25 year award
Congratulations to Ellen Galbraith on receiving her 25 year Award for services to Brass Bands from the NWABBA at the recent Rochdale contest. Well done Ellen!
Paul Pilkington is organising a Ghost walk around the most haunted parts of old Shiverpool on Saturday November 19th
Starting at the Liverpool Philharmonic at 8.30 PM
The Hope Street Shivers takes in the Cathedral Quarter of Hope Street. Beginning outside The Philharmonic Pub.
This tour includes both Cathedrals, Rodney Street and the infamous story of Will McKenzie (Liverpool's most infamous undead resident) The Irish Centre (formally The Wellington Rooms), and ending the journey beneath the Gothic Majesty of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral in St James' cemetery,
We wish Liz all the best as she leaves the band to continue her education at university. Call in and see us when you can, you'll be very welcome.
Congratulations to Liz Callaghan And Becky Marsh on their recent exam results. Well done both of you.
Dominic Francis and Jemma Gaskell
A big welcome to Dominic who joins us on trombone and a big welcome back to Gemma, after her year in Mexico, who joins on cornet.
Ken has decided to retire from banding after many years service to Skelmersdale band, both as a player and for several years as treasurer. He will be sorely missed
Ken started playing in brass bands over 50 years ago, in the Kensington Salvation Army Band in Liverpool, where his Father was the bandmaster. Ken has played in several bands since then, but his highlights are a tour of Malta and the Royal Tournament with the St John Band based in Southport. He also took part in the BBC2 Championship with Edge Hill BR and he played at the Royal Albert Hall in the year 2000 at the National Finals with Skelmersdale.
Last night (7th July) marked our solo trombone player, Chris Hibberd's, final rehearsal with the band before leaving to become an army musician.
We are all so very proud of the player and person Chris has grown (literally!) to be, and we will miss him terribly.
Everyone at Skelmersdale would like to thank Chris for his dedication, hard work and fantastic playing whilst with the band, and we wish him every success in the future.
You know where the band room is - we expect visits whenever you're back! Good luck and love every second of your new venture!
The band will be having a Summer break in August so there will be no rehearsals August 1st, 4th and 8th. a return to normal on the 11th.
After our trial period of changing rehearsal nights it has been decided to revert back to Mondays and Thursdays as from 20th June 2016.
Paul is organising a 10 pin bowling night on Saturday July 16th at Southport Ocean Plaza.
Body Shop Party
Saturday June 4th there will be a Body Shop party at the Bandroom 7pm start.
The band held the AGM on Monday 23rd May and it was decided to change rehearsal nights. As from 31st May 2016 Rehearsal nights will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. 8 - 10 pm.
Sgt. William Edward Heaton VC.
On the 10th May a small ensemble played in Victoria Park Ormskirk at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate Sgt William Edward Heaton VC.
On August 23 1900, Private Heaton’s company came under heavy fire from the Boers near Geluk farm, after they ventured too far into enemy territory. The two companies of the Liverpool Regiment, which had been sent to support the cavalry, took heavy casualties. Private Heaton bravely agreed to take a message out, requesting reinforcements. William risked his own life to the get the message out of the battlefield, and his mission saved the lives of many men.
Upcoming Concert and Cake Sale
The band are looking forward to returning to Dalton Church on Saturday 9th April. Tickets are priced at £7 and are available from the band or on the door.
We're also excited for our Spring's Here Cake Sale on Sunday 10th April 1-4pm. Join us for a cuppa, cake and a natter and help us in our fundraising efforts.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Miller