Wednesday 2nd June 2004
Golden Jubilee Award
some members of the band pictured after receiving news of the award
Stalham Brass Band has been awarded The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community. Special mention was made of the "encouragement of people of all ages to gain traditional skills as brass musicians and providing entertainment at local activities and charity events".
The band was nominated for the award by many community groups and individuals both nationally and in the Stalham area. They also recommended the band for its organisation and the leadership of its director of music Tim Thirst received special mention. Only 110 awards have been made throughout the United Kingdom this year to a variety of organisations.
Tim Thirst and Sally Farrow were interviewed on Radio Norfolk at 8.35 on the day of the announcement and played a short piece of the march Slaidburn (sorry about the mic quality folks). Thanks to all those who rang Radio Norfolk with congratulations before we went live on air.
The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Sir Timothy Colman
KG presented a commemorative crystal and certificate signed by The Queen, to band
representatives at a reception in County Hall Norwich on Friday 9th July. Deputy
Lieutenant, Jonathon Peel read out the award citation.
At the invitation of the Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, , representatives from the band attended a special Palace Reception held in St. James' Palace London, on Monday evening 19th July.
l to r: Sally Farrow, Andrew Washford and Tim Thirst before going in to the reception, and below, inside the Palace during the reception.
Chairman, British Federation of Brass Bands, the governing body for brass bands in Great Britain:
“Congratulations to Stalham Brass Band on receiving the voluntary service award. It’s a great honour for the band I am sure, and for brass banding in general, for their achievement to have been recognised by the Queen.
Since its formation in the 1870’s the band has provided many hours of musical pleasure to the surrounding communities as well as encouraging people of all ages to become involved in brass bands.
The British Federation of Brass Bands is proud to be associated with the Stalham Band. Your organisation is typical of many hundreds of brass bands throughout the country, who through time and effort, give pleasure to many people. Encouragement when teaching people of all ages helps to foster spirit in the community and in fact plays a major part in building communities.
Well done to everyone concerned.”
Simon Partridge, (Leader of North Norfolk
“ I am delighted to learn that Stalham Brass Band has achieved this prestigious award. Not only is it well deserved, because of the Band’s heritage and their role in creating opportunities for local people to develop their musical talents, but also because the nomination for the award came from the community, demonstrating how much Stalham appreciates the contribution made by the Band to community life.