Over 125 years of local music making
Despite the inclement weather, there was a good turnout for January's talk at the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle in the Church Rooms. The speaker was Pauline Bott who told the audience all about the New Buckenham Silver Band. Pauline had brought along a large collection of photographs, programmes and newspaper articles detailing the history of the band from inception in 1887 up to the present day, together with uniforms past and present. The talk illustrated the highs and lows experienced by the band - from the big concerts with guest celebrities such as Roy Castle and the grant of £65,000 from the lottery fund, to the subsequent theft of virtually all the valuable instruments shortly thereafter. Pauline then gave a brief demonstration on her tuba to the delight of all present. Joining the Band would be an ideal grounding in music for the young, said Pauline, and would be invaluable should any youngster wish to pursue a career in music - pop or classical.
Next month's meeting on Thursday 14 February will be a talk from Alison Hannah on "Life in a Victorian asylum". Alison's talk last year on a related topic was unexpectedly most informative and highly entertaining so members are looking forward to hearing more on this subject.