Downton Band update
Downton Band would like to thank the village for its support and generosity which have helped it to survive through this time - particularly as they regroup. You might hear small groups from the Band rehearsing in outdoor spaces around the village in the coming weeks. If you do, they apologise in advance for all the wrong notes - they're a bit out of practice - but would appreciate being given a wave from a safe distance!
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport advice up until 14th August explicitly prohibited any brass, woodwind or singing in groups in public or in private - so Downton Band was completely shut down - unable to rehearse let alone perform for the longest period ever in their 147 year history. However this advice has now been changed and they're finally able to restart limited activities with small rehearsals a possibility and even outdoor performances possible soon.
The band performing at Torquay, earlier in March
Photo: courtesy of Ben Bennett
They hope to have a small band out for the Remembrance celebrations (in whatever form that may take this year) and are starting to plan for as much socially distanced Christmas Carolling as can be managed.
The band is looking forward to being out and about and once again making music for the village. The Beginners Band, Training Band and Jubilee Brass have been regularly meeting online and should be playing together within a few weeks. For more details, including the latest on their plans, follow the band on Facebook or visit their website: downtonband.org.uk