12 May 2020

Covid 19 impacts – Constantine Village Services Available

Chris Hussey

While so much is closed down, many of the local suppliers are finding new ways to keep going, along with some new initiatives such as the Constantine food bank and help line. In no particular order, here’s the current list:

1) The Spar is open and will take telephone orders and provide  deliveries.  (Kevin doing a great job).
2) The Stores are “open” in the mornings until 1pm.  – in that you can request items at the door – and they will bring them to you.
3) The Pizza Van (Slice) has returned on Saturdays – you can phone though an order and collect. Social distancing  at the van. (07546  496730)
4) West Country Foods takes orders by phone – and delivers. Assemble what you want from www.bulkbuygroceries.co.uk  then ring your order through. (01326 331900)
5) Sylvia Dunstan takes orders be phone for pork as per Farmers Market – deliveries organised / or by collection. (01326 340548)
6) Dominique takes orders by phone for beef – as per Farmers Market, they deliver. (07891 052018 or 01326 340853)
7)  Cider man takes orders online  www.gwealmellincider.co.uk/shop  and delivers.
8) Helston Food Hub is operating: http://www.openfoodnetwork.org.uk/helston-local-food-hub/shop
9) Stewart (Vicar)  is co-ordinating volunteering effort / food bank operation etc  (01326 340259 – mobile for texts only 07807 134606). He writes:
“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. Whilst this facility cannot supply short life perishable items such as bread, milk, eggs, butter and such like, we are also issuing £20 food vouchers (funded by the vicars discretionary fund) which can be exchanged for these items at the Spar shop so that we can meet the needs of those most in need in our community. If people are self isolating we can also deliver food boxes to them.
To date I have 103 volunteers who have signed up to the community help line there is an e.mail address for this as well as the pone and text numbers rev.stewart@stconstantine.plus.com
10) Trengilly is delivering takeaway meals on Thursday and Friday evenings Orders taken Wed, Thur, Fri morning 10:30 – 12:30. Menu on Facebook page  (01326 340332)
11) Lot of impressive growing activity at allotments.
12) As we don’t know when the Farmer’s Markets will be up and running again, Sally (of Sally’s Cakes) says:

     “I will be baking on a Thursday for a Friday collection/local delivery, and on a Sunday for Monday. For deliveries further than Constantine I will have to charge a small fee.”

Sally’s list of offerings and prices are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Transition-Constantine-520422917968856/   Please email  (sallycakes@hotmail.co.uk) or DM for orders and collection/delivery information.

Some extra things to add:
  • Natural Store (Falmouth/Helston) do deliveries to the village, currently £5.00 delivery charge or free if over £80.00
  • Virginia writes: “I also have sourdough bread starter if you are interested in making sourdough bread (best if you have a banetton and a cast iron dutch oven/large casserole for baking) (vrendell05@gmail.com)”
  • For anyone who was running dangerously low on compost  Trevena Cross Garden Centre are doing deliveries and Falmouth Garden Centre are doing  a Click and Collect service as well as prioritising the vulnerable, elderly and isolated with local deliveries.Although Garden Centres will probably be allowed to open soon, that compost will be flying out the doors.
  • Incredible Bulk are still visiting the village. Details can be found on their web site : https://www.mobilezerowasteshop.co.uk
11 May 2020

Helston Local Food Hub

Chris Hussey

Produce from a number of local traders who have stalls at Helston Farmers’ Market is now available via the Helston Food Hub. To quote from the Food Hub’s website:

“Helston Local Food Hub is a new way of shopping each week for your favourite local food that you can usually only buy once a month from Helston Farmers’ Market. This is like a ‘click and collect’ service you might be familiar with at a supermarket but using the Open Food Network website to trade from and drawing in produce from a number of local producers who currently all trade at Helston Farmers’ Market. You can filter the items by producer or by the product type e.g. ‘Dairy’ or ‘Bread and Baking’.

We work in order cycles, opening up the online shop for a few days each week for you to shop from. We will then collect all the orders at the Old Cattle Market in Helston and give you a time slot to come and collect your order on the Saturday morning.”

Here’s a link to the ‘shop’ page of the Helston Local Food Hub where there is much more detail about the service:



30 Mar 2020

Constant Times April / May issue – Digital Distribution

Chris Hussey

Due to the movement restrictions associated with the Covid-19 epidemic, there will be no door-to-door distribution of the April / May issue of Constant Times. As always, the digital version of Constant Times is available as a pdf on the village website:


We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of the digital version to read the village newspaper online. The cover page is illustrated below:

30 Mar 2020

Constantine Community Help Line Established

Chris Hussey

In response to the Covid-19 epidemic, a number of village groups are collaborating to set up a support network for those alone or housebound, sheltering, undergoing self-isolation, or suffering from the infection itself. The aim is to provide day-to-day support with shopping, deliveries, prescription collection, pets and so on. The vicar, Rev. Stewart Turner, is providing the initial point of contact, with details in the flyer below.

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.