30.01.17 Press Release – Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards 2017

Organisers of Gorsedh Kernow’s Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards are once again actively seeking books published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 either in Cornish or about Cornwall to enter in the 2017 competition.

“We are looking for the very best books about Cornwall or in Cornish” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn “and we are very grateful for the support we receive from all the publishers who submit entries each year.”

“Although the 2016 Awards attracted a slightly smaller number of entries than the previous year we were delighted with the wide range of subjects and specialisms,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn.

Holyer an Gof 2016 winners
Holyer an Gof 2016 winners

The range of books for primary age children and young adults particularly impressed the panel of reader reviewers and the winning entry in these categories, ‘Captured’, the incredible story of 11 year old Thomas Pellow who set sail from Falmouth harbour to deliver Cornish fish to Italy, was judged a very worthy winner.

“I am utterly delighted that ‘Captured’ was awarded a Holyer an Gof award” said 2016 winning writer Craig Green, “and if that wasn’t enough, it was also awarded the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin cup, a trophy awarded to the outstanding children’s book of the year.”

Craig Green receives Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup
Craig Green receives Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

“I was flabbergasted,” said Craig Green, accepting the award for himself and illustrator Oliver Hurst, “such a brilliant evening!”

There is still time to submit entries and all books about Cornwall or the Cornish language and people published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 are eligible.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

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For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,  email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

For further information about the Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Peter Harvey, Godhonyth an Nor, email enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk

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The Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language and her people and were launched in 1996 in memory of Redruth Publisher and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Leonard Truran, whose bardic name was Holyer an Gof – Follower of The Smith.

Books published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Awards.  The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

These prestigious awards are becoming a must-have for publishers and were established and organised by members of Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall.

An extensive panel of readers, drawn mainly from the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with particular expertise, review carefully all the books submitted each year by publishers.

Winning entries in each one of 12 categories are announced and prizes awarded at a special Presentation evening at Waterstones in Truro, with each category winner receiving a certificate from  Gorsedh Kernow.

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, given by and presented on behalf of the late Joan Truran, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in the competition.

Nominees and winners of all the Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards will be publicised through a press release and Gorsedh Kernow’s website http://www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk/holyerangof.html

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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22.01.17 Bards of Gorsedh Kernow attend the Maldon Twilight Dinner

The Cornish Associations of Bendigo and Ballarat joined together to represent the Cornish at the recent Maldon Twilight Dinner. This is an annual event held in the very history town of Maldon, situated between Bendigo and Ballarat.

Maldon Twilight Dinner 2017
Maldon Twilight Dinner 2017

This year the organising committee wanted to recognise the ethnic groups which first settled this area and an invitation to attend was given to us.

 

Leanne & Robert Lloyd
Leanne & Robert Lloyd

It was decided to share the opportunity between Bendigo and Ballarat to recognise both major Cornish settlement cities so we came together on the 14th January to show our Cornish pride and to promote all things Cornish to those gathered for the event.

There were over 1,500 people seated in the main street of this historic township and it was with pride that our small group marched down the street, proudly holding the St Piran flag.

Wendy Benoit and partner David
Wendy Benoit and partner David

Of important note is the fact that out of the ten allocated places given to our Cornish groups, six of those in attendance were bards of Gorsedh Kernow. A remarkable statement in itself.

Tom & Libby Luke
Tom & Libby Luke

They were:

Leanne Lloyd, Nanscarow a Bendygo and Robert Lloyd, Gwas Bendygo
Tom Luke, Colon hag Enef Yn Bendygo and Libby Luke, Rosen Wyn Bendygo
Wendy Benoit, Gweresores Dhe Lies
Joy Menhennet, Benneth Lowen

It was a lovely night, the weather was warm and clear and presented us with another opportunity to showcase our Cornish heritage and history to all present.

12.11.16 Press Release – Grand Bard leads the call for Boundary Commission to protect Cornwall’s identity

“I appreciate that our English neighbours are sometimes unfamiliar with Cornish cultural tradition” said Grand Bard Merv Davey, “so a quick explanation may be necessary.”

Beginning his presentation in Lys Kernow to the Boundary Commission’s two day public consultation, Dr Davey expressed deep concern for the proposed changes to parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall.

“The aim of Gorsedh Kernow is to celebrate and promote Cornwall as a Celtic nation in a civic and cultural capacity. We are very concerned that the proposed Devonwall constituency devalues this identity and submit that Cornwall’s integrity should be maintained by having a coterminous border with the Parliamentary constituency boundaries.”

Pointing out obvious discrepancies in Government policy he maintained that the case for Cornwall to be treated as a discrete entity is based on history, cultural identity and modern democracy.

“Our case is strongly supported by recognition of the Cornish under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities endorsed by the UK Government in 2014 which, I would strongly argue, supercedes the status of the Parliamentary and Voting System and Constituencies Act of 2011.”

Leading the call for 5 Cornish MPs, the Grand Bard insisted that Cornwall was being arbitrarily and unnecessarily dismembered in order to balance the numbers.

“There are no cross-border boundaries recommended for Wales or Scotland,” said Dr Davey, “even though the European Framework Convention affords us the same status as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.”

The Grand Bard went on to express dismay at the response received on the same day from HM Government following the recent petition to restore funding for the Cornish language.

“The Government is in breach of its responsibilities under these international treaties and Gorsedh Kernow urges Cornwall Council to make representations to Government to right this wrong against an ancient nation of the British Isles.”

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Further notes for editors

To read the Grand Bard’s full presentation to the Boundary Commission please see  http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/wp/?p=488

The initial countrywide Boundary Commission consultation takes place for 12 weeks between 13th September and 6th December 2016.  Initial findings will be published early in 2017 followed by a further 4 week public consultation. The Boundary Commission will review information from the first and second consultations to revise their proposals.  In late 2017/early 2018 a third period of public consultation will take place for 8 weeks for comment on the revised proposals. The final report will be presented to Parliament in September 2018.

The Cornish language community urges the Westminster government to recognise its responsibilities in respect of Cornish under Parts 1 and 2 of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages 2002 and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 2014.

Discussions with local (Cornish) MPs have emphasised that respect and recognition for and promotion of the Cornish language is a UK State responsibility which has not been devolved to Cornwall Council in its entirety. Unless and until it is devolved to a Cornwall wide governing body with sufficient powers to cover the relevant agencies to ensure respect and promotion of the language at all levels of government the Cornish language community considers that the Government is in breach of their responsibilities under these international treaties.

For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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10.11.16 News release – Grand Bard’s presentation to the Boundary Commission

The Grand Bard of Cornwall, Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn, delivered the following presentation to the Boundary Commission Consultation on Thursday 10th November 2016 in the Council Chamber, Lys Kernow, Truro.

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“Myttin da ha dynarghow dhe Gernow dh’agan gwestoryon a Dhesedhek an Oryon Pow Saws. – Good morning and welcome to Cornwall to our guests from the Boundary Commission for England.

I appreciate that our English neighbours are sometimes unfamiliar with Cornish cultural tradition so a quick explanation.  Gorsedh Kernow, the Cornish Gorsedd, is a civic and cultural organisation with a college of some 500 Bards. These Cornish Bards represent scholars, writers and creative artists from a wide range of disciplines in Cornwall, as well as sport and community service.[i] Gorsedh Kernow is a sister organisation to the Welsh and Breton Gorsedds and has cultural links to Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The aim of Gorsedh Kernow is to celebrate and promote Cornwall as a Celtic Nation in a civic and cultural capacity. We are concerned that the proposed Devonwall Constituency devalues this identity and submit that Cornwall’s integrity should be maintained by having a coterminous border with the Parliamentary Constituency boundaries.

If Cornwall is treated as a discrete entity it comfortably meets the electoral criteria laid down in the Parliamentary and Voting System and Constituencies Act of 2011 for 5 constituencies[ii]. Dropped into a South West melting pot together with the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall is arbitrarily and unnecessarily dismembered in order to balance the numbers.  Our case for Cornwall to be treated as a discrete entity is based on history, cultural identity and modern democracy. This case is strongly supported by recognition of the Cornish under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities endorsed by the UK Government in 2014 and I quote:

“The decision to recognise the unique identity of the Cornish, now affords them the same status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.” [iii]

I note that there are no cross-border boundaries recommended for Wales or Scotland.

From a historical perspective, Cornwall was territorially well established by the end of the first millennium and an agreed border with the formative England.[iv] Cornwall’s distinct national identity was recognised and preserved by successive administrations as it became first an Earldom and then a Duchy with its own constitutional status.  This constitutional status is quite different from other Duchies within the UK, it remains on the statute books and continues to impact upon a number of governance issues.[v] Examples range from foreshore and waterway ownership to civic responsibilities such as the appointment of a High Sheriff.  In Cornwall the “absolute ownership of the soil”,   within the meaning of a constitutional monarchy, is vested in the Duchy whereas for the rest of the UK this is vested in the crown. To combine part of Cornwall with England in a cross border Parliamentary Constituency would be a serious denial of this history and the British constitution.

Grand Bard Merv Davey speaks to the crowds gathered at the Polson Bridge protest against "Devonwall" -  Sunday 30th October 2016
Grand Bard Merv Davey speaks to the crowds gathered at the Polson Bridge protest against “Devonwall” – Sunday 30th October 2016

The Cornish people have a strong sense of a distinct cultural identity. This is reflected in a wide range of traditions from the celebration of our own patron saint and an historically recognised national flag; to the use of the Cornish language in personal names, place names and the spoken word. The Cornish language belongs to the family of Celtic languages and is protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The 2011 Act undertakes to respect cultural issues in the assignment of constituency boundaries where possible. This is clearly possible in the case of Cornwall and we ask the Boundary Commission to put both spirit and letter of the act into practice by creating coterminous Parliamentary Constituency boundaries with our historic border.

The stated purpose of the 2011 Act is to improve democracy as was the ethos behind the 2014 Devolution Deal between the UK Government and Cornwall Council. To muddy the waters with a cross border constituency devalues this democracy and risks dividing the MPs loyalties. One obvious area of loyalty conflict is within the tourist industry. This is an extremely competitive market and Cornwall Council is active in promoting a distinctive Cornish brand in order to encourage people to drive the extra distance into Cornwall rather than stopping off in Somerset or Devon. It is difficult to see how a cross border MP would feel comfortable in actively supporting a Cornwall wide branding when this competed with the interests of the Devon half of their constituency.

Gorsedh Kernow invites the Boundary Commission and the UK Government to put the ethos of democracy that underpins the 2011 Act into practice. To listen to the people of Cornwall and make the necessary arrangements to enable parliamentary representation of five constituencies which fall within the border of Cornwall and are coterminous with that border.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make this case.

Dr Merv Davey, Bardh Meur Kernow/ Grand Bard of Cornwall

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[i] See www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

[ii]Professor Gareth Parry, Open letter to Chris Skidmore MP, 11th October 2016

[iii] Press release: “Cornish granted minority status within the UK”, HM Treasury, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Danny Alexander and Stephen Williams .First published: 24 April 2014 Part of: Community integration

[iv] Dr Bernard Deacon, “Cornwall’s First Golden Age”, (London. Francis Boutle, 2016)

[v] Dr John Kirkhope, Visiting Research Fellow – Plymouth University, “Cornwall – a category of its own?”,  Academia, June 2015, stable url: https://www.academia.edu/13446781/Cornwall_-_A_Category_of_its_Own

26.9.16 Press Release – Gorsedh Kernow announces host town for 2017

Gorsedh Kernow – The Celtic spirit of Cornwall  

Joint Press Release  for immediate use issued Monday 26th September 2016 on behalf of Gorsedh Kernow and Launceston Town Council by Delia Brotherton, Gorsedh Kernow Communications Officer.

Gorsedh Kernow announces host town for 2017

Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn
Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn

“In years gone by this was the furthest into Cornwall that officers of the crown felt safe to venture,” said the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn  “and since that time this splendid town has continued to live up to its motto of loyalty.”

The Grand Bard’s words were spoken as a joint declaration with town mayor Cllr Brian Hogan that the North Cornwall town of Launceston would host the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and bardic ceremony.

“We are delighted that the bards of the Cornish Gorsedd have accepted our invitation to hold their celebrations here next year,” said Cllr Hogan, “especially in the 100th anniversary year of the birth of bard Charles Causley, Morvarth, teacher, writer, revered poet and son of Launceston.”

Accepting the invitation on behalf of fellow bards, Dr Davey expressed a wish for openness and decisiveness among Cornish people as they grapple with the issues facing a modern Cornwall.

“We are faced with an ever increasing threat to our precious Cornish culture,” said the Grand Bard, “and we face one of our toughest challenges persuading the government to Keep Kernow Whole by agreeing to the smallest of changes to legislation.”

Pointing out the obvious contradiction by Government of Cornwall’s official recognition in 2014 of the Cornish as a National Minority alongside Wales and Scotland, the mayor of Launceston made his views plain.

“The people of Cornwall have fought long and hard to preserve their sense of identity. They are not keen on centuries of history being pushed aside because of Government red tape. There’s a lot of anger around here. Cornwall is passionate about its own identity” said mayor Cllr Brian Hogan.

Launceston
Launceston

“Launceston has always worn its Cornishness with pride,” he continued, “and as a town at the very edge of these potentially catastrophic changes to our 1000 year old border with England we wholeheartedly echo the words of the Grand Bard.”

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Further notes

Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain the national Celtic Spirit of Cornwall and to give expression to such spirit, and to encourage the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language, to foster Cornish art, music, dance and sport and to link with other Celtic countries.

Gorsedh Kernow’s Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, which includes the bardic ceremony where new bards are initiated, will be held in and around Launceston from Wednesday 30th August (opening date to be confirmed) and conclude on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

Charles Stanley Causley, CBE and FRSL – Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature – (24th  August 1917 – 4th November 2003), and bard of Gorsedh Kernow whose bardic name is Morvarth (Sea Bard), was a Cornish poet, schoolmaster and writer. His work is noted for its simplicity and directness and for its associations with folklore, especially when linked to his native Cornwall.

For further information about Launceston please visit the Town Council website http://www.launceston-tc.gov.uk/default.aspx

or telephone 01566 773693

For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer,

email communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

or visit the website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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13.9.16 Grand Bard publishes open letter to Chris Skidmore MP re proposed boundary changes

Open Letter to Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, Cabinet Office, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AS.

13th September 2016

Dear Chris Skidmore MP

Re Boundary Commission and proposed Bideford, Bude and Launceston Constituency

I write to express my deep concern that the Boundary Commission has proposed a cross border, Devon/Cornwall Parliamentary Constituency. This proposal completely undermines the democracy enshrined in Cornwall Council’s Devolution Deal agreed only recently with HM Government, it ignores Cornwall’s history, culture, distinct constitutional status and 1000 year old border. Importantly, it also contradicts the Government’s official recognition in 2014 of the Cornish as a National Minority alongside Wales  and Scotland.

I understand that the Boundary Commission is bound by legislation to work within the constraints of the maximum/minimum electorates prescribed for each constituency by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011.  The size of the electorate in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is just fractionally larger than the maximum prescribed for 5 MPs.

I believe it would be relatively simple for central government to change this legislation. Only a few months ago, the Government agreed “emergency” legislation to extend the deadline for people seeking to register to vote in the referendum on the European Union following the failure of it’s registration website. The Government could deliver a simple amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act, to respect the Framework Convention for National Minorities and “Keep Kernow Whole.”

I therefore request an urgent amendment to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 that will allow the Boundary Commission to recognise Cornwall as a discrete entity thereby taking into account wider social, economic, geographic and cultural issues. This will make the legislation consistent with the Government’s recognition of the Cornish under the 2014 European Framework Convention for National Minorities and still be within the spirit of the act.

Furthermore, given an amendment to the act I would request that the Boundary Commission reconsiders its proposal for a cross border constituency and agrees that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly could and should be represented by 5 seats.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Merv Davey, Bardh Meur Kernow/Grand Bard of Cornwall

CC Cornish MPs and Boundary Commission

13.9.16 Press Release – Grand Bard expresses deep concern over proposed Devonwall

The Grand Bard of Cornwall has expressed deep concern over the proposed Bideford, Bude and Launceston Parliamentary Constituency.

“This proposal ignores Cornwall’s history, culture, distinct constitutional status and 1000 year old border,” said the Grand Bard today in an open letter to Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, following an announcement by the Boundary Commission for England.

“Importantly, it also contradicts the Government’s official recognition in 2014 of the Cornish as a National Minority alongside Wales and Scotland.”

Urging an immediate change to the legislation which has tied the hands of the Boundary Commission, the Grand Bard has expressed deep concern that the proposal also undermines the democratic process enshrined in Cornwall Council’s Devolution Deal agreed only recently with HM Government.

“I believe it would be relatively straightforward for central government to change this legislation,” said the Grand Bard, “and I would strongly encourage all those who love Cornwall to write to their local MP urging this simple change.”

“Only a few months ago, the Government agreed “emergency” legislation to extend the deadline for people seeking to register to vote in the referendum on the European Union following the failure of it’s registration website.”

“The legislation has been drawn up based on statistics which are totally inconsistent with the Government’s recognition of the Cornish under the 2014 European Framework Convention for National Minorities.

“A simple amendment would restore consistency and recognition under the Framework Convention and still be within the spirit of the Constituencies Act.”

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To see the full open letter from the Grand Bard to Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, please see http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/wp/?p=475

To see the Grand Bard’s bardic ceremony speech “Keep Cornwall Whole” in full in Kernewek and English please see http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/wp/?p=468

For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, email communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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8.9.16 Areth Bardh Meur Solempnita Bardhek/Grand Bard’s bardic ceremony speech

Areth Bardh Meur Kernow, solempnita bardhek Gorsedh Kernow, dy Sadorn 3es mis Gwynngala 2016, Lannahevran /Grand Bard’s speech, Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony, Saturday 3rd September 2016, St Keverne

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Bardh Meur St Keverne 2016
Bardh Meur St Keverne 2016

Gwithyewgh Kernow Kowal! / Keep Cornwall Whole!

Otta ni lemmyn dhe Lannahevran, le istorek ha le pur wiw rag solempnita Gorsedh Kernow. Res yw dhyn leverel meur ras dhe David Lambrick, Kaderyer Konsel Pluw Lannaghevran ha dhe dus an bluw a’ga dynnergh mar vryntin. Ynwedh ni a wor grassow bras dhe’n Kessedhek Ordena Leel ha’ga ober kales yn unn bareusi solempnita an Orsedh ha pub hwarvos oll an Esedhvos. Meur ras bras.

Here we are in St Keverne, an historic and fitting place for the Gorsedh Kernow ceremony. We thank David Lambrick Chair of St Keverne Parish Council and the people of the parish for their fantastic welcome. We also owe a depth of gratitude to the Local Organising Committee for all their hard work in preparing for the Gorsedh Ceremony and all the other Esedhvos Festival events.  Many thanks.

Da yw genev avel Bardh Meur a’gas dynerghi oll, gwestoryon, kanasow Kembra ha Breten Vyghan ha’n dus oll a-dro dhe’n kylgh ma, dh’agan Orsedh Kernow omma hedhyw.

It is my pleasure as Bardh Meur to welcome you all, guests, delegates from Wales and Brittany and all the people around the circle, to our Gorsedh here today. 

Homm yw an bluw a syns an spyrys Kernow. Dhyworth an bluw ma, nans yw pymp kansvledhen, Mighal Joseph an Gov a hembronkas lu Kernewek dhe Loundres yn unn grodhvolas erbynn distruians a’gan fordh bewnans.  Dres an kansvledhynnyow wosa henna tus a Gernow a besyas afydhya agan ertach ha honanieth.

This is the parish that holds the spirit of Cornwall. It was from this parish some 500 years ago that Michael Joseph the Smith led the Cornish host to London in protest at the destruction of our way of life. Throughout the centuries since the people pf Cornwall have asserted their distinct identity and heritage.

Spyrys Mighal Joseph ha Lannahevran yw gwelys y’gan sewena gans aswonvos an Yeth Kernewek, agan savla Kenedhlek Minoryta hag Ambos Digressennans Konsel Kernow. Mes an prys re dheuth lemmyn rag kaskyrghes dhe witha kowal agan tir.  

The spirit of Michael Joseph and St Keverne are seen in our success with the recognition of the Cornish Language, our National Minority Status and the Devolution Deal for Cornwall Council. But the time has come now to campaign to keep our land whole.

Y’n kynyav a dheu, Desedhek an Oryon a wra deklarya aga frofyansow rag oryon pastel vro nowydh hag y fydh dhodho furvel nowydh rag niver a dus yn pub pastel vro. Nyns eus dewisysi lowr yn Kernow rag hwegh Esel an Senedh ha martesen y fydh  komendyans  dhe worra rannow a Gernow war-barth gans pastellow bro Dewnens.  Henna a via terosa bras rag demokratieth, ertach, gonisogeth ha’gan honanieth kenedhlek.  

This autumn the Boundary Commission will announce their proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries and they have a new formula for the number of people in each constituency. Cornwall does not have sufficient electorate for 6 MPs so there may be a recommendation that parts of Cornwall are placed within Devon constituencies. This would be a disaster for democracy, heritage, culture and our national identity.

Orth keskussulyans an Orsedh de ni a dhyskas meur a-dro dhe hwedhel an amal Kernow ha’n kas dhe witha Kernow kowal. Dres an osow kres an vyghterneth goth ha keltek a Gernow a veu gwithys hag aswonnys ha hi ow tos ha bos yurleth y’n kynsa le hag ena duketh, gans hy horf lagha hy honan. An korf lagha ma o delenwelys gans Senedh an Stenoryon hag ytho yn effeyth, Kernow a’s teva hy governans hy honan.

Yesterday at the Gorsedh Conference we learned much about the story of Cornwall’s border and the case for keeping Cornwall whole. During the middle ages the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall was preserved and recognised as it became first an earldom and then a duchy with its own constitutional status.  This constitution was influenced by the Stannary Parliament so that in effect Cornwall had its own government.  

Kynth yw an Dhuketh Kernow arnowydh dyghtys kepar ha negys privedh, hwath yma elvennow korf-laghel hag a wra Kernow diblans glan dhyworth Dukethow erel y’n Ruvaneth Unys.  Aswonvos Kernow avel le diberth yw rann bosek a’gan istori politek hag ertach gonisogethek.  Dhe worra rannow a Gernow war-barth gans Dewnens rag porpos a Bastellow vro Senedhek a via nagh sevur agan istori.

Although the modern Duchy of Cornwall is managed as a private business there remain constitutional elements that make Cornwall quite distinct from other Duchies in the United Kingdom. The recognition of Cornwall as a place apart is an important part of our political history and cultural heritage. To place parts of Cornwall into Devon for the purpose of Parliamentary Constituencies would be a serious denial of our history.   

Pastellow bro treus-amal a vydh nagh euthyk a’gan demokratieth arnowydh. Ambos Digressennans Konsel Kernow a vydh pur gales dh’y gowlwul mar kwra nebes Eseli an Senedh kanasedhi ynwedh rannow a Bow Sows.  Fatel yn kever agan yeth kernewek ha gonisogeth arnowydh a Gernow? Skoodhyans dhyworth nebes Eseli an Senedh lemmyn yw strothys ha ny grysav y hwren ni kavos skoodhyans vyth dhyworth Eseli an Senedh usi ow kanesedhi Dewnens. Gorsedh Kernow a elow war an Governans Loundres ha’n Desedhek an Oryon dhe witha Kernow kowal!

Cross border constituencies will be a terrible denial of our modern democracy. Cornwall Council’s Devolution Deal will be very difficult to put into practice if some MPs also represent parts of England. What about our language and modern Cornish culture? Support from some MPs now is limited and I do not believe we will get any support at all from MPs representing Devon. Gorsedh Kernow calls upon the London Government and the Boundary Commission to keep Cornwall Whole. Gwithyewgh Kernow Kowal!    

Lannahevran 3es mis Gwynngala 2016 / St Keverne 3rd September 2016

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7.9.16 News Release – Gorsedh Kernow releases bardic names of nineteen new bards

On Saturday 3rd September, nineteen new bards were initiated into Gorsedh Kernow’s College of Bards at the annual bardic ceremony, held this year in St Keverne.  Sixteen of them, or their representatives, are pictured here.

New Bards 2016
New Bards 2016

Their bardic names, which were not announced until the ceremony, are:

Penny Champion, Lewisham, London – by examination in the Cornish language and continuing work for Cornwall – MYRGHWYNN LANNUST – Grand-Daughter of St Just

James Daniel, Penzance, Cornwall – by examination in the Cornish language and continuing work for Cornwall – AN OJYON – The Ox (nickname)

Michael John Edwards, Truro, Cornwall – for his work with Cornish rugby and gigs – MELIN VRAS – Big Mill

Thomas Derek Giles, St Austell, Cornwall – for his work with the China Clay industry – KOVATHOR PRI GWYNN – Recorder of China Clay

Heather Gladstone, Christchurch, New Zealand – for her support for Cornwall and Cornish music – KERNEWES ILOWEK – Musical Cornishwoman

Amanda Harris, Ponsanooth, Cornwall – for her work with Scavel an Gow and KEAP – MYRGH MELINGOOS – Daughter of Mellangoose

Jacqueline Heard, Stratton, Cornwall – by examination in the Cornish language and continuing work for Cornwall – MYRGH KEMMYNIETH – Daughter of the Community

Ronald M James, Iowa, USA – for services to Cornish heritage and culture – CARER HENWETHLOW – Lover of Legends

Alan Frank Kneebone, Newquay, Cornwall – for his work with mining heritage – CAR KENDOWROW – Friend of Condurrow

Joanna Mattingly, Truro, Cornwall – for services to the study of the fabric and history of Cornish churches – GWITHYADES FORM EGLOS – Church Bench Researcher

Helen Musser, Penzance, Cornwall – for services to Cornish culture including Dancing – DONSYORES KELTEK – Celtic Dancer

Eric Rabjohns, Carharrack, Cornwall – for his work with the history of mining – KESKOLON GANS KERNOW – In Tune with Cornwall

Sonia Reuter, New South Wales, Australia – for her work for Cornwall in Australia – MYRGH RESRUDH – Daughter of Redruth

Rod Sheaf, Liskeard, Cornwall – by examination in the Cornish language and continuing work for Cornwall – GOVYNNUS – Curious

Michael John Smith, St Cleer, Cornwall  – support for Cornwall and the Cornish language – MYGHAL AN GOV – Michael the Smith

Carole Stark, St Austell, Cornwall – for her work for Old Cornwall Societies and summer pilgrimages – FLOGH AVALDE – Child of Lavalsa

William J Thomas, St Ives, Cornwall – for his work with Cornish music, the St John’s Ambulance Service and the Mission to Seamen – CANER PESCADOR – Singing Fisherman

Jacqueline Wheatton, Hertfordshire, England – by examination in the Cornish language and continuing work for Cornwall – GWYRVEN – Emerald

Ruedigar Wohlers, Oldenburg, Germany – for work with wildlife support and talks about Cornwall – KOWETH KEOW – Friend of Hedges

Keslowena dhewgh hwi oll ! / Congratulations to you all!

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22.8.16 St Keverne gets ready to host the 2016 Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture

St Keverne residents are busy working with bards of Gorsedh Kernow putting the finishing touches to this year’s Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, being held in St Keverne on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula and starting on Wednesday 31st August.

Bards in procession through The Square, St Keverne
Bards in procession through The Square, St Keverne

Following on from last year’s success the Festival will include a one day Conference on the Friday, which will continue building on support for and understanding of Cornwall’s national minority status by focussing on the thorny issue of proposed changes by HM Government to parliamentary boundaries, potentially creating a highly controversial “Devonwall” constituency.

“We are delighted with the level of interest shown in our Conference,” said Deputy Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, Chair for the afternoon and the summary session which will focus on Gorsedh Kernow’s submission to the Boundary Commission.

Among many other events in this year’s Festival, the busy Esedhvos programme also includes a book fair and book launch with a series of short talks from winners of this year’s Holyer an Gof publishers Awards; a Cornish play followed by the much loved Troyl dance; a gala concert on the Saturday evening in St Keverne Parish Hall with local performers and entertainers including the An Gof Players and St Keverne Silver Band, and a church service in the Cornish language. Many events are free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Lady of Cornwall Bethany Lyne of St Keverne
Lady of Cornwall Bethany Lyne of St Keverne

The centrepiece of the Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture will be the 2pm Bardic ceremony in St Keverne Playing Field on Saturday 3rd September where 19 new bards will be initiated.  Entry is free and there will be plenty of space for the public to come and watch.  Stalls with Cornish themed goods will be open on the field from late morning and refreshments will be available all day.

On the Thursday, Gorsedh Kernow will launch several new books including “Cornish Bards of Australia and New Zealand”, the collected biographies of 87 living and deceased bards. The eighth in the series, this new book will document the substantial and significant contribution made by these loyal overseas bards to Cornish heritage and culture.

The local Parish Church will also be playing its part by hosting a brand new event on the Thursday evening when winners of the Gorsedh Kernow Awards will receive their prizes from the Grand Bard.  Displays and presentations of winners’ work will be on show in the church and later in the week bards with their families and friends will be welcomed, along with locals and visitors to the annual Sunday afternoon service in Cornish.

Acknowledging the enormous amount of local help received, Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn, praised the efforts of all the volunteers on the Local Organising Committee.

Bardh Meur Merv Davey, Telynor an Werin
Bardh Meur Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn

“We are so pleased that they came forward to help us,” said Mr Davey, “everyone is so busy these days but members of the local committee understand Cornwall’s unique and distinctive culture and the importance of keeping it going.”

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Further notes for Editors and Esedhvos programme “at a glance”

Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain the national Celtic Spirit of Cornwall and to give expression to such spirit, to encourage the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language, to foster Cornish art, music, dance and sport and to link with other Celtic countries.

For full information about the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture please visit the website  www.esedhvos.org.uk  or follow the link on the Gorsedh Kernow website  www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk  or contact Pat Parkins, Much Chereor, Esedhvos Events Manager, email esedhvos@gorsedhkernow.org.uk  or tel 07762 169 733

For more general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

“At a Glance” – Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, St Keverne

Wednesday 31st August – Sunday 4th September 2016

Wednesday 31st August

Grand Bard's Chair
Grand Bard’s Chair

The Grand Bard’s chair will be on display in St Keverne Parish Church, The Square, St Keverne, TR12 6NE until Friday 2nd September. Free entry, but donations to the church welcome.  There will also be a display of entries for the new Gorsedh Kernow Awards.

Thursday 1st September

11am – 3pm Book launch & Cornish Book Fair @ St Keverne Parish Hall, Well Lane, St Keverne TR12 6LZ. Plus a series of short talks through the day. Free entry.  Accessible for people with disabilities.  Full programme on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1265072203517238/

or website http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/esedhvos.html

Gorsedh Kernow Awards

6pm Displays and video presentations @ St Keverne Parish Church, The Square, St Keverne, TR12 6NE.

7.30pm Presentation of Awards by Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn, with performances and readings from winning entries.

A list of winners announced so far can be found on the Gorsedh Kernow website http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/wp/?p=413

Friday 2nd September

10am – 4.30pm Conference “Border At Risk” @ St Keverne Parish Hall, Well Lane, St Keverne TR12 6LZ.

The Boundary Commission is currently reviewing Cornwall’s thousand year old border.  This conference will explore the issues and make the case for keeping our border intact.

Speakers include Tom Fidler, Dr John Kirkhope, Mark Owen – National Trails Officer South West Coastpath, Ian Saltern – Community Development Consultant and Dr Garry Tregidga – Institute of Cornish Studies.

Tickets £5 to include pasty lunch.  All welcome.

Pre-booking is advised on 01326 280 864.  Free parking at Roskilly’s Field by St Keverne Band Room, TR12 6NG. Full access to St Keverne Parish Hall for people with disabilities.

Full Conference programme on Gorsedh Kernow Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1011528622275644/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1471854823752437

or website http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/esedhvos.html

7pm An Kerdh /The Walk – A Community Play @ St Keverne Parish Hall with the Mullion Cornish Language Group.  A lighthearted play, written by Ellen Moule, about Mary Kelynack’s walk to London for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Free.

Cornish dancing
Cornish dancing

8pm Cornish Troyl/Ceilidh with Penzance Guizers @ St Keverne Parish Hall.   Free.  Parking at Roskilly’s Field by St Keverne Band Room, TR12 6NG.

 

Saturday 3rd September

Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Ceremony including installation of new bards.  All welcome to attend, bring the family.  Free entry.

11am Cornish stalls open @ St Keverne Playing Field, School Hill, St Keverne TR12 6NQ.

1.30pm  Grand Procession of Bards from St Keverne Primary School, School Hill, St Keverne.

2pm  Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Ceremony will take place @ St Keverne Playing Field, School Hill, St Keverne TR12 6NQ.  Free entry.  All welcome.

7pm Gala Concert @ St Keverne Parish Hall, Well Lane, St Keverne TR12 6LZ.

Tickets £5 on the door only. Parking at Roskilly’s Field by St Keverne Band Room.  Full access for people with disabilities. With Maen Voes Choir, The An Gof Players, The An Gof Band and St Keverne Silver Band.

8.30pm  Cornish singalong @ The White Hart Hotel, The Square, St Keverne. Led by Matthi Clarke.  All welcome whether singers or not. Free. Full access for people with disabilities. Parking in The Square or at Roskilly’s Field by St Keverne Band Room.

Sunday 4th September

10.00am – 11.00am  “Boden Vean prehistoric site and fogou” talk by James Gossip, Project Officer, Cornwall Council Archaeology Unit, @ Porthallow Village Hall, Porthallow, TR12 6PN followed by refreshments.  Free. Full access for people with disabilities. Parking on beach car park by hall.

11am – 1pm “Myttin Lowender” Cornish language taster session @ Porthallow Village Hall. Free. All welcome.  Full access for people with disabilities. Parking on beach car park by hall.

3pm Evening Prayer in Cornish @ St Keverne Parish Church. Free with retiring collection for the church.  All welcome. Entrance to St Keverne Parish Church is via the south door. Disabled access is via a path beside the Band Room which takes you into the churchyard and thence to the church.

Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture is supported by St Keverne Parish Council, St Keverne Primary School, St Keverne Local History Society, St Keverne Parish Church, Robinson Reed Layton, Chough’s Brewery, Cornish Sea Salt Company and The White Hart.

(Please note some details of the Esedhvos programme may be subject to last minute change.  Please visit the Events page/Esedhvos on our website for the latest information)