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Giving back

One of the highlights of the year for us – as a voluntary group – is to be able to share some of the money we raise at Christmas with other local good causes that provide essential services in Royston.

IMG_9413Last week we were immensely proud to be able to present a cheque for £700 to Royston Day Centre which provides a friendly atmosphere where up to 25 older less able-bodied or housebound clients can meet and socialise each day. This will directly benefit the various groups who use the centre, including Royston Community Transport, Stroke Support and Speech Therapy, and Royston Homestart.

Sharon Redrup from Royston Day Centre said that the money would be put towards projects such as outings for clients and a new sound system. A fitting purpose! Perhaps they’ll play some band music on their new sound system! (Ed: or perhaps not!)

Our thanks goes out to everyone who supported the band over Christmas; you have made a difference to not just one, but two good causes!

If you’d like to hear more from the band we’d be delighted if you would join us for our next concert at the Parish Church on the 27th May at 7.30pm.

Dec 2016

It’s that time of year again that Royston Town Band are inviting townsfolk along to Royston Town Band Christmas 2016their annual Christmas concert at Royston Town Hall on Sunday 18th December at 7:00pm.

The concert has been a regular feature in the build up to Christmas for over 20 years. It has proven to be enduringly popular with audiences over that time giving them the chance to join in and sing a number of their favourite carols and also enjoy many much loved Christmas classic tunes. A visit from Father Christmas with his sack of goodies has also proven a delight for younger members of the audience.
The band will again be joined by ‘Singing Aloud’, a local choir, who will be performing a number of songs and helping with the traditional carols.
There will also be a raffle with Christmas Hampers to be won.
Do come along and support the Royston Town Band, ticket prices are £7 for adults and £3 for children, and are available in advance from Stationery Cupboard with any remaining available on the door.

Nov 2015Quiz6

Our Quiz night is back!
Hosted by quiz master extraordinare Chris Surridge, our award winning quiz night will task your grey matter to the limits. Swot up on your Mr Men, revise your periodic table, and learn the hits of the ’80s backwards. Saturday 21st November, Market Hill rooms, Royston. Be there or miss out!
£7 per head, teams of up to 8. Substantial nibbles included.

Oct 2015IMG_8681

Royston Town Band hosted the official opening of their new band room on the 18th October.  It was a really special day – started off by a few members of the band marching from the site of the old band room up to their new home in Tannery Drift.  There was plenty of time to catch up with new and old friends, and lots of thankyous for the band’s many supporters topped off with a few words from Sir Oliver Heald and Alison Balsom.  The band finished off the opening with a short concert, a slice of celebration cake, and a new group photo in front of the new bandroom.

Band Chairman Charmian Flowerday said “Rather than the end of the project, I really do see this as a new beginning for the band.  We are in the fortunate position to have a very talented musical director Steve Earley, a strong committee and a thriving membership.  We have recently started a development band for beginners and thanks to their leader Lisa King the group now has over 20 regular members.  We feel very passionately that music is a great way to bring people of all ages and situations together, and we hope that we can share that message with many more people over the coming months and years.

Sep 2015Twilight Concert

Royston Town Band will once again be taking part in the 2015 Royston Arts Festival which has the theme ‘Illumination’. On Saturday 19th September at 7pm as the sun goes down over Priory Memorial Gardens, we will be playing a special twilight concert. Bring along your friends, family, a hamper and some drinks. Spread out your picnic blanket, light a candle and enjoy a very British end to the summer

Dec 2014Christmas2014

Royston Town Band will once again be inviting townsfolk along to their annual Christmas concert at Royston Town Hall on Sunday 21st December at 7:00pm.
The concert has been a regular feature in the build up to Christmas for over 20 years. It has proven to be enduringly popular with audiences over that time giving them the chance to join in and sing a number of their favourite carols and also enjoy many much loved Christmas classic tunes. A visit from Father Christmas with his sack of goodies has also proven a delight for younger members of the audience.
The band will again be joined by ‘Singing Aloud’, a local choir, who will be performing a number of songs and helping with the traditional carols.
There will also be a raffle with Christmas Hampers to be won.
Do come along and support the Royston Town Band, ticket prices are £7 for adults and £3 for children, and are available in advance from Stationery Cupboard with any remaining available on the door.
The band will also be playing carols in the Town Centre on the weekends leading up to Christmas raising funds for their new band room.

Oct 2014150th Anniversary Concert

2014 sees the 150th anniversary of Royston Town Band. To celebrate we will be holding a celebratory 150th concert on Saturday October 11th at 7.30pm in Royston Parish Church. Entry is free.
The concert will feature selections of music through the time of Royston Town Band and there will be anecdotes aplenty and possibly some guest appearances. It promises to be a fun evening and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new to help celebrate our birthday! There will also be a collection for the bandroom fund.

May 2014InPerfectHarmony

2014 sees the 40th anniversary of Town Twinning between Royston and Grossalmerode, Germany. As part of the celebrations Royston Town Band will be hosting a visit from their friends the Grossalmerode Musikzug. Over the years there have been many exchange visits between the two bands and many close friendships have been established.
The Musikzug will be visiting Royston from 29th May to 2nd June and a busy programme of events is planned. The two bands will be playing together for an early afternoon concert, in the courtyard of the Old Bull Royston on Friday 30th May.
The main event of the weekend will be a spring concert ‘Perfect Harmony’ to be held in Barley Church on Saturday 31st May, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets for the evening will be available on the door priced at £8 for adults and £4 for children. Other highlights planned for the weekend visit are a visit to Cambridge, Greyhound racing at Peterborough and a Barbeque.

April 2014fence

On Good Friday, a small but dedicated team of members from the band broke first ground in the new bandroom project by erecting a fence at the end of Tannery Drift School playing fields where the new bandroom is to be built.
All were extremely enthusiastic and the fence was completed in a little over six hours with plenty of tea-breaks and a filling lunch (thanks to Sue Surridge!).
The band hope to be able to start the building of the bandroom in the next few months once the go ahead from Building Control is received.

January 2014signing

On Thursday 9th January Royston Town Band, one of the town’s oldest community groups, took one step closer to realising its plan to build a new band room at Tannery Drift School in Royston, and signed a long-term lease for the land with its owners, Hertfordshire County Council.
Royston’s mayor, Cllr Robert Smith, attended the band practice to carry out a ceremonial signing of the lease on behalf of the county council.
Owen Simons, from Royston Town Band, said: “The band is celebrating its 150th birthday this year and there can be no better start to it than to finally start building their new home which everyone has been working so hard to achieve. The band would like to thank townsfolk for all their support and generous donations over the last two years.”
The band has been searching for a new home since being evicted from the bandroom located in the car park of the Manor House Club, in Melbourn Street. This room had been the band’s home since 1961, but they were asked to leave when the building was sold to JD Wetherspoon to house its new pub.
Fundraising for the new practice room has been going on for two years, and Mr Simons added that the band is still on the look-out for sponsors via a scheme called Bandroom Benefactors. This sees benefactors pay £50 towards the cost of the band room, and in return will get a brass plaque in the new building complete with the engraving of their choice. He said: “If any individuals or businesses would still like to donate then they can visit the band’s website
http://www.roystontownband.org.uk/BandroomBenefactor.aspx for further details.”

April 2013LastBlast

The band held their final rehearsal in the bandroom on Thursday 11th April. With the electricity having already been cut off, the rehearsal took place under torchlight.
Band members past and present turned up to share memories and anecdotes about the 50+ years that the band had spent rehearsing there.
RTB Chairman Charmian Flowerday called it “the end of an era”.
She said: “It was nice to see old faces and enjoy a few drinks but it was sad because the band has spent the last 50 years rehearsing there.
The next few months will be challenging as we will be rehearsing in different temporary places such as local schools.
It will be the end of an era but the start of another.”