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By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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What a brilliant evening we had at St Peter and St Paul's Church, in Shepton Mallet, at the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Concert with the Terry Hill Big Band.

As lovers of big bands, we regularly attend concerts at the Octagon Theatre and others, to really relax and enjoy music of the era of Glenn Miller, Ted Heath, Bert Kampfert, etc. How wonderful it was that we could walk into town on Friday evening and hear such great music being played in our parish church.

The entertainment was second to none – you would have to go a long way to hear better than the Terry Hill Big Band (apparently named not after a person but after the hill near Writhlington School).

It was sad that the church was not filled but to the people of Shepton Mallet who could not be bothered to support this Remembrance concert, you have missed a very special evening of nostalgic music.

Thanks should be mentioned here to the people who did care – the volunteers, Royal British Legion personnel and church members. Wine and nibbles were offered during the break and much appreciated by all of us. The church was warm and welcoming and although we are not regular church-goers we were all made to feel so very welcome.

If the Terry Hill Big Band should ever come to our town again, we would urge you to attend as the majority of the band were very young and obviously well encouraged by their leader/conductor and older members of the band. Well done indeed to the Royal British Legion, Shepton Mallet branch.

Norman and Barbara Bailey

Shepton Mallet

I felt proud and honoured to represent the town and Shepton Mallet Town Council at the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday, November 11, at the Cenotaph and afterwards at the our Parish Church.

It was an emotional service as almost everyone present knew someone, has a relative who lost their lives or serves or served in the Armed Forces. I had a lump in my throat as my own father had been a Prisoner in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp for three and a half years and had suffered terribly.

I wish to thank everyone who represented their organisations and individuals who laid wreaths, the British Legion who as always organised a memorable day and all those involved in the Service. It was so well supported by the public.

Terry Marsh


Shepton Mallet Town Council

May I, through your pages, offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the good people of Oakhill, Ashwick and surrounding areas for their attendance and support on Remembrance Sunday.

Small is sometimes of greater significance, but your putting in an appearance make it full of even greater personal importance.

I would especially like to thank those who chose me to read out the remembrance prayer, "They shall not grow old". I did not need the paper it was written on as it is emblazoned on this old Hussars' heart.

Brian O'Sullivan


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