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Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band, 26 January 2020: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Accessible programme and four fabulous solos make for another delightful concert

The second concert of Boarshurst Band Club’s 2020 season of Sunday Brass Nights was another joy to behold after Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Brass Band’s performance. Throughout each concert, one of the world’s oldest brass bands have never failed to entertain nor captivate the audience. Last night’s soiree at the Brass Banding Home of Legends was no exception.

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Roberts Bakery Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 15 December 2019

A tasty programme by Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s band

A baker’s dozen of pieces made for a most entertaining concert for Roberts Bakery Band. With all but one piece being Christmas themed, there was everything in the Cheshire band’s festive hamper to suit all tastes. For Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s band, this was the band’s final concert of 2019.

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D&G Bus Sold to Centrebus

David Reeves sells Staffordshire and Cheshire based operator to Julian Peddle’s company

In the space of 21 years, D&G has grown from being a small independent company to a significant player in the Cheshire and Staffordshire bus scene. Yesterday, its Managing Director and major shareholder agreed to sell his shares to Julian Peddle’s Centrebus Group, with the deal completed this month.

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Macclesfield Heritage Centre image by Mike In Macc, 2013.

Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (15 September 2019)

Another warm reception and enjoyable night from Tony Wyatt and Co.

For some brass bands, the middle of September means the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain finals in Cheltenham. Last weekend’s National Finals saw great success for Boarshurst Silver Band (3rd in the First Section final) and the Uppermill Band (Third Section title winners). After six hours and forty minutes on a coach to and from Cheltenham, and seeing several bands at The Centaur, seeing another band would have made you a glutton for punishment.

Whether you took the M5 motorway to Gloucestershire and/or the 350 bus to Greenfield, Silk Brass gave us all a superb concert. A neatly balanced, highly entertaining programme with four memorable solos. After hearing Philip Sparke’s Endeavour up to sixteen times (or Stephen Bulla’s Beecher Variations earlier) there was nothing too heavy going. Light, yet meaty. A perfect concert for anyone who wanted something light-hearted with real substance.

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Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 23 September 2018

Tony Wyatt and Co deliver another astounding concert

With only a week to go till they enter the Bolsover Entertainment Contest, Silk Brass gave us all another great show. As with last year’s concert (exactly a year to the day at the time of writing), another well-bodied programme. Though lighter than last year’s concert, it wasn’t lightweight to a point where the audience’s intelligence was insulted.

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Green Triangle Joins the Rotala Club

Lancashire operator joins bus owning group

South Lancs Travel, Optare Tempo, T100 SLT
Seen at Moor Lane Bus Station, Bolton, South Lancs Travel Optare Tempo loading at Stand B on the 574 service to Middlebrook. Photograph by Danny’s Bus Photos (Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved)

 

Another chapter in the history of South Lancs Travel was written today as Green Triangle Buses changed ownership for the second time in three years. Continue reading “Green Triangle Joins the Rotala Club”

Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House

Stagecoach Manchester employees scale new heights in Macclesfield beauty spot

Rather you than me, and I can speak from experience having done Tegg's Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather.
Rather you than me; I can speak from experience having done Tegg’s Nose in (seemingly always) inclement weather, at the age of eight. Seen here is the Stagecoach Manchester team who have scaled the three Cheshire peaks. Including Tegg’s Nose of course, which I have been to a few times with the Ewing School. (Photograph © 2015 Tangerine PR Ltd)

Francis House Children’s Hospice, has seen sponsorship climb thanks to a Cheshire Three Peaks walk, completed by staff and drivers from Stagecoach Manchester. Two teams raised over £1,000 for the leading local bus company’s charity of the year, from across Stagecoach Manchester’s five depots.  Continue reading “Three Peaks for a Grand: Cheshire Climb Creates Windfall for Francis House”

Bus Route Wonders of Greater Manchester #7: 130, Manchester – East Didsbury – Macclesfield

The Seventh and final one of East of the M60’s Seven Bus Route Wonders of the Greater Manchester area

Optare Versa, GHA Coaches MX58 KZE, Oxford Road, Manchester
Since January 2013, the Sunday and Bank Holiday service has been taken over by Vale of Llangollen/GHA Coaches’ Cheshire operations.

Our final entry is another cross-boundary route, this time one between Greater Manchester and Cheshire. At one time, it was a limited stop route with an express section between East Didsbury and Manchester. Continue reading “Bus Route Wonders of Greater Manchester #7: 130, Manchester – East Didsbury – Macclesfield”