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The newsletter of the Taves an Tir Cornish language project

Dydh da pub huni/Hello everyone!

Welcome to the fifth newsletter of the Taves an Tir project, following on from the Discovery Day in Lanivet and a very impressive amount of work by our volunteers. Read about that below.

In the new year the project will be coming to Heamoor and we are very eager for anyone interested in taking part to get in contact. Whether you want to spare a few hours a week, or lots of hours, or would like to simply contribute local historical knowledge, any help would be welcome, please get in contact with the project officer Rob Simmons, either by email: or by phone 07907462294. Feel free to pass these details on to anyone you might know that would be interested.

The morning part of the Lanivet Discovery Day aimed to encourage the community to learn more about the language and history of the parish. There were display materials about the Cornish language in general with books, dvds and music. A display of some of the photos, maps and place-name findings from our volunteers.  

In the morning we had the Cornish storyteller and bard of the Gorsedh Trevor Lawrence, pictured above. There were Cornish lanuage films playing such as the favourites of Konin ha Pryv and Kanow Fleghes.

We had leaflets and literature from our partner organisations such as Maga and the Cornwall Heritage Trust. We were also grateful for some representatives of the Friends of Gunwen Chapel to come along and present some of their information from the Tallys an Tir- stories and traditions of the land project.

We also had a list of place-names that we'd like more information on and had some good local input by visitors. (The document is here if you have any local knowledge of the area you'd like to share? and email your thoughts to
One of the primary aims of the Discovery Day was for the project volunteers to meet with the Place-name and Signage Panel. Based around the sterling work of the Taves an Tir volunteers, who had meticulously researched trhough old maps and records over a huge amount of names in the Lanivet area covering the whole parish and more. To give a small glimpse of how much work was undertaken, over 800 words, mostly in the Cornish language were investigated. This was ably distilled by Nev Meek Chairman of the panel into a 77 page document which was presented for discussion on the day. 

A lively round table discussion was had. Knowledge of the language mixed well with local history and stories. It can't be underestimated how useful a process this was. As many of you are probably aware lots of Cornish language place names were first 'named' centuries ago and through time and differing spellings  the original meaning may have got lost. So adding the breadth of knowledge of place names, to the local knowledge and historical research was a fascinating and productive process. In time all of these findings, (after a lot more work) will be presented in a booklet.
MAGA are currently running an online survey. Asking questions about how much Cornish you can speak or indeed write and read. What things you would like to see change to encourage more people to learn our language. This is an important opportunity to have your say on the language and it's development, if you can spare 5 minutes please take part here: 

MAGA Cornish language usage survey.
In the next newsletter:
A Kernow Kwiz, in a pub in Heamoor

Agas gweles arta yn skon! / See you again soon!

Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek

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