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Help Sought as Future of 150 Year Old Band in Jeopardy

A brass band formed more than 150 years ago says its future is in serious threat unless it is able to find a permanent home in the very near future.

Enderby Band has been in existence since 1895 and was made homeless last year, after losing its previous rehearsal space next to Huncote Leisure Centre due to high methane levels in the area.

Leicester Time: Help Sought as Future of 150 Year Old Band in Jeopardy
Picture: Enderby Band

Since then it has been rehearsing in various venues across the area, at a cost of £500 per month.

The band’s equipment is being stored at facilities all around the county.

“As a charity we can’t afford to keep doing it and the band could fold at any time if we run out of money,” said Elaine Cooke, general secretary of Enderby Band.

“It’s a bit of a nightmare to keep hanging on and very sad that it’s come to this,” she added.

“To continue putting on performances and concerts, we really do need a new home. It’s costing us more money to rent rehearsal space than we can make each year, which means we are not able to replace uniforms; purchase new music, new mutes, repair instruments… the list goes on!”

The band has made an appeal for anyone who can help them source rehearsal space to get in touch.

“We are so grateful for suggestions and options given to us, but unfortunately these have not been viable. If you know of a building or land that we could utilise, we urge you to get in touch,” said Ms Cooke.

“We don’t want to see the band die – it would be an absolute tragedy.”

To help the cause call 07803 715369, or email: