Tolmen Centre roof
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.
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.
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!
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.
Love Me Restore Me – £8500 raised
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
No more ‘numb bums’
Over the summer, we are seeing the arrival of a complete set of specially designed upholstered seat cushions for the Tolmen Centre theatre. Ever since the Centre opened as a performance place in 2002, we have been beset by the lack of comfort offered by the original wooden church pews. These are part of the ‘listed’ features of the building and can’t be physically altered – even if we wanted to.
In fact they are such an intrinsic part of the old chapel, and contribute so much to the much loved ambience of the Tolmen Centre, we would never want to replace them with modern theatre seats. So the compromise has been to commission made-to-measure upholstered foam cushions. These should make them more comfortable – or at least, much less uncomfortable! The Tolmen Centre’s days as a place of ‘numb bums’ may be over! If you have been reluctant to attend our performances because of the seats, please try the new seating – and hopefully you’ll be persuaded to come more often!
We are very grateful indeed to Cornwall Council’s Halls for Cornwall Fund for a substantial grant to cover this improvement, without which we would never have been able to afford the considerable cost: and to Perham Upholstery from Treverva who have designed and made the cushions for us. The new Autumn programme of events is just being distributed – pick one up from the Tolmen to see what’s on offer between now and Christmas.