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Town Band donation hits the right note.

South Molton’s Town Band will be playing some new tunes next summer thanks to a £1000 donation. 

Members of the Loyal Lodge of Industry attended Band practice this week to hand over a cheque from the
Devonshire Freemasons’ WAKE fund.

(L to R) Frank Handscombe (Secretary), Gil Taylor (Musical Director), Ray Kingdon (Chairman), Mike Latham (Worshipful Master)


Musical Director Gil Taylor explained..

“People rarely appreciate that one of the major expenses for a Brass Band is the purchase of new music.  Some competition pieces are over 10 minutes long and with 27 players in the band that adds up to a lot of sheet music.  A single piece can cost getting on for £100”.


Our support for the Town Band goes back decades.  Our Lodge’s current Master, Mike Latham added…

“ The Town Band are wonderful ambassadors for our community who have promoted South Molton far and wide across the country, even as far as the Albert Hall in London.  We are delighted to make this donation on behalf of Devonshire Freemasons, and look forward to hearing the band’s wonderful music around the town again soon”.


Band Chairman Ray Kingdon replied…

“We are enormously grateful to the members of The Loyal Lodge of Industry and Devonshire Freemasons for their continued support.  Covid-19 has seriously hampered our activities over the last couple of years and it is only through donations like this that we have been able to keep Brass Band music alive in our community.”


The band are currently preparing for a busy Christmas programme and look forward to getting back to competition in the New Year.