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Commemoration parade at Hayling Island – June 2024

Today, members of Shrewton Silver Band had the honor of participating in the 65th commemoration parade of the DERR Royal Regiment at Hayling Island. We are incredibly proud to be part of this significant event, paying tribute to the brave individuals who have served. It was a memorable event filled with respect, pride, and community spirit…… and even a surprise renewing of wedding vows!


80th Anniversary of D-Day – June 2024

Last night, we performed at the Lighting the Beacon event, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

It was a meaningful evening filled with music and remembrance, and we were honored to be part of this significant moment in history.


4th Place for us this year at the WEBBA Contest in Torquay – March 2024

Delighted to have achieved 4th place in the 2nd Section of the West Of England Regional Championships this year. Huge thanks to everyone for their hard work and dedication.


Welcome Aboard, Paul Salmon. Our new BBb Bass Player! – February 2024

We are delighted to announce that Paul Salmon has joined the band on BBb bass. Paul is an experienced player at championship section level and already proving his worth in the engine room of the band. Paul is a fantastic addition to our team and has arrived just in time for the Regional Area Contest in Torquay next month. Paul is seen here being welcomed into the bandroom by our MD Mike Dunford. 


Christmas with Shrewton Silver Band – December 2023

Throughout the month of December, Shrewton Silver Band has been bustling with activity, engaging in a series of concerts, spreading joy through carolling, and participating in heartfelt carol services. As the month comes to a close, the band is taking a well-deserved week off to rest and recharge, savouring the festive spirit. However, the musical journey continues, as we eagerly look forward to diving back into full rehearsals at the onset of January, ready for more harmonious moments in the coming year.


Concert in Salisbury – November 2023


Oktoberfest – October 2023

Oktoberfest, the world famous Bavarian celebration of beer and culture, came alive for Shrewton Silver Oom-Pah Band at the annual event held in Figheldean. What a fun evening!


Carfest South – August 2023

What an absolutely amazing weekend we had at Carfest South 2023. A weekend full of music, fun and laughter with a fantastic bunch of musicians. Thank you to our fabulous friends who helped out, you were all brilliant.

For more photos of our weekend, please click on Carfest South 2023


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.


Brassed Off At The Horse – June 2023

Thank you to all of you that came and supported us at The White Horse Inn in Stourpaine. What a fabulous evening.


Mayor Making Ceremony Salisbury – May 2023

The band took part in the annual Mayor Making Ceremony in Salisbury to handover the Mayoral chain from Cllr Tom Corbin to Cllr Hoque.

A Civic Procession led by the band left from the Guildhall in procession via Fish Row, Butchers Row, Minster Street and into St. Thomas’s Church with a fanfare played by the 4 members of the band.

For more photos of the day please click on Mayor Making – May 2023


Top Of The Pops Concert a hit with our audience in Durrington – April 2023

Wow, thank you Durrington! An absolutely fabulous evening playing to a packed audience at the All Saints Church in Durrington. Lovely to see so many people come along and enjoy our concert.


Regional Areas – March 2023

A fantastic weekend with the band in Torquay. 8th was not the result we had hoped for but amazing comments from other bands about our performance.


Shrewton Silver Band prepare for the upcoming areasFebruary 2023

Again we are thankful to the British Army Band Tidworth for the use of their wonderful facilities this weekend and to the legend that is Steve Sykes for his outstanding guidance yesterday and today. We have had an amazing weekend with lots to take forward for our final preparations for the areas in Torquay on the 12th March.


Christmas with Shrewton Silver Band – December 2022

For any Brass Band, December is always a very busy month and we were no exception! We started the month with carols at the Christmas Fayre in Amesbury. The following weekend we spent a frosty morning playing carols outside Waitrose in Salisbury followed by a Carol Service in St Thomas’ Church in Salisbury in aid of Cancer Research. The Thursday after we held our annual Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church in Shrewton and then had our Christmas Singalong evening at Fighledean Working Mens Club the next day. And to finish off the Christmas season, carolling around Shrewton. Merry Christmas everyone and see you all in 2023!


Movie Concert and Quiz – November 2022

We had a great afternoon supporting Shrewton Sports & Social Club with a movie themed concert and quiz. A lot of fun was had by both the players and audience.


‘We Will Remember Them’ – November 2022

A privilege, as always, to play at the Service Of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church, Shrewton with The Last Post played by Trevor Rowland.


Shrewton Silver Oompah Band perform at Fighledean’s Oktoberfest – October 2022

The band had a great evening performing at the ever-popular Fighledean’s Oktoberfest. For more photos, please click on the following link Oktoberfest – October 2022


Shrewton enjoy all weekend sunshine at Carfest – August 2022

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


Busy July for the band – July 2022

The band have been enjoying the last few weekends of the summer playing at the Shrewton Flower Show, The Wessex County Fair in Wilton and ‘Brassed Off’ at The White Horse Inn, Stourpaine.


Band President, David Ridout, Retires – July 2022

After 64 years close involvement with Shrewton Silver Band, our Band President, David Ridout is retiring. Through the years David has been a player and committee member, holding every possible committee position and most recently has been President of the Band. David has tirelessly supported and raised funds for the band alongside Mary, his amazing wife. David will continue to support the band and follow our progress in retirement. From all SSB players, past and present, across 64 years, a massive thank you to David and Mary for all their hard work and tireless support.


Mayor Making in Salisbury – May 2022


4th Place for us at this years WEBBA Regional Championships – April 2022

This year the band headed to Cheltenham to take part in the annual West of Englands Brass Band Championships to perform Aeronaughts by Goff Richards. A great performance on the day and a great weekend for the band.


Oktoberfest – October 2021

What a fantastic evening with our Oom-pah band at Fighleadean Working Mens Club. For more photos, please click on Octoberfest – October 2021


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 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.


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.


Band Receives Grant – June 2018

Shrewton Silver Band has recently received a grant from the Wiltshire Council Area Communities Boards (Amesbury) for new music and new music stands. We are extremely grateful to the Council for this grant as it allows the band to update it’s music repertoire and to update it’s worn out music stands. Shrewton Silver Band will be representing, not only Wiltshire, but the West of England at the National Brass Band Championships Finals of Great Britain in September. The music test piece for the National Finals (Firestorm) was the first to be purchased using the funds from the Council. Thank you Wiltshire Council for your support to a small village band.


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.


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.