Radstock Co-operative Society members voted to support Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band and Frome YMCA as their two chosen charities for the year at the Annual General Meeting on 14th June 2017.
Every year, the Society offers members who attend the AGM the opportunity to vote on the causes or community projects they would like the Society to support for the year.
Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band was formed in 1980 by Angela Lowe using instruments from the old Radstock Silver Band, money held in trust by the former Midsomer Norton Band and grants from the local council. The first meeting attracted just fourteen members. Since then, the band has grown both in terms of its size and in its musical talent and reputation. This year, having been awarded third place at the West of England National Brass Band Third Section qualifier at Torquay on Sunday 12th March 2017, they earned the right to compete at the National Brass Band Championship finals for the second successive year at Cheltenham in September. Success on the contest stage has also seen the band rewarded with promotion to the 2nd Section nationally for the first time in the band’s history.
The Band is always looking for new members and draws interest from wide-ranging age groups from students to retirees. It aims to bring people from the local community together through the medium of music and provides a rewarding and encouraging environment for individuals to develop their music talent and at the same time enjoying the social element which being part of a team brings.
Trevor Curtis, the band’s chairperson said, “We are delighted to be supported by the Radstock Co-operative Society this year and are extremely grateful for their generous donation of £1,100. Instruments are extremely expensive and even the smaller beginners instruments can cost several hundred pounds. This donation is also very welcome at a time when concert fees from the local councils are diminishing. We look forward to working with Radstock Co-op to enhance awareness of our band and its benefits in the local community”.
A spokesperson for the Society said, “This is an example of a group of individuals coming together as a consequence of the foresight, commitment and determination of a passionate leader to form a community band. We look forward to supporting the Midsomer Norton and Radstock band during the year and joining in the celebration of their success both in terms of their competition performance and their community involvement.”