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50th Anniversary of tragedy at Aberfan - A disaster that could and should have been prevented

On Friday 21 October 1966, a terrible disaster befell the coal mining village of Aberfan in South Wales. On that day a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults. For decades leading up to 1966 excavated mining debris from the National Coal Board's Merthyr Vale Colliery had been deposited on the side of Mynydd Merthyr, directly above Aberfan. Early on the morning of 21 October, after a number of days of heavy rain, the subsidence began. At about 9.15 am more than 150,000 cubic metres (5,300,000 cu ft) of saturated debris flowed downhill at high speed.

Devonwall - Guidance on the battle to save Cornwall

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Thankyou to all those who have contacted us regarding the battle to save Cornwall. Many of you have asked for guidance when writing to your own representatives, the media and so on in objection to this unlawful act.

The 22 reasons below are a very useful guide. Bear in mind (paragraph 20) that exceptions have already been made for the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Wight. Then also consider Professor Parry's analysis in that same paragraph.

Message From Cornwall - To: Our Overseas Friends And Family! We Need Your Support To Fight Devonwall Too!

Message from Kernow Matters To Us:



The Cornish people walked the world! We settled in many parts of it. Many countries now recognise the Cornish as a distinct nationality and allow for this on official returns, census and so on.

Devonwall: Early Day Motion in House of Commons and the aftermath!

Kernow Matters To Us – No to Devonwall Campaign updates

Early Day Motion in House of Commons and the aftermath!

A big thank you to Cornwall Councillor Dick Cole and his team for liaising closely with Plaid Cymru and achieving the tabling of an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the Westminster House of Commons.

You can read about it here:

Welsh MPs move to assist Cornish in battle against Devonwall!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which sets out opposition to the creation of a cross-Tamar parliamentary constituency.

Kernow Matters To You (KMTU) has sent a fact-filled dossier to the leader of every political party represented in the House of Commons as well as to many members of the House of Lords, to the Duchy of Cornwall and to Prince Charles himself as well as the the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

The EDM, numbered 487, reads as follows:

Gorsedh Kernow chooses Launceston for 2017 as Mayor describes 'Devonwall' as catastrophic!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

In a supreme and brave act of defiance, our Gorsedh Kernow has announced that the north Cornwall town of Launceston (Lansteventon in our Cornish language) would host the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture and Bardic ceremony.

Spread the news! Notice of demonstration against Devonwall and other Westminster impositions!

News from Kernow Matters To Us:


7th October, 2016

A why agas oll wheg,

Notice of demonstration against Devonwall and other Westminster impositions!

Anti - Devonwall Peaceful Protest 11am to 4pm Sunday 30th October, 2016 Polson Bridge, Launceston, Cornwall

The lady Bards of Gorsedh Kernow organising this protest have given us the go ahead! The protest is on!

On Monday 10th October, 2016 one of them is to be interviewed by the BBC up in Plymouth about the protest and why we are all so angry about 'Devonwall'!

Cornish Language - Great News for Schools in Cornwall!

Kevren - Cornish Language News from MAGA

As part of the Taves an Tir project a new education and resources pack has been produced and is available free of charge to every school in Cornwall.

The aim of Taves an Tir was to encourage people to find out more about Cornish Language Place-Names and Family Names around them.

Cornwall - Devonwall Border Protest Sunday 30th October 11:00 - 16:00 Launceston

News from Kernow Matters To Us:


Ladies and gentlemen

The first border protest is being organised for the above day and times. 

This is to be a peaceful and lawful event. 

It is being organised by female Bards of Gorsedd Kernow with support from others. 

Our Kernow Matters bus is filled already with attendees. 

Several Councillors from across Cornwall are likely to be joining us.

Cornwall - Mock Mayor traditional celebration in Penryn

News from Kernow Matters To Us:

Mock Mayor traditional celebration in Penryn

(by Simon Reed)

Saturday October 1st, 2016 sees the return of one of Penryn’s most famous and interesting traditions, the election of the town’s Mock Mayor.


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