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.

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


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

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
o   20h La fanfare joue à la porte de Menin

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