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Severn Tunnel Band

The Severn Tunnel Band was formed back in 1923. The practice room was an old barn situated in the old cattle market in Rogiet. Seating was planks of wood and lighting was from oil lamps as there were no windows. In the 1940s the band resituated in an ex-army hut, where it stayed until the 1960s. Many of the members were railway-men and because of shift hours rehearsals sometimes had to be 11pm until midnight!

It was in 1982 that the Severn Tunnel Band began their twinning association with the AKK 1936, which is an Accordian Orchestra from Weisental in Germany. The first exchange visit took place in the spring of 1983 when first the AKK came to Caldicot. In October of the same year Severn Tunnel Band went to Weisental. This was the beginning of very many happy exchange visits between the AKK and Severn Tunnel Band. The most recent visit to Germany by Severn Tunnel Band was in 1997 when we went to Weisental take part in the town's 700th anniversary celebrations. In 1998 the AKK came to Caldicot for a week and joined in the Severn Tunnel Band's 75th Anniversary celebrations.

The band is currently the 4th section champions of South East Wales, and competes nationally in the 3rd section. Today the band is a thriving community and has a very busy calendar throughout out the year, including contests, fetes, concerts and carol playing. The Severn Tunnel Band is a valuable entertainment source for the community of Caldicot and is often called upon to lighten up occasions and march through the streets.