Foden's raise money to support Whit Friday events in 2022

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 9 July 2021

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Thanks to the generosity of the competing bands and audience donations, the Foden's Online Whit Friday contest raised a total of £4040.78 to be split evenly between the Tameside and Saddleworth Organising Committees to help support their in-person events next year. 

Bob Rodgers recently attended a Foden's rehearsal where he was presented with a cheque from Darren Lea (event organiser) and Michael Fowles (contest adjudicator). Bob commented 'It gives me great pleasure to accept this cheque on behalf of the Saddleworth and Oldham group of Whit Friday Contests. The money will boost our ever-decreasing funds and ensure we are able to cover the necessary on-costs without putting pressure on individual contests. With money in the bank we can now look forward to planning a great 2022 Area Contest. In addition, I would like to thank the team at Foden’s for providing us all with such a wonderful contest to enjoy in the comfort of our own homes. A great deal of hard work must have gone into this production and it was so good to hear those familiar Whit Friday sounds once again.'  

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Speaking on behalf of the 'Friends of Tameside Whit Friday Contest Committee' Adam Pickles told Foden's 'It’s a privilege to have been part of the Foden's online contest this year, it has been a huge success through the hard times. The donations will help towards the smooth running and the longevity of the Tameside brass band contest in years to come. We would like to thank all the bands that took part and we hope to see everyone around Tameside in 2022.' 

Tameside Metropolitain Borough Council continue to be a strong supporter of the Tameside Contests and despite the contest not taking place in person, the Council awarded £600 in prize money for the top three placed bands in the online 'Youth Section'.  Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, said 'We are delighted to be able to offer the prizes for the youth section of the contest. Youth players of today, will be the backbone of banding in the future, through the youth prizes we are supporting banding at a fundamental level. “  

 Foden's would like to thank the various bands, sponsors and individuals who supported this year's event. 

For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell