The next season approaches

Thanks to everyone who attended (and played at !) the mini-series of bandstand concerts over the last couple of months. For the record, Keynsham park was the equal to Aix-en-Provence in temperature. Photos will go up on the family album here when there’s time!

Coming up, the summer isn’t yet over, despite the headline – we’ll be playing at the Family Fun day in Filton on Sept 8th, and at the Bathampton Village Fete on Sept 14th. Do come and see us!

And, if you are tempted to join us as a member of the band, this is the ideal time of year to hop aboard, as we look to rehearse new pieces for the new season’s concerts. We don’t have anything so grand as a recruitment drive, but (especially if you are a brass player), we’ll welcome you aboard.
To find out more, follow the general email link for us – info@avonfireandrescueband.org

Road closures – Band Members please read!

Important – anyone travelling to band practice using Lansdown Rd – please note that there’s a council notification of night-time road closures from Monday 29th July, between 7pm and 7am, for an anticipated 2 weeks. The road surface is being repaired from Granville Rd (where the Ensleigh development is) to just past College Rd (opposite the Royal High school), and the council letter stresses there will be no through route.

A fuller notice is to be found on the council’s website https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/roadworks/major-transport-schemes/carriageway-resurfacing In the table below the main text, follow the link at ‘Lansdown Road part’ to see the map. Note – this is not the Lansdown Lane roadworks shown in the table.

At the time of writing this post, the council website doesn’t give the times and dates, but these have been sent out in a letter to local residents. Apparently road signs will be going up soon with advertised diversions – these will either involve travel from the North (A420) or via Weston and up Lansdown Lane.

Notes from the AGM (primarily for Band members)

Thanks to all those who were able to attend last week’s AGM. The formal minutes will be sent to band members, but here are the main headlines for those who couldn’t make it:

  • There are currently 35 playing members in the Concert (Monday) band
  • We performed 11 concerts in 2018/19
  • The Charity Concert in May raised over £550 (in ticket sales and donations) for the Fire Fighters Charity
  • There was support from band members for a similar pattern of gigs: one major event as a charity raiser, plus the familiar mix of park concerts and care homes. The aim will be to focus on one repertoire, for the season.
  • There were slight changes to the wording of our constitution, to bring it into line with the Service’s non gender-specific practice
  • The Jim Churchill award was presented to Ian Taylor (alto sax)
  • The committee for 2019/2020 will be chaired by Katharine Evans, the hon secretary will be Phil Ashby
  • The subs for Monday band members (which are now due for payment) are £50, £25 for retired members. Wed band subs are as last year.

Summer Season 2019 – half time!

And that’s it for our bandstand tour this year, with a return visit to Keynsham Park last month. Somewhat warmer than the concert in Bath in June, in fact very hot indeed, which makes a change. We will be back in the open air in the middle of September, when we play at the Bathampton Village Fair on the 14th, and maybe we’ll see you there?

Another Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Thanks to all you brave souls (in the audience) who came to yesterday afternoon’s concert in the bandstand at Bath’s Victoria Park. It didn’t rain until we were almost through, and it was only light with plenty of space between the drops! If you missed the event, we’ll be at the bandstand in Keynsham Park in a couple of weeks – Sunday 23 June at 2pm.

The news in brief – 19th May

Concert day + 1!   Thanks to everyone who came to support the band at last night’s concert in Bath.  Special thanks to our host, Jonty Messer, and the visiting groups:  The Devon & Somerset Corps of Drums, and the Avon F&RS Drill Squad.

Pictures and a fuller report will appear on the website in a couple of days.

Info for band members – rehearsal dates

For those who couldn’t make last Monday, a reminder that we will not be rehearsing on Monday next, the 22nd April.  Usually we don’t rehearse on any bank holiday Monday, but there is a request from Alan that we do attend on May 6th (the early May bank holiday), because of the proximity of the concert.

And speaking of the May 18th concert, a reminder that tickets are now selling at the Bath Box Office – in person, by phone or online.   See the front page here for details.  Don’t forget to buy tickets for family members who are coming along – don’t leave it until the night.

Tickets now on sale for the charity concert on May 18th

Sorry folks, if you weren’t there, you’ve missed a great night out!   Photos and a report of the evening will appear on the website in a couple of days (when the film gets back from the chemist)

 

The band is delighted to announce details of our ambitious next concert, which is to be a benefit for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

We’ll be in  the Roper Theatre, a splendid performance venue at Hayesfield School, in the Oldfield Park area of Bath.   Joining us on stage will be the Corps of Drums of our neighbouring service, Devon and Somerset.

Jonty Messer, the main newsreader for ITV News West Country, has generously agreed to be our host for the evening.

It’s going to be a great night, with the doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm curtain up.  Click on the poster image here to see it full size.  Feel free to spread the word!

There’ll be more detail coming on this website soon, but if you want to be sure of getting a seat, contact the Bath Box office now.  Tickets, at £10 each (£5 to age 16) are on sale

You can drop in to see them at the Tourist Information Centre in Bath (Terrace Walk, aka Bog Island to the locals) or call them on 01225 463322, email on bathboxoffice.co.uk or book online by following this link:

https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/band-of-avon-fire-rescue-service-with-guests/

Summer in the Park (and Spring in Oldfield Park)

Summer Season 2019

Dates for our Spring and Summer concerts are now published in the online calendar.

Our first, and the biggest event, is the special Charity Concert in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity.  We’ll be performing with special guests on stage at the Roper Theatre on Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm.   Tickets and further details will appear on this very website!

We have two Summer appearances at local parks –

on the 9th June, at 3pm at Victoria Park, Bath, and the 23rd June, at 2pm, Keynsham Park.

We hope to see you all at one of these concerts (or maybe all three) , and that you’ll enjoy the new musical selections we are working on.

 

 

Some problems with photos on this website

Unfortunately a couple of our photo album pages on this site are currently showing an error message rather than the wonderful photos.  It’s not your browser, it’s a matter of parts of our site no longer being compatible with other parts and the  security settings we’ve introduced.   The joys of automatic updates!   Normal service will resume in a day or so. has now resumed.

Update – 30 minutes later – all down to an ‘improvement’ at our hosting provider.