Popular band looks for a new home to stay in tune - The Evesham Observer

Popular band looks for a new home to stay in tune

Evesham Editorial 8th Sep, 2018   0

A POPULAR Bretforton band which is the only surviving village band left in Worcestershire has issued a plea for help for new land to ensure they can continue to hit the right notes for years to come.

Bretforton Silver Band members are now urgently seeking land in the village where they can build a purpose designed rehearsal room.

Formed sometime between the autumn of 1894 and the summer of 1895, the band evolved from a Band of Hope based on a chapel in the village and when first formed it was known as the Bretforton Temperance Band.

Some years ago the band was fortunate enough to purchase the chapel where they meet every Thursday at 8pm to rehearse. But the band have become a victim of their own success and now in their 124th year are seeking pastures new.

John Wood, the band’s conductor, said: “The 38 musicians squeeze into their present room and it’s a logistical nightmare to get everyone in. The band also have a thriving learner section, Bret Set Go, which will only increase numbers”

The band is famous for its annual asparagus auction and their ever popular proms evening and members play regularly at local events and have appeared on TV many times.

“The band are trying to secure their future by investing time and free tuition for new players but we can’t do this without the space we need,” Mr Wood said.

“We estimate we need piece of land big enough to house a rehearsal room and adequate car parking, if anyone can help please get in touch.”

Visit www.bretfortonsilverband.co.uk for more.


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