The Band Past & Present
The Oatlands Park Pipe Band was formed in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth11, when the then Chairman of the Allotment Society invited three Pipers, George Edmondston, his son Douglas Edmondston and Tommy Shannon to play at the Coronation Village Fair. He also invited Two drummers, Gordon and Alan Jones from the Village to join the Pipers, bringing together the first resemblance of the Band. The Band was then formally recognised in September 1953 as the Oatlands Park Pipe Band and their first engagement was for the Weybridge Remembrance Parade in November 1953 and the band is now the oldest Pipe Band in the County of Surrey.
The Oatlands Park Pipe Band of today has performed at many events locally and nationally. The Band has appeared on TV and Radio and has been invited to perform in many parts of the world including France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the USA. The Band has also attended the annual International Tattoo in Sweden.
We wormly welcome anyone wanting to learn to play Pipes or Drums. We are keen to recruit both novice and established Pipers or Drummers. The band practice on Monday and Friday evenings. Full band practice with Pipes and Drums takes place at Oatlands Village Hall, St Mary's Road, Oatlands, Weybridge. KT13 9PT on Fridays.
Chanter practice takes place on most Monday evenings at Heathervale Baptist Church, Heathervale Road, New Haw Addlestone KT15 3NW.