Past Concerts and Events - 1960s

Details on this page were mostly extracted from correspondence kept by Eric Turner, who took over being band secretary from Mr Langridge in June 1951, and kept the post until 198?. The correspondence will soon be lodged with Gravesend Library. This list of concerts and events is incomplete, if you know details of any concerts not included here please contact us. During the 1960s the band played for many parades, marching along in the procession. Generally these were not paying jobs but the organisers covered expenses for extra musicians and for transport, and occasionally supplied refreshments. The band often hired coaches from Maidstone & District for out of town concerts e.g. Rochester, Gillingham, Dartford, this practice continued to the mid 1970s. Many band members worked half or all day on Saturdays and were from out of town, so the band had to turn down a number of offers of Saturday events e.g. May day and Regatta days. Other jobs had to be declined due to the band having too few members available to make a balanced band. The band relied on a number of honorary members, mostly from Northfleet Silver Band, and when Northfleet had a concert or competiton to attend too few musicians were available for Gravesend to play a concert. Many of the "Bandtime" concerts were mentioned in advance in the Gravesend Reporter, and were also reported upon afterwards. The articles were written by the band secretary Eric Turner and sent to the paper, some were edited before inclusion.
1960 Date Venue Time
Sun 24/01/1960 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
  02/1960 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1959:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. A.H.Townsend. The band ran their eighth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Jennifer Gillingham continued as a Solo Cornet in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. The band attended Church Parades, Battle of Britain Sunday, Armistice Sunday, the Laying-up of Gravesend Royal British Legion Kings Colour, plus an annual concert at St. James's Hospital for patients. The band played at the Fort Gardens, Central Park Dartford and Gillingham Strand. The band had 26 members in spite of difficulties and National Service.
 
Sun 20/02/1960 Meopham evening
Sun 13/03/1960 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Mon 30/03/1960 Unknown, but committed somewhere.  
Sun 01/05/1960 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Sun 29/05/1960 Mayor's Church Parade (L. Harris) at St George's Chapel of Unity. Parade to Market Square with Mayor accepting salute from the steps of the town hall. Band lead the parade. 10.15
Sun 03/07/1960 Fort Gardens, Gravesend (with help from Northfleet Silver Band due to low number of members.) 19.30 -
Sun 19/06/1960 Committed somewhere, possibly Dartford. (Not available for Meopham & Cobham branch of the Royal British Legion)  
Sun 17/07/1960 Unknown, but committed somewhere.  
Sun 24/07/1960 Fort Gardens, Gravesend (with help from Northfleet Silver Band due to low number of members.) 19.30 -
Sun 14/08/1960 Gillingham Strand 15.00 -
Sun 18/09/1960 Royal Air Forces Association Battle of Britain Sunday parade and church service. 10.40 Roundel House, Overcliffe. 11.00 St George's Chapel of Unity 10.40 - 12.00
Mon 26/09/1960 Band AGM  
  10/1960 From the Gravesend Reporter, an article with photograph titled "Farewell gift to popular conductor".
Retiring from Gravesend Borough Band, of which he has been conductor for 14 years, Mr. Arthur H. Townsend, of Campbell-road, received a barometer from Mr. H. Starvis, chairman, at a presentation ceremony at the Chantry, Commercial-place. Watching are Mr. E. Turner (secretary), A. H??ien (librarian), Miss V. Twist (treasurer) and Mr. L. Harris (committee member).
 
Sun 09/10/1960 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Sun 13/11/1960 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 04/12/1960 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
1961 Date Venue Time
Sun 22/01/1961 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
  02/1961 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1960:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The band ran their ninth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Jennifer Gillingham continued as a Solo Cornet in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for the third year. The band attended Church Parades, Battle of Britain Sunday, Armistice Sunday, and engagements at the Fort Gardens and Gillingham Strand. The band had 28 playing members and good practices were being maintained.
 
Sun 12/03/1961 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Sun 30/04/1961 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Sun 28/05/1961 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Chapel of Unity. 10.15
Sun 23/07/1961 Gillingham Strand 15.00
Sun 30/07/1961 Fort Gardens, Gravesend evening
Sat 05/08/1961 Gala Variety, Fort Gardens, Gravesend 15.00
&
19.00
Sun 13/08/1961 Fort Gardens, Gravesend evening
Sun 20/08/1961 Gillingham Strand 15.00
Sun 03/09/1961 Central Park, Dartford  
Sun 17/09/1961 Many members at the Belle Vue band contest. Not enough members available to attend Battle of Britain Sunday parade. N/A
Sun 08/10/1961 Not enough (only 14) members available to attend an afternoon parade to lay up old British Legion Standard at Christ Church. N/A
Sun 08/10/1961 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
Sun 12/11/1961 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 12/11/1961 "Bugler" supplied for British Legion rememberance service, Christchurch, Gravesend 18.30 - 19.30
Sun 03/12/1961 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.15 - 21.15
1962 Date Venue Time
  1962 Chalk Village Band (a youth band) disbanded.  
Sun 21/01/1962 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sat 27/01/1962 Northfleet Silver Band supper and social evening, Veterans Hall, The Hill, Northfleet. Gravesend members invited. 19.30
  02/1962 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1961:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The band ran their tenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime", bad weather affected audience attendance at some concerts but one keen supporter travelled from East Ham to the concerts. Jennifer Gillingham continued as a Solo Cornet in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for the fourth year. The band attended Church Parades, Battle of Britain Sunday, Armistice Sunday, and engagements at the Fort Gardens, Dartford and Gillingham. The bands playing strength was giving the committee some cause for concern with several members leaving in the preceding eighteen months and not being replaced, reed players were the biggest worry.
 
Sun 11/03/1962 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 29/04/1962 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 27/05/1962 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Chapel of Unity, forming at Market Square 10.15, service at 11.00 10.15
Sun 15/07/1962   19.30
Sun 29/07/1962   19.30
Sat 11/08/1962 Fort Gardens, Gravesend 15.00
&
19.00
Sun 26/08/1962 Chatham Riverside  
Sun 02/09/1962 Central Park, Dartford 15.00
&
17.00
Sun 07/10/1962 Contest at Southend. Northfleet Silver Band also took part. daytime
Sun 07/10/1962 or 14/10/1962 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 11/11/1962 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 02/12/1962 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
1963 Date Venue Time
Sun 20/01/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sat 26/01/1963 Northfleet Silver Band social evening. Gravesend members invited.  
  02/1963 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1962:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The band ran their eleventh season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Jennifer Gillingham, now 18, continued as a Solo Cornet in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for the fifth year. The band attended Church Parades, Armistice Sunday, and engagements at the Fort Gardens, Dartford and Gillingham. The bands playing strength was giving the committee some cause for concern with several members leaving in the preceding year and not being replaced. The reed section was the biggest worry but good practices were maintained.
 
Sun 10/03/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 28/04/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 28/04/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 26/05/1963 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Chapel of Unity, forming at Market Square 10.15, service at 11.00 10.15
Sat 13/07/1963 Event cancelled - Band booked for "AquaShow" at Gravesend Bathing Pool 19.00
Mon 05/08/1963 Open Air Circus, Fort Gardens, Gravesend 15.00
&
19.00
Sun 01/09/1963 Central Park, Dartford 15.00 - 17.00
Sun 10/10/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 10/11/1963 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service. The Band did not attend in a playing capacity but some members laid a wreath. The band of the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who were garrisoned in Gravesend Barracks played for the march and service. 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 01/12/1963 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
1964 Date Venue Time
Sun 26/01/1964 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
  02/1964 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1963:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The band ran their twelfth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". The bands playing strength was giving the committee some cause for concern with several members leaving in the preceding year and not being replaced. The reed section was the biggest worry. The band had to curtail its activities due to a shortage of players, it attended Church Parades and engagements at the Fort Gardens and Central Park Dartford.
 
Sun 08/03/1964 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend 19.30 -
Sun 26/04/1964 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 24/05/1964 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Chapel of Unity Morning
Sun 28/06/1964 Fort Gardens, Gravesend  
Sat 25/07/1964 Circus, Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Band did not wear uniforms. 15.00
&
19.00
Sun 26/07/1964 Fort Gardens, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 16/08/1964 Fort Gardens, Gravesend  
Sun 30/08 or 06/09/1964 Central Park, Dartford  
Sun 08/11/1964 Unable to turn out for Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service due to too few members being available to form a representative band. Some bad publicity in the press. N/A
Sun 06/12/1964 "Bandtime" Royal Clarendon Hotel, Gravesend  
1965 Date Venue Time
Sat 30/01/1965 Northfleet Silver Band social evening Evening
Sun 31/01/1965 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend. Total of 5 winter "Bandtime" concerts. Note that the Hotel changed its name on its headed paper from "Royal Clarendon" to "Clarendon Royal" at some point in the early 1960s. Evening
  02/1965 From the Band's Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1964:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The band ran their thirteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". The bands playing strength was giving the committee some cause for concern with members leaving in the preceding year and not being replaced. The reed section was the biggest worry. The band had to curtail its activities due to a shortage of players, it attended Church Parades and engagements at the Fort Gardens. Old band member Captain D.W.Turner, A.R.C.M., until recently bandmaster of the Royal Scots Greys, has been appointed Director of Music to the Kenya Army. Mr John Relf a clarinetist formerly a Sergeant in the Royal Scots Greys Band has returned to civilian life and to the band and Mr. David Phyall a former band member is a serving clarinetist with the Royal Scots Greys.
 
Sun 02/05/1965 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
Tue 04/05/1965 Letter from Corporation of Gravesend stating that they were worried about the strength of the band and wanting a definite assurance that the band's services would be available in connection with future Civic functions.  
Sun 30/05/1965 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Church. The Band was second in the parade, after the Parade Marshal. The parade left Market Square at 10.15, proceeded via Queen Street, King Street, New Road, Princes Street, Church Street to St George's Church which was entered via the North door at around 10.50. The service took place at 11.00 and after the service the parade processed along Church Street, Kempthorne Street, Wakefield Street, Bath Street and New Road. At Stone Street the Mayoral party left the parade and proceeded to the Town Hall via the High Street whereas the rest of the procession continued along Stone Street, Windmill Street and the High Street where the Mayor took the salute on the Town Hall steps. 10.15 - 12.30
Fri 11/06/1965 From the Gravesend Reporter, p34 has a full page article with photographs titled "Young musicians learn with the band".
When Gravesend's Borough Band hits the air listeners are more likely to hear "Colonel Bogey on Parade" and excerpts from "White Horse Inn" than anything else. For the band's intention is to entertain and the emphasis is on the bright and breezy tunes rather than heavy and laborious pieces.
Director of music Mr. William Goodwin, B.E.M., is strict on one thing. The band is not a brass band; it is a brass and reed band. And therin lies the biggest problem facing Mr. Goodwin, who took charge nearly five years ago.
"Many of our players are getting on in years and using wind instruments all the time, eventually we get beyond it," said Mr. Goodwin. "What we need ar more younger members. We need a flute, an 'E'-flat clarinet, a couple of cornets and a couple of saxophones, and then we'd be away."
Fifty-six-year-old Mr. Goodwin, who lives at 51 High Street, Swanscombe, and works as a paper tester with Empire Paper Mills, was born in Liverpool and has been connected with bands all his life.
He played in cinemas for silent movies in his younger days and was musical director on board a liner before he joined the Grenadier Guards.
When he joined the Borough Band Mr. Goodwin told the "Reporter": "I was a band sergeant in the Guards for 21 years, and during that time i conducted the band at many notable places including Windsor Castle."
At that time too Mr. Goodwin said: "I am very keen to improve the band." He said the same thing again this week, and added: "as soon as the band is really at full strength it is my hope–my intention–to do some concerts in London. There are many places in London where the band could perform for charity."
Meanwhile Mr. Goodwin's eye is open for new and young talent. An accomplished player of the clarinet, piano and harp he is keen for as many people as possible to learn to play an instrument. Several of the bandsmen started fairly recently from scratch now play regularly.
Aspiring musicians should contact Mr. Goodwin or Mr. Eric Turner of 39 Mayfield Road, Northfleet, who ??? Secretary. There are ??? subscriptions, although donations are welcome,??? uniforms are provided. Rehearsals take place each Thursday evening at the Chantry, Fort Gardens, Gravesend.

There are 7 photographs associated with the article. Unfortunately the quality of the microfiched newspaper means they are not reproducable here, apart from one which a band member had a print of. The photographs are labelled:
  • Director of music Mr. Goodwin, B.E.M., leads the Borough Band in the march which followed the civic service in Gravesend.–Photo 2017EM
  • Drummer Mrs. Doris Derham first took up the sticks just 18 months ago. She is one of few women in the band.–Photo 2017ED
  • Ex-Grenadier Band sergeant Mr. William Goodwin keeps a tight, but friendly rein on his band.–Photo 2017EK
  • Twelve-year-old Derek Mealin – the youngest member of the band–concentrates on his cornet playng.–Photo 2017EA
  • Veteran bandsman Jock Gibson "oom-pahs" gaily on his E flat bass.–Photo 2017EE
  • Novel view of bandsman John Pike at rehersal expertly wielding his bass trombone.–Photo 2017EB
  • Band secretary Mr. Eric Turner puts aside his administrative work to practise playing his french horn.–Photo 2017EF [The instrument is actually an E-flat horn but made to look like a French Horn.]
 
Sun 27/06/1965 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band. 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 25/07/1965 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band. 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 15/08/1965 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band. 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 10/10/1965 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
Sun 14/11/1965 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 05/12/1965 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend Evening
1966 Date Venue Time
Sun 23/01/1966 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30
Sat 29/01/1966 Northfleet Silver Band social evening Evening
  02/1966 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1965:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Bandmaster was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. The bands bank balance had increased by 19% in the year to 31/05/1965 due to an increase in subscriptions, and by keeping expenditure down. This was done with a view to future costs for instrument repairs and replacement uniforms. The band ran their fourteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Attendances had increased with extra chairs needed on several occasions. The bands playing strength was giving the committee grave concern although some members had joined during the year. Although the band had to curtail its activities due to a shortage of players it attended Church Parades and engagements at the Fort Gardens.
 
Sat 05/03/1966 Gordon Schools, Gravesend 19.00
Sun 20/03/1966 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30
Sun 24/04/1966 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30
Sun 29/05/1966 Mayor's Church Parade at St George's Church 10.15 - 12.30
Sun 26/06/1966 Fort Gardens, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 24/07/1966 Fort Gardens, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 14/08/1966 Fort Gardens, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.00
Sun 16/10/1966 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30
Sun 13/11/1966 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service. Missing 7 honorary members from Northfleet Silver Band due to attending their own service. 10.00 - 11.15
Sun 04/12/1966 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30
Sun 11/12/1966 Bowaters Paper Mills canteen, Granby Road, Northfleet 19.30
1967 Date Venue Time
Sun 22/01/1967 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend  
  02/1967 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1966:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. Financially there was a slight drop in subscriptions and some instruments needed repairing so overall the band spent more than its income. The bands repertoire was increasing with up to date music arranged for Brass and Reed Bands under the direction of Mr Goodwin for the 6th year. This enabled concerts of a wide variety to cater for all tastes. The bands playing strength was giving the committee grave concern, several members left, mostly woodwind, and 3 joined (2 Cornet and 1 Trombone). The band ran their fifteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Attendances had increased with extra chairs needed on several occasions. They have been greatly appreciated by the public and had good write-ups in the Press. Thanks to the Managing Proprietor Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers The Co-operative Choir, and Evelyn Johnson with her accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. Two band members have got married in the past year Vera Twist, clarinet and Treasurer, and David Bennett trombone. Although the band had to curtail its activities due to a shortage of players it attended Church Parades, engagements in the Fort Gardens, and taken part in charity concerts.
 
Sun 23/04/1967 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend. Theme of "Vienna"  
Sun 19/03/1967 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend  
Sun 25/06/1967 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band.  
Sun 23/07/1967 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band.  
Sun 13/08/1967 Fort Gardens, Gravesend. Agreement with Northfleet Silver Band that they would not book concerts for Fort Gardens dates so that shared members can attend, otherwise Gravesend would be too short of members to make a proper band.  
Sun 09/1967 Concert for the residents of "Holywell Lodge", Ash  
Sun 12/11/1967 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
1968 Date Venue Time
Sun very early 1968 Darenth Park Hospital staff and patients  
  02/1968 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1967:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. A number of new subscribers were gained from appeals at the winter concerts. The bands repertoire was increasing with up to date music arranged for Brass and Reed Bands under the direction of Mr Goodwin for the 7th year. Five new members joined the band during the year (including Mr Dennis Gabbitas who played clarinet, served as deputy conductor, and finally left the band in 2008) and the band would be happy to welcome more. Learners classes were running again with numbers restricted by the instruments available. The band ran their sixteenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Royal Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Attendances had increased with extra chairs needed on several occasions. They have been greatly appreciated by the public and had good write-ups in the Press (Notices of forthcoming concerts and reviews were normally written by Eric Turner, Band Secretary, and submitted to the newspaper). Thanks to the Managing Proprietor Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers The Co-operative Choir, and Evelyn Johnson with her accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. During the year the band played concerts in the Fort Gardens, attended Church Parades and played for the "Remembrance Day" service. A concert was given for the residents at "Holiwell Lodge," Ash, during September which was greatly appreciated, and at Darenth Park Hospital for staff and patients. this was played to a full house and a very enthusiastic audience.
 
Sun 21/03/1968 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 10/11/1968 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
1969 Date Venue Time
  02/1969 From the Band's Annual Statement Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1968:
The band was called "Gravesend Borough Band" and practiced at The Chantry, Commercial Place. The Musical Director was Mr. W.C.Goodwin B.E.M. There was a good response to appeals for subscribers at the winter concerts. The Bands repertoire was increasing with up to date music arranged for Brass and Reed Bands under the direction of Mr Goodwin for the 8th year. The playing strength of the band was still giving the Comittee grave concern although there had been an increase in the Reed section. The increase of the four shift system in local factories reduces the number of members available for practices. Any new members would be welcomed. Learners classes were still running with Albert Card taking Brass, and Vera Bennett Woodwind, although restricted by the instruments available. It is hoped that the youngsters will join the band in due course. The band ran their seventeenth season of concerts at the Clarendon Royal Hotel in the winter months under the heading of "Bandtime". Attendances had increased with extra chairs needed on several occasions. They have been greatly appreciated by the public and had good write-ups in the Press which is very encoraging for the band. Thanks to the Managing Proprietor Clarendon Royal Hotel and guest singers The Co-operative Choir, and Evelyn Johnson with her accompanist Mrs. Pemberton. The Band sent good wishes to old member, Captain D.W. Turner A.R.C.M. former Bandmaster of the Royal Scots Greys and later Director of Music to the Kenya Army has taken up an appointment in Canada. The Band had to curtail its activities but attended "Mayor Sunday", played for the Remembrance Day service and carried out engagements in the Fort Gardens.
 
Sun 20/04/1969 "Bandtime" Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
  1969 Joint concert with Gravesend Light Orchestra at the Woodville Halls as part of the first Gravesend Arts Council Festival. Gravesend Borough Band Annual Statement of Accounts to March 31st, 1969
  ?1969? Band uniform changed to black blazer and trousers/skirt with burgundy/blue striped tie  
Sun 09/11/1969 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45