Ertach Kernow Heritage Column – Voice Newspapers
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St Piran’s celebrations throughout Cornwall
As we experience the first opportunity to celebrate Cornwall’s national day properly since 2020, St Piran’s events are being organised by Cornish folk here at home and abroad. Many of the major towns throughout Cornwall have activities as do many of the smaller villages. Parades will be held in a number of towns throughout Cornwall.
Bodmin’s procession will be taking place on Friday 4th starting at 10.45am from the Old Library in Lower Bore Street. Leading the parade through the town will be Cornish piper and former Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow Dr Merv Davey. As usual lots of children will be participating with dancing and singing throughout, ending up at Mount Folly when Trelawny will be sung by one and all. Further dancing by children will take place along with Cornish plays and songs in St Petroc’s Church.
Also holding a parade will be St Austell starting at 1.30pm on St Piran’s Day and this will be processing around the town. Many other events including a Cornish Cultural Conference in Holy Trinity Church, which will have Cornish talks, film and music between 11.30am and 3.00pm. There will be Cornish music in the Market House, a craft fair in Fore Street and performances by Tywardreath Morris and Playmake Theatre starting at 10.00am. Many Cornish heritage groups will be participating throughout.
Lots of events in Truro including the St Piran Day parade that starts at 1.00pm from Waterfall Gardens and travels through Truro to the War Memorial. Lots of Cornish produce will be on sale at the Farmers Market where there will be live Cornish music throughout. There will be a range of creative workshops of all sorts taking place, including dancing at Truro Cathedral, for shoppers there are the St Piran’s themed window displays to enjoy. For those that enjoy Nos Lowen dance, the annual Skillywidden event at The Old Bakery Studios is on from 7.00pm on Friday 4th. There is also a St Piran’s Cornish Music & Dance Session Online on Sunday 7th March from 7.00pm with Davey&Dyer and ScootsKernow.
Penzance will be holding events over two days. A concert with schools choirs and Cornish dancing with Penzance Guizers. On Friday 4th there will be a St Piran Furry and civic procession starting at 10.15am from the Causewayhead with many schools participating including their bands led by Golowan Band.
At Perranporth there is The Lowender St Piran's Day Party that starts at 7.00pm on St Piran’s Day, featuring the Stowes and lots of Cornish and Irish music as well as a Ceilidh. Those that want to participate in the annual St Piran’s procession across Penhale Sands to St Piran’s Oratory at Perranporth should gather at St Piran’s Point by 2.00pm when the procession will commence. This will take in the Oratory, then the medieval church ending at the 9th century St Piran’s Cross close by. Plenty of Cornish flag flying, music and singing, all in all a lovely event for all the family.
Redruth will be holding a number of events on and around St Piran’s Day. Their full schedule of events still to be completed at the time of writing but will include a range of activities and events by many local artists, schools and heritage groups. Penryn has a free event at the Temperance Hall starting at 10.30am that includes a Cornish Fayre, talk and singing and Trelawny Shout. At nearby Falmouth St Piran’s events are taking over the Princess Pavilion hosting live music, children’s entertainment and a seafront parade, all starting at 10.00am.
Newquay’s events will start at Newquay Library on 3rd March with a cream tea and singing commencing at 2.00pm. On Friday 4th March a new venue for St Piran’s events will be the Great Western Hotel with traditional singing by local groups Newquay Rowing Club Singers and Oll an Gwella starting at 7.30pm. Also, on the Friday and joining in Newquay’s St Piran’s celebrations is the Central Inn with Cornish music.
Following on from the success of last year’s online festival, Newquay St Piran’s Festival Group will also be hosting several hours of online content via their website and Facebook. This will reach those where the physical events don’t, such as across the worldwide Cornish Diaspora from which there was much interest last year. The online content will be aired on Sunday 6th from the late afternoon. With new items still being contributed a definite programme will be uploaded on Thursday 3rd March. Throughout St Piran’s Day the Celtic Lounge at Newquay Museum will be holding a range of events, with new ones still being added. During the evening Newquay Rowing Club, The Griffin, Central Inn and Celtic Lounge will be holding events including the now traditional Trelawny Shout at 9.00pm.
A number of Old Cornwall Societies will be carrying out events on or around St Piran’s Day. On Saturday 5th St Buryan OCS will be holding a proper Cornish tea at St Buryan Village Hall, starting 3.00pm, which will help benefit local charities. St Austell OCS will be participating in their towns parade and have a stall in the church. Kicking off celebrations early on Tuesday 1st March at 7.00pm is St Agnes OCS with an evening of Cornish entertainment. Mike O’Connor well-known musician and storyteller will be sharing tales of Saints and Sinners and more. Newquay OCS will be reopening their museum and a number of events are taking place there as part of the Celtic lounge St Piran’s celebrations. Bude & Stratton OCS will also be hosting a Cornish tea. The St Gerrans & Porthscatho OCS celebration this year will be held at the Plume of Feathers in Portscatho. This evening event will include singing from Du Hag Owr, dialect yarns from Denise Coomb, and the Trelawny Shout with a pasty supper.
To check out any late coming events or oversights there will be links to the many online St Piran’s sites, webpages and social media, showing events on the Kowethas Ertach Kernow (Association for Cornish Heritage) website at www.cornwallheritage.com
20th October 2021 - Cornish Celtic Music Live (Lowender Peran Celtic Festival)
13th October 2021 - A chance to hear from experts (Talks an lectures from societies all over Cornwall)
6th October 2021 - Festival for booklovers (Falmouth Book Festival)
29th September 2021 - Heritage Open Day's Success (Positive experiences throughout Cornwall)
22nd September 2021 - Cornish Place Names a gateway to our language (new project with audio links & posters)
15th September 2021 - A Cornish hero for our times (Rick Rescorla remembered)
8th September 2021 - Remembering Brenda (Brenda Wootton exhibition) Report of Gorsedh Kernow Bardic Ceremony at Bude
1st September 2021 -Sharing our heritage (Gorsedh Kernow, bards and what they do for Cornish cultural heritage)
25th August 2021 - Art exhibition, music and fun (Tracey Thorne Art & Cornwall Folk Festival)
18th August 2021 - Something for everyone (Cornwall Association Local Historians & Morvleydh The Cornish Dark Age Warband
11th August 2021 - The Prayer Book Rebellion commemoration 2021
4th August 2021 - The shadows of yesterday are the...light of tomorrow (Photographic exhibition with guest speakers - Bodmin Moor FREE talks at Eventbrite)
28th July 2021 - Crying the Neck (Harvest celebration- Corn Dollies & how to make them - Download)
21st July 2021 - Breakout Day News (activities & events planned and opening)
14th July 2021 - Podcasts on Cornwall a voice to the world
7th July 2021 - Lets share your news (for heritage groups and organisations)
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