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Pantastic Players




Bookham Choral Society  Coffee Morning


Milbourne Lodge Summer Ball


The Grange - Bookham


Music With A Difference


Farnham Lions - Rural Life Centre, Tilford


Parkside Christmas Fayre


March for Malaria- South African Embassy


Kew Riverside Summer Fair



Private Party- Cobham


Bookham Wine Club Summer Barbecue



British Red Cross


Summer Fete for Keswick House



Autism File Ball - Sandown Park


Private Party Cobham



St. Matthew's School Fair - Cobham


Parkside Christmas Fayre



Village Day - Bookham


Boy Scout's Carol Concert



The Grange - Bookham


B.C.A Christmas Show



Parkside Summer Ball




Bookham Choral Society Coffee Morning Saturday 10th February

On Saturday February 10th the Performing Group played for the Bookham Choral Society at their Coffee Morning to help raise funds for a conductor. We played on the stage of the Barn Hall, for the first time, to a very appreciative audience.



                                                 "Come Back Lisa"                                                                             "Sammy Dead - O !"

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Music With A Difference Saturday 24th February

The Performing Group joined Bookham Recorder Ensemble  in a concert called "Music With a Difference" at the Baptist Church in order to raise funds for St. Nicholas' Church on Saturday 24th February from 7.30pm. It was our first "proper" concert and some of us were very nervous, but we were very well received and many favourable comments were made by members of the audience and recorder groups. We played the following tunes:

1st Half

2nd Half

Little Suede Shoes

Coriander Calypso

Sly Mongoose

In the Jungle

Something Stupid

Sammy - Dead -O !

Benjamin Calypso

Walking in the Air

Come Back Lisa

Yellow Bird

"Walking in the Air"

Ruth, Barbara, Jo, Anne, Lindsey and Nicky (Me)

(Left to Right)


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March for Malaria Friday 2nd March

Wow what an evening !!

The Performing Group played for the American Women in Surrey at The South African Embassy, in  Trafalgar Square, London. We had such fun driving up there in my newly christened van, "Winifred".

She passed Harrods, The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus and finally made it to Trafalgar Square only to find that the road, we were due to unload in, had been cordoned off because of an accident. Fortunately, the Police stopped the traffic for us and we were able to park at the end of the road adjacent to the Embassy.          

Afterwards, Jo and I drove to the car park beside The Royal Festival Hall which seemed to be the only car park in the area without a height retsriction. (Thanks Peter for finding it !) As we left to get back to the Embassy we heard a Steel Pan playing so we walked up to the South Bank, just along from the London Eye, and saw a man playing a Tenor Pan. Jo told him what we were doing and he asked if we wanted to have a go. I now know I can play aTenor Pan without the notes written on it !! Jo had a go too, playing "Little Suede Shoes", and drew quite a crowd. What an amazing coincidence ! We then took a cab back to Trafalgar Square.


Well, it seemed quite daunting when the guests arrived, but after their tour of the Embassy and a film about Malaria we played our repertoire confidently and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a great experience for us all and one I am sure we shall not forget in a hurry.

Jo won a plant from the Raffle....


and so did Anne !!

This is what our hostess wrote after the event:

"Thank you so much for bringing your drums to our event and donating your time and talent. 

We all LOVED the music and it really made the event.  Thank all the ladies for us please. 

We wish you all the success in the world.  I will definitely keep you in mind for other AWS events in the future. 

We raised over 600 pounds for malaria prevention so all in all, it was a great night.

Thank you so much again!" 


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Private Party - Cobham Friday 9th March

Vicki, one of the Adult members, invited us to play for her parents at her home in Cobham. They had come over to stay from St. Kitts. We had Caribbean Curry and Rum Punch as well as a whole orchestra of added percussion from spoons to maracas !! It was the first time people had danced to the sound of Pantastic and hope it will be the first of many occasions.  Many thanks to Vicki and her friends and family for making us feel so welcome. It was great fun !!

Vicki's friends have a go !!

Vicki with the rasta hair on Bass !!

Joanna on Bass.


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Raising Funds for the British Red Cross - Guildford High Street

Friday 20th April

We were invited by the British Red Cross to play for them in Guildford High Street while they had their street collection. This was the first time we had played in the street anywhere, but we had a very favourable reaction from the passers-by and many business cards were taken. It was great fun, if a little chilly, although this was preferable for the Pans so they did not get too hot !! It was lovely to see so many smiling faces and even one little boy dancing.


We played at the bottom end of the High Street outside Marks and Spencers on a slope !!.


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Autism File/Trust Ball - Sandown Park Saturday 19th May

Sandown Park logoThe Autism FileSandown Park logo

Two of our adult players had previously been to this annual event and gained us an invite to play at the reception party before the dinner and ball. We played in the Grandstand View Room which had wonderful views over the racecourse and London in the distance. It was a super evening and we were made to feel very welcome. The band were then put into a silent auction to raise money for the Autism Trust. We shall await to hear for whom and where we shall be playing !


                                                                                                                                      Anne, Me, Barbara, Jo, Ruth and Lindsey

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St. Matthew's School Fair - Cobham Saturday 16th June

St. Matthew's held their annual Summer Fair on Saturday 16th June and we were invited to play. Unfortunately the dark clouds were circling and it was the first time we had ever played in the rain. Fortunately though we were under a gazebo so we stayed fairly dry. It was our first performance of  "Islands in the Sun" which Lindsey had arranged for us and also the first time we wore our new matching tops.

This was the debut performance for our uniform !!

The kind letter of thanks received from St. Matthews


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Village Day - Bookham Saturday 16th June

Bookham Community Association invited us to play at Village Day and I decided that since the performing group were playing in the morning it would be easier for them to play again, instead of having all the children like last year.

Unfortunately it rained here also, but thanks to some strategically placed umbrellas we kept fairly dry, but the Pans got rather wet. The audience braved the rain though so many thanks to them for supporting us.

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The Grange Fund Raising Day - Bookham Saturday 23rd June

This was an opportunity for the members of the adult groups who are not in the performing group to play at an event. Unlike at Village Day, the previous week, the rain held off for the majority of the time only managing a short light shower, but it did not affect us as we were underneath a large gazebo.

Lindsey, Beverlie, Vicki and Barbara

Jo, Peter, Debbie (behind), Elizabethe and Ruth

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Parkside Summer Ball - Stoke D'Abernon Saturday 23rd June

Thanks to Vicki (see above left photo) we were invited to play at the Parkside Summer Ball. It was a beautiful occasion and we able to play on the veranda under the grand columns overlooking the river, sipping our champagne and orange juice.

We were very well received by the guests and even the Head Master came to congratulate us in person. The organiser had a go at playing the Bass Pans for "In the Jungle". Unfortunately Anne was on holiday, but Joanna and Pippa from the Senior Group covered her absence admirably.




Pippa and Lindsey                                                     Joanna through the columns

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Milbourne Lodge Summer Ball - Claygate Saturday 7th July


I just happened to mention to one of the Mums, as we were waiting for our daughters to take their Grade 4 Ballet Exam, that my Steel Band had played at a Ball at the weekend. She thought it would be a great idea for their School Ball that she was helping to organise for her daughter's school. It was a rather chilly, (my lips were blue !) but fortunately dry evening, after all the rain we had had during the week. The Senior Group joined us as Lindsey and Barbara were away and we managed to produce a good repertoire and were well received.

Anne fresh from her holiday with Joanna &  Brittany 

The front of the school.

Michael, Anne, Pippa (behind) Joanna &  Brittany

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Farnham Lions - Rural Life Centre, Tilford Friday 13th July


I received a phone message from a Hospice wishing to use our Steel Band to help raise funds for them at the Farnham Carnival. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time and resources it never happened. However, I decided to look up the Farnham Carnival on the internet and discovered what looked like a very exciting opportunity for Pantastic for next year. I emailed the organiser and asked if it would be possible to be put on their mailing list to be included for next year. Keith replied and enquired if we were available for private parties. So on Friday 13th we played at the lovely location of the Rural Life Centre in Tilford for the informal barbecue and handing over ceremony of the presidency for the Farnham Lions. It was a beautiful evening in so many ways. The weather was fine and warm, but not hot, the venue was so quaint and charming and the guests were very appreciative of our playing. In fact they were so interested we let them have a go too.

En Plein Air

Coat of Arms behind us

We played as the guests mingled and awaited their barbecue


                                                                       Peter and Elizabeth joined us as Lindsey was away.

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Kew Riverside Summer Fair Saturday 14th July

Ruth's sister's children go to the above school and asked if we could play for their Summer Fair to help liven the atmosphere. It was a very hot sunny afternoon and with the help of  "Pandemonium" we played for about 3 hours with a break for lunch.

Jo and Ruth win some Tequila !!

Summer fair 2007      

Peter and Elizabeth and the Seniors helped cover for Barbara and Lindsey

The children clapped and told us how much they had enjoyed hearing us play

17 July 2007

Dear Nicky,

Thank you so much for playing at our fair on Saturday. You were all brilliant and everyone said how wonderful the sound was. I hope you were looked after sufficiently throughout the afternoon?

I hope you get future bookings from your performance on Saturday and look forward to hearing and seeing you all again soon at another event we may be holding!

Again many thanks.

Kind regards.

Maddie Williams

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Bookham Wine Club Summer Barbecue Friday 20th July

This was a memorable occasion for us as it was the Performing Group's First Anniversary. It was amazing to think we had been playing together for a whole year. Unlike last year we did not have a barmy Summer evening for performing. As this year has probably seen the worst Summer weather possible, with many storm warnings, it was necessary for the Wine Club to put up 4 large gazebos in order to make sure we all stayed dry. Fortunately it did not rain, but it was very cold. We played our full repertoire and were provided with a lovely barbecue supplied by Rawlings and Kensett, our local Butcher. Then the Wine Club members had a go at playing "In the Jungle" with 4 or 5 different changes of players. We received many favourable comments from the audience and enjoyed our Anniversary very much indeed.

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Keswick House Summer Fete   Saturday 21st July

One of the ladies who works at Keswick House saw us play at the Barn Hall last Christmas and invited us to play for their Summer Fair. Fortunately the rain held off until we were packing away. In fact it was really quite hot in the sunshine ! We were only due to play for half an hour, but with the agreement of the organiser played our full repertoire and saw a few feet and walking sticks tapping to the beat !

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Private Party Cobham - Sunday 26th August

One of the ladies who saw us play at St. Matthew's School in Cobham invited us to play at her 40th birthday party in her garden.

This is what she said in her email afterwards:


Dear Nicky

What can i say but a huge huge thank you for sunday evening, it completely surpassed my expectations,

the way that everyone arrived to hear the sound of a steel band on  a warm summers evening was so perfect

it was fab, please thank all the girls

it was the best party ever, thank you for making it so

very best wishes



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Parkside Christmas Fayre -Friday 16th November

After the success of our performance at the Parkside Ball in the Summer we were invited to play again at the Parkside Christmas Fayre. This was a very upmarket and sophisticated event held in the school's gym with many tempting stalls at which the Performing Group were joined by both the Senior Group and another adult group. The Seniors played their recently learned "Banana Boat Song" (otherwise known as "Brown Girl in the Ring"!!) and the adult group played the first three Blue Danube Waltzes arranged for the Pans by Lindsey from the Performing Group. The Performing Group played 18 songs as well as 5 Christmas pieces including "Steel Drummer Boy" and "Calypso Carol.

Seniors start the evening by

playing "Banana Boat Song"

Adults - "Blue Danube" Waltzes 1,2 and 3

We stood on the stage

with all the stalls beneath us

and the public browsed whilst we played.

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Scouts Carols, St. Nicholas Church - Sunday 9th December

We were invited back to play for the Scouts Carols at St. Nicholas Church this year. We played before and after the service and accompanied "Calypso Carol" (See Him Lying in a Bed of Straw"). This was an opportunity to play our newly learned "Winter Wonderland" and also for the children of The Dawnay school to play to their parents after the service had ended.

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Bookham Community Association Show 2007 - Friday 14th December

The Pantastic Players were asked to perform during the interval of the B.C.A Show and due to an unfortunate accident for one of the members of the audience were required to play for quite some time. We played our Christmas repertoire of "Walking in the Air", "Good King Wenceslas", "Away in a Manger", "Steel Drummer Boy", "Calypso Carol" and "Winter Wonderland" and then played several songs from our main repertoire including "Benjamin Calypso" and "Islands in the Sun".

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