Methodist Brass Band outside the church.
Brass Band was founded in 1938. During the last seventy four
players have performed with the band and the membership has grown
significantly, particularly during the last two decades.
band has compiled a list of everyone who has ever been a regular member
of the band. Please click on the link below to view the list
you are aware of any further names which should be included in the
list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the details.
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24/07/1935 - 17/03/2016
A service to celebrate the life of Cliff took place at Winterley Methodist Church on Tuesday 5 April 2016, and was followed by burial at St Matthew’s Parish Church, Haslington. The service was conducted by Ian White, David (grandson) read the lesson and Bradley (grandson) a poem called Grandad. A small group of brass players played hymn tunes outside the church prior to the service.
Cliff will long be remembered for his loyal membership of Winterley Methodist Church and his service to the local brass band community. Winterley Methodist Brass Band owes Cliff a huge debt for his willingness to become a key office holder. In 1972 he took over the role of band secretary and served in that vitally important position until 1991. During those years Cliff played his baritone on numerous band rounds and at many concerts. He also helped to organize the band’s Golden Jubilee celebrations which were held at Sandbach Town Hall in 1988. It was Cliff in particular who ensured that the entertainment that evening was provided by Foden’s Band conducted by Howard Snell.
Cliff worked very hard to ensure not only the success of Winterley Band, but also Haslington Boys Brigade Band and Foden’s Band. His determination to encourage interest in brass bands took many forms, an outstanding example being his ambition to establish the Foden’s Band Patrons Association. He called together some friends for an initial meeting at Winterley Methodist Church in June 1987, and then personally recruited numerous members and invited them to the first Patron’s Association concert at Sandbach Town Hall. By the following year the numbers had grown so much that the venue had to be changed to Sandbach Boys School, where it has continued to be held annually.
These few words cannot begin to do justice to the huge contribution which Cliff made to all our lives. It is certainly hard for anyone to begin to estimate how many people, of all ages, were introduced to brass banding by Cliff. His huge legacy will live on through the music performed by all the musicians with whom he worked, and through the large listening audience to whom he introduced brass band music.
We give thanks for the way in which music moves and shapes us. May our lives, like Cliff’s, nurture the precious gift of music.
Please hold Sheila and the family in your prayers.
Winterley Methodist Brass Band
Dave Lowe pictured at the band's 75th Anniversary Dinner.
The funeral service for David Lowe (aged 55) was held at Wheelock
Methodist Church on Friday, 7th
November, 2014. David was an organic dairy farmer who, in addition to
playing in the band, always found time to support the band in a
practical ‘hands on’ way. Following a service at the
farm many years
ago, he was tempted to learn to play and subsequently taught himself to
play the euphonium.
David could always be relied upon to use his Landrover and trailer to
transport the band equipment to concerts, and he and his wife, Caroline
have hosted the annual band party at School Farm for many years.
David also arranged for the band to rehearse at the Hancock Hall at his
‘home’ church, Wheelock Methodist Church, when elections
hall at Winterley being used.
Over the years, David and Caroline have hosted Band Coffee Evenings at
the farm to help raise funds for the band. A marquee and covered
stalls are just small examples of the considerable effort which they
have made to ensure that the events were a great success.
David agreed to store a large number of items at the farm for the
successful Attic & Garage Sale at Winterley in September.
was ever too much trouble for David.
He attended the band rehearsal on Thursday, 23rd October as
usual, and therefore his untimely death, two days later, came as a huge
shock to everyone in Winterley Band. David was a ‘team
player’ with a
gentle sense of humour, and the band owes him and Caroline a huge debt
of gratitude for the endless support which they have selflessly given
over many years.
Forty players were present to play before, during and after
funeral service. The coffin entered the church to the strains of
Plough The Fields And Scatter’ and the recessional music
tune "Deep Harmony".
The hymns were "Blessed Assurance",
"Great is Thy Faithfulness".
The excellent number of players
enabled two bands to be formed (one inside and one outside). The
wonderful turnout is testament to the high regard in which David was
held by everyone in the band.
These few words do not begin to do justice to the huge contribution
which David made to all our lives. He leaves a gigantic
‘space’ and a
When we asunder part,
It gives us
we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to
the order of service)
hold Caroline, Katy, Sarah & Clare in your thoughts and prayers.
(In the band
photograph at the
head of the Home page David is fourth from the right on the front row.)
Where Are They Now?
you to all
those former band members who have kindly agreed to write a few
paragraphs about what has happened to them since they ceased playing
regularly in the band.
This section is in the process of
1938 - 1947
following information is taken from in a cash book in which the
the weekly subscriptions.
band was known as Winterley Methodist Sunday School Band.
President - David
the following band members are listed for all or part of the following
years - December,
1938 to July, 1947:
| 1. David
1943 approx. five new learners commenced. They are recorded
are entered in the book).
subscription was 6d and 1d for lads. At a meeting on 15th
May, 1940, it was agreed
to reduce the subscription to 3d.
provided by Neil Barnett - December, 2011.
Winterley Methodist Brass Band
The list of
names below has been produced to acknowledge the dedicated and loyal
given by those who have directed the music performed by the band
history. The ‘job titles’ have changed
– whatever the title, the
band owes a great debt to each person named. The information
|1938 - 1972
|1972 - 1973
|1973 - 1975
Bandmaster (Regular Conductor)
Asst. Musical Director
2005 AGM the title of ‘Bandmaster’ was re-instated “for the
purpose of band
organisation and discipline at concerts, etc.”
Geoff Hall was appointed in 2005, Dave Wood in 2011 and Geoff Hall
provided by Neil Barnett - February, 2011
Methodist Brass Band
minister of Winterley Methodist Church
has traditionally held the post of Band President and chaired the band
list below acknowledges the support and encouragement given to the
the band by all the ‘resident’ ministers of the
since the band was
founded in 1938.
J W Horner
J Riddell Smith
Lewis F Lovell
J Basil Pegman
Eric D Lees
A R James
Michael W Hill
Frank E Bishop
Robert W Gollins
Paul R Cieka
Kenneth Stone (Circuit Superintendent)
G Guy Stanford (Circuit Superintendent)
J Graham Wassell
David R Westhead
Malcom Lorimer (Circuit Superintendent)
N.B. Most of the
information is taken from
AGM minutes and circuit plans.
provided by Neil Barnett - January, 2013