Past Concerts and Events - 1980s

Details of concerts in the 1980s are incomplete. Unfortunately early band account books, which would have provided some pointers to other non-charity concerts (e.g. mayor makings) simply by recording a payment, were mislaid during a bandroom move a number of years ago.
Concerts prior to 1988 listed here are from a collection of programmes, personal memories, correspondence, or the chance appearance of other documents detailing the event (e.g. local paper cuttings.). Concerts from 1988 onwards also include details from the accounts books, so some charity concerts may be missing due to the band not receiving any payments. In addition the accounts sometimes only record the payment date, which could be a number of weeks after the concert. Concert dates with question-marks next to them did take place, but the listed date may be a little later than actual date. 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. The band also provided a "bugler" to play last post & reveille at church services for Gravesend branches of Royal British Legion, Normandy Veterans Association, Royal Air Force Association (Milton Church for Battle of Britain service), Memorable Order of Tin Hats (M.O.T.H.) Pierre Le Chene, and a few funerals.
1980 Date Venue Time
Sun 02/03/1980 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 20/04/1980 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Mon 05/05/1980 May Queen Festival, Fort Gardens, Gravesend Afternoon
Tue 13/05/1980 Annual Council meeting and Mayor Making, Gravesend Civic Centre 18.30
Sat 21/06/1980 Ash Church Fete 14.30 - 16.30
Sun 10/08/1980 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00
  1980 Uniform change to have new tie with a centenary logo on it. The rest of the uniform remained the same - black blazer with badge, and black trousers/skirt.  
Sun 19/10/1980 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 09/11/1980 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 07/12/1980 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1981 Date Venue Time
Sat 04/04/1981 Dene Holm Church, Northfleet 19.30
Sun 01/03/1981 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 26/04/1981 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Mon 04/05/1981 May Queen Festival, Fort Gardens, Gravesend 14.30
Tue 12/05/1981 Annual Council Meeting and Mayor Making, Woodville Halls, Gravesend. Sat on a balcony out of site of the participants. 18.30
Sat 20/06/1981 Ash Church Fete 14.30 - 16.30
Sat 04/07/1981 Hartley Village Fete 14.30
Sun 05/07/1981 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Sat 11/07/1981 Thamesview School Summer Fayre, Gravesend 14.30 - 16.30
Sun 09/08/1981 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 15.00 - 17.00
Thurs 01/10/1981 Gravesend School For Girls 19.45 - 21.30
Sun 18/10/1981 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sat 31/10/1981 Stall in Gravesend Market to help promote the band and improve the band funds Daytime
Sun 08/11/1981 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 20/12/1981 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1982 Date Venue Time
Sun 07/03/1982 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 25/04/1982 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
  ??/05/1982 Church Service for the Royal Engineers Association, Gravesend ???  
Mon 03/05/1982 May Queen Crowning Ceremony, Fort Gardens, Gravesend Afternoon
Tue 11/05/1982 Annual Council meeting and Mayor Making, Gravesend Civic Centre 18.30 - 19.30
Sat 26/06/1982 Ash Church Fete 14.30
at 03/07/1982 Hartley Fete Afternoon
Sun 11/07/1982 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sat 25/09/1982 Gravesend School For Girls. In Aid of the Helen Allison School for Autistic Children 19.30
Sun 24/10/1982 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 14/11/1982 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 19/12/1982 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1983 Date Venue Time
Sun 06/03/1983 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 24/04/1983 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 19/06/1983 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 17/07/1983 Old Palace Gardens, Maidstone Afternoon
Sun 07/08/1983 Wombwell Park, Northfleet Afternoon
Sun 23/10/1983 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 13/11/1983 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 18/12/1983 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1984 Date Venue Time
Sun 04/03/1984 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 29/04/1984 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 24/06/1984 Old Palace Gardens, Maidstone Afternoon
Sun 08/07/1984 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 28/10/1984 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 11/11/1984 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 16/12/1984 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1985 Date Venue Time
Sun 03/03/1985 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 28/04/1985 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 30/06/1985 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 07/07/1985 Maidstone Afternoon
Sun 14/07/1985 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 27/10/1985 "Bandtime" (34th Season), St John's School, Gravesend
Celebrating military bands Tercentenary:- Grenadier Guards Band formed 1685
19.30 - 21.30
Sun 10/11/1985 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 15/12/1985 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1986 Date Venue Time
Sun 02/03/1986 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 27/04/1986 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 17/08/1986 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 28/09/1986 "Music and Song" In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Woodville Halls, Gravesend.
With Gravesend Crusade Choir and Cuxton Music Group
19.45 - 21.45
Mon 29/09/1986 All Saints Church Frindsbury as part of a week long Festival of Arts, in aid of the Organ Fund 20.00 - 22.00
Sun 26/10/1986 "Bandtime" (35th Season), St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 09/11/1986 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 14/12/1986 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1987 Date Venue Time
Sun 01/03/1987 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 26/04/1987 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Mon 13/07/1987 St. Francis of Assisi Church, Strood. Part of the Churches Silver Jubilee celebrations Evening
Sun 09/08/1987 Maidstone Afternoon
Sun 16/08/1987 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 27/09/1987 "Music and Song" In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Woodville Halls, Gravesend.
With Gravesend Crusade Choir and Cuxton Music Group. Compered by Pam Gillham, BBC Radio Kent.
19.45
Sun 18/10/1987 "Bandtime" (36th season), St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 08/11/1987 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 06/12/1987 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1988 Date Venue Time
Sun 06/04/1988 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 24/04/1988 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Tue 17/05/1988 Mayor Making, Gravesend Civic Center 18.30 - 19.30
Sun 05/06/1988 Gillingham Strand Bandstand 15.30 - 17.00
Sat 02/07/1988 Lloyd's Sports & Social Club Family Day, Gillingham Afternoon
Tue 17/07/1988 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sun 07/08/1988 Old Palace Gardens, Maidstone Afternoon
Sun 14/08/1988 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend. (Shrimpers Regatta) Afternoon
Sun 25/09/1988 "Music and Song" In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Woodville Halls, Gravesend.
With Gravesend Crusade Choir and Cuxton Music Group. Compered by Pam Gillham, BBC Radio Kent.
20.00
Sun 16/10/1988 "Bandtime" (37th season), St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 13/11/1988 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 18/12/1988 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
1989 Date Venue Time
Sun 05/03/1989 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 23/04/1989 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Tue 16/05/1989 Mayor Making, Gravesend Civic Center 18.30 - 19.30
Sun 25/06/1989 Fort Gardens Bandstand, Gravesend Afternoon
Sat 01/07/1989 Lloyd's Sports & Social Club Family Day, Gillingham Afternoon
Mon 09/07/1989 Gillingham Strand Bandstand Afternoon
Sun 06/08/1989 Old Palace Gardens, Maidstone Afternoon
Sat 16/09/1989 All Saints Church, Frindsbury 19.30
Sun 08/10/1989 "Bandtime" (38th season), St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30
Sun 22/10/1989 "Music and Song" In aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Woodville Halls, Gravesend.
With Gravesend Crusade Choir, compered by Mr. Christopher Knox-Johnston.
19.45
Sun 12/11/1989 Gravesend War Memorial Remembrance Service 10.30 - 11.45
Sun 17/12/1989 "Bandtime", St John's School, Gravesend 19.30 - 21.30