Bondleigh Barn Band Fundraiser For The Mary Budding Trust

Saturday 16th November 7.30pm in Fairplace Church, Okehampton

A local children’s charity is teaming up with the Bondleigh Barn Band – a well-known local music group, conducted by Richard Edwards – to provide an evening’s entertainment, with refreshments, to help raise funds for the Trust. This promises to be an entertaining evening, with music from classical to contemporary and the band will be filmed as part of a video to show how the band began and has developed into the outfit it is today.

The Mary Budding Trust was set up in 2002, in memory of the late Dr Mary Budding, who had been the Medical Officer for Tavistock and District and had devoted much of her life to the support of young children. Inspired by the work of Dr Budding, The Trust’s objective is to support children with additional needs, aged eleven or under, living within the area of Okehampton, Tavistock and surrounding villages, by providing grants and equipment.

They can provide financial help for individual children – at home or school – or for groups of children within an educational setting. Individual families can apply (with a confirmation statement from a professional) or the request can come directly from a professional.

All Trustees give their time freely so all money received goes directly to help the families –  except for a small amount to pay for stationery and the annual website upkeep. They are, therefore, grateful to anyone who will help them to raise funds – however small or large. It all goes towards providing equipment and support to young children with specific needs.

The Bondleigh Barn Band – an amateur group – was formed in January 2013, when six local musicians gathered in a barn in Bondleigh, thanks to a local farmer. They met following an advertisement in a magazine by three violinists who wanted to play with other instrumentalists in an effort to broaden their repertoire. They were also hoping to find a musical director to ’bully them into shape’.

Since its unusual beginnings, the amateur band has grown to over forty players of string, woodwind, brass and keyboard instruments who enjoy meeting to play for their own enjoyment but are happy to share it with an audience and thus have raised several thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes. 

Their repertoire spans four centuries and the audience will hear music they know, some they may not know and some in which they will be invited to join. An exciting and enjoyable evening, with interval pasty, cake, a raffle and an opportunity to support this very worthwhile, very local charity.

Please buy your tickets in advance from Edwina Hill on 01837840332 OR Adults £10, children (14 and under) £6 (includes refreshments)

For further information on both of these organisations, see or contact  Edwina as above.

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