Tolmen Movies is moving downstairs for the winter season. With more comfy chairs and sofas, you can enjoy snacks and hot soup while you watch a great film in comfort. The cafe will still be open for full meals before the film.
Broadcast live from the Tolmen Centre.
It’s your chance to ask a question and influence debate on the popular Radio Four programme. Free entry. Pre-booking essential.
On Saturday July 3rd we welcome locally-based singer and songwriter Martha Tilston and her band.
We were very disappointed at having to cancel Martha’s planned concert in the New Year at the last minute, but we’re confident that this one will be a great success.
Saturday July 17th will see the multi instrumentalist duo The Blackheart Orchestra take to the stage for an evening of what has been described variously as ‘electronic prog-folk’, ‘a mesmerising powerhouse’ and ‘an avant-garde musical utopia’. Sounds intriguing – why not come along?
We are moving towards online booking and will only be taking phone reservations in exceptional circumstances. You can book through our website at tolmencentre.co.uk. We have an exciting and varied programme booked for the autumn season, culminating in a blockbuster evening just before Christmas. Watch this space!
Tracey Clowes, Hon. Chair, Constantine Enterprises Company
A month shy of two years since we launched our Tolmen ‘Love Me Restore Me’ Campaign, the roof work is complete. The final section of scaffolding came down mid-January and the slated slopes are looking fantastic! The guttering has been replaced along with the downpipes to the two side elevations, and bat slates have been put in place on the north-west slope of the roof in consultation with the bat specialist.
If the amount of guano is anything to go by, the seagulls are also well pleased with their new perching spot! The timberwork to the roof is generally sound, timber treatment has been carried out and insulation installed in the roof void. Thanks go to all involved in the co-ordination of this phase of our project, with special thanks to Richard Thomas, Marc Lothian, Andy, Phil and all the crew at Landstone Construction who have worked in some very inhospitable conditions at times to get the roofing complete.
So, what next? As I write we have a plasterer in situ completing internal plaster repairs around the large upstairs arched window and the kitchen/café walls. This damage arose due to water ingress from the failing roof and downpipes over many years. We also have a minor area of audi- torium ceiling to repair, not an uncommon problem in a building dating from the late Victorian period. Once we can be sure all the dust has settled and Covid restrictions allow, we shall be back into the building for a thorough clean.
On to phase three of the project – the 22 windows, most requiring some attention either repair/restoration and 1 total replacement. Constantine Enterprises Company would like to thank Constantine Parish Council who in December generously donated £2000 to assist with this phase of the project, recognising the importance of keeping such a wonderful village building in good order for the future. We also have ringfenced £4000 from an earlier Garfield Weston Grant. So, for now, we shall draw breath before hopefully in the Spring beginning this part of the project, window by window.
We are so looking forward to a time (maybe now with vaccinations, in the not too distant future) when we can invite you back to the Tolmen Centre and to say in person a huge thank you for ‘keeping the faith’ both financially and on a very personal level which is enabling this vital vil- lage project to progress. We could not have done this without your support.
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.
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
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.