Stephen Williams MP Minister for Communities and Local Government writes in the Liberal Democrat Voice:
"I would like to highlight our achievement in granting minority status for the Cornish. After months of hard work we announced in April that the proud history, unique culture, and distinctive language of Cornwall will be fully recognised, under European rules, for the protection of national minorities. As a proud Welshman I was determined to extend to the Cornish the same status already enjoyed by the Welsh and our fellow Celts, the Scots and the Irish. Importantly, government departments and public bodies will now be required to take Cornwall’s views into account when making policy decisions. This is a landmark breakthrough for the people of Cornwall and I believe that we should be proud to have officially recognised their status as a minority."
Dan Rogerson MP calls for a .cornwall and/or a .kernow website domain name to help Cornish businesses
Original post: Business Cornwall
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has said that an internet domain name for Cornwall could benefit local businesses and help promote the Duchy as a tourist destination.
Rogerson suggested that having Cornwall specific websites could increase awareness of Cornwall as a destination, help build the Cornish brand and boost the local economy.
.wales and .cymru websites will be available for Welsh businesses and institutions later this year, with .london website domains also being launched for websites associated with the capital.
Rogerson has written to the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and to Nominet, the UK’s internet registration organisation, to see if Cornwall could follow suit.
He said: “Local businesses already benefit from Cornwall’s strong identity and reputation, particularly as a tourist destination and amongst our excellent farming, food and drink businesses.
“Sealing our distinctive identity online through a .cornwall and/or a .kernow website domain name could help Cornish businesses and organisation stand out from the crowd and could get more people buying Cornish produce and visiting our area, which would help our local economy.”
Source: Cornwall Museums
The Rock Beneath Our Feet
Liskeard and District Museum
When: 30 July 2014
Where: Liskeard &District Museum
Time: 11.00 - 16.00
Suitable for: Any age
Science meets Art in Liskeard with our new displays. The geology of Cornwall is explained through a new interactive cross ssection designed in collaboration with Plymouth and Falmouth Universities.
Our display of local minerals shows their beauty as well as their chemical properties and you can see which mines they come from.
Once inspired by the crystal forms you can let your creativity loose on the Enlightened Eye. This amazing device designed by Jason Cleverly and Tim Shear of Falmouth University brings the Age of Enlightenment into the 21st century with its unique website link.
Source: The Plymouth Herald
Part of the Bible is now available in a downloadable app, in Cornish.
Six translators have worked for 20 years to translate the New Testament and Psalms into Cornish.
The app was used in services to mark the end of Speak Cornish Week.
The Revd Jane Kneebone, chairman of the Bishop’s ecumenical group for services in Cornish, said: "Cornish is on an upward wave. It’s gaining in popularity."
She said that the new app gave the language 'probity' and 'ratifies its existence'.
Rev Kneebone added: "I really hope it will encourage more uptake of the speaking of the language. It’s putting Cornish before people’s eyes."
Translator Graham Sandercock said it was disgraceful it has taken so long to see the New Testament produced in Cornish.
"The Cornish are very proud of their heritage," he said.
"The language is becoming more respectable. The National Minority status has made a difference, but there was impetus before that."
He said that the app made the Bible accessible and convenient for people.
"We don’t know what the result will be, but it will be good," he said.
There are an estimated 500 fluent Cornish speakers and a further 3-4,000 who can hold a conversation.
Conan Jenkin from Cornwall said: "It’s brilliant. Most of the world has scripture and we have had to wait an awful long time.
"It’s such a minority language, but anything that gives it normality and status benefits the language amazingly."
The new app was translated from Hebrew and Greek and drew on other Celtic languages including Breton where Cornish words weren’t available.
The message of the Angel Gabriel to Mary telling her that she will give birth to Jesus, read in every church at Christmas becomes: "Hayl, leun a ras, an Ardloedh genes. Bennigys os yn mysk benynes."
The opening line of the Lord’s prayer becomes: "Pan wrewgh psyi, leverewgh, a Das, sanshes re bo dha hanow."
And John 3:16 is translated as: "Rag kemmys y karas Duw an bys."
The New Testament & Psalms joins a small number of books that are translated into Cornish, including Tin-Tin, A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland.
Cornish Mining - Family Learning and Activities at King Edward Mine
Free Family Fun Days 2014 - 4th & 26th August 2014
There will be interactive science activities and crafts, dressing up, especially designed for children from 3 to 11. If you want to see what's around the site, download the Children's trail from the News and Events page
Just turn up, no booking required. Lots of parking, toilets, bike racks, disabled access and a tea/coffee machine. Well behaved dogs welcome.
The only things to remember on the day are some sensible shoes and a packed lunch.
Significant funding to exhibit lots of unearthed tiny treasures will increase knowledge of Cornish history
The finds, made mostly by amateur archaeologists and members of the public, include the hoard of a Bronze Age metalworker from St Buryan and a collection of Roman coins found at Luxulyan.
Other gems include a Bronze Age gold twisted torc neck ring, bronze axes, bronze brooches, a bronze razor, an Iron Age coin from Brittany, Roman gold jewellery, Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup strap mounts, a Medieval silver seal matrix, a rare Medieval silver piedfort or reckoning counter, post-Medieval silver gilt dress hooks.
The exhibition, which is at the Royal Cornwall Museum, has been made possible by a significant grant from the Art Fund, with support from The Headley Trust.
Anna Tyacke, the Portable Antiquities Scheme finds liaison officer for Cornwall, said: “Many thousands of artefacts have been brought to me at the Royal Cornwall Museum by members of the public to record on to the PAS database. The finds have been recovered from the ground in a variety of different ways, including metal detecting, gardening or even whilst walking the dog on the beach or coastal path. Several of the objects are made of precious metals but all of the finds, including the base metalwork, pottery, glass, flint and stone implements, are valuable for the contribution they make to our understanding of Cornwall’s past. Thanks to the Art Fund’s Treasure Plus funding programme, we are now able to conserve and display some of these finds for visitors to the museum to enjoy.”
The Art Fund’s Treasure Plus funding programme helps museums to make the most of their artefacts, so that they are best used, enjoyed and appreciated by visitors.
The RCM grant was one of the largest to any museum in the country. RCM is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.45pm.
Entry is free for under-18s, members of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, and National Art Pass and Museums Association members. Adult admission is £4.50 for an annual pass. For further information visit royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
'Giants of Cornwall' - Trebiggan Productions
Venue: Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 4HE
Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014
Buy tickets here
"Trebiggan Productions are back in 2014 with a new puppet show following the success of The Beast of Bodmin Moor.
The Giants of Cornwall, a story about two Cornish friends who find a magical map …then suddenly they meet all different types of giants from Trebiggan to Gogmagog. They move across Cornwall meeting some friendly Giants who want to help their quest, others are not so helpful and are quite scary…we all know giants like to eat children!!! What will happen and will you be able to help?
They journey around Cornwall from Lands End – Bodmin and back again to finish their quest….but is it real? Will they be able to unlock the Cornish Language clues and succeed??
The show is a heart-warming tale featuring custom-made puppets, dance, music and storytelling.
Come and enjoy “The Giants of Cornwall”!
The show is suitable for children aged 3-10 years and their accompanying families.
All Giants of Cornwall performances are accompanied by an inclusive mask making workshop after the show, where children can make a mask of their favourite character as well as meet the puppets.
Under 16s: £4.00
Family: £18.00 (2 adults / 2 under16s)
The main performance at the event, which takes place at St Austell Baptist Church on Friday, August 1, will be the acclaimed Adventures in the World of Cornish Pub Singing.
Singers Hilary Coleman and Sally Burley took part in a journey across Cornwall visiting pubs where Cornish harmony singing was still being practiced and kept alive.
The result was a collection of songs and stories that will be recounted live with the accompaniment of the Red River Singers. Guests will be invited to join in the verse and song sheets will be available.
There will also be a Cornish quiz aimed at testing your knowledge of Cornwall led by former Grand Bard Mick Paynter. Entry to the event also includes a summer buffet.
The Cornish summer evening is being organized by Bewnans Kernow, the partnership of Cornish Cultural organisations.
Organiser Jane Howells said: “Bewnans Kernow is the partnership of Cornish cultural organisations, with partner organisations ranging across the cultural spectrum from Gorsedh Kernow, the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, the Trevithick Society, Cornwall Archaeological Society, Cornish language and Cornish sports organisations and many others.
“This will be a great evening of Cornish entertainment, with song, laughter, a quiz and some great food and company.”
A Cornish Summer Evening in St Austell takes place on Friday, August 1, at 7.15, at St Austell Baptist Church Hall, West Hill, St Austell PL25 5ET. Entry is free to members of the Bewnans Kernow partner organisations and £3 to non-members.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
From: The Cornishman
A HERITAGE centre is opening in Lelant to celebrate the history of the village.
The centre will be launched and run by a small group of parishioners in the Methodist chapel at St Uny Church, which has not been in use since the early Nineties.
Historic artefacts, old photographs, local crafts and an illustrated map will all be housed in the exhibition.
Tim Doyle, Lelant resident who came up with the idea, said he was able to realise the plans with the help of funding from the Parochial Church Council.
He said: "I thought I could do something with the space. It has been a lot of hard work getting it open. We hope the centre will become a well-used resource for villagers and visitors alike for years to come."
Mr Doyle said the centre would also sell second-hand books and he is hopeful that visitors will be able to access an online catalogue library service in the future.
The centre will be run by volunteers with all the proceeds going back into the parish church.
It will open for a few weeks from July 28 at 10am until 4pm daily and then close until March next year.
This is to enable the team to complete what Mr Doyle said will be "quite a diverse display of the village and its history".
There will also be a refreshment area and displays by both Cornwall Wildlife Trust and West Cornwall Golf Club.
The centre would like to hear from anyone who may have photographs or other artefacts, which could go on display at the exhibition.
For further information on how to get involved call Tim on 07716 740302.
Source: The West Briton
World first for factory as tour conducted in Cornish
A CORNISH factory which exports farm machinery around the globe scored a world first – a tour guided entirely in the local tongue.
Staff at Teagle, Blackwater, welcomed families, Scouts, and others to their open day, raising more than £780 in the process for the Greenpower Racing Projects at Richard Lander School, Mithian Primary School and Mount Hawke Academy.
And one tour on the day was conducted entirely in Cornish for the Agan Tavas language support group, by Tristan Chubb, who works in the Teagle welding shop. Members of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies also visited.
There was also a barbecue, traditional games and go-kart demonstrations.
The 70-year-old company was supported by local agricultural dealers which lent tractors and donated raffle prizes.
Ray Tubb, Agan Tavas secretary, said: "This is probably the first time that a factory visit has been conducted in Cornish. The visit was conducted by Trystan Chubb, an employee of Teagle, and a speaker of Cornish as a first language.
"Trystan explained the entire manufacturing process from delivery of the steel to testing of the final product.
"If Cornish is to maintain its place as a living language, then it must be used in every aspect of life today and the visit to Teagle certainly helped to ensure this."
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