On Saturday 30[SUP]th[/SUP] June 2012, members, friends and supporters of Bilton Silver Band, old and new, will gather at the Winwick Place site to officially open their new bandroom. A plaque will be unveiled by band members Keith Fisher and Stanley Cunningham, both of whom have been members of the band for 60 years, and entertainment will be provided by the Bilton Silver Band, along with their ever expanding Training Band. This is a huge milestone for the band, and this exciting event takes place just three months after the band’s success at the Midlands Area Brass Band Championships, where they were awarded top placing in their section, a first in the band’s 119 year history. The former bandroom, a pre fabricated building erected in the 1950s, was demolished in December 2011. The band have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the new building and are looking forward to having a permanent home again as players have been using the Temple Speech rooms for rehearsals while building work took place, thanks to Rugby School. The new building will not only offer the band the convenience of a permanent base and rehearsal space, but will also benefit the wider community as a modern facility available for hire to local clubs, associations and the general public. The need for a new bandroom was first acknowledged back in 2000 and, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of members, the band have been hot on the fundraising trail ever since. Monies have been raised through various fundraising events within the band, through generous donations from associates and supporters, and from several environmental bodies. The Veolia Environmental Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), were the first confirmed major contributor, awarding the project a grant of £75,000 in July 2008, followed by subsequent awards of £50,000 from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environmental fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services, in August 2010 and £50,000 from WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the LCF, in December 2010. Bilton Silver Band Chairman, Greg Little says “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to this project, either with direct contributions to the building fund, fundraising or support for the Band during the building. All of the hard work over the past 12 years has been well worth it as we now have a facility that not only the band, but the whole Community, can benefit from and be proud of.” The Veolia Environmental Trust’s Senior Project Manager, Maria Cade, adds, “The new band room will benefit both the band and the wider community, providing a warm, flexible and welcoming space for practices, meetings and events. It’s a great example of how the Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund can help make plans become reality.” Peter Cox, Managing Director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Bilton Silver Band and their valuable work.” Editors Notes: The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects for 14 years. Under the Landfill Communities Fund, landfill site operators can donate a percentage, currently 5.6%, of their landfill tax payment to these projects. Since the Trust was established in 1997, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc has supported it by contributions of over £48 million to 1355 projects. The Trust has helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit the Trust’s website www.veoliatrust.org. WREN: The Landfill Communities Fund (previously known as the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) gives landfill operators the opportunity to divert 6.7% of their annual Landfill Tax bill into the communities and environments around landfill sites. To date the LCF has funded over 24,000 projects with half a billion pounds in funding. Resources: www.itcs.co.uk www.entrust.org.uk WREN is the UK’s largest distributive environmental body and has funded over 3,500 projects across much of the UK with over £85 million since 1998. With a Head Office in Norfolk WREN distributes the LCF to community and environmental projects within 10 miles of landfill sites by FCC Environmental. Projects applying for funding from WREN are assessed by an individual panel of locally based experts for their suitability, sustainability and community benefit. Resource: www.wren.org.uk FCC Environmental is one of the UK’s leading waste management services companies and handles in excess of 15 million tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste each year. Around 50% of FCC Environmental’s business is accounted for by waste management contracts with more than 40 local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. The Company operates facilities for the reception, recycling and disposal of waste, including a network of waste transfer and recycling centres and a regional network of operating landfill sites, and manages nearly 70 civic amenity sites on behalf of local authorities for use by the general public. Resource: www.wrg.co.uk Biffa Award: Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business. Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £125 million to hundreds of worthwhile projects.