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Dr John Chesterfield


We are very sorry to report news of the passing of Dr John Chesterfield


John was the Chairman of Chacewater Old Cornwall Society from the time it reconvened in 1990 until its closure some years in 2014. Some members are sure to have known him, and our movement owes him its respect.


He was a former Grand Bard (Gwas Costentyn). John was made a Bard for services to the Cornish language in 1963 at Giant’s Rock, Zennor and served as Deputy Grand Bard from 1985 - 1988 and Grand Bard from 1988 – 1991.


He was also Kledhor (Sword Bearer) in 1982 when GK was held in St Just.


In 1989 he chaired a working group to try and resolve growing difficulties in the language movement.


The tapestry cushion, designed and made by the Cornwall Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and which sits on the Grand Bard’s chair, was presented to Gorsedh Kernow in 1990 when John was still Grand Bard, and he went on to become Chairman of the Guild from 2006 – 2011.


John's funeral will be at Chacewater St Paul's Parish Church on Tuesday 29th January at 2:00pm.   Please try to notify anyone who might have known him.