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29/08/2015 - Band News August 2015

Things are beginning to quieten down a bit now that the main Gala season has come to an end, with only one to report on this month. Pilling Coffee Feast, whose origins go back into antiquity, was held near the end of July and this time the weather did us proud. The day was sunny and breezy, ideal for marching without us becoming overheated. Those older members amongst us commented on the fact that the route is much shorter today than was the case many years ago. I'm sure that some of you readers will remember when the route embraced Fisher's Row and even Garstang Road, as well as Stake Pool. However, the day went well and I'm sure that a good time was had by all the children.
The following day saw us at Shireshead for what should have been their open-air Songs of Praise. Guess what.....it rained all afternoon, necessitating moving the service to the Parish Church, although by the start time it had actually become fine.
Another Songs of Praise followed on 9th August, this time at Stella Maris on Garstang Road Pilling, where a charity event was hosted by Mrs Ethyl Davies in aid of the Trinity Hospice, who were presented with a cheque for £1000. We fielded a good turnout for this worthy job and were pleased to be joined by Ted Sykes, a previous long time member and Secretary of Pilling Band.
For a while now, there has been ingress of rainwater affecting part of the bandroom roof, so thanks go to members Jamie French and Ben Croston, who came equipped with ladder and sealant one day, to effect a repair (rain seems to be a recurring theme of these newsletters).
The reinstatement of our access road is making good progress, the drains are in and a base course of material has been laid so that, by the end of the month, the tarmac should be down and the job finished (indeed, by the time that this was posted, the road was finished and very fine it is too).
The band is now rehearsing some new music to be included in a concert to be held in Barton Parish Church on Saturday evening 18th September, following which we shall be preparing for the Rochdale Contest which is held in October.
One final word, if any of you computer/ tablet/smartphone users were to search YouTube for "Pilling Band", you will find there a number of videos of the band performing locally, have a look and listen, some are quite good!

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