We’re delighted to finally have our new signage installed around The Bowgie! Our new signs feel like the perfect finishing touch to our refurbishment, which was finished in 2020. After all the building work, and the big changes to the building itself, having these last few finishing touches in place is ‘splann’- splendid!
The idea of adding Cornish words to our signs sprung from our love of Cornwall and our Cornish heritage. The word ‘bowgie’ itself is Cornish for ‘cow shed’, and the building has been part of the landscape here at West Penitre since the 17th Century, only being transformed into an inn in the 1950s. We felt having a few Cornish words around the pub would be a great way to celebrate this history as well as our beautiful county.
So – you’ll be able to spot some Cornish words featuring on a few of our signs around the venue. The most noticeable is right in the entrance way, where we’ve got our huge Bowgie logo displayed on a big white wall with the words “Dydh da – Hello” written underneath. It’s certainly hard to miss! We’ve also used the language on our outside signs either side of the entrance as you first walk up to the pub: “Welcome – Dydh da,” “Cheers – Yeghes da!” and “Thank you – Meur ras.”
In a happy accident, the installation of the signs has coincided with Speak Cornish Week, which happens in June every year to celebrate ‘Kernewek’ – the Cornish language. Even though we hadn’t planned for it to fall in line with this event, we’re so pleased it has – it gives us even more reason to celebrate!
Speak Cornish aims to make the language accessible to all, and increase the use of Cornish in community life. We feel their work is so incredibly important for keeping the Cornish heritage alive, so if our signage goes some small way to contributing to that, we’ll be over the moon! It was so lovely to hear them commend us on our signage:
“We’re so delighted to see the splann Cornish language signage at The Bowgie Inn. Support for the language from businesses such as this helps to get Cornish spoken. Yeghes da onan hag oll!”– Gemma Goodman, Speak Cornish.
The new signs were designed by Idenna Creative, who worked alongside Graphique Media Solutions (GMS) to produce and install them. In addition to our signage in the entrance way and outside the entrance, we’ve also got new signs for the car park, toilet facilities, fire exits, board room and no-entry points – so no one will get lost on their way to the loo!
We’re so thrilled with how they’ve all turned out, and think they create a really welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk in, something we hope all of our customers will feel and enjoy.
Why not come and see for yourself?
‘A’gas gweles yn skon’ – see you soon!
Team Bowgie xxx