Friday, 16 January 2015


The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band Club regrettably ceased trading on Monday January 5th at close of business. The club thanks all its, staff, user groups and members for their support. At the EGM( general meeting), on 27th December at 11am the members who attended voted unanimously for the dissolution of the club.
The club's lounge will be open to take 2015 memberships as follows:

Monday 19th January 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 24th January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 25th January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 29th January 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 31st January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The bar, function room and games room will not be open. Please note that only those who have renewed their membership for 2015 will be eligible to share in the clubs remaining assets once the dissolution process has been completed. Those who did not renew for 2014 are no longer members of the club (Rules 4c and 5a) and may not now apply to become members again. Life members must also renew their membership for 2015.The membership rates are £5 (members) and £2.50 (life members)
The club's premises are to be sold at public auction in March by Wallace Jones of 27 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 1LU, to whom all enquiries should be made.
The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band was formed in 1906 as a result of severance from the local Temperance Society. At the height of its success, it reached the Brass Band Second Section. In recent times, the band has regained some of its former glories under its current Musical Director, Sharon Stansfield. In 2006, the band's centenary year, the band won the Midland Area Regional Championships, the band's first contest win since 1966. This secured them promotion back to the Second Section, and an invitation to the National Championships of Great Britain. The band also won this contest, providing their best contest result since 1927, and also making Sharon Stansfield the first female conductor to win the National Finals in the Third Section.
Talking about the recent events Sharon said:
"As most of you are already aware, despite all of our efforts to save the club, particularly over the last eight years, our club (founded in December 1920, with the premises being purchased in 1928) closed on Monday 5th January. Thank you for all your support and kind messages during this difficult time. However, whilst our club will shortly be no more, our band will continue to grow from strength to strength in our new premises in the Derby Road Trade Centre in Sandiacre, with our new landlord, and former band member, Pete Dawson, who has generously found us new premises at short notice. The training bands first rehearsal in our new premises took place on Monday 5th January and our first full rehearsal was on Wednesday 7th.
Leaving the club after all these years is going to be a wrench, and we will miss the downstairs bar and the concert facility in particular. However, we will have an even bigger band room; our beginners group will have their own room for the first time; we will have other rooms to house our library and equipment; and we will be able to socialise after rehearsal just as before. We also hope that the Erewash Film Society will be joining us.
Thank you for all your hard work, in what was an exceptionally busy Christmas season for us, particularly for those who play in the senior and training bands. Well done particularly to the beginners group, who performed at both the carol concert and annual Christmas concert; this being the first time that all three sections of the band have performed at the same concert! Onwards and upwards!
Come on you Reds! "