Girls make a noise over an­niver­sary

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CHE­SHAM All Girls Band cel­e­brated its 35th an­niver­sary with a party and awards cer­e­mony at­tended by mem­bers past and present, with mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions from friends around the world.

Chiltern District Coun­cil chair­man Mimi Harker was the spe­cial guest and pre­sented each mem­ber with a 35th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tive award.

Spe­cial awards in­cluded the En­deav­our Award, pre­sented to Emily Lacey for hard work and ded­i­ca­tion through­out the year and the Best At­ten­dance Award for Sum­mer Quick.

Orig­i­nal band mem­ber Dawn Lacey cut the birth­day cake with her daugh­ter Emily, the band’s cur­rent drum ma­jor.

The band was formed in 1981 by Tim Smith and has had many high­lights in its 35 years in­clud­ing trips to the USA and Europe and com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

The band also sup­ports lo­cal events and will be do­ing so again this year.

Sec­re­tary Karen Craw­ley said: “The rea­son the band is so suc­cess­ful is be­cause any­one can get in­volved re­ally quickly, even if they can’t play a note be­fore they come to us as we can teach ev­ery­thing a girl needs to get in­volved. Ev­ery­one is re­ally friendly and each prac­tice night is fun. The girls come from dif­fer­ent schools but all mix re­ally well to­gether.”

The band is open to new mem­bers aged eight and over and prac­tices on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm at the 1st Che­sham Scout Head­quar­ters in The Backs.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01494 764 569, email info@che­shamall girls­ or visit www.che­shamall girls­

Mimi Harker presents awards to Sum­mer Quick, above and below, Emily Lacey Above left, Emily cuts the cake with mum Dawn

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