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HONITON: Song and dance over band’s urgent appeal

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

AN URGENT appeal has been launched to find new facilities to support the Honiton Town Band.
The traditional brass band, active in the town for almost 60 years, is in desperate need of space to store instruments and uniforms, and is seeking the help of the community.
Until recently, the band made use of the former town council office and senior citizens’ centre in New Street as a practice space with room to store its equipment.
And since the Beehive opened its doors earlier this year, the 22-strong band has been using the community centre for rehearsals, but has found no storage facilities available.
Now band leaders are calling on the community to help them find a solution to the problem.
Launching the appeal in this week’s Pulman’s View, band secretary Sharon Dibsdall said: “With the closure of the New Street building, the band moved its practices to the new Beehive community centre, but unfortunately there are no storage facilities available there.
“At the time of the move, the band was lucky to be offered temporary emergency storage in a member’s warehouse facility, but this will shortly become unavailable.
“Although members obviously have the use of uniforms and instruments, there are always extra items which need storing, for use by new members and by learners, as and when required.”
Since reforming in 1956, the band has used a series of premises in the town to store its equipment. Members made use of the Royal British Legion building from the 1970s onwards, before switching to the former council offices.
But the band, which played its part in Honiton’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations last month, is now in danger of being left with nowhere to house its equipment.
Mrs Dibsdall added: “The band wonders if there is anyone out in the community, perhaps with a soft spot for brass bands, who could offer the use of space, perhaps in an office, warehouse or garage.
“We try to run learners and improvers classes, and in order to provide instruments for them we really need that pool of equipment easily at hand somewhere in Honiton.
“If there is anyone out there who feels able to help, the band would love to hear from them.”
The band requires a space of around six feet by eight feet, which would be reduced if shelving is included.
To support the band, contact Mrs Dibsdall on 01404 44763 or email secretary@honitonband.


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