Amersham Town Mayor, Mark Flys, together with Councillor Nigel Shepherd, marked the start of the work to build a new home for Amersham Band. Digging an inaugural hole for the foundations of the new building, Mark said; “I was delighted to be able to take the first step in construction of this new music facility which will secure the future of the band for generations to come.”
The band started the project to build a new bandroom 3 years ago, as their current premises in Winchmore Hill is too small and not easily accessible. They acquired a site at the bottom of Rectory Hill, adjacent to the doctor’s surgery and made plans for a purpose-built music facility which would fit in with the local surroundings. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison, said “Since we started, we have gained planning permission and have raised over 85% of the funds needed for the project. Thanks to the generosity and support of local people, we are now able to start the building work. The entrance and driveway have been constructed and later in the year we hope to have sufficient money to complete the building.”
The new bandroom will enable the band to grow as it now has over 100 members and wants to start a Youth Band. There are also plans to launch a brass academy.
The band is planning to make the new music facility available to other local groups, so it will become an asset that benefits the whole community.