Memories rekindled of Jevington band

Jevington School Band circa 1879

Jevington School Band circa 1879

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MORE light has been shone on the photograph of a band sent in by reader Peggy Lawrence which appeared in Looking Back earlier this month.

The photograph is of the Jevington School Band taken around 1879 by E I Baker.

Brian Larmer wrote in to say, “It is similar to the photo in the book by Rosalind Hodge of Jevington, Wannock and Willingdon entitled ‘A Portrait in Picture Post Cards and Photographs’.

“Thomas Dimmer, the Jevington schoolmaster from 1873-1882, formed a Fife and Drum Band in 1877.

“The boys were successful in winning several local competitions and the picture might have been taken at one of these events or at Jevington.

“The older boy to the left of the lady in the second row is my grandfather Charles Thomas ,who in later life owned and ran the Old Mill Gardens at Wannock.”

The photograph also prompted a phone call from Peter Sands who lives in Fletching Road who knew of its history and author Rosalind Hodge.

He said, “The photograph was taken c.1880 with the boys of the little village school and their schoolmaster Thomas Dimmer standing on the far left and his daughter Sarah the assistant school mistress in the centre.

“Mr Dimmer formed the band in 1877 and the school managers and better off residents of the parish subscribed to buy instruments and special uniforms with red sashes and black caps with red bands and rosettes on top.

“The large drum was painted with the inscription, ‘Presented to Jevington School by the Managers as a Reward for Good Conduct 1879’.

“Two evenings a week the band used to practise by marching four abreast up and down Jevington Street.

“Most village schools at this time formed Fife and Drum Bands which were used in village parades and fetes.

“Regular competitions were held between the local school bands and Jevington won a number of these.”

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