A first for the band and an early start on Saturday, July 8, as we travel north to take part in the famous annual Durham Miners’ Gala. The band will be representing New Herrington Colliery near Houghton-le-Spring.
Traditionally, the colliery bands would march though their villages starting early in the morning and the make their way to Durham from all directions for the “big meeting”. In the main, that tradition remains today for what is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of trade union and community spirit.
The band rounds off its summer season with a free concert in the village playing outside the Butchers Arms on Sunday July 16 at 2pm.
Thanks to Mark and Caroline for hosting the event and particularly to Mathew Golden of R.N. Golden Ltd. for supporting the “Brass @ the Butchers” series of summer concerts.
We’ll be back at the Butchers Arms at the end of August for more Beer’n’Brass as we look forward to our autumn season of concerts and events.
The Band competed at the annual Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest, organised by Brighouse & District Lions Club on Sunday, July 2, as 26 bands from youth to championship section marched down Bethel Street to the Town Hall Square to perform their Contest Hymn Tune and March.
Playing the hymn “The Lord is Gracious” and the contest march “The Wizard”, Hepworth came third overall, with Hammonds second and Milnrow first.
Congratulations to Mark Smedley for winning the best soprano cornet prize and to the trombone section for the award of best trombones on the street march.
The sun shone as the band led the traditional Hepworth Feast celebrations, a commemorative event which takes place on the last Monday in June giving thanks for the cessation of the Great Plague, with its origins in the 1665 outbreak which claimed many lives locally.
The band lead the procession in the afternoon from Hepworth, through the villages of Scholes and Jackson Bridge with regular stops for hymn singing along the way before returning to Hepworth School for a feast tea.
In the evening the festivities continued with the service in the village, followed by races and entertainment for the children, live music, a pig roast and a few well-earned beers. The feast is a great local tradition that we’re proud to be part of.
The Band has vacancies for a front-row cornet player and an Ebb player.
Anyone interesed in playing in the championship section can contact us on 07885 251454, use the contact form on the website, or speak to any band member.
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The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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