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Cadishead Band

Cadishead band will start the new banding year with a series of three concerts in aid of charity.
They Are:

7th September - Roy Hesford Memorial Concert
                                St. Pauls' Church, Liverpool Road, Irlam
                                2.00 p.m.
                                Roy was MD of the Band from 1974 to 2011.
                                Proceeds in aid of Macmillan Care

28th September - Cadishead Band Autumn Concert
                                    Irlam Catholic Club, Liverpool Road, Irlam
                                    8.00 p.m.  Tickets: 5.00
                                    Part proceeds in aid of Macmillan Care

2nd November -  Poppy Appeal Concert & Dance
                                Cadishead Conservative Club, Grange Place, Cadishead
                                7.30 p.m.
                                Proceeds in of the Poppy Appeal

For Information or Tickets contact the hotline: 07856 250802
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Date for Your Diary

Buxton Brass Band Festival 2020
The date for the 2020 Championships is
Sunday, 3rd. May 2020
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The Rochdale Brass Band Championships
20th October 2019

Entry Form and Rules are now available from our 'Download' page
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The 72nd AGM was held on Monday 17th June and was attended by the officers and representatives from 14 member bands.  A further 13 bands sent their apologies for non-attendance.   Full reports were given by the Officers.  The President, Mal Brownbill, appealed for more people to get involved in the running of the Association either by serving on the Executive Committee or coming along to work at the two major contests run by the NWABBA - Buxton and Rochdale.   He asked anyone who was interested to contact either the Chairman (Richard Milton) or the Secretary (Shirley Woodward).

All the officers were re-elected en bloc and Peter Bates, Jon-Paul Coulson, George Salt and Alex Smith were elected to the Executive Committee.  

One decision made at the AGM was that for 2019/20 the annual membership subscription to the NWABBA would be increased by 10% from the present figure of 50 to a new one of 55.    This is the first increase in the subscriptions for 10 years and is way behind inflation levels over the past few years.   The Officers and Executive members sincerely hope that this small increase will not deter any of the current members from renewing their subscription.   As was pointed out it is just over a 1 per week to be a member.

Following the AGM an Open Forum was held and bands raised matters of concern to them.

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   Long Service Awards
The N.W.A.B.B.A. was pleased to award Long Service awards to Robert Sykes of the St. John's Mossley Band, for 60 years service and to Paul Thomason of Flixton Band  for 48 years service.  Our congratulations to them both for their dedicated service.
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Buxton Brass Band Festival

Sunday 28th April

Following extensive refurbishment the glorious Victorian Octagon Theatre, Buxton welcomed back bands to the 54th Buxton Brass Band Festival.

Bands from the North East, North West, Wales and the Midlands entertained the audience with what adjudicator Mike Kilroy called a day full of excellent music making.

Top prize in the Championship/First Section went to Ratby Cooperative Band conducted by David Purkiss, with their performance of Symphonic Music (Paul Huber).  Matt Wilkins, their Eb bass player took the best soloist prize.

Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band - Flixton

Second Section

Victory in the Second Section went to North Yorkshire band North Skelton (Lewis Wilkinson) playing the Son of Light (Bertand Moren) their cornet section being awarded the Best Cornet Section.

Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band - Besses o' th' Barn

The Third Section.

North West based Whitworth Vale and Healey (Chris Binns) opted for Vizcaya  (Gilbert Vintner) took the crown in the Third Section with their Euphonium Section being named Best Euphoniums

Highest Placed NWABBA Member Band Whitworth Vale & Healey

Fourth Section

In the Fourth Section Rode Hall Silver (Nigel Butler) reinforced their high placing at the North West Regional Championships on Music for a Festival (Philip Sparke).  St. John's Mossley (Paul Towle) were awarded the Best Bass Section Trophy.

Highest Placed NWABBA Member band Rode Hall.


1.    Ratby Co-operative - David Purkiss

2.    Bedworth - Wayne Ruston

3.    Milton Keynes - Jonathon Mott

4.    Flixton - Matthew Ryan

5     Haslingden & Helmshore - Simon Cowan

6.    Shirebrook Miners' Welfare - Jim Henson


Second Section

1.   North Skelton -  Lewis Wilkinson

2.   Cockerton   -  Andy Hunter

3.   Besses o' th' Barn   -  Trevor Halliwell

4.   Royal Buckley Town - Keith Jones

5.   Besses Boys' -   James Holt


Third Section

1.  Whitworth Vale & Healey - Chris Binns

2.  Hawk Green (Marple)   -  Neil Hewson

3.  Stalybridge Old -  James Atkins

4.  Dinnington Colliery  - Lee Dunkerley


Fourth Section

1.  Rode Hall Silver - Nigel Butler

2.  Seindorf Beaumaris - Scott Lloyd

3.  St. John's Mossley - Paul Towle

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It is with great sadness that the NWABBA announce the death of John Ireland on Monday 8th May after a short stay in hospital.   John had not been well for a short while and could not attend the Regional Championships in February, an event he had worked at for many years.    Of course John was always at the side of his wife Margaret during her time as a Band Secretary and also at every event run by the NWABBA and in particular the Buxton Contest.    He was a gentleman who just got on with the job in hand.

John's funeral will be held on Tuesday 30th April at 1 p.m. at Stockport Crematorium.   Family flowers only, donations to Macmillan Cancer Care in lieu of flowers.  The NWABBA send sympathy to Margaret and their two sons Mark and Jeremy.

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It is with great sadness that the NWABBA Executive Committee report the death of Vice-Chairman Ken Watts on Friday 29th March.    He had been in hospital in Bury and then a nursing home near to Oldham, but only recently he had moved to a nursing home near to his family in Grantham, and that is where he passed away suddenly.

Ken had been a stalwart member of the Executive and was a former Treasurer and was always seen at every brass band contest proudly wearing his 50 year service medal.  He worked for many years at the Regional Championships in Blackpool and 2019 was the first one he was forced to miss in many years.   He was also President of the Milnrow Band and was very proud of their Championship Section status and achievement.

The sincere sympathy of the NWABBA and the Regional Committee has been sent to his family in Grantham.   Ken's funeral will take place at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday 2nd May at Grantham Crematorium and a reception will be held afterwards at The Stag, in Barkston-Le-Willows.    Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Milnrow Band.

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Fancy a Trip to Cheltenham!

The Rode Hall Band are delighted to have won a place in the Cheltenham Finals.
How do you fancy helping them in their search for success?
They are seeking the services of an experienced Kit Percussionist and a competent Euphonium player(2nd.)
The band's progressive attitude has seen them gain success during the current season.
They are based on the North Staffordshire/South Cheshire border.  They rehearse Thursday and Sunday Evenings.
Interested players can contact their MD Nigel Butler or Band Manager Steve Twemlow in complete confidence for further information.
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Grading Tables 2020

The official Grading Tables have now been uploaded to this site. Please go to  our 'Events'  drop down menu.
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North West Regional Brass Bands Championships
Information on the Regional Championships may be found on the Events Page

Congratulations to our member bands

Foden's (Russell Gray) - winners of the Championship Section for the Fourth Year running.
Bollington Brass (Peter Christian) - winners of the Second Section
Sale Brass (John Anderson) - Fourth Section Champions

Congratulations also to our runner up bands
Leyland Band and Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band who will join Foden's at the Albert Hall representing the North West
Boarshurst Silver will also represent the First Section at Cheltenham
With Besses Boys' Band and Farnworth and Walkden in the Second Section
Uppermill and Hawk Green will make up the Third Section trio
With a jubilant Rode Hall Silver making it to the finals for the first time in their 133 years, making up the Regions Fourth Section representing the North West Region  at Cheltenham

A full result sheet can be found on our Events drop down pages.

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North West Banders Help the Animals
Congratulations to our Chairman Richard Milton and the volunteers who represented our North West bands at very short notice, at the Channel Five's "Help the Animals" fund raiser on 21st. December 2018
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                     REGIONAL WEBSITE

The Regional website - - has ceased to exist and the NWABBA have kindly agreed that information about the North West Regional Championships in Blackpool can continue to be shown on the "Events" page under the dropdown heading North West Regional Championships.

The Regional Committee are grateful for this continued facility.   Please remember that the new email address for Richard Milton, Regional Secretary is

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Foden's Are the Champions 

Congratulations to the Foden's Band on becoming the Champion Band at the recent Albert Hall Finals.

This makes the North West Region the highest placed Region with three of the five section titles being taken by North West Bands.
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Peter Bates and Richard Milton

 North West Regional Brass Band Championships AGM

North West Regional Chairman Shirley Woodward expressed the sincere regrets of everyone in NW banding, as Peter Bates hung up his white trainers, retiring as Regional Secretary after twenty years of devoted service to that office.    Peter was presented with a special designed certificate, recording his much appreciate, dedicated service to North West banding.  Richard Milton was elected to take over as Regional Secretary.  Hopefully the trainers will not be put away for too long, as Peter was elected to the Regional Committee.
Richard's contact details can be found on our  'About Us' page.
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Water Band Want to Beat the Drought

Water Band would welcome any experienced players who would like to be part of a non-contesting, community band.  Why not come along to the bandroom at 1036-1038 Burnley Road East, Lumn in Water.
 You can have a look around the bandroom and if you wish, have a go on one of their bright, shiny, brass band instruments. Saturday 9.45 a.m. to Noon and Wednesday 7p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Further information or
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Please look in the drop-down heading - "Players Wanted" - for information about

requests sent to the NWABBA for bands and players wanted.

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Want to Communicate With Us?

You can use our email contact or we now have a link with the new brass band community site 

Just go to the website and sign in - look for the list of members - you will find the NWABBA listed - join our list of members.

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NWABBA Member Bands' Links

If you would like an email and/or your band website link put in our listing, please send the information into us by the 'CONTACT US' link

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50 years medal   


  Long Service Medal

Following requests from our member bands, the NWABBA have had a special medal struck to celebrate long service.

The medal is gold plated, with bars on which details of the service may be engraved.

Requests for the award may be made on behalf of NWABBA band members who have served for a minimum of 50 years.

A request form is available on our 'downloads' page or in your band's 'Band Administration Handbook'.

Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your request to be fulfilled..









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