New Band Hall - 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 of the celebrations.
Day 118 21st February
Day 116 19th February
Our thanks and appreciation to Oxfordshire Community Foundation for their grant of £1,000.00.
Day 113 14th February
Day 111 12th February
Day 107 6th February
Day 102 30th January
Day 101 29th January
Day 90 14th Jan 2013 A snowy scene
Day 87 9th Jan 2013 Outer brickwork has begun
Day 86 Delivery of Klargester
Eleanor and Jenny
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.
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.
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".
Our picture shows Eleanor Turner (Chairman) and Eileen Sykes (Bandmaster) following the signing of the Agreement to Build and Lease.
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.
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.
Saturday Mornings - Taking a break through December for carolling. Practices resume 4th January 2014
Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.
Our 'A' Band competes in the prestigious Championship Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. Our 'B' Band has recently been promoted to Second Section as from Jan 2014 at the Regionals and our newly formed Academy Brass will be competing in the Fourth Section.
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Friday, 6th December
Dickensian Evening, Wantageat 6PM Christmas Tree, 6,30PM O/S Waitrose, 7.00PM O/S Sainsburys, 7.30PM Christmas Tree Service(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 7th December
Christmas Concert7:30pm at Civic Hall, Wantage('A' Band)
Sunday, 15th December
Christmas Supper Concert7:00pm at East Challow Village Hall, Nr Wantage(Concert Brass)
Thursday, 19th December
Xmas Tree Service - Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 17th January - Sunday, 19th January
Butlins Contest Skegness('A' Band)
Sunday, 2nd February
Entertainment Contest, Yeovil('A' Band)
Sunday, 16th March
Area Contests, Stevenage('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)
New Band Hall
For the latest news (and pictures) please visit our New Band Hall section.