Crockham Hill November 2022 Newsletter - Flipbook - Page 10
– but if it really works in a gig, then we’ll do it anyway. None of us really
likes Sweet Home Alabama, but it always goes down a storm, so we always
do it. Some songs are popular with everyone – we all love I Want You Back
and She’s Not There.
Band admin is shared around
but most of it is done by our
violinist Sara, who handles
bookings, and Banjo Ben, whose
‘admin corner’ is a feature of
most rehearsals. It takes a huge
amount of kit to put on a gig
with a 7/8-piece band, and we
have a full sound system and
desk, together with a trailer for
moving it all around. We rely heavily on our sound man Grant, a friend of
Simon’s from university, to make sure that everything is balanced and
sounding as it should (and keeping below the decibel limit in the village
We all love performing at a variety of venues and entertaining our
audiences. We don’t much like striking our setup and packing the trailer at
the end of the night, but as they say, the performance is just the 10% of
the iceberg that you can see – there’s a whole lot else that you don’t.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/VictoriousRiverBand
Editor’s note: When we asked Jane the origin of the band’s name she
said: “ We are called the Victorious River Band because two of the band
live in Victoria Close, by the river in Edenbridge. We all think it’s a terrible
name, which is why we stick to VRB!”
National Trust Area Ranger for the Chartwell portfolio
In response to a query raised about the number of foragers seen in Toys
Hill woods this year. Fraser was happy for this to be shared with the village.
Yes, I certainly am aware and have taken several videos and numerous stills
to document the behaviour. This is by far the worst I have seen in the 7
years I have been here and is certainly un-sustainable behaviour.