I've just read with horror the news item on 4BR about arsonists attempting to burn down the Besses bandroom. So far as I am aware that bandroom contains some irreplaceable items of brass band history in the library. I remember many years ago, when Roy Newsome was MD, being invited to come and view the beautiful original scores of the old Alex Owen operatic arrangements. These were used extensively in the late 19th/early 20th century as test pieces - some of them lasting over 20 minutes in duration. What's more, I remember the scores as being works of art in their own right with beautiful copper-plate handwriting. For many years I've thought that they should be kept safely in an archive somewhere. I may be wrong, and please correct me if I am, but I was told only a few months back that these scores were still there in the library. If anyone from Besses reads this forum, PLEASE do something to preserve this irreplaceable brass band heritage!