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30/11/2016 - Band News November 2016

On 24th October the band attended the Rochdale contest. Nine bands were entered in our section, however one withdrew, leaving eight on the day. This was an "Own Choice" event and we chose to play Purcell Variations, a piece which is quite difficult and towards the limit of our band's ability. The event was held in Rochdale Town Hall, a very impressive venue with an acoustic which is more like a large church. We were happy with our performance and found that we had been placed fourth out of eight bands, so just in the top half.

On Saturday 12th November we gave a concert at Stalmine, a first for as long as anyone in the band can remember. This was appreciated by a packed house so hopefully we may return. The following day was Remembrance Sunday when the band led the traditional parades in Garstang and Preesall, this year the weather being kind compared to last when it poured down.

In December we start a busy Christmas season, appearing at Knott End Xmas tree lighting on 3rd followed by a concert in Goosnargh Village Hall, Pilling Xmas tree lighting on 5th, Trinity Hospice and Stalmine Church on 11th, Garstang Victorian Festival on 12th and 13th, and finally Out Rawcliffe and Hambleton carol services on the 18th. In amongst that are also three private engagements so we shall be ready for our Christmas dinners.

We have been asked by our President Jim Redman to include the following item.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell all our friends that the Band has suffered a malicious attack to the floodlighting on our Bandroom car park .This lighting is there to make it safe for everyone using the car park especially with the dark nights. One of the LED security lights has been destroyed by some mindless person using an air rifle, and there is evidence to show that there were at least 6 holes made in the floodlight. This is an extremely serious thing to have done, the police are involved and we will press charges if the person responsible is found. Also during a recent rehearsal a green laser light was shone through the window, these are dangerous and you wonder at the reasons why this is happening.

We have to find the money for new lights etc but I would ask anyone who knows who is doing these stupid things (someone must know) to get in touch with me now on 01253 811430 . As Band President I want to avoid anyone getting hurt - someone can be blinded by things like this. This must be stopped before it is too late.

Readers will be aware that Band Treasurer Michael Hallett suffered a serious illness a few months ago and his family have asked me to include the following.
Mike, Lynda, Shelley and Emily would like to thank Ben Duke for doing the Great North Run half marathon and ALL his many generous sponsors. A grand total of Two Thousand Pounds (£2000)  has been received by Victoria Hospital Blue Skies Fund for the Intensive Care Unit. 

With grateful thanks to all at the Intensive Care Unit, Mike has just attended and played at his first concert with the band at Stalmine in November since his life threatening illness back in June.

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