April Spotlight

Rehearsal venues

As part of our Brass Roots history project we are putting together a timeline of places in Royston where the band has rehearsed.

We have good records for the current bandroom and the bandroom that used to stand behind the Manor House, but wondered if any of you have photos or information of where the band practiced before that?

Places we know of are… one of C Hinkins’ premises, a room above CT Cooper and Sons’ shop, the auctioneers at the top of fish hill, an estate agent at market hill, the old fire station, the priory park cafe.

Here is a great letter from the archive giving the band notice on Coopers’ rooms because we were being too rowdy after rehearsals!

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December Spotlight

A new photo for the archive from Adele. We had a great chat about this one in the pub and have most of the names, except Alec Alexander’s son – any ideas?

We think this is mid 1980s taken at the Watford regional contest.

From the top left…

Len Coote, ? Alexander, Adrian Sillence, Graham Smith, Hugh Jones, Brian Edwards, Tony Crouch, Graham Farnham, Andy Ball, Alec Alexander, John Doughton, Roger Simons, Slim, Peter Wellington, Jonathan Crouch, Nigel Butler, Franklyn Drake, Eric Baker,

Robert Cooper, Raymond Woods, Judy Smith, Stephen Bunting, Avril Reeves, Siobhan Walker, John Butler, Haulewen Jones, Adele Baker

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November Spotlight – Competition to name our mascot!

After a bit of a break, we’re back on the Brass Roots Trail…

The band were busy over the Royston Arts Festival weekend and during our Brass Roots coffee morning we were reunited with some old friends.

Maureen and Nigel Butler popped by and donated the band’s mascot to the Brass Roots project. Maureen made the bear and its uniform for the band in the 80s and he accompanied us on stage and behind the scenes for a number of years. After being injured in action the bear was repaired and retired to a peaceful life at Maureen’s house, but now he is back!

Do you remember the band’s mascot? Do you have any photos of him in action that you can share?

As part of our Brass Roots project we are running a competition to name the mascot, which we will announce at our annual Christmas Town Hall concert.

To take part, email your name suggestion to charmianflowerday@hotmail.co.uk or go to the band’s Facebook page. To find out if your name has been picked, come along to enjoy a programme of festive music and sing along carols at the Town Hall on Sunday 16th December at 7pm.

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