Hepworth brass band is grateful to have secured support from South Yorkshire Community Foundation, One Community Kirklees, Huddersfield Common Good Trust, Holme Valley Parish Council and Huddersfield Town Foundation that will enable the band to complete the next stage of refurbishment of its bandroom.
The grant received from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, in association with Ventient Energy, the owners of the Blackstone Edge Wind Turbines will help the band to improve the energy efficiency and security of the bandroom through the provision of new windows and doors.
Grants from Holme Valley Parish Council and Huddersfield Town Foundation will enable the band to complete repairs to the roof structure of the building, whilst grants from One Community Kirklees and Huddersfield Common Good Trust will be used to carry out improvements to the band’s main rehearsal space.
The band is also pleased to have acquired the ground floor premises below the existing bandroom. Once refurbishment is completed, this will allow the band to greatly improve its rehearsal facilities by relocating the library, kitchenette, toilets and storeroom to the ground floor and to enlarge the main rehearsal space.
The band is grateful for the support of Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe & Co. Solicitors and is especially indebted to Laura Kurowski for her diligence and expertise in handling the legal aspects of the lease transfer in the acquisition of the ground floor premises.
Band Chairman John Green said: “We are extremely grateful for the help and support of our funding partners and Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe & Co. Solicitors which, together with our own fundraising efforts enables the band to carry out essential repairs and improvements to the bandroom building that will provide the band with a facility that is fit for purpose and that will be a welcoming, creative space where people can come together to rehearse and make music.”
More than 200 adults and children packed the Queen Elizabeth Hall at QEGS in Wakefield on Sunday, October 29, 2017, for a Harry Potter Halloween tea party. Many of the concertgoers, adults and children, wore fancy dress for the event, as did most of the players.
The band chose a programme of suitably spooky music interspersed with children’s favourites, and were ably backed up by performances from Wakefield Girls’ High School Brass Brand and a trio of singers, also students at the Grammar School Foundation.
More than 100 Yorkshire male voices took to the stage at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday October 1 as the massed choirs of Steeton and New Mill Male Voice Choirs joined forces with the Hepworth Brass Band for a “Yorkshire Spectacular” matinée gala concert in support of Parkinson’s UK with guest compere David Hoyle from BBC Radio Leeds Yorkshire Brass.
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 Band returned from its summer break with the second instalment of “Brass @amp; the Butchers Arms” on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
The bank holiday weekend weather was, for once, excellent, and the band played to a large crowd in front of the pub. A special feature of the afternoon was the opportunity to request and dedicate a hymn for a small sum, the proceeds from which will be benefitting a local good cause.
The Band would like to thank Mark and Caroline from the Butchers for hosting the event and Mathew Golden of R.N. Golden Ltd. for providing financial support for both village concerts.
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 led 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.
There was a first for the band and an early start on Saturday, July 8, 2017, as we travelled north to take part in the famous annual Durham Miners’ Gala. The band was representing New Herrington Colliery near Houghton-le-Spring.
Following the tradition of the colliery bands, Hepworth marched though the village early in the morning and then made their way to Durham to join up with all the other bands for the “big meeting”, marching through the city in one of the world’s biggest celebrations of trade union and community spirit.
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