Questions and Answers:
Please send your emails etc to me and I will put them "On-Line" for our Visitors to read; they may have a helpful reply and I will advise you of any resulting information, relevant to your query.


Recently I have received quite a few queries about The Band, the Girls and many other interesting questions. Some I can answer but there are always many more I need help with. With this in mind, I have prepared this new section "Questions & Answers", which will enable me to put "On Line" the queries you send in by email, letters, phone call etc with a synopsis of the query.

Keep a look-out for new insertions, and if you can help in any way, please reply to me via the "Email" facility on the "Contents" page, the "Contact Us" feature, by phone or even "Snail Mail" - your bits of info are very important to the continuation of this Site
So to kick things off heres some from my emails.....

Please note - if you are replying to any of these queries, please include the "Query Ref:" number.

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Query Ref:: 006: Name of sender: Kelly Taylor

Hi My mother died last year at the age of 70. Her name was Margaret Mary Johnson and she played in the band. I believe she played lead tenor sax. I was born in 1958 which is when she gave up the band. I have looked through the photos and cant see any of her in the time frame. She would have been about 19 when she joined. Does any one remember her or have any record of her. Photos would be greatly appreciated.


Query Ref:: 007: Name of sender: Laura Sloper (nee Thomas)

What a fabulous website!

I am researching my family history on my paternal side. My Aunt, Betty Thomas, was part of the Ivy Benson Band for many years, and the stories told down the years is that when Betty applied to be in the band she was an accomplished violinist, pianist and harpist. Ivy needed a trombone player - so 6 weeks later (so the story goes) Betty came back as a fully accomplished trombone then trumpet player. Unfortunately she died in March 1966. Her brother, my father died in 1998. I remember her as a very kind lady knowing her for only a short time. My mother has always held her in very high esteem as a talented and compassionate lady. I have some pictures of Betty but sadly none in her days with Ivy Benson. If there are any available that I may have missed I would dearly love to have a copy of them.

 

Biography:
Lista Bette Caddy joined Ivy Benson at the age of 14 in 1944. she was too young to travel abroad so Ivy had her play with a band in Manchester until she was 16 and then she was able to tour with the rest of the band. She was known as the baby of the band as she was so young. She played tenor Sax, accordian, piano and clarinet.
She played with a number of bands over the years. Whilst playing with a band in Gibralter she met her 1st husband Seargent Fox and had two daughters, Lesely and Audrey. Later she divorced and remarried a Mike Griffith, bass player with the Terry Davis Sound and had two more children, Nicola and Paul. She lives on her own in Camarthenshire.

If anyone remembers her it would be fantastic if they could either e-mail me so that I could
pass them on to her or write to me at GWAL Y BLAIDD, STAR CLDEY,
LLANFYRNACH PEMBROKESHIRE SA35 0AW.
Can anyone help Helen give Bette a birthday to remember?


Query Ref:: 010: Name of sender: Tanza Mckernon (Trumpet)

Hi Brian,

I was looking through the site and noticed your Q & A section, it sparked a conversation between Robey (Buckley - Trumpet) and myself; the outcome was she would also like information regarding Ella Godwin.(Parker)

Robey joined the band in 1952 and Ella was already there then. She had taken over from June Robinson (Trumpet). Apparently Robey, Ella and Dot England (Trombone) were the young ones (18 year olds!) with the sax section a bit older (20 year olds!). Robey and Ella used to share together, and were great pals.

Robey knew that Ella and her husband both got teaching jobs in Canada, but thats it. She would love any news or information on what happened to Ella.

Looking forward to hearing any news.
Great site, keep up your excellent work.

Thanks.

 


Query Ref:: 011: Name of sender: Pauline Bingham (Played Trumpet)

Information for Ron and Mavis

PS: Just received this email as further confirmation:


"My pal Hazel Cooper, Trombone player, is the one who has band TALL COTTON. Hazel lives near Destin FL. and plays a lot in that area".

 

Query Ref:: 012:

Name of sender: Greta (Marshall) Willis (Piano - 1950 to 1952)

I am wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of Iris Trayner? For some reason she was known as "Mac", probably to differentiate her from the other Iris in the band, Iris Long, guitar (also known as "Fagin"). Mac was a photographer's model,a beautiful girl who played clarinet for 6 weeks at the Tabaris nightclub in Dusseldorf in 1951 or 1952. She said she wanted to find out what playing in a girls' band was like! I heard many years ago that she was a psychiatrist in Scotland, but the story was not confirmed.

Sorry, Greta - I have checked my records but don't have an reference for the names above. Perhaps there is someone reading this who can help; - Brian

PS: Just received your last email ( 28 June) regarding Iris - very sorry but no further infomation as yet. Kindest regards - Brian.


August 2008 - Things are quiet over these Summer months, but here are a few queries/and replies recieved; hope you find them interesting and informative:

Query Ref:: 013:
Aurial Carnell - who played Piano in the 50's -

"this wonderful lady now lives in King's Lynn, Norfolk" - sorry, no name of sender.




Query Ref:: 015: (August 6 2008)

This email from Mark Hemmings

"Hi there! I am making contact with you on behalf of a friend of mine, Lilian
Jackson who played piano with the IBB between 1956 and 1957. She is
still very much musically active, and plays piano in her hometown area
of Wigan in Lancashire. She is pianist with the West Lancs Big Band -
and is a virtuoso.

Lilian has given me a photograph which you might like to add to your
gallery, of her with the band at the time she was involved with IBB.

Can I email to you with her contact details?

Many thanks,

Mark Hemmings".

Hi Mark, I would be very pleased to make contact with Lilian; please let her know how to contact us.


Query Ref:: 016: (6 August 2008)

Just received the following from a very good friend of this website - Nina has provided me with many great photos and Tales about her time with the Band-

"I would like to get in touch with Betty Caddy. I worked with Betty back in 1949 when I was 17 and she was a couple of years older. This was up in Aberdeen, and we played with Blanche Coleman-way-way back.

Then a couple of years later I went to work in Gibralter, and Betty had also worked there. When I got there she was married and had a little baby. I went over to see her a couple of times, good to see her again, I always liked her. So, if you can help me with her birthday wish, I would appreciate it.

The other thing. In you question and answer column. Can you put in a request for anyone that knows anything about Sylvia Monks. She played lead alto with Ivy back in 1956-1959. I really liked Sylvia, a good lead alto, and she was so nice to me when I first joined the band, and we always got along really well. We kept in touch when she left the band, and I heard from here when I first got married, but then that was it. I would like to get in touch with her if possible.

It is hot-hot-hot here, in the nineties. The air conditioning is running full blast. One get sweaty just walking from the vehicle to the house or store. But so far we have avoided any tropical storms or hurricane warnings this year. It is still early though, hurricane season goes from May until Nov 30, so a long way to go.

I log on to the website every so often to see what is new. That is how I found the new e-mail address, which I certainly hope will reach you. Hope everyone in your family is well. Take care. Nina"

Thanks for the email, Nina - lovely to hear from you again; sorry my email service has bee down recently but seems ok now.

Now, Readers, can you help Nina make contact with Betty Caddy and Sylvia Monks - please contact me with any info, pix or Stories for me to pass on.


Query Ref:: 017: (6 August 2008) Name of sender: Megan Davies

"Do you ever manage to reunite members of the band? I noticed that Julie Clark contacted you. I'd like to say 'Hello' to her. Also I'd love to contact Sheryl Navarro. I was in the band in 1979, just for the Summer Season at Caister. (Same time as Ann and Jaz, Jean and Karen Fulton)"

Hi Megan,

Thanks for the email; I have included it above so our visitors can read it. To answer your question I have not actually arranged specific meetings or reunions. I feel that running this website is enough at present! However, I have managed to put several people in touch, and arranged for an exchange of email address's if I have the info.

I should say that for security reasons I never pass on information without authority of the people concerned- you ask me to help (as you have) and I will put it Online (as I have right here) and see what transpires. We now have to wait to see if anyone can link up with the details which I will pass on to you. Lets hope we're lucky.

Perhaps I can ask you for YOUR details re: playing with the Band - you can see from the I'm always looking for further history website- Photos, clippings, stories and memorabilia always very welcome - if you want to chat to me, please send me an email and a phone number.

Regards
Brian
Webmaster
www.ivybenson-online.com


Query Ref:: 018: (16 August 2008) Name of sender: Nina Dellamura - (now Meserve; Tenor Sax 1957 to 1959)

Hi Brian.
I read your question and answer column; enjoyed that, and would like to get in touch with Betty Caddy.

I worked with Betty back in 1949 when I was 17 and she was a couple of years older. This was up in Aberdeen, and we played with Blanche Coleman-way-way back.

Then a couple of years later I went to work in Gibraltar, and Betty had also worked there. When I got there she was married and had a little baby. I went over to see her a couple of times, good to see her again, I always liked her. So, if you can help me with her birthday wish, I would appreciate it.

Also, can you please put a request in your "question and answer" column - Can you put in a request for anyone that knows anything about Sylvia Monks. She played lead alto with Ivy back in 1956-1959. I really liked Sylvia, a good lead alto, and she was so nice to me when I first joined the band, and we always got along really well. We kept in touch when she left the band, and I heard from here when I first got married, but then that was it. I would like to get in touch with her if possible.

It is hot-hot-hot here, in the nineties. The air conditioning is running full blast. One gets sweaty just walking from the vehicle to the house or store. But so far we have avoided any tropical storms or hurricane warnings this year. It is still early though, hurricane season goes from May until Nov 30, so a long way to go.

I log on to the website every so often to see what is new. That is how I found the new e-mail address, which I certainly hope will reach you. Hope everyone in your family is well. Take care. Nina...


Query Ref:: 019: (5 September 2008) Name of sender: Rene Amyes (Played Trumpet with Ivy in 1953)

My name was Renee Amyes I first joined Gracie Cole in 1953,and later played trumpet for Ivy took my audition in Lyons corner house 1954. I was with Ivy in the Isle of Man, Villa Marina. She was married there.I have photos of the band making an arch with our instruments outside the Villa Marina for her and husband Brent to walk under,also a recording session we did on stage there. Only just read your web; brought back many memories of the girls,and lots of big bandsmen, that I remember.

Hi Rene,

Thanks for your email. All these memories are still rolling in, and lots of "Ivy's Girls" have helped in the assembly of this website - Thanks to you all and keep them coming!!!

Regards

Brian Ravenhill
Webmaster


Query Ref:: 020: (11 August 2008) Name of sender: Simone Tashman (Lead Alto with Ivy 1979 to 1982)

Hello,

I was Lead Alto with Ivy around 1979-1982 (previously Simone Tashman)

I now run a swing band with my husband touring theatres all over the country.

www.fivestarswing.co.uk

Our audiences always remember Ivy and the name is still a draw.

Thanks Simone; hope you like the website; keep checking it out; you may see old colleages listed
Regards

Brian Ravenhill
Webmaster



Query Ref:: 021: (22 September 2008) Name of sender: Peter Hatch

Many years ago I watched Ivy and her band perform at Caister Holiday Camp for a firms christmas party. One of the numbers performed was called the "Last Post Serenade" which featured a trumpet solo; I have never forgotten that particular performance, and if this is available on any released disc, I would be greatful for any info on how to obtain it.
Many thanks for any help recieved.
Peter Hatch.

Hi Peter,
Thanks for the email; not much info regarding availability of this - I don't have any data on this performance except to say it was probably a solo with Robey Buckley, one of Ivy's long serving trumpeters who came from Australia.

Anyone out there able to throw further light on Peters queries??

Hi Peter,
This "update" just received from "Jazz" Barclay (Trombone, 1965 to 1982) refering to your email.....

".....Hiya Brian,

Re ref no; 021 I think the number was called ''ILL Silencio'' and was played by Chris Emmerson. Robey never played at Caister.
Bye for now
Jazz...."

Many thanks to Jazz for the info.


Query Ref:: 022: ( November 2008) Name of sender: Dr Kevin Cordes

Hello,

I am good freinds with Trevor Hill formerly of the BBC (Forces Network) who remembers Ivy Benson and the Bunsen Burners as he called them after ther Roger Moore incident and I wonder if any of the girls form the 1940's who were in Germany remembers him?

Kind regards,

Dr. Kevin Cordes


Query Ref:: 023: ( November 2008) Duncan Terry,


I have the sad duty to inform you that Ms Patricia Edith Mary TERRY formerly Alto and Tenor Sax with Ivy has passed away aged 83yrs in Canvey Island, Essex. I am not sure of the dates that she played with the band but would have left just as I began to "show" in November 1954. I know that she was married in secret without Ivy knowing and many of the girls were at her wedding. Her married name was Smith-Weilding but I carried the family name.
Yours sincerely,
Duncan.


Query Ref:: 025: ( November 2008) Sent from Elaine Hutchings

Hi

I am looking for Jackie Davies tromboneist, do you know where she is now?

I worked with Jackie in Bridlington when she was in the Gaytones along with
her mother, another girl I worked with there, Donna, went on to join the
Gaytones and it is on her behalf that I am serching for Jackie, the last
Donna heard she was a music teacher somewhere in Wales.

Elaine


Query Ref:: 026: ( November 2008) Sent from Renee Amyes

My name was Renee Amyes I was with Ivy from 1955 to 1957. I have some photos you may be interested in. I am on Barbara Ellenors Album 53 & played trumpet.
Hope to hear from you.

Renee

Hi Renee,
Thanks for this email; any photos or other memorabilia always wanted to feed this website
- hope to hear more.

Regards

Brian Ravenhill


Continued from Query No:26 (above)
Query Ref:: 027: ( November 2008)
Sent from Renee Amyes

My name was Renee Amyes I first joined Gracie Cole in 1953,and later played trumpet for Ivy took my audition in Lyons corner house 1954. I was with Ivy in the Isle of Man, Villa Marina. She was married there.I have photos of the band making an arch with our instruments outside the Villa Marina for her and husband Brent to walk under,also a recording session we did on stage there.Only just read your web brought back many memories of the girls,and lots of big bandsmen, that I remember


Query Ref:: 028: ( November 2008) Sent from Simone Smith (nee Tashman)

Hello,

I was Lead Alto with Ivy around 1979-1982 (previously Simone Tashman)I now run
a swing band with my husband touring theatres all over the country.www.fivestarswing.co.uk

Our audiences always remember Ivy and the name is still a draw.

Regards,

Simone Smith
01582 766801


Query Ref:: 029: ( November 2008) Sent from Rodney Thomas

Can you tell me in the 1950s what Inge Wannell is up to these days? Is she still in the music world?
and was she, in the 1950s, ever advertised on the posters as the 'Blonde Bombshell'.

Kind Regards

Rodney Thomas


Query Ref:: 030: ( November 2008) Sent from Sonia Ramsden

I remember the Ivy Benson band from when I was on holiday in the Isle of Man in 1957, I was then 16. I also have a signed photograph of myself with Chris Andrews taken at the same venue ( the Villa Marina ) I am now 67 but still remember those good old days, what fun we had.


Query Ref:: 031: ( November 2008) Sent from Rob

I seem to remember Ivy's band playing in the Winter Gardens Penzance in the 1950s about 57 or 58. That was in the days when Saturday Nights were spent dancing properly not like the jigging about that happens now.
A well I must be getting old (68)nearly 69.

Have enjoyed reading your site it brought back memories.

Regards Rob


Query Ref:: 032: ( November 2008) Name of sender: Ralph Rigby

I had served with Desert Air Force and in 1947 was headed from CMF to Germany via Austria.
I was posted to Air H.Q. Bad Eilsen.We had great entertainment whilst serving there.
Especially when our garrison theatre suddenly presented this fantastic "all girls band".
Ivy Benson had arrived there. My RAF pal billeted with me had previous theatrical experience, can't remember his name now but he knew Ivy Benson personally With his connections we attended every one of Ivy's performances.
And a reserved box seat to boot.

It's only last year I talked about this to another veteran and he remembered her too.It suddenly occurred to me browse the internet and found your websit. Such nostalgia.


Query Ref:: 033: ( November 2008) Laura Sloper

What a fabulous website!

I am researching my family history on my paternal side. My Aunt, Betty Thomas, was part of the Ivy Benson Band for many years, and the stories told down the years is that when Betty applied to be in the band she was an accomplished violinist, pianist and harpist. Ivy needed a trombone player - so 6 weeks later (so the story goes) Betty came back as a fully accomplished trombone then trumpet player. Unfortunately she died in March 1966. Her brother, my father died in 1998. I remember her as a very kind lady knowing her for only a short time. My mother has always held her in very high esteem as a talented and compassionate lady. I have some pictures of Betty but sadly none in her days with Ivy Benson. If there are any available that I may have missed I would dearly love to have a copy of them.

Laura Sloper (nee Thomas)


Query Ref:: 034: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: Carol Axford (Nee Bloxsome)

I was with the Ivy Benson band for a short while in 1973 playing harmonica solos and doubling up on piano. Ivy played the piano for me. We were at Stuttgart for a month and then moved to Bremen for supposedly 2 weeks. but a few days into the time (playing in a giant tent) a hurricane happened and the tent was blown down, luckily the instruments were safe but it happened over night. What an experience. Ive Benson was an amazing person. I am still playing the harmonica occasionally, music teaching, and help with adjudicating for the british harmonica championships every year in Bristol. I am now 62 years old with a talented son who is my accompanist for any shows we do.

Kind regards, a fantastic site here, Carol Axford

Thanks for the email. I have a mention of Bette but no interesting info. Are
> you in touch with her? I would like to get more info - pix, stories etc. Can
> you help ?
>
> Regards
> Brian

Query Ref:: 035: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: Helen Griffith

Hi Helen,
>
> Thanks for the email. I have a mention of Bette on the website but no interesting info. Are
> you in touch with her? I would like to get more info - pix, stories etc. Can you help ?
>
> Regards
> Brian

"Further info from Helen........

Thanks Helen for the following - just the sort of interesting memories etc which I am sure will be of interest to our readers; many thanks and all best wishes-

"Sorry to have taken so long to reply. Lista Bette Caddy joined Ivy Benson at the age of 14 in 1944. she was too young to travel abroad so Ivy had her play with a band in Manchester until she was 16 and then she was able to tour with the rest of the band. She was known as the baby of the band as she was so young. She played tenor Sax, accordian, piano and clarinet. She played with a number of bands over the years. Whilest playing with a band in Gibralter she met her 1st husband Seargent Fox and had two daughters Lesely and Audrey. Later she divorced and remarried a Mike Griffith bass player with the Terry Davis Sound and had two more children, Nicola and Paul. She lives on her own in Camarthenshire. If anyone remembers her it would be fantastic if they could either e-mail me so that I could pass them on to her or write to me at GWAL Y BLAIDD, STAR CLDEY, LLANFYRNACH PEMBROKESHIRE SA35 0AW".


Query Ref:: 036: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: Terry Atkinson

Name of sender: Terry Atkinson

Would anyone know where Barbara Ellenor was married. Barbara played trombone with Ivy from 1955 to 1957.
Did any of the girls go to her wedding?

Thank you in anticipation.

Best regards

Terry Atkinson


Query Ref:: 037: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: James Forbes


Name of sender: James Forbes

Dear Sir/Madam,
My mother, Lillian Kemp played Tenor Sax with Ivy in the 50s (she has an entry in your A-Z). If you want to update your A-Z with her location - she currently lives in Seaford, East Sussex, where she has been since 1969.

I will try and get her to commit some tales to paper and submit them to your website through me (her being a technophobe!)

Regards
James Forbes
Brighton, Sussex


Query Ref:: 038: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: Ron Jones

Can anyone help Ron find his relations? Any info welcome.

"Can you possibly help us trace a long lost cousin? We knew her as Doreen Jones (maiden name)- Probably born around 1928.Doreen was a cornet/trumpet player from Leeds area.(not far from Kippax?)I remember my dad telling me that she had auditioned successfully for the Ivy Benson Band,probably around 1948. She was off to play in Douglas.Her father, Stewart Jones,drove a bright red Trojan van for Brook Bond or Typhoo Tea and her mum was Lucy. Because we lived near Birmingham we long since lost touch. She was very kind to us all and there was never any family problems that I'm aware of. Several of her Midlands cousins send their love and hope that she's still alive and well!"
Any info to me via the "Contact Us" feature in the "Contents" section and I will poss on any news.


Query Ref:: 040: ( November 2008) Name of Sender: Tanza Mckernon,

Hi Brian, my name is Tanza Mckernon, usually "Jazz" contacts you if there is any info, but I have tried her, and she must be away, hence this email.

I was looking through the site and noticed your Q & A section, it sparked a conversation with Robey, the outcome was she would also like information regarding Ella Godwin (Parker).

Robey joined the band in 1952 and Ella was already there then, she had taken over from June Robinson. Apparently Robey, Ella and Dot England were the young ones (18 year olds!) with the sax section a bit older (20 year olds!) Robey and Ella used to share together, and were great pals.

Robey knew that Ella and her husband both got teaching jobs in Canada, but thats it. She would love any news or information on what happened to Ella.

Looking forward to hearing any news.
Great site, keep up your excellent work.

Thanks.

Tanza Mckernon


Query Ref:: 041: ( November 2009) Name of Sender: Jeremy Parker

Hi,

I’m interested to find out how long my mom played with the Band? Ella Godwin became Ella Parker after she met my dad Jack Parker in Phil Parker Brass Instruments (My dad was one of the brothers). Does anyone remember Ella Godwin?

They have both gone to be with the Lord.

I was looking through some old photo’s and found some from the Ivy Benson band days. Maybe you would be interested to see some of them?

All the best,

Jeremy M Parker


Query Ref:: 042 : ( November 2009)Name of sender: Denise Bradley

Hello, I played for Ivy Benson from early 1973 to September 1974 My single name was Denise Robinson and I come from Derbyshire I had a wonderful time with Ivy and her band, I was only young just left school and had never wandered into the big wide world before, I had a fabulous experience playing in Austria and Germany and also playing at The Hotel De France in Jersey when Michael Bentine was top of the bill and Paul Daniels was a support act. I am contactable on the above email address.

 

 


Query Ref:: 043: ( November 2009): Colin Scott

Hello,

In the ‘News’ section of your Ivy Benson website I saw a note

from a Colin Aitchison – leader of a jazz band in Hong Kong.

Would you happen to have an email address for Colin? I knew him

many years ago back on Tyneside and would like to get in touch for old times sake.

Thanks,

Colin Scott Madison ,Wisconsin,USA


Query Ref:: 044: ( November 2009):

Name of sender: Laurie Allan

Would like to contact Lillian Kemp, an old pal of mine from school days. I visited where we used to live and hopefully, she is still with you. Anyone know of her whereabouts? thanks very much.

From Laurie Allan of Hogmore Road, Whitehill, Hants.


Query Ref:: 045: ( February 2009):

I have just received this email from Maurice Hope - seems we have stirred some memories! Keep checking - hopefully more " Tales" on the way.

...So excited to discover your delightful website.It took me back to a family holiday in the early 50s spent in the Isle of Man. I must have been about 12, and, true to form,almost as soon as we stepped ashore at Douglas ,my father set off in search of the local talent contest.( Convinced that I was a pianistic marvel he would always spoil my summer holidays by doing this sort of thing! ) Anyway, the Villa Marina was to be my torture chamber on this particular occasion, and soon I found myself final-bound, having won the competition heat. Holiday ruined, Friday afternoon duly arrived, and we set off for the Marina gardens. Horror of horrors, there must have been about 5000 spectators basking in deck chairs waiting for the battle to begin.

Backstage, nerves a-jangle, I was met by a lovely, smiley lady who said she was the bandleader and that I was not to worry because she had heard me in the heats and I had been grand. She led me to the piano , introduced me to the audience, and away I went with the theme from 'The Eddie Duchin Story'. Not at all bad!..... But next ,the really big test -
a breakneck arrangement of 'When the Saints go Marching In.' Holding it steady was the thing! Then, as I rattled on,edging towards disaster, I was aware of being lifted beyond myself by the grooviest of double basses and the truest of drummers. And finally,a touch of magic: Ivy Benson's soaring clarinet! Together we surged into the coda in fine fettle. The mob - as they say - erupted, and I carried off the £5 first prize.Who cares about the ethics, it was terrific! What a holiday.

Afterwards, Ivy introduced me to her agent, Arthur Frewin (?) , who said he could get me a recording contract. 'You're made son,' said my father, but it didn't come to anything".......

Maurice Hope.

I have to apologise for some recent delays in updating my Website - bear with me - I will get the faulty Email program working as soon as I can (fingers crossed!).
Thanks, Maurice, and thanks to all who are still trying to email me!!!!.
Best regards to all.
Brian.


Query Ref:: 046: ( April 2009):

Hello,

Colin Aitchison from Hong Kong, your site is still as good as ever, and Lynne Weymes who played baritone sax with the band in the 1970's, saw my message to you on the site, hope she has been in contact with you, can you also pass my email on to Colin Scott who left a message with you, I know it is not related to Ivy but it would be nice to catch up with him as we were both trombone players at college together and Lynne was at the same college with us.

colinaitchison@yahoo.com

Many thanks
Colin Aitchison
(Bandleader)
China Coast Jazzmen
Ned Kelly's Last Stand
Hong Kong.


Query Ref:: 047: ( April 2009):

I am trying to find information for a friend of mine who is now in her eighties, she says she was in the band from 1940 to 43, her name at that time was Gladys Beale and she played piano.

Any information would be useful

Many thanks
Mr. P.Leggett


Query Ref:: 048: ( April 2009):

Name of sender: David Sowden

My late father was one of the few male musicians to work with Ivy's band. One very bad winters night in Leeds some of Ivy's band could not get through so the house band were drafted in. I remember as a youth sat in the villa marina gardens Isle of Man, the band was a popular feature there. I sat with Ivy's father "Digger" Benson who was a trombonist and friend of my father. Hope this bit of "info" may be of interest to you . Regards - Dave Sowden.


Query Ref:: 049: ( April 2009):

Name of sender: Janice Higgins

I have been looking on your web page and noticed that there are photographs of Joyce Clarke. My Father, Eric Higgins was Joyce's Uncle, her Mother being his older sister. Does anyone have any news of Joyce, as we lost touch with that side of the family after my Father passed away in 1973.

I would be interested to hear any news.

Thank you in anticipation


Query Ref:: 050: ( April 2009):

Name of sender: Valerie Wilkinson

Hi there,
My Name is Val Wilkinson and I played drums in the band during the sixties and seventies, I have some photos and info you may wish to add to the website. I did emails you some weeks ago but havent had a reply.
Either email me on the above address or phone 07511 949218.

Val Wilkinson


Query Ref:: 051: ( April2009):

My Uncle - Mr Charlie Young - now aged 90 in living in Chilliwack BC Canada, was a member of Archie's Juvenile Band and has been trying to trace Paul Robinson (Archie's son) to up-date him on some aspects of the band. He has not been successful yet so can you help?.

Charlie's wife Mary Mitchell was a pianist with the Ivy Benson band before marrying Charlie. Sadly she died last year aged 88. She came from Glasgow.

Any information will be passed on ...

Derek Young - Balloch, Scotland
derek.w.young@talktalk.net
01389-750953


Query Ref:: 052: (April 2009):

hi Brian

I am still enjoying the I.B. site. I see that Pat Gentles originally came from Glasgow which is not far from my home town of Stewarton'.

I have got hold of one CD of the band, are there any other recordings of the whole or part of the band?
Unfortunately I saw the band only once many years ago but I did enjoy their half hour programmes from the B.B.C.

Although we are all elderly ladies now I would dearly love to hear from some of them just to say hello, Any chance?

Kind regards,

Jean Gillies.


Query Ref:: 053: (April 2009):

Greetings from sunny Florida. Hi Brian.
Hope you and your family are keeping well. Today is Valentine's day, and we had hoped to go out for a Valentine breakfast, but when we woke up it was just a horrible morning. It had rained all night plus thunder and lightning, and it was just as bad this morning. So, we went back to bed. We will go out for dinner instead.
The reason for my e-mail. Have you heard anything from June Smith (Robinson). I would like to get in touch with her, so if you know her e-mail address, could you write to her and give her my address please.
Have a great day, although I guess by now your day is almost over. It is 1 PM here, so about 7 PM your time. Thanks. Nina.
P.S. I really enjoy the web site, and have contacted several old friends.


Query Ref:: 054: ( April 2009):

Hi, I wrote to you about two years ago to find out about Elsie Harris and
you told me she had past away recently. I belive you wanted any memorabilia
about her.
I've managed to get a few pics of her with her ex husband.If they would be
any use to you, your welcome to use them.
Does anyone from the band still remember her?

Regards, Cliff Harris.


Query Ref:: 055: ( April 2009):

Name of sender: Carol Powells

I have written a book about a fictional all-girl band based in London in 1943-44. I am anxious to get details right. Would you ask any previous band members how double basses were transported around, eg to and from rehearsals and engagements. In particular, were they ever taken on an ordinary service bus? If so, how did they manage to carry them?

I play the double bass myself and am sure a fit girl in her twenties could lift one onto a bus, but my husband says it is impossible.

Help me prove him wrong!


Query Ref:: 056: (April 2009):

Name of sender: Denise Bradley

Hello I played for Ivy Benson from early 1973 to September 1974 My single name was Denise Robinson and I come from Derbyshire I had a wonderful time with Ivy and her band, I was only young just left school and had never wandered into the big wide world before, I had a fabulous experience playing in Austria and Germany and also playing at The Hotel De France in Jersey when Michael Bentine was top of the bill and Paul Daniels was a support act. I am contactable on the above email address.


Query Ref:: 057: ( April 2009):
Name of sender: Kenneth Stockton

I was stationed in Germany from 1949 until 1950 originally based at Weisendorf near Celle where I was in the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) and I can recall that Ivy Benson and her band played in our main 'hall' for just the one fantastic evening. After the performance the girls all came back to the W.O.'s mess for a few drinks and they then all ended up in the flat above the mess which I shared with the Regimental Corporal Majors batman who was an accomplished drummer. They left next morning in their coach and as they passed the Officers mess several officers attempted to stop the coach - unsuccessfully!
It was quite a night.
This is a very old, nostalgic memory which has been 'updated' by the news that Simone Smith (ex Ivy Benson Orchestra) will be playing locally in the Swing 'n Sinatra night at the Cut in Halesworth.
The Weisendorf date does not tie in with the dates shown elsewhere on this website but it must have been either sometime in 1949 or very early in 1950 - my money is on 1949!
This is a VARY interesting website, thank you.

 


Query Ref:: 058: ( April 2009):

Name of sender: Ron Jones

Can you possibly help us trace a long lost cousin? We knew her as Doreen Jones (maiden name)- Probably born around 1928.Doreen was a cornet/trumpet player from Leeds area.(not far from Kippax?)I remember my dad telling me that she had auditioned successfully for the Ivy Benson Band,probably around 1948. She was off to play in Douglas.Her father, Stewart Jones,drove a bright red Trojan van for Brook Bond or Typhoo Tea and her mum was Lucy. Because we lived near Birmingham we long since lost touch. She was very kind to us all and there was never any family problems that I'm aware of. Several of her Midlands cousins send their love and hope that she's still alive and well!

 


Query Ref:: 059: (April 2009):

Name of sender: Duncan Terry

I have the sad duty to inform you that Ms Patricia Edith Mary TERRY formerly Alto and Tenor Sax with Ivy has passed away aged 83yrs in Canvey Island, Essex. I am not sure of the dates that she played with the band but would have left just as I began to "show" in November 1954. I know that she was married in secret without Ivy knowing and many of the girls were at her wedding. Her married name was Smith-Weilding but I carried the family name.
Yours sincerely,
Duncan.


Query Ref:: 060: (June 2009):

Name of sender: Joyce Green

Hi Joyce,
Thanks for the email; try using the link to find your colleagues ( See below Ref: 061) If you have the name and if its on the site, you should get a result; If you want to put a message on the "Question & Answer" section use an email link (See bottom of

I played trumpet with Ivy from 1957 - 1960 and would be pleased
to hear from anybody about the old days.
I now live in Cyprus.

Thanks for the email, Joyce; always pleased to pass on news of ex members; with any luck you will get some interest.
Please remember, to contact me you can use the "Contact Us" feature - or the email link (bottom of "Contents" list on "Homepage")

Anyone help Joyce out ????-


Query Ref:: 061: (June 2009):

Name of sender: Peter Hodge

Dear Brian

I was the trombone player with Sid Phillips at the Villa Marina in
'63(?). I rehearsed Ivy's trombone section.............encouraged them
to blow like us chaps! Nice girls. We had plenty of laughs.

The first trombone was Pat Gray. The names of the other two have escaped me but
I think one was called Jackie. I would love to say hello to them again
(before it's too late!)

So if you can find me a phone number or address, email or other I
would be delighted.

Sincerely

Peter Hodge

Hi Peter- thanks for your email above; do you think theJackie would be Jackie Davies - Its a name I have been trying to place for 5 or more years - anyone out there know where she is now ????? There are pix on the site you can view - use the "Find" feature (Bottom right corner of Homepage - type in a name or location and click "Find"; if there is a ref on the website it should bring it up. Click the link and you will find several pix of of your request. Keep me posted

Regards Brian.