New horizons…

At band practice on Tuesday we were issued with our programme of events for the forthcoming year and in addition to our usual engagements we have several exciting new bookings in our diary.

We will be one of several musical groups taking part in the Lyme Regis Beer Festival in April – a first for us and one we are very much looking forward to for obvious reasons!

We will also be taking part in a production of Brassed Off being undertaken by Axminster Drama Club at the end of June. It’s the first time that the band has ever participated in this sort of production and we have some anxieties – particularly as the band in the original film was only the Grimethorpe Colliery Band! So no comparisons, please! However we will do our best. Watch this space for more information on both these events and others.

The A.G.M.2020

Extracts from the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 28th January 2020 at the Woodmead Halls:

Reports: In his capacity of AGM chairman and band president, Owen Lovell wanted to mention that he believes the band had an amazing 2019 summer. Debbie as band chairman thanked the committee for their assistance during her work as acting chairperson this year. She also wanted to thank the collectors for their work. She thanked Ellis for all his hard work with the juniors. Debbie also wanted to thank the parents for ‘shuttling’ the trainees to and from training and concerts: without them we would not have a training band! In his treasurer’s report Adrian thanked Debbie for her hard work as acting chairman this year. He said that the collections at the seafront were very good this year. Expenses were higher this year as the band purchased new items, but the accounts are healthy. In his Musical Director’s Report, David stated that the standard of music is increasing every week. David thanked the band for their commitment. 2020 will be a busy year with “Brassed Off’, which will require a lot of work. He is confident that the band can tackle new challenges.

The Election of Officers followed, resulting in: Chairman – Brian Scott, Vice Chairman – Debbie Woehrle, Secretary – Sandra Evans, Treasurer – Adrian Pearson, Musical Director – David Tozer, Conductor – Brian Scott, MD for trainees – Ellis Holt, Librarian – John Warr. Elected onto the committee were Robert Crabbe, John Hallett and Kathy Smith. The independent examiner remains Paul Fuszard and the trustees are confirmed as John Evans and Derek Hallett.

The meeting finished with confirmation of Band Award recipients: The Gordon Broom Shield for 2019 was presented to Brian Scott who received the award at the Christmas Concert. Chairman’s Award – This award is traditionally presented to a young player who has improved the most. Last year the award was given to Enzo. The Musical Director’s Award was given to John Warr at the Christmas Concert whilst the Bandmaster Award went to Vivian Wright.

The Gordon Broom Shield

Stuart, Gordon’s son, has sent this festive picture of Brian being presented with the shield by Stuart (see post below).

Thank you, Stuart – and well done, Brian.

Christmas Eve

Last minute shoppers in Broad Street Lyme Regis were treated to yet another carol selection by the band. We enjoyed ourselves – even when it started raining gently. Three members of the training band joined in  – well done, chaps, for your contributions. Jonathan, Orlando and Enzo were rewarded not just by the wonderful music they helped create but a selection of fudge donated by the Famous Lyme Fudge Shop alongside – thank you for your generosity.

Under the tree

We are told that up to a thousand people attended this year’s Carols Under the Christmas Tree event organised by Lyme Regis Rotary. Eight or so favourite carols were sung and played, the Mayor gave us all a welcome and hot soup was served. A great atmosphere and ambience under the large illuminated tree. Just as well they closed the road.

Tesco again

Tesco in Seaton always make us welcome – and we are always surprised how many faces we recognize over from Lyme Regis doing their shopping. The passing crown was generous in its contributions – thank you. One gentleman (right) entered into the spirit of the time of year with his accompaniment to our Jingle Bells performance with the appropriate instrumentation.

Prior to the carol playing we met up for an informal bacon and sausage butty fest at the nearby cafe, where again the management gave us a warm welcome.

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2019

This was our big day. A merry band of workers beavered through the morning to transform the hall into a stunning cornucopia of cosy festive delight. Folk flocked in to enjoy the jamboree of fun – standards, a Christmas march, seasonal specials, several solos, communal carols and unexpected newbies, led by David, sporting his spectacular new Christmas waistcoat. Entertaining cabaret turns were provided by The Four Tune Tellers (below), All-Saints’ own barbershop quartet (see post below) – a big thank you to them. The essential teas and mince pies were served and raffle prizes won. The mayor and mayoress and our president and his wife were our VIPs (above). Two band awards were made, to Viv (left) and John (below), and the Gordon Broom trophy presented to Brian Scott by Gordon’s son, Stuart (below left). The finale, inevitably We Wish you a Merry Christmas, was a heartfelt message to our audience and to our wider wonderful town which supports us so enthusiastically throughout the year.

BRINGING CAROLS TO BROAD STREET

A valiant little band of four played carols to shoppers in Lyme high street on the morning of 14th December. Hot drinks courtesy of the local café kept spirits high and nearly £65 was raised for band funds. Well done, Kathy, Viv, David and Brian.

ALL SAINTS’ CHRISTMAS CONCERT

How friendly this community is, with their lively village hall, their thriving activity groups and their talented, creative personalities. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for the band without this engagement. It’s always good fun: the band leads a number of carols and plays a few seasonal performance numbers: interspersed with entertaining and varied local acts of comedy, musical ensembles and solos, poetry and readings: washed down with tea , coffee and mince pies. Ambridge couldn’t do it better.

This was a significant evening for our training band, who gave their inaugural performance of the year. Impressive stuff. Well done, trainees, and Ellis, your leader.

THE MASONS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER

Once again the band was invited to lead the carols following the local lodge’s dinner. This kicked off our busy Christmas schedule and gave us a good opportunity to unearth the carol pamphlets and renew our acquaintance with Once in Royal and friends…

Following the evening the masons wrote, “A big thanks to the band for coming along and playing at out Christmas Dinner last night. It made it quite an occasion and was very much enjoyed and appreciated…We are delighted to make a donation to your charity for all the good work and enjoyment the Town Band provide throughout the year in and around the town for the benefit of all…May we wish all your members a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.”