YOULGRAVE SILVER BAND
ENTHUSIASTIC, LOCAL, FRIENDLY, VILLAGE BAND
YOULGRAVE SILVER BAND established in 1880s is a popular, friendly, non contesting, village band in the centre of the community it serves.
Players are mostly from Youlgrave, and local surrounds.
Visitors and players staying in the area are always welcome to join us.
MEET – Thursdays at
YOULGRAVE METHODIST CHURCH ROOM
Coldwell End , DE45 1UW
7.30pm till 9.30pm
Join the band
We welcome all players but are particularly in need of :-
front row CORNETS
back row CORNETS
LATEST NEWS FOR BAND PLAYERS.
YOULGRAVE SILVER BAND has recommenced
METHODIST CHURCH BAND ROOM
starting at 7.30pm till 9.30pm
Our Learning Band will recommence in February at 7pm.
We will continue voluntary Covid precautions for the safety of our more vulnerable members.
If you are interested in joining us, you will be welcome.
To maintain normal good hygiene you should: -
Ensure instruments are cleaned in mild antibacterial solutions.
Sterilise instruments or mouthpieces before passing them on.
Use a towel under your instrument, which is cleaned regularly.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Caty Heelin
A Graduate specialist in Music Education.
The Music Repertoire is varied, stimulating and continually changing maintaining interest for all, whilst retaining some old favourites.
In August 2021
The band playing its first complete performance since the Lockdown at a lovely memorial afternoon at east Lodge, where pieces included many musicals, songs and marches.
the band played regularly during the lesser restrictions of the Covid 19 Pandemic of 2020
The band played together regularly via the internet.
Members of the band made a number of videos playing music together.
VE DAY - VICTORY IN EUROPE CELEBRATION - 75 YEARS
Celebrated by Youlgrave Band
The band was due to play in Buxton Pavilion Gardens on Friday 8th May from11 am. Of course this was cancelled due to the Covid outbreak restrictions. However players and villagers wanted a commemoration , so this is what happened:-
PLAYING THE LAST POST
Helen Mellor the band's lead cornet player played the last post from the tower roof top to re-enact the exact event 75 years ago.
Residents social distanced as they listened to the beautiful tone of Helen's music as it rang over the village. The last post was followed by two minutes silence.
Following the two minutes silence. The Reveille was played then Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem
Other band players took part in the village. Judith played an introduction at 10.40am of WW2 songs. Tricia played the last post at 2.55. and the Reveille so it was exactly 75 years after Winston Churchill's speech declaring official peace, and Ian followed her playing with a number of 40's songs.
Players living out of the village who couldn't join in due to the 'lock down' took part by playing in their front gardens.
ENGAGEMENTS FOR 2022
OUR PERFORMANCES FOR 2022 ARE AS FOLLOWS
JUNE 18th or 19th weekend
BAKEWELL BANDS IN THE PARK
SATURDAY JUNE 25th
YOULGRAVE WELL DRESSING
SUNDAY JUNE 26th
YOULGRAVE WELL DRESSING CONCERT
Service 6pm - Concert 7pm
During the Covid 19 Pandemic the band continued to commemorate local and national events
8TH May- VE DAY
COMMEMORATIVE SONGS and the LAST POST.
Last post and hymns.
8th November - Sunday - at11am.
Following Government guidelines our lead cornet player Helen Mellor, resounded the Last post through the village fog, for the Remembrance presentations.
5th December - Saturday - 5.30 onwards
We played in groups of 6 for the lighting of the village Christmas tree in the centre of Youlgrave, at 5.30pm, accompanied by all the villagers lighting their houses and decorations at the same time, followed by singers and players bringing Carol music to the outside of every home
14th December -6pm - Rowsley Carols -
outside touring the village
17th December - 6pm
There will be some impromptu playing of Christmas carols in the village.
2021 17th April - 10.30am
Commemoration for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
19th June - 2pm
Well Dressing Blessing
The Croft field.
Sunday 27th June 3 pm
Farmyard Inn, Youlgrave.
ring - 07734714227
or 01629 630202
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Meets 7pm every Thursday at the Youlgrave Methodist Church Hall prior to the Band practice.
It is run by qualified experienced musicians Helen Mellor and Sandra Ackerman.
Everyone is welcome to learn what ever age or experience, and instruments are generally available.
We have an active fun learning atmosphere and performing experience is gained at our village concerts.
YSB AT YOULGRAVE
YSB IN BUXTON AT EASTER
With the New Banner
OUR YPRES WW1 CENTENARY STORY AND TRIP
The band played for the emotional weekend of 19th AUGUST 2018 for the commemorative presentation of the famous Centenary Stained Glass Sculpture, which was a present from the people of Youlgrave and from All Saints C of E Church Youlgrave, to Ypres Catholic Cathedral and the Belgium people. Half now remains in Youlgrave C of E Church as a reminder of the link and the soldiers left behind. The band played at the Menin Gate and toured surrounding towns, playing concerts and appropriate music in the cemetery visits.
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Picture shows the band in St Martins Catholic Cathedral, Ypres, Belgium, with the complete sculpture immediately following the presentation service.
HISTORY OF THE BAND
THE POMMY BAND
The nickname for the village of Youlgrave is POMMY, based on the lovely tale of this band.
About 150 years ago the band was first formed, and as with most bands at that time in this area, it was composed of miners and quarrymen in their time away form work. and this one was composed of mostly one family.
The village people collected money and bought the very first instruments for the men to form the new band. The players were enthusiastic and ecstatic to receive them, and before they had had the chance to learn to play them, they paraded up and down the village holding them and singing the tunes with a, 'POM, POM, POM.’ for all to hear.
- hence Pommy!
This enthusiasm still remains in the present players, but with more skill!
BAND HONOURS G.O.M.
This excerpt from the Mercury was donated to the band by Peter Knowles our previous Euphonium, horn player, band secretary.
Photo =Youlgrave's Junior bandsmen, John Wild, Alan Crawley, Geoffrey Johnson, Colin Brassington, Tony Evens, Michael Shimwell and Billy Oldfield, with their youngest member, ten year old John Bacon making the presentation of a chiming clock to their veteran conductor Mr C. Roper. - (Mercury photo no 377)
We know well that over the years the lovely hillside of Youlgrave had built up a reputation for doing things well; that the village was noted far and wide for the high quality of its amateur drama, for its political consciousness and religious zeal; that the skill and artistry of its well dressings were renowned, that it had produced more than its fair share of scholars, musicians, craftsmen and last, but not least, good footballers.
We knew that they had every reason to be proud of their fine village band, but we did not know until last Friday what a friendly reception and convivial time awaited all who were invited to one of their famous pie suppers.
To hostess Mrs Brindley, of the Bull's Head Inn, must go the credit for the pies - and what pies! Everyone sniffed with the zest of the 'Bisto kids' as plateful after plateful was carried into the long room, where a company of over 60 made up of Youlgrave bandsmen and their wives and friends were seated.
We could hardly wait for Grace - sung appropriately to the tune Rimmington - to attack the luscious fare; crisp pastry and inch thick, tender steak; smooth floury 'tater' - and such gravy! More home made pastry for the afters and cheese and biscuits for those who had room for it.
Before we came to the real business, of a handsome chiming timepiece for eighty-two years old band conductor Cornelius Roper (pictured) we heard speeches. Band committee chairman, Mr H. Marsden, paid tribute to Mr Roper for his loyal service extending over sixty three years, twenty-one of which he has wielded the baton, and welcomed two other old members, Mr Arthur Marsden and Mr William Birds.
They were, he said, as keen and proud of them as they were of their keen younger members, to whom Mr Roper and assistant conductor Mr H Shimwell, were devoting a great deal of time.
MR C. ROPER
'He has attended many rehearsals when he has been the only one there'
said secretary Mr Luther Bacon, speaking of Mr Roper's dogged efforts to save the band in difficult times.
Equipping their eight recruits of school age with instruments had,
he said, at first, made such a mess of funds, but Sunday concerts had increased their balance by £15 and they had £88 in the bank which could be spent on the reconditioning of instruments. --
-- Speaking of Mr Roper, the only other founder member of the band, Mr Arthur Marsden, said with affection,
' Old Neeley's been a marvel.' He went on to tell humorous stories of the band's past when they travelled in waggonnettes to fulfil engagements on distant villages.
The presentation was made by the band's youngest member John Bacon.
The secret had been well kept and 'Old Neeley' was completely surprised, -'though I know there's bin a lot o' talkin' an I twigged there was somethin' goin' on.' - was his comment as he returned thanks.
'They know something about the good life and good living at Youlgrave' we thought as we drove homeward.