For over 100 years there has been a bandstand at the Scar, in the woodland between Milkwall and Sling. The bandstand was originally built in 1913 by the Milkwall and District Charity Committee.
An annual ‘Hospital Sunday’ event was held at the bandstand during the summer months. Various bands would march from different starting points in the Forest to the bandstand.
Local dignitaries would give speeches, the bands would play and money was collected from the crowds attending. The money was distributed to the local needy and to local hospitals in Bristol, Gloucester and Monmouth.
The ‘Hospital Sunday’ event ran for many years, attracting crowds of up to 4000 in its heyday. The introduction fo the National Health Service in 1948 led to the demise of many ‘Hospital Sunday’ schemes.
In the 1980s, the Scar bandstand was moved and rebuilt in a new location lower down the hillside. The photograph below shows the current bandstand. Unfortunately, little use is now made of it.
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