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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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!
Carols in Broad Street on Christmas Eve ended a very busy period for the band. Their Christmas season began with the band playing at the Festive Friday celebration in Axminster. On the following day, they entertained the shoppers in Lyme Regis with traditional carols.
For several years, the band have provided music at the All Saints Annual Christmas Concert, and this year was no exception, contributing solos as well as accompanying the carol singing. Visits to local residential homes have always featured in their Christmas programme, but for the first time, invites were issued for the residents to join the band at their annual Christmas concert, held at the Woodmead Halls, (see separate report). A number of them took up the offer and the residents enjoyed a great afternoon of entertainment, which included tea and cakes during the interval.
As well as the regular fixture of the Rotary carols around the tree on the day before Christmas Eve, the band played carols in Broad Street on three separate occasions. Despite the occasional rain showers, the mild weather brought out the shoppers who clearly appreciated their contribution to the Christmas atmosphere. During each session, the band were provided with complimentary hot drinks by the owner of the Fudge Kitchen beside the town Christmas tree, which were greatly appreciated. There was also an appearance at Tesco’s Seaton.
Following a Christmas and New Year break, our next event will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 12th January, at the Woodmead Halls. New players are always welcome and anyone interested should contact the Secretary on 01297 442719.
Stuart Broom presented the Gordon Broom Award in memory of his father, at the Christmas Concert on Sunday. He writes:
“Lyme Regis Town Band’s annual “Christmas Cracker” concert took a new format this year, and went down a storm with both the public and the musicians themselves.
Instead of the formal seating arrangement, the Wood mead Halls was laid out with tables giving it a more relaxed and intimate feel. For the first time it was also held on a Sunday afternoon which allowed members and staff of the
Gordon Broom Shield: Roger Grose
residential homes in the town to attend.
There was also a change to the musical programme which finished with the playing and singing of Christmas Carols.
The band this year was led in the main by joint musical director Brian Scott, with his colleague Roger Grose taking his place in the band except to direct one number.
As usual there was a diversity of music from the Beatles “All you need is love” and “Is this the way to Amarillo” to the stirring Men of Harlech which was arranged by local man Gordon Langford, and of course Christmas songs.
There were solos from Nicky Herbert (Lady in Red), John Warr (Romance and Rondo) and the usual entertaining Paul Snowball with his bass.
Guest artiste’s, duo Rob & Roy supplied a melodic, lilting interlude, whilst Jan from Cornwall tried to get the audience to talk “propper”. All this was expertly helped along by compere Nigel Ball.
Paul receives cheque from Alan Vian
After an interval where tea and cakes were served, awards were made to four band members for their services during the year.
The Gordon Broom Memorial Shield was awarded to Roger Grose, who along with Brian Scott took over the joint musical director’s role on a temporary basis at the beginning of the year, since when they did an amazing job steering the band through a very busy and highly successful year.
Due to his many other commitments he has decided to stand down in January, but his hard work and valued service was recognised by this annual award.
The Musical Director’s Award was won by Gilly Warr, last year’s winner of the Gordon Broom shield. She was a worthy winner after once again demonstrating her drive and hard work behind the scenes as well as playing in the band.
The Bandmaster’s Award for the most improved player in the last year was won by Nicola Ockenden, whilst the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for the person who has become the most valuable member of the main band went to Olly Leyshon..
Paul Snowball also made a special presentation to Brian Scott for all his hard work during the year as joint musical director recognising that he too has a heavy work load outside of the band.
The Lyme Regis Carnival Committee Secretary Alan Vian also presented chairman Paul Snowball with a cheque from the proceeds of this year’s profits which are distributed to several local good cause”.
Thanks for your contribution, Stuart.
For those who would like to hear us in festive mood and have a really musical Christmas, some of the band’s key engagements are listed below.
Friday 4th December sees the start of the busy period with the switching on of Axminster’s Christmas lights, otherwise known as ‘Festive Friday’. On the following day, we can be found in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, entertaining the shoppers with a selection of carols from half past ten to half past twelve. Wednesday 9th sees us at the annual All Saints Christmas Concert, (tickets needed), then there is our own annual Christmas Concert, this year entitled ‘A Christmas Cracker‘. Full details can be found in the previous post. Tickets are going well, so if you have not yet done so, get yours as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment!
On Saturday 19th, the band will again be carolling in Broad Street from 10.30, whilst the following day will see us entertaining the shoppers at Tesco’s, Seaton, from 11 a.m. Then, as usual, we will be supporting Lyme Regis Rotary on Wednesday 23rd at their annual ‘Carols around the tree’ event, which begins at 7 p.m. and our final engagement before Christmas is on Christmas Eve, where we will be playing carols to the last minute shoppers, from 11 o’clock until 12.30.
So for a really musical Christmas, do join us for any of these events. A very Happy Christmas to you all!
This year, the band is breaking with tradition and is holding its annual Christmas Concert in the afternoon, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 13th December 2015. The venue is the Woodmead Halls and those who attend are promised an afternoon of light-hearted entertainment. Titled ‘A Christmas Cracker’, the band will play a wide selection of pieces ranging from traditional Christmas music to several light-hearted numbers.
Guest artists will make an appearance and there will be carol singing for the audience. There will be a raffle and during the afternoon the audience will be served tea and cakes. Popular local resident Nigel Ball will be
compering and the band hopes to welcome its many friends and supporters for what will hopefully be a fun afternoon.
Tickets, at the bargain price of £3 each, which includes tea and cakes, are available from Martin Diplock, Estate
Agents in Lyme Regis, or by telephoning 01297 442719. Some tickets will be available on the door, but book early to avoid disappointment!
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Did you learn to play a brass instrument many years ago but gave it up as other things got in the way? Have you always wished that you’d learned to play a brass instrument when you were younger and regret that you’ve let the opportunity pass you by?
Perhaps our band might be able to help you as we are currently embarking on a recruitment drive and are keen to encourage new members to join our ranks.
Players of all ages and abilities are most welcome with tuition available for learners and support and encouragement for “rusty” players. We would like to stress that learners don’t need to be youngsters. It’s possible to learn to play at any age and there are several in the band who didn’t pick up a brass instrument until a lot later in life and are now playing with us on a regular basis, having learned from scratch. There are also players who have returned after a break of many years and are now greatly enjoying being part of a band again.
If you would like to learn more about the band, then come along to our informal Open Evening which is being held at The Woodmead Halls on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.30 pm. A range of instruments will be available to try out and you’ll be able to chat to band members and perhaps sit in on a band practice.
For further details or for any queries please contact Band Secretary, Gilly Warr on 01297 442719, or email firstname.lastname@example.org