Lottery funding for fantastic plastic band

MOSSLEY’S popular and burgeoning street band for children has received £10,000 from Awards for All in the form of a National Lottery Community Fund grant starting in April.

The Incredible Plastic Street Band has gone from strength to strength since 2016 when it began as a short brass project produced by Bangdrum CIC at the Vale community arts centre on Micklehurst Road.

Building on its initial success in delivering an exceptional music performance experience, the band has enjoyed such events as Mossley Whit Walks, Stalybridge Carnival and Hurst Fest, alongside concerts at Mossley Community Centre and at local primary schools.

Currently supported by the People’s Health Trust and Global Grooves at the Vale, the band’s Mossley branch has been joined by groups in Holts and Lees and East Oldham.

The Lottery grant will allow all the children to meet at events, share teaching and invite friends and family to travel with them: forging stronger links between communities through love of music.

More than 100 children (aged four to 12 years old) and their families will have access to the plastic band community during 2019.

These include families in Lees who have been offered funding from Ambition for Ageing for local over-50s to come and join their project Tunes and Toast.

“We are always on the look-out for new members,” said spokesperson Beren Airstone.

“We rehearse on Tuesdays after school at the Vale in Mossley, Wednesdays after school in Oldham and also have a short project running in Carrbrook to start soon.”

The next open workshop is Thursday, February 21 with family music workshop and ecobrick party.

This will be held at the Vale from noon-3pm and all ages and levels of experience are welcome.

You can join in with music, plastic recycling crafts (making instruments and artwork) or you can bring your non-recyclable plastics to stuff ecobricks.

For more details email IPSBplasticfantastic@gmail.com or call Beren on 07941 157178.

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