Coronavirus – change of plans

Due to the current CoVid-19 outbreak, in line with official recommendations, we have suspended practice sessions on Monday and Wednesday nights. All our scheduled performances from June onwards are under review .

The concert scheduled for May 2nd has been postponed to a later date, we hope in late September/early October.

Our Spring Season begins

Early notice before our campaigning starts in earnest: mark May 2nd in your diaries. This is the date of our next Charity Concert, which will be held, as last year, in the wonderful Roper Theatre, Bath. It’ll be another joint concert with the Corps of Drums from Devon & Cornwall. More information in the following weeks, tickets to go on sale in the next month or so.

Christmas at Cribbs

With a couple of concerts under our belt at various residential homes in Bristol, our next public outing is on Saturday, 7th December.

If you’re out at and about at Cribbs Causeway Mall, between 1000 and 12, and are drawn to the food hall, that’s where you’ll find us playing selections from the Carols book.

Hope to see you there!

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.