KERRIDGE AND RAINOW Votes plea for brass band fund
Youth group holds yard sale for Nepal earthquake appeal
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