1.08.17 Gorsedh Kernow congratulates successful Cornish language candidates

Gorsedh Kernow has warmly welcomed news of the results from this year’s Cornish language examinations.  KESVA – The Cornish Language Board – set up in 1967 by Gorsedh Kernow and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, has announced another year of impressive results from the 68 candidates who took their exams in June.

“This is more than 20% up again on last year’s number of candidates who are learning and taking exams in our precious Cornish language, Kernewek and more than a 40% rise in the number of students taking their First Grade exams,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “ and I would like to say

Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn

Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn

‘Keslowena dhywgh hwi oll’ which means ‘Congratulations to you all’ in Cornish, you have all worked so hard.”

The results are spread across the four grades of examinations currently offered by the Cornish Language Board with the largest group of candidates based in Cornwall.

Kernewek is such a beautiful language,” said Merv Davey,     “and a very important part of Cornish culture. People are really interested in the current debate about Cornish identity and many see this as a good way to immerse themselves fully into our shared heritage. It doesn’t matter if you are Cornish born or not, it’s what is in your heart that matters and Kernewek plays a big part in many people’s lives.”

The Grand Bard expressed his gratitude to all the hardworking teachers and examiners, many of whom are bards of Gorsedh Kernow, who give a lot of their own time to help their students learn Cornish in a variety of ways including classes, self teach books and online courses.

“The Council of Europe have recognised the Cornish people and the importance of our cultural assets, such as Kernewek, under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities ” said Merv Davey, “and once again we call on HM Government to reconsider their cuts to Cornish language funding.”

The successful candidates for 2017 are:

First Grade: Pass with Distinction

Jennifer Blockley, Launceston

Kirsty Lauder, Saltash

David Matthew, Penzance

Charlotte Morgan, Truro

Rita Nield, St Just

William Orchard, Penzance

Robin Parsons, Truro

William Pellow, Falmouth

Howard Peskett, Penzance

Tony Phillips, Penzance

Chloe Phillips, Falmouth

Kevin Steede, Gunnislake

First Grade: Pass

Colin Allen, Godalming

Tanya Brittain, Looe

Shaun Courtenay, Truro

Marie-Hélène Croizier, Ploumagoar, Brittany

Tamsin Daniel, Penzance

Nina Davey, Truro

Graham Dilley, St Ives

John Goody, Isles of Scilly

Lee Kellgren, Penryn

Emily Keverne, Redruth

David Knott, Liskeard

Brian Lindop, Newquay

Colin Loveless, Clacton-on-Sea

Robin Mackenzie, St Ives

Ian Marr, St Ives

Katrina Naomi, Penzance

Victoria Parker, Helston

Victoria Reece-Romain, Liskeard

Edward Rowe, Roche

Hannah Sharp, Saltash

Lucy Tansley, Cambridge

Nanette Tonkin, St Austell

Matthew Underwood, Plymouth

Sarah Wheldon, Callington

Second Grade: Pass with Distinction

Kensa Broadhurst, Camborne

Lisa Crosswood, Liskeard

Johanna Harvey, Crewkerne

Amanda Hilmarson-Dunn, Mevagissey

Owain Holland, Fowey

Andrew Johnson, Truro

Thomas Kadleck, Liskeard

Wella Morris, Penzance

Barbara Wyper, St Columb Major

Second Grade: Pass

Angela Bird, St Dennis

Sam Constance, Liskeard

Emma Julian, Liskeard

Yannig Laporte, Kemper, Brittany

Caroline Marwood, St Ives

Gilles Pennec, Kemper, Brittany

Shaun Rennie-Plume, Callington

Thomas Roberts, Newquay

James Williams, Calstock

Peter Wyper, St Columb Major

Third Grade: Pass with Distinction

Caroline Lane, Aylesbury

Michael Rottenbury, St Ives

Marion Smith, Carbis Bay

Sarah Smith, London

Third Grade: Pass

Phil Hurley, Calstock

Sue Lumley, Callington

Helen Pascoe, Camborne

Rebecca Sharp, Saltash

Wayne Tonkin, Redruth

Fourth Grade: Pass with Distinction

Mark Elton, London

Peter Green, Gloucester

Fourth Grade: Pass in Part

Alice Holland, Helston

Jamie Purves, Truro

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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 Kernewek, to foster Cornish art, music, dance and sport and to link with other Celtic countries.

The revival of Gorsedh Kernow in 1928, and the commencement of church services in the Cornish language Kernewek in 1933 greatly encouraged the use of spoken Cornish and this process of familiarisation with the language was quickly followed by new plays, prose, poetry and songs in Cornish.

56 of the successful candidates of the Cornish Language Board examinations are from Cornwall, 9 are from England and 3 are from Brittany.  Several of these candidates will be presented with their certificates by the Grand Bard of Cornwall at a special Graduation ceremony in Lys Kernow (Cornwall Council Offices, Truro) later in September.

For more information about the Cornish Language Board please contact Tony Hak, Karer an Yeth, Examinations Secretary, email  apposyans@hotmail.co.uk

For more information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Honorary Secretary, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  hon.secretary@gorsedhkernow.org.uk