Following the last Sunday concert of the season, band members had planned to enjoy a ‘Barbie on the Beach’. However, because of the unpredictable weather in the form of occasional drizzle, they instead made their way to their regular practice rooms, the Woodmead Halls. There they enjoyed a sumptuous meal cooked under the watchful eye of Principal Cornet player Luke Luckhurst – what hidden talents!
It was a great opportunity to relax and chat as they approach the end of a long summer season. Thanks are due particularly to ‘Masterchef’ Luke and all who helped in any way.
It’s Masterchef for me next time around!
Summer is rather rapidly drawing to a close and yesterday the band played its last of four Sunday afternoon concerts. Although the weather was not ideal with occasional drizzle, there was a good turnout of holidaymakers who were quick to show their appreciation of the band’s performance.
An open invitation exists for any brass players on holiday in the area to join us us in concert, so we were delighted to welcome two such players who are pictured below. Young Jak was staying at his grandmother’s in Weymouth and came along with his parents and grandmother. Jak hails from Stoke-on-Trent and plays with the Rode Hall Silver Band which is based near Congleton. Trombone player David, from Derbyshire, is no stranger to us. He pointed out that this was his twentieth year holidaying locally and joining in the band concerts, commenting that he must definitely be the longest-serving guest player!
David – 20 years a guest
Probably our youngest volunteer!
Audiences always enjoy participation by the children and they were delighted when band member Adrian Pearson lined them up to take part in the band’s contribution of that great Queen hit, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. The children joined in with great enthusiasm and a pretty good sense of rhythm.
Only two concerts remain in our Tuesday evening series, ‘Music by the Sea’. If you haven’t joined us yet, come along before it’s too late – 8 p.m. on Marine Parade.
Ready: after 4……!
View from the bass line
Tuesday Update: Last night we were joined by more members of the Rode Hall Silver Band, Anna Whitehurst, her husband and daughter Eleanor. While the parents helped out the cornet section, Eleanor joined the baritones. We hope you enjoyed your evening!
The Whitehurst Family
Band members recently gave an informal concert at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis, directed by Brian Scott.
Musical Director Brian Scott is well used to directing ‘Happy Birthday’ during the band’s ‘Music by the Sea’ concerts, both for someone in the audience or for band members. But the tables were turned recently, when Brian was expecting to conduct a piece from Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s ‘Cats’. Unbeknown to Brian, the band instead had ‘Happy Birthday’ in front of them and when Brian brought down his baton, he soon realised that they weren’t playing ‘Skimbelshanks the Railway Cat’, which he was expecting to hear!
Brian quickly and gamely adapted the beat to suit and, though perplexed at first, admitted he’d been had! Our picture shows Brian complete with birthday rosette.
Despite the poor weather, the band accompanied the RNLI’s ‘Songs of Praise’ on the afternoon of Sunday 24th July. They played a selection of pieces before and after the service, which was led by local clergy.
Any brass player on holiday locally during the summer is more than welcome to join us for a ‘blow’. Details of all our engagements and how to contact us are on this website.
Birthday Boy Brian!
On a beautiful summer’s evening, Marine Parade was the perfect setting for the start of the band’s 2016 series of Tuesday evening concerts ‘Music by the Sea last week.’ Playing to an appreciative audience under new Musical Director Brian Scott, the many weeks of preparation were finally put into practice.
Following the band’s recent recruitment drive, several new members were making their debuts. There was a varied programme to suit all tastes, including many pieces new to the repertoire. Band Chairman Paul Snowball delighted the audience with a deep solo on the E flat bass, ‘Forty Fathoms’, this contrasting with the lively march ‘Blaze Away’. As usual, the audience were given their moment in the limelight and invited to participate with percussion instruments in the lively Abba song, ‘Ring Ring.’
These concerts continue throughout July and August, beginning at 8 p.m. with additional concerts on some Sunday afternoons, from 2.30 to 4 p.m. Full details can be found on this website.
Lyme was one of many places across the country to light a beacon for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April. The beacon itself was situated on Church Cliff Beach, while band played nearby on Theatre Square. Those present enjoyed a varied selection of appropriate music, including such well-known and patriotic numbers as ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and of course ‘Happy Birthday’. Civic leaders carried torches along Gun Cliff Walk to the beacon and Town Crier Alan Vian gave several special cries. The next engagement is on Sunday 1st May at 3 p.m., when the band will be at the Lifeboat House, accompanying the hymns for the annual ‘Blessing of the Boats’ service, organised by the RNLI.
Practices are now in full swing for the summer season, beginning in early July. As recently advertised, new players will be warmly welcomed. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis from 7.30 pm until 9.30 and you free to call in if interested. Contact can also be made via this website or with the Band Secretary Mrs Gilly Warr, on 01297 442719, or email: email@example.com.
As many people may know, Lyme Regis Town Band was re-formed in 1981 after a lapse of thirty years, using funds donated to the town by the company who filmed ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ in the town during that year. The band quickly established itself as an integral part of the local community. A look at the Diary page on this website will show what a busy and integral role it plays in the local area. One of their most popular activities is their regular Tuesday evening Concerts on the Marine Parade in July and August, when they entertain both local people and the many holiday makers who flock to the town in the summer. The band is also much in evidence over the Christmas period around the town and during the year regularly supports civic occasions and events organized by the RNLI, the Carnival Committee, the Rotary Club and the Royal British Legion.
Looking to its future, the band is now embarking on a major recruitment drive, as at the present time, several vacancies exist. Chairman Paul Snowball explains, ‘Players of all abilities are most welcome to join, including beginners keen to learn a brass instrument, rusty players wishing to return to playing and more accomplished players. We are particularly keen to encourage ex-band members to consider re-joining. All new members will be assured of a warm welcome and plenty of support and encouragement’.
An instrument, music and uniform are provided and there is no charge or membership fee. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis from 7.30 pm until 9.30 and you are encouraged to call in if interested. Contact can be made via this website or with the Band Secretary Mrs Gilly Warr, on 01297 442719, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photo of the band below was taken some years ago. Perhaps there is someone who can date it. We have identified most members, but there are one or two still to be done. If you can help, please contact the Webmaster and the the missing names will be added.
Back Row: Jim Sweetland, Dave Hallett, Eric Hodder, John Evans, Glyn Rattenbury, Phil Rattenbury, Tina Colley, Michael Everett, Rod Ovey, John Warr
Middle Row: Geoff Poulton, Daniel Fowler, George Ward, Tracey Edwards, Jonathan White, Kathy Rattenbury, ?????????? Sue Hodder, Viv Wright, John Case, Eric Canfield, Malcolm Street
Front Row: Vicky Turner, ?????????, Louise White, Dennis Bye, Pat Perry (Musical Director), Ian North, Gavin Fowler, Julie Street
We shall shortly be mounting a publicity campaign for new (or old!) members, in order to ensure the future development of the band. Watch this space and the local papers!
It’s always an encouragement to receive positive feedback. Following our Christmas Concert and other seasonal activities, there were many messages of encouragement and praise. They included:
“I really enjoyed the Town Band Christmas Concert and so did the other residents on my table.
Members enjoy a New Year meal together
Thank you very much and a Happy New Year to you all.” (This lady sent a cheque for £10 towards band funds!
“I would like to thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon at Woodmead Halls. It seemed that the concert was very well supported and we look forward to enjoying your concerts again in 2016”.
“A good afternoon. Enjoyed the new format, made a nice change. It was good to see so many familiar faces and to be able to catch up with old friends. Thanks again.”
“Please pass on my thanks to the band for the tickets and concert yesterday afternoon. We enjoyed the highly organised and varied afternoon – the work that went into the whole event really made it enjoyable. I especially enjoyed Men of Harlech. It was great to see such a full band and such a varied programme.”
“The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis would like to thank Lyme Regis Town Band for their support at Carols Round the Tree on 23rd December 2015…… by all accounts it is one of Lyme’s best loved events and without your help it would not be possible. Your support is much appreciated, particularly as we know many band members travel some distance to be with us.”
Lyme Regis Town Band now has a new Musical Director at the helm! At their recent AGM, band members appointed Brian Scott from Weymouth as their Musical Director. Brian has a wealth of experience both as a player of a variety of brass instruments and as a conductor. For the past year, he has been leading the band jointly with fellow band member Roger Grose, but will now take over the baton on a permanent basis. As a mark of appreciation for his hard work and commitment, Brian was voted this year’s winner of the Gordon Broom Memorial Shield. The Bandmaster’s Award, for the most improved player, was presented to Mrs Gilly Warr.
Other appointments agreed at the AGM included Councillor Owen Lovell as President, Paul Snowball at Chairman, Adrian Pearson as Treasurer and Gilly Warr as Secretary. Roger Grose was appointed as Conductor and committee members include John Hallett, Luke Luckhurst, Geoff Poulton, Kathy Smith, John Warr and Viv
Brian directs the Christmas Concert
In his report the Chairman, Paul Snowball, referred to a sucessful summer season during 2015 and a very busy Christmas period. The band is now working on new material for its popular concerts on the Marine Parade in Lyme Regis during July and August and looks forward to supporting many local organisations in Lyme Regis including the Royal British Legion, the RNLI and the Carnival Committee.
The band is always keen to welcome new members of all ages and abilities. Anyone interested is invited to phone the Secretary on 01297 442719 or to call in to rehearsals which are held on Tuesday evenings at The Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis at 7.30 pm. A warm welcome awaits you!