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ByAnna Cottle

Shrewton Flower Show – July 2023

What a fabulous afternoon we had at the annual Shrewton Flower Show. A first for our Training Band who were amazing, well done to you all. We even had Singing In the Rain ready but guess what…….. an afternoon of sunshine and blue skies…… we didn’t need it! A great event and a great afternoon.

ByAnna Cottle

Brassed Off at the Horse – June 2023

Thank you to all of you that came and supported us at ‘Brassed Off At The Horse 2023’ at The White Horse Inn, Stourpaine. What a fabulous evening 🎶

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Carfest – August 2022

We had an absolute blast at CarFest South this year! 7 perfomances over 3 days with wall to wall sunshine and lots of fun with our banding friends.

‘Brassed Off’ at The Horse – August 2022

Every summer, The White Horse Inn in Stourpaine host a series of Brass Band Sunday evening concerts throughout July and August.  Brass Bands from the surrounding area perform an entertaining concert and here we are taking our turn on a VERY hot Sunday evening.  A great evening was had by all.

Fun In The Sun at Wessex County Fair – July 2022

Shrewton Silver Band were pleased to be back at the Wessex Country Fair in the idyllic Wilton House Estate, entertaining visitors with a varied programme as they entered the fair.  The event is organised by Salisbury Hospice Charity and the proceeds fund the vital care it provides.



Move To New Bandroom – October 2021

Shrewton Silver Band have moved and are very excited to start a new future at Shrewton Sports and Social Club.  Weeks have been spent building a new store room but we have finally done it.  We are in and loving our new rehearsal room!

A huge thank you to everyone involved.

Training Band brings home the Silverware! – January 2020

Congratulations to SSB Training Band today, coming 4th in the Wessex Training Band Contest – their first ever time performing at a competition! Well done to all the players and mentors and to Michael Dunford for conducting the band – also to Edward Sinclair who won best instrumentalist of the day in any section -playing on drum kit! Thank you also to all the organisers of the event.

Mike Dunford receives Community Award! – January 2018

Amesbury Area Board holds first community awards

More than 100 people packed into Amesbury Area Board’s first community awards last night (18 January) to recognise people who have gone above and beyond to help their communities.

The special event was held at Antrobus House with awards given out to young people, individuals and teams.

The evening began with light music from Shrewton Silver Band before the awards were presented by Amesbury Area-based athlete and former Major in the Army Cornelia Oosthuizen. Cornelia competed in wheelchair tennis, swimming, cycling and golf in the 2017 Invictus Games.

Cllr Darren Henry said: “This was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the warmth and generosity of our Amesbury area communities. It is always the people who bring communities together and I was delighted to be a part of this special evening.”

Cornelia said: “This was a fantastic event to recognise a wide variety of voluntary work across the Amesbury Area. It was a privilege to meet volunteers that are so passionate and generous with their time and effort.”

The winner of the individual award Maureen Atkinson said: “A big thank you to the area board and yourself for laying on the presentation ceremony tonight. It was a lovely way of thanking the huge number of volunteers that work in our communities. I was delighted to receive my certificate but stunned and very proud to receive the trophy. A massive thank you to all those organisations who nominated me. Please pass on my thanks to all the councillors, who each deserve an award themselves!”

Winner of the Under 18s Charlie Henry said: “Tonight was truly amazing and I really appreciate the recognition from all of you.”

The winner in the team category was The Durrington Charity Fundraisers. Other highly commended individuals on the night were: Peter Dennis, Carolyn Tayltor, Claire Hutton, Dawn Watson, Gillian Clarke, Jean George, Katie Thomas, Laura Brisbane, Michael Dunford, Roger Stokes, Stacey Hartness, Terry Kemp and Tom Cox,

Highly commended in the team category were: St Giles’ Church Café, Durrington Post Point, Amesbury Youth Café, Get Wiltshire Walking and Mighty Ducks Explorers. Highly commended in the under 18s category was Collett Gullwell.

Band President of 39 years, Peter Sweet has Sadly Passed Away- August 2018

Lt Col (Retd) Peter Alfred Sweet passed away on 3rd August 2018 after a brief period of illness when the lurking prostate cancer finally took hold.

Sharp minded, with a memory to put most to shame, he remained in good spirits with activities until the close. He had a distinguished service with The Queens at the end of the war, before transferring to the Gunners in 1947. He continued to serve admirably at Larkhill as a Retired Officer in Gunnery Wing.

Concurrently, he was heavily involved in the RAYC, spending many happy days at sea and many more perhaps less enjoyable days in the administration and financial affairs of the club. He was immersed in the RA Race course, being Clerk of the Course for many years, gaining huge pleasure from the people and events held at Larkhill.

He settled in Shrewton in the mid 70s and became President of the Shrewton Silver Band, President of the Shrewton Cricket Club, a key member of the Youth Club and a SPVA visitor to local service personnel for years. He was a devout member of St Mary’s Church, Shrewton as treasurer, church warden, chorister, bell ringer and constant attender for more than 40 years. He was a founder member of the Shrewton Candlemas Charity which he resurrected from nothing to become a thriving charity supporting those in need in the village. He thoroughly deserved the MBE for Community Service to the village in 2012. He was always able to talk to and be interested in all range of folk, young and old, from any background.

He will be sorely missed, not only by his children, Peter, Debs, Tim and Nicky, his 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren but by the villagers of Shrewton and any who were fortunate to know him.

Shrewton Grab the Silverware in Torquay! – November 2017

Torquay, the English Riviera…the place the rich and famous like to be seen at the Riviera International Conference Centre for the South West Brass Band Association’s 71st Annual Championships.

Shrewton Silver Band gained a very creditable 2nd place in the Second Section with their rendition of Purcell Variations.  This is a great  result for the band who performed to the high standard the award deserved.

Click on the link for more Pictures of our Wonderful Weekend! Torquay November Contest 2017

Shrewton Visit Windsor Castle – October 2015

Shrewton Silver Band has been leading the way in the presence of a couple of high ranking Dukes…

For more photos click here!

Shrewton Silver Band based in a small village based near the world famous World Heritage site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, certainly enjoyed the recent opportunity to perform for royalty.

The band regularly performs in support of the Regimental Association of the Rifles & Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment based in Salisbury.

March past

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos and 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War being commemorated at Windsor Castle in the presence of Patrons, the Dukes of Edinburgh and Gloucester, the band was invited to lead the march past.

Following a short parade through Windsor (above), there was a service of Commemoration in St George’s Chapel.

‘It was very much a military occasion, so it was a great honour for a civilian band to undertake this high-profile commitment’

~ Band spokesperson.

Great honour

A spokesperson told 4BR: “It was very much a military occasion, so it was a great honour for a civilian band to undertake this high-profile commitment.

It also gave our recently retired army Drum Major the chance to put the band through their paces and sharpen up our deportment and parade work!”

Later, the Duke of Edinburgh expressed his appreciation, making this one of the proudest moments in the band’s long 150 year history.

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