Offer to buy Holbeach Band Hall is rejected

Holbeach Town Band and musical director Mel Hopkin (right).
Holbeach Town Band and musical director Mel Hopkin (right).

Holbeach Town Band has suffered another blow in trying to secure a long-term home after a bid to buy its current base was rejected.

Details of a £25,000 offer, from an anonymous bidder, for the band hall in Back Lane, Holbeach, were revealed during a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council on Monday.

Councillors turned down the offer after it was revealed that it was £4,500 less than a valuation of the hall done in 2014, despite an assurance from the bidder of a long-term lease for the band to continue using the hall.

Mel Hopkin, musical director of Holbeach Town Band, said: “I’m very disappointed that the parish council has rejected the offer as it would have given us security for the future.

“We’ve searched for funding from organisations like the National Lottery but they won’t give any money towards a band room.

“The only way we could get something is to get together with a group of like-minded organisations and put in a joint bid for funding towards a community building.

I’m very disappointed that the parish council has rejected the offer as it would have given us security for the future

Mel Hopkin, musical director, Holbeach Town Band

“But at the moment, we haven’t found any other organisations to join in with so we’re still in the position of seareching for a permanent place.”

Councillors were told that the band, which was given a two-year extension to its lease of the hall from October 1, was prepared to make up the difference between the offer price and 2014 valuation.

Coun Emma Armiger said: “The band hall is here for the community and we need to consider carefully whether we want to dispose of this asset.

“Fundamentally, if the band was to be wound up in any shape or form, we still have that facility for community groups in the future.”