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Friday, 27 April 2012 (3025968)
Marshside Brass Band receives £500 boost from The Co-operative's Community Fund
by Natasha Young

MARSHSIDE Brass Band has has received funding to the tune of £500, thanks to a community scheme.

The Co-operative Food store on Fylde Road handed over the cash boost, which will help provide new sheet music for the band's forthcoming summer festival and fete performances.

Robbie Johnson, manager of the store which is inviting groups to apply for funding from The Co-operative's Community Fund, said: “The Marshside Brass Band is popular with both our customers and members of staff and we are pleased to be able to help keep the tradition of the village brass band alive.”

David Rimmer, chairman of the band, added: “Thanks to this generous grant from The Co-operative we will be able to extend our concert repertoire for the summer, meaning we can entertain people with some new tunes, as well as the old favourites.”

The Co-operative's Community Fund is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme. The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Around £200,000 is available each year to the North West region and applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000 are welcome. Community Fund application forms are available online at or by phoning 0161 827 5879.


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