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We won Silver at 2013 South Australian Tourism Awards on November 8 ...> more

Silver Tourism Award

Congratulations to the committee, event conveners, valued sponsors and the literally hundreds of community people who helped stage a fantastic Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival in 2013!
You are all winners!
Some 35,000 people came (including some 7,000 from interstate and overseas), all events were sold out, and all contributing local community organisations and clubs profited from your efforts which not only resulted in the important sharing of our significant Cornish heritage in the towns of Wallaroo, Moonta and Kadina but also the injection of an estimated $7 million into our local economy.
What a Win Win for all - congratulations!
The dates for our 2015 event are May 18-24 so keep those dates free!  We will again feature more than 50 events, concerts and feasts, and along with the Maypole and Furry dancing, Cornish Pasty Bake Off, Street Parade, Village Green Fair, Cavalcade of Cars & Motorcycles and Fun Fair will be a rebranded May Queen event so watch this space!
Remember, feedback and ideas for future events are always welcome so don’t hesitate to contact me
Regards to all,
Rosemary Cock, Executive Officer
kernewek@coppercoast.sa.gov.au
50 Moonta Road, Kadina SA 5554

New President elected for Kernewek ...> more ...> more

SA Premier Jay Weatherill

Outgoing President of Kernewek Lowender Incorporated, Mayor Paul Thomas, congratulates new President Lynn Spurling on her election on October 1 2013

After being at the helm of seven Kernewek Lowender Cornish festivals over 15 years, Mayor of the District Council of Copper Coast Paul Thomas addressed his final Cornish Festival meeting as President last Tuesday night, October 1.
At a well-attended annual general meeting, Mayor Thomas handed over the mantle to Lynn Spurling, a long time supporter and former committee member of Kernewek Lowender.
“I have truly enjoyed my association with Kernewek Lowender, with Kathryn’s constant support we have made many friends throughout the world because of the associations that were forged at various festivals,” Mr Thomas said in his President’s report.
“I believe that it is time to pass on the mantle to a new generation to lead Kernewek Lowender into the next decade and do so with confidence that the new committee will preserve the traditions and culture that is synonymous with Kernewek Lowender”, he said.
Mrs Spurling is a passionate supporter of Kernewek Lowender of which she has been associated since 1987.
She was the event’s first adult May Queen that year, and also was instrumental in initiating the Maypole event, including helping construct the poles and choreograph and teach the dance to scores of school children.
From 1987 until 1993 she helped run the May Queen event, and continued to teach the Maypole for the next 20 years.
Lynn was also Furry dance co-ordinator from 2001 to 2005.
“Since 2001 as a lover of all things written I have been coordinating the Writers events for the festival,  and now I am happy to be able to take on this new role as President and bring Kernewek Lowender into the expectations of today’s visitors whilst still maintaining and celebrating the integral values of our Cornish traditions”, Mrs Spurling said.
In both the President’s report delivered by Mayor Thomas at the annual general meeting, and the Executive Officer report presented by Rosemary Cock, noted as the highlight of the 2013 40th anniversary festival was the restored local community enthusiasm and the increased direct involvement of local community groups.
The 2013 event made a profit for the first time in eight years, with its sell out events, successfully introduced program changes and attendance by approximately 37,000 people.
On behalf of the committee, Ms Cock thanked Mr Thomas for his long standing valuable dedication to Kernewek Lowender, service which was acknowledged at a civic ceremony held during the 2013 festival when he was bestowed with Life Membership.

Other committee members elected at the 2013 annual meeting were: Vice President and Kadina chair Gerry Guerin; Wallaroo chair Brian Cooper; Moonta chair and YP Cornish Association rep Liz Coole; Immediate Past President Paul Thomas; Operations Manager, Public Relations, Publicity, Executive Officer and Public officer Rosemary Cock; Cornish Heritage officer and SA Cornish Association rep Roslyn Paterson OAM; Property officer Mark Southam; Grand Procession coordinator Graham Sobey; Furry and Maypole coordinator Bethany Paterson; May Queen coordinator Fiona Anderson; Patron Richard Hancock; District Council Copper Coast rep Bill Clarke; YP Cornish Association rep Liz Coole; Dressing of the Graves coordinator Carlene Woolcock.
The vacancies of Treasurer, Village Green Fair coordinator, Art Prize coordinator were deferred.

Dates for the next Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival are May 18-24 2015

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