Wells City Band make £1,500 from clock-in-a-box fundraiser

September 13 2020
Wells City Band make £1,500 from clock-in-a-box fundraiser

WELLS City Band’s clock-in-a-box fundraiser has raised a whopping £1,500.

The band launched the fun challenge after all its bookings were cancelled because of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Marcus Fisher of Gallery Jewellers in Wells High Street wound a clock, which was placed in a box, and for a £5 entry fee people were invited to guess at what time it would stop.

The winner was Sarah Briton who guessed 4.56. She wins £200.

Sarah is widow of the late former Mayor of Wells Chris Briton, and was delighted to support the band as Chris developed a close association with them while he was mayor.

In second place and winner of a £50 voucher to spend at Gallery Jewellers was M Belton-Simmons, another band supporter.

The total profit, with donations, was £1,500. The fundraising effort was supported by band players, family and friends (39%), regular supporters in Wells (33%), new supporters (21%) and local churches (7%). Support came from Wales to Essex and Cumbria to Hampshire.

“Thanks to Marcus Fisher for his support with the smooth running of this challenge,” said band treasurer Geoff Baker-Hytch.

“Thanks as well to the people of Wells for their encouraging goodwill support that was as welcome as their generous financial support.”

The donations will help to buy any protective equipment needed for the band to eventually practice indoors, which will lead to playing outside for the people of Wells.

“The band are being advised by Brass Band England and the risk assessment is being constantly updated – we will only return to play when it is safe for players and audience,” said Geoff.

• Picture: Marcus Fisher seen with the clock before winding it up