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Foden's perform on BBC Radio 5 Live

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 25 February 2021

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Last weekend we were featured on

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Foden's welcome Adrian Jarvis as a partner of the band

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 22 February 2021

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Adrian is an experienced brass repairer who has been based in St Helens since 2018 where he currently plays Bass Trombone with the Rainford Band.

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Foden's saddened by the death of their former Band Manager and Historian

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 22 February 2021

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All at Foden's are extremely saddened to hear about the death of Allan Littlemore who was a lifelong supporter and previous Head of Personnel at Foden's Motor Works.

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Foden's Virtual Concert, 19th February at 7.30pm

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 15 February 2021

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In normal circumstances, early February would see the band make our annual visit to Armagh, Northern Ireland - a relationship which has lasted 21 years! 

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Entries for the 2021 Online Whit Friday are now open!

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 2 February 2021

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Entries for the 2021 Online Whit Friday Championships on Friday 28th May are now OPEN!

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Foden's to support the future of Saddleworth and Tameside Whit Friday Competitions

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 30 January 2021

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With consecutive cancellations in 2020 and 2021 of both the Saddleworth and Tameside Whit Friday competitions, it has now been revealed a number of the popular venues on both circuits may struggle to see a viable financial option to host and support their annual competitions from next year onwards.

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Foden's work virtually with Brass Band Leieland

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 25 January 2021

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On the 18th January a number of the bands Principal players held sectional rehearsals with members of Brass Band Leieland from Belgium. Mark Wilkinson, Richard Poole, Jonny Bates, John Barber, Gary Curtin, Anthony Mann and Andrew Cattanach spent an enjoyable evening working on Dynasty by Peter Graham.

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Death of James Scott

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 25 January 2021

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It is with great sadness that we hear about the passing of James Scott on the morning of the 24th January. Mr Scott was the bands Musical Director between 1975 - 1978 and later accepted our offer to become a Life Patron of the band.

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New Vice President at Foden’s

Posted by Mark Wilkonson on 20 January 2021

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In our recent organisational changes at Foden’s we’ve successfully recruited several trustees, one of which is Mrs. Alison Graham who in addition to being a trustee has also come on board as a Vice President. Alison, brings a wealth of experience which we are excited about and warmly welcome her...

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RNCM Brass Band Festival moved online

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 19 January 2021

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Sadly, this years RNCM 'Brass Band Festival' has had to be cancelled due to Covid. However, we are extremely pleased that a number of our past performances at the Festival will be showcased online . 

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