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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.

Lyme Regis remembers

Last month we played the hymns at the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis. The service was very well attended with representatives from the many organisations in the local area joining the Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and her fellow Town Councillors.

Our band member, David Tozer, played the Last Post and Reveille superbly from up in the organ loft and after the service the band walked down to the town square to play the National Anthem prior to the dismissal of the parade.

There were only nine of us available to play today but we were pleased to be able to offer our services to the town we represent.

Summer 2017: from the secretary’s diary…

23rd July: It’s Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis and Charmouth this week. The weather is disappointing at the moment but the town is full of happy holidaymakers…This afternoon the band will be entertaining them on Marine Parade with a concert from 2.30 pm, which will include playing hymns for the RNLI Songs of Praise Service from 3.00 pm until 3.30 pm.….This afternoon the rain came down in buckets but in between the showers the RNLI held their Songs of Praise service and we were very pleased to support this very good cause by playing the hymns. The band also played both before and after the service.

28th July: Its not all hard work in Lyme Regis Town Band. Last night some of us went out for a meal to celebrate the birthday of Kathy, our solo cornet, and a good time was had by all…Back to the grindstone on Tuesday evening for our next concert on the seafront which kicks off at 8.00 pm.

30th July: Hooray! We’ve just heard that an ex-band member will be visiting Lyme shortly and will be able to join us for our afternoon concert on the seafront on Sunday, 13th August, which commences at 2.30 pm…Peter used to be our solo cornet player but had to leave us a while ago when he moved to France for work purposes. Peter is a talented musician and is greatly missed. His rendition of the Post Horn Gallop, complete with dog barking noises, is a happy memory for us!…It will be great to have Peter back with us, even if its just for one concert, and we are looking forward to seeing him and his wife, Margaret…On Sunday, 13th August we will also be joined by a young cornet player called Jak who is on holiday in Weymouth with his family. Jak has played with us before and he will be a welcome addition to our cornet line

7th August: Looking forward to tomorrow evening’s concert on Marine Parade which starts at 8.00 pm. Its Carnival Week in Lyme Regis so there are lots of people around. Weather looking a bit grim but with luck the rain will stay away. Its lovely at this time of year when the light begins to fade and the moon comes up over the bay as the band plays. Its worth coming along just for the view but we will do our best to entertain our audience!

9th Aug: And the band played on! The weather looked distinctly iffy beforehand but we held our nerve and made our way down to the seafront. It was grey and overcast but thankfully there was no rain or wind. The band and most of our audience was tucked under the shelter although a few hardy souls stood outside by the railings…We had a lovely audience who were very appreciative of our efforts. Lots of families with young children who bopped along to what we were playing and joined us on percussion for “Jambalaya” led by Paul, our Chairman. Henry, our flugel player, gave an excellent performance of “Misty” which went down very well with the crowd and he was joined by horns, Debbie, Bridget, Gilly and Viv for “Close to you”. At the end of the concert we even got an encore!…As ever we were very lucky to have guest players to boost our numbers. Phil joined us on percussion, ex-player Peter, who is visiting from France and was expected for our concert on Sunday, was a welcome addition on front row cornet and we also have regular guests Andy on trombone, Jo on Euphonium, John on bass and Bridget on horn. We really appreciate their help…Unfortunately the moon did not appear for long! It slipped out from behind a cloud when we were packing up and was bright orange. However, it was not there long enough to get a photo which was disappointing as it would have been spectacular….Our next concert is this Sunday afternoon, 13th August at 2.30 pm then we have just three more Tuesday evening concerts until the end of our summer season.

13th Aug: Just come back from a lovely afternoon playing on Lyme seafront. As the sun was out, the beach was packed which reduced our audience somewhat but those who stopped to listen seemed to enjoyed the music we played. In fact when we were packing up a very nice gentleman came up to us and on behalf of everyone there he thanked us for our performance…We were very short of collectors today but Robert coped manfully. We had lots of buckets out and the kids going by seemed to enjoyed putting coins in the slot. One little chap was particularly interested in our instruments and tried to wrestle the euphonium off John’s lap! I think another was fascinated with Kathy’s cornet. All future musicians in the making we hope!…We were delighted to have no fewer than three guest players with us today. Ex-player Peter joined us on cornet as did Jak who was on holiday with his family in Weymouth. Jak played with us last year and we were very pleased to see him again. What a dedicated player he is – he not only takes his cornet on holiday with him but he seeks out bands to play with – yesterday he played with Weymouth Concert Brass.guests (480x358) Our third visitor was David on bass trombone. David also plays with us regularly when he is in the area and we were very pleased to see him especially with Adrian, one of our trombone players away on holiday. Special thanks to Barbara, Adrian’s Mum, who is not only carting all our cash home, but is counting it for us ready for Adrian to bank when he returns from holiday. What a star…This photo is of Peter, Brian (MD), Jak and David.

15th August: We’ve just received a video of one of the numbers we played at our concert on the seafront on Sunday afternoon, put together by John Hulse, Jak’s Dad. We are thrilled with it and feel that it sums up what our summer concerts are all about. John has uploaded the video to Youtube at https://www.facebook.com/LymeRegisTownBand/….The march we are playing is High Society….Thanks very much to John….

23rd Aug: Last night’s Concert went really well. There are still lots of holiday makers around and many stopped by to listen to us. Adrian (trombone) is back from holiday and led an enthusiastic group of children on percussion, with some parents, to accompany our rendition of Jambalaya…It was a lovely balmy evening and the view across the bay was lovely as the light faded. As usual our friend, Nigel Ball, wouldn’t let us go without an encore…Sadly last night we said goodbye to guest player David, who has joined us on bass trombone for the last three weeks. David has played with us every summer for the past twenty one years which is some record. evening1Needless to say we are always very pleased to see him…We are now coming to the end of our summer season and our concert next Tuesday will be our final one on the seafront for this year. Brian, our MD, always lets the band choose our top ten favourites to play and we have been busy casting our votes. It should be an interesting programme! Nothing too taxing probably…. There’s always a smashing atmosphere on our last night so party pants on everyone!

28th Aug: As summer draws to a close, tomorrow evening is our last open air concert on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis. As usual we will start playing at 8.00 pm and we should complete our programme at about 9.00 pm…Our MD has put together a lively selection of our favourite pieces and we look forward to a fantastic evening with family and friends… We will then return to the practice room to hibernate and to begin work on some new music. We will venture out for the Remembrance Service at St Michael’s Church on Sunday, 12th November but will be concentrating our efforts on preparing for the busy period in the run up to Christmas, which culminates in our Christmas Concert at the Woodmead Halls on Sunday, 17th December at 2.30 pm.

Son et lumiere!

Tonight we managed to squeeze our seafront concert in before the weather broke. During the concert there was the rumble of thunder and quite spectacular fork lightening out in the bay but the band played on and our audience stuck with us. Heavy rain finally caught up with us just as we started to play our last number.

ralphThis evening we were pleased to welcome Ralph MacCraken who sat in with us on front row cornet. Ralph, from Ayrshire, was visiting the area on holiday and was most welcome.

Don’t forget if you are coming to Lyme Regis this summer, bring your instrument with you and let us know. We would be pleased to see you

An afternoon at Hawkchurch

Didn’t we have a wonderful time the day we went to Hawkchurch! The MacKenzie family gave us a very warm welcome considering they had been partying into the early hours the night before! We played for two hours with a break for some splendid refreshments. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for all concerned.

Many thanks to Dr MacKenzie for inviting us to play.hawkchurch