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Cadishead Public Band
In 1882 the Irlam Agricultural and Horticultural Society held a show on September 15th. A large marquee was erected on the school field. Many people came to the show. Music was provided by Cadishead Brass Band under the leadership of Mr. Dewhurst. On 7th September, 1885, the 5th Annual Show of the Cadishead Cottage Gardeners' Society was held in a field near the Railway Hotel in Cadishead. In spite of dreadful weather, the show excelled all previous shows. The Cadishead Band played selections of music during the afternoon, and for dancing, in the evening.
Cadishead Brass Band changed it's name to the Congregational Brass Band when it was located in the Congregational Schoolroom. When it moved to the Old Smithy at the corner of what is now Cadishead Park (sometime before 1895), it became known once more as Cadishead Brass Band. When the old Smithy building became unsafe and had to be demolished, the Band moved to the Old Workshop in Moss Lane, at the rear of the Railway Hotel. This workshop, in time made way for a car park for the Railway Hotel's customers, so the Band now find themselves sharing a building in Clarendon Road, which was built and used as a Fire Station by the Irlam Urban District Council.
In 1930 Cadishead Brass Band achieved the prized position of being judged first in the Belle Vue Band Contest. The test piece that they had to play was, 'A Moorside Suite' by Gustav Holst.
In 1977 the Queen's Jubilee concert included Cadishead Public Band, Irlam Band,
Cadishead Public Band was formed in 1877 under the title of Cadishead Brass Band and during its long history has taken on various titles to reflect, in most cases, where it was using for rehearsal premises. One major change was when, around 1890, it became the Cadishead Congregational Brass Band during the period it rehearsed at Cadishead Congregational Church. The Band reverted back to Cadishead Brass Band in 1895 when it moved premises again.
Various premises were used for rehearsals including the Congregational Church, St Mary's Schoolroom and the Wesleyan Schoolroom. Around 1911, the former Smithy, at what is now the entrance to Cadishead Park, was used for rehearsal purposes and this was used when William Henry Fairhurst was the conductor, and it was only later that the Band moved to the premises in Moss Lane, at the rear of the Plough Inn. Sadly, these have long since been demolished to make way for a car park. There is a short piece of music in the library called "Moss Lane", along with one called "Cadishead" which were specially written for the Band.
In the late 1960's, the Band moved to the former Fire Station in Clarendon Road, which they shared with several other groups including a Playgroup, Judo and Karate Clubs. The Band had specified use of the main room, and one office for storage on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday morning. The former Irlam U.D.C. made the building available to the Band at no charge.
Gradually, the other groups left the former Fire Station and in 1984, the Band purchased the building from the former Greater Manchester County Council. The Council having taken over responsibility for the building in 1974, when local government re-organisation took place. This gave the Band, for the first time in its history, a permanent place of its own. Over the years, the Band has spent a great deal of time and money on the upkeep and restoration of the building, which is now known as "Talbot Hall". It was named in memory of Eddie Talbot who for many years was the longest serving member of the Band.
The Band has enjoyed a varied history and highlights must include in the late 1920's and early 1930's, when the Band competed with championship section bands at the various Belle Vue Contests. In fact, in 1930, they won the May Contest playing against the likes of Black Dyke Mills Band. In the 1920's, the then Groves and Whitnall Brewery donated a silver trophy to be competed for at a Brass Band Contest to be held in Cadishead each year and the Band still has this trophy in its possession, although the contest has long since gone. In those days, the contest would take place in the afternoon and the Band gave a concert in the evening. It is hard to imagine such a thing happening today.
Today's Band is very much a concert and marching Band, with the occasional Beer & Brass engagement or Dance Night. With such a busy programme of events, it is hard for the Band to fit in the time for special rehearsals for contest performances. In fact, the last contest placing was a second in the Manchester District Championships in 1985. The Band also enjoyed success with wins in the City of Salford Legion Entertainment Contest and the Kirkholt Entertainment Contest in 1980.
The future for the Band looks rosy. At present there are 55 names on the member's register, with 29 in the main Band ant the remainder within the "B" Band or the learner's classes. The Band has always prided itself on being able to recruit from the locality and in some cases; children have followed their parents into the Band. It is a family orientated band and the members attend many social gatherings. There is now an annual summer BBQ for all the members, family and friends and in the year 2001, the profit from the BBQ was donated to the "B" Band for purchase of newer instruments.
The policy of the Band has always been to try to provide the best possible instruments, uniforms and tuition to all its members free of charge. There are only a few members who actually own their own instruments. The Band has provided the rest and insures them for Band use. The Band's motto is "Consistency and Progress" and in these days of ever increasing demands on a person's time, it is a testament to the motto that the Band has been able to continue its work within the Irlam and Cadishead locality, and to still attract young people into learning to play a brass band instrument.
Like most Brass Bands, Cadishead has had its share of different conductors over its 125 Year History.
The current incumbent is Roy Hesford, who has been with the Band continuously since 1974. He is probably the longest serving conductor the Band has had, but records do not go back far enough to prove this point. Roy comes from a brass band orientated family. He was a trombone player in the Irlam Public Band and his Uncle, Rueben Hesford, was the conductor. Roy also did a large amount of orchestral trombone work in theatre orchestras.
He came to the Band in 1974 and said he would give it a try for a year and then let the Committee know. They are still waiting for his decision so it must be one of the longest trials on record. He was presented with an inscribed tanker in 1999 to mark his 25 years with the Band and he has received the NWABBA Diploma of Honour for over 50 years service in Brass Banding.
Before Roy came to the Band, the conductor was Fred Houghton, known to us all as "Sandy." He was a tenor horn player with the Band many years ago and made his mark with the band as a conductor. He held the position for most of the 1950's and 1960's resigning in 1966. He came back to the post for a short period in the early 1970's. He was responsible for the music content of the programme and kept a tight rein on rehearsals. Work commitments and ill health made Sandy give up the job in 1974. His son Fred (Jnr), also a tenor horn player, played with several other bands in the northwest area after leaving Cadishead.
Paul Crashley, a local organist and former trombone player, took the Band for a period after Fred Houghton resigned, and to complete the period from 1968 to 1971, Wilf Walker and James Lovatt followed Paul.
Going back in time, there may still be some people in the district who remember William Henry Fairhurst who conducted the Band and Jimmy Adair who was the Chairman. Mr. Adair used to walk in front of the band on marching engagements and always wore his long overcoat and a bowler hat and had a distinctive moustache. There is in the Band Room a silver and ebony baton which was presented to William Henry Fairhurst in 1924 for his service to the Band. Compared with today's batons, this one is a heavyweight.
In 1919, Mr. Fairhurst took the Band to a contest at Haydock where the Band came second and the Band's Euphonium player, Charles Hampson, was awarded the Euphonium Medal. It is recorded that the public were so delighted with the Band's performance that they held a collection giving the proceeds to the Band.
For later contesting, the band would engage a professional conductor and in some cases the same person would take several bands at the same contest. Back in 1927, when the Band competed at the 75th Annual Belle Vue Contest, Mr. Joe Jennings conducted. He also had two other bands at the same contest. Whether he won with any of them is not known.
In 1932, the death of Mr. Wrigley was announced and it is reported he was the conductor of Cadishead Public Prize Band with whom he had been associated for over 26 years. Mr. Jennings also took them at the 82nd Belle Vue Contest in 1934 competing against the likes of Black Dyke Mills Band, Besses O'Th'Barn, Brighouse & Rastrick, Munn & Feltons and Wingates. In the programme, it lists the Cadishead Public Band's wins at the various Belle Vue Contests as follows:
1st Prize Belle Vue July Contest 1930
2nd Prize Belle Vue July Contest 1934 (Class A)
Prize Winners Belle Vue July Contest 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932,1933.
The Programme also lists the player of the day and Mr. J. Ellison was the Bandmaster. From a press report, it would appear that in 1883, a Mr. Dewhurst conducted the band, although how long he remained as Conductor has not been established.
Cadishead Public Band must in this day and age, be one of the few bands who can claim to have very long serving members and what is even more to the point is that their service has all been with the one band.
The current longest serving member is Harry Hudson who joined the Band in September 1959, so has over 50 year's service. He started on cornet, then tenor horn and moved to baritone, an instrument he particularly loved, but he has been for some years, the band's Solo Euphonium. Harry is a bricklayer by trade and has his own business. He lists his likes as Curry, Lager, Brass Band music, murder & thriller films, any programme on Golf, but does not have a favourite composer. He dislikes anyone late for band engagements and he hopes to be a lottery winner one day. In the past, he toured Europe with the North West Youth Band, but he admits this was a long time ago.
Next in line is Tony Sanderson. He is currently the Band Chairman having previous been the longest servicing Vice-Chairman of the Band. Tony joined at age 7 and has been the flugel horn player with the band for most of his playing career. He celebrates 39 years in the band this year. Tony is a mechanical engineer for a media company. He lists his likes as Boddingtons Bitter or a Single Malt, anything made with chicken or pork, most music except Jazz, Darrell Barry is his choice for composer, and Sean Connery and Sandra Bullock figure as his film actors. Tony also enjoys watching Jeremy Clarkson and his holiday destination is Menorca. He dislikes any form of bad manners and lack of respect for others. He hopes to continue to help his great family and friends in the future and says this is one of his biggest achievements to date along with being made head of department at work.
Ken Whitworth is another longer serving member. He played cornet in his early days, back in the 1960's and is currently 2nd Euphonium. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Band, taking over from Tony. Ken had a break in service when he went to work in Canada but as soon as he came back and settled in the area, it was back to the band for him.
John Blay comes into the same category. He joined in May 1961 as a youngster and was told by the then tutor that he would never make it as a brass player. John proved the tutor wrong and despite being asked to leave at one time (for a short period only) he is the mainstay of the Bass section having been on Bb bass more years than he cares to think about. John is a retired Fire-fighter by profession and lists his likes as Curry, Bourbon Whiskey and almost all kinds of music. He is a Star Trek fan and gives Jerry Ryan as his choice of TV star. John enjoys holidaying in Cornwall. He dislikes people being late. John is the B band conductor and enjoys playing a part in the Band Christmas show.
Jim Houghton joined the Band in 1967 on cornet and is now the Band's Solo Horn Player. He is also the Band's Treasurer, taking over the post from his father, also called Jim.
John Roach joined in 1969 on cornet and along with his sister Diane, who played tenor horn; he had lessons from Oliver Howarth. John became the band's principal cornet player some years ago when Colin Perkin left the Band. He has been with the Band over 40 years. John is the publicity officer and the friends secretary.
Robert Tynan joined the Band in 1973 and played Baritone. He later transferred to trombone and is now solo Trombone for the Band. His late father, Hulbert, followed Robert into the Band and played Eb Bass.
Peter Bates joined in 1973 as Secretary to the Band, a position he has held for over 30 years. He took a one year break from the post in 1983, returning at the AGM the following year. He took on the post of Building General Manager from 1983 to 1990. He was not a player originally but because he could read bass clef, he was asked to try the Bass Trombone. He took lessons from Oliver Howarth on an old "G" Trombone and started playing with the band in 1974. He gave up playing full-time in 1987. Peter retired as Secretary in 2006 becoming a life member. He is still involved with the band as compere. He enjoys his annual trip to see family in the USA. A highlight for Peter was to be the compere for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall.
Roy Hesford became conductor in 1974 and he is officially retired from full-time work. he likes a Gin & It and any kind of music except Country and Dixieland. He does not have a favourite composer or film but does like Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts on the big screen. Roy does not now take annual holiday preferring to holiday at "Ourgate". He dislikes prats and would like to see all bums on seats for rehearsals. His biggest achievements he says are marrying his wife Rita and playing with the Halle Orchestra. He was offered the chance to turn professional with the Bournemouth Spa Orchestra.
Linda Crompton joined the Band from Eccles Borough and is the assistant Principal Cornet player. She has over 30 years service in the Band movement playing with Christchurch Band, Eccles Borough and then Cadishead. Linda is now the Secretary of the Band succeeding Peter Bates
David Dee joined in 1981 on Eb Bass and he is still there today. He is the Band Sergeant for the Band and also Building General Manager, a role he took over in 1990 from Peter Bates. David was later joined in the Band by his brother Gerard on Baritone and his sister tricia on cornet. Sadly, Ged left the Band due to work commitments. David is a Third Party Regional Manager - Schools PFI and hi likes are a hearty breakfast, Boddingtons Bitter, any music with a good beat, the works of Darrol Barry, the Great Ecsape and Steve McQueen, and the TV programme Morse with John Thaw. His favourte actress is Sharon Stone and he enjoys holidays in Cornwall/Devon. He dislikes people not turnig up for engagements. His future ambition is to win a prize at the Royal Albert Hall.
Des Finch came to the Band from Irlam Band in 1981, one of the very few to join from any other local band. He joined on Eb Bass and is still there. He is now a librarian of the Band. A computer programmer by trade, Des lists his likes as Real Ale, any music except country music, the work of Elgar, the film Brassed Off and Inspector Morse. Woody Allen and Meg Ryan are his choice for big screen stars. He enjoys holidays in the USA. He dislikes getting up in the morning and his ambition is to be on time for rehearsals. He lists being a father to three girls as his biggest achievement to date.
All these people have received 25 year tankards and NWABBA Certificates of Service to mark their 25 years in banding.