Camborne Town Council and Camborne RFC are proud to be holding a very special event on 27th October 2018 to celebrate the dedication of Camborne Recreation Ground as a Fields in Trust Centenary Field. Fields in Trust protection means that the park will be protected as a public green space forever; the rugby ground will be protected for the term of the 99 year lease that the Town Council secured after a long battle with Cornwall Council which saw over 4000 people sign a petition to ‘Keep Rugby At the Rec.’
Camborne Recreation Ground will be the first public green space in Cornwall to be designated a Centenary Field which is a programme to remember those who served and lost their lives during conflict and to say ‘Thank You’ to the World War I generation. The campaign is delivered in partnership with the Royal British Legion to honour the memory of World War I servicemen and also those, military and civilian, who played their part on the home front to build a better life for generations to come.
The Council applied for the Centenary Field status due to the special link to Camborne RFC which supplied the ball for a rugby match played between soldiers from Devon and Cornwall behind the Western Frontline during World War I. Many of the Cornishmen who played in that match were from Camborne RFC.
It is fitting that the occasion will once again see Cornwall pitted against Devon as Camborne will be welcoming Brixham RFC to the Rec. There will be a special unveiling of a commemorative plaque marked by the playing of the last post before the match kicks off at 2.30pm. The Club hopes that as many people as possible will come and support them on this historic matchday and will be distributing commemorative promotional flyers which will entitle the holder to half price admission. The Town Council has invited members of community groups across the parish to a pre-match pasty reception in the Clubhouse.
Mayor of Camborne, David Wilkins said “I think its absolutely brilliant that we’re protecting our green spaces in Camborne for everyone in the community to use. The Centenary Field designation is an important reminder for us all to respect what we have and all that previous generations have done for us. I am very proud that Camborne Recreation Ground is the first green space in Cornwall to be a Centenary Field”.
The Fields in Trust Centenary Fields programme will run until the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11th November. Speaking at the launch of the Centenary Fields programme, Fields in Trust President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, said: “The Centenary Fields programme aims to save in perpetuity scores of memorial spaces around the country. Each moment of play or leisure that takes place on a Memorial Field is, in a way, an act of remembrance. I am delighted that Fields in Trust have identified these Centenary Fields as a vital part of our national heritage and well-being, which we cannot take for granted. I encourage local authorities to support this cause and to safeguard these living spaces of remembrance for generations to come.”