KER­RIDGE AND RAINOW Votes plea for brass band fund

Youth group holds yard sale for Nepal earth­quake ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

BRASS play­ers are look­ing for votes to help them win a fund­ing pot for new equip­ment.

Bolling­ton Brass Band was first formed in the 1890s and per­forms at many events, pa­rades and con­tests.

The band is in­de­pen­dent, self-fund­ing and made up of two sec­tions, both of which play at events in the com­mu­nity.

The main band con­sists of 27 mu­si­cians, but there is also a B sec­tion, or train­ing band made up of 30 mem­bers of all ages who reg­u­larly play with the main band dur­ing their en­gage­ments.

The B Band have started a project to re-equip and ex­pand its mu­si­cal train­ing to a wider group and area. YOUNG­STERS from a church group or­gan­ised a yard sale in aid of peo­ple af­fected by the earth­quake in Nepal.

The chil­dren from af­ter school club Re­fresh­ment In Church (RiCH) at St Oswald’s Church, Bolling­ton Cross, sold home­made cakes, toys and books to raise more than £150.

Bev­er­ley Nixon, chil­dren’s min­istry co-or­di­na­tor at St Oswald’s Church and group or­gan­sier, said: “As it was Chris­tian Aid Week, in­stead of do­ing our usual group ac­tiv­i­ties, we de­cided to hold a fundrais­ing event for Chris­tian Aid’s Emer­gency

Mem­bers are look­ing for votes to help them try and win up to £7,500 from the Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund - which sup­ports var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects.

Paul Berry, sec­re­tary of Bolling­ton Brass Band, said: “The money will sup­port our ef­forts to train the many young­sters and older re­tired mem­bers of the Bolling­ton and Cheshire East com­mu­nity that come on a regular ba­sis.

“The mem­bers are from all walks of life and their ages range from seven to over 80.

“The B Band is free to all but ur­gently needs to re­place old in­stru­ments, uni­forms, sheet mu­sic and equip­ment to ex­pand our out­reach to the com­mu­nity. Ap­peal for Nepal.

“The chil­dren or­gan­ised a yard sale in the church­yard to raise money to help those af­fected by the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes.

“They were very en­thu­si­as­tic in sell­ing things to ev­ery­one who came and sup­ported the event and we raised an amaz­ing £151.50.”

RiCH is an af­ter school group for chil­dren in school years seven to nine held on Thurs­day af­ter­noons be­tween 3pm and 5pm.

It’s been tak­ing place since Septem­ber 2013.

Bev­er­ley said: “The group has proved to be very popular, both with

“This will help en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can con­tinue to learn brass with Bolling­ton Band and will sup­port the band’s long term fu­ture.”

Af­ter its ini­tial for­ma­tion, Bolling­ton Brass Band dis­banded at the start of the Sec­ond World War and was res­ur­rected in the early 70s.

The main band is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning first prize in the Bux­ton Brass Con­test, af­ter play­ing Martin Ellerby’s ‘Chivalry’.

Mem­bers also won three other tro­phies at the con­test.

Go to com­mu­nity-fund. aviva.co.uk/vot­ing/ Project/View/1137 to vote for the B Band to win fund­ing from the Aviva Com­mu­nity Fund. the chil­dren who at­tend and with their par­ents.

“Chil­dren en­joy home­made cakes, re­fresh­ments, games, crafts and a chance to hang out with their friends af­ter a busy school day.

“We hope that RICH will help us to main­tain, and build on, the re­la­tion­ships that we have al­ready es­tab­lished with the chil­dren as they face the new and dif­fer­ent chal­lenges of high school.

“Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing us is wel­come to drop in and find out more.”

Email bev­er­le­ynxn@ aol.com or call 01625 500970 to vol­un­teer.

●● Chil­dren from RiCH af­ter school club at St Oswald’s Church, Bolling­ton with town coun­cil­lor Ken Ed­wards and cus­tomers at their yard sale

●● Bolling­ton Brass Band out­side the Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre with tro­phies

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