Boarshurst Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A sensational live performance from the resident band of The Mecca of Brass Banding

With Boarshurst Band Club playing host to many bands on a Sunday night (and some Saturday nights), the chances of seeing the house band are pretty rare. With the exception of its summer, Remembrance Sunday, and Christmas concerts, a bog-standard non-seasonal concert with Boarshurst Silver is a rarity.

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The Lord Tom Pendry Stand, Bower Fold.

(Still) A Grand Old Team to See: Fourteen Days Which Knackered The ‘Bridge

A relieved Stuart Vallantine looks back upon Stalybridge Celtic’s turbulent 2017 – 2018 season in his own inimitable way.

Two external forces have had an effect on my beloved team’s season in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. One has had a positive one; another one was a huge negative. The ‘R’ word featured in both of them; it is not the ‘R’ word you may be thinking of. Continue reading “(Still) A Grand Old Team to See: Fourteen Days Which Knackered The ‘Bridge”

Smooth Operators: Why 489 Bus Drivers Lead The Way In Safe Driving

Stagecoach Manchester bus drivers recognised for safe driving skills and fuel efficiency

Alongside punctuality and reliability, comfort tops the list of many a passenger’s experience on Britain’s most popular form of public transport. Seats are one factor, from back support to legroom. Another factor is the bus’ ride quality. Does it glide along the East Lancashire Road, or does a trip along Victoria Street feel like The Grand National?

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BMP (Europe) Goodshaw Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Alan Seymour’s return makes for a captivating concert

The last quarter of 2018 has been an eventful one in brass banding circles as well meteorological grounds. Since January, Boarshurst Silver Band have settled into life as a First Section band. The Beast From The East has also affected brass band concerts thanks to snowy weather and dangerous road conditions.

Whereas The Beast From The East dominated this winter’s headlines, a well established brass band began to make waves again. After getting a band together in a matter of weeks they finished in sixth place at the North West Regional Championships’ Fourth Section competition. Their Musical Director joined the band in December 2017, after moving from Sale Brass. No prizes for guessing whom.
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Hammonds Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (21 April 2018)

Another stunning concert from Hammonds Band

On the 21 April, Boarshurst Silver Band began the first of a series of Saturday night concerts. Alongside the regular programme of Sunday night concerts, the Saturday night gigs will showcase Championship Section bands and ensembles.
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Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Spring 2018)

A super springtime sojourn for Sale Brass’ April concert 

Sale Brass’ return to Boarshurst Band Club saw a spectacular springtime sojourn. The Cheshire band – runners-up in the Fourth Section North West Regional Championships – gave us a lively programme. One that included a number of forgotten pieces and a one-hit wonder from 1980.

After Alan Seymour left Sale Brass Band for BMP Europe Goodshaw Brass Band, Sale Brass found a good replacement. Cue one-time trombonist for Eccles Borough Band, John Anderson. Shortly after his arrival in December 2017, Sale Brass clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness.
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Introducing the Saddleworth Rambler: Nexus Move’s New 356 Service

A look at Saddleworth’s exciting new shuttle service

On Monday 09 April 2018, Andy Buckley and David Littlewood opened another chapter in the history of Saddleworth bus operation. From the turning circle in Denshaw, David Littlewood was Nexus Move’s first passenger aboard the new 356 service to Uppermill and Greenfield. He was chauffeured to his destination by Andy Buckley in a silver 67-reg Volkswagen minibus.
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Stalybridge Old Band: A Sunday Brass Special at the Boarshurst Band Club

A memorable concert with a rare guest appearance from Steven Booth

In a packed Boarshurst Band Club, last night’s concert with Stalybridge Old Band was well and truly a night to remember. As with last August’s concert, David Ashworth’s band gave us a well thought out programme. There was plenty of traditional brass band favourites as well as a side serving of early Fleetwood Mac.

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Retail Comings and Goings in Tameside, April 2018: The Ashton Review of Shops

April’s window on the shop windows

Hyde, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Oldham
In about ten years time from Smabs Sputzer’s [2012] image, this scene will change dramatically. Since then, the TAC building has been demolished with its replacement due to be finished by the end of this year. Plus you can see Ashton’s IKEA store from the International Space Station.
  • Mettricks to leave Stalybridge;
  • State of local economy inspires aspirant councillors;
  • Claire’s Accessories, Bargain Booze and Select Fashion in trouble;
  • Prince of Orange’s transformation completed;
  • All the usual comings and goings in the Tameside area.

We hope you have had a Happy Easter. Hopefully, whilst you are reading this, you would have polished off your chocolate eggs, ate the last slice of Simnel Cake, or seen the Manchester Derby fixture.

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Friezland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Easter Day 2018)

A joyous mixture of something old and something new from Max Stannard’s band

On Easter Sunday 2018, Friezland Band gave us all a wonderful concert at The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club®. Max Stannard’s second visit to Boarshurst was as well received as his debut in March 2017. As with last year’s concert he had a penchant for themes which made for an accessible programme.
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