World Famous Band Given Survival Boost By Plusnet

Plusnet Commercial Director Nick Rawlings with pupils of Birkwood Primary School and the band's Jim Fletcher.

Plusnet Commercial Director Nick Rawlings with pupils of Birkwood Primary School and the band’s Jim Fletcher.

Plusnet steps in to help fund music education programme of Brassed Off band


Phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, has stepped in to give its support to the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, helping it to overcome threatening funding cuts and continue to provide its youth education programme to the local community.

The band, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire has been a bastion of the local community since it was founded in 1917 and achieved global fame in 1995 when it was the inspiration for the hit British movie, Brassed Off, which starred Ewan McGregor.

Echoing scenes from the movie, where the band faced extinction with the closure of coal mines across Yorkshire in the late 1980’s but battled back to bring hope to the local community, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s recent funding cuts have put much of its vital work in the community at threat.

Plusnet, which has its headquarters in Yorkshire and prides itself on being a people’s champion, has agreed to provide financial support to the band over the next two years. The funds will be used to ensure the continuation of the band’s youth education scheme which will ensure 15 pupils between the ages of 8 and 11 at the Birkwood Primary School in South Yorkshire will have the opportunity to take music lessons.

Showcasing just how valuable the programme has been to pupils at the school, class teacher and school music co-ordinator Esther Sutton Smith said, “They have developed many important life skills, as well as important musical ones: commitment, team work, time keeping, listening, musical appreciation and respect are just a few that spring to mind. Grimethorpe Colliery Band has made a massive impact on our little school; almost every day the band’s name is mentioned positively in and around Birkwood’s community – the band should be very proud of the difference they are making to their local area.”


Nick Rawlings, Commercial Director of Plusnet commented, “Plusnet has become famous for featuring brass bands in a number of our adverts and several of our customers started asking us, through our online community, to help the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. This is clearly an issue very close to the hearts of a lot of people and we are proud to provide help for a special project that brings such a valued service to its community.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band Manager, Nigel Dixon added, “Our funding cuts are having a very serious impact over what activities the band can do, and if it wasn’t for Plusnet we would not be able to provide such a key education tool for local children. We are so grateful for this support, Plusnet has shown itself to be a champion of the community.”

For further information please contact Plusnet press office: Emily Jones  0207 4794383


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The Cusworth Music Festival 2011

The Drifters perform in front of Cusworth Hall

A fantastic day was had by all at this year’s Cusworth Music Festival.

Set in the grounds of Cusworth Country Park in the shadow of Cusworth Hall this year’s event was headlined by The Drifters with all proceeds going to Doncaster cancer charity – The Aurora Centre.

Natalie, a future star?

Supporting The Drifters were local artists Natalie, Chris Madin, Screaming Eagles, The Jokers, St Harlot, The Wallbirds, The Great Pretender and the lovely Twice As Nice.

Click here for more images from the event, why not buy a print using the ‘add to cart’ feature? All proceeds to the Aurora charity.

Sweet soul music!

The lovely Twice As Nice.

The Great Pretender.



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Music Festival Raises Funds for Cancer Charity

Well done to the Cusworth Music Festival team

Organisers of the Cusworth 2010 Music Festival held a charity night at Sprotbrough Country Club to formally hand over monies raised to The Aurora Centre.

£4,000 was raised at the festival held at Cusworth Park in August.

The organisers, Trish and Chris Wood and Steve and Tracey Glover, handed over the cheque to Vanessa Coley, daughter of the late Val Lepedat, a founder member of The Aurora Centre, at a celebratory evening of musical entertainment on Thursday 18th November.

Trish, Chris, Steve and Tracey would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Festival and to everyone who came along to support it.

Trish said: “It was a fantastic day, a huge success and the atmosphere was electric. We are looking to repeat the festival again next year so watch this space for information.”

All money raised will go to The Aurora Centre which provides complimentary therapies to patients undergoing treatments for cancer based at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital.

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Weather With You?

Abigail, Graphic Designer and Traditional Artist

A big thanks to graphic designer and traditional artist, Abigail, who gave up her weekend to put the finishing touches to my son’s, Mason, new bedroom.

Being a big Crowded House fan there was only one song that was going to appear on Mason’s wall. I will now try and persuade the wife to have the 14 song’s that appear on Woodface painted in our bedroom……….No chance!

Mason and Abigail - rock on!

Music producer Simon Webbe opens L’OCCITANE, Meadowhall

Simon Webbe joins shoppers at the new L’OCCITANE store, Meadowhall, Sheffield

L’OCCITANE, the Provencal beauty company, opens its first boutique in Meadowhall, Sheffieldl on the 20th August.

The Meadowhall L’OCCITANE boutique will offer residents and shoppers a taste of Provence, with all the sights and scents of the Mediterranean – Lavender, Verbena, Olive, Grape, Immortelle, Shea Butter, Almond, Cherry Blossom and Rose combined into a wonderful variety of product ranges.

To celebrate the grand opening, L’OCCITANE invited music producer and West End star of Sister Act, Simon Webbe to officially open the boutique.

Simon Webbe opens the new L’OCCITANE store at Meadowhall, Sheffield.

“When L’Occitane approached me to open the new Meadowhall store, I immediately said yes. I’ve been a fan of the products for many years and particularly, the charity work The Foundation does around the world to support the visually impaired and the economic empowerment of women in countries such as Burkino Faso.”, says Simon Webbe.

Cusworth Music Festival

Abba tribute band Twice as Nice 'tune up' for the forthcoming Cusworth Music Festival on the 29th August 2010

Glam Rockers at Cusworth Hall

This month, Cusworth Hall will welcome 70s Glam Rockers, The Sweet who will headline the new Cusworth Music Festival.

The festival will take place on Sunday 29th August from 12 to 11pm with an outdoor stage hosting bands playing a mix of blues, rock, indie and pop. The event has been organised by 4 local residents to raise money for local cancer charity The Aurora Centre.

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory/Customer Services said, “Cusworth is an ideal venue for events like this. I wish the event organisers the best of luck with the event and I hope it helps to raise lots of money for the Aurora Centre.”

Other bands performing at the music extravaganza are Ed Blaney’s “Ultimate Bowie”, Screaming Eagles (Graham Oliver and Paul Johnson from Saxon), Stafford Galli, Doncaster’s rising stars The Wallbirds, classic rock cover band Whizzkid, UV Pop, Retention Method and ABBA tribute act Twice as Nice.

Food and drink will be available on the day, plus camping at £5.00 per tent, as well as fun fair rides to ensure a great atmosphere and a fantastic day out. The day is being supported by Sine FM 102.6 with tickets available online through also from Cusworth Hall, Doncaster Tourist Information Centre, The Dome and the Civic Theatre at just £10 each.

For more information contact: Trish Wood

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