Had a very pleasant couple of hours discussing the Friendly Societies and associated brass bands of the area around Netheravon in the company of local historian Ann Pearce, who was visiting her sister nearby and kindly agreed to share her research with me.
I obtained pictures and details of two “new” extinct bands – the Figheldean & Netheravon Band and the Rushall & Charlton Band – details of which will eventually appear in the IBEW.
It was clear that, as was the case with the Temperance Societies, the various Friendly Societies not only made great use of the bands of the time in their parades and public works, but also in some cases provided direct patronage of bands.
Sadly, like most research into the past, the remaining material and evidence is patchy at best and rapidly diminishing as records and items are lost through accident or ignorance, and memories fade before being captured.
Figheldean & Netheravon Band – 1912