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As a long-established community brass band based in South Cheshire and linked to Winterley Methodist Church, the band is very active and frequently performs concerts for a wide variety of church and community events.

As an ‘open’ band we are always pleased to welcome new members. It is not all work, either. Several social events are held throughout the year, including the Christmas party, garden parties (summertime only!) and treasure hunts. Also, as an interested party, members of the band have been involved in the current disussions on how Winterley Methodist church will evolve and adapt to suit the needs of the community.

Please email for more information.


Rehearsal Venues During Renovations

04 January 2018 - Weekly rehearsals resume at Sandbach Heath Methodist Church CW11 2LE, until further notice.

Temporary Rehearsal Room

VENUE: Sandbach Heath Methodist Church

Heath Road
Sandbach Heath
CW11 2LE

There is ample parking at the rear of Sandbach Heath Methodist Church. The driveway is on the left of the church building. Please avoid parking in Heath Road if at all possible.

Please use the side entrance to the building (via the ramp).


Murder…. in the Brass Band

Band President - Rev Malcolm Lorimer wrote and produced the Murder Mystery Evening which took place at Winterley on Friday 10 February. Just after 7.00 pm the lights suddenly went out, a scream was heard and soon after, everyone was invited to view the crime scene in the church, where Toby (Bill Scragg) was found slumped over the organ console.

During the evening Malcolm (Sherlock Holmes), Miss Marple (Sheila Scragg) and the audience, endeavoured to determine who was responsible for the crime. Five suspects were identified Penelope Golightly (Helen), Prudence Prim (Kim), Rev Wilfrid Whittering (Neil), Joe Cashman (Alan) and Tiffany Goodtime (Sally). Between the courses of the meal the suspects were interviewed and then questioned by each table of guests. At the conclusion of the evening the person responsible for poisoning Toby was finally revealed.

Thank you to everyone who supported the evening and to the catering team who served an enjoyable meal. The event raised another £425 towards the building project.


Band Sunday 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to Band Sunday, and to MD Richard Birchenough for yet another excellent programme, which included a spot from the Trainer Band (conducted by Georgina Buckler) and solos by Callum Seddon, Joanna Dunn, Eddy Rhodes and Fiona Freeman. Congratulations to horn player Dave Whiston, who was voted Bandsperson of the Year, an honour awarded in memory of David Lowe.

Fundraising Update Band Sunday 2016

The fundraising for the New Community Resource building project at Winterley has taken a huge leap forward following the news that the church has been successful in gaining a grant of £50,000 from WREN.

It is eleven months since the information was collated and the application first submitted, but our patience has been rewarded. The success of the bid means that we have now achieved £110,000 in grants and fundraising during 2016 - which is absolutely brilliant!

A huge thank you to everyone for their practical support, and to all those who have attended any of our fundraising events over the last year. We now have the challenge of securing the remaining £55,000 in order to achieve the original target of £165,000.

Harvest Supper Concert at Wistaston

St Mary's Church Hall was the venue for our latest concert, featuring a sublime solo by Callum Seddon (Wandrin' Star) and a beautiful rendition of Caresse sur l'Océan by Joanna Dunn in a packed programme that included Swingin' Safari, Anthem from Chess and Highland Cathedral. The concert was held in aid of Christian Aid and the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy.

[Photos courtesy of Stephen & Sarah Rhodes]



Grand Award for Granville

Winterley’s soprano player Granville Jennings has been honoured with the North West Area Brass Band Association’s “Diamond award for long service”. This award is in recognition of Granville's 67 years (1948 - present) of continuous service to the brass band movement as both a player and a conductor. His first band was the Wigan British Legion Band. Granville then played for the Coppull Band, Wingates, the Haigh Band, the Lower Ince Band and Foden's (1964 - 1974). He then moved on to the Royal Doulton Band, before conducting Beresford's Band until 1990. That same year Granville took on the job of band librarian for Foden's and joined Winterley Methodist Brass Band, where he has been our assistant MD since 2004. He is also a member of the Sandbach U3A band.

The award was presented at a Foden’s concert in Sandbach on 17 September by Mark Wilkinson, principal cornet at Foden’s, who thanked him for his continued service and dedication to both Foden’s and the brass band movement.


Band Round in aid of Foodbank

The band enjoyed a very successful band round in Winterley on Sunday 20 September. We collected an impressive £100 (in 100 minutes), which will now be donated to the local Foodbank. Many thanks to everyone who played, collected, handed out leaflets or contributed.


About Our Trainer Band

Do you play a brass or percussion instrument?

Always wanted to learn?

Curious to find out what all those tadpoles on the music mean?   

Winterley's Trainer Band is for players of all ages, and ranges from complete beginners to those with several years' experience.

Why not come along on Thursday evenings (see the Diary on the Events page for our rehearsal schedule) and give it a try? 

We have a small selection of instruments available if you don't already have one.   

Click on the image on the right for more details.


The Trainer Band in action.

Winterley 'Brassed' & Present  -

75 Years of Music Making

This illustrated book tells the unique story of Winterley Methodist Brass Band.

The first section, "Thank You For The Music", records the chronology of the band's musical journey, and includes biographical details about all the Musical Directors. The book then explores several themes under the title of "Thank You For The Memories". These include some interesting and amusing experiences.

The author, Neil Barnett, is an Eb bass player in the band and has been a serving officer of the organisation since 1972.

To obtain your copy, please contact a member of the band, or e-mail a request for an order form to:

Please ensure that you include your name and address.

Copies of the book are priced at £5.00. Post and packing costs £1.50.

To Praise Thy Name
Kevin Birch (second from left) is seen holding the score of his compostion “To Praise Thy Name”. It is one of two pieces the band has commissioned to mark its 75 Years Celebrations. The title of the work is the second line of the hymn Sweet Is The Work (Deep Harmony). Kevin states ‘I wanted to write a piece that encapsulated a typical morning out on the band."

Kevin was born in 1960 in Congleton (Cheshire). As a result of his father's interest in following the Foden’s Motor Works Band, Kevin used to go and listen to rehearsals at the bandroom in Elworth. It was the Foden connection which led to his involvement with Brass Bands. He joined the Middlewich Band (now Roberts Bakery Band) on Second Baritone and progressed through Solo Baritone to the Solo Euphonium. Following a short break he joined the United Co-op Crewe Band.

Whilst he was at Roberts Bakery he started to arrange and compose music for brass bands. His conducting experience started with Tarporley Band and in 1994 he became Musical Director at Audley Brass. In 2007 he was honoured to accept the position of Composer in Residence of the United Co-op Crewe Band. At the end of 2011 he followed in his father’s footsteps when he was appointed as Organist & Director of Music at St. Marys Parish Church, Sandbach.
Kevin Birch at rehearsal

The photogaph shows (l. to r.) Richard Birchenough, Kevin Birch, Brenda O’Dowd, and Neil Barnett.    
(Photo courtesy Seamus O’Dowd)

Winterley ‘Brassed’ and Present
Is your group looking for a new idea to include in its programme of speakers?
Look no further!

Winterley ‘Brassed’ and Present is an entertaining presentation containing a number of historical and musical highlights from the story of this rare, if not unique brass band. Your speaker will explain how and why a small group of teenagers founded the band, and share with you a flavour of the wide range of music played by the band, together with some amusing anecdotes from the history of the band.

For more information please email:

What We Do - a Pictorial Record of Events


Included in the Gallery section is a range of photographs taken over the years at some of the many concerts and band rounds.  

We welcome submissions for inclusion in the site.

For more information about what we do, our availability or how to join us, please contact us using the link on the Contacts page.
Many local churches utilise the services of the band for their own special occasions. One such occasion, at Nantwich Methodist Church, was recorded by the BBC as part of their “Songs of Praise” series.
Winterley Methodist Brass Band is proud of its high reputation and is grateful for the continued support of the community it serves.