Pilling Jubilee Silver Band

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08/10/2014 - Band News August 2014

Those of you who follow the band's fortunes will be aware of our efforts to raise money towards the renovation of the unadopted road which leads to the bandroom. This road, which is also used by several other properties, has an aggregate surface which potholes badly during the winter and the object is to have it professionally resurfaced using Tarmac. One time member and supporter of the band Jim Redman, is driving this fund raising effort and on 22nd July we presented a concert at Preesall which featured the band plus supporting acts including George Formby, the Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn and former vicar of St Oswald's Bob Jackson who appeared as himself, whilst the others were played by stand-ins who, perhaps, shall remain nameless. The event was a huge success filling the hall to capacity. Following this, Jim Redman organised a Coffee Morning in Knott End on Saturday 26th July, the band appearing for an hour to provide background music before moving on to Pilling for the annual Coffee Feast march in the afternoon. To round off a busy weekend, we played the hymns for a Songs of Praise open air service at Shireshead on the Sunday evening when, dead on cue, the heavens opened half way through the proceedings. The following Sunday 10th August, saw the band at yet another Songs of Praise, this time at Stella Maris in Pilling, where the Fylde Country Life Preservation Society were raising money for the Trinity Hospice. It was a dreadful evening with very high winds and heavy rain, which kept many people away, indeed, at one point it seemed as if the roof might be blown off the shed in which the event is held. Despite this and with the help of kind donations, the sum of £1000 was presented to the Hospice. Saturday 16th August was the evening for what has become an annual concert at Pilling Methodist Chapel. Despite the poor weather the Chapel was almost full and the band played a programme of music dating from the reign of King Henry VIII to the present day in the fine acoustic which this building provides. Jennifer Ormerod performed the horn solo “Lark in the Clear Air”, Andy & Helen Hall and Ben Duke entertained us with the cornet trio “Three Jolly Sailormen” and Duncan Whyatt played “Deep Inside the Sacred Temple”. The final item in this newsletter is to let you know that our Happy Mount Park engagement on Sunday 17th August was cancelled due, not to rain this time, but to high winds which would have blown our music stands over, indeed, a tree had come crashing down in the park earlier and there was no audience there anyway. The Happy Mount lives up to it's reputation!

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