The Messenger Online

A new chapter in the Silver Band's history begins!

Peter Lucas

Our band hut has come to the end of its useful life having served the village and the band well for 100 years. It started life as an army hut in the First World War before being purchased and erected in Mill Street, in 1919, for use as a chapel. The band began hiring the hut for their practice nights in 1959 before purchasing it for £1 in 1982.

We have been fund raising for several years to replace the hut and thanks to many personal donations and grants including Mid-Suffolk District Council, Garfield Weston Charitable Foundation, Gislingham Parish Council, Gislingham United Charity, and Gislingham Variety Club, we hope to have sufficient funds to enable us to demolish the present hut and build a purpose-built meeting hall.

The new hall will be available for hire by community groups. Should you be able to offer any help, of any description, in the demolition (or later construction) or wish to make a donation towards the project I would be grateful to hear from you. We are looking to demolish the hut over a weekend probably in May!