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Cawthorne Brass Band

In 1976 a group of villagers decided to try to re-form Cawthorne Brass Band. Two of these enthusiasts were David Broadhead and Richard Northern, both of whom are still in the Band today. Many of the original instruments had been damaged beyond repair and only a small number survived. However, through its own fundraising efforts and with a grant from Barnsley Council and the Cawthorne Parish Council it was eventually possible to buy a set of instruments, some second hand, and under the baton of Stanley Jagger the Band was re-born. The conductor's job was then taken over by Eric Jessop (still well known in brass band circles) seen in the photo below which was taken outside the Village Hall in 1977.

By 1980 the Band was being conducted by Ray Andrews. The photos below were taken at this time, the first being in the school in which the Band used to practice at the time, and the next one being at a garden party at the home of Mr John Lees.

In 1984 it was once again becoming difficult to fill all the seats and a decision was made to merge with Pogmoor Band. The conductor then was Mr Brian Hepworth and the Band became known as Pogmoor and Cawthorne Band. Eventually it reverted to being Cawthorne Band when most of the Pogmoor players had left. By this time the conductor's baton had passed to Harold Lilford, seen in the photo below.

It was at around this time that Cawthorne Band moved out of the village of Cawthorne when suitable practice facilities were no longer available. Rehearsals were held in the scout hut at Barugh until a home could be found again in Cawthorne.

When Harold Lilford left the Band in the late 1980's Eric Jessop once again took over the conductor's job for about six months, before handing the job over to Andy Lincoln. Ufortunately Andy did not stay long but at this point the Band was able to persuade the well known local bandsman Stan O' Connor to do the job, which he did until his health no longer allowed him to continue.

By 1990 the Band was being conducted by Nigel Horne, now very well known in the brass band world, but at that time relatively new to Yorkshire. Nigel stayed with the Band for several years and since leaving has remained a good friend and supporter of the Band.

The Band returned to Cawthorne in 1994 where a practice room was made available in a room at the Spencer Arms. A new conductor, Colin Jeffrey, was appointed and he was very keen to start a learners' band, which was a great success. After a short period at the Spencer's the Band came to an arrangement with Cawthorne Chapel to use the school room for its rehearsals and this has been the Band's home ever since.

Colin Jeffery left Cawthorne in 1996 and a difficult period followed when the Band was not able to retain a conductor and the number of members dropped. However, in 1997 Brian Frost was appointed as conductor and he stayed with the Band for six years, providing much needed stability. Brian continued with the learner band, which provided a number of players for the senior band later on.

Brian Frost left in 2002 and was replaced briefly by Marion New and then Gareth King, who is still conducting the Band today.