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You can find the newsletter for May/June/July 2018 here. Word. PDF.

The following information is taken from that newsletter:

Gwarnyans ha KKB Gorsedh Kernow Tewyn Blystri / Gorsedh Kernow Proclamation and AGM Newquay
This will be on Saturday 21st April at 11am and the procession of bards will leave St Michael’s The Archangel Church Hall, St Michael's Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA at 10.45am.
9.00am Robing in St Michael’s Church Hall (next door to the church), all bards to be robed please by 10.30am. The procession will depart at 10.45am from the Church Hall, and the ceremony will take place at 11am in the Killacourt, Trebarwith Crescent, Newquay, TR7 1TG. The route from the Church Hall will turn right along St Michael’s Road, left into Marcus. 

Car Parking – please do not park in the Church car park which will be for permit holders with limited spaces for disabled bards only. However, Manor Road car park TR7 1PD is right opposite the Church and Church Hall (charges up to 1 hour - £1.50, 1 to 2 hours - £3.10, 2 to 3 hours - £4.70, 3 to 4 hours - £6.30) and the Mount Wise car park TR7 2AZ is off the road behind and parallel to St Michael’s Road (charges up to 1 hour - £1.20, 1 to 2 hours - £2.90, 2 to 3 hours - £4.40, 3 to 4 hours - £5.90). It is possible to walk down some steps from the north end of Mount Wise car park which then gives access to St Michaels Road.  Turn right at the bottom of the steps and the Church hall is about 200 yards along the road.  There may also be some street parking nearby.

If any bards with disabilities wish to attend the Proclamation ceremony there may be some street parking in Trebarwith Crescent, adjacent to the Killacourt (please display blue badge), but there is no car parking on the Killacourt itself.  Otherwise the advice is to park in the north east corner of Manor Road car park, walk down the access path in front of the library and cross the road which then brings you to  the top of Trebarwith Crescent. In your own interest, please do not attempt to park in taxi-designated parking bays at the top of the Killacourt.  For the AGM you will need to use the above car parks, both of which require blue badge holders to pay the normal parking fee unless the vehicle is registered under Cornwall Council's exemption scheme or the vehicle is especially adapted for the benefit of the driver. Otherwise please arrange for someone to drop you off nearby so they can then park and collect you later.

If wet, the whole Proclamation ceremony will take place in St Michael’s Church.  Please note that this is a different venue to the one where the Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony will be held in September.

The Gorsedh Kernow AGM will take place at 1.00pm on the same day in St Michael’s Church Hall, St Michael’s Road, Newquay, TR7 1RA after the Proclamation ceremony. You are welcome to bring your own lunch although there are plenty of shops and cafes in the town where you can buy food.  Tea and coffee will be available at the Church Hall and there are toilets there as well. Parking as detailed above. The AGM is expected to last no longer than an hour and a half and it would be really good if as many  bards as possible could attend please as decisions are usually made by those who turn up! Please bring your own copy of notes from the 2017 AGM and the AGM agenda for 2018 with you, they are enclosed with this newsletter.

The AGM will be followed by a brand new short film, almost hot from the film makers hands, about Henry Jenner, Gwas Myghal.  Apparently Gorsedh Kernow features heavily in the film, which lasts about 12 minutes and advice was sought from several fellow bards about the content.  It is being presented by Cornish Language Officer and fellow bard Mark Trevethan, Marghvran, who will be happy to take questions after.

Your presence at both the Proclamation ceremony and the AGM after will be most appreciated as a demonstration of your continuing strong support for our precious Cornish culture, the importance of our Minority Status and Gorsedh Kernow’s unwavering recognition of Cornwall as a Celtic nation. 

Ostyans yn Tewyn Blystri kynnik arbennik / Accommodation in Newquay – special offer
Plans are also well underway for the annual September Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and bardic ceremony 2018 in Newquay, which starts on Wednesday 29th August and runs right through until Sunday 2nd September, so why not consider making the Esedhvos Festival part of your annual holiday and join those who already enjoy the great variety of events during the days in and around the Saturday bardic ceremony. We have negotiated a very special deal at the Best Western Hotel Bristol at Narrowcliff, which is right opposite the Gorsedh Kernow ceremonial field. 
A Standard double room and breakfast is available from £99 PER ROOM PER NIGHT. Please contact the hotel direct by telephone on 01637 875181 and ask for the Gorsedh Kernow special offer rate. Seaview rooms are £119 and Executive rooms £149 per room per night.  These rates offer a huge saving off the normal rate for high season (30% off Standard rooms and over 40% off Exec rates) but THIS OFFER EXPIRES ON FRIDAY 1ST JUNE SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY.

There is no minimum number of nights required to take advantage of this offer but most of the Esedhvos events will take place in the hotel so you will be very comfortably placed to enjoy the whole Esedhvos Festival. If you would prefer to book other accommodation you are advised to contact the Newquay Tourist Information Office, Marcus Hill, TR7 1BD, tel 01637 838516, website

Please read the attached information about the Gorsedh Kernow Endowment Fund. If you'd like to contribute, please download this form and follow the instructions.

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