A-Plan Gloucester Secures Project Funding Thanks to the Aviva Community Fund.

A local project, supported by A-Plan’s Gloucester branch, has been awarded £9,500 by the Aviva Community Fund to convert a disused WC into a rehearsal space and headquarters for Tewkesbury Town Band.

In partnership with the Town Council, the band will take on a 99-year lease of the former public convenience in Tewkesbury, creating a new headquarters with rehearsal space, a music library and storage for the band, which was reformed in 1974.

Interior walls and sanitary-ware will be removed making way for new electrics, plumbing, heating, sound insulation and sound proofing to walls and ceilings.

Band Musical Director, Nigel Morgan, from Tewkesbury, said, “We are enormously excited to have the opportunity to bring the building back to life, not only for band members, but for the local community also.

“We hope to offer new after school band clubs, as well as a day-time group for retired brass players and shift workers who struggle to attend night-time rehearsals. Ultimately, we hope the project will leave a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy brass band music, either as a player or as a member of the audience.”

The Town Band’s winning entry was supported and submitted by the Gloucester branch of national insurance broker, A-Plan. Branch Manager, Anton Eustace, is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause:

Participating in the Aviva Community Awards reinforces our commitment to being of service to local people. The Town Band has been in Tewkesbury, in varying forms, since 1838, and can be seen throughout the year and during its sell-out Christmas concerts. As a company dedicated to serving the local community, we’re delighted the Town Band will now have a fixed, bespoke premises for everyone to enjoy.”

The Tewkesbury Town Band provides free tuition in brass instrument playing, together with free instrument hire to people of all ages but particularly to children and young people via its Training Band. For further information, please contact Sue Corrigan on 01453 546096 or visit www.tewkesburytownband.co.uk.