Holbeach Town Band in move to town library?

Holbeach Town Band could have a new base.
Holbeach Town Band could have a new base.
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Talks are underway to give Holbeach Town Band a new and permanent base at the town’s Church Street library.

The library is now volunteer run following sweeping changes introduced by Lincolnshire County Council and is expected to switch bases to the Lincolnshire Co-op store in Fleet Street.

I think it could be quite a win for the town all round, really.

Coun Nick Worth

The town band, now in its 44th year, has been a tenant of the parish council for 35-plus years and has been searching for new premises since the parish council announced a couple of years ago that it wants to sell or redevelop the Back Lane band room site.

County councillor Nick Worth said the band’s lease was due to expire in March 2016 but the parish council on Monday granted a six-month extension.

He’s acting as an intermediary between the county council and the band to see if the library can be offered at “an acceptable price”.

Coun Worth said the band will have to decide whether to buy or lease the premises.

He says the band is “looking down various grant avenues” such as the Arts Council to try to raise some money.

Coun Worth said: “It’s a good venue for them (the band), quite central. Obviously they won’t use it all of the time and it could be used for other activities as well.

“I think it could be quite a win for the town all round, really.”

Band musical director Mel Hopkin said a provisional application has been made for Arts Council funding but details of the terms under which the library may be offered are not yet known.

Holbeach Town Band currently has three bands and has a proud tradition of teaching young musicians to play.

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Holbeach Town Band’s Music Cafe

Holbeach Town Band looking for new ‘bass’

Holbeach Town Band in 40s concert