PRESS RELEASE 25.3.14
At the Annual General Meeting of the South West Brass Band Association held last Sunday (23rd),
member bands unanimously elected Sue Richards to be the Association’s President.
Sue takes over this office previously held for 27 years by her late husband Goff Richards.
In a statement, Sue said “what an honour to be made President of possibly the leading
Brass Band Association in the UK, something which I never expected but delighted to accept ....
obviously I will try to help the Association in anyway I can”.
The AGM reluctantly accepted the resignation of Vivian Willcock as Vice-chairman, this due to
personal health problems of both himself and his wife Wendy. Vivian had held this office for the past
7 years, being also the leader of the Association’s music panel which selects the test-pieces for the
Annual Championships. His experience and input will be solely missed.
The newly elected Vice-chairman is John Woods, well known in many areas of brass banding,
being not only a player but Administrator of the Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest and a
Trustee of the Brass in Concert. His vast experience and knowledge will be an asset to the Association.
There were no changes to the other Officers and Executive Committee – Chairman: Ray Kingdon, Secretary: Brian Elliott,
Treasurer: Keith Gibbs, Trophy Officer: Fran Calver, Minute Secretary: John Croker,
elected members Alan Gears, Anne Luxton, Gil Taylor and Robin Teague.
Brian Elliott Secretary