On Wednesday 4th December the Band took great pleasure in handing over a cheque for £250.00 to Harry Robinson from the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The MS Society was chosen as the beneficiary of the proceeds raised as the result of a memorial concert that the Band held on the 26th October in honour of Soprano player George Shaw, a long-standing member of the Band who sadly passed away at the end of 2017.
Thank you to everyone that contributed in making the evening such a success.
Band President Mike Brocklehurst presenting the cheque for £250.00 to Harry Robinson from the MS Society
A big Thank you to those of you that attended our Christmas Concert on Sunday 1st Dec, it was great to see a packed hall which resulted in the afternoon being the best ever with regards to the amount of money raised on the day, the total coming in at £289.89, a fantastic result!
The Band donates the proceeds from their annual Christmas concert to other Village organisations. This year the committee have decided to round the total up to £300.00 and split it equally between the Village Cricket Club and the Church roof fund, both very worthy recipients.
It was also an honour for the Band to ask our President, Mike Brocklehurst, to present the 25 year service award to our former Secretary, now Vice President, Beryl Lack along with additional cards and gifts to both Beryl and husband Roy, former Musical Director and Chairman, thanking them for their service to the Band over the last 25 plus years which is very much appreciated by all the members.
NEW Musical Director
Great Horwood Silver Band are pleased to announce that
has agreed to join us as our New Musical Director
Nigel officially took his first rehearsal at the beginning of November
having only a few weeks to prepare for the Band's Remembrance commitments
and annual Christmas Concert.
The Band is looking forward to preparing next year's program when we return to
the Band room after the Christmas break.
40th Wedding Anniversary Surprise
On the 8th September 2019 the Band were invited to play as part of the celebrations for Toddy and Clive Hamilton Gould’s 40th Wedding Anniversary party in Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire.
On arrival the Band remained hidden from view only making their entrance at the agreed time from a lane next to the Village Hall playing Congratulations, a very big surprise for both Toddy and Clive as the last time the Band had performed for them was on their wedding day 40 years earlier!
8th September 1979
8th September 2019
The afternoon was made even more special as four of the Bands members (Tony Hart, Richard Edmans, Keith Mould and Sharon Taylor) also played on the Wedding Day itself, see if you can spot them in the photographs.
The Band would like to thank Laura Hamilton Gould for inviting us along as in the words Emma Mainwaring ‘It was one of the best reactions she had ever seen’ as the Band made its entrance
The Band have received this lovely Thank You card, hand made by Gill Wood, from the Village Hall Management Committee.
We were able to donate £300 from the Christmas Carol Concert, towards the cost of maintenance of our "Home" for many years.
As you will have noticed, the scaffolding is up and work has started on repairing the roof. Many thanks to Gill and the committee for looking after us so well.
Medical Detection Dogs
At the rehearsal on Wednesday 24th January, our President, Mr Michael Brocklehurst, presented a cheque for £700, to Mr Jeremy Mulkern from the Medical Detection Dogs charity based here in Great Horwood. The money was raised at our concert last November in memory of our late President, Mr Len Goodwin. They are pictured here with Presley, a medical alert assistance dog, currently undergoing training to help an eventual new owner.
Pictured above are some members of the band and secretary Beryl Lack, with our guests Mr Michael and Mrs Lesley Brocklehurst, Mrs Liz Chequers, Mr Jeremy Mulkern and not forgetting the lovely Presley.
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2018 Annual Concert
The 2018 Annual Concert took place on Saturday 10th March in the Buckingham Community Centre.
The Training Band conducted by Emma Mainwaring began the evening after which, Rhys Watkins was presented with the Frank Wilks Trophy.
Musical Director Clive Keech took the audience on a musical world tour through Europe, New Zealand, America and the Caribbean. Tony Hart and guest, Simon Martin played "Spanish Eyes", and Tony later teamed up with Emma Mainwaring to play "Swiss Landler". The programme also included "Marching with Souza", "The Caliph of Baghdad", " Jamaican Rumba" and "Hine e Hine". It ended with "A Strauss Cocktail" and "Radetzky"
After the interval, President Michael Brockelhurst presented Clare Tring with the Sid Mould Memorial trophy, and Andrew Cook with the Padbury Sick Benefit Society trophy.
We give special thanks to our guests for the evening, Emma Stafford, Andy Harris, Robin Allen and Simon Martin
In Memory of Len Goodwin
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of band president Mr Len Goodwin.
When he retired, Len moved from Chalfont St Peter to Great Horwood to be near his daughter Elizabeth, who lived in Great Horwood with husband, Gary. Whilst visiting Elizabeth before making the move, he was impressed with the Band touring the village on Christmas Eve, and expressed a wish to become involved.
On moving to the village, Len made his way to the bandroom and the rest is history. He became a regular visitor and very active supporter, very often accompanied by his wife Linda, who also became a great supporter of the band. They both worked to provide help whenever possible, inviting the band in for drinks and nibbles on Christmas Eve, and helping at our concerts. Len became a Vice President in 1987 and was elected President in 2006.
Len was very proud of his association with the band and was never happier than when shaking a collecting box at Christmas. He will be sorely missed by us all, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, Linda, Elizabeth and Gary.
At the funeral on Monday 13th march the band formed a Guard of Honour on Len's arrival at the crematorium and during the service two tracks from the bands last CD were played.