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