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Redrow sponsors champions brass band contest

Redrow Homes is sponsoring a battle of the bands contest in Oldham to the tune of £750, as organisers appeal for more support.

Not one to blow its own trumpet, the homebuilder is happy to help others blow theirs and ensure they are rightly rewarded for their victory.

Redrow is donating £750 prize money for the Local Champions Award category in the Saddleworth and Oldham Whit Friday Brass Band Contests on June 9, when more than 100 bands from all over the world are expected to compete in the annual afternoon and evening of competition.

“It is a fabulous competition which goes back years, the first recorded event being in Uppermill in 1884, and is founded on very solid traditions,” said Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire).

“There is so much at stake, not least the reputations of the various bands and they work really hard to stay at the highest levels to put their playing to the test alongside other bands close to home, and further afield.

“Such a long-standing competition is part of a way of life, linking communities; and at its heart is tradition - just like our Heritage Collection homes at Meadow View in Oldham, the area in which the competition is taking place – so we are delighted to support it.”

Last year 132 brass bands took part, with many from Europe as well as Australia pitching their skills against players from the UK, including those in the Saddleworth and Oldham areas.

Contests at different locations around Oldham typically start at about 4pm with each performance scored 'blind' by an adjudicator. Each contest offers prizes for the best band, best youth band, best soloists etc, before the winners are announced shortly after close.

But bands can choose to compete in an overall competition for which they must take part in a minimum of six of the 11 individual contests. Winners are declared taking into account their lowest aggregate score, based on position.

Redrow’s contribution will provide the area prize pot for the best local band overall, for which bands must be based within an eight-mile radius of Uppermill Village.

It has been welcomed by organisers who have seen financial support fall over the years. The only other supporter this year is Oldham Council via the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership, but much of the money they plough into the event goes into the provision of toilet facilities and the traffic stewards, etc, to ensure safety as the bands busily dash from one contest to another.

It means the balance of area prize money of £6,250 has to be self-funded, and resources are stretched unless help – like that from Redrow – is provided.

Mary Rodgers, who, with her husband Bob, is co-ordinator of the area competition and organiser of the Delph contest, said: “Each contest has to fund its own prize money which is significant in itself for them to find. To then have to put into the area pot is an added pressure.

“To have sponsorship from companies like Redrow takes some of that stress away and we are extremely grateful for it. Should anyone else want to follow suit that would be brilliant too. We’d love to hear from other potential sponsors.”

Companies who can support the competition and help keep a great local musical tradition alive can contact Mary or Bob on 01457 874354.

Meanwhile, Redrow’s three and four-bedroom homes at Meadow View, off Haven Lane, have hit the right note with potential home owners, attracting plenty of interest. Current availability includes four-bedroom detached houses from £261,995. For more information see www.redrow.co.uk/meadowview or call 0161 638 7484.

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.