Statement from John Woods (Administrator) for

Weston-super-Mare Own Choice Contest 2015

Forward Planning required!

Band Secretaries are encouraged to add Sunday 17th May 2015 to their diaries for Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest at the Winter Gardens promoted by the South West Brass Band Association.

 

2015 will see the event celebrate its 47th year, although Vice Chairman John Woods stresses that the future of the event is now very much in the hands of the banding community.

 

After detailed negotiations with the operators of The Winter Gardens we have now agreed a commercial rent that has been endorsed by the SWBBA Executive Committee - however the calculations are finely balanced, therefore to ensure future visibility we do need the support of bands and their supporters in entering and buying tickets and programmes.  It's a great day out by the sea for families and we are grateful to bands that make the journey from as far afield as Leicestershire, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Wales.  In a critical attack on local bands, John goes on to say that their support too is vital - the reality of the situation is that without an entry field of 30 bands the contest is no longer viable and will have to cease.

 

Records show that in the last 4 years over 60 different bands have entered the event.  This is an opportunity for conductors to select a piece that gives an important mix of being a challenge for players but also to play to their strengths.  The variety of test pieces chosen makes for an interesting and entertaining day.

 

John is determined that the event should reach its 50th anniversary and with the support of Weston Brass, who support us on the day with stewarding and are now helping to engage with the local business community, we remain optimistic.

 

Schedules and entry details will be available towards the end of the year from John Woods and the SWWBBA web site.

 

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Safeguarding Children Training

   CORNWALL BRASS BAND ASSOCIATION

     Patron  - Lady Mary Holborow  DCVO

 

Please reply to the Secretary: Mrs Frances Calver  Windfall Rylands St Breward  Cornwall PL30 4LX   

                  Tel. 01208 851235  mob. 07774 890453   Email. calver407@btinternet.com   

                  The date is Sunday 16th November 2014, and the Tutor is Helen Trelease.

The venue is Indian Queens Bandroom.   We meet at 9.30 am for registration and coffee, with a

 10   am promt start.

The course will cover all aspects of safeguarding children including the role of the Child Protection Officer in your organisation, what to do if you suspect a child is at risk, what action to take if a child confides in you, how to protect yourself from suspicion and false accusations, policies and procedures to be put in place for both in the bandroom and trips away, as well as hypothetical case studies. 

It will be a very concentrated three hour course, finishing at 1 pm.   Anyone over the age of 17 years can attend.     It does not, however, take the place of the DBS check (old CRB). 

Because the CBBA takes this subject very seriously, there will be a nominal charge of £5.00 per member band and you can send as many people as you wish.  Essentially all those of your organisation who have any dealings with your learners, junior or youth bands, should be coming along.    The fee can be paid prior to or on the day, and must be paid once your band has registered attendees with me, even in the event of a no-show on the day.   

We cannot stress how important it is to keep our young people safe and urge every band to send at least one person to this course.  Please do not bury your heads in the sand and think it doesn’t happen in the Cornish banding scene…………….. You would feel awful if it happened in your band and you had done nothing about it. 

Please email me with the names of those wishing to attend as soon as possible.   I look forward to hearing from you all.   

Kind regards

  Fran Calver

 Secretary, CBBA

 

 

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                                                                                                 PRESS RELEASE

                                                                                        SWBBA Weston Contest 2015

                                                                                           Forward planning required!

                                               Band Secretaries are encouraged to add Sunday 17th May 2015 to their diaries for the

                            Weston Super Mare Own Choice Contest at the Winter Gardens promoted by the South West Brass Band Association.

 

                                                            2015 will see the event celebrate its 47th year, although Vice Chairman John

                                       Woods stresses that the future of the event is now very much in the hands of the banding community.

                            After detailed negotiations with the operators of The Winter Gardens we have now agreed a commercial rent that has 
                            been endorsed by the SWBBA Executive
Committee- however the calculations are finely balanced, therefore to ensure

                            future viability we do need the support of bands and their supporters in entering and buying tickets and programmes. 
                                It's a great day out by the sea for
families and we are grateful to bands that make the journey from as far afield

                             as Cornwall, Leicestershire, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Wales. In a critical attack on local bands, John goes on to say 
                              that their support too is vital- the reality
of the situation is that without an entry field of 30 bands the contest is no

                                                                                        longer viable and will have to cease.

                             Records show that in the last 4 years over 60 different bands have entered the event. This is an opportunity for conductors 
                             to select a piece that gives an
important mix of being a challenge for players but also to play to their strengths. The variety 
                                                                of test pieces chosen makes for an interesting and
entertaining day.

                             John is determined that the event should reach its 50th anniversary and with the support of Weston Brass, who support 
                             us on the day with stewarding and are now
helping to engage with the local business community, we remain optimistic .

                             Schedules and entry details will be available towards the end of the year from John Woods and the SWBBA web site.

 

Brian Elliott

Secretary, SWBBA

    


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                                       Looking forward to 2015, the year will commence as always with the ever popular Mid-Winter Workshop.
                                 The date is Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February, again at West Buckland School nr Barnstable Devon.     
                           

                                         The tutors will be Paul Cosh, Chris Davis and Chris Jeans.  The schedule will be available later this year.

 

                                         Further details on all SWBBA activities available from the Secretary, Brian Elliott, on 01752 892056 or 
                                                      brian@swbba.fsnet.co.uk or by visiting www.southwestbrassbandassociation.co.uk  

                                                                                                        Brian Elliott

                                                                                                          Secretary

                                                                                    South West Brass Band Association

 

   
   
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