Friday, 16 November 2018

An amazing reunion in Estaires, France

Have finally had time to collect together pictures and clips of videos from the amazing meeting last Friday (9/11) at the College du Sacre-Coeur, Estaires, France, between descendants of young Cornish soldier Leslie Pentecost and the Smagghue family who welcomed him to their home in 1914. Click here to view on the Bridging Arts website.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Laying wreaths in Estaires, France yesterday

Alison Pooley and her sister Carmen Saunders laying a wreath in the English cemetery in Estaires, northern France, yesterday to mark the centenary of the Armistice.  Estaires was on the front line  for much of World War One and important Field Hospitals were created there. Men from Dolcoath Mine's was St John Ambulance team were stationed there - including Fred Head, James Phillips, Fred Negus and Leslie Pentecost (Alison and Carmen's grandfather). There are 900 British and allied graves in Estaires' Town cemetery- as well as many French civilian and military dead.
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Presentation in Estaires

Cornishwoman Alison Pooley and her sister Carmen Saunders at the Armistice Day commemorations at the Town Hall in Estaires, northern France, yesterday. Alison and Carmen were there to mark a 100-year-old friendship. Their grandfather Lesley Pentecost was billeted with the Smagghue family in the town and forged a strong friendship with them. Back home in Cornwall the Pentecost family kept all the letters and photos over the years. Yesterday, 100 years later, they presented an album with them to descendants of the Smagghue family who hosted their grandfather. Background on www.bridging-arts.com
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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Honouring a Cornishman on the Western Front

Very moving today to be in Sailly-sur-la-Lys, northern France, as local people honour allied forces' war dead. Here Jean-Pierre Acquette lights a candle to place on the grave of Thomas Penhorwood, a former Newquay policeman. The wreath laid by Camborne Youth Band last August still lies there.
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Friday, 9 November 2018

French students in Estaires remember WW1


Students at the College du Sacre Coeur in Estaires, northern France, pay a tremendous tribute to WW1 soldiers in the town during the war years. This school was turned into a hospital by Cornish soldiers in the 25th Field Ambulance. An exhibition, poetry reading, song and music....before
planting poppies. They also made a replica of a WW1 plane....
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Pentecost and Smagghues families reunited in Estaires

How amazing is this?! Background on www.bridging-arts.com
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From Heartlands to France

Delivering the boards from our exhibition Playing for Camborne in time for Armistice Day ...
to the Mayor of Estaires this morning. The boards show Camborne Youth Band's visit to the town in August 2918. Background on www.bridging-arts.com
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