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Yorkshire Imperial Scoop Championship Title

Yorkshire Imperial led the way at a record breaking Bolsover Festival of Brass as they took the Championship honours title, with section titles going to Elland, Stannington, Crofton, Swinton & District and Carlton Brass Training.

A record breaking worldwide audience tuned in to enjoy the brass band entertainment at the Bolsover Festival of Brass on the weekend. Yorkshire Imperial Band in action

Early feedback shows that around 14,500 unique users took the opportunity to link up with the partnership production at the Heritage High School in Clowne hosted by Bolsover District Council, broadcast by the First Art organisation and supported by Arts Council England through their Creative People and Places Funding.

The six-section festival lived up to all expectations and broke records with over 45 bands taking part, 2,000+ musicians participating and thousands more watching in the audience and via the live web broadcast.

In what was a marathon day lasting nearly 12-hours the competition consisted of six sections –Unregistered, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and Championship Sections – with an amazing 45 bands taking part, with each one having to perform a twenty-minute concert programme, which included a stand up soloist (un-registered section performed for 15 minutes).

The 13 hours of live broadcasting started at 8.30am, eventually reaching 23 countries across the world — including USA, Vietnam, Singapore, Poland, Italy, Australia, Norway, New Zealand, France, Spain, as well as over 220 towns and cities within the UK.

There was also a great response to the social media interaction with a steady flow of twitter and Facebook messages from all corners of the globe.

In addition, residents and brass band supporters in the local area enjoyed the fringe events put in place at the Diamond Centre in Kirby in Ashfield and Shirland Miners Welfare, whilst residents at Stonelow Court in Dronfield had brass band music making piped directly to their sheltered housing complex.

Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, "We had more bands taking part, more people attending and more people watching the live stream than ever before - so all in all, it was an amazing day, packed full of entertainment. Every band did extremely well with some amazing soloist performances that had us all in awe of their talents.

“It’s great to give the opportunity to these talented musicians to reach such a wide audience, and we are very proud to promote the event across Bolsover District.”

Martyn from Yorkshire Railway Institute Band said, “On behalf of York RI Band I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the contest. The venue was excellent and all arrangements ran smoothly. Thank you for making it such a good experience.”

The full results from the contest can be viewed on our Festival of Brass page.

Youngsters given job hope through training scheme

Young people across Bolsover District finding it difficult to secure a job are being given the chance improve their skills and knowledge, by joining our Trainee and Apprenticeship scheme.

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The scheme, supported by Babbington Group, paves the way for young people to gain full-time employment, future study or training.

The 20-week scheme, aimed at 16-19 year olds who live in Bolsover District, will help improve their skills and increase their chance of gaining an apprenticeship by achieving qualifications in functional skills, Maths and English, whilst also giving them experience in a working environment.

Financial support to assist young people with their expenses may be available. We are providing traineeship schemes in a variety of roles including leisure, ICT, business admin, customer services, grounds maintenance and refuse.

Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We are acutely aware of the challenges facing young people in finding jobs when they leave school and further education. That’s why we provide these schemes to give them all the help and assistance possible.

“Our aim is to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to get a job, which in turn will ultimately deliver the workforce of the future and contribute to our local economy. I would urge any young person to contact us as this is an excellent opportunity for them to get on the first rung of the employment ladder.”

William Bend who applied for the course and is now one of the leisure apprentices said, “I started at the Council as a trainee and this gave me the confidence to apply for an apprenticeship and I'm now working towards my NVQ. The staff are really supportive, I'm earning a wage and learning at the same time in job that I really enjoy.”

If you or you know someone who would like to join the scheme please contact Helen Parsons on 07973 978211.

Date issued: 27 September 2016

Grab your tickets for unique Black Dyke Band concert

The Black Dyke Band is set to perform in a unique concert at Shirebrook this October and brass band lovers are urged to grab tickets before they sell out.
The concert will celebrate the history, as well as the modern-day importance of child’s play via the première of a film with musical soundtrack entitled Child’s Play, as part of a multi-partnership.

Black Dyke, led by Nicholas Childs will be joined by Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band, Shirebrook Academy Band, a host of local primary school choirs and narrator, Frank Renton - presenter of BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band as they perform at Shirebrook Academy School on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 7pm.

Led by Bolsover District Council in conjunction with Shirebrook Town Council, this unique concert will feature music for all the family - from films such as 'Star Wars' and 'Mission Impossible' to their special 'Black Dyke Spooktacular', 'Sister Act', 'West Side Story', 'Gone with the Wind' and '633 Squadron'.

The concert will mark the culmination of ten-month project funded by Arts Council England through Grants for Arts, Bolsover District Council, Shirebrook Town Council and First Art and can be listened to on the night via a live internet broadcast

The project has already seen composer, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, working with pupils from Shirebrook Academy on the brass band and choral soundtrack for a 16-minute film, involving exploring a family friendly time-line history of many well-known and local nursery rhymes and games, from the Victorian era to the present time.

It is hoped that the composition and film will not only inspire other communities, but also become part of brass banding repertoire and local children will benefit from a newly constructed play area.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and are already going fast - so please make sure you get in touch with our ticket hotline on 01246 242424 or Shirebrook Leisure Centre on 01623 748313.


Date issued: 21 September 2016

First B@Home Properties Complete

Back in December 2015 the first sod was cut at Rogers Avenue, Creswell which signified the start of the first phase of our B@Home partnership.

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Seven properties on the former garage site on Rodgers Avenue in Creswell are now complete as part our partnership with Woodhead Living and EEM, which will see an anticipated 150 new council homes in the next four years.

The new properties, which are all modern and energy efficient, are already being enjoyed by their new occupants.

Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We are truly delighted with the first set of completed homes in our B@Home project. It takes us a step closer towards our goal of meeting housing demand.

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“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Woodhead Living. so we can provide many more high quality homes for our residents over the coming years."

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Our aim is to provide homes that are both affordable and desirable and we believe we have achieved this with our first set of B@Home properties.

Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Woodhead Living said: “This is a progressive and positive partnership that will raise the standards of affordable housing and deliver local skills and employment opportunities. On this project alone we have engaged with 309 students, created 5 work experience opportunities and held 23 training events.”

Pete Smith, Chief Executive at EEM Ltd said: “When we work with our members and contractors on building frameworks such as this, it’s key we look at the wider benefits to the local community. This four year partnership is still in its first year, but the outcomes already for local people are clear. We’re delighted to be a part of this programme and I look forward to watching its every success as work progresses.”


Date issued: 13 September 2016

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