Previous News 2005
There is very sad news: John Bolitho, Jowan an Cleth, past Grand Bard, died on Monday 5th December.
The funeral procession led by the Gorseth Piper and the Royal Naval Association
standard bearer, both in Cornish tartan kilts
The funeral of John Bolitho took place in Bude on Tuesday 13th December 2005. Estimates of the number of mourners vary from 600 to 1,000. The service at the Methodist Chapel included a personal tribute from Grand Bard Rod Lyon/Tewennow in Cornish and English. This personal tribute and more pictures can be seen by clicking here. There cannot have been a dry eye when John’s 8 year old grand daughter sang “Amazing Grace”.
Part of the huge crowd at the funeral
The reception in a Hotel included the Cornish music of which John was so much a part. John never sought publicity for himself, but of Cornwall he could have sung “I have loved you dearly, more dearly than the spoken word can tell...”.
2006 Competitions Under Way
The 2006 Gorseth Kernow competitions are now under way. There are classes
for both adults and young people in poetry, prose, Cornish studies, music
(in English or Cornish), art and photography.
Holyer an Gof 2006
Entries are now being sought for the Holyer an Gof Awards for 2006, for a
Cornish publication produced during the calendar year of 2005.
For a printed entry form click here.
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The closing date for the receipt of all entries is Friday 24th February 2006. The Award Evening will be in July 2006.
This year there are seven categories.
Gorseth Conference October 2005
Over 100 people attended the Gorseth Conference at Perranzabuloe organized by Eileen Carter / Gwythyades an log. In the morning Dick Cole explained the excavations the Cornwall Archaeological Unit have made at the 2nd church.
The Oratory, which some people think may have been built by St Piran himself in the 5th Century,
was reburied in 1980. It is under the "hillock" in the center of the picture.
The 10th or 11th Century second church was built on higher ground about 200 metres behind the camera.
In the afternoon the excavations at the second church were visited.
In 1803/04 this church and cemetery were abandoned due to encroaching sand.
Some of the stone and window frames were used in the present parish church about 2 miles inland.
For more information about the St Piran project click on www.st-piran.com.
Bard Michael Palmer (Perhyryn) died on Thursday 20th October, 2005 at the age
of 70. He was made a Bard at Padstow in 1986 through his proficiency in Cornish.
Breffni Hosking died on the 23rd July, 2005. He was born in Australia but made a
Bard when he was in Cornwall in 1951, at Padstow, taking the Bardic name 'Molgh Cannas'. He was
received into the Gorseth for his work in the arts and the theatre. Breffni was the longest-serving
Bard in Australia.
The Wadebridge Gorseth
The Gorseth Piper and St Piran banner lead the procession back to the Town Hall
The Gorseth at Wadebridge on Saturday 3rd September 2005 took place in ideal weather conditions and was supported by over 300 bards.
Geoff Orient has died suddenly. He was 57 and the partner of Sue Roberts (Kembroes). He became a
bard of the Cornish Gorseth in 1999 taking the bardic name Howldrevel. The Gorseth sends their
Open Gorseth GK05
Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge
The Order of Australia Medal (OAM) has been awarded to Mrs Lilian James/Ula Ruthvelen for her service to the community particularly through the preservation and teaching of the Cornish Language. Mrs James became a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1988.
The Secretary Barbara Shaw/ Mentenor a'n Ertach, Ann Jenkin/ Bryallen, Rod Pascoe/ Gwas Jago and Professor Philip Payton/ Car Dyvresow, attended the annual gathering of Cornish Bards in South Australia in May 2005.
It took place in the week of the huge Cornish Festival centered on the Cornish Mining towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallarroo.
Pictures of a previous festival are in this web site's archive and can be accessed from the site search engine.
Gorseth Kernow met recently with Richard Bayly (GOSW, Government Office South West): it was a very useful meeting.
For full details please click here.
St. Piran's Day was celebrated throughout Cornwall with many processions and events, most of them supported by Bards of the Gorseth.
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