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by Ted Curnow

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Cornish Music Research As we heard at the CAV July meeting, Kate Neal is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at Cardiff University.  Her studies centre on how ‘little Cornwalls’ worldwide retained cultural characteristics and practices from home, in particular music.   The working title for her project is Distant Cousins: Music, Identity and Community in the Cornish Diaspora.

While in Australia Kate attended the Kernewek Lowender Festival and had the opportunity to make connections with various Australian Cornish groups.  At CAV she discovered some gems in the Library, including our sheet music collection and was able to talk to several members with an interest in Cornish musical heritage.

More information is available on her website:  http://kateneale.co.uk/phd-project/

Celebrating a Festival Time

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The Chapel Miracle

by Ted Curnow
Plenty of pasty and a good deal of excitement mark the Cornish Copper Coast on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia every second year at the Kernewek Lowender. Thirty five thousand visitors converge on Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo to celebrate their Cornish roots and settlement in the early mining towns. Amid the heritage events and wide ranging commercial activities the festival programme lists a Spiritual Retreat sponsored by the Fellowship of St Piran-Australia and that in the past has been led by a number of Uniting Church ministers. The Retreat has now taken place over three festivals and has become a helpful illustration of how a planned Christian activity and presence can be incorporated as legitimate part of what is largely a secular festival. The focus has never been on attracting large numbers but on injecting something relevant of Christian content into a celebration where large numbers of people gather.
Held in the old Moonta Mines Uniting Church hall during the first two days of the festival the retreat provides an excellent reflective introduction to the rest of the week’s festivities. Co-ordinated by Rev Matt Curnow the official Kernewek Lowender programme described the retreat as a two day prayer experience of listening to the story of the formative influences on the modern church in Cornwall in the setting when early Cornish settlers adapted their faith to the Australian landscape. In a diverse secular, multi-cultural world, celebrating the significance of our national Christian heritage without apology is of increasing importance.
This year the focus was on the Cornish saints and the spiritual development in Cornwall from the Reformation to the Wesley’s. At the end of the period participants were invited to express their response to the Retreat in various forms. Three samples included the following.

Ian from Adelaide was captured by the concept of a new expression of Celtic monasticism. He drew a picture of his local church as a central community with its families and activities linked together in a way that was typical of the worship and practise of early Celtic monks, the way they served each other and the world.

Susan from New South Wales drew four boxes with different headings. All Celtic Saints, St Brendon the navigator, Martyrdom/ Polycarp of Smyrna, and then Wesley’s Travels. In the middle she placed a cross with the word “WHY?” Underneath she wrote, “For the love of their Lord.”

From Victoria Rev Ted Curnow created a verse around Wesley’s hymn, My Chains Fell Off (MHB 375).

Following the 2015 Kernewek Lowender on 28th May I attended the Dunstan Foundation History Lecture delivered by Philip Payton on “WW1 Conscription Crisis in Mining towns of Yorke Peninsula.” It was a stunning, animated, well received lecture hosted by Lyn Arnold an Ex-Premier of South Australia. Philip explained how the link between Methodism and the Labour movement promoted by John Veran was split asunder in 1916 by the conscription issue.
The 1891 Census had showed that 80% of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina were Methodist. It was clearly Methodist heartland and Methodist leadership was strongly pro- conscription. The Cornish however voted an overwhelming NO! The full story will be told in a book to be published later in the year. The evening finished well for me because Lyn Arnold ordered a copy of my book “Bible Christian Methodists in South Australia 1850-1900. A Biography of Chapels and their people.”  I will be sharing a few Colonial pioneering stories at the Victorian Association meeting in September and the official launch is planned for October 11th in South Australia.

European Parliament's call to protect "endangered" Cornish language
The European Parliament is to call on governments to do more to preserve regional languages such as Cornish, which is described as “endangered.”
The move follows a report by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO, which said the Cornish language was “endangered”.
Read the full story from The West Briton

Ancient site of culture was a fine choice for 2013 ceremony
Eighteen new bards were inaugurated at the annual Cornish Gorsedh held in Penryn on Saturday. (See below)
A gathering of more than 120 bards processed to the annual ceremony, this year held on the site of the old Glasney College, a collegiate church founded in 1265 which could be said to be Cornwall's first university.
Read the full report from This is Cornwall

World War II prisoner's coded letters
Coded letters sent from a British prisoner of war to his parents in Cornwall have been deciphered thanks to academics at Plymouth University.
The story is from BBC News

Over the past couple of years, the Committee of the CAV has been looking at ways of promoting an interest in all things Cornish through research, festivals, special projects and activities as well as aiming to boost its membership.
To this end, members were asked for ideas through a process called, 'Refresh Cornish Vic'.
Questionnaires were completed and collated and many suggestions made.

Click here to read contributions.

The towns of Hayle, St Austell and Redruth were on a short list as possible locations for a new 10 million pound Centre and following an extensive review, the Redruth site was chosen.

For more information about the Cornwnish Records Office click this link.

(1) A PASTY MUSEUM is being built in the most unlikely place, Real del Monte in Mexico.
In the early 1800's Cornish miners headed to the region to rebuild its mining industry. The museum  will include a restaurant, craft workshop, a children's play area and activity centre. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at pasty making.
See report
(2) The British Government didn't realize that in proposing a tax on pasties it would walk into a minefield and trample on a cherished Cornish symbol. Anyway the Government has backed down on the idea and an estimated 1,100 Cornish jobs are secure.

Ted writes:
Behind the old Miners Chapel built on stories of Cornish Saints and past revivals
I encountered another miracle true.
The long, slender arched leaf of the eucalypt,
beautiful in proportion, diminished to a point.
The yellow vein followed the curl in the leaf
to merge with a bold red stalk,
a junction of four leaves and a nutty green fruit.
From the top of the fruit five separate explosions.
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Aussie's Cousin Jacks
by Ted Curnow
Ted writes:
The 2011 Kernewek Lowender in South Australia???s Copper Triangle (May10-15) still claims to be the biggest Cornish Festival in the world and with some of our family in tow it was certainly the biggest logistical exercise we had undertaken for some time. With growing grandchildren it was time for some of them to experience a little of the fruit of their Cornish heritage.
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Cornish Gold Fever 2010
by Ted Curnow
Ted writes:
One hundred and fifty-nine years after the first rush, the fever struck again, and on Tuesday 20th April at 10 am we headed north as 'diggers' with Robin and Bronwyn Pryor to unearth a little more of our common Cornish heritage. There are thousands of descendants of early diggers all around the world who have a connection with Castlemaine.

My enquiry and interest in the Victorian gold towns had arisen out of reasonable speculation, where the Pryors had clear evidence of their families' participation.......Read the article



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