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MAGA Conference 2010
Lostwithiel Community Centre was the ideal venue for the 5th conference, which gave an opportunity to look at progress over the past year and discuss plans for moving the language forward over the next three years.
Most of the reports were delivered in Cornish, with simultaneous translation for those without the language.
The Development Manager, Jenefer Lowe (Gwythvosen), reported on the work of the Corpus Group, which has produced a provisional glossary in the Standard Written Form and is now working on a series of dictionaries ranging from one suitable for beginners and schools to an historical dictionary. There will be a review of the SWF in 2013, when there will be an opportunity to improve what we have and look at points that have not been well received by teachers, students and translators.
The present funding package expires at the end of March 2011 and a full application has been submitted to Cornwall Council and to the Government for funding for the next three years to 2014.
The two Education Officers, Pol Hodge (Mab Stenak Vur) and Mike Tresidder, gave a full account on progress made in introducing Cornish into schools, where the demand for Cornish often runs ahead of the provision of both teachers and materials.
The Status Group has made considerable progress in raising the profile of Cornish both at home and internationally. Bilingual street signage has now appeared throughout Cornwall and Cornish has been represented on many international bodies.
Further information from www.magakernow.org.uk
2011 Competitions Under Way
The 2011 Gorsedh 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).
Holyer an Gof Trophy 2011
(for books published in 2010)
Entries are invited for this annual Gorsedh Award, which includes seven preliminary sections, plus two major overall awards, for prestigious publications on Cornwall or Cornish themes, from the calendar year 2010 only.
Summary of October 2010 GK Council Meeting
Progress is being made on the Mid Summer Awen Ceremony with two reports received from the Working Group tasked to develop the ceremony. A date of Sunday June 26 is being targeted for a return to Boscawen Un. It was agreed to target a venue within the Clay Country for next year.
Ted Chapman - Glywys Venta
Sad news. Our good friend Ted Chapman - Glywys Venta died on
Wednesday the 13th October 2010.
Gorsedh Kernow Conference 2010
John Brush, Brian Menear - Skoodhyer a Vandys Brest,
Philip Hunt - Lef a Vrest, Chris Blount - Edhen Avar, Tony Mansell
This year the annual conference took place at St Dennis Band Room and the theme was Brass Bands in Cornwall, their history and place in the community.
Rally at Saltash
On the 10th October at Saltash a rally was held about constituencies breaching Cornwall's border which is the river Tamar. To hear the Grand Bard's speech please click here.
The Gorsedd works to support Cornwall's identity and culture, but is not affiliated to any political organisation.
Gorsedh Kernow Special Book Collection
Tremough Campus Library in agreement with Gorsedh Kernow is to develop a collection of books by and about Bards, which will be held in the Tremough Library Special Collection Area.
University College Falmouth
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ. U.K.
The initiative has been set up by the Gorsedh Kernow Archives and Publications Committee.
If there are any individual queries please contact Ann Trevenen Jenkin chair of the above committee by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone 01736 850332 or by letter to An Gernyk, Fordh an Chapel, Leedstown, Hayle TR27 6BA, Kernow, U.K.
Gorsedh Kernow 2010
On Saturday 4th September the 2010 Gorsedd was held in St Ives.
As the ceremony drew to a close The Grand Bard called all Bards to the Omborth to place a hand on the shoulder of the Bard in front, and when all were linked to the Swordbearer, the oath of loyalty was given and the song "Old Land of our Fathers" was sung with passion in what was a memorable setting with the sea gently lapping the shore.
In the evening a concert with Cornish music and songs was held in the Guildhall.
Gorsedh Kernow Council Awards 2010
For Gorsedh Kernow Council Awards 2010 please click here.
Gorsedh Kernow 2010 Conference
For details please click here.
National Eisteddfod 2010
The National Eisteddfod, this year held in Ebbw Vale in South Wales is a brilliant celebration of the Welsh language. Delegates from Kernow, Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, the isle of Man and Y Wladva (Welsh Patagonia) gathered together as guests of the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain for the Eisteddfod there for four days. Mick Paynter and Mo Fuller joined the other Celts on the Eisteddfod field to celebrate the Welsh language, Culture and our shared Celtic roots.
For Competition Results 2010 please click here.
Commemoration at Penryn
There is a granite memorial in Penryn to the loss of Glasney College and the thousands of Cornish who died defending their faith and language. Every year a short ceremony takes place at this stone in Quay Hill (near the traffic lights). This year it will be at 12.30pm on Saturday 28th August.
Breton Gorsedd 2010
This year the Breton Gorsedd was held in Bro Gwened in the town of Arzano amidst meadows and green trees, the day brilliant under a bright sky before the sun, the eye of the day. Mick Paynter and Mo Fuller travelled from Cornwall as the Gorsedd's delegates. and Penry Roberts, Recorder of the Welsh Gorsedd and his wife Susan were there as delegates from Wales.
The Bretons accommodated the delegates in the Hotel des Ajoncs d'Or where the Artist Paul Gauguin lived in his day. The town of Pont Aven is very beautiful and we were all very happy to be there.
On Sunday a Breton bard took both ourselves and the Welsh in his car to another Hotel in Arzano and we met up with Per Vari Kerloc'h, the Grand Druid of Brittany and we drank fine coffee and chatted to the large crowd there. At about midday the procession to the field and the circle commenced and then the ceremony led by Per Vari and the other officers of the Gorsedd, on a rock in the middle of that fine field. There were many people there to support the event New bards were initiated and the two half swords were joined as a symbol that the three nations were but one people.
Per Vari made a fine speech in Breton about the tradition of the Gorsedd of Brittany and it's first Grand Druid and spoke of the many difficulties their culture has with the French State which had maybe forgotten its own values. Per Vari left the circle to repeat his speech in French for those who had no Breton. this year's ceremony was well ordered with fine music. It was excellent to see the young people initiated there.
After the ceremony Mick Paynter was interviewed by Breton TV (See here). A splendid meal was prepared afterwards for us and the large number of Gorsedd supporters, the kindness and fellowship of those people was exceptional. In the evening we met the Delegates and Gorsedd Officers again in a fine restaurant in Pont Aven. As always a brilliant day, thank you Per Vari and our good friends.
Summary of July GK Council Meeting
It was reported that the manufacture of a new ceremonial sword was progressing well. The new sword will be made in two halves and Cornish and Breton Bards will carry the two halves for the ceremonial joining by the Grand Bard who will pass the united sword to the representative of the Welsh Mother Gorsedd as a symbol of unity and friendship.
The Cornish Gorsedd 1928 - 2010
Dr Brian Stowell of Douglas, Isle of Man has been nominated to receive the Tynwald's highest award. Brian was made an honorary Bard of Gorsedh Kernow at the International Celtic Congress in Bude in 2000 taking the Bardic name Scryfer Kynyaf. Dr Stowell has worked extensively for the language and culture of the Isle of Man over many years.
He is an active member of the International Celtic Congress and has held several of its offices including President. The Grand Bard has sent congratulations on behalf of Gorsedh Kernow. To read the letter please click here.
Photograph is courtesy of
Isle of Man Newspapers
The 2010 Gorsedd Conference is progressing with the title ‘Brass Bands in Cornwall, their History and Place in the Community’. The date is to be Saturday 2 October, which unfortunately clashes with the Federation of Old Cornwall Society’s (FOCS) AGM. This is due to key brass band presenters being away at the Great Britain Titles on the weekend normally allocated for our Conference. Bardh Meur has tendered a formal apology to the President of the FOCS.
A detailed report was provided by Kannas Bardh Meur on progress towards the 2010 Open Gorsedd in St Ives. The Local Organising Committee was reported to be working very well with everything falling into place.
GK Council has appointed a small sub-committee to review the Competitions Programme which is losing money from its budget each year. The sub-committee will report back in time for any new arrangements to be put in place for the Helston Open Gorsedd the following year.
GK Council also appointed a small sub-committee to review the Awards Programme to ensure it is meeting current requirements. It was agreed that the two Frank Pascoe trophies will no longer be awarded, but all other awards will continue at St Ives, as they have done in recent years, with any new arrangement to take effect for Helston in 2011.
It was agreed that a small group of Gorsedd councillors will develop a proposal for a Gorsedd ceremony that may be held at Midsummer at some of Cornwall’s historic sites, such as Boscawen-un - the place of the first modern Gorsedd. If agreed by Council, and the Welsh and Breton Gorseddau having been informed, it will be a public ceremony at midsummer. The Open Gorsedd in September will continue to be the Gorsedd’s main public event.
Reports were received and accepted from all officers.
The date of the next GK Council meeting is 10th July 2010.
The 2010 Gorsedd Proclamation was held on the 17th April at St Ives, and presided over by the Grand Bard, Mick Paynter - Skogynn Pryv.
It was a sunny Spring morning, although with a cool breeze. About 50 Bards from all over Cornwall gathered at the Guildhall from where the procession led by Gorsedd piper, Merv Davey - Telynor an Weryon wound its way up Tregenna Hill to the Malakoff Gardens.
The Mayor welcomed the Gorsedd and in reply the Grand Bard spoke of the Cornish language and culture,and thanked the Mayor and people of St Ives.
To read the Grand Bard's speech please click here.
The ceremony commenced with the Call for Peace, the ceremony of the Lady of the Flowers, the Proclamation of the Open Gorsedd in September and the song 'Bro Goth Agan Tasow' before ending once again with the Call for Peace.
Afterwards the procession returned down Skidden Hill to the Guildhall where tea, coffee and biscuits were provided.
The Festival at Eaglehawk (Bendigo) was attended by 24 Bards of Gorsedh Kernow, including Peter Williams - Map Carrek Dhu of Ponsanooth, and Bard Paul Thomas - Map Wallaroo, and Mayor of the Copper Coast in South Australia.
The Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow sent a message to the Bards and people of Bendigo which was received with great applause.
During the Festival there was a procession in which over 100 school children danced the Flora, followed by over 200 Cornish descendants all carrying banners and wearing Cornish Tartan and St Piran Flags.
Finally nine Bards bought up the rear of the Cornish contingent. The applause from the huge crowd assembled was deafening and four Bards all with Bendigo in their Bardic name walked together.
The Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo Cllr. Rod Campbell gave great support for the Festival and also offered assistance in the work to place a monument at St.Just Point to commemorate the solidarity between Bendigo and Kernow and remember with pride their ancestors, who in the 19th century came from Kernow and made it the world's richest goldfield.
Many times over the weekend the words "Kernow Bys Vyken" rang out loud, and long may they do so.
For more pictures please click here
Hundreds of people in Cornwall and across the world came together on Friday March 5th, St Piran's Day, to celebrate the patron saint of tin miners and their own Cornish identity.
It was near perfect weather in Cornwall with the sun shining on the hundreds of people with flags waving and children dancing, as the processions wound their way through the towns . There were also lunches and dinners held to celebrate the feast day.
On the Sunday hundreds took part in the annual walk following the St Piran play across the dunes to the site of St Piran's Oratory at Perranzabuloe.
The CASA Yorke Peninsula branch held a St.Piran's Day lunch in the historic Moonta Mines Sunday School Hall for more than one hundred people.
The Gorsedd Proclamation will be held at St Ives 17th April. The procession to the Malakoff, St.Ives will start at 10.30am at the Guildhall, Street an Pol. Bards can robe in the Guildhall which will be open for them from 9:30am
A report was provided on the trip to Copenhagen by a group of Cornish students and their supporters towards which the Gorsedd made a financial contribution by way of support.
The call for donations for a new ceremonial sword has reached its target and will be made in time for the 2010 Open Gorsedd ceremony in St Ives.
A report was received from the Admission Secretary detailing those initiates that had been recommended for Bardship following consideration from the Admissions Sub Committee. The recommendations were supported by the GK Council.
The membership of the various Gorsedd sub-committees was considered and memberships agreed for the triennium.
Suggestions were made in regard to the Gorsedd October Conference and it appears likely that this year’s conference will follow developments of Brass Band music in Cornwall.
Reports were received from all Gorsedd officers and sub-committee convenors.
The date of the next GK Council meeting is 24 April 2010.
Prior to his broadcast from Melbourne on Cornwall's Breakfast program, interviewer Denis Nightingale visited Bendigo. Here he is pictured standing in front of the town's statue to the Cornish Miner with the Mayor of Bendigo Cllr Rod Campbell, George Ellis and Tom Luke of the Bendigo Cornish Association.
He also visited St Just Point, where it is hoped that a monument will be erected to the Cornish miners who made Bendigo the richest goldfield in the 19th Century. Also in Newquay on the 20th February, the massed Cornish Male Voice Choirs held a concert to raise funds for it.
Sadly St.Just Point and it's little Cornish miners' cottages was razed in the tragic fires of Black Saturday in February 2009.
Gorsedh Kernow (The Cornish Gorsedd) is being held this year at St Ives on Saturday 4th September.
To coincide with the event, the Gorsedd's Archive and Publications Committee is working with the St Ives Trust Archive Study Centre to produce a collection of short biographies of around fifty deceased bards who had some connection with St Ives, Carbis Bay or the surrounding area. This booklet will be launched during the week leading up to the Gorsedd.
Whereas plenty is known about such bards as Robert Morton Nance, Peter Lanyon and Barbara Hepworth, the same cannot be said of others, many of whom have been largely forgotten.
Part of the brief of this project is to celebrate the lives and achievements of these lesser-known bards. Those researching them would, therefore, welcome any information about the following:
During Ted's time as manager of the Gorsedh website, he has worked tirelessly for its success by directing traffic to it with regular updates, news items and innovations such as video clips, whilst constantly adding to the information archives. He has kept the world in touch with the Gorsedh, in particular Australia where descendants of the diaspora eagerly await news from Cornwall.
He has put much care into the website's content and its small but important details, and we are so pleased he agreed to remain on its committee. With his unfailing good humour, kindness, friendship and support, his work over the last 8 years is much appreciated and we thank him and wish him success with his new projects.
Pat Miller - Myrgh Jowna, Website Manager
We are fortunate Ted Chapman has worked for many years to strengthen and beautify our website. Ted is lucky he can take a little rest now. And we are certainly fortunate that Ted is to continue on the website committee.
Well done, good and faithful comrade.
Mick Paynter - Skogynn Pryv, Grand Bard
Three Bards of Gorsedh Kernow participated in the annual Heritage Centre event.
Merv - Telynor an Weryn and Alison Davey - Corolyores held a dance workshop and Professor Philip Payton - Car Dyvresow delivered an interesting talk about John Betjeman in Cornwall
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