Friday, 18 May 2018

Walk and talk on National Explosives Factory

First up in our events around Hayle's World War One heritage - a talk and walk by local historian Peter Channon exploring the National Explosives Factory, Hayle.  Both are free and open to all. Please do come along.

The factory was one of the most important in the country during World War One. Before the conflict, it had produced explosives for the mining industry, but switched to military production after 1914.  To view a photogallery of the site (which covers many acres of sand dunes), click here.

Peter will give a talk with background to the factory at 7pm on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Phillack Church Hall - then lead a walk around the dunes on 27 June 2018.

Talk: Thursday 14 June 7pm
Phillack Church Hall TR27 4EB

Walk: Wednesday 27 June 7pm
Upton Towans (meet by Factory Chimney)
This is part of Heroes of Hayle, marking the centenary of World War One in the town. For more details, click hereHeroes of Hayle is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

New Trustee at Bridging Arts

We're delighted to welcome Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications at the British Academy, as a Trustee of Bridging Arts.

Liz has led marketing and communications for a number of organisations in the public and charitable sectors.will bring her expertise in communications - particularly new media - to the board.

"This is a fantastic charity which has made a real difference to the communities within which it has worked," she says. "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play my part in building the Charity's reach and impact further. There is huge potential here and I'm looking forward to working with Susan and my fellow trustees to realise it."

For information about other members of the Bridging Arts board, click here.

Workshop at the Masbro Centre next week

We're looking forward to a workshop at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith next week - following up on our visit to the Wallace Collection last month. We visited the collection with the Masbro Centre's Elders' group and made some fabulous gold cardboard boxes.
This Tuesday 22 May we'll be returning to Hammersmith to make some more boxes - this time wooden.  Bridging Arts volunteer Katrina Williams and I primed them this week .....

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A great meeting with Hayle Air Cadets

Had a really good meeting with Hayle Air Cadets last Friday (11 May 2018) as part of our World War One project Heart of Conflict - what a great group of young people. We talked about World War One in general - and then looked at the story of Frank Johns, a carpenter from St Ives who had emigrated to Canada a few years before the war broke out and signed up when there. He was killed on the Western Front in 1915.

I was really impressed by Jo Roach who brought his photos that he had taken a couple of years ago when visiting the WW1 battlefields with his school Humphry Davey in Penzance. He stood up and showed the group - and explained something to me that I didn't know: that when two gravestones are very close together in a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery it means that two bodies had fallen together and they were not quite sure which was which when they erected the headstones.
We are working with the Air Cadets to produce poetry and other work to read at Remembrance Day services this year. It's part of our project, Heroes of Hayle. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Discussions at the Imperial War Museum

Good to touch base with other people working on World War One related projects at the Imperial War Museum today. This was part of the Museum's partnership of organisations marking the centenary years.

Here Barbara Hoefling, Director of the German Choir in London, talks about the Choir's WW1 Peacemaker series of concerts touring cathedrals and churches in the UK and Belgium - music celebrating those on both sides who tried to prevent or shorten the conflict.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

History coming alive at Camborne RFC

Fantastic today to see Camborne RFC president Terry Williams present a rugby ball signed by Cornwall and Devon teams to Camborne Youth Band.
The Band will take it back to the Western Front 100 years after three historic matches were played there between Cornwall and Devon teams after Camborne Rugby Club sent out a ball.
Corey Williams (pictured) right is in the Band now and is the great great grandson of Fred Negus, one of the men who played in 1915.
The Youth Band will be travelling to France and Belgium in August and will take the rugby ball back to Estaires, where Cornishmen from Dolcoath Mine were stationed.
Cornwall were playing Devon today at Camborne. The match was close - but Devon pulled off a 20-19 point victory.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Cornwall and Devon teams to sign historic rugby ball tomorrow

Really looking forward to the rugby tomorrow at Camborne: Cornwall will be playing Devon and Camborne Youth Band will be playing before the match and at half time.  (Kick off: 3pm -  band playing from 215pm).

Both teams are signing a rugby ball (donated by Camborne RFC) on Saturday to be sent out to Estaires in northern France to commemorate the end of World War One.

In 1915, Camborne RFC sent out a ball to local miners who had joined the 25th Field Ambulance when WW1 broke out - and the men subsequently organised three matches between Cornish and Devon men at the Front.  

Camborne Youth Band are going to take the rugby ball out to France in August.

The great great grandson of one of the men who was in the 1915 team in France is in the Youth Band. Corey Williams has his great great grandfather's bugle and Corey is going to play it in France.