Friday, 15 November 2019
Saturday, 9 November 2019
PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW will be open Camborne Library from 12 noon until 1pm on Remembrance Sunday .... so that people attending local church commemorations can attend after the service.... Beautiful knitted and crocheted poppies created by local people are still on sale in the library- all proceeds to the British Legion.
Friday, 8 November 2019
At St John's Catholic Primary School, Camborne for the second year running to mark Remembrance Day. Really engaged and lively students handled World War One artefacts and made poppies. Postcards to the Western Front written by St John's students are currently on display at Camborne Library as part of our exhibition PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW....
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Closing date: 8 November 2019. The winner will be announced shortly after that ......
Monday, 4 November 2019
Looking for traces of World War One Prisoner of War camps in Lower Silesia, Poland in September.... came across this, the famous tunnel Harry. This was the site of the World War Two POW camp Stalag Luft 111, near Zagan, where a mass escape was staged in March 1944 and immortalised in the film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.
Most of those who escaped were executed by the Nazis.
The remains of the camp are in the middle of these woods on the outskirts of the town.
They are not far from Szprotawa, a town nearby where Devon man Reginald Rice was interned. Rice was one of the 25th Field Ambulance and served alongside Cornish miners from Camborne and Redruth who signed up in 1914 under local doctor William Blackwood.
We don't, sadly, find any traces of what in World War One was called Sprottau POW camp. No one in the town knows about it - and it's a rainy Saturday with few people around to ask.
Sunday, 3 November 2019
Good to see our exhibition banner outside Camborne Library. PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW is currently on inside. All very welcome to our launch event on 7 November 2019 at 6pm at the library. We'll be launching a book about the Cornish miners who signed up in 1914 and served throughout the war in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Saturday, 2 November 2019
Pentecost sent back many postcards which the family has kept carefully over the years. They are a unique record of the war, and tell the story of his friendship with the Smagghue family in Estaires.
We'll be telling this story at our launch event in Camborne on Thursday 7 November at 6pm at Camborne Library when we'll be launching a book gathering this - and other local stories - together.
Friday, 1 November 2019
Thanks to Tina Williams of Barripper, near Camborne in Cornwall, lots of people have started crocheting and knitting poppies to be displayed at our exhibition PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW at Camborne Library. These poppies will be sold in aid of the British Legion ahead of Remembrance Day 2019.
Tina has tracked down good knitting and crochet patterns and crocheted many, many poppies herself. The knitting group at Camborne Library has also got involved.
A great example of someone's enthusiasm and dedication starting something really worthwhile.