The Wroughton Silver Band is a long-established band based in the Wiltshire village of Wroughton, which nestles below the ancient Ridgeway path and iron-age hill fort of Barbury Castle. It is just 2 mile south of Swindon and the M4. We are a friendly, social band and after a very long break we made a successful return to the contest stage in 2019 in the process earning promotion to the 3rd section, in which we currently compete. We have a full and varied list of engagements primarily in our locality including fetes, weddings, Christmas and Remembrance day events and bandstand concerts. We occasionally venture out of our area and since 2016 have participated in the famous Whit Friday Marches event held in Saddleworth. We support many charities not limited to but including the Poppy Appeal, Help for Heroes, Prospect Foundation and Parkinsons. We are so fortunate to have our own Band room at nearby Burderop Park, which was generously provided by the late Sir Henry Calley, whose great nephew Oliver Langton has recently taking on the role of Band President and in doing so continues the family association with the band.
We are currently going through a period of reorganisation in our training band setup, but in the meantime should you have a smattering of musical knowledge don’t hesitate to contact us. Those with some previous experience of playing a brass instrument may be able to find a niche in the Senior Band. Do not worry about instruments and music, all the equipment you need is provided, free of charge.
A year in the life of the Band:-
On our return to contesting, for the first first few weeks of the year we focus our rehearsal time on the test piece for the West of England Regional Championships held in Torquay in the month of March, depending on the results, we could, as we did in 2019, be invited to participate in the National Finals held at the Cheltenham racecourse during September. Immediately following this, the Band holds it AGM at a local hostelry where following the business element of the meeting we have an evening of food, beer and skittles.
Engagements during the summer are dominated by Fetes which have included Prospect, Chiseldon, Liddington where we either play in the open air and get burnt to a frazzle, or huddle under a marquee while the showers pass. Bandstand concerts in the Swindon Town Gardens, John Coles Park in Chippenham, Victoria Park in Newbury are also a regular feature of the summer months. Following a very successful Charity Concert during 2019 we are looking to make this a regular feature and the venue for this year is the wonderful theatre in the Deanery School in Wichelstowe. In July this year we have the privilege of playing in Temple Church in the City of London for the Centenary service of the British Palestine Police Association.
During October we have regular engagements at Christ Church with the Hillier Funeral Bereavement Service and for the Palestine Police reunion at Blundson House Hotel.
November sees us giving Remembrance concerts in Malmesbury Abbey and in Wroughton, together with our participation in the Remembrance Day Service at the Parish Church and leading the parade to the Cenotaph for the service there incorporating the two minute silence.
December, of course, is devoted to carols; our concert with the Swindon male Voice Choir, supermarket collections, services and, on Christmas morning, carols around Wroughton village, rounding off another year with the Wroughton Silver Band.