Downton Band plans to play on
Downton Band are still hoping to be able to deliver a near normal routine of playing carols around the village during December, including on Christmas day, assuming that lockdown ends on 2nd December and that Downton and the surrounding areas return to Tier 1 rules. There will be strict social distancing and Covid-Secure procedures in place with full risk assessments carried out, and the band will be bound by whatever laws and guidance is in force at the time.
The band has lost nearly all its income due to lockdown and Covid-19 so donations would be very welcome - but understandably they cannot be knocking on doors round the village this year. However you can still donate via their PayPal account https://www.paypal.me/downtonband or see https://www.downtonband.org.uk/donate.shtm for other options.
Small groups from the band are also available to perform carols and Christmas songs outside pubs, nursing homes upon request subject, of course, to such activities being legal and safe.
The planned dates are as follows - subject not only to lockdown being released on time, but also to weather, players remaining healthy and there being no further changes to the current laws and guidance. Dates will be confirmed on the band's website and Facebook page nearer the time when the situation is clearer.
Tues 8th - The Sidings
Weds 9th - The Moot Estate (Training Band)
Thurs 10th - The Borough
Tues 15th - Charlton All-Saints
Thurs 17th - Wick Estate
Tues 22nd - New Wick
Thurs 24th - Outside the Co-op (times to be confirmed)
Downton Band out and about in the village last Christmas
In addition, small groups from senior and training band hope to be playing outside the Co-op on some Saturdays during December. On Christmas morning they hope to be out as usual, but they may arrive at a different time in some parts of the village. Finally, the band would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year so far and over the festive period.