A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1910 1919.
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Band hall plans drawn upMarch 1919
Plans for an ambitious 'Assembly Hall' for the Headington Silver Band are drawn up but it is never built. Although a deposit was paid on a parcel of land, the necessary funds were never raised and public subscription efforts were instead directed toward creating a war memorial/recreation ground in Headington.
Walter Miller becomes bandmaster1919
With the ending of the war in November 1918 a few members came back and Walter Miller (a regular soldier in the Oxford & Bucks Band) came out of the army early in 1919 and settled in Headington. I believe he was a local man, and became solo cornet player. He then restarted the learners class with about 20 of us. He was soon after elected as Bandmaster.
OXFORD AND DISTRICT NEWSJanuary 1918
Headington Silver have been hard at work as usual, though they have lost a few more men. They, again have young lads learning. All these lads will do well to read and study the 'Easy Way' in the B.B.N. It is of great interest to old hands and is quite invaluable to beginners.
BRASS BAND NEWS, JANUARY 1918
James Alder joins the band1918
BERKS, BUCKS, AND OXON NOTESJuly 1917
Headington Silver are hard at work at Hospitals etc., and assisting other bands. One or two from this band have recently joined up.
BRASS BAND NEWS, JULY 1917
Ted Brooks V.C.July 1917
The Headington Silver Band lead a procession to welcome Seargeant-Major Ted Brooks, recipient of the Victoria Cross ',
Wingfield Military HospitalApril 1917
HEADINGTON SILVER BAND
The Headington Silver Band visited the Wingfield Military Hospital at Headington on Sunday, and played a programme of music to the wounded soldiers. The programme was as follows: March, "Sabbath Echoes"; march, "Duty's Call"; vase, "Echoes of Killarney"; selection, "Carisbrooke"; march, "Star of Brunswick"; march "Carry On," introducing English, French, Belgian and Russian National Anthems; selection, "Sunny Memories"; valse, "Sweet Marjorie"; cornet solo, "When You Come Home" (soloist, Rev. George Cox, R.A.M.C.); march, "Patriotic," The band hope to visit the military hospitals at Oxford during the summer months.
OXFORD JOURNAL ILLUSTRATED, 25 April 1917
Band play at WW1 Recruiting MeetingSeptember 1914
A well-attended recruiting meeting at the Field Schools on Friday evening was addressed by Councillor S. Underhill and Mr. C.M. Laing. The speeches were given during the interval of a programme of patriotic songs and music. The Headington Silver Band played suitable selections, and songs were contributed by Miss Jenkins and Mr. C. Childs. Dr. Allen acted as accompanist.
OXFORD JOURNAL ILLUSTRATED, 25 September 1914
WEST LONDON NOTESAugust 1914
Headington Silver are quite taking on with their splendid Higham set, and their playing has quite improved just lately with the advent of such splendid instruments. They are booking up repeat orders everywhere. They played a very nice band at the hospital parade, and their smart appearance won them many friend.
BRASS BAND NEWS, AUGUST 1914
WEST LONDON NOTESJuly 1914
Headington Silver Band, held a grand presentation concert and dance in the Field Schools, Headington, when their President, Mr. A. St. George Hamersley, M.P., presented: the band, on behalf of the subscribers and friends, with a silver-plated set of Higham's instruments. Mr. Hamersley, M.P., in a very neat speech complimented the band on their playing, and expressed the pleasure it gave him in being asked on behalf of the Right Worshipful Mayor to present such a beautiful set of instruments to the band, and he hoped that in the near future they would work hard and try to bring a few prizes to Headington. The Secretary, Mr. C. E. Clifton, in a few well chosen words in reply, said he should not rest contented until the band were able to add the magic word "Prize" to their name, Mrs. Hamersley then presented the bandmaster, Mr. Bower sic, with a silver-mounted baton for his past services to the band, and hoped that he would lead them to further successes in the future.
On Whit Monday the Headington Silver Band paid a visi to Wallingford and played selections of music in the market place, also at the open prize meeting and distribution of league prizes in connection with the Wallingford Miniature Rifle Club, and at the dance in the evening, when the grounds were illuminated. This is the first time that the bad had been seen in the neighbourhood, and they gave every satisfaction, the result being that they have been engaged by the Borough of Wallingford for the opening of a new park in August. The band was also engaged for the Oxford University Press Athletic Sports on June 13th, and are well booked up for the cominig season.
BRASS BAND NEWS, JULY 1914
Headington Silver BandMay 1914
The band is renamed the Headington Silver BandThe Headington Band have recently been presented with a complete set of silver-plated and engraved Class A instruments, together with drums and cases. The large drum bears the inscription: "Headington Silver Band. Presented by A. St. G. Hammersley sic, Esq., K.C., M.P." and each instrument presented to them bears the names of the donors...OXFORD JOURNAL ILLUSTRATED, 20 May 1914
"The Band changed it's name to 'Headington Silver Band', in 1914 when a set of silver plated instruments were purchased from 'Highams of Manchester' and these were in use until 1929 when a new set were obtained from 'Boosey & Hawkes'."JA
PRESENTATION OF SILVER INSTRUMENTSMay 1914
HEADINGTON SUBSCRIPTION BAND – PRESENTATION OF SILVER INSTRUMENTS
A successful concert and dance took place yesterday evening at the Field Schools, Headington, when Mr. A. St. G. Hamersley, K.C., M.P., presented the Headington subscription band with a set of silver-plated instruments. The services of several artistes well known in Oxford had been obtained, and the evening proved very successful. Mr. Hamersley presided, and on the platform were also Mrs. Hamersely, Colonel J. Hoole, Capt. R.R. Henderson, and Councillors H. and E.B. Lewis.
Mr. Hamersley, in making the presentation, said that it seemed to him only a short time ago that they started to provide this new set of first-class instruments. He and many other people thought that they had taken in hand a big task, but they had really been a very short time in obtaining enough money for the purpose of equipping the band. They all knew the help that a good band was to any neighbourhood. Some places in the past would not be known at all if they were not the possessors of a good band, but that of course did not apply to Headington. The inhabitants had responded very loyally, and he was sure they would find pleasure and credit in having created so good a band. He regretted very much that he had been away when they were trying to provide a recreation group at Headington. He hoped they would take up the project again and carry it through, for a good sports ground, like a good band, was a most valuable asset. Too much could not be said in praise of the work of their secretary, Mr. C. E. Clifton, and he was sure that but for his energy and determination to carry this matter through they would not be enjoying this delightful concert.
They had begun remarkably well, but they had still a debt on the instruments to discharge. He appealed to all the residents of Headington to give a practical support by subscribing towards the fund. He had very great pleasure in making this presentation, and he wished especially to congratulate the secretary and the bandmaster. He wished them all success-they had good instruments and still better men behind them. He saw no reason why they should not in time be competing at the Crystal Palace with the best amateur bands in the country. (Applause.)
THE HISTORY OF THE BAND
Mr. C. E. Clifton, in thanking Mr. Hamersley, said it gave him the greatest pleasure to think that his work had met with such gratifying success. Three years ago the band was entirely reorganised and placed on a sound business basis, and since then steady progress had been made. They soon found that a new set of instruments were necessary, and the secretary had been fortunate to obtain from Messrs. J. Highams and Co., of Manchester, the loan of nine instruments free of charge. During the latter part of last year the present scheme was decided upon, and the president and vice-president were approached for assistance. There was a very hearty response and promises of instruments were made by Mr. Hamersley, Dr. Massie, Col. Miller, Capt. Henderson, Mrs. L. May, and Miss. Davenport Hill. They had played at the city football matches, at which collections had been, and they had started a sixpenny fund at Headington. The instruments would cost £300, of which £100 had already been paid, and the makers were allowing them a year in which to settle the balance. The band was composed entirely of working men, and they were always willing to assist charitable enterprise or local institutions by their services.
PRESENTATION TO THE BANDMASTER
He had one more thing to say. All the members of the band felt very grateful for all that their conductor, Mr. M. W. Bowen, had done for them. He had very much pleasure in asking Mrs. Hamersley to present Mr. Bowen with a silver-mounted ebony baton on behalf of the members of the band.
The concert proved most successful, and the large audience have a very hearty reception to the clever performers who had been secured. Mrs. Buttifant, Miss Horwood, and Messrs. L. Saxton and J. Lomas gave two delightful quartettes, and each of these singers gave solos, which were also very much appreciated, and also duets and trios. Mr. W. D. Duke gave some very clever humorous songs, which earned enthusiastic applause. Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Riley were as usual very delightful in two humorous sketches. Selections were played by the band, and Mr. C. E. Hawley gave a cornet solo. Mention must also be made of Mr. R. Newman, who proved an admirable accompanist. The proceeds were in aid of the new instrument fund.
Oxford Chronicle, 15 May 1914
WEST LONDON NOTESDecember 1913
Headington Subscription are still keeping things lively in their district, Mr Clifton is still on the war path for the band funds. He knows the soft-spot with all the big guns in the place, and the money comes rolling in. I should not be surprised to find them contesting next season.
BRASS BAND NEWS, DECEMBER 1913
Band advertises for new members17 February 1912
HEADINGTON TEMPERANCE BRASS BAND
WANTED: Euphonium, Baritone, Trombone and Tenor Horn Players for solo work. Apply band-room, East Street, New Headington, Tuesday evenings.
OXFORD TIMES 17 FEBRUARY 1912
CHILDREN'S FETE IN SOUTH PARK18 August 1910
CHILDREN’S FETE IN SOUTH PARK HEADINGTON HILL. On Thursday afternoon by kind permission of Mr Herbert Morrell, the Oxford Co-operative and Industrial Society, under the auspices of the Education Committee, held a children's fete in South Park, Headington Hill. This is always a welcome occasion for the children, and this year was no exception. Thanks largely to the weather, over 5,500 people entered the grounds, where tea was supplied. A good idea of the appetites of the youngsters can be gauged by the quantity of provisions used. One ton of cake, 200 rolls of scones, 200 quarterns of bread, 250lbs. of butter. 30 lbs. of tea, 21/2 cwt of suger, and about 50 gallons of milk.... The Headington Temperance Band was in attendance from 3.45 to 5.30. It was rather to be regretted that they were not engaged for whole time, as nothing attracts so much as a band amongst the youngsters... After the sports had been concluded dancing took place, the Headington Brass Band playing suitable selections, Mr. C. Bertram discharging the duties of M.C.
OXFORD TIMES - 20 August 1910