AGM 2015

The accounts* for year ending 31st March 2015 and the draft minutes for 2014 have been added to the Documents page together with the agenda. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

*Many thanks to Janine Gibson for preparing these.


Catherine Hartley has volunteered to be nominated as Chair at the AGM. Her message to the Committee is set-out below. If there is anyone else who would like to publish their message in advance of Saturday please send it over.

" 14th July 2015

Dear Committee,

I wish to stand for election as Committee Chair person of Chorley Silver Band following the resignation of Andrea Hall. I d like to express my thanks to Andrea for her efforts as Chair of this committee. She has achieved a lot with the band, most notably our tour of Belgium and maintaining the band.

Chorley Silver Band is a long standing band in Chorley providing music education and enjoyment for many young players. I d like to ensure the Band s continued existence and so I am offering to volunteer myself as Chair person.

I feel I have time to devote to the development of the band, it s members and committee, as I only work part time. I have experience of working with a committee, both as an employee and as a member and have been a member of this committee for a number of years now.

I am a piano teacher and enjoy many other musical activities, playing drums, violin and guitar. My son James has played trombone in the band since he was 7 or 8 years old and enjoys attending and being part of this organisation.

Whilst I am offering my help to continue the band and develop it, I cannot do this alone and the band requires a full committee to continue. Several members are resigning, including the treasurer and we need parents to come on board to maintain the bands future.

As Chair person I pledge my support to the band and all those who volunteer to help on the committee.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Hartley"

AGM Postponement

Please note that the AGM has been postponed to 12:30pm on 18th July.

A Message to Former Chorley Silver Band Players

We putting a call-out to former players to support the band. We appreciate that with people starting jobs, going to university etc that they have different priorities and commitments. With Connor Gingell as our new conductor we welcome former players who are interested in rejoining the band. We now rehearse on Saturday mornings only and are concentrating on Chorley-based jobs. Even if you no longer have an instrument we have plenty available and we do not expect people to commit to attending every week. If you are interested please feel free to come to any of our rehearsals or give Connor a call on 07761 098479.

A Message from the Committee

Please see the Notice of AGM which is to take place on 13th June 2015. It is very important that that there is high-level of participation as the band is facing two serious challenges:-

Player recruitment

There is a natural attrition rate through players moving away or leaving for University. This year this has been exasperated by the problems we had with the previous musical director which led to the loss of a number of players. As a committee we are planning a major recruitment push which, hopefully, by the day of the AGM will be yielding results. We do have to raise the possibility that if we cannot recruit that we will not have the number players necessary to maintain the band and as a consequence we organise an orderly winding-up of the charity.

Committee recruitment

(Like players) committee members move on with their children and we do need volunteers to replace them

Annual General Meeting 2015

Chorley Silver Band (the “Band”) Charity Registration Number 1098762
Annual General Meeting
12:30pm 13th June 2015 at St Joseph’s Parish Centre 28 Bolton Road Adlington Lancashire PR6 9NA

Notice and Agenda

1. Welcome and Refreshments
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of 2014 AGM
4. Chair’s Report
1.1. Events since the last AGM; and
1.2. Future of the Band
5. Conductor’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report and Vote On The Accounts
7. Nomination and Election of Management Committee
8. Any Other Business


Remembrance Day 2015

We are very pleased to be invited to take part in Chorley Remembrance Day and would like to thank Paula Brindle from the Mayor's Office for her role in facilitating this.

Chorley Rotary Club

We would like to thank at our friends at Chorley Rotary Club for their continuing support which is much appreciated.

"Teen in charge of brass band" - Chorley Citizen

And thanks to the Chorley Citizen as well - the link is here.

"Silver band appoint tuba player as youngest conductor in the country" - Lancashire Telegraph

Thanks to the Lancashire Telegraph for their article which can be seen here.

"Connor, 19, leads the band into the future" - Chorley Guardian


"He’s thought to be the youngest - and possibly fastest - band conductors in the country, and he’s just taken charge of Chorley Silver Band.

Keen biker Connor Gingell, 19, will lead the band, one of the longest established and best loved in the area, into an exciting new era.

Band chair Andrea Hall said: “Not only is Connor almost certainly the youngest brass band conductor in Britain, but as his other interests include motorcycle racing, we think he is probably the fastest as well!”

She went on to explain that Connor, who also plays with Wingates, one of the country’s foremost competition bands, had made great progress in his first weeks in charge and she was confident he could lead Chorley Silver Band to new heights.

“Connor was an outstanding candidate for the pivotal position of conductor and with his enthusiasm and skill has already had a big impact,” said Andrea.

Connor started playing with his local band Farnworth and Walkden. After a year with Tyldesley he joined Wingates Brass Band. He started teaching brass in late 2013.

Connor graduated from Pendleton Sixth Form College in June, 2014 after two years of studying A-level and Btec music. He currently works as a lab technician.

”As soon as i saw the vacancy for conductor at Chorley Silver Band, I knew I wanted to apply,” said Connor.

“Ive always wanted to share my passion for music with young people and help them succeed in the music world.

“I have a vission of taking the band to contests such as national youth brass band championships etc.

“I hope to have a long lasting future with the band and have a wonderful journey with them.”

Andrea stressed that now he was in place, the band was in the ideal position to launch a recruitment drive and develop an already enviable reputation for bringing through young talent.

She said: “Chorley Silver Band has been in existence for many decades and our youth band was officially formed in 1996 with the aim to promote music education to the people of Chorley.

“Whilst as a youth band, with the majority of players being between 11 and 18, older players are always welcome to share their wealth of knowledge.

“The band provides instruments so as to make brass music accessible to all. We know that there are players out there at both the novice and more experienced levels and we want to encourage them back into banding.”

The band recently appeared at the Derian House Lights of Love event at Blackburn Cathedral, and over Christmas played a number of Carol concerts at supermarkets and community centres in the area.

Andrea added: “As another locally-based charity we have been consistent supporters of the great work which Derian House does and we were very pleased to participate.

“We have always had a reputation as being a pillar of the local community and are probably best known for our frequent and successful fundraising concerts for charities in the Chorley.

“We perform at various parades, fetes and walking days throughout the county and in the past we have travelled further afield, performing at the Menin Gate as part of a music tour of Belgium.

“We are a registered charity and we take great pleasure from playing to our local audience.”

You can find details of the band’s Summer Programme together with the recruitment drive at its website at The band also has a Facebook page."

Thanks to the Chorley Guardian for publishing this arcticle.


This has been updated and is available to download from the Documents page.