The year 2016 ended with another successful run of carolling engagements. Street carolling again focused on the areas near the bandroom (Milley Road, the Street and Halls Lane). The evening event at Shurlock Inn had been advertised with the wrong time, which reduced attendance, but nevertheless it was a successful session. Carols Round the Pound on 21st December was very well attended. The band are grateful to local residents for their generous donations, which will fund the pensioners' high tea to be staged on 20th May.
A good turn-out was achieved on 11th December for the Old Windsor Christmas Fair, which attracted a large crowd.
The band once again joined with Maidenhead Round Table singers to perform carols at Sainsbury's in Maidenhead on two days (a third event fell victim to a scheduling mix-up); shop staff were friendly and helpful and the shoppers were clearly appreciative.
It has been a difficult year in some ways, especially in view of illness and death, and at times it has been a struggle to put a band together for engagements. On the other hand, we have seen the return of several former players, as well as increased engagement in the process of music-making following the change of MD. Let's hope recruitment in 2017 will fill remaining gaps in the line-up.