Rehearsal Sunday 18 Feb

Next rehearsal is this Sunday 18 February,  Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre 2 – 4.30pm. Matt has posted the list of tunes to be played here. Look forward to seeing lots of you there.

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BVB practice Friday 2 Feb

BVB practice Friday 2 February 7.30 – 9pm in the Youth Hall of Long Ashton Community Centre.

The playlist will focus on music for the St Stephens gig in March.


  1. The Triumph
  2. Brighton Camp
  3. Devil among the Tailors
  4. Toms gone to Hi Lo
  5. Cam Ye o’er from France
  6. Thrashing of the Oats
  7. Blackberry Quadrille
  8. Soldiers Joy
  9. Maybe some waltzes (Liz will bring music)

We are unlikely to do them all.

This practice will be run by band members. Liz would love to hear from anyone who is prepared to lead the rehearsal for one of the tunes.

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Fritjof’s Wassail Poem

We may perform this stunning poem written by Fritjof at tomorrows rehearsal (Sunday 21 January)

Wassail At No. 23, The Crescent

Wassail, Wassail, together we stand
To welcome the New Year, glass of Cider in hand. The embers are glowing and so are our cheeks. This wassailing feast we’ll remember for weeks.

And here cometh Marc our wassailing guide The tambourine firmly strapped to his side. Near the fire he stands, his drum almost burnt, From his mouth the tradit’nal customs we learnt.

Whilst singing a song at the top of our voice With various contraptions we make a loud noise: Triangles, bells, a cow’s horn, a gun,
Will help to make the bad spirits run.

We’re sending last year’s bad luck to the sky, Followed by hopes that no worse might come by. Aspirations and wishes acquire swift wings
To gather the bounty which this New Year brings.

And an apple a day keeps the doctor away So let’s bless the apple tree this very day. To the queen on her throne we gladly submit And honour the tree, all bare and moonlit.

The cider it drinks and the toast it devours
To help it produce an abundance of flowers.
We dance round the fire, we bow to the queen, We hope that the New Year is the best ever seen.

An apple cake’s spiked on a sword sharp and long. We all have a piece to help us keep strong,
And then we retire in complete relaxation
For fresh victuals and more lubrication.

In good company all merry we make,
Amongst sausage rolls, baked potatoes and cake. We bless the whole gath’ring and thank our host And greet the New Year with one final toast.

  1. Körber, 14/01/18


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Thank you letter from Southmead Hospital Charity

Thankyou from Southmead


Throughout December Southmead Hospital Charity has brought joyous music to the public both in and out of our hospital as performers from all over Bristol and its surrounding areas took part in our Great Brunel Buskathon Christmas Special.


This was the 2nd year for the event and I am very pleased to announce that it has been our best year ever, exceeding expectations and raising an absolutely amazing £15,813.76 for our Christmas Appeal. This allowed us to purchase presents for patients, thank staff and continue to support our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.


This result is all down to the brilliant support of people like you, Sarah and the Brigstowe Village Band and I wanted to thank you for taking part and donating your talents.


We will be asking performers to donate their talents once again as The Great Brunel Buskathon returns for its 3rd year in June 2018. There are many ways to be involved, from setting up your own performance, holding a retiring collection at your Summer show, or performing in public at your local shopping centre, workplace or of course, Southmead Hospital. I do hope you would like to be involved again. If so, please let me know.


The team at Southmead Hospital Charity are so grateful to you for donating your time and talent and we hope you can do so again in the future.


With very best wishes



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Rehearsal this Sunday (21 Jan)

First rehearsal for 2018 this Sunday 21 January, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre 2 – 4.30pm. Matt has posted the list of tunes to be played here. Look forward to seeing lots of you there.

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Subs now due

Subs due on 1 January 2018. £30 for the term. Payment details can be found here.

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Wassail evening

Saturday 13 January      Wassail evening                                                                                   Liz and Chris’ house:        5pm – 8ish

American supper wassail evening for BVB members with Marc Vyvyan-Jones. Friends and family welcome. Bring your signature dish (surname A-Ke savoury, Ko-Z sweet) and leftover bottles. Mulled wine, some soft drinks , breads and mince pies provided.

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