New Car Park at the Band Hall

The Band is most grateful to the following for their services, equipment and supplies in respect of our car park:

CHF Construction

Earthline

Lambourn Construction and Surfacing Ltd

Our sincere appreciation also to Wantage Town Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council for their extremely generous grants.

We are especially grateful to Charlie Field of CHF Construction, and as our letter of thanks states "....without you, Charlie, the car park would not have been possible".

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New Band Hall  

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WE HAVE ARRIVED!!!!! - 1st March 2013

 After many years we are now proud to present our new Band Hall.  Practices have already taken place and everyone is settling in well.   Here are just a few sample photos.

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Day 118 21st February

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 Our thanks and appreciation to Oxfordshire Community Foundation for their grant of £1,000.00.

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Day 101 29th January

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Day 90 14th Jan 2013 A snowy scene

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Day 87 9th Jan 2013  Outer brickwork has begun

 

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Day 86 Delivery of Klargester

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30th August 2012 -  A RED LETTER DAY

At last our dream is becoming a reality.  The contractors arrived on site today to start  the band hall with a view to commencing the build on Monday.

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More News January 2012

Below are the final drawings of the Tugwell Field Band Hall.

The main hall has large windows and French doors opening onto the patio - an ideal setting for summer concerts and parties.

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News 2010

We are now celebrating after the quest for our new home took a giant leap with the signing of an agreement to build and lease the plot of land on Tugwell Field, Wantage.

The deal allows the Band to lease the land from the Vale of White Horse District Council so that we will be able to build our new community hall headquarters as soon as funding is in place.

The band, with over 160 playing members, has been fundraising for several years, and are halfway to the target  required for the first half of the Hall. It is hoped that with the signing of the agreement, the remainder will be obtainable from grants, loans and special fund-raising activities to enable construction to start soon..

Eileen Sykes, Bandmaster, said "we much appreciate the support of local and Vale Councillors and officers who have worked hard to secure this excellent plot of land for us. We look forward to having a permanent home for the Band, and providing a useful facility for the community".

Councillor Richard Gibson, Executive Member for Property and Estates at the Vale, said " This is a huge step forward for Wantage Silver Band and the culmination of many months of hard work to achieve legal and planning agreements. Wantage is now much closer to seeing this vital community facility becoming a reality".

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Our picture shows Eleanor Turner (Chairman) and Eileen Sykes (Bandmaster) following the signing of the Agreement to Build and Lease.


 

Previous News

It was announced at the Annual General Meeting of the band in March 2009 that, pending the success of grant applications, it is hoped that a start can be made on building in 2010. Because of the modular design, this may comprise just the practice hall and essential peripherals or a more complete skeleton, awaiting later internal finishing. Meanwhile, access from the A417 road (funded by the County Council) was completed in July 2009. A celebration was held on 4th July, 2009 to mark the completion of the entrance, with an official cutting of the ribbon by Eleanor Turner, Band Chairman, heralded by a brass fanfare.  Following a feast of burgers and beer (and soft drinks) all present joined hands and marked the perimeter of the hall which had been marked out on the grass.  The celebration was brought to a close by an enthusiastic game of rounders.

Band Hall History

From 1978, WSB had use of the former kitchens of the Newbury Street C of E Primary School, in an arrangement with the Oxfordshire Education Authority. New ceiling, walls, floor, toilets, heating, lighting, kitchen and store-rooms were installed by the Band, to create the "Doug Brand Hall", named after our founder. It was a wrench to have to vacate it when the school was pulled down in 2001 to make way for a new building. We were then allowed use of the dining hall at Garston Lane school (former vacant premises, to which school activities were transferred), but no provision could be made for accommodating WSB when the school moved back to Newbury Street in mid 2003.

Since February 2003, the Band has been "homeless" and practices are currently split between Grove C. of E. School, East and West Challow Village Halls, Charlton Centre, Childrey Methodist Church and other local facilities. Clearly, this is not ideal and our aim has been to find suitable premises to call our own.

Our Aim

2007 After years of negotiation between WSB, Oxfordshire County, and Vale of the White Horse district authorities, the Band has been offered a 99-year lease on "Tugwell Field", to build a Band Hall together with football pitches and changing rooms for Wantage Concords junior football club (to be funded and built separately by them). The location is on the eastern edge of Wantage, alongside the A417 road, near the 'Lord Nelson' pub.

 

About Us

Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.

Our Wantage Band are in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2014 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals.   Our 'B' Band promoted to Second Section in 2014, competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September 2014. In March 2015 they  won promotion to First Section as of January 2016.    Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are our Fourth Section Band.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.
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Hire A Band

Are you holding an event, party or perhaps a wedding?  It's easy to hire one of our marvellous Brass Bands and don't forget we have a fantastic swing Big Band also available for all occasions.  For more information click here)   

  "I went to a wedding recently where the Wantage Silver Band were  playing....... I would thoroughly recommend hiring them for your next event!" Kate, Oxford        
 

Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

 We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 31st May

  • Parade Gardens Bandstand - Bath
    'B' Band
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 7th June

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert - BBQ Cream Teas and Bar
    Academy Brass
    at Tugwell Field. All welcome

Sunday, 14th June

  • Summer Fete
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale
  • Church Service
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale

Saturday, 20th June

  • Wantage Music Festival
  • Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - Cheltenham
    Concert Brass
    2:30pm
  • The Wantage Band present their Favourite Music with guests The Reading Scottish Pipe Band
    7:30pm at Didcot Civic Hall

Saturday, 27th June

Sunday, 28th June

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Concert Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage
  • Chieveley Village Fete
    'B' Band
  • Wantage Music Festival - Final Concert

Saturday, 4th July

  • John Hampden Primary School Fete - Thame
  • Big Band
    Big Band
    7:30pm at East Challow British Legion Hall

Sunday, 5th July

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Youth Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage

Saturday, 11th July

  • Lechlade Church
    'B' Band
  • Witney Carnival
    Mixed Band
    10:30am
  • Concert at Faringdon Primary School
    'B' Band
    7:30pm

Saturday, 18th July

  • The Wantage Band
    at Wantage Parish Church

Sunday, 19th July

  • Open Air Concert BBQ Cream Teas and bar
    'B' Band
    at Tugwell Field

Sunday, 26th July

  • Carterton Bandstand
    Academy Brass

Sunday, 2nd August

  • DACA Northbourne Centre, Didcot
    Concert Brass
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 30th August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Monday, 31st August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

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