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The Bands charity for 2018 is Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance (Registered Charity No. 1021367).
Keep an eye out for events and concerts that the Band will be doing to raise money for this good cause.
To find out more about this charity, visit there website here.
On Saturday 17th March, the Band played at Herne Bay Baptist Church to help raise funds for 'Holiday at Home'. Every year at Summer, the Church runs an experience for the local elderly folks who are otherwise unable to away on holiday. They take them out for day trips, cream teas/lunches, organise activities at church, and even had a speaker from Air Ambulance last year to spek to them. It's a great opportunity for them to meet with others and share some enjoyable time together.
The band had a warm welcome and helped raise an amazing £610. Well Done everyone involved!
Posted Sunday 18th March 2018
On Friday 9th February, the Band played at St Marys Church, Chartham. One of the bands youngest members, Eddie (Cornet), played Annies Song as a solo. His Grandfather, Bernie (Euphonium), featured in the piece by conducting the whole band.
Posted Monday 12th February 2018
On Sunday 17th December, the Band had their Christmas Concert. It was certainly one of a kind! We had a visit from Santa, the audience sang Carols, the Juniors performed as well as alongside the rest of the Band, our newest front row Cornet player Joseph played a solo; and our Musical Director, Stuart had a visit from a Minion to wish him a 'Happy Birthday!'. Fun was had by all!
Posted Friday 22nd December 2017
On Saturday 30th September, the Band and their supporters took part in a Quiz Night. On Sunday 15th October, the Band has a Concert. Both of these events were to raise money for Pilgrims Hospice -Thanet. Between these events, the Band and Supportes raised an amazing £900!! Well done to all involved!
To find out more about Pilgrims Hospice Thanet, visit their website at http://www.pilgrimshospices.org/
Posted Sunday 15th October 2017
Our Musical Director, Stuart Cates was recently presented with a Civic Award to thank him for 66 years service leading the band. The award was presented by Neville Hudson (Our President in his local role of Chairman to the Parish Council).
Birchington Parish Council wanted to recognise people in the village that go above and beyond the call of duty. Winners were chosen by Parish Councillors for this first time event.
We thank you Stuart for all that you do for the Band.
Posted 18th September 2017
Our friends from Les Mureaux came across 2nd-4th June to spend time with us. We was fortunate this year to have a couple of their own musicals join us.
Romain Ferlicot and Marc Jacob de Cordemoy both joined our cornet section for our short concert. Plaques were presented to both musicians, as well as their Musical Director, Grégory Louvion .
Posted 13th June 2017
The Band's chosen charity for 2017 is Pilgrims Hospice, Thanet. Our charity quizzes and concerts will be to raise money for this worthy charity.
'Our Vision for Hospice Care is that everyone in East Kent should have access to services so they can cope with life-limiting illness with Dignity and free from pain.'
Pilgrims Hospices have been providing end of life care and support for patients and their families across East Kent for more than 30 years.
They are a Registered Charity offering their services free of charge.
Posted 7th June 2017.
One of our younger Tenor Horn players, Amy, has been offered a place at Cambridge University. The Band would like to wish her good luck in the future, we hope to see you soon!
Update: Amy gained three A*s and two A's, she has a place at Emmanuel College Cambridge to study Engineering.
Posted 6th June 2017 - updated 17th August 2017