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Paul Brown
Paul Brown
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Chris Eyre
Chris Eyre
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Theresa Brown
Theresa Brown
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Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thomson

Ken Thacker
Ken Thacker
Tel: 01925 813679
Mob: 07791 169924


The funeral for Drum Major Lindsay Morton-Bree was held at Dewsbury Crematorium on Thursday 12th February. Many of you in the pipe band community will have known Lindsay and held him in high regard.


Branch Events 2015

Trio Piping Competition
Following on from the email I sent out last week I now sadly have to announce that our Trio Piping competition for 2015 has been cancelled.

The Fates have been against us on this occasion. Moving an event like this at such short notice is a risky thing to attempt but on this occasion we had no choice. It depended on several factors coming together and unfortunately this time it didnít happen.

On a brighter note, the change in the rules we announced earlier in the year for the Minibands and Quartet competitions means that every band has the opportunity this year to play in both competitions in the same grade. This may at least partly compensate for the loss of the Trio Piping contest.

Chris Eyre Contest Secretary

Solo Piping and Drumming Competitions: 21st/22nd February 2015
On Saturday the Solo Piping will start at 11am with the 6/8 and 2/4 March events. There will be a break for lunch about 1pm. The afternoon session will include the A Grade and B Grade MSR and Hornpipe/Jig. We should be finished between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
On Sunday the Solo Side Drumming will begin at 10am. Lunch will be about 1pm. The Solo Tenor Drumming will start about 2pm. Estimated finish time: 3.30pm-4pm.

Drumming Workshop: 14th/15th February 2015
This was a very successful event. Many thanks to Eric and Lynn Ward for the individual attention they gave to everyone throughout the weekend.
Some interesting statistics: On Saturday we had 23 drummers; 5 from Wirral, 2 from Phoenix, 2 from Warrington, 5 from Oldham Scottish, 3 from Birmingham Irish and 6 from RAF Waddington (ie. 14 from 4 branch bands and 9 from 2 bands outside the branch: 15 sides and 8 tenors).
On Sunday we had 9 drummers; 7 from 4 branch bands and 2 from 2 bands outside the branch.

All the entry forms for our 2015 indoor branch contests are now available on the entry form page.

Open Solo Piping competition: Sat 21st Feb 2015. Polish Catholic Club, Oldham.

Open Solo Drumming Competition: Sun 22nd Feb 2015. Polish Catholic Club, Oldham.

Open Trio Piping Competition: Sun 22nd March 2015. Polish Catholic Club, Oldham. CANCELLED

Open Quartet Piping, Minibands, Drum Salute competitions: St Joseph's School, Birkenhead. Sun 12th April 2015. NB: CHANGE OF DATE

NB: CHANGE OF RULE. Bands may now enter both the Minibands and the Quartet Piping in any grade.

Drum Majors' Workshop: Sat 18th and/or Sun 19th April 2015. Padgate Community Centre, Warrington. Instructor: TBC.

Next Branch meeting: Sunday 29th March
Venue: Padgate Community Centre, Station Road South, Padgate, Warrington WA2 OQS.
Start time: 1.00pm.
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After several successful years of service, Pipe Major Johnny Watson has decided to step down as Pipe Major of the band to pursue his career and social interests, though he will remain a member of the band.

The band is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced person to take up the role of Pipe Major.

The Pipe Band was formed in the early 1960's along with the Military Band. Both Bands developed steadily over the years and throughout the eighties and nineties the Pipe Band was playing all over Britain and Europe and was very successful in competitions. The Band receives the full support of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Sports and Social Club including free use of excellent practice facilities and transport for engagements.

Practices are held at Headquarters Training Centre, Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire BD11 2DY. (Junction of the A58 and A651). The Band currently practices on Monday evenings, between 7.30pm and 10.00pm.

The Band is registered with the RSPBA and is keen to enter both indoor and outdoor competitions and will welcome any experienced players though tuition is also given. The Band currently competes in Grade 4.

The Band is engaged to play for a wide variety of engagements all year round and also performs at concerts together with the Military Band. The Band plays mainly in Daywear and has No.1 Uniform and wears the Ancient Red Ramsay tartan.

If you feel you would like to take up this position further information can be obtained by contacting one of the following:

Jonny Watson Tel: 07403 967900 or jonathan.watson23@yahoo.co.uk
Secretary: Gordon Laycock Tel: 0113 285 4722 or gordon.laycock@btinternet.com
Alan Harrison: 0787 679 0430 or alan.harrison26@talktalk.net

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