Fundraising began in earnest in November 2018 with the auction of the flag. Since then we have organised many different activities including Armed Forces Weekend with 40 live bands, stalls, a march and ceremony at Pudsey cenotaph.
We spent a weekend selling models and jeweller made by Darren & Rachel at Saltaire makers fayre . We have also attended a few more similar events at various craft fairs throughout West Yorkshire. For a short time we had a permanent stall at a craft centre near Kendle.
We have organised a couple of raffles and auctions of regimental memorabilia.
For Armed Forces weekend we hosted a huge event. We began with a parade at the Cenotaph with Fusilier Lee Rigby’s family in attendance. Following the parade we marched to The Royal Hotel Pudsey which was the location of the event. Some 60 people marched including Pudsey Police and Fire brigade personnel, a number of veterans and it was headed by 2387 Pudsey Air Cadets Band.
At the Royal we installed a trailer and converted it into a stage. We also built a stage inside the pub and this enabled us to host 40 acts throughout the weekend. Band after band played to the 1500 visitors that we had that weekend. We had 20 stalls selling all manner of items. In attendance were Lee Rigby’s parents, MP Stuart Andrew the Royal British Legion and local councillors and dignitaries.
In September 2019
Anchor Big Band took part in a 1940’s concert at Pudsey Civic Hall. Playing to over 100 people, many in period dress. The evening raised just under £1000.
Here are some photos of a fantastic night.
With Christmas just around the corner Darren took advantage of his skills and did some busking. He played in various places including Pudsey & Horsforth branches of Morrisons, Pudsey Bus station and both Pudsey & Farsley festive markets managing to raise a little over £1100, all whilst Rachel tirelessly shook buckets and sang along. Thanks to all our helpers including Mark who came along to Farsley and Pudsey to duet.
The last image is a short video for you to enjoy
Closing the year at £9505
Unfortunately 2020 has been almost lost to the dreadful Covid 19 virus.
All our events have been abandoned or cancelled. Including our 1940’s, 1960’s nights. 4 bookings at Care homes, 3 craft fairs and busking at Christmas markets.
We have raised a few pounds for the fund this year by selling some hand ‘pierced’ (sawn) coins, shaped into the cap badges of the regiment and done on coins from the era.
Nobody’s Own 1877 XXth Hussars
We located some embroidered panels which we were selling framed, they were getting damaged in the post so decided to sell them to frame yourself. We managed to raise some funds.
A 3D sterling silver hawk brooch is being sold to raise funds. The hawk is available with either a ruby eye or sapphire. It is approximately 1 inch in height and weighs almost 12 grams of solid 925 silver. Hallmarked at the assay office in Edinburgh it is supplied in a presentation box at a cost of £85. For details please contact us, they are a very Limited Edition.
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January 2021 is here and we were hoping to get going this year to make up for last year. Well that’s not possible at the moment. New account details have been published on our Facebook page and despite the obstacles last year we are OVER HALF WAY to target.
A meeting at the Arboretum has been unfortunately cancelled due to the new Tier system but we aim to reschedule as soon as it is safe to meet.
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13th November 2021
Bones Apart – Shibden Hall
The first Public performance this year of the Trombone Quartet was a short 2 hour stint at an open day in Shibden Hall Halifax. Numbers were very depleted due to Covid, but in 2 Hours we managed to raise a little under £60. Thanks to all the guys Darren Walker, Malcolm Ellis, John Green and Geraint Osborn for giving up their time. An special mention to Malcolm who was suffering badly from vertigo, but was determined not to ‘ let the side down’. A valiant effort!
26 November 2021
The North Pennine Brass- Blackpool
The formation of Pennine Brass was the idea of Paul Krywyszyn. He asked members of 5 different bands to come along to Blackpool in order to put on a fund raising concert at the Aberford Hotel, Blackpool. The hotel is owned by Neil and Debbie Winkley, Neil being an ex band member has only happy to host the evening and graciously offered to put up the whole band free of charge.
Our oldest member was everyones firm favourate Donald Bateman who expertly offered his services on Euphonium. Due to illness the ex band members were considerably depleted this year and only comprised of Donald, Daz Walker (Trombone ) and Paul Krywyszyn who organaised and conducted the evening.
Musicians traveled to Blackpool from all across the North of England From Leeds upto Northumberland travelling at their own expense and giving their time freely to help.
The concert was a terrific success and we had numerous requests to run the event next year by the band and audience members alike.
The evening raised almost £700 and would have raised considerably more had it not been for the effects of Covid keeping people away.
It was a fantastic evening and our heart felt thanks go to Paul, Neil and Debbie. All those who volunteered to help with the food and selling of raffle tickets. Every member of the band who gave up their weekend and all of the audience who braved Storm Arwen, the falling roof tiles, collapsing buildings and sand storms to be there.
Looking forward to next year all ready.