UNESCO meeting to consider placing Cornish Mining WHS on its endangered list because of Hayle Harbour developments
George Eustice MP writes in the Cornishman
"A couple of weeks ago the Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, visited our area to track the progess being made with delivering superfast broadband for Cornwall, and also to see the Heartlands project in Pool.
I took the opportunity to show him the work under way on Hayle's South Quay and also to discuss Hayle's position as part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. This has recently become a subject of a lot of debate between Cornwall Council, the UK Government and Unesco, a committee of the UN based in Paris which deals with world culture and designates "world heritage" status. It was great to get the Minister to Hayle to see what all the fuss is about.
The problem has come about because of a report last year by Unesco following the decision by the Government and the council to allow the crucial redevelopment of South Quay to begin. People have talked about regenerating Hayle all my lifetime and it is great to see work under way. Cornwall Council and ING worked hard to use the development to enhance Hayle's heritage. However, an ill-judged intervention by English Heritage sparked irrational concern at Unesco, setting in train a totally unnecessary sequence of events.
Later this month, at their annual meeting thousands of miles away in Doha, Unesco will decide whether to place the Heritage site on an 'In Danger' list because of the building works. One of the weaknesses of the way Unesco is structured is that decisions are made by committees of people from all sorts of different countries and the local people who do understand Hayle are not allowed a voice.
The suggestion that Hayle should have its heritage status qualified couldn't be more wrong. I am supporting the Government and council officers fighting Cornwall's corner. Far from damaging the site, the works on South Quay are actually enhancing the historical value of the old port, repairing the harbour walls and old sluice gates as a starting point before beginning to build on the quay. The owners of the site, ING, have worked with architects specialising in historical renovation and they are bringing the quay back to its former glory.
I have long argued that Cornwall could make more of its industrial heritage to promote a new dimension to tourism and a few years ago I organised a conference in Redruth to promote the idea further. It culminated in the decision last year to build the Cornwall Archive in Redruth. I have also always maintained that World Heritage Site designation is a welcome additional string to our bow which can help support our local efforts, and it would be bizarre if some faraway committee decided that all this positive work should be penalised.
A busy month for Hevva.
Take a look at their website for lots of information about Cornish Dance
On 24th May we performed a ceili at a 'leaving do' for one of our dancers who, for reasons of work, is having to move out of Cornwall. Claire has been with us almost since the beginning, so we embarked on this with some mixed feelings. In the event it turned out to be a lovely afternoon, and we wish Claire and her family well in their new life up country.
St. Piran Trust concert
St. Piran Trust, the organisation committed to the protection and development of the historic sites around Perranporth associated with Cornwall's St. Piran, held a fund raising concert on 17th May. This was hosted by and featured Restormel Concert Band, with guest singers Jonathan Tucker and Rachel Carter. Hevva were invited to play some Cornish music at the event, and were very pleased to take part in what proved to be an enjoyable evening.
To find out more about the work of the Trust please visit www.stpiran.org
10th May was the date of Callington MayFest, and Hevva joined dance groups from Cornwall, Devon and Brittany for this colourful occasion. Following a parade through the town, the groups performed dance displays around the pubs and streets, finishing in the town hall at the end of the afternoon. Before leaving Hevva musicians enjoyed an impromptu session with musicians from the Breton dance group Danserien an Abériou - a perfect ending!
The festival web site can be visited here"
Source: The West Briton
CORNWALL'S biggest annual event rolls into Wadebridge next week for three days of action-packed family entertainment.
The Royal Cornwall Show begins on June 5 with a visit from the Countess of Wessex who is spending two days inspecting the very best in livestock and Cornish produce.
Now in its 220th year, the show's organisers are hoping the weather will be kind and that more than 100,000 people will visit the Royal Cornwall Showground over the three days.
The top agricultural show will be brimming with livestock competitions, entertainers and hundreds of trade stands.
A near-record sheep entry stands out among the livestock and equine sections which have strong levels of competitors set to attend.
The sheep section received 1,173 entries, ranking as the show's second highest number.
Cattle entries have also enjoyed a substantial increase this year, with 614 stalls booked, 96 more than the 2013 figure.
The pig section has again attracted strong support, with 208 entries in total, the third highest recorded.
Dog and goat sections, rare breed classes, a top flower show, plus rabbits, cage birds and cavies will be on show.
Main ring entertainment is mounted on a grand scale and the traditional steam fair is always a colourful extravaganza; there will be stages and avenues alive with music, song and dance.
As president of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) in 2014, the Countess of Wessex will fulfil a full programme of visits and presentations across the showground during her visit on the first two days of this year's show.
This will be the first visit to the show by the Countess, but not her first visit to the showground. In 2013 she was made president-elect at the RCAA's annual general meeting and opened the new exhibition hall.
In March, following her appointment as president for 2014, she hosted a reception at the Pavilion Centre.
The former president, Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall and this year's deputy president, will assist the Countess with her official presidential duties.
Speaking of the show, he said: "It is up there with the best and is still a farming show – one that attracts large numbers of non-farmers as well.
"I am pleased to play my part in something that is so very special for Cornwall and which is so well respected."
Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary, is thrilled about the planned royal visit.
"We are delighted to welcome the Countess of Wessex on her first visit to the show with the added good news that she is able to attend for two days.
"The Countess informed us at the president's reception that she has a good track record in bringing fine weather to the shows she has attended in the past and a repeat of the glorious Cornish sunshine that bathed last year's show would be very welcome."
This year also sees the return of some familiar names and faces, including Cornwall Farmers – back after a two-year absence.
The member-owned co-operative was absent last year, as it focused resources on a corporate turnaround plan and £2.3 million investment project.
"We are extremely excited that we will once again be at Royal Cornwall Show," said chief executive Simon Birch.
"We know people missed us last year, but it was essential we channelled all our energy into the business turnaround plan, making important decisions for the future and planning everything properly."
The company will have two stands at this year's show.
Gates open to the public from 8.30am, with adult daily tickets priced at £17.50, and £5 for children, and free entry for children under four. Family tickets are £37.50.
See www.royalcornwall.co.uk, Royal Cornwall Show (Facebook) and @RCSupdate (Twitter).
Read more at http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Exhibitors-ready-annual-event/story-21151846-detail/story.html#tC9GEW5uJkIB1yMq.99
The Cornwall team rugby travel to Twickenham for the final against Lancashire on Sunday with a 12.15 kick off.
For all information about times, tickets (including two for the price of one), buses and other arrangements see
CRFU - The Road To Twickenham 2014
and check out Cornwall Rugby Updates
From the local press:
"The Cornwall captain says he wants to turn Twickenham black and gold.
Ben Hilton has been speaking after the Duchy side secured a place in the finals of the County Championship, after beating Hertfordshire at the weekend.
Cornwall will take on Lancashire - the side that beat us last season - on Sunday 1st June.
RFU President Ken Plummer said "A superb advert for Cornish rugby, the boys played with heart and passion in front of a mainly Cornish crowd in Hertfordshire. Now we travel to Twickenham next weekend where I want revenge. Revenge for the game I played and lost in, and revenge for our defeat last season, both against Lancashire. Boys go and play your hearts out in one of the best stadiums in the world for rugby, many dream, but few ever have the opportunity to play there"
Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said “Identity is a massive thing, and they love to get behind a sporting team like big cities do.
“The whole of Cornwall get behind this team, and that brings pressure. We all feel that and so do the players, but people like Ben Hilton and Damien Cook are incredibly good rugby players who have never really hit the heights of the domestic game.”
Dawe will have been delighted with the display of his forwards, which provided the platform for victory over Hertfordshire in some dreadful weather conditions. “The guys played really well,” said Dawe.
The Cornwall team now travel to Twickenham for the final against Lancashire on Sunday with a 12.15 kick off.
CORNISH WRESTLING TOURNAMENTS 2014
5th,6th,7th of June Royal Cornwall Show 2 demos a day,
21st St Merryn,
12 th St Austell,
26th St Mawgan
6th St Columb,
24th St Minver,
The Cornish Fishing Industry: An Illustrated History
by John McWilliams
"Since man first inhabited the United Kingdom, he has fished for food. The rich waters of Cornwall, where the English Channel, Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet, have always proved to have a bountiful harvest for the fisherman, with all types of fish from pilchards to herring, langoustine to crab, and everything in between being caught in Cornish waters. The variety of fish and crustaceans created unique fishing craft, with many being built locally. John McWilliams takes us through the types of fish, the techniques and the vessels used to catch them, and gives us an informative and readable history of the Cornish Fishing Industry."
John McWilliams lives in St Ives, one of the many Cornish fishing ports. He comes from a fishing family and has collected photographs and postcards of the Cornish industry for the past three decades.
Radyo an Gernwegva ran a recent successful Crowdfunder to raise money for a new website for its users.
See the new website
"The Client Radyo an Gernewegva is a Cornish language website with a weekly Cornish Podcast. MiHi Digital won the tender for the site, which has an international following; listeners tune in from afar a field as Australia!
If you are fluent or keen to learn the native tongue of Cornwall then this website will be an excellent port of call for you. As well as the weekly podcast the site has a host of useful links for the language, along with features on the Cornish bands you’ll hear regularly on the podcast!
The brief Radyon an Gernewegva were looking to take control of their own site; they wanted a content management system that was easy to use and meant they could update and add on new material as and when they wanted to.
They also wanted their site to be responsive, understanding that going forward a larger proportion of their listeners and visitors might be tuning in from smart phones and tablets.
Making it easy to sign up for future podcasts was also on the list of requirements, enabling them to send the podcast right to listeners inboxes.
The Result The Radyo an Gernewegva website is completely content managed; they have an easy to use system that allows them to add the content they want to when they need to.
We made the Audioboo podcast a central element to the home page to make it as quick as possible to get to.
On the majority of pages is a simple to fill out form to sign up to the podcasts, which like the rest of the site will work and look great on any device due to the responsive build of the site."
Source: Business Cornwall Magazine Guest Blog:
Survey on Cornish identity
"In the wake of the recent news that Cornish people have officially been given minority status in the UK, Dr Pete Woodcock, a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, has launched an online survey on Cornish identity.
I am writing to appeal for readers’ help in completing an academic study on Cornish Identity. I am a University lecturer in politics based at the University of Huddersfield, but born in Cornwall, who is interested in ‘Cornishness’ and how some contemporary political developments have impacted on people’s Cornish identity.
I would like to find out if the classification of the Cornish as an ‘official’ national minority makes people more likely to define themselves as Cornish, or if it makes no difference at all. Additionally, I would like to discover if people are more likely to support devolution for Cornwall should Scotland decide to leave the UK in their referendum in September, or whether people think the issues are unrelated.
To gauge this, I have set up a questionnaire which can be completed online and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. If readers could spare the time to complete this, it would be fantastic.
To take part in the survey, click here.
Gogmagog vs Corin the Intergalactic Giant-Slayer - an extraordinary collision of ancient & contemporary Cornish culture
For all information see Golden Tree Productions website
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Tracing their roots back to the siege of Troy, the Pirates of the Dream Goddess have crash-landed their gleaming spacecraft in Kernow. Heading up this press-gang of cosmic-smugglers is Cap’n Brutus. He is rounding-up a bunch of unsuspecting refugees to help him make his dream come true; before you know it we will all be sailing off through space-time to colonise an uncharted planet.
But, defending the New World against all incomers is that most fearsome of all legendary giants, Gogmagog.
Where amongst us is the hero who might challenge this alien monster to a Cornish Wrestling bout and fulfill the ancient prophecy? Step up Corin, the Intergalactic Giant-Slayer!
Golden Tree Productions, the makers of ‘Kernocopia’ and ‘Seize the Day’, promise us an extraordinary collision of ancient and contemporary Cornish culture. As in a medieval ‘Plen an Gwari’ amphitheatre, the set, staging and performers surround the audience, immersing them in the action.
Sat 14th June - Launceston
Sat 21 June - Saltash
Sat 5 July - St Just
Sat 12 July - St Austell
Sat 19 July - Penryn Fri 25 July - Perranporth
Sat 2 August - Pool
Fri 8 August - Ruan Minor
Sat 16 August - St Mabyn
Sat 23 August - St Agnes
Sat 23 August - Truro
DOORS OPEN 6.30pm
Space-age Snacks from Cafe Irie
Book tickets at www.crbo.co.uk
The Cornwall RFU Team To Play Hertfordshire RFU in the semi-finals on 24th May 2014 at Hertford
Cornwall travel to Hoe Lane, home of Hertford RFC, for today's (Saturday’s) winner takes all encounter with Hertfordshire. At stake a place in the final of the Bill Beaumont Cup on Sunday 1st June against in all probability holders Lancashire who defeated Cornwall in the 2013 final.
Both sides come into the match with identical records having both secured try-scoring bonus points in their previous two encounters.
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