Audley Brass is about to realise its dream of a new practice hall on the site of the old one in Dean Hollow, Audley. Residents of the village will know the old building well and will be well aware of its condition. The band has been working hard and saving for more than ten years to reach this point. With the help and support of local councillors and in consultation with Newcastle Borough Council Planning Officers, planning approval has been given to demolish the old building and replace it with a custom built sectional building manufactured by Compton Buildings Limited. Stringent planning conditions have had to be met in terms of outward appearance and sound insulation but the band is nearly there.It is hoped that work on the site will commence within the next 6 weeks and the band is making one final push to make sure that enough funding is in place to complete the project. The band itself is organising raffles and other fund raising activities and a licence has been applied for to do street collections in Audley and the surrounding area in July. Local residents will know that the band "busks" at Christmas and the response is always most generous but this is a real "one – off" purely to secure the band’s future home. Members of the public and band supporters can also sponsor a brick by visiting the band’s website at http://www.angelfire.com/dc/audleybrass/WallofFame/WallofFame.htm and following the fund raising links. Every penny raised will go towards ensuring the band continues to represent the village and Staffordshire with pride wherever it plays.