Stacksteads Brass Band officially opens newly refurbished bandroom

Published August 22, 2022 at 8:14

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Stacksteads Brass Band officially opens newly refurbished bandroom

In their 150th year Stacksteads Brass Band officially opens their newly refurbished bandroom on Newchurch Road, Stacksteads. Phases 1 and 2 of a three phase project are now complete with works including new windows, doors, roof, heating, lighting and an impressive new frontage.  The refurbishment has been made possible through fundraising and generous grants from local organisations, which will ensure the bandroom is future proofed for the next generation of local brass musicians.

Invited guests, including local dignitaries, Councilors and supporters, attended the official opening of Stacksteads Brass Band’s newly refurbished bandroom. The band, which was formed in 1872 and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has been undertaking major renovations on its bandroom to ensure the building is updated, safe and future proofed for the next generation of brass musicians.

The Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Anne Cheetham, officially cut the ribbon and congratulated the band on their achievements in raising funds and completing works which included, new windows, doors, heating, lighting and an impressive new frontage.

mayor of rossendale cutting ribbon

Joe Healey, Chairman of Stacksteads Brass Band said, “We are absolutely delighted to open our newly refurbished bandroom in what is a milestone year for our band as we celebrate our 150th anniversary this year.

“I want to extend my thanks to our musical director, Fred Bowker and all band members for their patience and fortitude during the renovations and for their consistent dedication to the continued success of the band. On behalf of all members of the band our thanks must go to the our sponsors, donors, local businesses and all those who have provided funds, advice and support throughout the renovations to ensure our bandroom is future proofed for the next generation to enjoy.”

Classification: PUBLIC Grants were awarded from various charitable bodies including; Reeps Moss Community Fund, Rossendale Borough Council, Stacksteads Country side Park Group, Eric Wright Charitable Trust, B & E Boys, and a bequeath from Mr Frank Ridings Estate. Generous support was also given by XL Signs & Graphics on the signage and window art, S. Goggins for roofing, stone cleaning and tower-scaffold services, Lance Withington for decoration advice and materials and Kay Helliwell of the Hare and Hounds for kindly catering the opening ceremony.

The band have also started to update its uniform and have recently invested in new over jackets which have been sponsored by long-term supporters of the band, Ray and Yvonne Harrison of The Crown Inn Bacup. New band ties were sponsored, in memoriam of former band member Eugene O Connor, by Pat O Connor.

To celebrate the band’s 150th anniversary a celebratory concert will be held at Bacup Royal Court Theatre on Saturday 10th December 2022 joined by special guest Sean Ruane, St Anne’s Community Choir and BYTES. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

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