Welcome to the Downton Band Website


Downton Band will be attempting to deliver a near normal routine of playing carols around the village during December, including on Christmas day - as much as this is possible within current law and guidelines.

We will have strict social distancing and Covid-Secure procedures in place and we have completed a full risk assessment in accordance with the current BBE and Government guidelines

The band has of course lost nearly all its income due to lockdown and Covid-19 so donations would be very welcome - but for the safety of our members and the public we will not be knocking on doors round the village this year. For that reason, online donations via PayPal Giving Fund are preferable or see or donations page for other ways to donate.

Our planned dates are as follows - but these are of course subject to weather, players remaining healthy and there being no changes to the current laws and guidance.

  • Tuesday 8th 7-9pm, The Sidings, Hamilton Park
  • Wednesday 9th 7-9pm, Moot Estate (Training Band)
  • Thursday 10th 7-9pm, The Borough
  • Tuesday 15th 7-9pm, Charlton All-Saints
  • Thursday 17th 7-9pm, Wick Estate
  • Tuesday 22nd 7-9pm, New Wick and new estates
On Chrimstmas Eve, Senior Band will be playing outside the Co-op from 10-12am and Training Band from 1-3pm. Downton Community Choir are hoping to sing some carols between 12 and 1.
On Christmas Morning we hope to do our usual playing round the village, but the times may be different to what you are used to.
We also hope to play outside the Co-op on some of the Saturday mornings during December, but this is yet to be confirmed

Small groups from the band are also available to perform carols and Christmas songs outside pubs, nursing homes, etc upon request. Please contact us to discuss.

Thank you for your support throughout the year so far and over the festive period.


Sadly, for the safety of our players and audiences, most Downton Band engagements are cancelled until further notice, but do please contact us to discuss any possible future engagements as we may very soon be able to restart some very limitted activities.

We are keeping on top of the latest, frequently updated, advice from DCMS and Brass Bands England. The current advice and indeed law allows us to have small rehearsals outdoors and in our Band Hall provided that we have a detailed risk assessment in place for the activity, and stick to numerous restrictions.
We have two risk assesssments for outdoor and indoor rehearsals in our Covid19-Secure Band Hall. These place a number of requirements on all players which are documented here. All players must read and agree to these before attending. The Band Hall has capacity for only 6 players plus conductor with social distancing measures in place.
There is a further document listing the things that the designated rehearsal organiser must check here
We would like to thank BBE for their assistance in providing the template for these risk assessments, and Woodfall Band from whom we have shamelessly copied much of the text.

The Band is looking forward to being able to get out and perform again when we can do so safely - however the safety of our members must be our top priority at this time.

We would like to thank our kind supporters for generous donations, and Wiltshire County Council for approving us for a grant. These have enabled the Band to survive with no income during this time. However, as always, anyfurther donations that you can give would be enormously welcome as the Band tries to recover.

If there is anything that the Band can, or may be able to do, or for any enquiries, please do contact us and we will do our best to help.

The Bands

Thank you for supporting Downton Band throughout the year.

We run four bands from our bandroom in Gravel Close:

  • Senior Band, that performs across the UK
  • Jubilee Brass (available for fetes and parties)
  • Training Band
  • Beginners Band (open to anyone who wants to learn an instrument for just £1 per week!)

See our calendar for all upcoming events, and please contact us for more details, or to book the band, join the band or any other enquiries.

If would like to make a donation to the band to help with our running costs you can do so via our donations page

As a thank you for your support you can listen to the band perform several festive tracks by visiting our Facebook page or our YouTube channel

About the Bands

Downton is a modest sized village on the edge of the New Forest between Salisbury and Fordingbridge, boasting a rich history of some 7000 years. In its over 140 years of history the Band has seen successes at top level in the Championship Section, and at the other end of the spectrum with near disbandment. In March we established ourselves in the second section nationally as well as performing at several key events throughout the year, including 3 days at the New Forst Show. Although Downton was traditionally a local band, it attracts players from as far affield as Portsmouth to Poole.

The Band is a non-for profit charity organisation, funded by member subscriptions, kind donations and of course the engagements performed throughout the year. If you are interested in booking the band for your function or event, please contact our secretary by visiting our Contact page where we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

As an integral part of village life, here in Downton, the Band in turn serve the community through key events including Armistice Day, key church services and public concerts. You can also hear us every year at the annual Downton Cuckoo Fair in May, and of course carolling around the snowy village streets in the run up to Christmas - culminating in a tour of the village in the early hours of Christmas morning!

Bookings & enquiries, please contact the secretary

     Supported by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
The People's Postcode Lottery Trust is a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Downton's Training Band "Bash & Blow" are very grateful to receive £6536 from the trust.
For more information about The People's Postcode Lottery Trust please click here.

Last Updated August 2020