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Foden's pay their respects to Alan Lawton

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 21 June 2021

Like so many others across the banding world, all at Foden's were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our good friend Alan Lawton.

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Brass in Concert 2021

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 21 June 2021

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The organisers of the 44th Brass in Concert Championship, to be held in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and World of Brass at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 20 November, have announced that the draw will be made at Ringway Primary School in Sheepwash, Northumberland, on Monday 21 June.

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Sandbach Party in the Park is back for 2021!!

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 14 June 2021

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We are looking forward to our first public appearance since February 2020 on the 3rd July at Sandbach Park. The 'Party in the Park' will include music to suit all tastes as well as the 'Last Night of the Proms' set culminating in a fireworks finale!

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Foden's Online Whit Friday

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 4 June 2021

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Following the completion of its '2021 Online Whit Friday Championships' Foden's have taken the opportunity to thank the numerous organisations, bands and individuals who made the event possible.

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Edwin Firth remembered

Posted by Mark Wlikinson on 3 June 2021

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Tuesday 1st June marked the 103rd anniversary of the death of Edwin Firth, Principal Cornet of Foden's who was sadly killed whilst serving Country.

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Foden's Online Whit Friday

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 27 May 2021

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With consecutive cancellations in 2020 and 2021 of both the Saddleworth and Tameside Whit Friday competitions, it was 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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Whit Friday Draw

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 25 May 2021

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The draw for our 'Online Whit Friday' to be held from 4pm on the 28th and 29th May has now been published.

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Foden's receive Heritage Lottery Funding.

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 10 May 2021

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Foden’s are pleased to announce that they have been successful in an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £26,400. The total project cost is £29,910 with the Heritage Lottery awarding an 88% grant to this project. 

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Whit Friday entrants revealed

Posted by Mark Wlikinson on 10 May 2021

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We are extremely pleased to announce the 118 bands who will battle it out to be crowned the 'Online Whit Friday champions for 2021' on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th May - what an incredible line up!

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Interview with Mark Wilkinson

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 23 April 2021

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4barsrest.com recently caught up with Mark Wilkinson to discuss the bands forthcoming online Whit Friday contest weekend as well as plans to ensure future generations will be able to find out more about how current band members managed to keep going through the Covid-19 crisis. 

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