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.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Third and final workshop in Hayle: poets poised for reading in November

The last of three poetry workshops in Hayle yesterday (Saturday 6 October) led by the lovely Jenny Alexander. A full house and everyone was hard at work all the way to 4pm, the end of the day.
A great cake for tea and coffee breaks made by Gwen Pooley of Phillack Church. A touch like that makes such a difference - so welcoming.
This is part of our project Heroes of Hayle, talks, walks and workshops marking the centenary of the end of World War One. Poems created at the workshops will be read at a candlelit vigil at St Elwyn's Church, Hayle on Saturday 10 November 2018, starting at 7pm. For more information, email info@bridging-arts.com

Friday, 5 October 2018

Last poetry workshop before November's candlelit vigil

Am quite sorry that tomorrow is our last poetry workshop in Hayle: they've gone so well and people have been so interested. The project is called Heroes of Hayle and marks the centenary of World War One in the town. It's funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has included a series of talks through the summer on the town's history as well as these three workshops. 

It's been wonderful to see so much enthusiasm and interest - and people writing so enthusiastically at the workshops which have been led by local author Jenny Alexander.

The writers will be reading their poetry at a candlelit vigil on 10 November 2018 at St Elwyn's Church, Hayle.

Monday, 1 October 2018

PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE exhibition opening night - Thursday 11 October 630pm

The official opening of PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE, our exhibition at Heartlands, Pool, will be on Thursday 11 October 2018 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This exhibition tells the story of local World War One history and Camborne Youth Band's recent visit to the Western Front.
There'll be a preview of photos and film from this amazing trip to France and Belgium: the Band will be playing to thank everyone who supported them and helped make this trip happen.
All are very welcome. Please email info@bridging-arts.com for more information.

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 12 October to Tuesday 6 November.

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 info@bridging-arts.com.
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 info@bridging-arts.com 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 minack.com 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.


Camborne Youth Band pays tribute to fallen Newquay policeman in WW1

A very moving tribute at Sailly-sur-la-Lys graveyard today as Camborne Youth Band honoured the grave of Thomas Penhorwood, a policeman from Newquay who was killed in in 1915, collecting wounded after the Battle of Aubers Ridge.
A 100-year-old bugle was played by his grave and PC Dave Wilton of Camborne laid a wreath.
It was an emotional tribute to a brave Cornishman lying a long way from home.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Crossing the channel and hundreds of Cornishmen with no known grave


A big day today - setting off to France and Belgium to make last minute preparations on the ground for Camborne Youth Band's historic trip to the Western Front which starts tomorrow.  Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres is an overwhelming sight: 12,000 graves - 8,300 of them unidentified.
And then  - looking for Cornishmen with no known grave - we find very many familiar names of men who served in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.  Lesley Carlyon of Rinsey Cross died this very day, aged 23, in 1917. So did his comrade at arms, James Roskruge, also of the DCLI (place of birth unknown).
Maurice Treloar of Chynale, Sithney, died on 24 August 1917 - tomorrow will be the 101st anniversary of his death.
And very close indeed to home for me - John Trevenen of Crenver Farm, Crowan, just a few miles from Chynale, died aged 21 in October that same year.
So many familiar names - so far from home. The bodies of these men have never been found. They made the ultimate sacrifice and their families didn't even have a body to grieve over.
The Band will visit this cemetery this Sunday before playing at the Menin Gate at the daily evening ceremony. They will take a Cornishman's 100-year-old bugle back to the battlefields: what a moving tribute to those who died.


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

History comes alive as Camborne Youth Band travels to the Western Front


Camborne Youth Contesting Band will follow in the footsteps of Cornish miners who signed up in 1914 and travel to France and Belgium this weekend - taking a 100-year-old bugle back to the Western Front. 

This is part of our Heritage Lottery funded project, Heart of Conflict, marking the centenary of World War One.

On Saturday 25 August, the Band will visit the French town of Estaires where the Cornish miners were stationed from 1914-16 and play the historic bugle. In the Band is Corey Williams, aged 13 from Baripper - the great great grandson of Fred Negus, the original owner of the bugle.

“This is a trip that the Band will never forget,” says its conductor and musical director Alan Pope. “We’re honoured to remember the Cornishmen and countless others who served so bravely.”

Fred was one of a group of Dolcoath miners who joined the 25th Field Ambulance in 1914 after war broke out and went straight out to the Front.

Ralph Williams, Fred’s great grandson, has been one of a number of people raising funds with his wife Tina for the trip. He agrees that it will be of great significance.

“It’s important for us to remember those men who put themselves in great danger throughout the war,” he says.

The trip will also mark three historic rugby matches that the men played at the Front in 1915 after Camborne Rugby Club sent out a ball. The Field Ambulance organised games between Cornish and Devon teams – and descendants of men who played still live in Cornwall now.

“When they wrote back to the local paper, the men said that one of the matches was played on Whit Monday – but instead of the music of the Band in Camborne, they had the music of the guns,” says Ralph. “One hundred years on, we’re taking a Band from Camborne out to play in Estaires.”

On Sunday 26 August, the Band will play at the Menin Gate, Belgium, where tens of thousands of men who died in World War One - but have no known grave- are remembered.

We'll be staging an exhibition about the trip at Heartlands, Pool, this autumn – reporting back on everything that happened.

Music and movement in Hammersmith

Wonderful first dance class at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith, with inspiring workshop by Simone Sistarelli. This was just the warm-up... More coming soon - watch this space.  All this is thanks to a small grant from the Postcode Community Trust.


Monday, 6 August 2018

Talking to Camborne Youth Band tonight

...about their trip to France and the Menin Gate. Interesting to talk about the history but when they played - so exciting to think this music will travel out to the Western Front in just a couple of weeks.



Sunday, 5 August 2018

An unexpected connection at Brea Show

Lovely to see Valerie Grigg presenting the prizes at Brea Show, at Pool in Cornwall, yesterday. Valerie has worked so hard on our World War One project Heart of Conflict, looking at the war years in Cornwall.
She has also worked hard at Brea Show over very many years to make it such a huge success!
This year there was an unexpected WW1 connection - a flower arrangement with an Armistice Theme.  Here's Valerie's entry.

I just looked back through the blog to remember all of Valerie's contributions to Heart of Conflict - these are just the things I wrote about! There were many more.


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

FANFARE BRITANNIQUE JOUERA D’UN CLAIRON HISTORIQUE SUR LES CHAMPS DE BATAILLE DE LA GRANDE GUERRE


Des jeunes musiciens du comté de Cornouailles en Angleterre vont suivre les traces d’un groupe de soldats britanniques de la Grande Guerre : ils feront un pèlerinage à la France et à la Belgique du 25 au 26 août, apportant un clairon qui date de 1914.

La Camborne Youth Band (la Fanfare des jeunes de Camborne) se rendra à Sailly-sur-la-Lys (Pas-de-Calais) et Estaires (Nord), où les soldats étaient cantonnés. Ils joueront aussi à la Porte de Menin.

“C’est un voyage que les jeunes de la fanfare n’oublieront jamais, » selon Alan Pope, directeur de musique de la fanfare. « Nous sommes fiers de saluer le courage des hommes de Cornouailles et des milliards d’autres militaires qui ont participé à la Grande Guerre. »

Corey Williams, 13 ans, membre de la fanfare, est l’arrière-arrière-petit-fils du propriétaire original du clairon, Fred Negus.
 
Fred faisait partie d’un groupe de mineurs d’étain de Cornouailles qui a rejoint la 25e Ambulance de campagne en 1914. Ils sont partis directement en France, dans la ville Estaires, où les écoles et les lycées étaient transformés en hôpitaux. Plusieurs étaient logés chez des familles de la ville, dont les descendants ont gardé le contact.

Le voyage a aussi pour but de commémorer trois matches de rugby joués près d’Estaires en 1915 après l’envoi d’un ballon par le Club de rugby de Camborne.  Le 25e Ambulance a organisé les matches entre les équipes des comtés de Cornouailles et Devon.

« En 1915, ils avaient envoyé un rapport sur les matches au journal local. Ils racontent que, pendant un des matches qui s’est déroulé le lundi de Pentecôte, au lieu de la musique de la fanfare à Camborne qu’ils avaient l’habitude d’entendre, il y avait le son des canons, » selon Alan Pope. « Cent ans après ces événements historiques, une fanfare de Cornouailles jouera à Estaires. »

Samedi 25 août
Cimitière de Sailly-sur-la-Lys
o   11h00 La fanfare dépose une couronne sur la tombe de Thomas Penhorwood, tué en 1915 entre les 1er et 2ème  matches de rugby

Estaires
o   13h45 La fanfare présente un ballon de rugby à la ville d’Estaires
o   14h00 La fanfare joue au monument aux morts d’Estaires
o   14h30 La fanfare donne un concert au parc municipal Watine

Dimanche 26 août 2018
Ypres
o   20h La fanfare joue à la porte de Menin

Pour plus d’informations –
Courriel: info@bridgingarts.com 
Tel: +44 7772 128 014 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Visit to Hayle, books and a poster

Always enjoy a visit to Hayle, in particular Old Foundry Chapel.
Great to see Battle Beneath The Trenches, a book in the Cornish Bookworm by Robert (Ken) Johns about the 251st Tunnelling Company formed in Hayle in World War One. Ken gave a great talk about this at Passmore Edwards Hall last week. 

It was also good to see a poster advertising our poetry workshops in September and October, creating work to be read at Remembrance Day services in Hayle and elsewhere this year.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Spreading the word about Camborne Youth Band's trip to France

A big thank you to the Commonwealth War Graves commission for publicising Camborne Youth Band's visit to Sailly-sur-la-Lys graveyard on Saturday 25 August. Click here to view.
Thomas Penhorwood, a former policeman
from Newquay who died collecting wounded
The visit is part of a two-day trip to France and Belgium, marking the centenary of the end of World War One. On Sunday 26 August, the Band will play at the Menin Gate, Belgium, where tens of thousands of men with no known grave are remembered.
At Sailly-sur-Lys, the Band will lay a wreath on the grave of Thomas Penhorwood, a former policeman from Newquay who was killed collecting wounded from the battle of Aubers Ridge in 1915.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Camborne Youth Band on the march to history ....

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Really proud of Camborne Youth Band Events at Camborne Show today - we're looking forward to travelling to the Western Front and Menin Gate with them in August - marking the centenary of the end of World War One. More here …

Friday, 20 July 2018

251st Tunnelling Company remembered in Hayle




It really was an historic occasion last night in Hayle when Robert (Ken) Johns came to talk at the Passmore Edwards Hall on the 251st Tunnelling Company formed in Hayle. This company, formed in Hayle, was an expert unit that tunnelled under enemy lines during World War One. It was highly skilled and very dangerous work, as Ken explained.  For more about this and his book Battle Beneath the Trenches - click here.
It was great to so many people at this talk, the latest one in our series Heroes of Hayle, marking the centenary of World War One. Next up: poetry workshops in September and October to create work to read at Remembrance Day services this year.