Nominations are invited for the following Awards of the Cornish Gorsedh in 2022

Nominations are invited for the following Awards of the Cornish Gorsedh in 2022
(Closing date Monday 28th February 2022)

The terms of this Award are as follows:-
“An award to be given annually or otherwise as the Council of the Gorsedh think fit to a member of a Cornish Association affiliated to the London Cornish Association or to a Cornish man or Cornish woman not currently living within Cornwall who has contributed in an outstanding way to the enhancement of the common good and welfare of the people of Cornwall, whether living within Cornwall or without, or to the furtherance and greater appreciation of the Cornish way of life, heritage or culture, such contribution being in a cultural, social, economic, charitable or other form.”
The London Cornish Association and its affiliated associations set up the Pewas Map Trevethan (Paul Smales Award) in memory of Paul Smales who died on 1 September 1990. He is remembered for his contribution to the London Cornish Association where he was a Council member from 1984 and served as Chairman from 1987 to 1989. He also founded a number of organisations within Cornwall, including the Cornish Music Guild and the Cornish Literary Guild and was involved in setting up many Cornish connections worldwide.
The Pewas Map Trevethan is so called because the Bardic name of Paul Smales was Map Trevethan, which is Cornish for ‘Son of Trevethan’. Trevethan means ‘Meadow Farm’.
The London Cornish Association Shield is awarded for “outstanding services to Cornwall and Cornish people.
Although these Awards are made by the Cornish Gorsedh, nominations are submitted via The London Cornish Association. A Committee of LCA Vice-Presidents, under the Chairmanship of the President, Sir John Trelawny makes its recommendations to the Gorsedh. The Public announcement is made at the Gorsedh which is held on the first Saturday in September.
Nominations for the 2022 Awards are now invited. Please send nominations, with supporting documentation, to The Editor, Liz Broekmann – – by 28th February 2022.

128th Annual Dinner – March 15th 2014

London Cornish Annual DinnerThe London Cornish Association’s 128th Anniversary Dinner was held, once again, at The Thistle Hotel in London. Sadly, numbers were somewhat depleted this year due partly to the excessively wet winter which caused terrible damage to the rail and road links with Cornwall. Nonetheless, those who managed to get to the event seemed to enjoy themselves.

A wonderful display of daffodils helped create a lovely Cornish atmosphere. These had, once again, been kindly donated by Cornish flower growers and their colour and scent reminded us of spring in the West Country.

Our Guest Speaker was Reverend Michaela Youngson, the LCA Chaplain. She talked, with affection, of the time she spent in Cornwall and used a piece of handmade coloured glass to represent the colours of the Cornish sea and landscape. The Principal Guest was Councillor Mrs Gillian Parsons, Mayor of Lostwithiel.

Before the meal, members and friends gathered for a ‘bit of chat’ over a pre-dinner drink. All agreed that this was a wonderful way to start the evening, as it gave people time to meet new people and catch up with old friends.