Band looks forward to new home

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THE current home of the award-winning Bilton Silver (Rugby) band will be demolished to make way for a new building costing around £300,000.

Its existing premises in Winwick Place is 50 years old and now considered unsuitable.

The new building will also be available for community use and provide improved facilities. The move is taking place in one of the band’s most success periods in its 188-year history.

Earlier this year the senior band qualified to represent the midlands at the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the second section where they were awarded eighth place out of the 101 bands that competed.

Band chairman Greg Little said: “To perform at the national finals, and to be building a new band room in the same year, is simply fantastic. We are all extremely proud of what has been achieved and are looking to build on this success for the future. To start 2012 with new and more suitable facilities marks the beginning of a new era and we are delighted that the wider community will also be able to share these benefits.“

Funding for the building is coming from several sources, including private donations, funds raised by the band at events, Rugby Borough Council and three organisations that award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund – The Veolia Environmental Trust, WREN and Biffaward.  

Mr Little added: “All at Bilton Silver Band wish to gratefully acknowledge those who have made valuable contributions.”