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The Tolmen Centre is at the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall. Many residents and friends enjoy events here; a wide and loyal audience has developed for the varied arts programme, and the Centre has built up an excellent reputation in the Cornish arts community.

Miracle, Cube, Cscape, and Pipeline theatre companies are regular visitors both to perform and to develop new work.

Look for the Café Tolmen sign. We’re usually open for meals from 6pm when there’s an event at the Centre. Please call us on 01326 341353 to pre-book your meal.

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The Tolmen Centre is a not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteer help – no-one gets paid for their time. This creates a rather special ethos around the place – and allows us to be ambitious in what we promote and undertake.

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Aug
2020

Tolmen Centre News

Hello all Tolmen supporters: WE ARE STILL HERE! The Tolmen is closed – furloughed – probably for the rest of 2020, but be sure we will be back when all this virus stuff is behind us – even if it needs a vaccination to get us there.

While we are closed down we are taking the chance to get the Roof renewal project under way.   We have just about scraped enough funding together to allow it to proceed  – driven by the immense energies of our Chairperson Tracey Clowes – and it makes sense to get it done during this period of forced closure.

In the meantime, have a read – and a laugh  – at this article from The Stage magazine by Ben Duke from LOST DOG DANCE about the joys of Rural Touring:

Those lucky enough to be at his two dance/theatre shows (Paradise Lost and Juliet and Romeo) will remember two of the best things we were lucky enough to attract to the Tolmen Centre. We get a nice mention too! Thanks Ben.

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Jun
2020

Through The Window

Hello from The Tolmen Centre

We are still shut down and there is no clue when we shall start to open up again.   Sad but true… and let’s hope it’s not too far off.

In the meantime, our Art Department (ie Sally and Tracey!) have come up with a sort of ‘activity project’ for anyone with time on their hands and a bit of artistic energy.  Here it is: all you have to do is create something – on paper or online – faintly linked to the ‘window’ design below.  Then send it to the special email address shown. 

We hope the theme will be a creative springboard, which can be broadly interpreted in any medium. The view through the window can be real, remembered or imagined; past, present, or future.

Looking out or looking in, unrestricted by lockdown…….. It could even be a design for a stained-glass window. You could also draw the wall surrounding the window, it could be an old stone wall or interesting wallpaper….

Click here for an image of the big window at the Tolmen Centre. Right-click then download and print out at A4 to use as a framework/starting point for your artwork. If you are using paint, it’s a good idea to print the image onto thin card or reasonably thick paper. The ‘art tip’ is to draw across the window bars and then go over them with a dark pen.

Things are uncertain at the moment, but an outdoor exhibition in the porch over the August Bank holiday would be fun, we would also like to show a selection on the website. Let us know if you are taking part, by emailing a picture of your work any time before 15 August, so that we can contact you about the exhibition. The email address is: cectoc54@gmail.com

Also if you use Instagram, please tag @tolmencentre and hashtag #tolmencentre and #throughthewindow.

With the artist’s permission, once the weekend is over, we would like to choose 5 designs to be made into cards which would be for sale in the museum to go towards the renovation of the Tolmen Centre windows. Each individual artist would be credited on the card.

Look forward to seeing your work!

May
2020

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. Entertainment venues look like being one of the last categories to be re-opened, and our relatively top-heavy (age wise) audience and management team will make it a particular challenge for us.

We are very sorry not to be bringing you three top acts that were planned for the summer. Two dynamic trios from Scotland – first Talisk, then supergroup Lau – were due to be followed by female American duo Madison Violet.

We’ve tentatively accepted provisional rebookings for next year, but don’t forget that you can always find just about any artist on Youtube, Spotify or their own websites, to get a taste of what you’re missing!

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Feb
2020

Tolmen Restoration Project News

Exactly one year on from the launch of Constantine’s Tolmen Centre ‘Love Me Restore Me’ campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the building’s roof, twenty-two windows, and carpark on February 14th 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 compliments the original Victorian building.

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