[lg policy] Helston councillors to use Cornish language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 7 14:59:31 UTC 2013

 POLL: Helston councillors to use Cornish language

  Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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Town councillors in Helston are helping to keep the Cornish language alive
after backing calls to use more Kernewek during council

Grandmother, Martine Knight, who started to learn Cornish in 2009 during
lessons at the Blue Anchor pub, asked her fellow councillors to adopt an
official policy on using the language.



 She told the West Briton: “I was pleasantly surprised by how many
supported the use of Cornish after I reassured them that there would be no
extra costs<http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Helston-councillors-use-Cornish-language/story-19625148-detail/story.html#>

Councillors voted in favour of a policy that will see the Cornish language
initially used on council letter heads and agendas.

Mrs Knight said she was not asking for the council to have everything
translated into Cornish, nor were staff asked to be fluent.

The policy she said had already been adopted by other council’s including
Truro City Council, and is used on bilingual street signs and public

The former secretary of Helston Old Cornwall Society, praised the folk of
Wales and their use of the native language, which is taught in schools,
adding: “They’ve come a long way in just 25 years and it would be lovely to
think we could do the same.

“It is unlikely in the current climate because of the level of costs, but
it is something to aim for.”

She is known as Mammwynn - grandmother in Cornish- by her grandchildren and
pupils at St Michael’s, where she regularly reads to youngsters.

“I have used books that contain Cornish phrases and sentences and they
loved it. It is wonderful to see them taking such an interest.”

She said people can learn tamm-ha-tam (bit by bit) with the help of the
Cornish language Partnership which offers courses in Cornish. Other phrases
to try are mar pleg - please and meur ras - thank you.

For more information go to www.magakernow.org.uk

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