Messages from Hampshire County Youth Bands Association
9th July 2017
Raffle Hampers and Cakes
Dear Parents and Band members,
Urgent need for donations for our Raffle Hampers
Our raffles always raise much needed funds to spend on our three bands. We really do need some more ingredients to produce our usual amazing array of hampers though. Please could every band member who has not yet brought in something for the hampers bring something this Saturday. Suggestions for things to donate - Wine, posh non-alcoholic drinks, biscuits, jams, chutneys, sweets, chocolates, toiletries and stationery.
If you would like to help make the hampers please see Gwen and Heather who will be busy in the refreshment block.Thank you to those of you who have already donated something for our raffle hampers.
We could also do with a parent who can match fund our raffle, through their employer. We can help you if you are not sure how to fill in the paperwork. Please email me if your employer does match funding.
We need more donations of cakes for our Before Concert Teas. Thank you to those who have already let me know that you can donate some. Please email me to let me know if you can supply some.They do not have to be homemade!
28th June 2017
St Swithuns Concert preparations
Dear Parents and Band Members,
End of Year Concert tickets
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (1st July) for the end of year concert at St Swithuns School, Winchester. We shall be selling them in the Refreshment block. Please note we cannot reserve tickets and we cannot buy back any tickets you no longer need. Prices are £7 for adults and £5 for concessions. Please pay by cash or cheque made payable to HCYB.
This Saturday we are also collecting components to make up hampers for raffle prizes. Please bring your donation to rehearsal. Wine, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, preserves...
The hamper filling will be done on Saturdays 8th and 15th July. Please come along and help - you don't have to be super artistic and it is a great way to get to know other parents. Our raffles make a lot of funds for our three bands.
We shall be selling tea and cakes before the concert. Please donate some small cakes for this money raiser. Let me know if you can contribute please. Cakes need to be brought along to St Swithuns.
Helping at the concert
I shall be contacting parents about taking their turn at helping at the concert shortly, on the basis of what you have indicated you would be happy to help with on your Association form. If you have already done a turn this year but would like to help again just email me. We need help with car parking, chaperoning, selling teas beforehand, selling raffle tickets, last minute box office, band stall and ushering. Tammy will be contacting people to help on interval refreshments and Ben will be co-ordinating truck drivers and loaders/unloaders.
26th June 2017
HCYBs Jane Brydon's retirement
As you may have been made aware, Jane Brydon is shortly to retire from her position as Conductor of Hampshire County Junior Band. The Hampshire County Youth Band Association (HCYBA) feel that it is only right and proper to present Jane with a token of our appreciation after so many years of fantastic service.
Jane's calm and supportive personality has been the first experience that the vast majority of players have had of playing in an ensemble setting, before many progress into the other bands and even to playing beyond county level. Much of this has been made possible by Jane's efforts to encourage and nurture the raw talent with which band members joined the Junior Band.
A cash/cheque collection will be taken during morning rehearsals for the next 2 Saturdays (1-Jul and 8-Jul) by the volunteers selling tickets for the Summer Concert. Parents/friends who are unable to attend Perins, personally, can donate using the following "shareagift" page:
All donations will be gratefully received and it is intended that a presentation will be made at the Summer concert on Sun 16 Jul at St Swithuns.
Cards will also be distributed for band members to sign at the next 2 rehearsals. Comments left on the donating page will be transferred into these cards.
Your generosity and patience is appreciated.
25th August 2016
Re: Hampshire County Youth Bands Association 2016-17
Dear Parents and Band Members,
Welcome to you all from the Hampshire County Youth Band Association Committee, whether you are returning for another year or you are new to the County Bands.
All parents of Band members are automatically members of the Band Association. Attached are your Association forms which need to be completed and returned to your conductor at rehearsal on either 10th or 17th September.
The Association’s aim is to support the bands practically and financially.
Parents help support the bands through taking a turn at one of the many tasks available. Our aim is that everyone does a little so no one has to do a lot. On the attached form there is a revised list of jobs which need to be done each year. Please indicate on the form which ones you would prefer to do.
Hampshire Music Service pays the County Bands' staff salaries and the rehearsal venue hire. The termly payments which parents make to the Music Service go towards these costs. All other costs have to be covered by the Association. Without the Association's financial support the County Bands would not be able to function as successfully as they do. The Association covers the cost of such things as the instrument specific tutors at our Fairthorne residential course, hiring concert venues,as well as purchasing and maintaining equipment including music, stands and instruments.
To help cover these costs we ask that each family makes a yearly donation of £50. This can be paid in cash, cheque or, for the first time this year, by bank transfer. If you are paying your donation by bank transfer please use VC and your band member’s name as a reference. If you are also buying uniform please use VCU and your band member’s name.
Details for bank transfer are
Account name: Hampshire County Youth Bands Association
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account number: 00018033
Reference: VC Band Member’s name
or VCU Band Member’s name
If you wish to spread the payments you can use three cheques dated September 2016, January 2017 and April 2017.
Band uniform needs to be ordered if your band member is changing bands or they are a new member. Please indicate on your form if you need a shirt and enclose payment. Shirts are given out at Fairthorne by our adult team. You do not need to indicate shirt size as your band member will have the opportunity to try on different sizes at Fairthorne. We have a very small number of second hand shirts for Training band and Junior band available which will be on sale at the first rehearsal on 10th September at a reduced price. All proceeds will go towards band funds.
If you have any questions about the Association please email the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask someone to point you in our direction at rehearsal.