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Bards gather for the Gorsedh Proclamation
The annual Proclamation has taken place at Torpoint. The Bards along with council officials and guests processed through the town to recently refurbished Rendel Park on the banks of the river Tamar.
The Mayor of Torpoint Cllr Mike Pearn MBE, welcomed the Gorsedh to the town. The short ceremony in Cornish commenced with the sounding of the horn and the customary call of peace. Local girl Rosie Hortop dressed in spring coloured robes presented flowers symbolising the 'fruits of the earth' to the Grand Bard Steren Mor. Rosie was chosen as this year’s “Lady of the Flowers” so will also take part at the main ceremony in September.
The Grand Bard thanked the Mayor and local organising committee for the assistance given to the Gorsedh and presented the town with a gift of an original framed poem about Torpoint, written in Cornish, as a memento of the occasion.
After the announcement that the 2014 Gorsedh would be held in Torpoint on Saturday September 6th, the ceremony ended with the singing of ''Bro Goth agan Tasow'' (Land of our Fathers), followed by the customary cry of ''Kernow bys vykken'' (Cornwall for ever) before the ceremony closed.
Thank you Torpoint for your very warm welcome!
Grand Bard’s Australian visit 2014
To read the Grand Bard's Australian report please click here.
For more pictures please click here.
Annual play competition
There is a prize for a play with a Cornish theme. Closing date for the competition is the 31st July. For full details www.sterts.co.uk.
News from Gorsedh Kernow Bards in Australia
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.
For a report from Leanne Lloyd - Nanscarow a Bendygo click here.
A visit to 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
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!
St Piran Celebrations 2014
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.
There were many events throughout Cornwall and overseas to celebrate St Piran.
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.
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.
"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 - 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.
Report of Meeting of Gorsedh Kernow Council February 2014
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.
Torpoint Gorsedh Proclamation
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
A date for your diary - 'Bude, Spirit of Place' exhibition
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.
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
Bardh Meur and instrumentalist Phil Beer at the fundraising event in aid of Gorsedh Kernow in St Ives.
St.Ives Feast 10th February 2014
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.
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 photographer Julia Nottingham
St Piran's Oratory
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.
This year's walk is on the 2nd March.
Kresen Kernow – A New Home for the Stories of Cornwall
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 email@example.com find the project on Facebook at ‘Kresen Kernow’ or contact Tamsin Mallett at Cornwall Record Office, on 01872 323127 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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