Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!

East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass…

‘Busy Bus’ App to Help With Journey Planning

Stagecoach Greater Manchester introduces new app to ensure safe social distancing Data and artificial intelligence to help with social distancing; Traffic light indicator enables passengers to consider alternative, quieter routes. The Stagecoach Group is launching a new smartphone “Busy Bus” indicator app. This will help customers plan their journeys as service frequencies increase across the…

Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, 19 April 2020

A look at the more lasting changes that will affect Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers Though Oldham and Saddleworth passengers weren’t as badly affected by MCT Travel’s demise as those in Tameside, there are still a few significant changes. At the sharpest end of these changes will be Royton passengers, particularly with the 402 and…

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, 19 April 2020

The latest, more permanent (?) service charges in Tameside and Glossop Demise of MCT Travel operations sees Stagecoach gains; Withdrawal of 387 route sees severance of north-south connections with Stalybridge – and direct route with Hattersley; Super-size 356 given go-ahead. With the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be forgiven for thinking “Not again” with timetable changes…

In Vision: The Ultimate Sunday Brass Night at Boarshurst Band Club

A Greatest Hits compilation of the best performances In times of tragedy, it is music that matters. It can soothe the savage beast and make us happy for the best part of two minutes or two hours. With the Coronavirus situation, it has meant the cancellation of various concerts and music festivals. Even Whit Friday,…

Mass Brass IV: The Review (Uppermill Civic Hall, 07 March 2020)

120+ reasons why Mass Brass IV delivered and entertained its audience Last Saturday (07 March), over 120 brass band players, plus families and spectators descended on Uppermill Civic Hall for what was Saddleworth’s biggest night in the brass banding calendar. Like previous Mass Brass nights, the four bands gave us yet another great concert.

Stockport Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 08 March 2020

Joyous Boarshurst return for Jim Hunter and Co. makes for another captivating programme With the live and streamed audience marked safe from stultifying Sunday night entertainment and rolling news, Stockport Silver Band returned to Boarshurst Band Club with another fantastic concert. A year into their tenure at Kimberley Street Day Centre, Shaw Heath, last night’s…

Mass Brass IV: Saddleworth’s Brass Banding Bonanza Goes Forth

May the fourth Mass Brass be with you on Saturday Once upon a time, in a part of Saddleworth far far away, an enterprising brass band hit upon the idea of a concert featuring themselves and three other brass bands. Three others from the Saddleworth area, from Junction 22 of the M62 right down to…

An Absolute Beginners’ Architectural Guide to Oldham Cotton Mills

A potted guide for beginners about a dwindling part of Oldham’s landscape Ever since my formative years, the cotton mills in Oldham and Tameside have been a source of fascination for me. What piqued my interest was the sheer size of the buildings. Also how the early cotton mill architects predated Mies van der Rohr…

Countdown to the North West Regional Championships

The road to success at regional level, and ultimately national level at Boarshurst Band Club With only days to go till the North West Regional Championships, 78 bands across the region treated live audiences and adjudicators to a sneak preview of their test piece. At various school halls and band clubs, the preview evenings and…