Croust Time in Truro, Kernow 25.3.2011

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Yes you can !

Census poster A4 yellow

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Cornish Flag flying over Torres de Paine

Lee Hodges, Falmouth man, went to South America sending this picture flying the Cornish Flag. “Had an 8 day hike in Torres de Paine which is near the bottom of Chile.  The hike was a real challenge with full packs including 8 days of food plus tents, sleeping bags etc.  Slept in different sites by big rivers, glaciers and wooded valleys.  it is an incredible place, I have never seen anywhere quite like it.”

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Jim Wearne in Cornwall 7th March


All the way from Chicago Illinois: the singing Bard

JIM WEARNE. Singing favourite songs including:

♫ ‘This isn’t England

♫ ‘Mushy Peas’

‘The Universal Game’ (a song celebrating the St Columb hurling!)

Backed by local band An Dyskenn – with a blend of original and traditional songs in Cornish and English.

Start Shrovetide with an evening of entertainment at The Coaching Inn

DATE: Monday 7th March (Hurling Eve) St Columb

TIME: 8:00 pm

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Cornish Pasty Copyright

The Guardian 22nd February 2011

Cornish pasty wins protected status from European commission

Only pasties made in Cornwall to the traditional recipe can be labelled ‘Cornish pasties’ after a ruling from Brussels

Tuesday 22 February 2011 13.58 GMT
Cornish pasty Cornish pasties should be a ‘D’ shape and crimped on the side, never on top, says the Cornish Pasty Association The Cornish pasty has become a protected food following a long campaign to prevent it being copied by imitators.

Only pasties prepared in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can now be described as Cornish after the European commission awarded the dish “protected geographical indication” (PGI) status. Authentic pasties can still be finally baked elsewhere in Britain.

Campaigners celebrated the decision, saying it was important for the local economy – thousands of jobs are involved in the pasty industry – as well as for consumers.

Alan Adler, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said: “By guaranteeing the quality of the Cornish pasty, we are helping to protect our British food legacy. We lag far behind other European countries like France and Italy, that have hundreds of food products protected, and it’s important that we value our foods just as much.”

The announcement does not stop other producers from making other type of pasties but they won’t be able to sell them as ‘Cornish'”.

The association said a genuine Cornish pasty had a distinctive “D” shape and was crimped on one side, never on top.

“The texture of the filling is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, and onion with a light seasoning. The pastry casing is golden in colour, savoury, glazed with milk or egg and robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking. The pasty is slow-baked and no artificial flavourings or additives must be used.”

The PGI is one of three European designations used to protect local foods, such as Gorgonzola, Parmesan-Reggiano cheese and Champagne. There are 42 other British protected products including Cornish clotted cream, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Arbroath smokies.    

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Spargo’s Confession

Passionate patriot’s book is a cracking yarn full of originality and enthusiasm (c) Donald R Rawe 2010, 399 pages.

— To claim that Donald Rawe is an ardent Cornishman would be a gross understatement. An articulate, passionate patriot and bard, he is Padstow to many and Lodenek to most. His bardic name gives another spelling Scryfer Lanwednoc (Writer of Padstow), so take your choice. With mariners on both sides of the Rawe family, he has knowledge and experience of many aspects of his Spargo’s Confession story.

— A cracking yarn, full of originality and the enthusiasm that readers associate with him, it tells of the Reverend James Spargo, who takes up his pen “to confess his past misdeeds and unlawful exploits”.

— Today we have a sneaking Cornish regard for those who bring back the baccy and the grog from continental holidays because, in a small way, it smacks of our heritage.

— This story is set between 1810 and 1822, when smuggling was not only a way of life but a necessity. As a lad, Spargo heard the vicar thunder against “free trading” and declare that this would sink the culprit “into the mire of dishonesty and immorality that will surely damn him”. Yet his skilled mariner father said moral considerations were all very fine for those who could afford them – but life in Cornwall was very hard. His Irish mother was even firmer, who accused the Reverend of wanting to “take the bread out of the mouths of half starvin’ children”.What a dilemma for the boy.

— The author brings in a large slice of local history in the remarkable stories of the Rowlands, local nouveau riche merchants who over-reached themselves, and of the Devereaux, genuine gentry. All Cornish life is here. The author traces social history with his stirring story of the hard times facing the local tenant farmers, of the huge chasm between rich and poor, of celebrations at the ‘big house’ and crisis times galore.

— He writes of the exciting illegal years of contraband.

— Cornish at home and Cousin Jacks abroad will delight in this historic drama, filled with colour and the salty flavour of the sea, as well as the class divisions of local life.


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Cornish Heritage launch new postage stamps

A sheet of 24 self-adhesive label add-on stamps at 25 Dinar each, 3.4 x 6.3 cm each approx., to make the point that Cornwall is a Duchy, not a County! The Cornish currency at the time of the creation of the Duchy (1337) was Dinar, where as England used Marks which changed to Pounds and Pence later. PLEASE NOTE: Our Cornish add-on Stamps are a symbol of our Cornish History. However it does not replace the required Royal Mail Stamp on your envelope or parcel. © Cornish Heritage 2011

The stamps are available for purchase at our shop for just £1.00

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Charter celebrations

The anniversary of the The Charter of Pardon 1508. Five hundred and one years agoKing Henry VII of England granted the tinners of Kernow (Cornwall) a pardon for which they paid the sum of £1000.

This charter is still legal today as confirmed as valid by the Lord Chancellor in 1977, it includes the right to veto acts of the Monarchy, the Westminster Parliament and the Duchy of Cornwall.

Cornish Heritage hosted celebrations to mark the Quincentenary in July 2008. An abridged version of the Charter was read out by Anthony Richards

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