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AGM time

awards agm 2017 (800x581)The band AGM was held on Thursday chaired by our President Owen Lovell. As part of the meeting Robert Crabbe was awarded the Bandmaster’s Award for the player who has made the most progress and Kathy Smith received the Musical Director’s Award for the person who has ‘gone the extra mile’.

 

Our last appearance 2017

Yet more carols on our home turf – Broad Street, Lyme Regis on Christmas Eve. Not forgetting thanks to our collectors!

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Jingle Bell Rocks some more!

2017 concert SB2 (800x640)These photos from our recent Christmas concert (see below)2017 concert SB1 (800x529) come courtesy of Stuart Broom, View News.

Jingle Bell Rock!

2017 concert 4 (800x598)Yesterday afternoon we held our Christmas Concert Jingle Bell Rock! at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis and we were delighted to welcome over one hundred people who enjoyed a varied programme of seasonal music.2017 concert 3 (800x598)

Our concert was compered by popular local resident Nigel Ball and featured solos by our solo cornet Kathy Smith (far left)who played A Winter’s Tale 2017 concert 2 (800x598)and solo cornet David Tozer (above) who performed Santa Baby.

It was the first time on stage for our two young trainees James and Josh, who played a medley of Christmas numbers led by their tutor, David, and accompanied by several members of the band. The boys were rewarded for their commitment and hard work throughout the year when they were presented with The Chairman’s Award by our Chairman, Paul Snowball.

Youth was very much to the fore during the afternoon as our guest artists were 2017 concert 1 (800x598)Klara and Josie Smith, Cody Wootton and Sophie Rattenbury (left), who performed two lively dance routines following which Josie played two piano solos.

During the concert the Gordon Broom Memorial Award, presented to the player deemed by fellow band members to have made an outstanding contribution to the band, was presented to Kathy Smith by Mr Stuart Broom.

The afternoon concluded with carol singing. A good time was had by all and everyone went home happy and full of Christmas cheer!

Some nice remarks received…

“Just a quick message to say a huge ‘thank you’ for the Band’s major contribution once more to our Concert last night.  Please pass on our sincere thanks and congratulations to Brian and all the players.  …… next year’s date has already been booked …… when we look forward to welcoming you again.” [All Saints concert organisers]

“Please thank the band for their great playing and support on Sunday………. we value your support very much.” [The Vicar following our Remembrance Sunday contribution]

Eric Hodder

We received some sad news recently – the death of former band member Eric Hodder. Eric and his wife Sue were founder members of the band and were very regular players for many years. Some years ago Eric was made a life member. We all send our sincere condolences to Sue and the family.

 

Axminster’s Christmas evening

Axminster 2017 (220x172)Once again we enjoyed playing a selection of carols in Trinity Square to welcome in the season and to greet the arrival of Father Christmas.

Seaton’s turn today

Another day, another engagement – this time in Seaton where we played outside Tesco this afternoon. Thank you, Tesco, for having us and making us so welcome.

We were pleased to be joined by ex-player and conductor, Roger, who lives in Seaton and also by one our Trustees, Derek, and his partner, Suzanne, who came along as our collectors.

Big surprise – Rory, another ex-player was home from uni and was in Tesco with his family. We grabbed him with both hands, found him a cornet and he joined in. We’re thrilled as he’s also going to join us on stage for our Christmas Concert tomorrow afternoon. It’s lovely when ex-players keep in touch and come back to us when they can. We’re looking forward to seeing another, Peter Hurdwell, on Saturday evening when he and his wife Margaret are in Lyme Regis and will be joining us for Carols around the Tree in Broad Street in Lyme Regis, organised by the Rotary Club.

tesco 2017 2 (200x200)Before we played this afternoon we popped into Pebbles Restaurant intesco 2017 1 (200x200) Seaton (well worth a visit!) to fortify ourselves with delicious bacon sarnies and hot drinks. Eating and drinking again! Come and join Lyme Regis Town Band – you will have lots of fun but you might put on a bit of weight!

A village celebration

A huge thank you to the lovely people at All Saints who invited us, yet again, to play at their annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday evening. We have been taking part in this event for many years and always look forward to it.

The concert was organised by David Knight, who was MC, and Steve Holt, and they put together a veryAllSaints 2017 1 (640x480) enjoyable and varied programme, including a reading, aAll Saints 2017 2 (640x480) clarinet solo by the very talented Arthur Docherty accompanied by Louise Elliott, a Barbershop Quartet and the WI performing a very amusing skit based on the story of Cinderella. The All Saints’ Offbeats entertained with a medley of Christmas favourites played mainly on saxophone: but the highlight of the evening for us were the children from All Saints Primary School who sang several songs from their Christmas Show. The evening concluded with The Twelve Days of Christmas, with appropriate actions, of course, sung by the audience and the band.

A lovely time was had by all and the best bit of all is that they want us back again next year!

I forgot to add that we all enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine in the interval which explains why the photos we took are somewhat fuzzy…

Brightening the high street

Lyme 2017 1 (800x600)Here we are again – playing carols, this time in Broad Street,Lyme 2017 2 (800x600) Lyme Regis. Many thanks to the proprietor of The Fudge Shop in Broad Street for the most welcome hot drinks which were greatly appreciated. We had Brian (MD) and Kathy on cornet, Viv, Debbie and Gilly on tenor horn, John on euphonium, Adrian on trombone and Robert on bass. We will be back in Broad Street for the Rotary Carols around the tree at 7.00 pm on Saturday, 23rd December and for a few more carols on the morning of Christmas Eve.