French school helps rekindle a 100-year-old friendship

It was a real privilege to be in Estaires, northern France, to mark the centenary of World War One. Students at the College du Sacre-Coeur helped us to bring together the French descendants of the family that billeted a young Cornish soldier in 1914-15 with his granddaughters Alison Pooley and Carmen Saunders.  Leslie was one of […]

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Poetry for Armistice Day 2018

This poetry was written in autumn 2018 in Hayle, Cornwall, a century after the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front. Bridging Arts poems 11 November 2018 Keen writers – some experienced, some trying their hand for the first time – gathered at three workshops led by respected local author Jenny Alexander. They created […]

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BBC interview on Cornish WW1 love story

Sunday 4 November 2018 – Cornishwoman Alison Pooley​ talks on BBC Radio Cornwall​ about her grandfather Leslie Pentecost in World War One, his long distance love affair with his sweetheart Lillie Uren back in Cagmborne, Cornwall, and his friendship with the Smagghue family in Estaires, northern France, during the war years. Alison is travelling out […]

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A Cornish long distance love story reaches France

A long distance love story between a young Cornish miner from Dolcoath and a young woman from Beacon, Camborne, is being remembered this Armistice Day in France by his descendants and the French family who welcomed him to their home in World War One. Camborne man Lesley Pentecost was a miner at Dolcoath when he […]

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