for an update of the latest developments.
a PDF file so you may need a reader to read it).
story in pictures, We are done, We are happy We are hoping to see
By Oct 2018 the
old scout hut had been demolished and the footings dug. The concrete
was poured by the end of November. The steel work went up quickly
and by the end of December some of the roof, cladding and most of
the block work was finished. By mid January the floor had the hardcore
levelled and three weeks later the reinforcing and ducting of the
floor was completed. The concrete was laid and the entrance roof was
started by the end of February. The start of March 2019 saw the band
making a start with the internal fittings – ventilation, heating,
plumbing, electrical and decorating. Now we are tidying up the internal
furnishings in preparation for our opening ceremony on Sunday the
Here for Emm's inspirational speech at the Christmas
Band Concert Hall
in Manor Vale Lane - John Barrett
In October 2018 the band was finally able to get started with its
ambitious plan to build an extension to the existing band room. The
extension will create a new 200 seat concert hall. This idea first
emerged in 2015 and after a series of delays the band acquired all
the land that it needed for the new hall early in 2018. With the help
of a team of volunteers, including Mr Eric Clarke’s most generous
support and endeavour with his digger, the site was cleared and construction
The delay in starting had led to increased costs that caused the band
to readjust its plans and to devise a three phased strategy.
Phase 1– completed
April 2019 The band had a water sealed hall, but one that was devoid
of any internal electrical and plumbing fittings or decoration and
Phase 2 – completed
June 2019 The band had secured all internal fittings and complete
the decoration work.
Phase 3 – to finish
the furnishing and fitting out (staging/lighting/seating etc) so that
the project can be completed.
All three Phases
have a projected total cost of around £370,000 (as at August
2019) but of course the band did not commit to this build without
financial backing. Thankfully, due to the generosity of band supporters
and the band’s Charitable grant applications it has generated sufficient
promises of funds or grants and donations on hand to press on uninterrupted
into Phase 3 without any funding hiatus.
However, project finances have always been a worry for me and so the
band had kick started the fundraising that the completion of this
project demanded at the start of 2019. To that end we are still appealing
for community support and help. In the light of the planned changes
to the Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall, which will make the hall unsuitable
for band concerts, this building will guarantee the band a long term
concert venue and also give the 1st Kirkbymoorside Scout Group new
facilities to boost their activities. This project will deliver a
valuable community asset as well as security for the band and Scouts.
In mid August 2019 the band was anticipating that with the generosity
of its supporters the remaining Phase 3 costs had reduced the funding
shortfall to around £11,000 and whilst that is still a lot of
money, the band can now see the finishing line in sight. It has therefore
announced an official opening date for the new hall on Sunday the
If you can help us to cover the remaining project costs, a personal
donation, with hands on support, or with personal fundraising efforts,
we would be very grateful of your assistance. We guarantee that any
donations offered towards our project will be restricted solely to
meeting our building costs. Any on line banking donations can be made
using our sort code 40-26-15 and account number 71003607.
The band is also a Charity and Gift Aid offers a further 25% potential
boost to our fundraising efforts. A standard Gift Aid form for cash
donations can be found by Clicking
this link but Gift Aid can also be applicable to
some fundraising activities too e.g. sponsorship. If you have any
fundraising ideas that we could assist you with please let us know.