• Plan for the bandroom extension.

  • In 2011 the band took the decision to look at extending and renovating the current bandroom in Queens Street, Castletown which they have occupied for well over 60 years. The plan is to build a single storey extension on the side of the building, the old Temperance Hall, and then to renovate the inside, repairing and damp-proofing the walls, installing a false ceiling and central heating.

     

    To help raise funds to pay for this work the band have launched a Buy a Brick Campaign. Click on the link for more details.

     

    The pictures below show the progress that has been made so far.

     

    16th July 2012

     6th August 2012

     9th September 2012

Friday, 12 April 2013 19:58

Opening Ceremony

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Now that the band have been back in the band room for a few weeks, we felt the time was right for us to officially declare the refurbishment complete. To celebrate this we would like to announce a date for the official opening of the refurbished bandroom,  Sunday 12th May at 3pm.

We are also very pleased that the opening will be performed by Billy Dickinson on behalf of his brother Malcolm's estate. Billy and his brother Malcolm are both former members of the band. Billy, who played Bb Bass, joined the band when it was under the conductorship of the late Charlie Cubbon. Malcolm joined much later, just before the bands first trip to Germany in 1983, playing Eb bass. 

Shortly after the return from the German trip, Malcolm was knocked down in a hit and run vehicle accident, resulting in severe disability and many years in hospital and nursing homes. The band didn’t forget Malcolm, and regularly played at hospital and the care homes for his enjoyment. Upon his passing, as well as donations from the successful ‘buy-a-brick’ appeal, a generous bequest from his estate funded the development of the bandroom extension, without which it is unlikely that the extension could have been progressed. The band are most grateful to Malcolm for considering the band a worthy cause.

Thank you also to all those who have contributed to the appeal by buying a brick, the total currently stands at £4700.  

Also in attendance will be the Chairman of Castletown Commissioners and Tony Brown who is one of the trustees for the bandroom.

Everyone is welcome to attend. After the ceremony the band will also be holding it’s first ‘Open Rehearsal’. This will give the band the opportunity to connect more closely with the people of Castletown, as well as giving everyone the opportunity to come and meet the band in an informal setting and see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. It’s also an opportunity for anyone who may want to take up either a brass instrument or percussion to come along and try it.

There may even be a few light refreshments.

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