We are sad to announce that Ken Rich, a former player and conductor of the band passed away earlier this week. Ken had been a key member of the band over the years, occupying the solo horn seat and conducting the band from 1998 to 2003 and then again from 2007 to 2009. Ken’s association with brass bands goes back over 65 years and he started conducting in 1965. He moved away from Sussex briefly in the 1960s, to Essex. He played with Epping Band, before returning to live in Mayfield. He had a long career with the Mayfield Band and has taught many a young person to play brass instruments. In 1984 he took the Mayfield Band to the Royal Albert Hall for the National Brass Band Finals. Before brass banding, Ken led a jazz group on trumpet which used to perform around Kent and Sussex. Ken has written a number of other original pieces, including a terrific march called Mayfield Saint Dunstan and he wrote Wadhurst Canon, a piece for the band to celebrate the millennium, and has arranged hymns and other pieces for the band and audiences to enjoy. He retired from the band in 2013. In his memory we played the bandsman’s hymn, Deep Harmony, at our rehearsal last night and our thoughts are with his family.
With just four weeks to go our Christmas Concert tickets are now available from Carillion Cottage in Wadhurst High Street. Tickets are priced at £9 with £7 for concessions, and of course our traditional interval refreshments of wine and mince pies are included in the ticket price. The last couple of years have seen a packed Commemoration Hall so make sure you pop along and get your tickets before we sell out! The concert starts at 7.30pm and will be full of your favourite Christmas music with chances for you to sing your heart out too. So do come along and we’ll help you get in the Christmas Spirit.
Remembrance Sunday falls, this year, on the 13th Novemeber and, as usual, we will be supporting the service in our Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. The service commences at 10.45am. Beforehand there will be a short wreath laying service at the war memorial (near the fire station) at 10.15am where the last post will be sounded.
The British Legion and the band would like to thank the 1st Wadhurst Scouts for their help in setting up the Commemoration Hall for this evening’s British Legion Poppy Concert. It was a welcome surprise to come to the hall this afternoon and find chairs set out for the audience. We are sure we can tempt people away from their TVs and come and have a great evening supporting the Legion – they can catch up on “Strictly” later!! Thank you so much!
We are back after a summer break busy preparing for our 28th British Legion Poppy Concert which is just a month away on 1st October. The concert raises funds for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal, organised locally by the Wadhurst and Tidebrook Branch. The funds provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families. The concert, in the Commemoration Hall, starts at 8pm and tickets are £6 in advance from Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst or £6.50 on the door. Please come along for a great evening of music and supporting such a good cause too!