We Remember

Saturday 27th October 7.30pm, Wells Town Hall

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch Concert 

The Wells branch of The Royal British Legion will launch the 2018  Poppy Appeal at Wells Town Hall o Saturday 27th October

Wells City Band is delighted to be invited to help launch this year’s appeal by providing some musical entertainment comprising of popular tunes old and new.

Further details about this event can be found on the Wells RBL Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pg/WellsBranchRBL/posts/

Or, on the Wells Town Hall website:  http://www.wells.gov.uk/

 

Sunday 11th November 5.30pm

Wookey Hole

WW1 Beacons of Light

A Nation’s Tribute

A nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

The event will open at 5.30pm.  At 6.55pm the Last Post will be played on the hill in line of sight of Glastonbury Tor, with the Beacon being lit at 7.00pm.

Wells City Band are honoured to have been asked to participate in a concert that starts at 7.20pm

For full details of this event and all the timings  please look at the Wookey Hole Village website: https://www.wookeyhole.info/village-life2/2-uncategorised/320-ww1-beacons-of-light.html

 

Festival of Brass – Sunday 16th September

Make a date with a fabulous selection of bands from around the region in a celebration of live music on the Bandstand at the Wells Recreation Ground on Sunday 16th September.

The event kicks off at 10.00am and a programme of performances from eight different bands continues throughout the day finishing at 5.00pm.

There will be refreshments available and many stalls where you can try your luck at winning a prize.

Spring and Summer Events 2018

Wells City Band are pleased to give you an early preview of some of the exciting events we will be playing at later this year:

Sunday 12th Aug – 2.00 – 4.00pm, Blake Gardens band stand, Bridgwater.

Sunday 16th September – 9.00am – 5.00pm, The Bandstand at Wells Recreation Ground.  A celebration of music from brass bands around the region.

Saturday 27th October – 7.30pm, Royal British Legion poppy appeal launch concert, Wells Town Hall.

Saturday 3rd November- 12.00 – 2.00pm.  Bridgwater Carnival concert, St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater.

Sunday 11th November – 7.00pm, A Nations Tribute – Beacon of Light, Wookey Hole in the marque by the hotel.

Friday 16th November – 6.00pm Wells Carnival.

Saturday 1st December – 10.00 – 10.45 am & 11.00 am – 12.00noon, Binegar Christmas Market, Rookery Farm Binegar

Saturday 8th December- 10.00 am – 1.00pm, carols for shoppers at Morrisons in Wells

Sunday 9th December – The Reindeer Parade

Tuesday 11th December – 6.30 – 7.30 pm, carols at Easton Green

Saturday 15th December – 7.30pm, Christmas concert, Wells Town Hall

Friday 21st December – 7.00 – 9.00pm, carols for shoppers at Morrisons in Wells

Saturday 22nd December – 1.30 – 3.30 pm, carols at the Bishop’s Palace chapel

Monday 24th December- 6.00 – 9.00 pm, Christmas carols at various locations around the City of Wells

Band Celebrates Awards

The annual Christmas concert is a special occasion in the band’s calendar when the Wells main band is joined by both the training and intermediate bands to present this festive event.  Each section delighted the packed audience at Wells Town Hall with a lively and varied programme of traditional and modern Christmas tunes. To add to the festivities the band celebrated special achievements with the presentation of awards.  Dot Poole, Musical Director presented the awards with help from Tania Climo, Training Section M.D. and the Mayor of Wells, Cllr John North.  Cllr North presented Tanya Climo with a long service award having played with and supported the band for an incredible 30 years!  Well done and congratulations to all of our awards winners.

Best Bands Person of the Year – Geoff Baker-Hytch

2017 presentation 2 2017

Most Improved Player – Sharon James

2017 presentation

Training Band Award – Jess Milverton

Jess

30 Year’s Service – Tanya Climo

2017 presentation 5

6 Years Service Award – Angela Humphries

2017 presentation 4

Best Supporter – Vikki Milverton

2017 presentatio 3

 

History

Brass band playing in Wells goes back to the 18th century Somerset militia. The first mention of specifically a Wells band comes in 1852 and then in 1854 the Wells Journal recorded that “250 children belonging to the Central School of the City, having been preceded by a Band from the school to the Market House which was appropriately decorated with laurels and banners, partook of an abundant supply of tea and cake.”
Various bands flourished in Wells in the late 19th century, in particular the Factory Band of Hilliers Brush Manufacturing. But it was the Wells City Band which performed at official occasions and important funerals.
In 1913 the Wells City Band almost came to a tragic end. The Wells Journal of 28th February that year reported that eleven members of the Wells City Band were returning in a horse drawn carriage from the village fete in Binegar when the metal band around the wheels came off and rolled away. The journal conjectured that if this had happened on the steep hill from Binegar “without doubt the spokes of the wheel would have smashed.”
The years of the Great War and immediately afterwards were lean, with so many young men away. By the 1920s the band was back in full swing, practicing each week in the Bishop’s Barn. Soon it had 20 active members under Band Master Don Loxton. It had a black uniform with a silver braid and played at football matches and official occasions as well as at dances in Wells and nearby villages.
The Second World War was another fallow period. The Bishop’s Barn was taken over by the army. When it was released in 1946 the Town Clerk, Mr Dodd was informed that some of the band equipment stored there during the war had disappeared. This was a serious loss for the Wells City Band and an ex-gratia payment of £73 was made by the military. The band was back in business.
In 1989 the Wells Blue School Band was invited to continue as “Wells City Band”. Ivor Lewis was Band Master for thirteen years. His valuable contribution to banding can be seen in the young people he trained who are now adults playing in the Wells City Band, and other bands nationwide.
By this time several important changes had been made since the inter war years. Women were made very welcome and the band uniform became less sombre, with a burgundy red jacked and black lapels.
The band developed its membership and expanded its supporters club throughout the 1990s. It became an important feature at civic functions, church services, nearby village fetes, charity concerts and Christmas events.
With over a century of serving the community behind it the Wells City Band is looking to build an even stronger future. We will continue to rely heavily on recruiting new musicians and on the enthusiastic support of the community.