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Added on: 25th May, 2018 by Nicky_41515


Newtongrange Silver Band

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Fri, 25 May 2018

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A popular musical group in Newtongrange has received a £1,000 donation from a leading national housebuilder.

Newtongrange Silver Band SCIO applied for the funding through the Persimmon Homes Community Champions Scheme to help to cover the cost of its entry into the 98th British Open Spring Festival held at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool last week.

Founded in 1892 the band was one of six Scottish groups to enter the competition which takes great pride in being involved in the oldest and most prestigious brass band contest in the world.

Entering a band into the Spring Festival is expensive costing the band in the region of £8,000 to cover conductors’ fees, accommodation and travel to Blackpool. The 30 volunteer musicians dedicate their own time and money to keep the band running and worked hard to raise £3,500 themselves to make the trip affordable for the band members.

“Being part of the Spring Festival is a fantastic experience,” said Graham Adam, general manager at Newtongrange Silver Band, “We achieved 14th place in our section and were the second highest placed Scottish Band across the whole competition.

“We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for their support and I would like to thank them on behalf of all the band members.”

Attracting band members of all ages from across Midlothian, Newtongrange Silver Band is now in its 126th year playing to audiences and entering competitions across the UK.

Jim Kirkpatrick, Manager Director for Persimmon Homes East Scotland said: “We’re thrilled to be able to support Newtongrange Silver Band. Groups like this are an important part of community culture and it’s vital they are given backing to maintain the work they do.”

“I’d love to see us being able to support other similar groups and charities and would encourage anyone to apply for our Community Champions Scheme. It’s quick and easy to apply for up to £1000 via our website and you can apply as many times as you wish.”

Persimmon Homes East Scotlands’ popular nearby development Dewar Park at Newtonloan Toll is currently marketing a range of two, three and four bedroom homes. The sites popularity has prompted a further phase at Hunterfield where construction has commenced.

For further information on how to apply and to view the list of previous winners please visit the website at and fill out the quick and simple form.

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