Dear Loyal Friends,
Hi all, it’s been a little time since we’ve been in touch. I hope you are keeping well and looking forward to a lovely warm and dry summer.
Much has happened band wise since our last Newsletter. Fortunately we are still very much in demand and have continued to take part in events in and around the area. In addition to our successful Annual Concert back in October last year and our equally successful Christmas carolling season, our engagements this year have included playing at the Cawl-y Can evening in the Welfare Hall and a fund raising event at the Swansea Mayor’s Mansion House in Ffynone. We were also booked to play at the annual Gorseinon Food Festival in April but a combination of very heavy rain and the fact that we were intended to play outdoors meant we were unable to take part. Fingers crossed for better luck next year.
More recently the Band travelled to Paris for a weekend of music making. We had a really enjoyable time during which we played concerts at the Square Jean XXIII Gardens, which is at the rear of Notre Dame Cathedral, and also at the Jardin du Luxembourg – both lovely venues. On both occasions the French weather was very kind to us and we were fortunate enough to play to healthy size audiences.
Unfortunately our Band Secretary Bev was unable to come with us to France due to a stay in hospital. Thankfully Bev is now back at home recuperating. I’m sure you will join the band in sending Bev our best wishes and hopes of a speedy and healthy recovery.
Nothing stands still in the banding world though, and as you will see from the contact details at the top of this letter Phil Pinnington has taken over the reigns as Band Chairman, and since returning from France, Ivan Butcher, who was our deputy Musical Director, has taken over the baton as MD for the immediate future. Whilst we look forward to working with Ivan over the next few months, we would also like to say a big thank you to Brian Cousins for the hard work he did to keep the Band moving during his tenure as MD.
Looking toward the future we have a busy time ahead. Our diary includes the following engagements:-
•Tre-Uchaf School Summer Fete 4 July;
•Parc William Fun Day 5 July;
•Christadelphian Care Home. Newton 12 July;
•Loughor Welfare Hall – First World War Memorial 25th July
•Llangennech WI 1 August;
•Singleton Park Botanical Gardens 3 August.
In addition to those engagements, we have an extremely important event on 26 July when we will be playing at the wedding of Robin Wilson (who is also one of our solo cornet players) and his bride to be, Emma. We feel privileged to be asked to take part in their special day and wish them both a long, happy and healthy life together.
A little later in the year, on the 11 October, we will be holding our annual concert at the Welfare Hall. This year we are sharing the evening with the Dunvant Male Voice choir and the Corps of Drums of the South Wales Police. We will be sending out your tickets in due course. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.
As usual our year will end with our Christmas Carolling season. Again, fingers crossed for dry weather. If you feel you would like to help please feel free to get in touch.
Well I think that’s all our news covered, but if you have any comments or have anything specific you would like included in future Newsletters please let us know. Also if you think the band can help you or any organisation you are involved with, again please feel free to get in touch and we will do our very best to accommodate.
Thank you all again for your continued support, it remains greatly appreciated.