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Rebuilding Hetton Band Hall

WORK is complete on rebuilding Hetton Silver Band Hall in its new home here at Beamish Museum.

The 100-year-old practice hall was taken down from South Market Street, in Hetton-le-Hole, and moved, brick by brick, to Beamish.

Now, visitors can see the band hall restored to its former glory in the Museum’s Colliery Village.

The hall opened to visitors on the 11th May 2013, click here to see a video of the grand re-opening.

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LATEST PHOTOS: Click here to view the most up to date photos of the rebuilding process.

The project also includes two smaller buildings – a toilet block, in colliery style, and a storage unit, which recreates the Quaking Houses Colliery garage that was donated to the Museum.

When finished, the band hall will host music and colliery banner displays and provide facilities for the 40,000 schoolchildren who visit the Museum each year.

Jim Rees, Museum Curator, said: “It’s a wonderful way to provide a focus for the North East’s love of the music of colliery bands and it is a physical reminder of that rich tradition.

“People and bands can come and use it and we can show that tradition to our visitors and celebrate it and encourage it going forward.”

Jim added: “We hope that, weather permitting, that essential structures and shells of the buildings will be up by Christmas. The heavy building should be over by Christmas. It will hopefully open during spring next year.”

Meanwhile, fund-raising for the Hetton Silver Band Hall project is continuing.

Jim said: “The funding is not all in place. The Friends of Beamish are running a major fund-raising programme to help bridge the shortfall in our current funds.

“There are no grants. It is being funded by Beamish gate receipts and earnings.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed for a fine autumn so that visitor levels will hold up to help raise the money needed for recreating this fine North East structure.”

The partner contractor on the project is Compass Developments, of Cramlington, Northumberland.

Jim said: “They took the building down and made a fantastic job. They really recorded it well. We are very happy they were successful in getting the job to put it back up again.”

To make a donation, visit website: www.justgiving.com/hettonbandhall or text BAND66, followed by the amount you wish to give, to 70070.

ABOUT THE BAND HALL


Virtual Panorama of Hetton Silver Band Hall in Situ - February 2011 in England

Hetton Silver Band was founded on 1st April 1887. Land in South Market Street, in Hetton-le-Hole, was bought from Hetton Coal Company for £25 and a tin practice hut was built.

The hut was replaced by a brick building in about 1912 and remained in use until 2009, when the band merged with another local band to become Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band.

The now-redundant Hetton Silver Band Hall was in danger of being lost forever, until Durham Miners’ Association donated the building to Beamish. The hall was carefully dismantled in 2010/11 and moved to the Museum.

In March this year, the Friends of Beamish Chairman John Grundy and ex-Hetton Silver Band member Glenis Smith cut the first turf at the Museum in preparation for the rebuilding of the hall.

Guests at the ceremony were entertained by Hetton Lyons Primary School’s band and choir.

HELP US PRESERVE HISTORY

A campaign to raise £30,000 for the rebuilding of Hetton Silver Band Hall is underway.

The people of Hetton-le-Hole have already raised thousands of pounds and fund-raising has included a sponsored walk organised by Hetton Lyons Primary School, carrying one of the bricks from the hall to Beamish. Pupils also composed and performed Brick To Beamish - The Hetton Band Hall Rap to raise awareness of the fund.

To make a donation, visit website: www.justgiving.com/hettonbandhall or text BAND66, followed by the amount you wish to give, to 70070.