• Congratulations to Haydock Band

    It is fantastic news that Haydock Band have won the Butlins National Championship Trophy – their first accolade of 2018 after a very successful year in 2017 – and a great start to the St Helens 150th anniversary year.

    Brass bands like Haydock and Valley Brass in our borough are immensely talented and the dedication of band members is a testament to the excellent grassroots music scene in St Helens.

    But bands in St Helens are facing financial difficulties that mean the groups often have difficulty finding permanent homes and storing instruments – and local bands have lost out on Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery grants.

    Conor written to the head of Arts Council England calling for alternative funding streams to be put in place for our local brass bands, making sure that our communities can benefit from them in years to come