Weʼre raising £3,000 to help organise and run next years apple and firework festival for the people of Saltash. Locally known as Kalan Gwav a Cornish tradition.
- Saltash, South East Cornwall
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A few years ago a very small group of local volunteers thought it would be great for the people of Saltash to have a locally based festival around 5th Nov. This would provide a safe environment for our children to enjoy fireworks without having to travel elsewhere.
After sitting down to discuss the way forward it was decided that this was an opportunity to make it a wider celebration so the idea of the revitalisation of an old Cornish tradition was developed. The Saltash Kalan Gwav was born.
"The Saltash Kalan Gwav, features apples, music, scarecrows and fireworks. It is an opportunity for the whole town to come together to celebrate our heritage, our community and the start of winter." Kalan Gwav booklet 2017.
The fireworks are great and what a lot of people come to see but there are many local enterprises and groups that have joined in with the ideas around this festival.
Following last years festival a booklet was produced by Ambika Olney with help from the young people at the Core Youth Project. The history of Kalan Gwav and Wassailing are explained and there are pictures of the day, poems, scarecrows, drawings and recipes Within its pages. A new song called the Essa wassail was written and this year a dance has been choreographed by a local dance school.
All proceeds from the booklet go back into the funds to help pay for next years event.
Children of all ages got involved with making scarecrows and displaying them around Saltash the week before the festival. We had a real job to judge them as they were all so good.
Which are your favourites?
Could you do better?
We had an apple based 'Bake Off' that was open to anybody, prizes were given to the winners of each category with a silver salva was given to the overall winner in memory of Frankie Lister. We are hopeful that the salva will be passed on each year.
These were delicious.......yum!
The organisation and running of the festival is quite challenging due to the nature of it. As you can imagine being a public event there are numerous rules and regulations we have to follow. We are a group of local people trying to run an event that is non profitable for the enjoyment of our local community.
However, we need your help with funding the festival to pay for the fireworks and all the incidentals that go with putting on an event like this. Insurances, licences, first aid, toilets, lighting, electricity supply and printing. All the proceeds from this page will go towards these.
Anything you can give will help us enormously to run and improve next years event.
In addition to money we need manpower, if anybody feels they can give some time to help in the planning or just on the day we will welcome you with open arms.
Thanks the Kalan Gwav committee.
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Saltash, South East Cornwall
I am a volunteer on the Saltash Kwav committee, that organises and runs event for the local community. It's great to see so many people out enjoying themselves, spending time with family and loved ones. Recreating old values is really rewarding. Let's make 03//11/18 spectacular.
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