Freemasons cash is boost for junior band

Hebden Bridge Junior Band members Rhiannon Scorer, 14 (left) and Rose Tierney with charity steward Barry Mills of the Prince Frederick Lodge masons and band president Anne Bridges
Hebden Bridge Junior Band members Rhiannon Scorer, 14 (left) and Rose Tierney with charity steward Barry Mills of the Prince Frederick Lodge masons and band president Anne Bridges
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YOUNG musicians were celebrating a £5,000 grant at their annual spring fair.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band was awarded the cash from the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding at the event at the Ground Floor Cafe, Hebden Bridge,

The cheque was handed over by the band’s vice-president Barry Mills, who is a member of the Prince Frederick Lodge 307 Hebden Bridge.

Mr Mills and wife Gwen have been involved with the band for 30 years and their daughter, Michelle, and granddaughter, Lauren, have both played with the group.

“I was over the moon when it was announced the band’s bid had been successful,” said Mr Mills. “They keep children off the streets and many go on to have successful musical careers.”

The band has also recently received £800 from the Halifax Flower Club – the proceeds from its Christmas show.

President Anne Bridges said the money would make a huge difference to the band, which is currently trying to attract new members.

“It will mean we can keep up our forty year tradition of nuturing musical talent amongst the children of the Calder Valley,” she said.