Thursday, 18 October 2018

Press release - PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE - Heartlands


SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BRASS BAND, RUGBY AND MINING HISTORY AT NEW EXHIBITION AT HEARTLANDS

A powerful new exhibition has opened at Heartlands, Pool, marking the centenary of the end of World War One.

PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW runs from Friday 12 October to Tuesday 6 November.

“This exhibition throws a spotlight on the wartime experience of a group of miners from Dolcoath who joined the 25th Field Ambulance and went out to the Western Front in November 1914,” says Susan Roberts, Director of the charity Bridging Arts which organised the exhibition with Heritage Lottery funding.

“The miners, part of Dolcoath’s St John Ambulance team, went straight to work collecting the wounded and dying from No Man’s Land. The following spring, they organised three rugby matches between Cornish and Devon soldiers after Camborne Rugby Club sent out a ball – and it’s these three historic matches have led to the exhibition on now in Pool.”

One by one, the descendants of the men who played have come forward, including the great great grandson of Fred Negus, one of the miners. Corey Williams, aged 13, is in Camborne Youth Band and his family have Fred’s 100-year-olld bugle.

Over August Bank Holiday weekend, thanks to Heritage Lottery funding which covered travel costs, Corey and the Youth Band followed in the men’s footsteps and travelled out to the Western Front.

They played the 100-year-old bugle and took a rugby ball, signed by current Cornwall and Devon teams, to honour the memory of the three famous rugby matches.

They visited:
Estaires, in northern France, where the men were stationed, and presented the rugby ball to the town
Sailly-sur-la-Lys, where a Cornishman from the 25th Field Ambulance is buried
The Menin Gate, Ypres, where they played to a crowd of thousands.

“Everyone in the Band wanted to let local people know about their experience and to thank them for their support in helping to make this happen,” says Susan. “Besides the Heritage Lottery fund, very many dozens of local businesses, organisations and individuals also donated to cover other costs involved in the Band’s trip. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of them.”

A new prize at Camborne Music Festival was announced at the exhibition launch.

The Menin Gate Prize for best young brass band instrumentalist will mark the centenary of the end of World War One at the Festival from now on. The £100 prize is open to young musicians from across Cornwall.

"This is a very fitting legacy of the trip," says Susan. "The Festival organisers hope that it will attract many new young players to the Festival and strengthen Camborne's strong and impressive Brass Band heritage."

“We’re very pleased that Bridging Arts have brought this incredibly powerful exhibition to Heartlands,” says Aidan Botha, Marketing and Events Manager at Heartlands. “Marking the centenary of World War One through the personal accounts of those who travelled out to the Western Front, as recounted through the eyes of their descendants as well as the Camborne Youth Band, demonstrates the collective power of both sport and music in establishing and nurturing strong community ties.”

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES

ENTRY FREE

Heartlands, Pool

10am-4pm daily

12 October – 6 November 2018

For more information, please call Susan Roberts on 07772 128 014 or email susanroberts@bridging-arts.com

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Our new page for Crowdfunding...

We now have a dedicated fundraising page that we're planning to use for Crowdfunding for one-off costs.
Traditionally, we've depended on grant funding to finance the bulk of our projects.
But recently our work - particularly around the centenary of World War One - has taken off in so many unexpected directions that cannot be covered by the original grant funding (from the Heritage Lottery Fund).
We thought it would be a shame not to pursue very interesting ideas... So....  here we go.
News of our first Crowdfunding project up will appear on our LocalGiving page

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Film accompanying exhibition at Heartlands, Pool

Storm Callum got the better of me yesterday and it took several hours to upload the film that accompanies our exhibition PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOWClick here to view.
The exhibition is currently open at Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall.
Very many thanks to Mark Newman and Sandy Easterbrook for taking this footage.

Friday, 12 October 2018

PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE exhibition open at Heartlands, Pool

Our free exhibition PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW has opened at Heartlands, Pool. Just over 100 years ago, a group of brave tin miners from Dolcoath set off to the Western Front after war broke out.

In August 2018, 100 years on from the end of the war, Camborne Youth Band followed in their footsteps and travelled back to France and Belgium to honour their memory.

They took a 100-year-old bugle that belonged to one of these men, Fred Negus. Fred’s great great grandson, Corey Williams, plays in the Band.

They also took a rugby ball, signed by current Cornwall and Devon teams, to honour the memory of three famous rugby matches played at the Front in 1915.

They visited:
Estaires, in northern France, where they played by the War Memorial and presented the rugby ball to the town
Sailly-sur-la-Lys, where a Cornishman from the Field Ambulance is buried
The Menin Gate, Ypres, where they played to a crowd of thousands.

The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of this history - and the Band's journey.

Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall TR15 3QY

10am-4pm daily

12 October – 6 November 2018

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Putting finishing touches to Heartlands exhibition

Working on the finishing touches to our exhibition at Heartlands, Pool, on Camborne Youth Band's historic trip to the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium in August.
Things always take longer than you think....
Here fine-tuning the TV screen that will show a film of the trip.....

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Interviews with Camborne Youth Band on the Western Front

In the midst of putting up our exhibition at Heartlands - and organising interviews with members of Camborne Youth Band on the Western Front. Click here to listen to several players reflecting on their experience.
The official opening of the exhibition is on Thursday 11 October from 630pm -830pm.