The Guardians of Martock Church


In 1996 a Charitable Trust was formed and the charity, to be known as The Guardians of Martock Church, is dedicated to raising funds on an on-going basis for the repair, restoration and upkeep of the fabric of the Church.

The Guardians are supported by people from all sections of the village community. The Trust is completely independent of the PCC of All Saints' Church and any funds raised remain the assets of the Trustees.

The Trust document defines “the fabric of the church” as “the Church and Churchyard and contents including monuments, ornaments, furnishings, bells, organ, windows, and other embellishments and equipment of the Church as an ancient building of beauty, historic and architectural interest.” Since then responsibility for the churchyard has been taken over by the Parish council.

The main fund raising activities are events, primarily concerts, in the church – plus an annual raffle.

"Between 2002 and the end of 2018, the Guardians staged 125 concerts or talks that were attended by 18,000 people and raised some £80,000 towards refurbishment of the church building."


The next Guardians event is:


Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7.30pm

Wessex Big Band


The band was started back in 1976 by Alan Brown, BEM, but only took its present name in 1986. His enthusiasm and drive inspired countless local musicians of all abilities to take part and perform with the band. He remained in charge until 2016 when the leadership was taken over by the professional musician Paul Chousmer.

The band is now 24-strong and comprises a brass section of 6 trumpets & 3 trombones and a saxophone section of 4 alto, 5 tenor & one baritone, with 2 bass and one rhythm guitar plus keyboard, drums & a lady vocalist. They rehearse weekly and perform concerts 4 to 6 times per year, the shortage of large venues being the limiting factor. They have toured the USA twice and Europe twice and have performed at the Bude Jazz Festival

The band plays melodies made famous by the bands of Benny Goodman, Bob Crosby, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller in the pre-war period as well as by post-war bands such as Stan Kenton, Ted Heath and James Last. They now have a catalogue of over 300 music scores including some popular and contemporary music,

Wessex Big Band Tune List

Woodchoppers Ball                                                                Woody Herman Summertime                                                                           Gershwin Don’t make my Brown Eyes                                                  Leigh Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White                                 Guglielmi Bossa Nova USA                                                                    Dave Brubeck Over the Rainbow                                                                   Harburg |& Arlen Moondance                                                                             Van Morrison Flying Home                                                                           Benny Goodman Blue Skies                                                                               Irving Berlin Autumn Leaves                                                                       Johnny Mercer Sing, Sing, Sing                                                                      Louis Prima   Jumping at the Woodside                                                       Count Basie Nice ‘n Easy                                                                           Lew Spence Cry me a River                                                                       Arthur Hamilyon Don’t get Around Much Anymore                                         Duke Ellington Killer Joe                                                                                Benny Golson That ole Devil                                                                         Roberts & Doris Fisher Guaglione                                                                               Fancuilli A Night in Tunisia                                                                  Dizzy Gillespie It’s only a Paper Moon                                                           Rose, Harburg & Arlen Lullaby of Birdland                                                                George Shearing Big Noise from Winnetka                                                       Bob Haggart & Ray Bauduc

"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free