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We invite you to explore our site. Here you can learn about the history and origins of the Gorsedh, the purpose and significance of the ceremonies, our annual competitions, events, our links to organisations and our place in contemporary Cornish society. The site is continually updated to include the latest news.

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News from Gorsedh Kernow Bards in Australia

Bendigo

The Festival at Eaglehawk (Bendigo, Victoria) was attended by 23 Bards of Gorsedh Kernow, and was led by Bardh Meur Maureen Fuller - Steren Mor. The ceremony took place in the delightful Canterbury Gardens.

Bendigo
For a report from Leanne Lloyd - Nanscarow a Bendygo click here.

A visit to Canberra

Canberra
Bob, Maureen, and Tom - Libby and Maureen


For a report from Tom - Colon hag Enef yn Bendygo and Libby Luke - Rosen Wyn Bendygo click here.


St Piran ceremony in the Ancient Capital of Cornwall

St Piran Launceston

At 6p.m. on St. Piran’s Day, Cornish folk gathered in Launceston Castle, at the base of the Norman keep, for the annual lowering of St. Piran’s flag at dusk. As the light dimmed, all eyes focussed on the keep as the strains of Trelawny came from the bagpipe and the flag was lowered slowly and reverently. The scene was evocative and moving. It was the perfect end to a day spent celebrating the life of our patron saint. Well done Launceston!

Master of Ceremonies was Cllr. Rob Tremain, Cryor an Dre Lanstefan and Piper was Rob Strike.


St Piran Celebrations 2014

Perran Sands
The walk across Gear Sands 2014

On March 2nd in spite of driving rain and strong winds, there was still a crowd of hardy souls who made the annual trek across the dunes following the St Piran play to the Celtic cross and the Oratory where they were able to see the progress of excavation work being carried out on this important historical site as it emerges from the sands.

Perran Sands


There were many events throughout Cornwall and overseas to celebrate St Piran.

Redruth


Thousands of people descended on Redruth for the St Piran Festival on Saturday 1st March. Black and white flags fluttered throughout the town as the long procession with hundreds of schoolchildren wound its way through the streets with live music and street performers entertaining the crowds. Bardh Meur Maureen Fuller walked with the Mayor of Redruth, Judy Davidson at the head of the procession. At the Miners statue Bardh Meur addressed the crowd before they all sang Trelawny with great passion.

Redruth


Redruth


Now in its 10th year, the Penzance procession was led by Bardh Meur, along with Penzance Mayor and bard Phil Rendle - Baneroniethor, with fellow bards, members of local Old Cornwall societies and other civic dignitaries. Followed by more than 500 children from local schools, each parading their own banner, the procession wound its way down Causewayhead and on to Morrab Gardens.

Penzance


"There’s nothing better for feeling Cornish than hoisting a flag, wrapping up in tartan and going marching" said Bert Biscoe - Vyajor gans Geryow, President of Truro Old Cornwall Society and organiser of Truro’s annual St Piran’s Day Parade. The procession commenced at the Leats and made its way to the Cathedral steps where Bardh Meur addressed the crowds in Cornish and English with a rallying call to "learn about your heritage and understand Cornwall and the Cornish and their impact on the world". Read her full speech here.

Click here for videos from Falmouth, Perranporth, and Redruth


Interesting news from the USA

Bill Curnow and Natasha Trethewey

Bill Curnow - Towednack tells us how he recently had the opportunity to meet Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the USA and of the state of Mississippi. Bill was delighted to hear she is fully aware of her Cornish heritage on her father's side and how she hopes one day to visit Cornwall, a journey her father who lives in Canada has previously made.

Presently in her second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, she was initially appointed by the Librarian of Congress in 2012 as the nation's 19th holder of that very distinguished honorary office. A past recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry she has received prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts, all organizations supporting the arts and cultural affairs.

Natasha is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta and has had four collections of her poetry as well as a non-fiction book published.

On parting Bill gave her his Cornish American lapel pin with the Stars & Stripes and St Piran flags side by side, and told her "We're very proud of you, Cousin Jenny"


Report of Meeting of Gorsedh Kernow Council February 2014

GK Council

Pol Hodge Mab Stenak Vur was invited to speak on the subject of Gorsedh Competitions and gave his opinions as a judge of children’s classes and how to better engage with Cornish schools. It was decided that this be followed up by a smaller group.

Pat Parkins has been appointed as Events Organiser for Esedhvos.

The Awen ceremony will be at Perran Round on 22nd June 2014.

It was decided that a PayPal facility would be created on the Gorsedh website to enable bards to book their places online. Postal copies to bards without e-mail will continue to be sent in the usual way as well.

The Gorsedh Conference 2014 will be entitled 'Putting the Modern Cornish and Cornish perspective at the heart of Brand Kernow'.

Reports from the sub-committees followed.

Admissions reported that 23 people have been invited to become bards this year.

Bardh Meur will write to bards from Milwaukee, USA to grant permission for their gathering. Kernow and Vyajor Gans Geryow are planning to go and are hoping that the American poet laureate Natasha Trethewey will be there.

A new leaflet has been printed to hand out to anyone seeking information about Gorsedh Kernow and the revised Constitution has also been produced in booklet form.

The final wording for the Standing Orders was also approved by Council and this will now be produced and distributed to bards.


Torpoint Gorsedh Proclamation

Torpoint Proclamtion

The Torpoint Gorsedh Proclamation will be held on Saturday April 12th at Torpoint. Robing will be in the Scout H Q from 10.00a.m. and all Bards to be robed by 10.45a.m. The Ceremony will follow at 11.00a.m. at Rendel Park, Ferry Street, Torpoint.

Refreshments available afterwards in St James Church Hall, St James Road, Torpoint.

There is a new website for the 2014 Esedhvos at www.an-daras.com/esedhvos2014


Gorsedh Kernow Competitions 2014

Can we remind everyone that the closing date for the 2014 competitions is Monday 28th April.

For full details click here for adults, and here for young people.


A date for your diary - 'Bude, Spirit of Place' exhibition

Bude Spirit of Place

Gorsedh Kernow Bard Jonathan Ball - Tregarthen has curated this exhibition which celebrates Bude through many aspects. It will be held in the Willoughby Gallery, the Wharf, Bude Castle from Monday 24th March until Friday 12th April.

There will be an event in the Willoughby Gallery especially for Bards of Gorsedh Kernow, Old Cornwall Societies, and local dignatories on Tuesday 8th April at 6.30pm which Bardh Meur will be attending.


St.Piran’s Oratory Excavation 17th February 2014

After 15 years of hard work by the St. Pirans’s trust, Eileen Carter Gwythyades an Log finally made the first dig in the sand dune covering St.Piran’s Oratory to begin its excavation.

In 1980, the building had been covered to conserve the remaining ruins with the hope that in the future it would be uncovered again and conserved in a building where everyone could visit it. The excavation is the first step on this journey and many people arrived to help dig on this historic day.

St Pirans Oratory Excavation

Many bards were in attendance and included Maureen Fuller Steren Mor Grand Bard and Cllr.Julian German, Ago Marghogyon, Portfolio Holder for Culture. The St.Piran’s March will be on Sunday 2nd March at 2p.m., when we hope to see progress in the excavation.


Bardh Meur with instrumentalist Phil Beer

Phil Beer Gorsedh fundraising night

Bardh Meur and instrumentalist Phil Beer at the fundraising event in aid of Gorsedh Kernow in St Ives.

There were more than 100 people at the event held at St Ives in February.


St.Ives Feast 10th February 2014

St Ives Feast

A merry band of people and children, wearing the traditional ivy, joined the civic procession to St. Ia’s well at Porthmeor, where the vicar blessed the spring and all the children and watching people were doused with holy water.

The procession then made its way to the church graveyard and the Mayor threw the hurling ball towards the waiting young people on the beach.

The chase started and resulted with the winner returning the silver ball to the Mayor outside the Guildhall at 12 noon.

St Ives Feast
Kannas Bardh Meur - Merv Davey (Telynor an Weryn), Bardh Meur - Maureen Fuller (Steren Mor),
Mark Dungey (Donsyor Lanust), Delia Brotherton (Myrghwyn Melynor)

This was followed by a pasty lunch accompanied by music from Bagas Porthia and ended with a speech of thanks from the Mayor. A very happy time was had by all.


Cornish Bards - photographic exhibition

Bardh Meur and Julia Nottingham
Bardh Meur and photographer Julia Nottingham


Photographic Exhibition

Cornish Bards – a photographic exhibition is being held in the Spring Gallery at the Poly Arts Centre, 24 Church Street, Falmouth until Saturday 8th February 2014 from 10am until 5pm, except Sundays.

Visitors to the exhibition, which is open to the public, will be able to talk to Bards of Gorsedh Kernow about the Gorsedh and Bards' work on the two Saturdays of the 1st and 8th February.

The photographer is Julia Nottingham, a third year Falmouth University student studying BA Press and Editorial Photography at the Penryn Campus.


St Piran's Oratory

St Pirans Day

After many years campaigning permission has finally been granted to uncover St Piran's Oratory on Gear Sands. This ancient site so important to Cornish culture has been buried in the sand since 1980.

Every year hundreds of people process across the dunes with scenes from the St Piran play re-enacted during the walk. At the end everyone sings Trelawney and daffodils are laid at St Piran's cross.

This year's walk is on the 2nd March.

To read the St Piran Trust press release please click here
To read the 'St Piran News' please click here


Kresen Kernow – A New Home for the Stories of Cornwall

Tregellas tapestry
Tregellas Tapestry

There is now Stage 1 funding to develop a new home for Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Historic Environment Record, combining these three fascinating collections and services.

The new building will bring together primary, printed and electronic sources into one centre at the Old Brewery site in Redruth. Here the collections can be stored, accessed and preserved and the extraordinary stories that they tell can be used to engage old and new audiences with the heritage of Cornwall.

A county-wide programme of consultation about the proposed new centre will take place during March and April 2014. Initially the consultation will cover the facilities and services users, potential users, partners and stakeholders would like to see in the new building. It will be starting out in the old Boots shop in Redruth on the 1st March, and at Stuart House, Liskeard on the 8th March, further dates will appear on their website. These will be followed by focus group sessions with various audiences and partners.

To find out more about the project and consultation programme, or keep up to date with the news, see the web pages at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/kresenkernow sign up to their e-newsletter by emailing cro@cornwall.gov.uk find the project on Facebook at ‘Kresen Kernow’ or contact Tamsin Mallett at Cornwall Record Office, on 01872 323127 or via tmallett@cornwall.gov.uk


Kernowyon a Gan/ Men of Cornwall Sing

Grand Bard at Royal Albert Hall

As Grand Bard, I was invited by the Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs to sit in the Royal Box at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, on Sat.2nd Nov. I was very honoured to do so and was very proud to hear 590 voices singing their hearts out for Kernow, together with an enthusiastic Cornish audience.

Cornish young people were represented by Cambiata (a choir for boys with changing voices) and the Cornwall Youth Orchestra, whose organist, Angus Webster masterfully played the Royal Albert Hall organ, aged 14! I was very proud of the bards, who contributed by composing music and lyrics, by performing with instruments and voices, by conducting choirs and translating songs into Cornish.

Choir at Royal Albert Hall

The supporters, who travelled up with their flags and Cornish humour, were like Trelawny's army of old, anxious to make a presence in London and to be able to say afterwards, "I was there!" Kernow bys vykken!

Maureen Fuller, Grand Bard of Cornwall Steren Mor, Bardh Meur Kernow


Ida Hilary Summerhayes Shaw - Myrgh Dumnonya

Hilary Shaw has died at the age of 90. A past member of both the Gorsedh Council and the Cornish Language Board she was a very successful Cornish teacher in the Falmouth/Penryn area for more than 25 years running the local adult education classes at Penryn College. At the classes she used her own specially written course with many of her students going on to become bards and teach themselves.

Hilary had also organised many services in the Cornish language and was an active member of the Bredereth Sen Jago, a group tracing Cornish religious links with other Celtic groups in Europe. Her special interest was the Cornish classical religious plays.

Hilary received her Bardship at Callington in 1984 taking the bardic name Myrgh Dumnonya.

Pat Miller - Myrgh Jowna


Gorsedh Kernow 2013 Pennrynn/Penryn 2013 DVD

A DVD of the afternoon Gorsedh ceremony 2013 at Penryn is now available.

The price is £6, plus £1.00 p & p in the UK, £2.50 p & p Europe, and £3.50 for the rest of the world.

It is European PAL format on a DVD-R, color printed disk.

It comes in a DVD Library case with color printed sleeve.

Order form here (PDF document)

DVD cover


February 16th 2014 : a date for your diary

A fundraising event in aid of Gorsedh Kernow is to be held in St Ives Guildhall on Sunday February 16th. The instrumentalist will be Phil Beer of 'Show of Hands' fame.

Full details of the event can be found here.


Book Launch at Leedstown

Richard Jenkin book launch
Derek Williams, Ann Jenkin, Maureen Fuller

Grand Bard Maureen Fuller attended a special gathering in Leedstown, to launch the new book on the life of Richard Jenkin (1925 – 2002) who was a central and inspiring personality in the resurgence of the Cornish identity, its language and culture.

The launch was commemorated and celebrated with poems, prose and music from family and friends.

"Richard Jenkin was the first person I heard speaking Cornish," said Maureen - Steren Mor at the well attended launch, "and it gave rise to a need in me to become a Cornish speaker as well."

Loveday Jenkin - Myrgh an Tyr, younger daughter of Richard Garfield Jenkin paid tribute to her father as an inspiration to successive generations. "His interest in Cornwall and Cornish was a passion, not an academic study," she said, "and he will continue to inspire us all."

"He had a kind and understanding nature," said close friend and former Grand Bard Jori Ansell - Caradok "To many he was a good and caring friend, with an open and generous spirit and a gentle humour which could defuse a difficult situation."

A video clip of the event can be seen here.

To order a copy of Richard Jenkin: A Great Son of Cornwall / Map Dyvroeth: Mab Meur a Gernow, please click here.


Bards of the Tamar Area

A new book on bards from the Tamar area, the fifth in the series, is to be launched in September 2014, to coincide with the holding of the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony at Torpoint.

It will be about Cornish bards, both living and deceased who have links with that area. It will include bards connected with the towns of Tavistock and Plymouth on the north bank and the areas around Callington, Saltash and Torpoint on the south side.

A local meeting has already been held with the support of the Mayor of Torpoint, a provisional list prepared and living bards have been given instructions on how to write up their entries. We hope for help from all bards from that area, Old Cornwall Societies and local archive groups with detailed research on deceased bards. Some were initiated as early as 1930, not necessarily within living memory.

If you would like a copy of the 2 provisional lists and are able to help please email Ann Trevenen Jenkin at pellgowser@btinternet.com or telephone 01736 850332.


Tony Piper - Baneror

The Camborne Crematorium was packed and full to overflowing on 6th November for the funeral service and cremation of our bard Baneror or Tony Piper.

The remarkable thing about this gathering was the diversity of those attending and the good humour and affection displayed among the mourners and which was so typical of Tony himself.

He was simultaneously a man with a well developed sense of humour which was infectious and very serious about those matters he held dear.

A larger than life figure, always present at Cornish events, he did not suffer folly gladly and the Gorsedh Council has been grateful often for his wise advice.

He has been an important figure in raising the status of Cornwall in the lnternational Celtic Congress where he made many personal friends as well as friends for Cornwall.

A family man, he was respected by his colleagues in the Police Force and by many in the Cornish Movement. He felt deeply the honour of being a bard of Cornwall.

The Gorsedd too feels the honour of his membership and comradeship.

We will remember his smiling eyes.

May he be happy on the other side of the deep sea.

God be with you Tony.

Skogynn Pryv - Mick Paynter

Click here for video "In Memory of Tony Piper".


Summary Report of Meeting of Gorsedh Kernow Council October 2013

GK Council

A minute’s silence was held at the beginning of the meeting to remember our former fellow Council member, Tony Piper Baneror.

The Council then voted to co-opt Delia Brotherton Myrghwyn Melynor onto the Council and she was invited into the meeting as the new Communications Officer.

A list of Gorsedh sub-committees was read out by Bardh Meur and the information on members of these has been updated.

Kannas Bardh Meur then gave a report on how the Penryn ceremony had gone and several issues were pointed out – however the general opinion was that this had been a success. Approval was given for new signage to be produced for next year and it was agreed to try to recruit an Events Manager to arrange the Esedhvos.

A list of assets held by the Gorsedh is to be made – An Alhwedhor has made a start on this but there are further items that have been gifted to the Gorsedh over the years which must be recorded on an inventory for insurance purposes. It is hoped that they may one day be displayed in a national archive.

Dates for next year’s meetings were agreed as follows:

    Saturday 8th February 2014 – Lys Kernow, Truro
    Saturday 12th April 2014 – Torpoint (afternoon of Proclamation in morning)
    AGM – Saturday 14th June 2014 – Lys Kernow (Awards meeting 10.00, Council 11.00, AGM 13.30)
    Saturday 12th July – Lys Kernow
    Saturday 25th October 2014 – Lys Kernow

The various reports were presented by the sub-committees and these accepted by Council. Among these the following news:

    An Alhwedhor repeated the appeal for bards to donate to the Endowment Fund.
    The Awen ceremony 2014 was discussed and Kernow volunteered to research which site would be best.
    The updated Constitution is now ready for printing and this was given approval to go ahead.


Thanckes Park, Torpoint

Torpoint 2014 GK site

Thanckes Park has been chosen as the site for the next open Gorsedh ceremony to be held at Torpoint on 6th September 2014.


Gorsedh Kernow Competitions 2014

The 2014 Gorsedh Kernow competitions are now under way. These competitions are open to all, adults and young people alike. There are classes in Cornish and English, poetry, prose, Cornish studies, music, art and photography.

Full details of all classes, rules for entry, and an entry form, are now available on this website. The closing date for all classes is Monday 28th April 2014 and the awards will be presented by the Grand Bard at the Open Gorsedh in Torpoint on Saturday 6th September 2014.

For full details click here for adults, and here for young people.


Gorsedh Kernow : Holyer an Gof Awards 2014
(for books published in the calendar year 2013)

Holyer An Gof

Entries for the above awards are now being sought. These annual Publishers' Awards are for quality publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language. There are six primary Classes, and from these the overall award of the Holyer an Gof Cup will be chosen. This perpetual trophy was given in memory of Cornish Bard and publisher, Len Truran - Holyer an Gof.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28th February 2014.

For full details and entry form go to www.holyerangofawards.org.uk


Penryn Gorsedh 2013


past grand bards and ocs banners

After torrential rain and hail the previous night and a wet start to Gorsedh day, the clouds rolled back and the sun shone as the bardic procession made its way down Lower Market St, into St Thomas' St before passing through College Ope and entering the Glasney field. What an incredible feeling to be on such an historic site so important to Cornwall's history and its language, and the second time the Gorsedh has been held there, the last being in 1974.

Awards

After the Bards entered the circle the fanfare' Entry of the Grand Bard' echoed across the ground to announce the arrival of Grand Bard Steren Mor and the ceremony commenced with a welcome in Kernewek from the Mayor Beverley Hulme who presented a specially commissioned plate from 'Malcolm Sutcliffe Glass' to commemorate the day. In reply the Grand Bard gave a bilingual address, which can be read here.

Joining of the Sword

After the Horn had sounded and the Herald Bard had called to the four compass points of Cornwall, the 'cry of peace' was heard and the Gorsedh declared open. Next came the ceremony of joining of the sword, a symbol of unity and friendship of the three Celtic nations. This year the two halves were carried by Bert Biscoe Vyajor gans Geryow and Breton bard Bernard Cousquer. Then followed the flower dance and the offering of the fruits of the earth by the Lady of Cornwall. After the commemoration of deceased bards, 18 new bards were welcomed into the organisation and given their chosen bardic names. Speeches were given by the Archdruid of Wales Christine James and Mona Cousquer from Brittany. Competition winners and recipients of Council Awards received their trophies and certificates and a 'Special Certificate of Exceptional Endeavour' awarded to the late Mr Perran Penrose was accepted by Mrs. Angela Penrose. A second 'Special Certificate of Exceptional Endeavour' went to Mrs. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett of Helston. To read these citations please click here.

Wella

Long service certificates were awarded to past Grand Bard John Chesterfield Gwas Constentyn, 50 years a bard and Charles Thomas Gwas Godhyan, 60 years a bard. A special award was given to Wella Brown Crenner, 40 years a member of the GK council.

Archdruid

As the ceremony drew to a close the bards moved forward to the Omborth, the oath of loyalty was given and the customary "Old Land of our Fathers" rang across the circle before the ceremony was closed. After the traditional bardic tea, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE spoke of his support for all the Gorsedh does to promote Cornwall, its history and traditions.

Thank you Penryn and to everyone who helped make it a memorable day!

The 2014 Gorsedh will be held in Torpoint on Saturday Sept 6th.

New Bards
New Bards

Kernow bys vykken!

Pat Miller, Myrgh Jowna


Launch of Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Collection at Tremough

Wednesday 4th September saw the launch the Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Collection at the Exchange, Tremough. The invited audience included dignitaries from the University, the Library and the Cornish Studies department, Council members and guests from Gorsedh Kernow, led by the Grand Bard Maureen Fuller, Steren Mor, members of the Gorsedh Archive and Publications Committee, as well as Bards who have contributed to the collection. Guests were welcomed by Doreen Pinfold, the Head of Library and Information Services at Falmouth (and the University of Exeter). Speeches followed from Garry Tregidga Map Rosvean and Ann Trevenen Jenkin Bryallen. Music was provided by the Gorsedh Harpist Esme Frances Ylades and Mike O'Connor Crowder, and poetry by Bert Biscoe Vyajor gans Geryow. After the opening by the Grand Bard guests were taken on a tour of the reference library which is open to the public.

During the past three years, books have gradually been collected from living Bards through donation including many deposited by the Cornish overseas, and the number continues to grow. This Bardic Collection, a reference only resource, reflects the wide-ranging and varied interests of Cornish Bards.

With nearly 300 listed in the catalogue, this is the first time that books from Gorsedh Kernow have been collected in one place, which raises the profile of the organisation and helps to establish the status of Tremough as a specialist academic library for Cornish research.


Book Launch at Penryn


Book launch

The week preceeding the Penryn Gorsedh saw publication of the book on Cornish Bards of the Penryn and Falmouth Area. The launch of the book by the Grand Bard Maureen Fuller Steren Mor, was held in Penryn Town Hall in the presence of representatives of the Town Councils of Penryn and Falmouth, and other dignitaries, sponsors and contributors. The event was packed and sales were brisk as people queued to purchase copies. The book includes biographies of both deceased and living Bards and can be obtained from Gorsedh Kernow.

As Steren Mor says in the foreword 'One is amazed at the diversity of the bards, where they were born, where they lived and what they have achieved. It re-enforces the fact that a bard can be anyone who works for Cornwall and its culture, as long as they are passionate about both. That is the essence that all bards have in common'. For video click here


Engaging the Diaspora

This year the GK Conference was held at Penryn Town Hall on the eve of the Gorsedh. A number of overseas visitors with links to Cornwall were present. After a welcome from the organiser David Holman Rifelwas we heard a recording of Jim Wearne Canor Gwanethyr of Woodridge, Illinois singing his own composition 'Where's Cousin Jack' followed by a live link with Peter Trevorah Mab an Gwylvos in Northcote Australia who gave an account of his Cornish roots, later we heard from Jean Ellis Kernewes an Keweenaw in Calumet. USA. The audience looked forward to hearing from Bill Phillips Mapwyn Whel Ros however sadly there were technical difficulties with the link to Melbourne.

Lesley Trotter gave an interesting talk about the lives of the wives left behind whilst their menfolk were working away, often on another continent and Kate Neale gave an insight into musical traditions. Colin Roberts Mab Sen Kolomm narrated a film on the 2005 Australian National Cornish Wrestling Championship. Good to know this Cornish sport is thriving in Australia.

Much discussion took place both during and at the end of what was an interesting and informative day.

Thank you, David, for arranging the conference and to everyone who took part.


Award Ceremony for Successful Candidates
in Cornish Language Examinations 2013


2013 exam ceremony

Successful candidates in this year’s Cornish Language examinations gathered with their families and teachers at Lys Kernow for the presentation of their certificates. The Chairman of the Cornish Language Board Graham Sandercock welcomed everyone and said he was delighted to speak the Cornish language in the Council Chamber. Jenefer Lowe, Development Manager, MAGA Keskowethyans an Yeth Kernewek) explained the present position of Cornish and Asset Languages. At the moment, it is not possible to be examined in Cornish in the Asset Languages structure as it had been previously, but talks are continuing and she hopes that Cornish will be reinstated.

2013 exam ceremony

The Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller, congratulated all the successful candidates and said that over half of the world’s seven billion population spoke more than one language, although some countries try to superimpose their language on others as the main language. By learning Cornish, the successful candidates were joining the world of the polyglots, the majority. The Grand Bard presented the certificates and was especially pleased that eleven candidates had passed their Grade 4 examination, the most since 1999 when there were 15 successful candidates. This augurs well for the future.

The successful candidates were:

  • Grade 1: Anthony Best, Monica Best, Joe Borthwick, Richard Clemo, Denise Hunt, Ben Larham, Michael Rottenbury, Shaun Toft.
  • Grade 2: Colin Barnes, Gillian Beswick, David Cockersell, Patricia Green, Peter Green, Peter Jenkin, Ben Lang, Karen Tregaskis.
  • Grade 3: Bramwell Hughes, Penny Melmouth, Anne Slade, Briar Wood.
  • Grade 4: Frank Blewett, Fred Coxon, Yann Jaffredou, Trevor Lawrence, Gareth Parry, Pat Parry, Stephen Penhaligon, John Prowse, Christine Stephens, Ronan Tremel, Julia Wass.

2013 exam ceremony


Grand Bard at Lys Kernow


Grand bard and John Pollard

Grand Bard Maureen Fuller met John Pollard - Kampyer a’gan Ertach, the Leader of Cornwall Council to discuss Cornish matters. Further meetings will follow to exchange ideas on Cornish culture and its preservation.


Richard G. Jenkin: A great son of Cornwall/
Map Dyvroeth: Mab meur a Gernow

The launch by the Grand Bard of this important book on Richard Jenkin will take place at Leedstown Village Hall at 7 pm on Friday 25 October. Invitations have been sent out to contributors, family, and leaders of the organisations with which he was involved.

If anyone else wishes to come, from about 7.45 pm onwards, the book will be on sale and there will be an evening of Cornish entertainment when you are welcome to drop in. However, please ring or email me to see there is still space. Hall numbers are limited.

Ann Jenkin (01736-850332) pellgowser@btinternet.com

For further details and an order form please click here.


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