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The Frank Pascoe Cup

The Frank Pascoe Cup award is given to a young person for courage and determination in the face of handicap.In 2004 the Gorsedd council awarded it to Matthew Clewes from Pelynt, Looe.

Demonstration video clips can be seen online

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Breton Gorsedd 2004

Breton Gorsedd 2004

This year as usual two bards from the Cornish Gorseth attended the Breton Gorsedd. To read their full report to the Council of Gorseth Kernow, please click here.

Welsh Gorsedd 2004

Cornish Bards Visit Wales

Eighteen Bards from Cornwall visited the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Casnewydd (Newport), Gwent in August 2004. For a report from the Secretary of Gorseth Kernow and a group photograph please click here.

Open Gorseth

Truro, Saturday 4th September 2004

This year the Gorseth Ceremony was held on Lemon Quay in the City of Truro.  After donning their robes, the Bards, along with the dignitaries,  processed from Truro Methodist Church along King Street, Boscawen Street and Lemon Street on to Lemon Quay, where they were addressed by Bard and the Mayor of the City, Armorel Carlyon (Nedhores Lyn). In addition to delegates from Wales and Brittany, around 300 Bards attended the ceremony, in their midst 29 new Bards.

Gorseth Kernow Banner 2004

The ceremony was followed by a Bardic Tea in Lemon Street Market, and in the evening there was a marvellous concert in the Hall for Cornwall. This Gorseth was a great success, and we look forward to that of 2005 , which will be held at Wadebridge.

1. Picture Gallery
2. Truro History
3. New Bards

The Strategy for the Cornish Language

Strategy Document Cover

The Strategy for the Cornish Language has now been published. It spells out the steps to be taken for Cornish to re-establish itself as a widely used community language, including the appointment of a Language Development Officer. Copies are available from County Hall, Truro, in English and the commonest forms of Cornish, or on the Council website at www.cornwall.gov.uk. For details, click here

New Fibreglass Stones

Strategy Document Cover
Ty Ddewi 2002

Gorsedd y Beirdd (in Wales) always have their Monday and Friday morning Gorsedd ceremonies in a stone circle. If a stone circle doesn't exist the Gorsedd Architect builds one and it is left behind as monument.

Now the Welsh Gorsedd Board have agreed to buy 17 "stones" made on a steel frame and covered in jazmonite. Each one costs £450 and will last for 50 years.

The Architect of Gorsedd y Beirdd, Ifan LLoyd Williams (Ifan Eryri), is asking Welsh people if they would like to donate a stone.

Installation of Grand Bard

Demonstration video clips can be seen online

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Gorseth Announces Competition Winners For 2004

Click here for Gorseth Kernow Council Awards 2004.

A report from the Competitions Secretary (Tioges) and results for the Adult and Childrens classes can be seen by clicking on the following links.  
1. Report from Competition Secretary 2004
2. Adult section winners 2004
3. Childrens section winners 2004 

Holyer an Gof 2005

Entries are now being sought for the Holyer an Gof Awards for 2005, for a Cornish publication produced during the calendar year of 2004. There is a printed entry form. The closing date for the receipt of all entries is Saturday 26th February 2005. The Award Evening is on Thursday 7th July 2005, and from those winners the overall Holyer an Gof Trophy will be chosen, and the top award presented on Saturday 3rd September at the Gorsedd in Wadebridge.

Statue at St Keverne

This year there are seven categories: small presses for books costing less than £12, from publishers producing 3 titles or fewer; larger presses for books retailing for less than £12 from larger publishing houses; books retailing at more than £12; Cornish language books, fiction or non-fiction; A children's book, fiction or non-fiction (new category); books which are illustrative rather than textual (new category); and books of outstanding literary merit.

For full details and an application form, please ring Ann Trevenen Jenkin, chair of Holyer an Gof 2005, on 01736 850332 or email Bryallen.

2005 Competitions Under Way

Ann Pascoe

The 2005 Gorseth 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), art and photography.

Full details of the classes and rules for entry are now available on this site. The closing dates are in March and the awards wiill be presented by the Grand Bard at the Open Gorseth in Wadebridge on 3rd September 2005.

For full details click here.


An Testament Nowydh

The Cornish Language Board, in cooperation with the Bishop of Truro’s Advisory Group, has published the New Testament in Cornish. This translation marks the completion of the first phase of the project commenced in 1997 to translate the whole Bible and has been carried out by a team of six translators, whose work has been meticulously checked by the General Editor against the original Greek texts.

Historically a Cornish Bible might have proved a bulwark against the encroachment of English, as happened in Wales, whilst today it is a response to the increased demand for biblical readings in public worship and for use in private devotions.

The work has proved to be a spiritual and linguistic challenge. The dedication of the team has been extraordinary, whilst the necessity to extend the vocabulary of the modern language and to carry out further study on the usage of Cornish in the traditional texts have both been of great benefit to today’s users of Cornwall’s own language.


ISBN 1 902917 33 2 Price £18.99

The book is available from the Board’s distributor:
Tor Mark Press, Unit 2a, United Downs Industrial Estate,
St Day, REDRUTH, Cornwall TR16 5HY
or from any good bookshop in Cornwall.

For further information on all the Board’s Publications (over 100 titles), contact Jori Ansell on 01736 850878 - email: jori-ansell@talk21.com.

Goodwill Helps The Language

At the Gorseth Council meeting on 5th June 2004 Jori AnSell (Caradok) a former Grand bard reported on the continuing improvement in the status of the Cornish Language. He gave two reports, one on the Cornish sub-committee of the European Bureau for Lesser-used Languages, and the other on the Council of Europe's Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. To see the full reports (in English only) please click on the following links.

2. Charter
Jori AnSell

Media Monitoring

The Gorseth is looking for volunteer Bards to alert the Gorseth Council on the quality and quantity of articles and programs appertaining to Cornish matters. This includes the lack of such programs or articles, particularly in Cornwall itself.

Radio Cornwall BuildingThe secretary would appreciate copies of articles or comments including the source and date/time.

Please contact the Secretary, Mrs Barbara Shaw (Mentenor a'n Ertach) secretary@gorsethkernow.org.uk

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