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Ken Rickard - Cornish Bard

Congratulations to Ken on becoming a Cornish Bard

Website editors note :-

Individuals do not apply to become a Cornish Bard, they have to be proposed by a person or a group and that person or group remain anonymous. The proposed person has to complete an information form with all their details including a record of the services in relation to the citation given by the proposer(s), which then goes before the Bardic Council for acceptance.

Below is a piece provided by Ken explaining what becoming a Cornish Bard means to him.

Further down the page is a copy of Ken's record of community service.

Ken Rickard
Photo - Ken Rickard
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Ken Rickard
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“My recommendation to become a Bard came as a surprise to me as was the citation ‘for his exceptional community service to the Parish of St.Dennis’. I was officially initiated as a Bard into the College of Bards of Gorsedh Kernow by the Grand Bard at the annual Kernow Gorsedh held at Bude on Saturday 4th September 2021. Although I have always felt I have done my bit for the community and for Cornwall, being made a Bard has meant a lot to me and I feel very humbled and proud to be honoured in this manner at such a prestigious event. On reflection I must sincerely thank my proposer(s) and record my acknowledgement and appreciation of the help and support I have had from the many wide ranging friends and colleagues who I have had the pleasure of working with along the way in my various roles and appointments. This would not have been possible without the excellent support and encouragement I have received from my wife and family for which I sincerely thank them. My Cornish Bard name is Moorland Author (Awtour an Ros). Ken.


Ken's Community Service Record

1950 - 1952  
RAF National Service HQ Transport Command
1952 - 1954  

Royal Observer Corps                   

Joined Management Committee of St.Dennis War Memorial Institute and continued in various capacities until I resigned in 2019 due to ill health after 64 years’ service. This included 26 years as secretary of the Working Men’s Club, formed to financially support the War Memorial building, and 40 years as chair of the Trustees until I resigned in 2019.
1958 - 1962

Committee member of St.Dennis AFC (Football Club)


Member of the five man St.Dennis Village Cold War Emergency Committee


Joined the management committee of the Newquay and District Snooker
League, and still continues as its president today.


Committee member of Cornwall Billiard and Snooker Association


Represented Cornwall at Snooker many times
Awarded Cornwall County Tie
Captained Cornwall Snooker Team.

1990 - 2017

Auditor of St.Dennis Cancer Campaign Committee


Joined the board of ClayTAWC, St.Dennis, to become the company secretary, a position I continue to serve as today.


Wrote and published the book St. Dennis and the Goss Moor

2008  -  2011

St.Dennis Parish Council

2008  -  2010

Local Community Liaison representative with McAlpine’s for the dualling of the A30 across the Goss Moor project.


Wrote the book of the Brewer showman family “Nancy”.

2009  -  2010

Chair of the St.Dennis Incinerator Group, (STIG)


Represented St.Dennis Parish Council at the public inquiry for Cornwall Council’s/SUEZ  waste incinerator planning application.

2010 - to date

Elected chair of Cornwall Waste Forum St.Dennis Branch, which superseded the STIG campaign group, A position I continue to hold today


Represented CWFSDB at the hearing held in the Royal Courts of Justice of its claim against the Secretary of State’s decision to up hold the Public Inquiry inspectors decision to grant planning permission for the waste incinerator

2011 - 2013

A member of the five-man Rural Issues and Opportunities (RIO) committee which obtained funding and drew up plans and managed the construction of the seven-mile Nature Trail across the Goss and Tregoss Moors


Represented CWFSDB at the subsequent Appeal by SUEZ, in the Royal Courts of Justice.

2015 - 2019

Founder member of ethical governance group Cornwall for Change


Wrote and published the Booklet Our Health and Air Quality, The True Facts


At the start of the pandemic lockdown in March 2020, I have circulated reading material by e-mail, such as news and interesting subjects every weekday to a circulation list of over 150 friends and colleagues, I continue with this today

KHR 20th April 2021