Sunday, 23 September 2018

Second poetry workshop in Hayle

Our second poetry workshop in Hayle, Cornwall, yesterday, led by the wonderful Jenny Alexander. We're creating poetry to be read at a candlelit vigil on 10 November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
The third and final workshop will be in a couple of weeks - on Saturday 6 October. We're fully booked for this one, but can start a waiting list if anyone is interested. Please email
Very many thanks to the team at Phillack Church who have worked so hard to make this happen.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

First poetry workshop in Hayle

Our series of three free poetry workshops in Hayle, Cornwall, got off to a great start on Saturday (8 September 2018) at Phillack Church. The workshops, led by local author Jenny Alexander, are creating poetry to be read in November to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
Phillack Church was a tranquil and inspiring setting for this first session. The war graves in the cemetery outside were a point of inspiration for the work.
The next workshop will be on Saturday 22 September (1030am-4pm) at Phillack Church Hall and the final one on Saturday 6 October, also at Phillack Church Hall at the same time.
Booking is essential: there are only a couple of places left on both of these, so please do email if you would like a place.
A selection of poetry created at the workshops will be read at a candlelit vigil at St Elwyn's Church, Hayle, at 7pm on Saturday 10 November 2018 - the day before the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Front page coverage for principal cornet Aaron Thomas

Really great to see this photo on the front page of the Western Morning News weekend supplement today. Aaron Thomas, 17,was principal cornet on Camborne Youth Band's historic trip to the Western Front and Menin Gate. Aaron, from Troon,  played several solos on the trip, remembering local men who served during the terrible years of World War One.  He made us all proud - as did the entire Band. Click here to hear Aaron and the Band playing. Portrait by Sarah Clarke/Checkered Photography

Friday, 31 August 2018

Spotlight on the bugle and Third Light at the Minack

Great to see an article in the Western Morning News on Saturday 25 August - talking about Camborne Youth Band's visit to France and Belgium over the weekend. Journalist Simon Parker wrote about Corey Williams, who was taking his great great grandfather's 100-year-old bugle back to France.
Simon has a special interest in World War One and brass bands as he's also a playwright. His wonderful play Third Light is on at the Minack in Porthcurno in September. St Pinnock Brass Band will be playing.

It's about the Cornish village of Herodsfoot in East Cornwall, where every one of the community's 13 men who went to war came home again.
There were only 53 villages in Britain where this happened. These villages were known as 'thankful' villages.
An intriguing title ..... Simon said: “People of an older generation may know the significance of a ‘third light’. Everyone else will have to come along to The Minack and find out for themselves.”

There are evening performances of Third Light at The Minack in Porthcurno from September 10 to 14, with matinees on Tuesday and Thursday. For tickets visit or call the box office on 01736-810181.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

A standing ovation for Camborne Youth Band in Estaires

A truly great visit to Estaires, northern France:  Camborne Youth Band had a standing ovation in the local park after a fabulous concert this afternoon. We were there to thank the people of Estaires for the hospitality and generosity that they showed Cornishmen during World War One. We were welcomed again with great kindness.

Camborne Youth Band marching through Estaires ....

If the Cornishmen who were stationed in Estaires in World War One were able to see this today - they would be very proud. Camborne Youth Band marched through the streets of this northern French town on the way to play in the local park. One hundred years ago men from Dolcoath served here in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The descendants of some of these men were in the group visiting today.
It was thrilling moment. We were welcomed extremely kindly by French officials who stopped the traffic for the march.

Camborne Youth Band honours British and French dead at Estaires

The war memorial at Estaires where Camborne Youth Band played today and laid two wreaths - one in memory of Allied servicemen who served in World War One and the other in memory of French friends who died. (The names of many French are engraved on flagstones by this memorial).
Alan Pope, conductor, and band member Hannah Viant laid wreaths and the Band played the Last Post.
Particularly poignant: Corey Williams played a 100-year-old bugle that belonged to his great great grandfather, Fred Negus,  who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Estaires from 1914-16.
One hundred years ago, Fred Negus and fellow Cornishmen organised three rugby games between Devon and Cornwall teams. Writing back to the West Briton, they said that they played to the 'music of the guns', not the music of the bands in Camborne.
100 years on, there was the music of Band from Camborne in Estaires today - not the music of the guns.
It was a fantastic tribute to so many men who served so bravely in a truly terrible war.