Did you know you can rent the Tolmen Centre for private parties and weddings for a very modest fee? It has a great atmosphere and is very well equipped.
The Tolmen Centre is now an established Arts and Performance centre with a county-wide reputation. We have a regular programme of theatre, music, films and general entertainment. However, the Tolmen Centre is also available for all sorts of other things. Here are a few examples:
The downstairs area can be hired at very reasonable cost for events, parties, or meetings. The area can be divided into two or left as one big space, and is well equipped with tables, chairs and comfortable sofas, as well as having a modern kitchen with enough catering facilities for up to 100 people. At the back is a newly landscaped garden and patio area which allows your event to open out into the fresh air and a pleasant lawned area. There is disabled access to all areas. We also have a high quality film and projection system with a big screen and surround-sound capability. This can be used to show films or dvds, or to do business style presentations. If the event is a private function (ie, not open to the public) there are no licence implications, so village groups can screen films at very low cost as part of their activities.
Either the downstairs or the upstairs can be used for band or event rehearsals, or for such things as yoga, pilates or just for group meetings or classes. We already host Fitness Dance, Todlins, The Thursday Drama Group (more adults always wel- come, but fully subscribed for youngsters) and the Community Choir sessions, but there is room for more. The rents are very reasonable.
There is a small fiction library in the Centre where books can be borrowed and/or exchanged. We are hoping to arrange a regular daytime opening time for the Centre to allow access to this facility, which is free. The Constant Times print facilities are available for hire for a range of printing services. We can’t actually do the printing for you, but there are computers with good software and a range of fast printers which can be used on a DIY basis by arrangement. The Constantine Museum is housed on one side of the Tolmen Centre. As well as the semi-permanent displays, there are archives of documents and photos, and, as important perhaps, the volunteer helpers have the expertise to help with all matters relating to village heritage.
The Tolmen Centre is a village facility entirely run by volunteers. It’s open to all, and everyone is welcome to make use of it. New ideas for events and activities are always welcomed. You can see details on this website or call in when we are open, or phone on 01326 341353.
Work on the Tolmen Centre roof has now started. Scaffold is erected, slate work has been delivered and the roofers are on site.
The Constantine Enterprise Company (CEC) would like to say an enormous thankyou to the following who have made it possible:
- Garfield Weston
- The Tanner Trust
- The Bernard Sunley Foundation
- Power to Change/Locality
- The Tolmen Operating Company
- The Tolmen Crowdfunder Community
- Very many generous local, distant, and anonymous donors.
The programme for the start of 2015 at The Tolmen Centre is being prepared over the next few weeks. A couple of exciting dates are already in place for January. On Saturday 10th we will host the third – and probably the best ever – ‘Feast of Fun’ with a lovely mix of lighthearted locally produced comedy followed by a party with live music, food and fun for all. The following week, January 17th, we have a treat for lovers of folk music: a concert from Steve Knightley, one half of folk legends Show of Hands. There’ll be plenty more to savour in the early 2015 programme. The de- tails will appear on the website www.tolmencentre.co.uk and in the leaflet which will be distributed in the New Year.
Meanwhile, November brings the new play from Pipeline – ‘Streaming’ – which plays for three nights in early November. There’s more folk music later in the month (see right), and in December, ‘Medical Maelstrom,’ followed by the welcome return of Miracle Theatre with ‘Dr Livingstone I Presume’ to provide pre-Christmas entertain- ment for all the family.
Finally, we have restarted the legendary Tolmen Family Drama Group sessions on Thursday nights. There’s already a full complement of youngsters, but more grown- ups are needed to balance the group. Learn about making theatre by joining in with this vibrant group – all you need is enthusiasm and commitment, and being able to turn up on Thursday evenings. Phone Tod Welch on 01326 341045 to find out how to get involved.
I cannot thank everyone enough for the amazing support given for our ‘Love Me Restore Me’ Campaign. Not only have we reached our target but we have exceeded it by £250. Wow and double wow!!!
What a team/crowd effort – knowing you are there behind this project because you know the importance of the building to the community is phenomenal.
Big hugs from all at the Tolmen Centre
Tracey Clowes xx
During the month of March, following a successful showing of photographs by Gavin Saunders, the Tolmen Centre is now hosting an exhibition of watercolours by Tiffa Meadows who lives in Port Navas. Tiffa is a keen botanical artist who studied at Heligan and has undertaken commissions for the National Trust. She is also known locally for her evocative watercolours of the Helford.
From June until September the Tolmen Centre will be home to an exhibition of paintings by Hilary Hendra.
“Whilst working outside in Port Navas some years ago I decided to alter course. These paintings are the result of that journey. ‘From Trengilly’ was an early endeavour; ambitious projects like ‘Vicarage Terrace’ and ‘Market Day’ were to follow. All the scenes should be familiar to anyone living in or around Constantine. Perhaps one day they will provide a record of life in a Cornish village at the turn of this century.”