"Pandemonium" 2010

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Collection for Beacon Hill School - The Mall, Camberley

Trip to Devon - The Castle Inn, Lydford

Wedding Reception - Frensham

Topic of Cancer Meeting - Bookham

Private Party - Ashington

Village Day - Bookham

Greenfield School, Woking

Private Party - Sunningdale

The Grange Festival - Bookham

Ewell Village Fair - Ewell

Celia Cross Greyhound Trust - Clandon

Caribbean Barbecue - Imber Court, East Molesey

Forget-Me-Not Walk - Farnham Park

Wedding Reception - Kingswood

Arts Alive - Leatherhead

Leatherhead Swans - Leatherhead Leisure Centre

Private Party - Bookham

Launch of Museum Maker Project - Lightbox, Woking

Community Entertains Show, Barn Hall, Bookham


Charity Collection for Beacon Hill School - The Mall, Camberley -  Friday April 2nd

For an update on what the school is using the money for click here


(The cover for the Collection tins we used.)



Anne joined us in the afternoon to help play.

I decided that it would be a lovely idea to have a charity collection day.

Fortunately the Mall in Camberley were kind enough to host us for the day on Good Friday 2010.

We played on and off from half past ten in the morning until half past four in the afternoon and we raised 363.06 !! (see charity page for final total)

I would like to say a special thank you to my Mum, my Uncle and his partner who stood all day collecting for us and also to "Pandemonium" for playing all day.

We had so many wonderful comments from the public. One lady said that one of the pieces had "made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end" and one of the cleaners in the Mall said it was "the best thing she had heard in the Mall in the 6 years she had been there !!"

Well done everyone !!

One of the posters I made to advertise the collection.

The Official Collector's Badge I made.

The third of 3 posters placed on the Bass Pans.

Another poster.




The design for the stickers we gave out, which sadly ran out.


This is what my sister-in-law wrote on my wall on Facebook

"On behalf of Friends of Beacon Hill I would like to thank you and your steel pan group, as well as the willing money collectors, for all your efforts on Friday;  raising so much money to buy equipment for the children who attend Beacon Hill School in Wallsend."

See article in

School Newsletter

As usual many people wanted to "have a go". This is Louisa who seemed to be having a great time.


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Trip to Devon - Castle Inn - Lydford

Saturday May 29th to Monday May 31st

Well, this was nearly cancelled when I found out Jo no longer owned the Castle Inn, but thanks to Karen and David, the new owners, we were able to have a return trip to Lydford. The weather was kind so we had another successful and fun packed weekend.

The children smiled more and even moved to the music whilst playing ! We had an appreciative audience including some from Bookham and Jo also came to show  her support.

The new animal duckies went swimming and diving and drowning and some got lost and found again.

The van reached 100,000 miles and then celebrated by blowing the exhaust so we had to come home on the back of a breakdown lorry. Shame - not !

  Joanna is in the process of making a movie to show all that happened.

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Wedding Reception - Frensham - Saturday June 5th

On an extremely hot Saturday in June we travelled to Frensham with our new exhaust pipe. We were invited to play for the Wedding of Jill and Colin at the old site of Pierrepont School now the Ellel Ministries in Surrey.


The children were extremely well behaved and the guests could not thank us enough for playing. They absolutely loved the band.

We have never had such a warm reception. It was lovely.


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Topic of Cancer Meeting - Bookham - Friday June 11th

Nigel Lewis- Baker was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004. He is a keen supporter of Cancer Research UK and is on the committee for his local Relay for Life as well as helping to raise cancer awareness at every opportunity. He set up a local group in Bookham for cancer sufferers called the Topic of Cancer and we were invited to play for one of their meetings. We played for his Ruby Wedding Anniversary last year.

Kind comments from our host:

"Once again you have raised comments from neighbours as well as the people at the party. No wonder your bookings are so solid. Love it and I am your number 1 fan, although I am usually so busy looking after others that I cannot get the time to just sit back and enjoy it. I will have to try harder in the future. 

Thanks to all the team."                    

          See Topic of Cancer Website for further article

Practising "Soul Limbo" - Where are you Becky ?



Anne played to help cover for Becky

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Private Party - Ashington - Saturday June 12th

Having been told that the lady to whom we would be playing wanted to hear a Steel Band before she died, and if she didn't then she would like it at her funeral, we could not refuse. Debbie held a party, on her birthday, for England's first game of the World Cup at their beautiful home in Ashington, West Sussex. She invited her friend, Shirley, the one who was desperate to hear the Steel Band, and she was so touched it made her cry.

That's a first - we've not managed to reduce anyone to tears yet !! Hairs standing up on the back of the neck was probably the best reaction so far. Always good to improve :-)

Having played 3 sets of pieces the group also performed "Happy Birthday" for Debbie.

"England Party !"

Posing for the camera 

The chocolate footballs the children were given...... and ate !!

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Village Day - Bookham - Saturday June 19th

Another year, another Village Day, another Tiger Timber's lorry and another great success. Thanks to Peter our driver we paraded down the High Street into Church Street and then round the back of the Barn Hall. The crowds lining the streets showed their appreciation by cheering and clapping us and we threw sweets in response. It was not too hot and slightly breezy - good for the pans. The children had tiger masks and I was dressed as a ring master to fit the theme of "The Circus Comes to Town".

Once we had set up the Pans into the arena "Pandemonium" played 4 of their classics, "Palladio", "Soul Limbo", "Tico, Tico" and "La Bamba".

Ring Mistress

The Band

The Sweet Throwers

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Greenfield School - Woking - Saturday June 26th



It was Greenfield School's 75th Anniversary and they invited us to play for their School Fete. It was extremely hot but we were lucky enough to be under the shade of a tree and right next to the bar.

Becky saw someone she knew there

Hanging out before the gig

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