Water Village Band promises evening 'of wonderful music'... and a quiz

A band concert will be taking place this Saturday to raise money for a defibrillator outside a church.

Water Village Band is holding their Spring Concert at Lumb Baptist Church on Saturday, May 18, at 6.30pm. The whole programme will be provided by the band and there will be a quiz.

Minister at Lumb Baptist Church the Reverend, Steve Ansell, said: “We have always had a close association with Water Band. In fact they play at our Remembrance Sunday service in November each year, and so we’re delighted to host the band concert and use it to raise money for a defibrillator to be placed outside the church.

“The evening promises wonderful music, as well as a short pub style quiz and refreshments; it should be great fun and a real village event”.

The concert is also a thank you to the Burnley Road East based church for their help for the band in the past three years.


Band chairman Tim Nuttall said: “During the Covid-19 lockdowns the band weren’t able to use the bandroom for practices because we didn’t have space to keep players the regulation distance apart, but Lumb Baptist Church offered their space for our Wednesday practice sessions.

“Then, just as we were emerging from Covid restrictions, we closed the bandroom for a full-scale renovation project and again the church came to our rescue offering both practice space and room to store our instruments to keep them clean and safe during building work.

“As a thank you we promised to play a concert in the church and the defibrillator fundraiser seemed the ideal opportunity.”

Conductor and musical director Mike Rourke said: “We’ll be setting off from Lumb and Water villages via Manchester and travelling to Norway and Cuba with some fun on the high seas as well, before ending up back in Rossendale with our final piece.

“When we practised in the church during Covid I realised what a fabulous space it is with a great acoustic for the band, and I can’t wait to provide a full concert in there and see if we can entertain as well as the band did in 1922.”

Archives at Water Village Band include a programme for a concert held at Lumb Baptist School in March 1922.

According to the advert ‘A Grand Concert’ was to be held ‘under the auspices of the band’ and it would include performances by several ‘talented artistes’ including three soloist singers, a solo violinist, and ‘Mr David O’Brien’ who was described as a ‘Character Comedian’.

Entry to the Spring Concert costs £5 for adults but children will be admitted free.