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Machno Vale Silver Band
In all probability, the band started around 1830 in Cwm Penmachno. At the time the quarries of the area were strong, no doubt providing several members for the band.
At one time there were buildings in Swch Cwm and there was one room between the Co-op and Swch's stable that was used as a meeting place for the young people of the area. The band took this room over and practised there from 1902 until the 1940's.
The bandmaster Robert Thomas (Richie Thomas' father) was also a member of a band from Llan Ffestiniog and turned down an offer to play in the Black Dykes band in favour of conducting the local band.
Over the years, the band have performed many times in the Cerrig-y-drudion area.
At the end of the day, the band used to receive a feast for their performance - the band members would never go home on an empty stomach!
In 1934 during Penmachno carnival. By this time the band was under the guidance of Richie Thomas, the famous tenor from Penmachno.
By 1940, with the band still under the leadership of Richie Thomas, the band could look back on a successful decade during which they won many competitions in local Eisteddfodau.
Also during the 1930s, the band came under the stewardship of William Thomas for a short period of time.
The band would go around Cwm Penmachno every Christmas morning in order to raise funds for the band. The journey from Rhyd-y-gro to the Terrace was long and hard - but the Christmas dinner waiting at the end of the journey made all the work worth while!
Once upon a time, there was a band competition in Warrington and a member of Penmachno Band and a member of Llan Ffestiniog band decided to go on the Saturday morning train to Manchester and on to Warrington in order to see the competition. After making enquiries, the hall the competition was to be held in was found, but it looked empty and lifeless when our two friends arrived. They went to the ticket office to ask for tickets for the competition but the lady in the ticket office had to hold a straight face as she told them that the competition didn't take place until the following day. Our two friends had to come back home without seeing a single instrument blown.