Sale of Portsmouth City Band room prompts search for a new home

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Portsmouth City Band is looking for a new band room.

After 41 years of dependable service, the room they currently rehearse in is to be sold by Portsmouth City Council.

The current band room in Hambrook Street, Southsea, was refurbished in 1973 and recently has started to show its age resulting in it being put up for sale.

Gary Holt, bandmaster and solo cornet player, said: ‘The council believe that it is not economical to make repairs to the building for community use and so have decided to sell it for development.

‘It was hoped that the council would be able to provide an alternative band room on Portsea Island but nothing has been forthcoming. Finding a new band room is essential if the band is to survive.’

The band rehearse twice a week all year round and play at around 50 engagements each year, many for fundraising events in support of our local charities such as The Rowans Hospice and the RNLI.

Over the past five years they have raised more than £5,000 for Children in Need alone.

Mr Holt said that the band would require a room on Portsea Island as the majority of the band’s members are from Portsmouth.

Mr Holt has asked anyone to get in touch if they might know of a potential new room for the band.

He said the room would need to be about 10m by 6m in size, and have a space of 5m by 6m to store the band’s instruments.

The band was formed in 1939, and has provided entertainment to Portsmouth in many forms and with many generations of players throughout the decades.

There are 20 members of different ages and also has a training band for children and beginners to have the opportunity to learn an instrument.

Mr Holt said: ‘We believe that Portsmouth City Band adds value and life to the city of Portsmouth and finding a new home for the band would sustain this musical entertainment for future generations.’

People can get in touch by e-mailing Mr Holt at arthur_yellgloss@yahoo.co.uk or by calling the band’s secretary, Carol Mason on (023) 9283 9178.