New Centre of Excellence for Lanner leaps the final hurdle.
After many months of hard work and planning the final piece of the jigsaw has fallen into place enabling the Lanner and District Silver Band to build the £283,000 new purpose built HQ, first conceived 18 months ago.
Band Chairman, Lee Rouse said, “The band has grown considerably over the last 2 years, particularl...y with the inception of the Lanner Brass Academy and the need for larger accommodation became a necessity. The major stumbling block to completion was financing the project. When the Sita Cornwall Trust recently announced a new Flagship Fund and invited applications for assistance with major community projects, it seemed a heaven sent opportunity for the band”.
Leon Youlton, Band President added, “We looked at Sita Cornwall Trust’s criteria very closely and thought our project was very much in line with their intentions of how the money should be used. We submitted an application for funding and were delighted to learn that we were short listed. Consequently, we sent a presentation team to their board meeting on Friday 15 June where the Sita Cornwall Trust Board heard from several groups about projects deserving of their support. We were over the moon when they told us a few days later that they had decided to provide £200,000 for our project to go ahead. Together with the sale of our current bandroom and other resources available to us, we now have everything to see our plans completed.”
The Sita Cornwall Trust’s Chair, Andrew Saunders, told the band, "SITA Cornwall Trust is delighted to be able to award funding to such an ambitious and exciting project. The band's new home will not only greatly enhance their practice and performance facilities and those of other bands in Cornwall, it will also provide a fantastic new space for a whole range of other activities that the wider community can enjoy."
The new HQ will be built on the site of the original band room at the top of the village and in doing so will replace the old Nissan Hut placed there in 1966 with a modern, aesthetically pleasing structure. The site is currently used by the Lanner Scout Troop who has been closely associated with the new development from the start; the new HQ will also accommodate the scouts with their own new base which will prove very much more attractive to potential scouts than current facilities.
Band Secretary, Jeremy Gilbert added that, “The band has very strong links with the local community and, although the focus of the HQ will be musically orientated, we are keen that the whole community will be able to benefit from this development and will complement other facilities in the village which are already over subscribed. We have already had expressions of interest from groups as diverse as NHS community patient groups, Morris Dancers, a karate group as well as other musical groups such as other brass bands, choirs, a Tuba Quartet and a Ska Band.”
On hearing on the Band’s news, Ashley Wood, Chairman of Lanner Parish Council said, “This is really fantastic news. The Band has a creditable history of excellence which the new Bandroom and recording facility can only enhance. Equally important though is the Band's work as a catalyst within the community and as an outstanding ambassador for it. Also, as the home of the growing Academy and a rejuvenated Boy Scouts this is a really significant moment for Lanner.”
Musical Director Stuart Chappell, said, “The band made a CD last year but we had major problems identifying a recording venue that could cope with all the demands of catering for a large musical group, particularly a venue that wasn’t inordinately expensive to hire. We thought, with this project, we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something absolutely bespoke and decided to incorporate a recording studio that could cope with larger musical groups. We will include variable acoustics together with recording equipment to make it suitable for bands, pop and rock groups and choirs alike that will all be welcome to make use of it. Any group wanting to make a recording will be able to use the facility at cost price.”
The band will be seeking competitive quotes and people with skills volunteering to help. Although a substantial of money has been granted by the Sita Cornwall Trust, the budget will still be tight. The band and Lanner Scouts will be undertaking as much work as it can itself but will be very interested in hearing from any other volunteers who might be interested in helping.
The project is due for completion in April and the band is already starting to plan a spectacular opening event where it hopes to welcome representatives of Sita Cornwall Trust to see the positive impact their collaboration with the project will bring.
You can follow the progress of the development on the project Facebook site.
£200k investment in the village of Lanner has attracted the media, BBC Radio Cornwall turned up at rehearsal tonight! Will be on air in the morning, 7.20 ish.
The link to the interviews is now on the project Facebook page. The reporter was only an hour late after his Satnav failed to locate Goongumpas, our temporary home during the build! It is the back end of nowhere mind so he was forgiven.