Developing Cornish Story - A cultural workshop at the Cornwall Centre / Kresenn Kernow in Redruth - Saturday 15th February
Cornish Story is the outreach programme of the Institute of Cornish Studies. It seeks to tell the story of Cornwall in the past and present through an online cultural magazine, the multimedia resources of the Institute's Cornish Audio Visual Archive and a series of seminars, talks and exhibitions in communities across Cornwall. This year's development programme is being launched on Saturday 15th February in Redruth in a cultural workshop that offers groups and individuals an opportunity to get involved in the work of the Institute of Cornish Studies through the Cornish Story programme. Activiites include:
Thanks to a sustained effort by the Gorsedh Kernow and Truro Cornwall Councillors the new Taylor Wimpey housing estate on the site of the former Richard Lander School, Truro is to be renamed Penn an Dre, replacing the inappropriate former name of 'Woodleigh Grange'.
Remembering David Penhaligon
A Crowdfund Cornwall project from Penryn, Cornwall by cornish-story
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Did you know or meet David Penhaligon?
This project, hosted by the Cornish Audio Visual Archive, Cornish Story and the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, aims to record the memories of friends and acquaintances of David Penhaligon – MP for Truro from 1974 to 1986.
About the project: "We aim to build a website which will host the recorded memories, audio or video, of interviews with those that wish to contribute to the project.
To achieve a credible picture of David Penhaligon we want as many interviews as possible, whether you met him once when he knocked on your door in an election campaign or if you were close friends. We want to make this website an online resource for local and historical research into one of Cornwall’s most famous voices. "
Calls for Parliamentary scrutiny on the Council of Europe’s report on the European Charter on Minority and Regional Languages, including Cornish, are being made by the Welsh Language Commissioner
Press release from the Welsh Language Commissioner:
The Welsh Language Commissioner has written to two committees in Westminster asking them to investigate the way the UK Government is promoting and facilitating the use of minority languages. The Commissioner wrote to the chairs of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Welsh Affairs Committee asking them to scrutinize the findings of the European Charter on Minority Languages report.
The report evaluates the extent to which the UK Government has achieved what it set out to do by signing the Charter.
The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said: "The report expresses concern that the Government is not taking its duties and obligations under international law seriously when promoting the regional and minority languages of the UK.
“The Charter contains important commitments in respect of promoting and facilitating the use of minority languages, including the Welsh language. In absence of Parliamentary scrutiny, the commitments made by the UK Government as well as the recommendations of the Committee are at risk of being overlooked. To ensure that the work is being taken seriously in the future, I have called on the two committees to scrutinize the work."
Link to website
From the WMN:
A HUNDRED years ago they were a common sight scullying between boat and shore in St Ives harbour.
In the last few years they have been resurrected by the St Ives Jumbo Association alongside the fishing boats they served. Now the classic St Ives punt is up for a national award. The association’s replica of a St Ives punt has been shortlisted in the prestigious Classic Boat Awards for 2014.
The punt has been used as part of a drive to resurrect St Ives’ maritime heritage by the town’s Jonny Nance and the group that he kickstarted with the resurrection of the beautiful St Ives jumbos.
Mr Nance said: “Although once a proud maritime community, it's been a long time since St Ives has made waves on an international maritime stage. This is long overdue and would complement the image of the town.
“Here is our opportunity. With your help we could do it!”
Mr Nance is urging people to vote for the punt online to help secure an award.
Visit http://www.classicboat.co.uk/awards2014/ to vote.
From the West Briton:
ONE of Cornwall's mythical creatures has been brought to life in a computer game which is being sold all over the world.
The Owlman Of Mawnan Smith, an adventure game released last month by local developer Steve Parkes, features other characters from Cornish folklore, including piskies and mine knockers, as well as the Owlman itself.
The myth of the Owlman is based on reported sightings of a huge flying creature near Mawnan Church in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties.
All the artwork in the game is based on pictures taken around Cornwall, mostly from Mawnan woods and the Falmouth area. The menu screen is also based on a picture of the gates of Tehidy Park, near Camborne.
The adventure game is for sale on iTunes, Amazon app store and Android, and has occupied a spot in the top 100 games in the UK on Amazon since its launch in mid-December. It has also ranked in the top 50 as far away as New Zealand.
Mr Parkes, a full-time, self-taught developer, has made 17 apps, but this game was a change of direction for him. "I love the folklore and history of Cornwall," he said. "It's such an evocative place. "A lot of people make video games but they are set in unreal settings. Cornwall is the perfect setting. "I just want people to know about Cornwall and the scenery and the history. I find it fascinating."
Mr Parkes has put all his other projects aside to focus on this and subsequent games in the coming series. "It's great," he said. "It is my most successful game yet. I am really happy with it. "It has also spurred me on to make a series of them."
The Owlman is generally believed to have been a hoax, although some people remain convinced that a large and mysterious winged creature did visit the village of Mawnan for a short time in 1976.
The first sighting in 1976 described the beast as "half-man, half-owl". Subsequent sightings were reported in 1989 and 1995. Others believe the sightings were of an escaped eagle owl, a species which can grow more than two feet long.
Children can celebrate St Piran's Festival 2014 by entering the Cornish Studies Library children’s art competition which has the theme of ‘My Cornwall’ and runs until Friday February 14th. There are some good and interesting prizes.
To find out more, contact the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216 760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Falmouth Packet:
Local Food, Global Stage' theme for 2014 Porthleven Food and Music Festival
The theme has been announced for this year’s Porthleven Food and Music Festival.
The event will take place on April 26 until the title Local Food, Global Stage, designed to celebrate world food's influence on Cornish cuisine as well as how local food has been revered and enjoyed on a global stage.
Festival chairman David Turnbull said: “This year Cornish specialities and traditional British favourites will sit alongside the exotic tastes and smells of street food from around the world – all to the backdrop of an eclectic mix of music and entertainment.”
The 2014 festival theme will pay homage to the Cornish forefathers who travelled to far off places to make their way in the world.
Hannabeth Johnson, festival coordinator, said: “There is a famous old saying that goes, ‘At the bottom of every hole in the world you’ll find a Cornishman.’ “The Cornish not only took with them their mining and fishing expertise but they also took their culture and culinary expertise. The pasty is now eaten all over the world and in Mexico it has proved so popular they now hold an annual pasty festival.
“Make a date in your 2014 diary to come and celebrate the best food from near and far and enjoy an eclectic mix of music from talented local musicians and music that takes its influence from across the water.”
The free annual spring festival is now in its sixth year. Last year a staggering 18,000 people visited during the main festival day. To take part this year visit porthlevenfoodfestival.com or contact Hannabeth Johnson on 07813 536146.
Press release from Falmouth University:
Falmouth is to celebrate its university status with a competition to design the University's ceremonial mace. Open to graduates, staff and current students, the competition offers a unique opportunity to be a part of a historic moment for both the University and the region.
The mace, traditionally a symbol of the authority and character of an institution, is used at formal occasions and will denote the institution's degree awarding powers at future Graduation Ceremonies.
Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, explains: "The life of the University mace could be over hundreds of years, so this is an exciting opportunity for a graduate, student or member of staff to make a very long-lasting contribution to the University through the design of our mace, which will be seen by thousands of future graduates and their families."
The winning entry will receive £500 and all entries will form part of an exhibition, book and film planned alongside the unveiling of the completed mace.
The competition will be officially launched by Professor Carlisle at the Falmouth and Penryn campuses. Also presenting will be Dr David Hawkins, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), who designed the mace for Plymouth University.
Making of the Mace design brief
You can book a place at the presentations by following the links below:
Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
Monday 27 January, 1.30–2.30pm
Woodlane Lecture Theatre, Falmouth Campus
Monday 27 January, 4.30–5.30pm
Refreshments will be served.
The presentation will be filmed so if you are unable to attend in person, you can ask for a link to the film to be sent to you by booking a 'via video' ticket in either of the links above.
The Aggie Boys' Choir Win the Kan Rag Kernow
The Kan Rag Kernow Pan Celtic competition, held at the Melting Pot, Krowji, Redruth on Friday was won by Aggie Boys Choir with their song 'Meur Ras Kernow'. The group will represent Cornwall in the Pan Celtic Song Contest in Doire/ Derry, Eire on 22nd to 27th April, 2014
'We would like to say a massive thank you to all the acts involved in the Kan Rag Kernow competition, The Melting Pot Cafe for the venue, all the spectators for their kind words and support, to Maga for hosting an excellent evening of Cornish talent and of course thank you to all the judges for putting us through to represent our area in the International Pan Celtic Song Festival in Ireland.'
'Meur Ras Kernow' - watch the performance
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