Hub would be music to Holbeach Town Band’s ears

Musical director Mel Hopkin pictured during Holbeach Town Band's 2015 learn to play week. SG040815-101TW
Musical director Mel Hopkin pictured during Holbeach Town Band's 2015 learn to play week. SG040815-101TW
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Holbeach Town band is keen to hear from groups who would be interesting in joining it in a South Lincolnshire music hub.

As well as the potential to create a centre of excellence for music – with musicians from all backgrounds under one roof – it could open the way for grant-aid to help the band buy the Holbeach Library building at a cost of £100,000.

I think a music hub, whether it’s at the library or somewhere else, would be good in Holbeach because Holbeach seems to attract a lot of different groups of music people.

Coun Nick Worth

The band’s current Back Lane HQ is owned by the parish council, which wants it back.

That council has extended the band’s lease until September 30 to give the musicians a chance to find a new home.

The library building is owned by Lincolnshire County Council, which is willing to sell it to the band, but the price tag means the band will have to seek grants.

Band musical director Mel Hopkin said: “Getting a substantial grant was always going to be difficult.

“We are working hard to put a funding application together.

“Funding may be possible through a capital investment grant from the Arts Council or “Reaching Communities” funding through the Lottery Fund, which is substantial funding for certain community focused projects.

“Our funding application has to show what benefit there will be to the local arts community, wider region and audiences.

“We also have to show how the project would enhance artistic quality and level of engagement with both participants and audiences.

“We would be interested to hear from musical groups who would be interested in joining us in a music hub.”

If the band can’t raise the sum, it will consider renting the library building which is due to be vacated later this year when the volunteers move to the Co-op.

County and district councillor Nick Worth has been helping the band with negotiations for the library and he’s also been asked to investigate the idea of a music hub.

Coun Worth told us: “I think the biggest issue for the band is funding.

“I think a music hub, whether it’s at the library or somewhere else, would be good in Holbeach because Holbeach seems to attract a lot of different groups of music people. There’s a lot of interest. You only have to look at the music and beer festival and the pubs that have local bands.”

• Music groups interested in being part of a hub can call Mr Hopkin on 01775 712420.

Previously ...

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