The band at Seaton Town Hall in August 2005

History

About Us

 

The rural† south Somerset village of Stoke-sub-Hamdon has a banding tradition going back to 1891, which continued to around 1930. The present band was reformed during VE celebrations in 1945 under its former name Stoke Military Band. In the fifties a traditional brass band formation was adopted, with all woodwind instruments being phased out.

 

The history of the band may best be characterised as being colourful and chequered; certainly never dull! The 50th anniversary, in 2005, proved to be something of a watershed for this small village band, which culminated in a gradual process of rebuilding with a shift of emphasis away from the contest arena to concentrate on bringing an entertaining programme of light, popular music to the general public.

 

The band relies entirely on public donation through a busy schedule of engagements throughout the summer, with regular concert performances in the village, and attendance at local fetes, street fayres, carnivals and carol concerts. Large investments have been made in new instruments, dress uniforms, waistcoats and concert stands. A book chronicling the history of the band has been produced in an amusing and witty style by one of its founder members, Alan Richards.

 

In October 2006 the band undertook itís first overseas trip to Igny near Paris with Crewkerne Twinning Association, which included playing in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

 

Sadly in December 2007, the Bandís President Cecil Gillman died after a long illness. He was a founder member of the band and for over twenty years, hosted a garden party at his home in Chiselborough.

 

In 2008 the band lost another of its founder members when in September, when band historian, Alan Richards died following a stroke. He attended band practice right up to the night before he was taken ill.†

 

In 2009 Wayne and Rosemary Thomas took over as joint presidents of the band.

 

2014 saw some players retire leaving the band with a core of a dozen players, efforts are a foot to recruit new players to the band.

1991 at URC in Stoke

Norton sub Hamdon Flower Show 1955

1972 at Paignton