Thu 08 Oct 2009
Death of Roy Mattocks

It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must announce the passing away of Roy Mattocks on Friday 16th October 2009. Roy was a true brass bander and had been performing for more than 50 years. We wish his family all our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.


Mon 05 Oct 2009
Winning Streak Continues

The Bolsover Brass Entertainment Competition took place this weekend, held at its new venue, the Post Mill Centre, Market Street in South Normanton. (Not such an easy place to find!)

Top marks for VBS Poynton as they not only came top of the 1st Section, their Solo Baritone player, Andy Lawton, won the Soloist Prize for 'Napoli'. Can someone give me a 'whoop, whoop'. The Adjudicator was Ian Porthouse.

The programme was:
Walking with Heroes – P Lovatt-Cooper
Winter – Vivaldi arr. Snell
Napoli (soloist Andy Lawton) – Belstedt
Dundonell from Hymn of the Highlands Suite – P Sparke

1st/2nd Section Results:
1. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Kevin Gibbs) – 97
2. Strata Brass (David Hirst) – 96
3. South Yorkshire Police (Leigh Baker) - 95
4. Silk Brass (James Cant) - 93
5. Wigston (Garry Sleath) - 91
6. Carlton Brass (Walter Ritchie) - 90
7. Oddfellows (Robert Boulter) - 88
8. Hopkins Blidworth Welfare (Martin Heartfield) – 87

Soloist Trophy: Baritone – Vernon Building Society Poynton
Most Entertaining Performance: South Yorkshire Police
Highest Placed Ex Colliery Band: Strata Brass

Many thanks to the 'deps' and good luck to Graham Keen (Bb Bass) as he leaves the band to further his studies.


Wed 30 Sep 2009
Winning Result at Wychavon

Top marks at the Wychavon Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest on Sunday 20th September. Held at Norbury Theatre, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. Although not a great start to the day, as one of our cornets fell out of the back of the coach and was then unplayable! Many thanks to Abergavenny Borough Band who lent us one of theirs.

The band were on good form for the 20 minutes set during which they played four pieces of music. Starting off with Paul Lovett Cooper's Walking with Heroes, a popular piece at the contest as a couple of other bands played it.

Second up was Vivaldi's Winter (arr Howard Snell). Beautifully played by our horn section with a feature by our solo horn player, Helen Moore.

Next a short introduction of the band was given by Kevin Gibbs which gave us time to rearrange ourselves back into band formation ready for our soloist to play Napoli. Fine playing by Andy Lawton too. Our final piece Dundonnell from Philip Sparke's Hymn of the Highlands finished the performance off rather well and featured heavily our percussion section.

Many thanks to all deps, Alan Lawton MBE, Supporters and Keith for the coach quiz, next time ALL iPhones will be banned!!

Results as follows:
1. Vernon Building Society Poynton Kevin Gibbs 191
2. Phoenix West Midlands Brass David Maplestone 190
3. Portishead Town Band Ian Dickinson 189
4. Shirley Band Dave Lea 188
5. Friary Guildford Brass Band Andrew Porter 186
6. Foresters Brass 2000 Peter Collins 185
7. The Wigston Band Garry Sleath 184
8. Hathern David Newman 183
9. Abergavenny Borough Band Gareth Ritter 182


Sat 19 Sep 2009
New cornet player 'weaves' his way onto front row

The band would like to welcome Peter Weaver who joins us on solo cornet from Silk Brass. 


Mon 20 Jul 2009
Raising the roof at Tony's Garden Party

Over £1300 was raised last weekend during the garden party at Principal Cornet Tony Wyatt's house. £900 is going towards Francis House Children's Hospice, the remainder going towards the Band. Many thanks to all who contributed.


Tue 02 Jun 2009
New Arrival

Congratulations to Craig Harper (percussion) whos wife Cat had a baby boy, Joshua David Harper. Born 30th May at 10.42am weighing in at 8 pounds 2 ounces.
Sleepness nights - here they come!! Best wishes from all the Band!


Wed 20 May 2009
Brass & Abba

More than 3,000 people attending, Poynton Rotary Club's Brass & Abba concert at Poynton Park was a tremendous success.

The annual open air concert this year attracted more people than ever before – and brought in a massive income.

Takings topped £36,000 – a record – and when all the bills are paid it should leave around £16,000 to go to key charities, which have not yet been named.

Good weather contributed to the success of the event, as well as some exceptional performers.

Top of the bill was Abba Reunion. Supporting them were Adlington residents Tricia Penrose of Heart Beat fame and her partner Mark Simpson. Some of their songs were accompanied by a choir of pupils from Lower Park School.

Tricia and Mark have already promised to take part in next year's concert, and said that on that occasion they intend to ensure that school supporters are specially dressed to suit the occasion.

As expected, Vernon Poynton Brass Band gave their usual prize winning performance and kept the whole crowd waving their arms and tapping their feet.

- article courtesy of the Rotary Club -


Mon 04 May 2009
Senior Service Awards for Band Members

Buxton Contest on Sunday 3rd May saw a milestone for the Vernon Building Society Poynton Band – 10 of its members received long service to brass bands awards totalling over 300 years! 

Dave Johnson, the band co-chairman said, “It’s a great achievement for our band to have so many committed players. It shows that the movement is still alive and well in the North West”

The awards come on the back of a creditable 2nd place in the contest where the band played Herbert Howells “Pageantry”. The band is now looking forward to a successful Summer Concert season and working towards its next contest at the Wychavon Festival of Brass.

Recipients of Long Service Award:

Allan Nutton Contest Secretary 25 years
Sarah Johnson
Flugel 26 years
Sarah Dawson
Solo Euphonium 28 years
Dave Johnson
Principal Percussion 29 years
Jenny McDermott
1st Horn 30 years
Gary White
2nd Baritone 33 years
Andy Lawton
1st Baritone 33 years
Paul McDermott
Cornet with Poynton Concert Brass 34 years
Tony Wyatt
Principal Cornet 40 years
John Anderson
Solo Trombone 46 years


Mon 04 May 2009
Good result at the Buxton Brass Band Festival

Championship/First Section:
Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

1. Enderby (Jonathan Mott)
2. Vernon Building Society Poynton Band (Kevin Gibbs)
3. Phoenix West Midlands Brass (David Maplestone)
?. Newstead Brass (Duncan Beckley)
?. Bedworth (Guy Bennett)
?. Harrogate (Roy Waite)
?. Hopkins Blidworth Welfare (Kevin Steward)

Many thanks to Matt Fearn (from Timperley) for helping out on front row.
The band also won best 1st section band and the NWABBA 1st section prize.


Thu 23 Apr 2009
7 Year Itch...

After 7 years on the back row, Ian Moffett (2nd cornet) is leaving the band due to home commitments.

Recently speaking to Pete Cookson, Ian said "Rather than letting the band down it's better I step down... ...with the band after 100% commitment, I can't guarantee that I can make rehearsals what with two kids under three, then having to work for myself in the evening. It's all too much so something had to give". Pete was understanding of this having three girls himself. "I'll be back, just maybe in a year or two"


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