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.”

Lyme Regis remembers: 2019

Remembrance Sunday in the town today was attended by large numbers of young and old, who processed through the town into the parish church for a moving service. Councillors, members of youth groups, police, lifeboatmen, majorettes, coastguards and firefighters were amongst those represented. The band, joined by Alex on the organ, accompanied the large congregation in several well-known hymns plus one new to us: Michael. Wreaths were presented: the band’s being carried forward by Sandra, our secretary. The band also contributed to the event with a voluntary: Mozart’s Ave Verum.

Following the service a short ceremony was conducted in the town square. Steve played the Last Post and the band led the singing of the National Anthem.

It’s a piece of cake

Is it just our band or do all bands like cake? If an army marches on its stomach perhaps a band thrives on its birthday cake…

This week it was Geoff’s turn to be feted with this splendid offering.

Lots more birthdays, please, folk – especially on Tuesday nights.