Gorsedh Kernow announces host town for 2022

Gorsedh Kernow and Hayle Town Council are pleased to announce that Hayle will be the host town for the Esedhvos and Open Gorsedh ceremony in September 2022

“On behalf of the bards of Gorsedh Kernow, we are excited and delighted that the Gorsedh is coming to Hayle, the place where so many of our early saints first arrived in Cornwall” said Grand Bard Mab Stenak Veur, Pol Hodge. “On a personal note, we used to go on holiday to Hayle even though we lived at Troon and I have many happy memories of it. We hope that many bards and indeed many vistors from all over Cornwall will take this opportunity to enjoy the Esedhvos and to sample all the great history, scenery, and culture that Hayle has to offer.”

At a recent meeting, Hayle Town Council supported the visit of the Gorsedh to Hayle in 2022. Mayor of Hayle Cllr Steve Benny said, “Gorsedh Kernow last visited Hayle in 1999 and that visit is still remembered by many people. This visit will coincide with the lead-up to the celebration of the centenary of Hayle Old Cornwall Society and we look forward to working with Gorsedh Kernow and the community in Hayle to make this Gorsedh one to be remembered”

A local committee is being formed which will work to organise the event. The Gorsedh ceremony takes place on the first Saturday of September and is preceded by the Esedhvos Kernow, a celebration of Cornish culture and of the host town.

Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain the national Celtic Spirit of Cornwall and to give expression to such spirit. It supports and promotes Cornish cultural activity, including the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language, Cornish art, music, dance and sport and encourages links with other Celtic countries. The Esedhos festival includes the annual awards for adults and young people.

Named from the Cornish word ‘heyl’, meaning estuary, Hayle, is an historic town on Cornwall’s north coast situated on the estuary of the Hayle River. Much of the town today dates from the 18th century, but there was a settlement on the site from Bronze Age times on, chiefly because of the safe anchorage offered to shipping in its port.

Hayle is famous for its association with the Cornish industry of mining. It was an important port for the exporting of copper ore in the 19th Century. Equally famous for engineering, the Harvey family had a foundry in Hayle from the 1770s. Today Hayle is part of the World Heritage Site.

Gorsedh Kernow’s Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, which includes the bardic ceremony where new bards are initiated, will be held in and around Hayle from Wednesday 31st August to Sunday 4th September 2022.

For further information about Hayle please visit the Town Council website www.hayletowncouncil.net
For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please email hon.secretary@gorsedhkernow.org.uk
or visit the website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk