Alford Band’s bumper bargain bookshop

Alford Silver band rehearsal centre.
Alford Silver band rehearsal centre.

Book lovers in Alford will want to visit Alford Silver Band’s rehearsal centre this coming bank holiday weekend.

The band will be holding its annual book sale in the newly extended rehearsal centre, situated on the far side of the car park behind the Co-Op Foodstore, Church Street, Alford on Saturday, May 24, 25, and 26.

The sale will commence from 9.30 am until 3.30pm each day.

The book sale provides an important boost to the band’s income and helps fund expert tuition for the young musicians in the training section.

Band chairman Martin Briggs, said: “We put a lot of hard work into recruiting and teaching youngsters to play a brass instrument, but of course that doesn’t come cheap, especially as we provide the instruments.”

“The annual book sale provides vital income towards meeting our costs,” he added.

The band has acquired a huge variety of nearly new books, CDs and DVDs in good condition, which will be sold at bargain prices to help boost band funds.

“We have held our Spring book sale for a few years now,” explained band secretary Jane Taylor, who organises the event.

“And it is proving as popular as ever. We know there will be a lot of people in Alford over the weekend, especially if the weather is fine. But because our rehearsal centre is tucked away behind the Co-op, people don’t always realise that the book sale is on,” she said.

“We always get quite a few comments afterwards of the ‘if only I’d known’ variety, so hopefully, this year people will know that we are ’open for business,”she aded.

The book sale will be staffed by volunteers from the band, who will also welcome enquiries about the band’s programme, hiring the band for an engagement or learning to play an instrument.

“Even though the main band plays to a highly professional standard, we are a not-for-profit organisation in which non of the musicians get paid,“ said Martin Briggs.

“Other than the annual book sale, we are funded entirely through member subscription and engagement fees. Events such as this are vital to the band, and to teaching the musicians of the future. But it is also a great opportunity for people to boost their libraries at home with those elusive good books that they can’t find anywhere else.” he added.

Further information about the book sale or the band itself can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor, by calling 01507 466330, emailing or from the band’s website: