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Our new President and the latest photos

Callington Town Band`s new President

Alison Johns

Alison Johns is a familiar face and voice in Cornwall, having appeared on local TV and radio for the past twenty years. She was the main presenter of Westcountry Live on ITV Westcountry for ten years, then took time out to look after her young children. She now works for the BBC in the South West and is BBC Radio Cornwall`s reporter for south east and north Cornwall. She also presents and reports for BBC Spotlight. Alison is the daughter of a Cornishman - her father is from Truro - and she lives with her husband and two children in south east Cornwall. Her family has a long heritage with the Salvation Army so she has grown up listening to brass band music. Alison says that it`s very close to her heart, and that she`s proud to be associated with Callington Town Band.


"And Some Came Home"

With the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant and money from FEAST Callington Town Band led a
Community production entitled "And Some Came Home" to commemorate World War One.
A year in the planning, and with a script written by Band Secretary, Shirley Morse, a cast of over
sixty actors, singers and musicians gave three performances in Callington Community College on
November 21st and 22nd, 2014. Students from the College took part either as actors or by researching
the war and they joined local residents to portray events that had led to the dreadful carnage that took place.
The production was directed by Stephanie Reese, the Town Band was conducted by Bill Leith and the accompanist
was Jenny Coombe.



October Awards

October 2014. Alison Johns, BBC Spotlight reporter and new President of Callington Town Band,
presents awards to Joanna Graves for five year's membership of the band, and Ruth Memory for ten years.
The presentation took place in Callington Town Hall at one of the Singing Workshops
that are being held in preparation for the Community commemoration of World War One.
This will take place in Callington Community College on November 21st and 22nd.

September 2014. Linda Venning, Treasurer of Callington Town Band, receives a cheque
for £180 from Lisa Dolley of Waitrose Community Matters team.


Band Sections 2013

Bill Leith (MD)
and the Cornets



John Jenkins, Eb Bass
(Founder Member)
with the Baritones
and Euphoniums




The Horn Section

The Trombone Section


Primary School Visit


Tesco - Every Little Helps!

                                    On May 30th 2011, Tesco Store Manager Gary Wills presented a cheque for £300 to MD Bill Leith (Photos: Alan Woollcombe)

Back to Tesco

Christmas 2011

Callington Town Band are proud to have shared programmes with....

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The Callington Singers were formed in April 1983 by Graham Williams, who remains their Musical Director. They have performed all over the Southwest, from Penzance to Plymouth, and in such prestigious venues as Truro, Exeter, Salisbury, Lichfield and St Paul's Cathedrals, in St George's Chapel Windsor, and in Westminster Abbey on three separate occasions.

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Jenefer Ann Murray, though a classically trained musician, played boogie piano superbly well into her eighties. Jenefer delighted our audiences in St Mary`s Church, travelling from her home in Newquay to make her first appearance as Guest Artist with the Callington Town Band, playing a selection of her own boogie compositions.
Jenefer died in 2012 and will be remembered with fondness and respect.

...and a distinguished Guest Conductor

Finally, a few more amusing snippets from the archives.....




A hilarious account of the antics of
`The Old Callington Band`
is given in the Callington
1953 by Lawrence Maker

Obviously the
New Callington Band
never behave like this!

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In 1954 it  is reported that the Town has a Conductor but no Band!



In 1960 The Council refused to pay £75 for a Band, and hired a PA system instead.


Dead Quiet

CALLINGTON`S Town Band has passed a sound test in the old cemetery chapel and can continue to use it for practice.
Councillors stood outside the building and listened to the band.
`We are satisfied that the band is not going to be a nuisance,` Cllr Jane Black told the Town Council last week.
She said nearby residents could not hear the music when indoors.

Cornish Times 01.01.1998:




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