Leslie 'Les' Featherstone (1920 - 2012)
Mr Leslie Featherstone was born in Fangdale Beck before moving to High Ellermire Farm, Chop Gate - "his favourite place in the world". He was a true Bilsdale man and farmer, preferring the old traditional ways over modern machinery.
He was a wholehearted supporter of Bilsdale Silver Band, rarely missing a performance. The Band was pleased to have played for his 90th Birthday celebration, and was honoured to be invited to play at his funeral on 10th December 2012 at St. John's Church in Bilsdale.
Les most generously remembered Bilsdale Silver Band with a bequest in his will to ensure its prosperity and long-term survival. Discussions are currently underway to determine how this might best be effected; the outcome will be reported here.
On behalf of all members of Bilsdale Silver Band - "Thank you, Les"
From its Trading Surplus for the year Sept 2011 - August 2012, Bilsdale Silver Band has made charitable donations totalling £530 to seven different oranisations, including The Great Northern Air Ambulance, Asthma UK, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
We are grateful to "our customers" who have engaged, booked and supported us over the year - and who have made this possible...
William George Ainsley (1929 - 2012) & Marjorie (Madge) Ainsley (née Collier, 1933 - 2013)
Bilsdale Silver Band was saddened to hear of the passing of both William George Ainsley and his wife Marjorie (Madge), with four weeks of each other...
Generations of Ainsleys have lived at Spout House - where William farmed, and was landlord of The Sun Inn. A small collection of Ainsley photographs can be seen here...
For sixty-odd years, William was also Secretary of Spout House Cricket Club - famed for its vertiginous pitch. A splendid tribute - "William draws stumps" - has appeared in The Northern Echo.
The Band has always been heartily welcomed - and enjoyed - its sessions at Spout House; a most memorable occasion - in 2007 - was the celebration of William and Madge's 50th wedding anniversary. This photo is how many of us will remember Madge and William, outside The Sun Inn...
Why not take a look at this video of Bilsdale Silver Band playing carols at Rievaulx Abbey last year! With grateful thanks to Dr Kajetan Erdinger...
The event was Number One in the Guardian list of Carol Services a few years ago...
The video is 46 minutes long - we suggest you get a beer, sit back and get singing...
Cricket Match, and Joint Concert with The Shepherd Group Concert Band
Sunday 4th July 2010 saw Bilsdale Silver Band beat The Shepherd Group Concert Band at the Cricket Match, held at The Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale; no expense has been spared to bring you this report from our Cricket Correspondent:
Click here to see how cricket-playing Band Members looked in 1896....
In the evening, 37 Members of the two Bands gave a lively concert, the proceeds (£67) from which went to Chop Gate Village Hall funds.
Our thanks to all our colleagues at Shepherd's - and particularly to Mike Pratt for his enthusiastic conducting!
See the article in the Darlington and Stockton Times...
Sesquicentenary of a Notable Performance by Bilsdale Band!
Welcome to The Williams Family!
Bilsdale Silver Band welcomes four members of the Williams family who live at Castleton - a village on the North York Moors located between Danby and Westerdale.
Jonathan commutes to Teesside University, and is in the second year of a Law degree. His brother Matthew travels to Whitby 6th Form College, and amongst his subjects are Law and Psychology.
Susan retired from British Telecom when the boys were born, and now works part-time in the village Co-operative store where she is the in-store baker. Andrew is a manager with Corus, and lives in Lincoln during the week.
The family has a passion for brass banding, and are established players. They enjoy the music and the new friendships found at Bilsdale, and are looking forward to supporting the Band for many years to come.
Bilsdale Silver Band Appoints Musical Director
Bilsdale Silver Band wins Grants
In December 2006, the Bilsdale Silver Band gained an Award of £10,000 from Awards for All (adminstered by the Big Lottery Fund). This Award is being used to encourage more people of all generations to play a brass instrument and to join the Band. This has involved purchasing more brass instruments, introducing a training band, and publicising the Band.
A second grant for £6,770 was received from the Local Network Fund of York and North Yorkshire Community Council (a Department of Education Grant).
In addition, in October 2006 we received an Award of £2,500 from the Ryedale Community Investment Panel to extend our activities to the local community.