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Musical Director : Mel Hopkin

Email address: enquiries@holbeachtownband.org.uk

Back Lane, Holbeach, Lincolnshire PE12 7LN (click for map)

Celebrating 40 years of Banding 1971 to 2011

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ENGAGEMENTS 2018

6th May - Moulton Chapel Flower Parade

7th May - Holbeach Flower Festival

13th May - Cowbit Garden Party

3rd June - Donington Summer Fayre

10th June - Gosberton Summer Fair

30th June - Holbeach Food Festival

1st July - Holbeach Parish Fair

30th July to 3rd August - Learn to Play Week

26th August - Whaplode Drove Social Club

15th September - LNOP Moulton

16th September - Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding

29th September - LNOP W.I. Hall, Holbeach

 

6th May - Moulton Chapel Flower Parade

Our regular visit to the Moulton Chapel Flower Parade where we ride on the back of a covered trailer. It was a lovely sunny day. Half way through the parade turns round at a road junction - the smaller floats can turn round earlier but large floats have to drive out of the village. We were at the fron tof the parade, after smaller floats had turned round, and had to wait nearly 10 minutes for the rest of the parade to catch up!

7th May - Holbeach Flower Festival

We had our regular visit to the Holbeach Flower Festival. Another lovely sunny day so we played on the grass outside All Saints Church. We had a good audience with many passeres-by.

13th May - Cowbit Garden Party

We played a a garden party in Cowbit organised by Cowbit Village. We were sponsored to play by one of the villagers. The party was put on for the senior citizens who were given tea and cakes. We were given our own share during the half-time break.

   

3rd June - Donington Summer Fayre

A return visit to Jubilee Park Donington for the Summer Fayre. Another lovely sunny day. Well done to the organiers - it was a lot busier than last year. It is the end of the school half-term holiday and in the exam period, so we had a number of younger members away. Thanks to John Holland and Eric Traves from Swineshead Silver Band for helping us on front row cornet.

It is a tight fit on the bandstand. We had 23 there last year; we had 30 this year, although 2 percussionists had to stand outside!!

10th June - Gosberton Summer Fair

It was a pleasure to play at the Gosberton Summer fair. We have been invited before, but have had other commitments. We had some absences - 3 of our 5 front row cornets were absent, but we have some talented young players on the back row so we moved our Repiano cornet and one 2nd cornet to the front row and two 3rd cornets to Repiano. They did a good job.

30th June - Holbeach Food Festival

A welcome return to the Food Festival after a couple of years absence.  A really hot day so a pleasure to have a marquee to play under.  Once again we struggled with front row cornets - 4 of 5 were absent, but Tom did a magnificent job and we re-arranged the back row to give more support.

 

1st July - Holbeach Parish Fair

The Holbeach Parish Council organised this Parish Fair the day after the Food Festival and on the same site in Carters Park. A lovely hot day and quite busy at the Fair.  Fortunately we were under cover of the same marquee as the Food Fair.
We had a good turnout and a good response from the audience and passers by.

 

30th July to 3rd August - Learn to Play Week

For the 17th time, we have completed another Learn to Play Week. Over the course of the week we have had 15 new people of all ages try out instruments, together with 5 who have been to the Learn to Play Week before or are members of the Training Band.
The numbers dropped off over the week, as temperatures increased, making the bandroom a sauna! We think 3 of the new learners will join the Learner Group.
Many thanks to the band members who helped run the Week.

 

 

 

 

26th August - Whaplode Drove Social Club

We were invited to take a group to Whaplode Drove for an outdoor BBQ event.   The event was on Bank Holiday Sunday so we expected some absentees.  In fact we had a band of 16 players and we went down well with the audience.
As it was a Bank Holiday there was heavy rain all day! So the organisers moved the event inside the Elizabethan Centre.  The rain kept a lot of villagers away, but those who came seemed to enjoy it.

Extract from Spalding Voice newspaper, 30th August:
Bad Bank Holiday weather didn’t stop the music this weekend, when a planned outdoor event headed insid and the bands struck up regardless.
On Sunday, the live music and BBQ event at The Elizabethan centre at Whaplode Drove went ahead, with live music from Holbeach Town Band and Holbeach rock band Eunike.
The Centre’s david Barfoot said: “a quick decision was made in the morning to move indoors due to the expected weather conditions, the people who braved the weather enjoyed themselves.  The Holbeach Town band and Eunike went down very well, two different types of music. Thanks to all who helped on the day.”

15th September - LNOP Moulton

A return visit to the Moulton Community Centre for a Last Night of the Proms concert. We had a weak cornet section, so we had some guest cornet players (Ben Brickles, Ian Pryke and Phil Bramham) also an extra Eb Bass with Jeanette Bramham. So we had a band of 35.

Very enthusiastic audience and the organisers made us very welcome. And they provided us with a lovely buffet at half time.

 

16th September - Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding

Nice to be back in Ayscoughfee Gardens for their series of Music in The Gardens concerts. the organisers were late getting the concerts organised this year; the concerts did not start until September. We were the first to play and, as it turned out, the only band to play - one other band was due to play the following week but the concert was cancelled due to bad weather.

It was a fine day for us with a bit of sun but also some dark clouds threatening rain, but it kept fine. The organisers kindly provided some cover for us, but we spilled out! The audience was a bit smaller than in the past but we had some very good comments.

We had a weak cornet section again so we had some guest cornet players (Ben Brickles and James Hopkin) plus guest 1st Trombone (Evan Hopkin) and extra Eb Bass (Jeanette Bramham).

29th September - LNOP W.I. Hall, Holbeach

A great afternoon at the W.I. Hall Holbeach for our afternoon Last Night of the Proms concert.

We put up the Union Jack Flag bunting; climbed a big ladder to hang the big flag; put out tables and chairs for the audience. Band members and friends kindly supplied a large quantity of cake for the half-time break and also a considerable quantity of raffle prizes.

We had a good audience (and had to add extra chairs).

We had a changed cornet line-up. One of the front row has left to work in Leeds, having completed his education, and two others were absent. So we moved our repiano and soprano players to the front row and replaced them from the 2nd/3rd cornets. It worked well, although their stamina was beginning in give up towards the end.

We drew the raffle during the half-time break. Unfortunately there were so many prizes that the process took a lot longer than it should have. As a result we had to cut a couple of pieces from the second half.

 


   
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