The Freckleton Band (Lancashire) is delighted to announce that a recent National Lottery “Awards for All” bid has been successful, and that the sum of £10,000 was awarded to help replace some of the bands older Tubas and Percussion equipment. The Band doesn’t receive any formal sponsorship so replacing instruments costing £5000 each is always a problem! As well as the National Lottery, other funding streams are constantly being sought and applied to via many other trust funds and charities. The band is Championship Section, and currently ranked 53rd in the World (4 Bars Rest Rankings), whilst still being based in the village of Freckleton and run as a completely amateur organisation. Some players travel a round trip of 100 miles to play at Freckleton, but there are still several “Freckletonians” involved both as playing and non playing members. Band members pay a weekly subscription towards the running of the band, and we run Patrons and Lotto schemes as well as relying heavily on public donations to keep the band running at the standard it is currently. Concerts are given to much acclaim around Lancashire and further afield, with Competition Performances all over the country. More details on forthcoming events, the Lotto and Patrons scheme, and general information about the band can be found at www.freckletonband.co.uk . Andy Cattanach, Chairman, The Freckleton Band.