The start of month found us on another annual pilgrimage, this time to Grange-over-Sands bandstand. The weather was glorious and a good crowd settled down to listen as the band struck up at 2pm.
After a good 50 mins hard blowing the interval arrived but alas the ice cream van hadn’t, this was nearly a disaster but luck was on our side and he turned up slightly late. We must say a big thank you to the members of the audience who stood aside and let those members of the band who needed refreshments go first. After this we all settled back down in our places and continued to enjoy the lovely afternoon. It really is a nice place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon, sitting on the grass in a park listening to a brass band play – I would recommend it to anyone. Congratulations go to Grange Town Council for organising these concerts each year.
Sunday 18th turned into a busy day, we were invited to compete in the Bull Hotel brass band contest at Sedbergh starting at 1pm. We marched down the main street playing the march Home Again (well it was in the direction of Burneside just not quite as far) and on the stage in the pub garden we started with the march Punchinello and moved onto the hymn section for which we played a very moving traditional spiritual piece called Angels Watching Over Me. Our performance, conducted by Alan Lewis, ended with the musical selection from Snow White. For our efforts we were awarded first place for the march on the road and a splendid second place overall behind Sedbergh School band who played very well on the day.
The same evening found us in St. Oswald’s Church in our home village of Burneside for the Harvest Festival service. The band played all but one of the hymns and even fitted in a couple of entertaining pieces in the middle of the service at the request of Rev. Nigel Davies, who also happens to be the President of the band. A lovely service was followed by a most welcome cup of tea. A nice end to a busy day.
A Thursday night at the end of the month found us in Grasmere church playing for a fund raising concert arranged by The Rotary Club of Ambleside Kirkstone. The evening appeared to be a great success, it must be two years since we last played in Grasmere, and was attened by many visitors as well as locals. Just short of £500 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society. This concert may become an annual event.