspection Ramp Book Library
Trolley Jack  
Engine Winch  
Roof rack/roof box Misc
Battery Charger Projector
Long lengths of rope Sat Nav
Large wrench Wheelchair