Elland Silver Band are very excited to announce the band are putting together a bid to the Community Ownership Fund to apply for £350k funding to purchase the former Stainland and Holywell Green United Reform Church.

For over 10 years the organisation has been looking to upgrade its current premises, to offer its musicians improved facilities. The charitable organisation houses six bands with a membership of over 120 musicians for all ages and abilities and is one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the North of England and also provides outreach tuition to Old Earth & Crosslane Primary School.

The bands music education programme for teaching music to all ages is held in huge regard, nurturing & developing hundreds of young musicians, fostering a passion for music making. Their youth band have qualified for six consecutive European Youth Championships finishing in the top three on five occasions their Training Band are currently National Youth Performance Champions.

The former Sunday School offers the band the opportunity to relocate to new premises, providing accommodation for a rehearsal room, performance space, tuition rooms, music & instrument library, social area and parking and will support the bands ambitious future plans to offer additional masterclasses, solo competitions, graduate training programme and summer school, as well as hosting other musical groups.

The building also offers further opportunity to generate income by offering local community & musical groups the opportunity to hire the hall during the daytime and when not in use, run social activities and extend its range of musical activities.

The band has launched a public consultation over social media and has been overwhelmed by the positive response from the banding and local community. You can have your say at https://forms.office.com/r/y1JNG2ASuj.

The band have also launched a Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samantha-harrison-128 to support with crowd funding to cover the legal and professional fees to support the application.

To help with writing the bid we’re looking for a professional bid writer, with availability to prepare our submission for when the bidding window opens at the end of May.

If you can support with the project please get in touch at ellandband@hotmail.co.uk.