Pilling Jubilee Silver Band

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17/11/2014 - November News

At the end of October, the band took part in a contest which was held in the magnificent Rochdale town hall. We competed against five other north west bands in the 4th section, each playing an own choice piece of music. The 4th section bands were first to play, starting at 09:30, so in order to arrive at the venue in time for registration etc we made an early start, our coach beginning it's pick ups at 07:55. The event was very well organised and we were drawn to play fifth in order of play, which saw us on stage at about 10:40. The performance went reasonably well, though everyone thought that we had played it better in rehearsal, imagine our surprise therefore when the results were announced and Pilling Jubilee Silver Band was placed 1st, we had won! Weeks of hard work by Len Charnock, our MD and by all our members had paid off. I should add that there was a certain amount of celebrating before our coach, provided as usual by Mike of Avalon Coaches, took us back to Over Wyre and home. On the 13th Nov we presented a concert in Pilling, the proceeds being shared with Macmillan Cancer Support and fund raiser Jim Redman reports that the event was a sell-out with record attendance. Special thanks go to the Pilling Drama Group for their sketch of Allo Allo which was wonderfully well appreciated. The festive seasons sees the band with many engagements, the first being our annual Christmas Concert which, this year, is to be held in St John's church Pilling at 7:30pm on Saturday Dec 6th. The following two nights will take us to Garstang for the Victorian late shopping extravaganza. On Sunday 14th we play for Trinity Hospice in the afternoon at their "Light up a Life" ceremony, followed by the carol service at St James Stalmine in the evening. On Monday 15th we go to Parrox Hall Preesall to celebrate the ancient rite of Wassailing followed by carols in the Hall, and on Tuesday 16th we are at Marriners Close Fleetwood carolling for the residents. We shall be in Knott End on Saturday morning the 20th followed by carol services on Sunday 21st at Out Rawcliffe in the afternoon and Hambleton in the evening. These jobs are in addition to several private functions, so you can well imagine that we shall be ready for our Christmas Dinners! In conclusion, may I, on behalf of the band, wish everyone a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and thank you all for your support.


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