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Archive news 2007-8

17th July 2008
Tour details further information on the itinerary now available here
10th July 2008
New concert date Windblowers 25th anniversary 18th October 2008, East Midlands Conference Centre
21st June 2008
NSW AGM will be on Sunday 6th July at 12 noon.
Reports from current committee and more information available here.
17th June 2008
Congratulations to Mel and Chris who had a baby girl Rose who was born on 16th June (am) weighing 9lb 3oz.  All are doing well!
4th June 2008
Directions to Derby Cathedral.
Band to arrive ready to play at 6pm.
TO ARRIVE: A52 to traffic island. Centre lane and second exit on inner ring-road, marked 'city'.  Road forks - keep right, marked "A6 Matlock".  Move over to left hand lane and bear left, still " A6 Matlock".  Left at traffic lights, with red brick building on left, and AGA opposite.  After a few yards turn left onto St Michael's Lane.
Cathedral car park is 100 yards on right - but spaces reserved for NSWO on solicitors' car park on left side of Lane.  Do not pay.  Say Frank has arrangement with Carol.  To cathedral, walk back up lane and turn left.
TO LEAVE:  continue down the Lane and right at the bottom.  Follow road round to left to traffic island.  Left into Derwent Street.  Under bridge and take slip road on right to "A52 Nottingham".
17th May 2008
Updated tour information now available here
Concerts 2008
NSWO Sat December 6th St Giles West Bridgford
NSW Sat December 20th Albert Hall Kidsophonic (both groups)
CANCELLED CONCERT Sept 20th Seagrave Prom.
March 28th Djanogly Wind Band Concert
July 11th Djanogly Wind Band Concert
27 April 2008
Arrangements for Saturday 3rd May 2008

Rehearsal at Langar Church 5.30 pm prompt (with Eduard Oertle)


St Andrew's Church, Langar, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9HG

Map here

Langar is off the A52 between Nottingham and Grantham. 

Directions  from Nottingham

Follow the A52 ring road south on to the A52 sign-posted Grantham, just before Radcliffe on Trent take a right turn sign-posted Cropwell Bishop. This lane takes you over the A46, at a set of traffic lights sign-posted Cropwell Bishop and Langar. Go through Cropwell Bishop and on up the hill. Turn left at the pub onto Church Lane, the church is at the end.


Parking is limited!


31 March 2008
  •  Change of address forms available - please notify Margaret if you have moved!
  • For tour you will need an E111, available from post offices.  Please make sure that you have current and adequate insurance for your instrument.
  • Posters are available for next three concerts - please take some if you have a good place to display them.
  • We have no security person on site now.  Do not leave anything on show in your cars.
  • Concert on Saturday - lifters at 5.45 pm, band 6.15 pm.
  • Next Sunday is 9.30 start time as normal
28th March 2008
Please can members sell some tickets for 5th April as we are a bit lacking in audience at the moment!
It would really help if you could buy any that you need on Sunday as this is the last week. We really should send a good donation in memmory of Tony!
Don't forget clocks go FORWARD on Saturday night.
14th January 2008
Everyone should have paid 2x£100 payments so far.  If you haven't please see Margaret asap or settle account to date.  Please be aware that the balance for the tour will be due sometime in April.  Please als
o complete and return your travel insurance indemnity forms as soon as possible.
We will now fly BA from Heathrow Airport on the 27th July for a morning flight.  There will be a bus from Bluecoats leaving in the early hours!  

Social on February 2nd
To be held at Wollaton Church Hall at 7.30pm - fish and chips and ceilidh. Please support this - get your ticket(s) for the social from Kate Brown from next Sunday.
The workshop on 27th January is compulsory - it is our way of 'giving back' to the community to justify our generous Awards for All grant, which enabled us to have our own workshop in October.  Please pay your £10 registration fee asap.
New date - Kidsophonic Concert 
December 20th 2008 Kidsophonic concert. .
Contact Details
If any member of the ensemble needs to change there contact details then there are now new forms for you to fill in which you can obtain on Sunday mornings.

19th December
Please can everyone get to the Albert Hall for 8.30am on Saturday, and help carry in the percussion and set up. 13th January will be our first rehearsal back in the New Year. 
3rd December
Meet at
St Giles Church,
West Bridgford,
at 5.30 pm next Saturday 8th December.
No tickets on the door - if you know anyone that wants to come ask them to ring Windblowers.  Can everyone please help pack away.
Sunday 9th December - normal start time.
Money needed for workshop (£10) and tour second deposit (£100) before the end of the year.
25th November
David Machell is leaving as conductor of the NWE, a replacement will be identified for January
Money is due for the tour - a further £100 needed by Christmas
There will be a workshop on Sunday 27th January for all players, plus guests from the community.  Some excellent tutors have been secured.  Details here - note that cost to band members is £10 only.
19th November
For those of you who are going on the tour to Austria deposits of £100 per person is needed by the 17th December please. You need to arrange your own travel insurance and complete and return the insurance form to Margaret as soon as possible.
27th January 2008 - there will be a workshop at Bluecoat School for all players. More Information to follow.

7th November
News item and review now available here
Photographs now available here
From Margaret:  Dave and I would like to thank everyone for a most fantastic evening. Superb playing by both groups and a fabulous nostalgia trip for us and the many friends of NSW. Horovitz, Woolfenden, Hinton, Billing and many others sent you their best wishes for many more successful years. Everyone plays an important part in this organisation and that's what makes it the success that it is today. We are both so proud to be a part of it.  Thank you all for the wonderful gifts, we will always treasure them.
4th November
Great concert last night!
30th October
As many helpers as possible to go to the Albert Hall at 12 noon to help unload the van
12 noon unload and set up
1.30 pm - 2pm NWE rehearsal
2.00 pm - 2.30 pm rehearsal with Ali
2.30 pm   guest players meet
2.45 pm - 4.00 pm NSWO and guests
4.15 pm - 5.00 pm rehearsal with Keiron
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm refreshments
6.30 pm meet in full concert dress (see below)
7.00 pm concert
9.30 pm help pack away
10.00 pm (approx bar) and celebratory cake!
26th October
Congratulations to Liz and Nick on the arrival of baby Ben who was born (slightly ahead of schedule!) on Tues 23rd Oct weighing 3lb 4 oz

2nd October

  • Money due for workshop now
  • Please sell tickets for November 3rd
  • Friends this year are invited to special reception - please encourage parents and supporters to join (£60 for year buys £75 worth of concert tickets so excellent value!)
24th September
  • Please fill in tour registration forms and return asap
  • Planning team meeting will be Monday 1st October, new committee will meet on Monday 15th October
  • Details of tutors now available for weekend.  Any changes to rooming tell Margaret now.
  • Next week Alistair will rehearse items for 3rd November - really important to attend
17th September
Now is the time to decide if you are going on the tour.  You must confirm by next week!
Thanks to everyone for participating in the elections yesterday, it's a new process for us so now we've done it once should be straightforward next time.  To confirm the outcome of the elections:
  • NSW Chair - Nicola Pennill
  • NSW Secretary - Margaret Frogson
  • NSW Treasurer - David Wesker
  • NSWO representative - Trevor Vivien
  • NWE representative - Elisabeth Pywell

The new committee will meet shortly but in the meantime if you want to know what everyone will be doing you can look at the role descriptions here.

Commiserations to those people who stood but weren't successful. A special mention should of course go to Bill who has done the treasurer role so ably for so long - naturally he will be thanked 'officially' in due course for all his years of service and his contribution in making sure NSW is financially viable. 

14th September

Sunday 16th is first rehearsal and includes election of new committee.  The process will be explained on the day, but all current members will be entitled to vote for the following positions where more than one nomination has been received:
  • NSW Chair
  • NSW Secretary
  • NSW Treasurer
  • NSWO representative
  • NWE representative

Full details of the roles and descriptions are available here (click to download)

21st August

  • Congratulations to Bridget (trumpet) on the birth of baby Finaley George, born on Saturday 18th August weighing 8 lb 12 oz.
11th August
  • The Golf Club concert in Seagrave, postponed from 30th June will now take place on Saturday 21st June 2008. Would any ticket holders requiring a refund please send their tickets to Margaret or hold onto it until next year!

    Would friends please return their tickets ASAP as these will be re-issued.

    Apologies for the inconvenience but even Margaret cannot control the weather!

10th July
  • Congratulations to Kate and John Brown.  Harry has a baby brother Joshua Michael, born at 11.24 am on Sunday 8th July (good job she wasn't at band!).  Weight 7lb 12 oz.
  • Sunday 15th July - meet at 5pm at Djanogly Recital Hall.  Sell tickets!!
29th June
  • Concert 30th June is POSTPONED - please let your fellow band members know...Margaret is currently trying to contact everyone to let them know.
  • New date is 22 September 2007
28th June
  • Concert on Saturday at Park Hill Golf Club, Seagrave (scroll down on their 'contact' page to see map) -  to find it, head out of Nottingham on A606 and turn onto the A46 at Widmerpool.  Take the Seagrave exit (a few miles south on the A46).
  • Dress - wear something warm!  But smart. i.e. ladies can wear smart black jackets or cardigans.
10th June
  • Tour 2008 announced - destination Salzburg.  Please sign up if you're interested, further details and prices to follow
  • Weekend workshop definitely going ahead - £25.00 deposit needed from everyone by the end of June.  Total cost will not exceed £80.00 per person.
  • Social next Saturday 16th June at the Victoria pub in Beeston - just turn up from 6.30 pm!
  • Sunday 24th June possible concert is cancelled (Derby Road)
  • November 3rd concert - we need to make sure we have a really good audience, start telling people now.
Player Vacancies
If you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player we are always interested to hear from you.
NSWO - We are currently looking for  Percussion.
NWE - We are currently looking for players in all sections for the new term.
Phone Margaret on 0115 9410543