The Barnsley Chronicle Band
The Barnsley Chronicle Band is more than 100 years old, although its name is new this year.
The band was previously known as the Barnsley Building Society Band, and for many years before that, Barrow Colliery Band, named after the old pit between Worsbrough and Birdwell. It started in 1906 as the Birdwell Brass Band.
The Barnsley Chronicle stepped in to help when the band lost its previous sponsor. At the same time as the band suffered another financial blow. It won a competition at Pontins holiday camp, entitling it to £1,350 prize money. But soon after, Pontins went into administration and the money never arrived.
We're very proud of the band at the Barnsley Chronicle. The players make a tremendous sound and have a fine record in competitions. The practice room, to the rear of Worsbrough Miners Welfare, is adorned with many trophies.
Only a few weeks after taking the new name, our band came second in the British Brass Band Championships Yorkshire finals, competing in the second section. That sent it on the road to the national finals, at Cheltenham, in September.
If you would like to book the band for an event, you can contact the band's secretary Graham Mallory on 01132 872939.
For more information check out the official band website at http://www.barnsleychronicleband.co.uk