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Goodbye Alan and Christine

On Thursday we said goodbye to long standing member Alan, and Christine who has been invaluable behind the scenes and supporting the band. They will both be missed.

They have shared this message:
Alan & I would like to Thank you all for our gift, and send off on Thursday. We have both enjoyed coming along and we were made welcome from the start, sure Alan will keep up playing and no doubt I will get involved with a new band somehow!!!
So, once again thank you, we shall miss you all, but will be following you to see where you are when we come to visit family. Best wishes, and good luck with the 60’s night.
Christine & Alan

Alan and Christine stand in front of the Cawthorne WI tapestry

All Saints Church, Darfield

Cawthorne Brass Band played an excellent concert at All Saints Church, Darfield at the end of November. A beautiful Saxon church, with great music, raising money for the church and for the 24th World Scout Jamboree at West Virginia, USA next year. £150 was raised towards the Church replacement bell tower ropes, and £140.52 for Megan’s Jamboree Fund.

Members of the band sit behind their music stands in the chruch
Cawthorne Band at All Saints Church, Darfield
the pews and stone arches of the church
The beautiful church

The longest standing member of the band, Elvin, celebrated his 70th birthday with a cake, candles and a special rendition of Happy Birthday.

band members stand with Elvin, one is holding a birthday cake lit up with candles
Elvin’s surprise 70th birthday cake


We held our annual General Meeting on the 11th October.
It was a thoroughly successful meeting, with much enthusiasm from the whole band.
Our new core committee members are:
Chair – Bridget Milinkovic
Secretary – Ellie Murray
Treasurer – Val Francis

The new committee consists of 10 people, 5 of whom have not previously been committee members.
We look forward to seeing the new ideas that come out of this new team.

Summer BBQ Social

Last Thursday (23rd August), we had a band social to mark the end of the summer holidays. The band rehearsed as normal during the first half of the evening, then band members and their families tucked into an abundance of meat, cake, salad, wedges, and the odd drink too.
Many thanks to Ellie and Holly for organising, and to Jim for doing the cooking during the rehearsal.
This looks set to become an annual event.

glowing coals on a BBQ
Ready to cook up a feast!
5 members of the band eating BBQ food
Band members tuck in to the wonderful spread
Mini pavlovas on a tray
Everybody brought lovely things to share

Cawthorne Summer Fete

The people of Cawthorne excelled themselves again with a brilliant Summer Fete. We really enjoyed being involved. The band played two small sets to an appreciative audience, and also ran some traditional games – horseshoe toss, guess the name of the band mascot and ‘play your cards right’.
It was a lovely day, with a variety of entertainments on offer, dancing, Punch and Judy, and lots of tasty food too!

A view of the band from behind
The band playing at Cawthorne Summer Fete
A view of the band from the audience's perspective
The band playing at Cawthorne Summer Fete
Bridget is holding the pack of giant cards mid way through a game of Play Your Cards Right.
Play Your Cards Right
Ellie and Holly hold up the prize - a hamper of retro sweets. The band mascot is a large golden bear, who is sitting on a chair
Guess the Name of the Band Mascot

Visit from Roger Webster

We were very honoured to have a visit from Roger Webster. He is the principal cornet of Grimethorpe, ex principal of Black Dyke, and works for musical instrument company, Besson.
Roger gave us a masterclass in how to warm up and prepare ourselves to play, and we even had a short question and answer session. Afterwards he joined the back row cornets for the rest of the rehearsal!
Thank you Roger.

The Back row cornets, with Roger Webster
The back row cornets, with Roger Webster

The band, with Roger Webster sitting in the back row
The band, with Roger Webster sitting in the back row