Creswell Colliery Brass Band

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Band News

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Shireoaks Carnival

The Band were excited to play for the village of Shireoaks and lead their carnival procession through the village.  The band played on the back of a tractor and trailer and the sun was shining.

The band were helped by John on Eflat bass all the way from Australia.

Thank you to the organisers who ensured an excellent carnival was had by all.

Thanks to all the band.


The band have been imformed of the passing of Phoebe Williams, the bands Life President last week.  Funeral details are available to those who wish to pay their respects.

The band were honoured and privileged to play for the funeral yesterday (26th July) and were joined by players from Ashover, Chapeltown and Shirebook band who knew Phoebe.  Thank you to all for your support.


The band held the AGM last night and the new committee were elected, Thanks to all that attended and for the good practice afterwards.


New M.D.

The Band will welcome there new Musical Director for the first practice of 2016.

Stewart Brett will take up the Baton, moving from the 'top chair'.

There will be a move around of players to accommodate this.

New players are always welcome.

nEW YEAR - NEW md.

The new year will see a new MD for the band, first practice will be the 7th January 2016.


Merry Christmas to all the players in the band, those who have moved on in the last year and those who continue to help the band through out the year

Thanks go to Jeff Shaw for all the hard work he has done for the band in the past 4 years and continues to do.


After three years at the helm, MD Jeff Shaw is off to pastures new.  He's been offered a new job and so he's moving to South Derbyshire in the next few weeks and he's taking his trusty baton with him!  The band is going to miss him, but he's promised to keep in touch - and no doubt we'll be calling on his services as a conductor and percussionist from time to time.

This means that the band is now looking for someone to fill Jeff's shoes (he's a size 10 by the way!) and we'll be pleased to hear from anyone who might be interested in the position.  As Jeff himself says, "It'll take someone with lots of patience and a good sense of humour, but they're a friendly bunch and I've had lots of fun with them - not to mention countless cups of tea and slices of cake - over the last three years."

Anyone interested in applying for the vacant position can do so in confidence to  



The band and training band were both out and about during the festive season with performances throughout December.  Despite losing MD Jeff Shaw for a large part of the month due to eye surgery, the band played on, completing a long list of engagements successfully.  Performances ranged from carolling outside local supermarkets and a special concert by the training band at the Methodist Chapel in Clowne, to the annual carol service at Creswell Church.  The band rounded off the month in fine style with a superb performance on home turf at Creswell Social Centre in front of a capacity audience, and an extremely appreciative one at that!

Thanks go to all the band members and supporters, along with the guest players and conductors who have assisted us during the year.  2015 looks like being another exciting year with lots of concerts already in the pipeline, and further performances being planned.

Rehearsals resume shortly, with the first main band rehearsal on Thursday January 8th at 7.30pm, followed by training band on Saturday January 10th at 9.30am.  We have vacancies in both bands, so if you're looking for something different for the new year then get in touch or just pop along to one of our rehearsals.  You'll be sure of a warm welcome!



The band was privileged once again to take part in the Remembrance Day parade and service in Creswell.  The day dawned bright and sunny after the previous day's downpour, and the community of Creswell turned out in large numbers to remember those who gave their lives for others.

The band led the parade from the Welfare to the Cenotaph where the Last Post and Reveille was ably provided by cornet player Dave Rothery.  The parade made its way to the church for the service of Remembrance, with hymns accompanied by the band.  Finally the band led the parade back to the Social Centre to the tune of William Rimmer's popular march Slaidburn.



The war memorial and garden at Barrow Hill have been refurbished as part of a FOSTA (Friends of St Andrew’s) project to commemorate the Centenary of WW1.  On Sunday November 2nd, a rededication service took place at the memorial to show that the community remembers the men of Barrow Hill and Hollingwood who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

The band led the parade from St Andrew's church to the memorial at the bottom of Station Road and also played for the service.  At the end of the service members of the public were able to leave poppies at the memorial and to view the display in the memorial club.



The annual Creswell Colliery Disaster Memorial Service was held at Creswell Church on Sunday September 28th.  The service is held each year in memory of the 80 miners who lost their lives in a fire that broke out in the early hours of September 26th, 1950.

The band accompanied the hymns, and also played two short items in the middle of the service.  We were also very pleased to welcome a very special guest - euphonium player Dave Reeves is based in Germany and often drops into rehearsals when he is back in Creswell visiting his family.  He made the 1200-mile round trip from Germany specially to take part in the service, leaving on Friday and returning on Monday!



Barlborough Miners' Welfare was the setting for the re-scheduled 'Brass on the Grass' which was postponed in July due to impending thunderstorms.  There were no such problems on Sunday September 21st - the weather outside was pleasant and the atmosphere inside was a very warm one. 

The band presented its customary varied programme with an entertaining mix that featured over 300 years' worth of music from Mozart to Mr Blue Sky, and Bach to Baggy TrousersThe audience played its part too, with members providing a fine samba percussion section in the Mancini classic It Had Better Be Tonight.

The evening was a great success and the band is looking forward to a return to Barlborough in the near future.



Members of Creswell Colliery Band teamed up with colleagues from Ashover Band to lead the parade for Chesterfield College's new graduates on Saturday September 20th.  The procession started at the Town Hall, through the busy market place and on to the Crooked Spire where the graduation ceremony took place.  The joint band gave a spirited performance and drew praise from many parts.



Both the main band and training band were in action at Clowne Gala held at Heritage School in Clowne, just a stone's throw from the bandroom.  The fine weather drew in the crowds and there were plenty of stalls along with a number of different events taking place throughout the day.

The training band's 'Come and Have A Blow' session proved popular with members of the public trying their hands at getting a note or two out of a range of brass instruments.  The training band is open to players of all ages and abilities - click the training band link on the left to find out more!


looking good!

Although we haven't had any engagements throughout August, the band has been working hard in preparation for a busy autumn season.  September is looking good, with the next engagement being the popular Clowne Gala on September 13th which will see both the main band and training band in action.  The Brass on the Grass event that was postponed in July due to the storms has been re-scheduled for September 21st and will now take place in Barlborough Miners' Welfare, which should ensure it goes ahead whatever the weather!

We've welcomed a number of guest players into the bandroom throughout the last month and some of our empty chairs are beginning to fill up nicely.  We're still after a couple of front row cornets, Eb bass, bass trombone and kit percussion.  If you can fill one of these chairs just get in touch!



In complete contrast to the previous stormy Saturday, the evening was gloriously sunny and calm for the band's performance at North Wheatley near Retford.  The event, held in the gardens of Westmoor Farm, helped raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and featured music from the band along with songs from Retford Male Voice Choir.

The programme from both ensembles was very well received, and band, choir and audience joined together in a final chorus of Land of Hope and Glory as the light began to fade.  It was a great end to a lovely summer's evening of music-making.


stormy weather...

Regrettably due to the impending storms which have been forecast over the weekend, the organisers of Brass on the Grass in Barlborough have taken the decision to postpone the event.  There's nothing worse than sitting with brass instruments when there's lightning flashing around.  Although MD Jeff Shaw would argue that being the conductor means he'd get hit first!

We hope to have news on a rescheduled date in due course. 



It was a warm and sunny afternoon for the Whitwell Gala on Saturday July 12th.  The event was well attended with a good number of stalls and the opportunity for a tractor ride round the village, the chance to pet a small furry animal, or to tackle a wall climb!  In amongst all this, in the (relative) cool of the Community Centre, the band was in good form playing to an appreciative audience.

We still have vacancies for cornet players, so if you fancy a change then pop along to our bandroom on a Thursday evening!  We're always happy to welcome new players into the bandroom.



Our training band is as busy as our main band this year!  They made another appearance at the Turner Hall in Mansfield Woodhouse for another of the Saturday community markets.  This time, our beginner section gave a short performance of two of the pieces they've been practising, and how well they sounded too! 

Following them the main training band took the stage and entertained visitors with their latest repertoire.  As ever, their performance was well received and they gave a special rendition of 'happy birthday' to mark the sixth anniversary of the community market.  We'll be returning again on the final Saturday in September!



The band would like to extend its thanks to Liz Heelin for stepping into the breach as Band Secretary following the recent departure of Helen Potter.  Liz has been with the band for just over a year and is a valued member of both the main band and the training band where she switches with ease between horn and cornet to suit the band's requirements.

Welcome to your new post Liz!  We're certain that you will do a great job.  If anyone is interested in booking the band then please get in touch with Liz - just drop her an email:



Tractors, vintage bus rides, local ales, arts, crafts and music were the order of the day at the 10th Annual Bassetlaw Farm & Country Festival held over the weekend of June 21st and 22nd at the Bassetlaw Museum in Retford.  This was the band's second appearance at the festival, and once more the sun shone on us for both days.

On Saturday there was a special appearance by the Stig, who took over the baton from MD Jeff Shaw for one of the band items! The event was well attended, and the band's playing drew lots of compliments from members of the public. You can see photos from both days in our photo gallery.



Hady School in Chesterfield was the setting for our latest training band concert.  The band was delighted to be invited to take part in the school fair on June 14th.  With the weather proving to be uncertain the band played the first half of their programme in the school's community room.  After a short break, the sun came out and we re-located to a position outside, right next to the barbecue!

Our beginner group gave a short performance of a couple of their newly-learnt pieces (with MD Jeff Shaw having a go on trombone, too!) followed by the final set by the 'main' training band.  Thanks again to the school for the invitation, and we hope to see you all again in the future!



The band bids farewell to the second cornet player Andy Brogdale, who has moved on to pastures new.  Andy has been a regular member of the back row of the band over the last two and a half years. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.

If any cornet players out there are able to fill Andy's shoes, then please let us know!



Our training band gave a concert at the Clowne Methodist Church coffee morning on Saturday May 10th.  The concert began with a short piece by our beginners' group featuring players from the ages of 6 to 81!  The training band then took the stage to give a 40-minute concert of pieces from pop tunes to folk songs, music by Henry VIII, a 16th century dance, some slithery snake music, all rounded off by the brass band favourite, Floral Dance!

The training band is next in action at Hady School, Chesterfield, on Saturday June 14th as part of the school fair.  There will also be chance for members of the public to try their hand at playing a brass instrument in our 'come and have a blow' session.


may day parade

The band was on parade again on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5th.  This time, we teamed up with Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band to lead the May Day parade through Chesterfield town centre.  The sun shone again as the bands marched off from Chesterfield town hall at 11am.  It was a great experience for our players to rub shoulders with ICCB, one of the region's premier brass bands, and the occasion proved to be a success.  You can see photos of the day on our facebook page, and in our photo gallery on this website!


a busy weekend

It's been a busy weekend for the band.  On Saturday April 26th, the Training Band returned to the Turner Hall in Mansfield Woodhouse to give another concert at the Community Market.  It was another good performance and was well received by visitors and stallholders. 

On Sunday the 27th the main band took part in the Scouts' St George's Day parade in Staveley.  Led by the band, the parade set off from Middlecroft Road in (thankfully) bright sunshine, and ended at Staveley Church where the service was held.  The band was in good form, leading a selection of hymns and songs including a couple of numbers that MD Jeff Shaw had specially arranged for the occasion.


blast from the past

The Bolsover Assembly Hall was packed to the rafters for the showing of the Past Lives film on March 15th.  Half an hour of silent film footage was given new life by a live soundtrack provided by international musicians and pupils from Bolsover school.  In the middle, the recently recorded performance of the band playing Creswell Crags provided a fitting backing to footage of a local carnivals, with clips of marching bands and colourful parades.

Creswell Colliery Band is delighted to have been invited to contribute to this project and we hope that the film will be around for many years to come, keeping alive the memories of Bolsover and Carr Vale that would otherwise have been lost.

for the record

We had a special guest at our rehearsal on Thursday February 27th.  Musician Chris Ellis is working on the "Past Lives" project, putting together cine film footage of life in Bolsover and Carr Vale from years gone by.  Young musicians from Bolsover school have been working to create a soundtrack to the silent footage, and Chris came along to record the band playing our very own signature tune Creswell Crags, which will form part of the soundtrack.

The results can be seen and heard on Saturday March 15th at Bolsover Assembly Hall at 7pm.  Further information can be found on the Past Lives website, by clicking here.



The Training Band gave its first concert of the year at the Turner Hall in Mansfield Woodhouse on Saturday February 22nd as part of the Mansfield Woodhouse Community Market which is held on the last Saturday in every month.  This gave the band the opportunity to try out some new pieces and gain valuable experience in playing on a stage to an audience.

The performance, which featured ten pieces from the band's growing repertoire, was well received and the band is already looking forward to returning to the Turner Hall for a performance in April.



The Band's AGM was held on Thursday February 6th.  It was a very positive meeting with the general consensus that 2013 was a progressive year, and there's lots to look forward to in 2014.

The election of officers saw the re-election of Stuart Fletcher (Chairman), Michelle Thompson (Band Manager) and Stewart Brett (Treasurer) with Helen Potter being officially elected as Secretary, a position she had been filling temporarily.  David Warman and Liz Heelin were also elected to the committee, David taking on the position of Librarian. Last but not least, Aaron Barlow and mum, Marie were both re-elected.

The new committee is looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead, and there are already a number of projects in the pipeline.  Onwards and upwards!



2014 began in fine fashion, with both the main band and training band back at rehearsals and a great turnout from both.  It didn't take long to blow the cobwebs away and it hardly seemed as if we'd been away from the bandroom!

The training band is currently working towards its first concert of the year on February 22nd at the Turner Hall in Mansfield.  It looks like being a busy year for both bands so get in early if you want to book us!  We're always happy to see new faces in our bandroom so if you're a player looking for a band, or wanting to learn an instrument, then just let us know!



The band wrapped up a busy but successful Christmas season with more carolling sessions at Tesco's in Clowne, playing to the throngs of Christmas shoppers.  We also spotted a few players from other local bands dropping in to do their shopping!

That's all for 2013, folks!  It's been a very successful year for both the main band and the training band, and we're all looking forward to making 2014 even more successful.  In the meantime, we wish all our followers and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Harmonious New Year!



Another busy weekend for the band started on Friday 13th with a carol service at North Wingfield Community Centre to mark the switching-on of the tree lights, and there were plenty of mince pies and refreshments on hand for the band and audience!  Saturday morning saw the band entertaining Christmas shoppers at Tesco's in Clowne.

The weekend was finished off with the annual Christmas carol service at Creswell Church on Sunday evening.  The emphasis was very much on carols, a total of nine in all, to go with the nine readings.  The service also featured two concert items from the band - Leslie Condon's beautiful setting of The Manger Scene and Erik Leidzen's rousing Christmas Joy.



Its been a busy weekend - on Friday night the band was entertaining the guests at the Clowne Community Transport Christmas party, held at the Social Centre in Creswell.  There was plenty of carol singing, and audience participation in The 12 Days of Christmas and Schneewalzer!

On Saturday morning, the Training Band gave their own carol concert at the Clowne Methodist Church coffee morning, which was well received by the audience, and marked the band's final performance of a very successful year.  You can see photographs in the Photo Gallery. There was plenty of cake at the band party afterwards, with two members celebrating birthdays over the weekend!



Santa Claus obviously enjoys conducting the band - he was in action again today, this time with the Training Band at the Turner Hall in Mansfield Woodhouse!  The band played carols for the Community Christmas Market and invited Father Christmas himself on stage to conduct Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  The event was well attended with lots of stalls selling Christmas gifts, and provided a great experience for the younger members of the band who rose to the occasion superbly.  As a result, the Training Band has taken several bookings already for next year!



Santa Claus arrived at Dobbies in Barlborough to the sound of Christmas music played by Creswell Colliery Brass Band. He arrived right on cue at 11am on November 17th, delighting hundreds of shoppers, and even stopping to conduct the band in a couple of verses of Jingle Bells.

The band entertained the shoppers throughout the morning, on the first of several visits to Dobbies during the course of December.  Take a look at our Engagements page to see when we'll be appearing again.  You can also win the chance to have breakfast with Santa by visiting our Facebook page!


we will remember them

The band took part in the annual service of remembrance in Creswell on Sunday November 10th.  The parade marched from the old Miners Welfare down to the Cenotaph, then on to the church for the service. Dave Rothery provided an excellent Last Post and Reveille, and the band played well, ably assisted by members of the Training Band.  You can see photographs of the event in our Photo Gallery.

The morning was completed with the band leading the parade back up to the Social Centre, to the tune of Westward Ho!, a march celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and whose composer - Edwin Firth - was killed in action during the last days of World War I.



We had a great evening on Saturday October 26th, with a ploughman's supper followed by a charity concert in aid of CHARM, raising funds for Malawi.  The band was on fine form, playing to an appreciative audience in the lovely setting of Clowne Methodist Church.  Members and friends of CHARM also gave presentations throughout the evening, with the band's rendition of African Funk providing a fitting finale.

There was a notable 'first' for the band too - our first ever performance of the Malawi national anthem!

For more information on CHARM, take a look at their website here.


going underground

The Band recently performed at the Sensoria Film Festival in Sheffield, to accompany the screening of our very own film, Underground Music, made last year in collaboration with local film-maker Ian Nesbitt, featuring past and present band members recounting their banding experiences.

The event, which also saw the screening of "The Miners' Hymns", a film about mining in the North-East, was held at St Vincent's on Solly Street, and attracted a capacity audience.

Find out more about Underground Music by clicking the link on the left. 




The weather stayed fine for the annual Clowne Gala held at Heritage High School.  The band played to an appreciative audience, and the Training Band held a 'Come and Have a Blow' session that was well attended, with lots of people trying their hand at blowing into a selection of brass instruments!

It's been a few years since the Band played for the gala, and it was great to be back again, playing in our local community.  Here's to next year's event!



The Band would like to thank Sam Ridley for all her hard work as secretary over the last few years.

Sam has decided to step down from the position.  Thanks again to Sam for the work she has done.

Thanks also for Helen Potter for stepping in to take on the role.



A recent move around of players has occurred, thanks to those who agreed to move positions.

Good luck to all with their new challenges.



After lots of hard work put in by all the members of our newly formed Training Band, they held their first ever concert! It happened on Saturday Morning (27/04/2013) in the church hall below our rehearsal room at Clowne Methodist Church.

Everyone in the audience was impressed by the standard of musicianship and level of maturity shown by all the band. So much so, during the encore of "Oh When The Saints", the audience started to sing along!

Well done everyone involved.


Creswell Band are pleased to announce the formation of a Training Band is in progress. After having an interest of younger and inexperienced players, we think this opportunity will not only benefit the new players but also the rest of the band.

If you are interested in taking part then keep an eye out on our website for more information!


Creswell Band did a fantastic performance at Bolsover Church tonight in aid of their Annual Flower Festival. 
Not only did the band play excellently, but this concert was very special for one person in particular! This was Lizzy Lumley's (pictured below) first ever concert with Creswell Band. She played 2nd Horn with assistance by Helen Potter.

Well done Lizzy!


Creswell Band are now on Twitter and Facebook! These sites will be used to appeal to more people on a wider scale. Although don't forget about this site!

Please follow, comment, tweet and like us.


This first performance of the year has just been completed! 

It was a charity Fun-Day for Clowne Community Care Farm, and was well received by everyone (including the farm animals!).
Thank you for all who took part, and let's hope we get many more public performances throughout the year.


First rehearsal back after the Christmas break was fantastic. 

Thank you to everyone who turned up and especially to Jeff Shaw for taking the Band for our first rehearsal of 2012!


The band says farewell to conductor Andy Furmidge. He has been with the band for many years and will be missed.  He has decided to move onto pastures new, we wish him all the best and hope to see him in the bandroom soon.  Thanks go to him for all he has done for the band.


Thanks to all the band and the extra players and conductors who have helped with all our engagements over the last year.  We are always looking for additional players if you are looking for a new band.

Thanks also go to members of the public who have donated old music and recordings of the band, we are very grateful for any information about the bands history.

First practice will be Thursday 5th January 2012, hope to see you all there!
Hope you all have a good Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


Congratulations to Marion (2nd Horn) on her recent wedding.
The band wish her and her new husband all the very best.


The band welcome Andrew Brogdale and his son Aaron to the back row Cornet bench. We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Also the Solo Euphonium player, Sam Ridley, has been recently appointed as Band Secretary.

The band say farewell to Mandy Shaw and daughter Demi who are moving onto pastures new.
We wish them well for the future and thank them for their hard work and dedication over the last year.


The band  held their Annual General Meeting where a new Committee was voted on. 

Following are the results: 

Chairman - Mr Stuart Fletcher 

Secretary - Mrs Mandy Shaw 

Treasurer - Mr Stewart Brett 

Band Manager - Mrs Michelle Thompson 

Committee Members - Mrs Linda Kinsey 

  - Mrs Marie Barlow 

  - Mr Glyn Storey 

Thanks were given to Glyn for his assistance as Chairman over the last few years but due to personal reasons he has had to relinquish his post but will still be a committee member for the coming year. 


Our Bb Bass player Stuart Fletcher has been with Creswell Colliery Band for the last 40 years.
He is still a committed member of the band and a member of the committee.

Congratulations from all the band on this achievement.


We are really sorry to lose Chris Batty on solo horn but hope he won't be a stranger to the band.

We wish him the best of luck for his future banding and would just like to say thank you for his past commitment.

We welcome back Sam Ridley on solo euphonium. Sam is a great asset to the band and always gives us a laugh.

Welcome back Jonny Jones on solo horn. It is good to see him back and tackling his new position in the band well.


Congratulations to our Tutti Cornet Player, Rebecca Storey, on winning the under 14's Brass Section of the Worksop Music Festival. 
Keep up the good work Rebecca!


The band took part in the Whit Friday Marches on the 9th June. 

Due to a late arrival because of hold ups on the M! the band only managed to fit in 3 venues. Denshaw, Scouthead & Dobcross. 

We all had a fantastic night and look forward to next years event. 
The picture below is the band playing at Scouthead. If you look closely you can see Bob conducting with a blue fluffy thing! Something Linda Kinsey will remember for a long time!
Well done to everyone, the band played well.


The band has now finished recording it's first CD!

The recording took place in St Mary Magdelene Church in Creswell over two weekends. We all enjoyed this experience. Lots of hard work and a bit of fun as well. I understand there will be a Bloopers CD, but not for sale!

We would like to say a big Thank You to John and his team for recording the band, also to Rev David Hull for allowing the band to use the church. And finally thanks to Marie, John, John, Max and Derek for helping out.