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Winter on the Farm

We had such a good time filming with Channel 5 for the last episode of Winter on the Farm. When we first arrived, we were ferried on golf buggies up to the set for our soundcheck. The floor manager kept us entertained, and everything went well.

In the foreground are some empty chairs and a firepit. The TV set is in the background. It is night time, there are lots of lights.
After our soundcheck

There’s quite a lot of sitting/standing about waiting when you are filming apparently. We were happy to have an opportunity for a good chinwag and catch up!

After a very tasty tea and lots of hot drinks, it was time to head down for filming. It was even colder than it looks, but we did get hand warmers!

In between our two pieces, we were able to watch from behind the scenes. It was fascinating to see how everything worked together so seamlessly.

In the foreground are some large animal pens. There is a long horned cow in the closest one. Behind the barn is the TV set - the backs of the presenters are in the centre of the shot, and there are cameras visible. The set is dressed with Christmas trees.
Behind the Scenes

The presenters kindly came over for a photo when everything was finished. What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon/evening!

The whole band stands in a semi circle, in uniform holding their instruments. The Channel 5 presenters are in front. Elvin, on the left, has a Santa hat on.
That’s a wrap!

Time to go and get our coats and hats back on and warm up. Maybe one last look at the animals.

Watch us here on My5.

Carols in Barugh Green

We spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around Barugh Green playing Christmas Carols. Quite a few residents braved the cold to come and speak to us, join in with a bit of singing or a dance, or to make a request.
It was brilliant to be able to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer.

Musical notes on a swirly stave, with a Santa hat on one corner

Merry Christmas Barugh Green!

Cawthorne Choral Society Christmas Concert

What a wonderful evening we had on Saturday, joining with Cawthorne Choral Society again for their Christmas Concert.

All Saints Church with grass in the foreground

The choir performed a repertoire ranging from the traditional, including a beautiful rendition of Harold Darke’s In The Bleak Midwinter, to more contemporary pieces, such as the Holly and the Ivy, including audience participation!

We played some traditional carols, John Rutter’s Candlelight Carol, Coventry Carol, and Fairytale of New York among others.

The Christmas season has officially begun!

Penistone Show

It was brilliant to be back playing at Penistone Show this year. We played a mixture of music, including some traditional Brass Band marches, such as Slaidburn, solo pieces including the Flugel Horn solo, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, and some band favourites, such as All in the April Evening.

The band are sitting in a marquee - Elliotts back is to the photographer

A wonderful event, as it is every year, with so much to see and do. We always enjoy being a part of Penistone Show

Current Covid-19 Regulations

After such a long time of not playing together due to Covid-19, we are so happy to be able to rehearse again, and prepare for some summer events.

To keep everyone safe, we have some extra rules to follow, and risk assessments to consider. Please have a read through them (linked below). You will be asked to sign to say you have read and understood them before being able to join us for a rehearsal. It’s worth taking these extra precautions to ensure everyone in the band remains safe.

Can I draw extra attention these rules:
– if you have any Covid symptoms please stay at home and get a test for Covid-19
– we need to have a register of who is at the rehearsal for track and trace – there is also a QR code which you can scan if you have the NHS app
– everyone to remain 2m apart at all times
– please bring your own stand
– please bring a small towel or similar
– please bring your own drink as refreshments won’t be available
– windows will be open if we are meeting indoors, so dress warmly if it is cold.

We would like to recommend everyone get their vaccination as soon as it is offered, and take the lateral flow tests twice a week as per government guidelines – these are available at your local pharmacy.

Thank you for your understanding.

Village Hall Covid guidelines Aug 2020
Band Covid 19 risk assessment June 2021

Norcroft Pit Disaster Memorial Service

On May 23rd, Cawthorne Brass Band was proud to join with friends from Dodworth Colliery Band to remember the men and boys from the Cawthorne area who perished in the Norcroft pit disaster.

Members of Cawthorne Brass Band and Dodworth Colliery Band are sat in the grounds of the church, holding their instruments

We played a hymn called Gresford, also known as the Miners Hymn, by Robert Saint (1905 – 1950), a former miner. Composed in memory of the Gresford Colliery disaster, near Wrexham, North Wales when an underground explosion killed 266 miners, the hymn was adopted by the National Union of Mineworkers and is played regularly at miners’ gatherings in memory of former miners.

Christmas 2020

It’s been a very different Christmas this year, but Cawthorne Brass Band have still been out playing carols.

Small groups, distanced, with bell covers. We can adapt!

We’ve had two weekends of carolling, and have really enjoyed bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to the local area.

Members of Cawthorne Band are playing in a distanced line across the street. The sky is a beautiful yellow in the background - the beginning of sunset

Our trip to Hall Green in Wakefield was particularly special, as it was by special request from a band friend and follower, Dr Neil Verner. He has Motor Neurone disease, and is currently developing a new treatment for Motor Neurone Disease.

The Band have donated £100 towards his GoFundME campaign, where he hopes to raise the £95,000 needed to fund this life saving research.

All that remains to be said is that, this year especially, we wish all of our Band friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Covid-19 – Band cancelled

I sincerely hope that you are all well at the start of a difficult time with coronavirus and possible isolation.
It has come to the point where unfortunately we need to cancel band rehearsals.
Some of our group may be considered high risk, some will want to avoid unnecessary outings and some may wish to continue as normal. It’s very likely that decisions will be out of our hands in the coming weeks so I’d like to think we are being prudent at this early opportunity and saving unnecessary worry.
Please keep in touch with one another through social media/ phones. Take care of yourselves, don’t worry about band and let’s hope we’re back together all fit and healthy as soon as possible.
We will let you all know as soon as anything changes.

Statement from Brass Bands England