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Olympians honoured as Gorsedh

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

  • Bards walk through Camelford as part of the Gorsedh gathering DAVID FLOWER

  • New Grand Bard Maureen Fuller with new Bard Peter Mundy, who travelled from Australia to attend the ceremony DAVID FLOWER

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Cornish Olympic gold medallists Helen Glover and Ben Ainslie will need to find more space in their trophy cabinets after being named as the recipients of special Gorsedh Kernow awards at the weekend.

The two Team GB members from Penzance and Restronguet, who won gold for rowing and sailing, were honoured by the cultural organisation at its annual gathering in Camelford on Saturday. A citation, in both Cornish and English, stated that the awards were "in recognition of the honour brought to Cornwall by your exceptional achievement in the 2012 Olympiad".

The Gorsedh ceremony, which is held in a different town each September, this year saw Maureen Fuller take over as Grand Bard. Only the second woman to hold the position, she succeeded Mick Paynter, who was in office for the statutory three years. Among the Grand Bard's tasks is to welcome new Bards into the circle. At Camelford on Saturday, 15 men and women were recognised for their contribution to Cornish life and culture. They were Jennifer Capper (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Ken Cocks (for services to Cornish sport); Sarah Cooke (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Jowdy Davey (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Stephen Leslie Gainey (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Lady Mary Holborow (for services to Cornwall); Peter James Mundy (for services to Cornwall in Australia); Richard Ormond (for services to Cornwall and the language); Pat Parkins (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Colin Rescorla (for services to Cornish craftmanship); Elizabeth Mary Sutcliffe (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Arwyn Huw Thomas (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Morris Watts (by examination in the Cornish Language and continuing work for Cornwall); Julie Wheeler (for services to Cornwall in Australia); Catherine Hawke Whitford (for services to Cornwall in USA).

A number of other awards were presented, including the London Cornish Association Shield to Gloria Knight of Coverack for her 40-year stint with Cornwall Tapes, a charity which helps people who are lonely or poorly sighted or cut off by retirement. The coveted Paul Smales Medallion went Flora Tommi O'Hagan for her work with the Cornish Diaspora in the USA, while The Ambassador's Trophy went to Beatrice Curnow for her work with the Cornish Language, Piran celebrations, L'Orient festival, and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.

Other awards went to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (Cornwall Enterprise), Tassy Swallow (Exceptional Endeavour), Veronica Woodburn (Music Shield), Christine Cumber (Sampson Hosking Cup), White River Gospel (Bournemouth Cornish Association Cup), Launceston Town Band (Brass Band Trophy), John Greaves (Treverva Shield) and Leslie Hollow (Cornwhylen Cross).

For details of Gorsedh Kernow, visit: www.gorsethkernow.org.uk

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