Camborne Youth Band

A blast at Bugle

A lovely day yesterday (despite the drizzle) at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival in Bugle. Very proud, as ever, of Camborne Youth Contesting Band. We’ll be travelling to France and the Menin Gate with this band in August to mark the end of World War One. Click here to see the band marching… Very […]

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Peter Channon talk Phillack

100 people plus at World War One talk

Fantastic to see so many people last night (Thursday 14 July)  in Hayle, Cornwall, at Peter Channon’s talk on the National Explosives Factory on Upton Towans. This was one of the most  important munitions factories in the UK in World War One but the site itself is little known.  People were clearly keen to find […]

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Foundations from the National Explosives Factory

Spotlight on National Explosives Factory, Hayle

Heroes of Hayle, our events exploring Hayle’s World War One heritage, started on Thursday 14 June 2018 with a talk by local historian Peter Channon on the National Explosives Factory, Hayle.  It was followed by a walk around the factory site on Upton Towans on Wednesday 27 June 7pm. Both the talk and the walk were […]

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Gas masks from WW1

25th Field Ambulance equipment

The 25th Field Ambulance in World War One is central to many of the stories in Heart of Conflict, our project looking at Cornwall during World War One. Many miners from Dolcoath in the Camborne Redruth area went straight out to the Front in 1914. They were led by a Cornish doctor, William Blackwood, and […]

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tunnel through chalk

Battle beneath the Trenches

It really was an historic occasion last night in Hayle last night (19 July 2018) when Robert (Ken) Johns came to talk at the Passmore Edwards Hall on the 251st Tunnelling Company formed in Hayle. This company was an expert unit that tunnelled under enemy lines during World War One. It was highly skilled and […]

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Air Cadets Hayle

Air cadets and poetry

Had a really good meeting with Hayle Air Cadets last Friday (11 May 2018) as part of our World War One project Heart of Conflict – what a great group of young people. We talked about World War One in general – and then looked at the story of Frank Johns, a carpenter from St […]

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