Gorsedh is worth making a song and dance about
Exhibitions, concerts and conferences celebrating Cornwall's cultural heritage are among a number of events taking place in Penryn to coincide with this week's Gorsedh Kernow ceremony.
Under the banner of the Cornish Esedhvos, the programme runs from today until Saturday.
On display throughout the week will be the new Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Collection. Bringing together for the first time literature by and about bards, it will be on display in The Exchange at Falmouth University's Tremough campus.
On Wednesday, storyteller Mike O'Connor will be joined by harpist Barbara Griggs for an evening entitled Return to Lyonesse in Penryn Town Hall. The following day will see a Cornish book market and the launch of Cornish Bards from the Penryn-Falmouth Area at the same venue.
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Echoes of Glasney is a Cornish-Breton concert of bombard and orgue featuring Eliaz Lohro Pasco, Roger Pinsent and Pyba at Penryn Methodist Church. Eliaz Lohro Pasco comes from a family immersed in the musical traditions of Brittany, but with strong Cornish connections. He recently featured as lead bombard player for Bagad De Lann-Bihoué, the foremost Breton pipe band.
The Gorsedh Kernow Open Conference, entitled Engaging the Diaspora, is at Penryn Town Hall from 10.30am to 4pm on Friday. The event, which is open to the public, is designed to look at the Cornish who live away from Cornwall, both from a historical context as well as modern migration. Then on Friday evening, Cornish Dance Society is organising a Troyl Barn Dance with Cornish band Hevva in Stuart Stephen Memorial Hall.
The Gorsedh Kernow ceremony itself will begin with a procession of several hundred blue-robed bards to College Field at Glasney College at 1.30pm on Saturday. The largest event in the Gorsedh Kernow calendar, it features the initiation of new bards and the awarding of prizes. It will be performed, weather permitting, in the open, on the site of the historic ecclesiastical centre of Glasney College, and the public is encouraged to attend.
The ceremony will be followed this year by a concert featuring Mabe Ladies Choir, Dew Vardh, Four Tunes Saxophone Quartet, Boilerhouse and Gareth Churcher Brass Quintet.
The 2013 Cornish Esedhvos will close with a Myttin Lowender Cornish language session at Penryn Town Hall on Sunday morning, followed by an Ecumenical Evensong in St Gluvias Church.
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Church hall: Light lunches and teas Monday from 10.30am.
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Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.
Bus Station Stand H Bus 21: North Devon Ramblers meet Wednesday 10.03am about seven and a half miles, Huish (10.30am), Homacott; Bickington.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Ullocombe Farm Shop, Barn Gallery: Devon Open Studio. Manaton Makers, eight local artists present demonstrations, sales, refreshments. Saturday until Sept 22 (closed Mondays) from 11am-6pm.
Museum: the Man Who Made Brixham – RW? with Ian Handford, Torbay Civic Society. £1 members, £2 non members. Monday 2.30pm.
car park outside TIC: North Devon Ramblers, Marhamchurch, Thurlibeer Stratton and Stamford Hill. Meet Saturday 10am, about 10 miles.
Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.
Methodist Church: Messy Church every 2nd Sunday from 3.30pm-5.45pm.
Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.
The Wesley Centre: Camborne Old Cornwall Society meet Tuesday 7.30pm.
Hall, The Clease: The Camelford Floral society monthly meeting with Caroline Crabb demonstrating . Visitors welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wednesday 7.30pm.
Space Studios and High Cross House, the Dartington Hall Estate: Light is the Activity of What is Transparent. Until September 30.
Village Hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club meet every Friday 8-10pm. Details 01626 834981.
Meadowbrook Community Centre: Ian Highland Band. £6. Doors open 6.30. Music Saturday 8pm-11.15pm.
Bandstand, Royal Avenue Gardens: Crediton Town Band will be performing on Sunday 3pm to 4.30pm.
RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.
Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm (August open every day).
Poltimore House and Grounds: Heritage Open Weekend. Marking ten years since the BBC Restoration programme. Dogs on leads. Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Withycombe Methodist Church Hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club – Caller Chris Miles music by Ivor Hyde and Holly. Thursday 8pm. All welcome.
The Pavilion: South West Brass Band Association present the Exmouth Brass Band Festival entertainment contest, Saturday 11am. Tickets £6 (concs £5). concerts in the Pavilion gardens throughout the day.
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Abbey Farm: made-in-glastonbury, art and craft from the Isle of Avalon. Until September 21. Tues-Saturday 10am-5pm.
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
Methodist Church Vestry: Coffee morning Wednesday 10.30am for Cornwall hospices.
Harbour House: Outline South West exhibition of printmaking by Anita Reynolds. From Tues-Sunday 10am-5pm. daily. Admission free.
Kensey Valley Meadow: Kensey Valley Residents Association Fund Day. Events include archer, garden darts, giant Jenga, bouncy castle, races. Saturday 12-6pm.
Looe Mills Farm, Moorswater: Liskeard Flower club are holding a Floral Art Outdoor Flower Festival supporting Cancer Research UK. Fri and Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission £2.50, chd £1, under 12s free. Sloping site. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Friday -Sunday.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
The Old Pump House Cafe: Bere Ferrers Art Group late summer exhibition. Open daily from 10am-5pm from Saturday to September 15.
Church: Popular Book and Bake sales, Saturday 10am-1pm.
The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.
The Gott Hall: Soup N Sweet lunches, Monday 12noon-1.30pm. No needs to book. Wheelchair facilities.
The Gott Hall: Autumn Bazaar, home made stall, gifts, plants etc. Wheelchair facilities at hall. Proceeds for new lighting system at St Mary's Biscovey. Saturday 10am-noon.
Devonport Park Bandstand: Devonport Park Community Choir with the Laira Youth Band and Morag Thomson Findlay, soprano. Free. Bring a picnic, etc. Sunday 6-8pm.
Crownhill Fort: Plymouth and District Archaeological society, tour of the fort. Meet 6.15 lower car park on Monday . To reserve place ring 01752 873136. £3 members, £4 visitors.
Old Newnham Farm: Drawn to the Valley Open Studio, art, jewellery, woodwork and crafts. Open daily 10am-6.30pm until September 8. Mad Hatters Studio, The Long House.
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Minack Theatre: Into the Woods presented by Truro AODS from Mon-Friday.
The Harbour Head: Porthleven Carolaire, Sunday 7.30pm. Porthleven Town Band and Praze Hayle Male Voice Choir.
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Methodist Church: Harvest Festival Services. Sunday 11am and 6pm.
Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.
Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.
Wesley Methodist Church: Saltash Foodbank Drop-in Centre. Every Monday, Wed and Friday 2-4pm.
Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.
Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun 12noon to 4pm Until end September.
Penrose Water Gardens: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Walking Group. Wednesday tour of gardens 11am. lunch 12.30 for 1pm. New members always welcome. Details -1637 878990.
Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.
Village Hall: Farmers Market. Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.
Church Hall: Whist Drive, Tuesday 7.30pm.
Roundabout: Charity car boot sale. Weather permitting. Gates open traders 12pm. Saturday 1pm.
Methodist Chapel: Buffet Salad Lunch £5. Saturday 11.30am.
The Wharf: Music – open mic night, Thursday 8pm; Music – Desperado (Eagles tribute). Saturday 8pm.
9 Deer Park Close: Art Sale, big reductions on abstract and cosmic paintings plus Garage Sale. Daily from 10.30am-5.30pm, until September 8.
Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm.
Comedy Hall: There's No Escape from Andrew Lawrence who will be performing on Monday at 8pm.
Central Church: Brixham Male Voice Choir are the guests of the original; (Plymouth) Military Wives Choir. All proceeds to MWC Foundation and SSAFA.
St Mary's Church: Divertimento Piano Trio, Mary Eade, Vicky Evans, Margaret Lynn. Tickets at the door. Friday 7.30pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.
Cathedral: Ian Ball (Worcester) free lunchtime organ recital. Friday 1.10pm.
Chapel: Anniversary concert with the Strike Sound Cornwall Harmony singers led by Janette Eathorne. Light refreshments including. Free entrance, donations welcome. Saturday 7.30pm.
St Marys Church (signposted from village centre): Historic Dartmoor church open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in September from 2pm-4pm. Car park, local walk leaflets, refreshments.
Parish: 10 parishes Festival runs from Saturday until Sept 15 in and around Wiveliscombe. It also includes day long Street Market and non-motor Carnival on Sunday with over 70 stalls and music.