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Lockerley Silver Band
There is no official history of the band and what is shown here has been painstakingly compiled by Richard Taylor. If you know anything at all about the history of Lockerley Band, we would love to hear from you so please do contact us.
The band was established in 1880 as a Temperance Band and the original conductor was a Mr. Issac Pritchard. He was succeeded by is son Caleb Pritchard who died sometime during the Great War in 1914 -1918. The baton was then taken over by Edwin Moody, who was instrumental in getting the band to joint the Wessex Association and so entering the competition field.
The band's first success was at a contest in Romsey promoted by the Rev. E.F.M. Vokes in conjunction with the 1926 Carnival. They were awarded first prize and solo cornet medal (D Moody) and euphonium medal (L. Pritchard). Encouraged by this the band went on to win quite a number of trophies in the late 1920's and 1930's, including competing successfully two years running at the Amesbury Carnival Contest.
Edwin Moody led the band until the mid 1930's when ill health caused his retirement and his son Dave Moody was appointed conductor. Dave continued in this capacity until 1949.
in 1949 the band were fortunate to be able to obtain the services of Mr H.J. Stockwell of Swathling as the musical director. In 1950 he led the band to win the Wessex Brass Bands Open Championship. Another of Stockwell's great achievements was taking the band from Section 'C' to Section 'A' of the Wessex Brass Band Association in the space of 1 year. Mr Stockwell continued as MD of the band for almost 30 years, leading them to numerous contest success during that time. He also became a member of the Executive Committee of the National Brass Band Contesting Council of Great Britain and Hon. Secretary of the Wessex Brass Band Association.
Mr Stockwell was honoured for 25 years service with the band in 1976 at a presentation during Dave Moody's golden wedding party.
Mr. Charlie Sillence was born at Carters Clay in 1915 and taught to play the cornet at the age of nine by his father, Mr. Walter Sillence. He joined the Lockerley Band in 1925 and was tutored from then on by Mr. David Moody. Such was his keenness that he walked from Newtown to Lockerley for practice until his parents could afford a bicycle for him. The young bandsman soon made progress. He attended the first Wessex Summer contest at Downton in 1925 and the contest at Romsey the following year, playing in every contest since. Like Mr. Moody, his service was interrupted by war. He joined the Army in January, 1942, and served as a P.T. and Aircraft Recognition instructor with an Anti-Aircraft Battery in Malta, returning to England in November, 1945. He carried on with the band as solo cornet under Mr. Moody and took over lead solo cornet from him in 1948. In all he has won eleven medals for solo cornet, four of these in four consecutive contests in one year.
As well as playing , Mr. Sillence has done much on the administrative side to keep the band going. He has been its Hon. Secretary since 1950. and also Treasurer since 1956. He is also solo cornet with Romsey Methodist Circuit Band and trumpeter for Wellow and Nomandsland British Legion. And as if that is not enough, he has also found time to act as a bell ringer at St. Leonard's Sherfield English. for 42 years.