Band’s bargain booksale

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’s annual book sale will be held in the band’s rehearsal centre, on the far side of the car park behind the Co-op Foodstore, Church Street on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 23-25, between 9.30am and 3.30 pm.

The band room will be filled with a huge selection of pre-owned books, DVDs and CDs, all in good condition and attractively laid out for easy spotting, and on sale at a bargain price.

All genres of literature will be included, from children’s books to modern fiction, and from the classics to works of reference.

The book sale will be staffed by volunteer members of the band, who will also welcome enquiries about the band’s programme, hiring the band for an engagement or learning to play an instrument. Tea and coffee will also be available for visitors.

The annual event is the brainchild of band secretary Jane Taylor.

“We collect donated books that are in good condition throughout the year and store them carefully until the book sale,” she explained.

“Most of them are fairly new, having been donated to the band by our supporters once they have been read. Having cost us nothing, we are able to sell them on at a bargain price to raise funds for the band.

“We have run the event for several years now and it has become increasingly popular. It’s also a chance for those who wish to learn a little bit more about who we are and what we do.”

Though playing to a professional standard, Alford Silver Band is a not for profit organisation that depends upon fundraising, member subscriptions and the competitively priced fees that it charges for engagements to meet its costs. 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.

“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 and professional tuition,” said band chairman Martin Briggs. “The annual book sale provides vital income towards meeting our costs.”

The band has an excellent reputation for the standard of its performances, and for its work with young people in teaching them music. Many of the band’s trainees have gone on to study music at university and some have become professional musicians.

The rehearsal centre was extended last year and with easy access for all, including disabled visitors, is an ideal place to hold a book sale.

For further information about the book sale or the band call band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or visit www.alfordsilverband.co.uk