8.8.16 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 successful results from the 55 candidates who took their exams in June.

“This is almost 20% up on last year’s number of candidates so despite the immense pressure on everyone’s time there are still lots of people who want to have a go at learning our precious Cornish language, Kernewek,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynor an Weryn, “ and I would like to say ‘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 and with the largest group of candidates based in Cornwall there is a steadily increasing hope that more people will hear Cornish spoken and want to have a go themselves.

Bardh Meur Merv Davey with successful candidates from the 2015 KESVA Graduation ceremony

Bardh Meur Merv Davey with successful candidates from the 2015 KESVA Graduation ceremony

Kernewek is such a beautiful language,” said Merv Davey, “and a very important part of our shared heritage. We are really proud of all the wonderful teachers and examiners, many of whom are bards of Gorsedh Kernow, who give so much of their own time to help their students learn Cornish.”

The growing attraction of Kernewek as a way of being immersed in true Cornish culture for people outside Cornwall is also apparent, with nearly 25% of successful candidates living in England and overseas.

“There are so many different ways to learn Cornish these days and you don’t have to look very far to find out about classes and learning resources wherever you are,” said Merv Davey.

“I look forward to meeting all the candidates at their Graduation ceremony in September. ”

The successful candidates for 2016 are:

First Grade: Pass with Distinction

Kensa Broadhurst, Camborne

Amanda Hilmarsson-Dunn, St. Austell

Owain Holland, Bodmin

Thomas Kadleck, Liskeard

Yannig Laporte, Brittany

William Morris, Penzance

Shaun Rennie-Plume, Callington

First Grade: Pass

Clive Bates, London

Angela Bird, St. Austell

Roger Bray, St. Dennis

Carole Catterall, St. Ives

Samantha Constance, Liskeard

Lisa Crosswood, London

Linnea Glynne-Rule, Camborne

Emma Julian, Liskeard

Caroline Marwood, St. Ives

Giles Pennec, Brittany

Thomas Roberts, Newquay

Brian Rogers, Redruth

Hester Rogers, Redruth

Nigel Strick, Penzance

Ashley Turner, London

Susan Turner, London

James Williams, Liskeard

Jenny Worth, Launceston

Barbara Wyper, St. Columb

Peter Wyper, St. Columb

Second Grade: Pass with Distinction

Deborah Arbes, Germany

Richard Buckley, Redruth

Sue Lumley, Callington

Hilary Payne, Newquay

Jennifer Rickard, London

Samuel Rogerson, Grampound Road

Second Grade: Pass

David Dawe, Launceston

Helen Pascoe, Camborne

Marion Smith, St. Ives

Wayne Tonkin, Pool

Andrew Toynbee, London

Rachel Toynbee, London

Judith Vandy, Camborne

Justin Williams, Redruth

Marie Williams, Redruth

Leslie Witham, St. Ives

Third Grade:  Pass with Distinction

Andrew Bolton, Belgium

Mark Elton, London

Ann Short, St. Austell

Third Grade:  Pass

Duane Glasby, Penryn

Alice  Holland, Helston

Jamie Purves, Truro

Colin Short, St. Austell

Ashley Taylor, Launceston

Fourth Grade:  Pass

Dee Hunt, Helston

Jakki Love, Penzance

Shaun Toft, Falmouth

Wendy Simpson, Bodmin

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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.

43 of the successful candidates of the Cornish Language Board examinations are from Cornwall, 8 are from London and 4 are from Europe.  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, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,  email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk