Supporting Water Village Band's Bandroom Upgrade

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Supporting Water Village Band's Bandroom Upgrade

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Project by Tim Nuttall

We did it
On 22nd December 2020 we successfully raised £2,520 ( + est. £572.50 Gift Aid ) with 66 supporters in 35 days

Our bandroom has been in its current building for over 40 years. We have exciting plans to upgrade and make it available for community use.

Water Village Band is proud to be part of this national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to help the many UK brass bands through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help. 

Water Village Band has been a part of the villages of Water and Lumb, and the wider Rossendale Valley, for over 150 years, bringing music, enjoyment and fun to the community.

Our current bandroom was last updated in the 1970s and we want to modernise it to make the room more welcoming and improve its energy efficiency, saving us money as well as helping to save the planet. These improvements also mean that we can open up The Bandroom as an extra community facility in the villages of Water and Lumb.

Why are we crowdfunding?

We started this project a year ago by applying for a grant from The Lancashire Environmental Fund. Now we’ve received the great news that we've been awarded funding, but we will still have to provide £10,000 towards the cost of the work, and this will almost empty our bank account.

In normal times we would have made up this amount of money over a year of paid engagements and fundraising over the Christmas season. But, because of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, the band has not raised any money from our usual sources this year. Our playing and fundraising usually starts around Easter, so we have a long gap until we can hit the road again, even if COVID restrictions are lifted soon.

Your donations will be used to:

  • contribute towards insulating the bandroom.
  • upgrade the heating and lighting with energy efficient systems.
  • replace our windows and external doors with A-grade energy efficient products.

This also means that we can offer The Bandroom space as two meeting rooms for use by the residents of the local area, helping give something back to our loyal community as well as raising income to meet future running costs.

Most of all we want to connect with our audience, so choose a Reward from the list on the right and enjoy some quality Water Village Band Rewards!

What happens if our grant doesn't come through? In that case we would use donations from this appeal to start the refurbishment work on a smaller scale.

About Water Village Band

Water Village Band is one of five 'village' brass bands in Rossendale. We started out in 1866 and have been a true village band ever since, without sponsors or ties to commercial companies. This is one reason why we have survived.

The membership is a diverse group of people ranging in age from eight to 85, long-term musicians and beginners. The players give up their own time for engagements and the twice weekly rehearsals.

We play at galas, church and village fetes, Christmas Lights switch-ons, and commercial events. December is our busiest time, playing at Christmas carol concerts and church services, playing in the village - even on Christmas Day -  and bringing festive cheer to local supermarkets. Sadly, it looks as though none of this can happen this year, but we do have some ideas on how to bring some of that cheer to the local area.

Rewards

Take a look at our 'rewards' on the right of this page and consider booking a small group (maybe four or six players) of Water Banders to play outside your house or workplace, or as a special Christmas gift at someone else's house. Or we can send you a specially recorded carol for you to play by your own Christmas fireside whenever you want cheering up.

However you choose to support us, we are grateful that you have read our Crowdfunder page - please pass it on and help spread the word for us - and we thank you in advance for your donation. We wish you a Happy Christmas and let's hope that we can all meet again in our refurbished bandroom, and in happier circumstances, in 2021.

Thankyou from Water Village Band.

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About Save Our Brass Bands

Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.

But we risk losing this forever.

Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.

Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.

#SaveOurBrassBands

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thankyou! And Walking In The Air.

As a thankyou for your donation the Band will produce a Thankyou Scroll of donors' names to be displayed in The Bandroom. We'll also email you a special Water Village Band Lockdown Version of 'Walking In The Air' to make you feel special at Christmas.

£5 or more

Water Village Band Christmas cards

Exclusive design based on the Band playing in the village on Christmas Day 2019 (see photo on left of page). Size A5, full colour. Pack of 10 for £5 including envelopes. Postage within UK only. For more than one pack simply keep pressing the Reward button! Don't forget to include your address. If you've already bought your cards this year, why not buy early for 2021?

£10 or more

Water Village Band facemask

We all need a facemask these days, so stand out by wearing one bearing the Water Village Band logo in blue and white. Made from washable neoprene with elasticated loops. And when you're asked what it shows you can tell people all about your support for Water Village Band.

£10 or more

9 of 100 claimed

125th Anniversary Bundle

Here's one for nostalgia fans. In 1991 the Band made a cassette recording. We've recently had it digitally remastered. For £10 you can receive it on CD, USB, or a digital copy sent to your computer. You'll also receive the 1991 book about the history of Water Band.

£25 or more

Christmas Carols On Your Doorstep.

We won't be 'carolling in the streets' this year, but you can book a quartet to play up to three carols outside your front door on a day and time of your choice up to December 23rd (see Reward below for 24th & 25th). Why not join with your neighbours for this Reward? Within 10 miles of Water and subject to COVID regulations on the day you've chosen. If we can't fulfil the reward we'll refund your payment or offer an alternative Reward.

£25 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Taster Session

Thought of joining a band but always been too shy to ask? We take beginners of all ages over seven, so for £25 we'll give you the chance to try an instrument and then join a small group rehearsal which we'll record for you to keep. We'll even send you home with a cupcake. With luck you'll find that we're a friendly bunch and you'll want to join us. Also an excellent Christmas present for someone you love! (Reward will be taken up post COVID-19).

£25 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Happy Birthday!

Similar to our Christmas Carols On Your Doorstep Reward. Book a small section of Water Banders to play Happy Birthday outside your house - or someone else's. Available over the next 12 months. If we can't arrive in person we'll send a virtual version via the internet on the day itself.

£50 or more

4 of 20 claimed

Christmas Eve/Day Carols On Your Doorstep

Book a small group to play up to three carols outside your front door on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Why not join with your neighbours for this Reward? Available within 10 miles of Water, and subject to COVID-19 regulations in force at Christmas. If we can't fulfil the reward we can refund your payment or offer an alternative Reward.

£100 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Book A Summer Event

Book a small ensemble of Water Village Banders to play at your event, or just in your back garden. We'll play a selection of suitable tunes for an hour. Reward available between March and September. Subject to dates and times being available and COVID-19 regulations in force at the time.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Book The Whole Band

If you want a brass band for your corporate event or special celebration, you can book our full band to play two 45 minute sessions. Available once COVID-19 Regulations allow during 2021. Subject to date availability.

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