Band accesses cash for rehearsal room

The new entrance at Alford Silver Band's rehearsal centre
The new entrance at Alford Silver Band's rehearsal centre

Thanks to the generosity of local people, Alford Silver Band has been able to improve the access to its rehearsal centre for disabled and less mobile visitors.

The band was Lincolnshire Co-operative Society’s local Champion for Alford for the run up to last Christmas, profiting by £750 from money spent by shoppers in the Alford Foodstore.

Added to this, former East Lindsey District Councillor Jean Bradley donated £200 from her community initiative budget.

Although the band room has an alternative entrance due to a high step this is not suitable for the less mobile.

“We had been conscious for a long time that the main access to the band rehearsal centre was difficult,” said band chairman Martin Briggs.

“There was a wide strip of soft grass between the gate from the car park and the main door making it treacherous for the less ambulant to reach the building, particularly during the winter months. One of our players can only walk with the aid of sticks and it was extremely difficult for her.”

He added: “We have a strong policy of equality, but as a not-for-profit organisation, raising all the money ourselves to carry out the work was not feasible. We are very grateful to the Lincolnshire Co-op and to Jean Bradley for making this vital improvement possible.

“We always welcome new players, and visitors who want to listen to our rehearsals, now we can do so without having to worry about their mobility needs.”

The donations were put towards the £1,800 cost of constructing a concrete slab in place of the grass with the band finding the difference through careful management of its budget.

The rehearsal centre is located in the car park behind the Co-op Foodstore on Church Street accessed from Millers Way.

The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings.

Further information, including the performance programme, can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk and online at www.alfordsilverband.co.uk