02/08/20 From Pauline Griffin, Queensland, Australia.
I have just been looking at your home page and it brought back so many memories.
Bryan was with Gweek band for a number of years before we came to Australia
so pleased to see that it still has its place in village life.
Keep up the good work and hello to Dee and Tony.
Bryan was a much loved member of Gweek Band. He and his wife, Pauline, emigrated to Australia, where Bryan played with the Sunshine Brass Band. Sadly, Bryan passed away in April 2019.
09/12/17 From Derek Hewis, Connecticut USA
Could you pass on my best wishes to Tony as I see this is final weekend as musical director with the band. Enjoy your retirement Tony.
We spent time together at junior musicians wing Pirbright and time together in the Band of the Coldstream Guards.
22/12/16 From Margaret Riley, Chair, Helston and The Lizard Fundraising Group
Please convey our sincere thanks to the band for their excellent contribution to our Marie Curie Christmas Concert. I know that everyone in the packed hall really enjoyed the evening.
We raised an amazing £1061.70 which will contribute towards the cost of the 26 Marie Curie nurses who work throughout Cornwall.
Thank you so much for your continued support for the work of Marie Curie in Cornwall. I do hope we can count on you to come back again on 10 December 2017 -
13/9/16 From Naomi Belert, Secretary, Porthleven Town Band
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Gweek Silver Band on behalf of Porthleven Town Band's players, committee and trustees for their contribution to our Band Sunday event on 21st August. Despite the dubious weather at the start of the day, it turned out to be a really good evening and we were really pleased to see such a good turnout. I hope that we will be able to continue the tradition of you playing with us again next year.
Thank you again for your support.
25/7/16 From Judy Moseley
I was looking for something to do and saw your advert on the 'what's on in Cornwall' website, and thought I'd come along. I was not disappointed. The Gweek and Porthleven bands were excellent, with YMCA, Stand by me and the Floral Dance being my favourites. Thank you for a wonderful musical evening.
20/03/16 Many thanks for your superb playing yesterday at the Cornwall Music Festival .... The way you played and presented yourselves was excellent...
many thanks for all the hard work ...very proud of you all ....Tony.....
1/5/15 Here are some extracts from a lovely email we received from Douglas Brickhill in Launceston, Tasmania:
Hi, I am an old disabled and housebound ex bandsman who misses his brass banding so much that I have a hobby which enables me to have some contact with what I used to do for many years, many years ago, I correspond with many UK brass bands by emails and find most of their websites entrancing, with their histories and current news.
This morning I had another brainwave, in Googling Cornwall brass bands, and I found many that don't appear in the IBEW listing, but lo and behold, you actually are there!
I have a soft spot for the people of Cornwall as I live at Launceston, (on the Tamar River like yours)
and played until health/mobility issues forced me to hand back my baritone.
You guys sound like a FUN group, with pig roasts , quiz nights, pigeon shoots, Gala Week, etc.
I notice that you have several lady players, which is extremely rare here and indeed in Australia. I would like to learn a little more about Gweek and surrounds.
Best wishes to all
From Mandy Jackson 25/12/14
It is our first Christmas in Gweek and the music from the band on Christmas morning was delightful. Thank you to all of the band members for giving up their time on Christmas morning to entertain everyone.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
Paul and Mandy
From Bryan Griffin, our 2nd Baritone, at present in Australia:
Merry Christmas to all from Queensland.
30 degrees today, may go to the beach or just chill out on the deck with a cold one.
You'd all hate it! See you in March
On Saturday 6 April 2013 the band played at a wedding at St. Martin Church. We have received a lovely card from the happy couple:
Tony, Diana and everyone in the Gweek Silver Band. We can't thank you enough for the AMAZING job you did at our wedding -
Lizzi and Hugo
I fully accept your webpage stating that the Gweek Band was formed in 1926. But is it possible that there was a Gweek Band in the early 20th century? I have three photos, each claim to be Gweek Band, and each playing at Sunday school treats or Band if Hope treats. My next photo is c1934 which does beg the question -
Yours, John Brush. 31 Oct 2012
You can see the results of our investigations on our webpage 'About Us' -
Well done! An outstanding result. You are a credit to the village.
Vera Wilton 20 Mar 2012
Cornwall Music Festival
Can`t thank you all enough for your brilliant playing yesterday, I`ve never heard you all play so beautifully, it was superb.
Cheers Tony (your leader) Ha!
Thanks for all your good wishes and support for Sunshine Brass. We played our best ever programme, but were pipped at the post by Toowoomba Municipal Band! Photos to follow.
Greetings from the Australian winter (28C yesterday).
I'm keeping up with the band on the website and glad you are having a great summer season.
Sorry I missed the free beer at Tony's party, but I'm trying to make up for it here.
Keeping my lip in at Sunshine Brass, checkout www.qba.org.au/sunshinebrass/ especially the first baritone player!!
Hope you're keeping a seat for me from February.
I would like to thank the band members who went to great effort to attend our party at Perran on Saturday. I know the effort you all went to, to be here. It was the icing on the cake, to see the faces of Tony and my parents when you started up, and appeared around the corner, something money cannot buy.... you were all fantastic. There have been many comments of what a lovely afternoon it was, but I think it was summed up when one of my Mums friends said, 'All that was missing was the tea treat bun!'
Once again a big Thank You, as it was an afternoon that someone said -
I hope the pig and dessert were worth your efforts!
Hi all, can`t thank you all enough for the wonderful surprise yesterday, such a shame that the current Mrs Richards wasnt well enough to grace us with her presence. (she a little bit better today). my mother and father were very grateful to you all especially your rendition of New York New York.I also didnt know that you lot were so devious, being able to keep such a secret from Dee and I, it was absolutely brilliant
Thank you all x
Many congratulations to Gweek Band. I have lots of good memories of days gone by with many of the members and committee. I am very glad that Robert is following in his Dad's foot-
Vera Wilton May 17 2011
Yo the band -
Tony xx( for Billy)
Just a quick message to wish you all the best for Truro Contest this weekend. Hope you get the result you all deserve. Miss you all and hope to see you this year work & band permitting!!!
Love Jane Rutter
2nd Euphonium Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band National Finalists 4th Section 2011
Happy new Year to you all... Great 2010! Well done. Here`s to 2011 Thanks for all your hard work!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers Tony and Dee
On behalf of Gweek Parish Council, I would like to thank Gweek Silver Band for playing for the Remembrance Parade and Service again this year. Members of the Parish Council congratulated the Band at the Council meeting held last night, on its performances last Sunday. Thank you, once again.
Kay Nicholas, Clerk to the Council
On behalf of the Mission Church, and all those who attended the Remembrance Service, we would like you to know how much your march and attendance meant to us. The wreath laying, the Last Post and the silence were very poignant, and the hymns were so uplifting. Thank you all for all you do for us. With all good wishes.
Mary Williams, Gweek Mission Church. Remembrance Sunday 2010
Hello. Just a quick note to say how well the band sounded on St Ives Pier. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though my girls were a bit noisy in parts, but that's open air music for you. I am in the 4th picture from the day helping my youngest dance to the music.
Hopefully see you again next year.
Mark Bodenham, Bb Bass, City of Bristol Band
All of the shooters have asked me to pass on their thanks to the band for playing at the shoot. They said it was nice to see what they help to support, even in a small way. So would you please pass on their thanks. It was much appreciated.
Eric Cotter and the Clay Pigeon shooters
Hi Guys. Just a quick 'hello' from up here in the sunny Peak District. Miss you all and hope to see you sometime later this year. I try and keep up with all your news on the website.
Love from Jane (and Tilly) Rutter, 2nd Euphonium Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band & 1st Baritone BM&W Brass Band
Dear Tony, I would like to thank you and the band for joining with us at our concert in Mullion on June 30th 2010. The Band was tremendous; please pass on our thanks to them. We had a very enjoyable evening.
Pamela Welsh, Treasurer. Mullion Handbell Ringers.
A big thank you to all members of the band who took part in our Midsummer Festival. Having a brass band lead our procession makes the day that extra bit special. We would be thrilled if you could join us again next year.
Caroline Teague. Troon Midsummer Festival. 19 June 2010
We recently had an email from Mike Dale in Reading. He was a member of the band in 1954 and was delighted to find our website. He went to school with Peter Searle and remembers Brian Branch and many of the people in our archive photos. He sent this lovely message:
'Congratulations to the band on its recent achievements -
Just wanted to say congratulations on your success yesterday. Good to hear Gweek Band is doing well again
Yo all! Lots of hard work pays off in the end! You reap what you sow. Great result! thank you all for your patience and dedication over the last few weeks. My confidence in you all has been rewarded. 'Told you, you could do it.' By the way this volcanic dust is playing hell with my hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tony (very proud of you all). On winning the Ungraded & 4th sections at 2010 CBBA contest
Thank you so much for all the help you gave me with the planning for Friday's event and also to yourself and the band for helping to make a lovely evening. I have had a lot of positive feedback so I guess everyone enjoyed themselves!
Kelly. Treliske Hospital. Christmas 2009
We were delighted to have the Band lead our Remembrance Service, and it was so good to hear you marching through the village. Please thank all those who turned out to take part.
Mary Williams. Gweek Mission Church. Remembrance Sunday 2009
Great job last night in Mullion -
Tony. 18 October 2009
Concert at St Ives West Pier 27 September 2009
I was lucky enough to hear you on the West Pier on this gorgeous, sunny afternoon, whilst on holiday in St Ives. The ambition and accomplishment of the Band simply boggled me. It truly made my afternoon to be able to wander down from my self-
Neil Walker. 9 October 2009
Best wishes to Gweek Silver Band
What a superb evening! Many many thanks to you Tony for supporting and playing at the start of Mawgan Feast Week 2009. The band deserve all the praise they receive. I am sure they not only play well, but enjoy it! See you all soon.
Dorothy Spragg. On behalf of Mawgan Recreation Hall
Thank you, to all of the band for your support and delightful playing this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, as did the congregation, judging by the compliments we received from many of them.
Linda Lee. Gweek Carolaire. 21 June 2009
Congratulations on your success at the 54th Cornish Brass Band Championships, on Saturday, 4th April 2009.
Executive Committee and Membership of the Cornwall Brass Bands Association.
Just wanted to thank you all on a great result at Tremough Campus on Saturday.
The hard work was well worth it.
Very proud of you all!
Tony (Your Leader). 5 April 2009
Just wanted to say Hello, my family of Moyle were all band members at one time over the years . I hope that you will continue to give much pleasure to locals and holiday makers alike.
J Johns. 18 January 2009
A Very Good site, plenty of information,
I will try my best to get and see & hear you when I am next in Cornwall,
There is nothing quite like a Silver Band to stir the blood,
Good Luck with your engagements 2009,
Gwynneth Wakeham. Victoria Australia -
Just a note to thank everyone for all their great efforts during the Christmas period. Well done everybody and a Happy New Year to all. Here`s to a great 2009.
Tony. 2 January 2009
A happy new year to you all. In the early 1940s I lived at Mellanoweth Farm with Tom and Beatrice Mitchell and at that time the band room was a little higher up the road, and I used to go and listen to them practice and one of the pieces they played was Bandology, do you still play this piece.?
Would you kindly pass on my regards to Billy Orchard, I knew him as a little boy when coming to Gweek for holidays. I have many happy memories of times past when I lived there. Hoping for a reply sometime.
Gweeks bearing gifts!
Gweek Silver Band recently entered their first contest for many years at the Truro contest and came away with runners up prize in the ungraded section.
They also picked up the prize as the best Cornish band, and a 3rd in the 4th section. Solo cornet Linda Lee also received the best instrumentalist award.
The band, based on the Helford river in Cornwall, was one of many bands struggling to stay afloat, but has gradually got itself back to full strength thanks largely to bandmaster Tony Richards.
Secretary Jane Rutter told 4BR: 'Everyone looks forward to practise night and is enthusiastic about the future.'
Hi all. Just thought I'd have a look at your site, being a past member.
I thought the band sounded the best I had heard them in a long time. Keep it up!!
As an ex Porthleven Town Band player (and sometimes guest player on Flora Day!) I still follow the fortunes of local bands in West Cornwall. It's great to see that Gweek Silver Band is riding high once again. Congratulations to Tony and all the band.
Mark Griffin. Founder, Brass Band of Central Florida.