Hastings and St Leonards Observer Sarturday March 22 1930
The Drill Hall was crowded on Wednesday evening on the occasion of a concert in aid of the funds of the Battle
Town Band. The Town Band contributed some enjoyable selections. and too talented local companies also made an
Appearance. The Amusements Society were heartily applauded for " A Revue of Old Time Songs." and the " Blue
Birds " repeated their succesful number, " An Eastern Scena." A male voice choir also made its first and what is
hoped will not be its last appearances in the town. Mrs. Capell-Reade recited with great dramatic skill. her rendering
of " The Telegram " being particularly good. Mrs Millicent Raper, Miss Edith Batley and Mr. R Sellena were heard to
advantage in songs and Mr. Jack Errey's monologue. were a very popular feature. At the conclusion hearty
cheers were accorded Mr. Sheehan-Dare and the Battle Band. The former thanked the artistes and all those who had
supoprted the concert, and added word of thanks to Mr. Jack Errrey for is work in connection with the
arrangements. Appealing for support for the band. Mr. Sheehan-Dare said how indepded they were to four men who
kept the flag flying during the war, the brothers Parks one of whom was the present bandmaster. Mr. Walter White.
and Mr. Santer. They were also indebted to Mr. J.P. Slagg for the gift of a valuable horn. Mr. Heriot. of Crowhurst,
had made it possible for them to purchase nine instruments from the Crowhurst Band. which had now, unfortunatley
ceased to exist. The Battle Band was a credit to the Town and worthy of all the support it could get. The evening
was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.
BATTLE TOWN BAND
Sir,-- May we be allowed to trespass again on your valuable space with a few remarks as to our present position and
hopes for the New Year.
We are grratified with the many expressions of appreciation we have recieved this Christmastide from all quarters.
Our members played out every night, with the exception of Sundays for the ten days preceding Christmas, and again
on the Market Green on Christmas and Boxing Day mornings. The response by the tradespeople and public seas, with
a few exceptions, considerably better than in the past, and our members felt fairly compensated for their lost time
and efforts. We incidentally collected sufficient to pay the rent of our bandroom, reimburse ourselves for the purchase
of a light necessary for playing out, and discharge an outstanding account for music. As to the future. Our immediate
and urgent necessity was a new bass instrument, the present one being acquired over forty years ago and now
entirely worn out. We have ordered an instrument and are now faced with the task of paying off the instalments for
its purchase -a total of about £10.
We are arranging to play in the town on several Saturday evenings during the next few weeks and trust that the
generosity of our tradespeople and public will soon enable us to collect this amount.
Though the replacement of this instrument is by no means the sum total of our reasonable needs, it is something to
go on with, and, combined with a previous generous gift of a cornet, will do much to encourage us to further efforts.
So soon as we can acquire a few additional instruments we shall be in a position to welcome recruits tom play them
and so raise our hand to the standard that should be expected of a town such as Battle.
It suggested that a fund shoud he raised for the purchase of uniform, which of course, we agree is desirable, and this
may come a little later. Meanwhile. it is players that count. and we look forward with more confidence to the New
its possible engagements in the town and district.
Battle Town Band practised at "The Kings
Head" in Mount Street for many years. Wally
can be identified by his Trombone, (it looks
like a large paper-clip) and no doubt some of
you will be able name other members of this
very, very memorable group of musicians.