The ‘Bishop of Exeter’ from 1216, Simon de Apulia, in a boat on his way to Penryn Quay prior to the commemoration at the stone for the martyrs of 1549. He addressed the assembled masses in Latin, Kernewek and English. The ‘Bishop’ was an An Kylgh Kernewek student, Simon Persighetti.

An Kylgh Kernewek (The Cornish Language Circle) has been running Cornish language classes since 2007. Our classes are normally held in the Falmouth/Penryn and Redruth areas and at Rosewarne Downs, Camborne.

We have teachers  for every level, from absolute beginners right through to advanced. We prepare students for the exams of Kesva an Taves Kernewek (The Cornish Language Board) if they wish, though the exams are certainly not obligatory. All our teachers have passed the final grade of the Kesva examinations in Cornish and they teach using the Standard Written Form (SWF) of the language, the official form as taught in schools and used in public life. Do contact us if you are interested in these or other classes.

Not sure whether you should learn a new language? Have a look at this article about recent research done by the University of Edinburgh.

AKK welcomes social members in addition to those who are primarily interested in our language classes. For them and for our students, teachers, their families and friends, we hold occasional social events (usually in the summer). Recently these have included BBQs, quizzes, historical walks,  boat trips and a brewery tour. Cornish is used as much as possible at these events, but translations are also provided.


  • Kowsva (Kowethas an Yeth's Cornish shop at Heartlands, Pool, Redruth is holding a Grand Sale as part of Heartlands’ Christmas Market weekend (17th. and 18th. December).  There will be bargains galore so put the dates in your diary now!  Please see next month’s Kevren and visit the Kowethas website soon for further details.

    Don't wait until December to visit the shop!

  • The advert below is for a new position at Cornwall Council – Project Archivist.  The contract will be 3 days a week for 6 months, working on the Dasserhi Kernowek project which will archive the Cornish language revival in the early 20th Century.

  • An Kylgh Kernewek classes for 2016-17 are now running but there's still time to join. Please contact us now.
  • There is a Yeth an Werin (social meeting of Cornish speakers) every first Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Star in Porkellis. The first half hour of this is particularly suitable for beginners. For information call 01326 340237 or email You can find details of Yeth or other Cornish events on the Kalendar Kernewek.
  • There will be an advent service in Cornish at 3pm on Sunday 27th. November at Budock Parish Church. For more details contact Jane Kneebone at or ring her on 01637 873135.
  • On Saturday 3rd December three choirs (Tereba Nessa, Keur heb Hanow and Red River Singers) will be singing in Cornish and in English at Bridge Chapel near Redruth. The service/concert starts at 7.30.
  • There is also a service of nine lessons and carols in Cornish at St Swithin’s church, Launcells on Sunday 8 January 2017 at 3 p.m. All are welcome.

If you would like to support us by becoming a social member of An Kylgh Kernewek (£5 donation), please contact us for details.

For events in the Cornish-speaking world, please see MAGA's calendar.