St Agnes is a large village on the north coast of Cornwall about five miles north of Redruth and ten miles southwest of Newquay.
1837: “The foundation stone for the British School, British Road, St Agnes was laid…the children then formed a procession preceded by a band. The St Agnes Band marched through the streets to mark the occasion.” (St Agnes 1001-1999)
1843: St Agnes Band played at the annual festival of Mingoose School. (30th June 1843 West Briton)
1852: St Agnes Amateur Brass Band at the Inn at Mithian. (Hamilton Jenkin – Perranporth area pg 47)
1852: “… whilst the St Agnes, and Falmouth Philharmonic Bands enlivened the festivities by alternately playing some beautiful pieces of music …” (3 September 1852 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1852: “…church bells rang merrily during the day and the St Agnes Amateur Brass Band enlivened the church town by their masterly performance.” (3 December 1852 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1853: “This district was visited on Tuesday the 12th instant, by a deputation of gentlemen from London, to witness the setting to work of a new thirty-inch cylinder steam engine, on Perran Wheal Jane. It was made at the factory of Messrs Sandys, Vivian and Co. in their usual style of excellence, and has a nine feet stroke, and equal beam. Mr Thomas James, of St Agnes, is the engineer. The deputation also visited Perran Wheal Alfred, Prince Alfred Consols, and Wheal Kitty. All these mines have been recently set to work by the deputation and their co-adventurers, under the management of Capt. John Davies, of St Agnes. The deputation then adjourned to Pearce’s Hotel, St Agnes, where they entertained the agents and a party of friends to a dinner comprising every delicacy of the season, and which was served up in Mrs Pearce’s usual satisfactory manner. The village bells rang merry peals during the day, and the evening was enlivened by the performances of the St Agnes Amateur Brass Band; the deputation regaled the tradesmen and miners employed in Perran Wheal Jane and Perran Wheal Alfred, with a substantial dinner of roast beef, plum pudding, &c., at the inn kept by Mr Letcher, at Mithian. The next day the deputation went underground at Wheal Kitty and the other mines, and were greatly pleased with the discoveries made, and the promising state of the mines generally.” (WB 22nd April 1853)
1853: St Agnes Brass Band played at a Chacewater event. (John Brush)
1862: “Lodges in Truro District. Tregony (St James’s), Helston, Newquay, Camborne. Band of Penzance Volunteers. Redruth. St Agnes Band. Truro (Temple of Peace), Chacewater (Loyal Florence Nightingale) …” (18 July 1862 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1865: “On Saturday, members of the loyal St Agnes Lodge of Oddfellows held their 20th annual demonstration. The members, numbering 115, formed a procession at 11.0am, and, accompanied by two brass bands and the juvenile lodge of Oddfellows (about 50), marched to the parish church, where a sermon was preached by the Rev. A A Vawdrey. After the service the procession re-formed and paraded the principal streets, returning to the Plume of Feathers Inn, where a dinner was provided by Host Gerry.” (RCG 23rd June 1865)
1868: “On Wednesday, the members of the St Agnes Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U., held their annual demonstration. The members, numbering 130, formed in procession, accompanied by their juvenile Lodge of Oddfellows, which numbering about 40, and headed by the Perranzabuloe and St Agnes Brass Bands, marched to the parish church, where an excellent sermon was delivered by the Rev. A A Vawdrey. After service the procession reformed and having paraded the principal places, they returned to the Lodge room where a sumptuous dinner was provided by host Gerry. The chair was taken by Br. T Solomon, Mayor of Truro. After dinner the loyal and patriotic toasts were given, followed by those of the Order, …” (2 July 1868 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1872: “The annual demonstration of the St Agnes Lodge of Oddfellows was held on Saturday. The members, preceded by the St Agnes Band, paraded the adjacent villages and the grounds of Mr W N Came, at Rosemundy, and attended divine service in the parish…” (29 June 1872 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1872: “…and scholars of the St. Agnes New Connexion Sunday school took tea in the chapel on Saturday afternoon last. The St Agnes Brass Band was in attendance.” (13 July 1872 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1873: “The annual demonstration of the St. Agnes Lodge of Oddfellows was held on Saturday. The members, preceded by the St Agnes Brass Band, paraded the adjacent villages and the grounds of Mr. N. Carne, at Rosemundy, and attended divine service in the parish …” (26 June 1873 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1873: “…scholars and teachers numbering about 140 met at the chapel in the afternoon, and forming a procession headed by the St Agnes Brass Band proceeded to the field kindly lent for the occasion by Mr M. T. Hitchens, where they partook of tea …” (2 August 1873 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1877: “…wet and stormy, the house was well attended and the proceeds amounted to something over £5. The service of the St Agnes Brass Band at intervals were very much appreciated. …” (20 April 1877 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1878: “… assembled in the Lodge Room, after which they proceeded through the street, and thence to the Beach, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band. The object of this … tea was to recruit some new members for this branch, …” (16 August 1878 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1879: “St Agnes on Saturday last, the grounds of Mr C Twite, was kindly lent for the occasion. A procession, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, promenaded the town, and on adjourning to the grounds a tea was provided both for visitors and members. …” (3 July 1879 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1880: “… Some part-songs by the Agnes Choral Association, and some airs by the St Agnes Brass Band [whose performance, by the way, might have sounded to more advantage in a larger building] completed a most delightful evening’s…” (2 April 1880 – Royal Cornwall Gazette”
1881: St Agnes Red Coats Brass Band active. (John Brush) This possibly indicates the demise of the earlier band, simply a change of uniform colours or that there were two bands in the village at this time.
1881: Joseph Roberts, St Agnes Red Coats Brass Band MD.
1881: “Speaking of dresses reminded of me of a paragraph which appeared in the Saturday edition of The Cornishman to the effect that the St Agnes Brass Band appeared recently in dresses of crimson and gold. How gorgeous, I cannot recommend our Volunteers to adopt this dress…” (16 June 1881 – Cornishman)
1881: “… tea treat was held on Saturday, when the school (numbering about two hundred) marched from the chapel, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, through the little village. Tea was provided in field opposite the chapel and the weather being fine …” (30 June 1881 – Cornishman)
1881: “Oddfellowship at St. Agnes. On Friday the memorial stones of a new Oddfellows Hall were laid at St Agnes. The lodge has hitherto been held at the Plume of Feathers, but its success has warranted the purchase of a piece of land on the Vicarage Road of Mr Enys, of Enys, and here a building is to be erected from plans prepared by Bro B. King, P.G., of a plain character the dimensions being 60 feet by 33 feet The hall is to be built with Body’s stone, with Carnmarth granite dressings. There will be two anterooms and the hall will be fitted up so that entertainment may be given in it if required. The hall will seat comfortably 300 people. There is to be a beautiful approach to the building, with a shrubbery on either side. On Friday the members of the Lodge met in the morning, and marched in procession, headed by the St Agnes brass band, under the direction of Mr Joseph Roberts, to the building site, where the first stone was laid by Bro John Peters, one of the oldest members of the Order. The second stone was to have been laid by Bro G C Hancock who, however, was detained in London on business. Bro I. Rowse regretted the absence of Mr Hancock, and introduced Master G. C. Hancock, Bro Hancock’s little son, who laid the stone on behalf of his father. Both Bro Peters and Master Hancock were presented with silver trowels bearing an inscription. A dinner was subsequently provided for the members by Mr Richard Hancock, of the Plume of Feathers Inn in a spacious marquee in a field at Trevaunance, kindly lent by Mr C. Twite. … The Rev E. L. Salisbury, in responding, remarked the objects of the Oddfellows’ society was to promote good fellowship, good brotherhood, and goodwill, and those were the three objects which Christian ministers should endeavour to promote. There were, no doubt, many there who derived some practical benefit from the society, but there was something higher than pounds, shillings, and pence. There seemed to be a bond of unity and sympathy and brotherhood between them, with which he had been much struck. This was not only so at home, but these same feelings were exhibited towards those abroad. This was of great value to a people, and he wished the society every success. The Chairman proposed “The Army Navy, and Volunteers,” Bro Whitly briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers and suggested that an Artillery Volunteers Corps might be formed at St Agnes with advantage. … Not only would the new hall be an ornament to the town and useful to them as Oddfellows, but he believed it was intended to establish a reading- room in connection with it. He would like to see resuscitated the St Agnes Minors’ and Mechanics’ Institute in some form or other. As Oddfellows they would have no objection to let out their hall for public entertainments, and he hoped this would encourage their friends to avail themselves of the privilege the hall would afford them for this purpose. … The Chairman gave “The Staple Industries of the County — Mining and Agriculture.” Bio I. Rowse responded to the toast, and said he hoped he should never live to see the day when the miners of St Agues would have to undergo such depression and privation as they bad two or three years ago. … Mr John Hitchens’ health was proposed in eulogistic terms, by Mr I Rowe. Three cheers were also given for Mr Hitchens, who, in responding, said he was always pleased to do all he could for the welfare of his fellow parishioners. The Vice-Chairman, and Bro. E. King, the contractor, having been toasted, three cheers were given for the Chairman, and the meeting was concluded. Sports were afterwards indulged in, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.” (1 July 1881 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1883: “The annual Sunday school tea treat will be held on Friday, the 13th day of July, when the St Agnes Brass Band will be attendance.” (15 June 1883 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1883: “The children, teachers, and officers met at the chapel at two o’clock, and from thence headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, perambulated the neighbourhood, afterwards returning to the field, where they were abundantly supplied with tea and cake.” (20 July 1883 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1883: “We have wealth of music just now in St. Agnes, Three bands contribute to our enjoyment in this direction. The old-established and popular brass band [the Red coats] holds the even tenor of its way; the drum and fife band is really improving; whilst the string band shows precision and ease in the performance of quadrille music” (6 September 1883 – Cornishman)
1883: “A new brass band is in the course of formation at St Agnes, and an appeal for public support is being made to the music-loving inhabitants. Mr Samuel Argall. Jun., is the chosen bandmaster.” (Cornubia and Redruth Times 21st September1883)
Considering the report of the 6th September the number of bands in St Agnes then numbered four but was this new group due to a split from the Red Coats or simply a perceived need for another brass band. Whatever the reason it was known as St Agnes Independent Brass Band.
1884: “…The children and teachers marched from the chapel to Chacewater headed by the St Agnes Brass Band (Red Coats), who played selections of music at intervals…” (11 July 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1884: “Grand County Wrestling Matches at Truro. …first day the Truro City Band, under the conductorship of Mr H Phillips, played selections of music, whilst the St Agnes (Redcoats) Band, under Capt. J Roberts, were present on the second day. …” (18 July 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1884 to 1887: St Agnes Red Coats Brass Band contesting under Joseph Roberts. (Contest archive)
1884: “The St Agnes Red Coats Brass Band performed selections of music throughout the day and great credit is due to the bandmaster, Captain Joseph Roberts…” (13 June 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1884: “Goonown Wesleyan Sunday School Anniversary. … One thing that added much to the interest of the day was the beautiful music from the St Agnes Independent Band.” (1 August 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1884: “… after which they formed into a procession headed by the St Agnes Independent Brass Band and paraded the principal streets. They then returned to the hall and were served with tea.” (8 August 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1884: “St Agnes. On Saturday last the tea of the Primitive Methodists took place at Goonbell, the Independent Brass Band in attendance.” (15 August 1884 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “… visited by Messrs j Pearce and Chatham’s panorama. Folk were also charmed by the strains of the St Agnes Brass and Independent bands, which paraded the streets. These bands seem to have improved of late.” (23 January 1885 – RCG)
1885: “The St Agnes Independent Band was engaged at a Teetotal fete at Mount Hawke on Whit-Monday.” (29 May 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “The Independent brass band was engaged on Monday at Ladock. The St. Agnes brass band this season have become possessed of new uniforms—red coats forage caps, braided with silver lace: a very neat and appropriate dress.” (11 June 1885 – Cornishman)
1885: “Both of the St Agnes brass bands were engaged on Saturday, the Independents being at Perranporth, and the Red Coats at Bridge.” (RCG 10th July 1885)
1885: “… various games, amusements, Ac., will be held and prizes given for running, jumping, and other sports. The St Agnes Independent Brass Band will be in attendance.” (24 July 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “The St Agnes Independent Brass Band will play the following selections of music at the Oddfellows’ fete tomorrow (Saturday): …” (31 July 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
The existence of two bands in the village must have caused some confusion as on one occasion they were both booked for the same engagement, at Rejerrah. It seems that neither would give way so one played in the field and the other outside. It is not recorded which band received the fee!!
1885: “On Tuesday afternoon the children met at the chapel, formed a procession, and headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, paraded the streets, thence entering Mr Paull’s field near the chapel. …” (7 August 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “…in spite of the light winds, a success. Energetic committee carried out the programme a very satisfactory manner. The St Agnes Prize Band (Red Coats) was in attendance…” (25 August 1885 – Western Morning News)
1885: Newquay Regatta… originated athletic sports, donkey races, …, which were entered into with much zest. Throughout the day the St. Agnes Brass Band was in attendance, and discoursed selections of music at intervals.” (28 August 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “…The St Agnes Band (Red Coats) were present yesterday and played a selection of music.” (4 September 1885 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1885: “Masonic Bazaar at Chacewater … A number of the brethren assembled at the lodge room and headed by the St Agnes Brass Band escorted Bro Jose to the Market-house. …” (11 September 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1885: “… He was met at Penwinnick Lane by a large number of people including the St Agnes Independent Brass Band, and there the horses drawing his carriage were removed and men took their places. …” (18 December 1885 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “…The Christmas-tree was under the management of Miss Niness and Miss Bennett. During the afternoon the St Agnes (Red Coat) Band enlivened the proceedings. The pleasure of the gathering was further enhanced by a well-selected programme …” (8 January 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “The St Agnes Independent Brass Band was engaged at Rejerrow (sic) on Good Friday. This band has decidedly improved since last season, …” (30 April 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “Both our bands are engaged for the Whitsuntide holidays. Redcoats intend trying for a prize at the band-contest at Newquay on August bank holiday.” (17 June 1886 – Cornishman)
1886: “On Saturday last the annual tea treat of the Carnkie Wesleyan Sunday school was held in the school-yard. The children afterwards adjourned to a field adjoining the chapel, lent by Mrs Jeffery. St Agnes Independent Brass Band was engaged for the occasion. During the evening the Carnkie Fife and Drum Band came on the scene and started tunes in opposition to those played by the St Agnes Band. These proceedings were productive of much amusement.” (25 June 1886 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1886: “… The members numbering about 150, paraded the streets with banners flying and headed by the St Agnes Brass Band. Afterwards the children were taken to a field lent by Mr Albert Williams, where a good spread of tea and cake awaited …” (16 July 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “…deprived the children of their amusement and the meeting early broke up. The Wesley tea took place on Saturday. The St Agnes Prize Band (Red-coats) were in attendance.” (22 July 1886 – Cornishman)
1886: “The County Wrestling Matches at Truro...Victoria Square and was the most orderly conceivable. A large grandstand was erected and well patronised. The St Agnes Red Coats Band was engaged and at intervals played selections during the time the wrestling proceeded. …” (23 July 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “… The “Grand Old Man” was also cheered. On approaching St Agnes Mr Conybeare was met by a Brass Band, [assumed St Agnes Band] which preceded him into the town. The streets were lined with spectators, whose deafening cheers greeted the hon. Member.” (23 July 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1886: “At two o’clock the scholars assembled in the school, subsequently formed into a procession, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band (red coats), and after parading the principal streets of the town…” (23 July 1886 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
St Agnes Red Coat Band contested during the 1880s and was reasonably successful including against St Agnes Independent Brass Band.
1886: “…It was arranged by Mr W Lanyon of Buller’s-row, St Agnes Red Coat, Four Lanes Brass Bands, and Plainangwarry and Peace Fife and Drum Band, attended the Carnival free of charge. …” (12 November 1886 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1886: Scraps from St Agnes. “The band in the last six years has won two firsts and one second prize in band contests, and is much appreciated.” (30 December 1886 – Cornishman)
1886: Last discovered reference to St Agnes Independent Brass Band. (John Brush)
1887: “The Queen’s Jubilee in Cornwall. Celebration at Mithian. … demonstration was held at Mithian on Saturday. A procession, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, perambulated the neighbourhood, after which a free high tea was provided for all the inhabitants, and a tea for visitors.” (17 June 1887 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1887: “St Agnes Regatta … There was a large number of spectators present, and the St Agnes Brass Band was in attendance. (26 August 1887 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1897 or possibly later: St Agnes Red Coat Band disbanded. (John Brush)
Early 1900s: St Agnes Independent Band disbanded. (John Brush)
April 1902: Goonown Brass Band formed. (John Brush)
1902 – 2nd June: At the end of the Boar War: “Goonown Brass Band provided the music and was followed by hundreds of villagers.” (A Millennium Chronicle by Frank Carpenter)
1902: “For some weeks the young men of Goonown have been busy organising a Brass Band, with a view to participating in the local Coronation celebrations. They have devoted much time and trouble in the undertaking and such was the progress made during the comparatively short period they had been together, that their services were cordially requisitioned for the impromptu torchlight procession on the evening for Peace-day. What might otherwise have been a dull and unrecognised event, was, by their enterprise and industry, transformed into a pleasurable, and not-soon-to-be-forgotten occasion. The demonstration on Saturday evening arose out of some remarks made by the local correspondent of a Camborne contemporary, which were regarded by the band not only disparaging their reputation, but positively insulting. Immediately after the conclusion the Philanthropic fete the band, preceded by persons bearing torches, and accompanied by an effigy, to which was attached a copy of the publication in which the comments appeared, paraded the principal streets. Halts were made at Churchtown and Peterville, and, to the strains of sweet music, lusty cheers were raised for the band by the enormous crowd which had assembled, while the effigy and the name of the newspaper were everywhere met with shouts of derision. The proceedings, which wore very animated, were kept up until nearly midnight, when a downpour of rain damped the ardour the enthusiastic demonstrators.” (19 June 1902 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
The last report suggests that Goonown Brass Band was formed during a period when St Agnes had no band.
1902: “It is interesting to note that Goonown Brass Band have been accorded prominent position in the Coronation procession on Thursday. They will also play conspicuous part in the carnival in the evening.” (26 June 1902 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1904: “…St Agnes Brass Band was in attendance. The game was well contested and the match ended in a draw.” (21 April 1904 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
Confusingly, the name of St Agnes Brass Band has reappeared despite the apparent presence of the band at Goonown. Could it have been a short revival or is the newspaper reporter’s pencil at fault again. Whatever the reason, this may well have been the last public engagement by this band.
1907 October: St Agnes Town Band. “It is rumoured a brass band is to be started immediately [at St Agnes]. We hear a drummer has been secured and a good drummer, it is said, goes a long way to making a band.” (RCG 5th September 1907)
1907: “… John Paull (the convener of the meeting), seconded by Mr William Roberts, it was resolved to form a band, to be known as the St Agnes Town Brass Band. Mr J Angwin, in proposing Mr Paull as bandmaster, said he was delighted to see him so well, and taking so keen …” (12 September 1907 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1907 – September: St Agnes Town Band re-formed.
1907: John Paull, a cornet player of some merit, formed the band with a small number of experienced players to which he added young players he had trained.
1907 to 1911: John Paull, St Agnes Town Band’s first MD.
Probably the first formal photograph of the re-formed St Agnes Town Band, in 1908
Back row: ? Rogers (Committee), Joe Northey, Alfie Solomon, Sidney Williams, Joe Pope “Popey”, Jim Lutle (doubtful spelling), Billance Henwood,
Victor Trezise, Dick Higgins, Clem Wills, Geo Capt, Arthur Jones (Committee)
Front row: Fred Wills, Charlie Chegwyn, S C Hancock (Committee), John Paul (Band master), Fred Jones, Herbert Wills
(Photo: unknown / Names: courtesy Clive Benney)
1908: “St Agnes Town Band is open for engagements. For terms apply to G Roberts, Secretary, St Agnes, Cornwall.” (6 February 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908 – 6th February: St Agnes Band’s first public appearance. (6 February 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: “St Agnes Town Band. The Oddfellows Hall was crowded on Saturday evening for the first concert of the newly-formed band. The band, formed in September last, has made great headway under the energetic conductorship of Mr. John Paull, …” (13 February 1908 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1908: “St Agnes Town Band gave a concert at Mithian Council School on Friday, which delighted the large audience present. …” (5 March 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: “Mithian… their annual demonstration on Saturday. The members paraded the village, and afterwards were entertained by the St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, with selections of music during the afternoon and evening.” (21 May 1908 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1908: “St Agnes. The Town Band gave an excellent concert in the open on Saturday before large and appreciative audience. The Philharmonic Band, under Mr. John Paul, gave, a concert at Zelah on Tuesday. Solos were played by Messrs. C. Chegwyn and J. Northey.” (28 May 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “In connection with the St. Allen Band of Hope Fete on Monday afternoon, the members the Band of Hope, headed by the
St Agnes Town Band, paraded the district. Having enjoyed a good walk, they were ready for the excellent tea provided. …” (28 May 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: “Mithian Wesleyan Sunday School tea, on Saturday, was attended by the St Agnes Town Band, under John Paull. After tea, sports and games made the evening pass pleasantly. A capital programme was rendered by the band …” (18 June 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: St Agnes Wesleyan tea treat, St Agnes and Camborne played together at Churchtown (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
St Agnes chapel tea treat, St Agnes and Camborne played together at various points. (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
St Agnes Town Band 1908 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney Collection)
Back row: Harry Robins (MD from 1911), Alfred Solomon (who was probably a later MD), Joe Pope, Victor Trezise, Clem Wills
Middle row: Joe Northy, Unknown, Unknown, Mr Hoskin, Dick James, Herbert Wills
Front row: Fred Wills, Charles Chegwyn, John Paul the first MD, J H Robert, Edgar Jones
Seated: Unknown, Billince Henwood
1908: “Mithian Band of Hope Sunday School tea, on Saturday, was attended by the St Agnes Town Band, under John Paull.”
(18 June 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser) (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
1908 St Agnes Band (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
Many bands receive bookings by word of mouth but it is always good practice to confirm the details by letter. It will probably include the location, the date and time and what was expected of the band. This has always been the case but at one time it would have included a more unusual stipulation: the number of players who would be taking part.
On one occasion, and I believe that it involved St Agnes Band, a player fell ill and no replacement could be found. The solution was to hand his instrument to a non-playing relative and tell him to pretend that he was playing. All went well until a boy, slurping on an ice-cream, wandered over. “Ere, he idn playing,” he shouted to which the conductor responded with, “Clear off you little bugger!”
1908: “The Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, attended Beacon tea on Saturday, and gave an excellent account of themselves.” (25 June 1908 – Royal Cornwall)
1908: “The St Agnes Town Band attended the Sunday school treat at Peng… Thursday and gave complete satisfaction. Several old bandsmen present expressed … the musicians were surprised at their state of efficiency in such a short time.” (9 July 1908 – Cornishman)
1908: “… the afternoon was fine, and the scholars and teachers with their friends, had an enjoyable half holiday. The St Agnes Brass Band was in attendance and gave choice programme of music. The juveniles had games and sports, …” (9 July 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: “… Tuesday afternoon. Assembling at the schoolroom, the teachers and scholars formed in procession, and headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, they perambulated the principal places of the village, afterwards returning to a field, where the children partook of tea. …” (9 July 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “… Tuesday the Wesleyans had theirs in a field belonging to Capt. …, after parading St. Day, headed by the St Agnes Town Band.” (9 July 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908: St Agnes Town Band sports held to raise money to pay for instruments.
1908: “… Crosscoombe Primitive Methodist Sunday school, … held their annual tea on Saturday. St Agnes Town Band and … Band was engaged, but the weather had a damping affect on the enjoyment of the young folk.” (16 July 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “… charities was made at St Agnes on Sunday, Members of the Philanthropic, Oddfellows, and Rechabite lodges, headed by the St Agnes Town Band (under Bandmaster Paull), paraded the streets, a collection being taken on route. …” (6 August 1908 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1908: “… the principal Bank Holiday of the year, reminded the old folks of days long past and gone. There was a record attendance, and the Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, contributed an excellent programme. Boatmen reaped harvest, the sea being placid and calm …” (6 August 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “… A record number visited St Agnes. The beach presented an animated appearance and St Agnes Town Band rendered choice programmes afternoon and evening. A good many spent their holiday at the charming little cove of Chapel Porth, about fifty camping out for a fortnight …” (6 August 1908 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1908: “Sports were held at St. Agnes on Saturday to pay off the debt on the large instruments for the newly-formed Town Band. Save for a shower in the afternoon, the weather was ideal for sports, and nearly 1,000 people paid for admission. …” (27 August 1908 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1908: “St Agnes Regatta… St Agnes Town Band, under Mr J Paull, played selections during the afternoon.” (10 September 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1908 circa – Ernie Pearce (Monty Pearce’s father). Some time later he joined Carharrack and St Day where he learned to play tenor trombone. He later re-joined St Agnes Town Band and played either trombone or euphonium.
1908: “St Agnes… change from the misty foggy weather of the previous week. In the evening a large crowd followed the Town Band, who played old Cornish carols in … The Band also played carols during the day and Christmas Eve. …” (31 December 1908 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1909: “The Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, gave a concert in the Oddfellows’ Hall on Saturday, Mr. John Hitchins, J.P., presiding.” (4 February 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
(Photo: courtesy Clive Benney Collection)
A sports day to raise funds (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
St Agnes Town Band 1909
St Agnes Town Band 1909 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
St Agnes Town Band at St Agnes Wesleyan tea treat in 1909 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
1909: “… Sunday school treat took place on Monday in fine weather. After perambulation of the neighbourhood, headed by St Agnes Brass Band, …, where tea provided for the children, and the tea for the teachers …” (3 June 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: “Kerley Downs United Methodist Sunday school tea treat took place on Saturday in ideal weather. Headed by the St Agnes Brass Band the teachers and scholars walked to Baldhu and returned a field where tea was provided for the children. …” (17 June 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: St Agnes Town Band under John Paul at Beacon Wesleyan tea (RCG 24th June 1909)
1909: “… Beacon Wesleyan Sunday-school had their annual tea Saturday. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr John Paull, contributed an excellent musical programme. Truro Temperance Band played selections in the streets and took up a collection on behalf of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary.” (24 June 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909:“… The children met in the chapel, where a short service was held. Forming a procession headed by St Agnes Town Band, they perambulated the village and back to a field near the chapel kindly lent by Mr. John Martin …” (22 July 1909 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1909: “… scholars were each presented with a medal which was specially struck for the occasion. Truro Territorial Band and St Agnes Town Band rendered choice selections of instrumental music during the afternoon and evening.” (22 July 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: “The scholars of the Parish Church Sunday school were entertained to tea on Friday. The Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, rendered a delightful programme, and the evening was merrily spent. …” (5 August 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: “Stithians… A procession was formed and headed by St Agnes Town Band, marched to the grounds of Mr B. Simmons …” (12 August 1909 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1909: “Hospital Sunday was observed at St Agnes on the 9th inst. Headed by the Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, members of the Philanthropic Society, Oddfellows, and Rechabite Lodges paraded the streets, and attended service …” (12 August 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: “… Band Sports at St Agnes. St Agnes Town Band held their annual Sports … There was a large crowd present, and some interesting and close contests were witnessed. …” (19 August 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “In continuance of his tour of thanks Mr A Dunn, M.P., visited St Agnes on Saturday. He was met by the St Agnes Town Band (under Mr J Paull) and escorted to the church town, where he thanked his supporters. Afterwards Mr Dunn left for Mithian …” (3 February 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1909: “… Trevellas. singing old carols, came over in order to aid the funds of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary; … and the St Agnes Town Band were also in evidence.” (30 December 1909 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “St Agnes Town Band under Mr John Paull, gave a concert at the Odd Fellows Hall at St. Agnes on Saturday in aid of the Royal Cornwall Infirmary Truro, and the Redruth …” (21 April 1910 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
St Agnes Town Band at Mithian tea treat 1908-1912 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
St Agnes Town Band taking a rest from playing as they march up Rosemundy Hill, St Agnes in 1910 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
1910: “St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull gave a concert at St. Agnes on Saturday in aid of the Redruth and Truro Hospitals. The selections were played with excellent taste. …” (21 April 1910 – Cornishman)
1910: “… of the Band of Hope took place on Monday. After parading the streets the members enjoyed tea in the open air. The St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull was present, and rendered capital selection of music. …” (19 May 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “St Agnes Brass Band were at Bolingey on Saturday attending the Wesleyan Sunday school tea at that place.” (19 May 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “St Beacon Wesleyan Sunday school had their annual treat on Saturday. The weather was beautifully fine, and the Indian Queen’s Band played selections during the evening. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr J Paull, were at Stithians on Saturday …” (23 June 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “… conducted by the pastor (Rev. E. V. Stephens), Truro. The tea was held the Saturday following, and attended by the St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull. (7 July 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “Hospital Sunday … Headed by the St Agnes Town Band, members of the Oddfellows. Philanthropic and Rechabites Friendly Societies, paraded the streets, and attended a service …” (21 July 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “… and sports, postponed from August Bank Holiday, were held on Saturday … but there was a large crowd present. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, rendered selections of music. …” (11 August 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “St Agnes Town Band, under Mr John Paull, gave their services in connection with the effort on behalf of the hospitals…” (25 August 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1910: “… Sunday demonstration was held at Stithians on Sunday. A procession was formed at the Church Corner, and, headed by St Agnes Town Band, paraded the village to Foundry and Half Moon, returning to a field near the Church, kindly lent by Messrs, Andrew Bros., …” (25 August 1910 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1910: “… Goonbell and Mithian on Saturday and Sunday. The annual effort on behalf of local hospitals was made on Sunday, the St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. John Paull, leading the procession through the village, and giving a concert in the evening. …” (15 September 1910 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: John Paull, St Agnes Town Band’s first MD, resigned after only four years because of ill health.
1911: Harry Robins, a good cornet player, St Agnes Town Band MD.
1911: “… the Sunday school, and Mr. Benney (superintendent) also spoke, and afterwards a musical social was held, the St Agnes Town Band (under Bandmaster Harry Robins) contributing an excellent programme. Mr. Chegwyn, the handyman, of the band, contributed …” (23 February 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: “… attending the Council Schools, members of the Friendly Societies and general public, the lead being taken by the St Agnes Town Band. The clergy of the Established Church and the Wesleyan minister were asked to give a short address in the Square; …” (13 April 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: “… procession with ladies and gentlemen on horseback, coastguards, Boys Brigade, St Agnes Town Band, scholars of the Town Council Schools, Mithian Council School, members of the Oddfellows and Friendly … general public, …” (18 May 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
St Agnes Town Band on the 22nd June 1911 on the occasion of the Coronation of King George V. Jack Salmon is the cornet player on the left of the back row and Alf Roberts and Joe Northey are on the right on tenor horns. (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
(Photo: courtesy Clive Benney)
1911: “… The children of the parish church Sunday-school were entertained to tea on Friday … St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. H. Robbins, was engaged for the occasion; but rain in the evening spoilt the enjoyment somewhat. …” (3 August 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: “St Agnes Regatta and Sports were held on Monday, St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. H. Robins, rendered selections throughout the day. …” (10 August 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: “St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. Harry Robins, assisted at the effort made on Sunday on behalf the hospitals. The band also gave a sacred concert …” (17 August 1911 – Royal Cornwall Gazette)
1911: St Agnes Town Band contesting under Harry Robins. (Contest archive)
1912: “Beacon Wesleyan Sunday School tea, on Saturday, was spoilt by rain. Headed by St Agnes Town Band (under Mr H Robins) the scholars walked from Beacon to the Churchtown, thence through Fore-street, …” (20 June 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1912: “St Agne Oddfellows Sports. … The members of the male and female branches met at the Oddfellows’ Hall, and headed by St Agnes Town Band paraded the streets. After visiting Rosemundy, the residence of Mr. F. N. Adkin, they proceeded to the Bowling Green, …” (15 August 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
Circa 1912: St Agnes Band in Churchtown, St Agnes (Photo: Solway – courtesy Clive Benney)
1912: “… Sunday was observed at Stythians. on Sunday. A procession was formed outside the Parish Church, and headed by St Agnes Brass Band the processionists proceeded through the village to the Foundry, thence to Half Moon, …” (22 August 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1912: “Fete at St Agnes … Mr. Adkin presided. … and subsequently there was a dance, the music for which was supplied by St Agnes Town Band, who also rendered selections in the afternoon.” (5 September 1912 – West Briton and Cornwall)
St Agnes Town Band in 1913
1914: “The annual tea-treat was held at Beacon on Saturday in connection with the Wesley Sunday-school. The St Agnes Town Band was in attendance and rendered a choice programme of music.” (2 July 1914 – The Cornish Telegraph)
1914: “… the Wesleyans, headed by the St Agnes Band and these were closely followed by the United Methodists, headed by the Camborne Town Band. After parading the village they returned to their schoolrooms, where tea was served …” (2 July 1914 – The Cornish Telegraph)
Mithian tea treat 1914 (Photo: Caddy courtesy Clive Benney)
St Agnes Town Band on the 4th August 1914, the day Britain declared war on Germany. It commemorates a win at Truro Band Contest.
Back row: Unknown, Mr John Angwin, unknown, Joseph Pope, Mr Jones, and Mr Harold Rogers
Second row: Arthur Rowe, Mr Roberts, Harry Peters, Mr Newton, Joe Northey, Mr Roberts, Victor Tregise, Edgar Jolly
Front row: Joe Tamblyn, Edgar Jones, Mr Wills, Captain Dick Watters, Sergeant Robins (MD), Captain Prisk, Mr Fred Jones, Charles Chygrin
The names are as they appeared in the West Briton except that the third and fourth in the back row have been reversed following advice from Peter (Nick) Thomas, Joseph Pope’s great-grandson (Photo: Clive Benney Collection)
1914: St Agnes Silver Band at Mithian Band of Hope (Photo: Caddy courtesy Geoff Osborne)
1915: “Anniversary of Declaration … Rosemundy grounds, St. Agnes, Mr. F. N. Adkin presiding. The speakers were, Sir George Smith and Mr. John Vivian. St Agnes Town Band were in attendance. The resolution recording inflexible determination to continue the war to a victorious end was passed unanimously.” (12 August 1915 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1915: “… the Parish Church had their treat in a field … Castle House. Games and dances were enjoyed to the strains of the
St Agnes Town Band (bandmaster. Mr. H. Robins), and sports were also held for the younger children. …” (12 August 1915 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1915: “… open-air meeting being addressed by Engineer-Commander Chas E. Eldred, R N., Petty Officer Douglas Hood R N and others. St Agnes Town Band played patriotic airs. Similar meetings were held at Mithian and Mount Hawke on Friday.” (18, 21 October 1915 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1915: St Agnes Town Band played at St Agnes Church Sunday School tea treat under Harry Robins. (RCG 12th August 1915)
1915: “…scholars of the Parish Church had their treat in a field Castle House. Games and dances were enjoyed to the strains of the St Agnes Town Band (bandmaster Mr H Robins), and sports were also held for the younger children…” (12 August 1915 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1915: “… locally made Red Cross flags were also sold. The Sea and Boy Scouts, under Scoutmaster Rev. J. J. Barton, with the St Agnes Town Band (bandmaster Mr. Harry Phillips) paraded the streets, from Goonbell to Goonown, Rosemundy. Vicarage-road, Peterville, …” (28 October 1915 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1916: “St Agnes Band, under Sergt. Robins, paraded the principal streets of the town in the afternoon…” (4 May 1916 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1916 circa: St Agnes Town Band disbanded during WWI.
1919: St Agnes Town Band re-formed.
1919 to 1923 or later: A Solomon, St Agnes Town Band MD.
1919: St Agnes Town Band played at Mithian, Trevellas and Cross Coombe Peace Celebrations. (RCG 10th August 1919 pg 4)
1920: “Perranporth Branch of the Comrades of the Great War, numbering over 60, marched to church, headed by the St Agnes Brass Band, under command of Capt. Matts. The Rev. E H … unveiled the memorials, and conducted the service …” (20 May 1920 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1921: “St Agnes Town Band under Mr A Solomon, was in attendance…” (18 July 1921 – Western Morning News)
St Agnes Town Band in the early 1920s (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney Collection)
1921: “…A jumble sale was conducted by Mr. W. H. Cornish, Chacewater. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. A. Solomon, was in attendance. The proceedings terminated with a dance and games.” (20 July 1921 – Cornishman)
1922: The band room relocates from the corn store in Peterville to the St Agnes Church Hall.
St Agnes Town Band circa 1922
Charlie Chegwyn and future MD Frank Moore seated each end of the centre row
1923: “… businesses were closed to allow as many of the employees as possible to join in the procession. Music was provided St Agnes Town Band, under the conductorship of Bandmaster A Solomon. The retreat was formally opened by Mr. Wm. Harris (St. Agnes), a pioneer …” (17 May 1923 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1923: “… The Lodge service was … by Bros. T.. Blackney. P.G. St Agnes Town Band was represented by Messrs. A. E. Solomon, V. Trezise. T. Evans. A. Rowe. C. Chegwyn. C. Langford. F. Moore. J. Northey, and …” (17 May 1923 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1923: “At the age of 51, the death occurred at North Hill, Blackwater, on Thursday [12th May], of Mr. Alfred Joseph Roberts. He had been ill only a short time and in earlier life was engaged in mining in South Africa. Returning to St. Agnes (from whence he came back to Blackwater), he followed agriculture and was thus engaged up to the time of his death. He played the tenor horn in St. Agnes Town Band and for a considerable time was organist of Goonbell Primitive Methodist Church. He leaves a widow and two daughters.” (WB and CA, 14th, 17th May 1923).
St Agnes Town Band at the opening of Friendly Retreat 12th May 1923 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
1923: “Scholars’ Treat. Scholars attending Beacon Wesleyan Sunday School had their annual tea treat on Saturday. Headed by St Agnes Town Band, under the conductorship of Mr. A. Solomon, the children marched through the town streets and on to a field near the chapel …” (21 June 1923 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1923: “Blackwater … scholars had their annual festival on Saturday, the proceedings including a procession, tea. sports, and selections by St Agnes Town Band.” (27 June 1923 – Cornishman)
1923: “… weather, officers, teachers, and scholars of Blackwater Wesleyan Sunday-school held their annual treat, on Saturday. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. A. Solomon, was in attendance.” (28 June 1923 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1923: “Chacewater … scholars held their annual treat on Saturday. The proceedings Included a procession, tea, sports, and selections by St Agnes Town Band, …” (28 June 1923 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1923: “Mr Joseph Northey, who is 70 years of age, still plays in the St Agnes Town Band, of which he was one of the foundation members.” (28 August 1923 – Western Morning News)
1924: “… For the dance was supplied by St Agnes Town Band. (22 May 1924 – Cornubian and Redruth Times)
1924 circa to 1928: Harry Robins St Agnes Town Band MD again. (not verified)
St Agnes Town Band 1926
Nineteen year-old Frank Moore is second left front row. Frank Kneebone is in the middle row, extreme right and, of course, Charlie Chegwyn is present (front row on right, holding his bass). (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
1927: “… served the St. Agnes Tea Committee after which there were competitions, sports, and dancing music supplied by the St Agnes Town Band.” (29 June 1927 – Cornishman)
1928: F Cecil Langford St Agnes Town Band MD.
1929: St Agnes Town Band constitution introduced.
St Agnes Town Band at the 1929 St Agnes Church fete (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney Collection)
St Agnes Town Band at the 1929 St Agnes Church fete (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney Collection)
Included in photo: Leslie Moore, Austin Tremain, Alfie Solomon, Mr Rogers, Mr Trezise, Uncle Arthur, Gerald Moore, Joe Tamlin, Frank Moore (euphonium on right), George Repper, Jack Salmon, Tommy Evans, Russell Roberts, Frank Kneebone (seated second from left), Captain Keast, Father Brown, Cecil Langford (MD),
Ronald Luke, Charlie Chegwyn (seated right)
1931: “St Agnes Town Band, under Mr C Langford, gave a concert in St Michaels Penkivel on Sunday in aid of the local Nursing Association …” (23 June 1931 – Western Morning News)
1931: “St Agnes Town Band under Mr C Langford gave a concert on Sunday night.” (2 September 1931 – Western Morning News)
1932: “Gala Day for Women’s Institutes … served by members of St. Agnes Institute, was followed by sports and “Buy British” Empire pageant. St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. Langford. gave fine renderings of Old English airs, arranged by Mrs. Baker. …” (9 June 1932 – Cornishman)
1932: “… display of dancing was given by Miss Martin’s pupils (Truro). St Agnes orchestra and St Agnes Town Band rendered selections.” (21 July 1932 – Cornishman)1932: “
Perranporth and St Agnes Bands, under Mr H Robins and Mr Langford, combined to give a concert at Perranporth on Saturday evening. …” (30 August 1932 – Western Morning News)
1932: St Agnes Town Band contesting under Edwin J Williams. (Contest archive)
1933: “… Incidental music was by … orchestra, Mr. Brogdon being conductor. St Agnes Town Band played on the lawn in the evening.” (13 July 1933 – Cornishman)
St Agnes Town Band 1930s
Back Row: Alfie Kneebone, Ron Luke, Ron Jeffrey, John Sandercock, Unknown, Cecil Tremain.
Middle Row: Vic Trezise, Fletcher Grigg, Ruben Repper, Gerald Moore, Joe Tamblyn, George Gribben, Clem Wills, George Repper, Stanley Williams.
Front Row: Russell Berryman, Marshall Roberts, Bill Woolcock, Cecil Langford (MD), Frank Kneebone, Russell Roberts, Charles Chegwyn.
Two pictures of William John Salmon 1911 aged 23, and later mid-1930s, outside his home in Wheal Butson
1933: “…lead the bands in the carnival. During the war he was bandmaster of the R.D.C. Military Band at Hayle and had also led St Agnes Band, besides Perranporth Band, of which he was leader at the time of his death. He was founder and conductor of the district …” [Presumably this relates to Harry Robins] (17 August 1933 – Cornishman)
1933/34: St Agnes Town Band contesting under George Cave. (Contest archive)
1934: “St Agnes Town Band, under Mr F C Langford, gave a concert at Mount Ho… on Sunday.” (28 August 1934 – Western Morning News)
1934: “A pleasant afternoon on behalf of the funds of St Agnes Town Band was held in Mount Hawke vicarage grounds on Sunday. Selections were rendered by the Town Band, under Mr. C. Langford, who were welcomed by the vicar …” (20 September 1934 – Cornishman)
1930s: St Agnes Town Band contesting under T G Langford. (Contest archive)
1930s: St Agnes Town Band kitted out with second-hand ex-military uniforms of red tops and navy-blue trousers.
1935: “St Agnes. Betty Hocking … queen Town Band Carnival. Miss Hocking the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. … of Goonvrea Farm.
St Agnes Orchestral Society gave a … concert in the Church … St Agnes, on Wednesday under the conductorship …” (25 July 1935 – Cornishman)
Reference here to St Agnes Orchestra
1937: “By the death of Mr Joseph Pope … on Sunday, St Agnes has lost one of its oldest and best-known residents … He was a great lover of both vocal and instrumental music, and a keen supporter of St Agnes Town Band, serving on the committee for many years. Until he became over 80 years of age he regularly attended the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival at Bugle and other contests. In his day Mr. Pope possessed a fine bass voice and was prominent in local musical circles as a soloist. For a long period he was a member of the choir of the Methodist Church.” (West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 25th March 1937).
1937 – 12th May: St Agnes Town Band led a procession to Goonown Playing Field where sports were held as part of the celebrations for the coronation of George VI. (St Agnes – A Millennium Chronicle)
1939: “…in connection with the Methodist Sunday-school was held on Saturday. The officers, teachers, and scholars, headed by St Agnes Town Band, under Mr F C Langford, paraded the locality, returning to a field near the chapel, lent by Mrs B Eva.” (6 July 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… were chiefly girls from St. Agnes Town School and members of the local Folk Dancing Society. Headed by St Agnes Town Band, they danced down Vicarage Road and Fore-street, to Churchtown, and then to a field lent by Mr. C. Holbeche, candidates …” (13 July 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall)
1939: “Crosscombe Methodist Sunday school treat was held on July … when the teachers and scholars, headed by the St Agnes Silver Band, paraded the village. On returning to the school the children were provided with buns. A public tea was served …” (20 July 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… its way through the streets of the city to the combined music of Truro City Band (under Mr. W. E Cuttance), and St Agnes Town Band (under Mr. C J. Langford).” (31 July 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “…two black ponies, owned and driven by Mr J C Matthews, of Trufula, Redruth. Music was supplied by Redruth and St Agnes Town Bands, under Bandmasters A G Richards and F C Langford. …” (10 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
As part of his duties Fred Epplett of St Agnes Silver Band also played the triangle. Not the most active part and on one occasion he had to rest for 99 bars before playing his solo – a single note. Unfortunately, there was only silence. Later the conductor asked, “What happened Fred, did you miscount?” “No,” said Fred, “I missed the bleddy triangle!”
1939: “… excellent programme of events was worthy of greater support from the general public. Selections were rendered by
St Agnes Town Band, under Mr. F. C. Langford.” (17 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… In the afternoon a procession paraded the town headed by Indian Queens and St Agnes Silver Bands, under Bandmasters Ford Knight and F C Langford. Included in the parade, which was in charge of County Officer …” (17 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
St Agnes Silver Band at St Agnes Carnival on the 12th August 1939.
The youngster on the left at the back is Ken White who was dragged in for his first band photograph.
Back Row: Ken White, Frank Roberts, John Sandercock, Tom Keast, Ron Jeffery, Ron Luke, Bill Cheshire, Richie Sandercock.
Middle Row: Frank Moore, Fred Penticost, George Gribben, Richard Grigg, Clem Wills, Victor Trezise, Joe Tamblyn
Front Row: Fred Epplett, Charles Chegwyn, George Repper, Russell Berryman, Cecil Langford (MD), Alfred Solomon, Gerald Moore, Bill Sandercock
1939: “Hospital Sunday … under County Officer S. M. Landrey, of Bodmin. Also in the procession, which was headed by Indian Queens and St Agnes Silver Bands, were the men’s and women’s sections of St. Agnes British Legion, St Agnes Red Cross Detachment, …” (17 August 1939 – Cornishman)
1939: “… In the evening a concert was given in a field lent by Dr C Whitworth, by Indian Queens Band, who were joined for the last two items by St Agnes Band. The massed bands rendered as a concluding item, Handel’s…” (17 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… totalled over £200 – a record. After deduction of expenses, the balance will be divided between St. Agnes Improvement Committee, the Town Band and the British Legion.” (31 August 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… expenses there was available for distribution £120. The committee resolved to divide £120 equally between the funds of the Town Band, Improvement Committee and British Legion.” (12 October 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1939: “… was displayed in consequence of the bereavement sustained by one member and other members having to work overtime, the Town Band did not render their usual programme of carols in the streets on Saturday.” (25 December 1939 – West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser)
1940: “Sunday-school and evacuees were provided with their annual treat on Saturday. After parading the streets, headed by St Agnes Silver Band, under Mr. C. Langford, the children were entertained to tea in a field at Goonown, lent by Mr. A. Butson, and sports were arranged …” (1 August 1940 – Cornishman)
1940: “Hospital Sunday at St Agnes … St. Agnes Ambulance Division. In the afternoon there was a parade through the streets, headed by Indian Queens and St Agnes Silver Bands, those represented being St. Agnes Ambulance Division and cadets British Legion, Red Cross Detachment, Home Guard, …” (22 August 1940 – Cornishman)
1941: “… presided over by Rev. P L Phelps (vicar of Mithian) and addressed by Mr E S Beard, of Perranporth. In the evening St Agnes Silver Band gave a concert, Mr J Angwin (St. Agnes) presiding…” (5 August 1941 – Western Morning News)
1941: “…resulted in between £50 and £60 being raised. In the afternoon there was a procession of public bodies, headed by Queens and St Agnes Silver Bands, under Bandmasters F Knight and F C Langford. …” (12 August 1941 – Western Morning News)
1942: “…Ambulance Division. In the afternoon representatives of various civil defence units and others paraded the streets, headed by St Agnes Band, under Mr F C Langford. Included the procession were the Home Guard, Army Cadets, Ambulance Division, A.R.P. wardens…” (11 August 1942 – Western Morning News)
1942: “… Guard, coastguards, N.F.S. and other Civil Defence forces, and the whole gathering, assembling The Square, marched with St Agnes Band at their head through the streets of the village to the place of worship.” (30 November 1942 – Western Morning News)
1943: “Representatives of the Home Guard and other organizations paraded the district, headed by Carharrack and St Day and
St Agnes Silver Bands, …” (17 August 1943 – Western Morning News)
1945 circa: St Agnes Town Band re-formed with the band room on the first floor of an old two-storey workshop behind the village square in Churchtown.
St Agnes Silver Band after WWII – before being re-equipped with uniforms
Ken White, Alfie Kneebone and Ronnie Luke
Edward Ely on solo trombone with Frank Moore standing
1945 to 1970: Frank Moore St Agnes Town Band MD. Mr Moore had been a playing member for many years.
1947/48: Twins, Dorothy “Dot” and Maude Juleff joined St Agnes Town Band and became the Band’s first female members. There was some opposition.” (Tony Mansell)
It was not until the late 1940s that the band welcomed female players into its midst and, for some people, the word welcome may have been a tad inappropriate. Frank Moore was very keen to include them but some of the players clearly felt that a female presence would affect their enjoyment or maybe curb their freedom of expression. Even after the first females had been members for a few years a youngster was told by a long serving player, “It’s no place for a girl.”
1949: “…St Agnes Band Meeting – the Bandmaster of St Agnes Town Band (Mr F C Moore) told the annual meeting of good progress by young players. Membership stood at 24 with three probationers. Mr C Chegwyn (hon. treasurer) reported a credit balance of over £84…” (10 February 1949 – Cornishman)
1949 to 1970: St Agnes Town Band contesting under Frank Moore. (Contest archive)
St Agnes Town Band 1949, awaiting new uniforms
Back row: Alfie Kneebone, Clifford Bolitho, Frank Roberts, Tony Williams, Tony Oliver, Ken White, and Ronnie Matthews.
Middle row: Austin Tremain, Cecil Tremain, Raymond Gribben, Reggie Leach, Ronald Williams, Maude Juleff,
Bernard Gribben, Dot Juleff, Desmond Russell, Carlos Robins.
Front row: Russell Berryman, Clifford Williams, Gerald Willcocks, Frank Moore (MD), Edward Ely, Frank Kneebone, Charlie Chegwyn.
1949: St Agnes Town Band kitted out with new dark blue uniforms.
Charlie Chegwyn was Treasurer for many years and in the late 1940s Ron Matthews was appointed his assistant for a year before taking over the role himself. He recalls there was just £3 in the account at the time. He also discovered that the books were in a bit of a state and that Charlie had been putting his own money in to keep the band solvent.
1949: “Jane Potter of St. Agnes was chosen Miss 1949 in a competition at St Agnes, organised by the local British Legion and Silver Band, in which the Cornish Carnival and Beauty Queens and their attendants entered. Judges were Mr. Geoffrey Wilson prospective …” (1 September 1949 – Cornishman)
1950: “Mr Charles Chegwyn, 81, of Churchtown, St Agnes, is still a playing member of St Agnes Band, with which he has been associated for some 40 years and of which he is hon treasurer.” (5 January 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Mr M P Radcliffe has resigned the presidency of St Agnes Town Band, it was reported at the annual meeting.” (9 February 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “St Agnes Town Band gave a concert in the grounds of Rosemundy House on Sunday evening, proceeds being over £5.” (15 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “… St Agnes Town Band Women’s Committee and British Legion (women’s section), raised £20 10s.” (29 June 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “Carnival Week raises £200 …in the carnival were led in procession by the bugle and drum band of the 3rd. Army Cadet Battalion, D.C.L.1., and by St Agnes Town Band. Carnival Queen was Miss Sheila Drew. Principal prize-winners were: Mary James, Derek Smith, Lorna Woolcock, Robin Pharoah…” (27 July 1950 – Cornishman)
St Agnes Band in new uniforms 1950/1951
Back row: Alfie Kneebone, Clifford Bolitho, Frank Roberts, Ronnie Luke, Tony Williams, Tony Oliver, Ronnie Matthews, Ken White, Desmond Russell.
Middle Row: Cecil Tremain, Raymond Gribben, Reg Leach, Ronald Williams, Maud Juleff, Bernard Gribben, Austin Tremain, Dot Juleff.
Front Row: Russell Berryman, Clifford Williams, Gerald Willcocks, Frank Moore (MD), Maurice Bizley (President), Edward Ely,
Frank Kneebone, Victor Trezise, Charles Chegwyn.
1950: “A gymkhana was given on Saturday by Pendennis Motor Cycle and Light Car Club in aid of St Agnes Town Band and Local Improvement Committee.” (3 August 1950 – Cornishman)
1950: “St Agnes Band have received new uniforms. Mr C Chegwyn, aged 80, gets his fifth.” (24 August 1950 – Cornishman)
St Agnes Town Band in concert at Peterville 1950/51 (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney collection)
Marching through Peterville early 1950s
St Agnes Band at its Torchlight Carnival in 1952/53
1952: St Agnes Band broadcast the musical interlude for the BBC Programme The Future of St Agnes.
1954: St Agnes Band purchase a new bass and side drum.
1954: St Agnes Town Band invited to become a Territorial Army Band but in consideration of female members and ex-military men who didn’t want to re-join, the members declined.
1955: “The Revd G H Barnicoat banned Sunday night concerts in the Church Hall because he considered they were preventing people from attending church.”
1955: “… at the second annual brass band contest staged by Camborne Town Band at Rosewarne on Saturday… Notable success was also obtained by St Agnes Silver Band under Mr F E Moore who were only two points behind Truro. One of the St Agnes cornetists, 21 year-old Mr C Bolitho, was awarded the special for the second best player in the second section.” (West Briton Argus 15th September 1980 “25 years ago”)
1955: St Agnes Town Band placed 2nd at West of England Regional Championships under Frank Moore (Third section – current 2nd section) playing Crown Cavalcade. This qualified them for the finals National Brass Band Championships of GB finals.
St Agnes Town Band circa 1955
Back row: Alfie Kneebone, Clifford Bolitho, Ronnie Luke, Tony Williams, Desmond Russell, Roy Marsh, Ken White, Courtney Berryman, Alfie Woolcock, Catherine Southwell,
Middle row: Bill Southwell, Lewis Ely (VP), David Boundy, Bernard Gribben, Ronnie Matthews, Desmond Moore, Tony Oliver, Ronald Williams, Austin Tremain, H Stowell (VP), Percy Cheesley
Front row: Charles Chegwyn, Cecil Tremain, S Matthews, Maurice Bizley (President), Frank Moore (Musical Director), Edward Ely, Reggie Leach, John Gribble, Ernest Robinson
1955: St Agnes Town Band withdrew from National Brass Band Championships of GB finals because of the cost involved.
St Agnes Silver Band playing at a Pilgrimage to St Piran’s Oratory in July 1955 (Photo: E G Bayly courtesy Eileen Carter, Perranporth)
St Agnes Town Band leading the Civic Parade in 1956 (Photo: Ken Young)
1958: St Agnes Town Band 50th anniversary dinner at the Porthvean Hotel, St Agnes.
1959: Band room was partially demolished and re-built as single storey.
Catherine Southwell and Charlie Chegwyn – the youngest and oldest members
All things come to an end and Charlies playing days ended in the late 1950s – he’d been a member for over 50 years
Charles Chegwyn and Matt Radcliffe – two great servants of the band
David Bunney and Phillip Hore – two members who were selected to play in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
Back row: Tony Williams (out of uniform) and Ken White (having a breather)
Next row: Roy Marsh on flugel, Alfie Woolcock (in typically casual fashion), Susan Chaplin
Denzil Lobb, John Harris, David Harris in short trousers with drummer Percy Cheesley (in glasses)
St Agnes Town Band at Mithian tea treat
Flora Dance St Agnes 1960s (Photo: Ken Young)
1963: St Agnes Town Band replaced all instruments with a new set of low-pitched.
1963: St Agnes Town Band kitted out with new two-tone blue uniforms.
1964: St Agnes Town Band revived the village carnival with the idea and the organisation by player, Colin Butson.
Flora Dance St Agnes style 1960s (Photo: Ken Young)
Back row: Alfie Kneebone, Roy Marsh, Desmond Russell, Alfie Woolcock, Frank Roberts
Fourth row: John Harris, David Harris, Wendy Stephens, Colin Evans
Third row: Margaret Baker, Tony Mansell, Percy Cheesley, Desmond Moore
Second row: David Boundy, Ronnie Matthews, unknown, David Moore
Front row: Edward Ely, David Bunney, Colin Butson, Robert Johnson
Leaving the Epiphany Home 1960s (Photo: Ken Young)
St Agnes Town Band 1965 (Photo: Ken Young)
Back row: Ann Carveth, Alfie Kneebone, Ken White, John Harris, Roy Marsh, David Harris, Denzil Lobb, Diane Chapman
Middle row: Lewis Ely (Vice President), Margaret Baker, Steve Barrett, Ronnie Matthews, Courtney Berryman Tony Mansell Trevor Stephens
Jonathan Hore, Thelma Allen, Robert Kitchen, Percy Cheesley, E. Whitford
Front row: Clifford Williams, Colin Butson Ralph Stephens (Chairman), Frank Moore (MD), Major W. V. Watton (President), Edward Ely, Derek Ely, Eric Lobb, David Bunney.
1967: “Four of the original members (of St Agnes Band) are alive. One, Mr. Alfred E. Solomon lives at St. Agnes and continues to take an interest in the band. The others are Mr. Herbert E. Wills (Newquay), Mr. Edgar Jones (Falmouth) and Mr. James Luke (Penzance).” (West Briton 1967)
1967 to 1969: St Agnes Town Band contesting in the Championship Section at Bugle – the most successful period in the Band’s history. (Contest archive)
1968 – 16th March: St Agnes Town Band and St Dennis Band took part in the Thomas Merritt commemoration concert at Truro Cathedral under Sir Malcolm Arnold.
1969: St Agnes Town Band placed 1st in the CBBA Championship section under Frank Moore. (Contest archive)
Frank Moore receiving the winner’s trophy in 1969
1970 to 1972: Edward Ely St Agnes Town Band MD.
Edward Ely leading the Band in St Agnes Carnival (Photo: Green Lane Studios)
1972: Frank Moore St Agnes Town Band temporary MD.
1974: Graham Hall St Agnes Town Band MD
????: Stanley Penhaligon and Derek Spedding St Agnes Town Band MDs at some time.
Frank Moore with the Gorsedh Kernow Trophy in 1976
Following his retirement as Musical Director, Frank Moore received the Gorsedd award for services to Cornish Music and in recognition of his outstanding service to St Agnes Silver Band he was made an honorary life member. He died in August 1979 after a short illness; he was 71. The newspaper report referred to him as, “One of Cornwall’s best known brass bandsmen.” It went on to say, “Under his baton, the band made consistent progress up to first-class status in competition festivals.” He had also conducted Truro School Band, been a brass teacher for the Cornwall County Education Committee and tutor and Secretary of the Cornwall Youth Band.
Mr Henry Mills, retired county music adviser, commented, “With his passing, Cornwall has lost one of those irreplaceable people to whom banding owes a great deal. He has done more for brass bands in general, and young players in particular, than anyone else in the county. He was a teacher par excellence, and many of our older players who have now moved all over England owe their prowess to him. He will be sadly missed.” A fitting tribute to a man who had devoted a huge part of his life to the brass band movement.
1977 to 1978: Colin Hoare St Agnes Town Band MD.
1970s: St Agnes Town Band kitted out with new mustard coloured uniforms.
1977 – 5th June: St Agnes Silver Band led a civic parade from Trelawny Road car park, around the village, to the chapel as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. (St Agnes – A Millennium Chronicle)
St Agnes Silver Band 1978/79 under Colin Hoare (Photo unknown)
1980 to 1981: Keith Anderson St Agnes Town Band MD
St Agnes Silver Band 1980 (Photo: Ken Young)
Back row: John Riv, Mark Westcott, David Barker, Stephen White, Ronnie Matthews, John Wilton, David Townsend, Derek Wilton,
Colin Butson, Ross Trebilcock, Trevor Stephens, Stephen Chapman and Shane Wills.
Middle row: David Olds (future MD), Ian Jones, Alfie Kneebone, Dougie Blackburn, Keith Anderson (MD) Mr Hoare, Bill Cheshire,
David Harris, Ken White and Jonathan Hore.
Front row: Mark James, Kevin Lean, Heather Wilton, David Wilton, Kevin Nankivell, Andrew Williams and Claire Palmer.
1981 to 1982: Maurice Dunstan St Agnes Town Band MD.
1982: Edgar Floyd St Agnes Town Band MD.
1984: Band room extended.
1986 to circa 1988: Gerry Herbert St Agnes Town Band MD.
1988 circa to 1989: Stephen White St Agnes Town Band MD.
1989: David Olds St Agnes Town Band temporary MD.
David Olds, St Agnes Silver Band MD from 1989
1990: David Olds St Agnes Town Band MD.
The band of 1990 in yet another Flora Dance
1991: St Agnes Youth placed 3rd in the Junior section of the 45th SWBBA Championships at Paignton on the 2nd November under David Olds. (British Bandsman 9th November 1991)
1998: St Agnes Silver Band purchased new instruments.
(British Bandsman 11th July 1998)
St Agnes Silver Band 1998 under David Olds
Late 1990s (Photo: courtesy Clive Benney)
2000: St Agnes Silver Band kitted out with new burgundy and black uniforms.
2003: The book “St Agnes and its Band” written by Tony Mansell.
The current St Agnes Silver Band had been formed in 1907 and to celebrate this there were two major events, both with the theme of past, present and future.
During its long history the Band had made a huge contribution to the parish by entertaining its audiences and by providing its young people with a healthy pastime. Many fine musicians owe a debt of gratitude to the organisation where they spent their formative years practising their art.
Buffet Supper – 23rd of November 2007.
The reunion was held at the Driftwood Spars when the stories of times past would have filled a book. The large display of band photographs spanning the 100 years attracted a lot of interest as people scanned the groups for shots of themselves and their contempories. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the talk hardly subsided at all when the food arrived. There were many players there from the 1940s and 1950s – too many to mention them all here. The ghost of Frank Moore, the Band’s longest serving Musical Director, still lingers in the band room and it was appropriate that his son, David Moore, had travelled down for the event. There was appreciation that the Band continued to thrive and there was also acknowledgement that this was largely due to one man – Musical Director David Olds whose dedication ensures the continuance of this organisation which entertains its audiences and provides healthy involvement for so many players. The formula for the evening was simply and disguised the fact that a lot of hard work had been undertaken to bring the event to fruition – mostly by Band Secretary Anne Courts. It was appropriate and deserving that this was recognized when, at the concert, she was presented with a large bunch of flowers from the ex-members.
Reunion Concert – 8th December 2007 at 7.30pm – at St Agnes Methodist Church. “As the sound of the Floral Dance died away there was awareness amongst the players that they had been involved in something a bit special. That most Cornish of tunes had ended the St Agnes Silver Band centenary celebrations and there was no doubt that the members from across the 100 years would have approved. The concert in St Agnes Chapel involved three bands and a soloist so it was good value for money in a setting acoustically suited to producing music. The contribution by the current band included a superb rendition of the Saddleworth Festival Overture, the test piece at the Cornwall Brass Band Association Contest at Truro that year when St Agnes Silver Band won its section. During each part of the concert Kirsty Rowe moved from her place in the tenor horn section to centre stage where she displayed her considerable singing talents. She had returned home from college where she was studying music. Her contribution to the evening was a delight as was the superb playing of her accompanist Clive Ellison – another band member. Then it was time for the youngsters to take the stage and Musical Director David Olds delighted the audience when he conducted the Training Band for three items including John Brown’s Body. A break then to give everyone a rest, a cup of tea and some food kindly donated by Doble Ltd of St Agnes. Between bites there was time to swap stories from the past and the only problem seemed to be to move the audience and players back upstairs for the remainder of the concert. Then came the moment of pure nostalgia when the current band returned to the stage but this time augmented by players from the past. Some of the ‘oldies’ were still playing with other bands but for one player 36 years had elapsed since he last played in a concert and the few weeks of intensive rehearsal was barely sufficient and brought the comment, “Give me another month and I should be ready”. It was an enjoyable experience for those taking part as the years rolled away, back to a time when this was a regular part of their life. Thanks was given to Musical Director David Olds for leading the concert and for his patience in moulding the hybrid band together. Thanks were also due to ‘Mr Brass Band’, the inimitable Phillip Hunt, who brought the evening to life with his entertaining chairmanship. His comments were appropriate and well received especially when he said, ‘I’ve been asked to talk for five minutes between each piece – to give the old players time to catch their breath’.” Thanks Phillip!!
The centenary celebrations in 2008
2017 – 18th November: Celebration evening at St Agnes Sports and Social Club to celebrate David Olds 50 years with St Agnes Silver Band.
David Olds, St Agnes Silver Band’s longest serving MD.
St Agnes Silver Band at the annual St Agnes Victorian Fayre (Photo: Band Facebook page)
Compiled by Tony Mansell (Bardh Kernow)
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