Join us

The Lyme Regis Town Band is always keen to recruit new members in order to sustain the strength of the band. Both beginners and more experienced players will be warmly welcomed and strongly supported.

Training Band

If you are new to brass banding, the Training Band meets every Tuesday from 7.00 to 7.45 p.m. at the Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. You can learn your instrument within this group which performs with the band throughout the year. The Training Band has its own distinctive uniform.

We provide:

  • FREE tuition
  • FREE instrument loan
  • FREE uniform loan

A charge may be made towards the cost of tutor books.

All we ask in return is that you are:

  • Regular in attendance
  • Dedicated
  • Willing and eager to improve

To protect young people, our teachers are enhanced CRB checked and we operate our own Child Protection Policy (see below).

To support their practical work, learners are encouraged to take the theory exams of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. There will be a charge for entry.

Beginners progress through to the main band at the discretion of the Musical Director.

At the end of each session, members are encouraged to sit with the main band for part or all of the rehearsal.

Sounds interesting? Contact us through the website!

Experienced Players

Whether you are a returning or current player, we would be interested in hearing from you. A list of current vacancies can be found on the Players page.

Even if there is not a vacancy listed for the instrument you play, please don’t be put off. Contact the Chairman, (details on the ‘Contact Us’ page).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lyme Regis Town Band Child Protection Policy – March 2016

Lyme Regis Town Band was re-formed in 1981 after a lapse of thirty years and supported by a donation from the making of ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ filmed in Lyme Regis during that year.

As part of the bands normal function, we also encourage young players to join us to learn an instrument with the possibility that they may move on to playing with the main band.

We rehearse at various locations, Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis on Tuesdays, and halls in Lyme Regis or Charmouth on Thursdays.


Every new pupil will be registered with full name, address, date of birth and contact numbers of next of kin.


Our tutors are volunteers and long standing members of the band.


All rehearsal venues have level access and are not open to public scrutiny.


Parents and Pupils will be informed of the intended use, e.g. on our website or for publicity etc., of all formal photographs commissioned by the band. Our website is constantly updated and photographs are taken at most concerts/engagements. Before photographs are included in the website, permission for inclusion will be gained from pupils and their parents and the opportunity given to opt out.


All children in the band or any future training band will be instructed that if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour or have any worries or concerns about the treatment of any child/pupil to contact the Child Protection Officer. The CPO for Lyme Regis Town Band is David Tozer who is also the Musical Director of the band.

The CPO will then seek guidance from Dorset Social Services and discuss the situation with them. If it is then thought necessary, the Police will be informed.

Dorset Social Services is located at-

Dorset County Council
County Hall
Colliton Park
DT1 1XJ     Telephone: (01305) 221000

Lyme Regis Police are located at-

Hill Rd, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG

01202 222222

6. CPO and Tutor.

Both the CPO and the main tutor (Mr Ellis Holt) both hold full Criminal Record Disclosures and both have also completed a course in Safeguarding and Protecting Children.

  1. SAFE FROM HARM (Home Office guidance for all voluntary organisations)

This is a summary of the Home Office publication called “Safe from Harm” and will be used for information and guidance.


“Safe from harm”. Home Office guidance for all voluntary organisations published in 1993 – a summary of recommendations.

  1. Adopt a policy statement on safeguarding the welfare of children
  2. Plan the work of the organisation so as to minimise situations where the abuse of children may occur
  3. Introduce a system whereby children may talk with an independent adult
  4. Apply agreed procedures for protecting children
  5. Give all paid staff and volunteers clear roles
  6. Use Supervision as a means of protecting children
  7. Treat all would be paid staff and volunteers as job applicants for any position involving contact with children
  8. Gain at least one reference from a person who has experience of the applicants paid work or volunteering with children
  9. Explore all applicants’ experience of work or contact with children in an interview before appointment
  10. Find out whether an applicant has any conviction for criminal offences against children
  11. 11 Make paid and voluntary appointments conditional on the successful completion of a probationary period
  12. Issue guidelines on how to deal with a disclosure abuse
  13. Train paid staff and volunteers, their line managers or supervisors and policy makers in the recognition and prevention of child abuse