Mon 21 Dec 2009
When a child is born!

Congratulations to Sam Simpson (3rd Cornet) on the birth of her baby boy. Joshua David Simpson arrived Friday 18th Dec at 1.13pm weighing in at 9lbs, both doing fab.
Sleepness nights - here they come!! Best wishes from all the Band!


Sat 05 Dec 2009
Newest Arrival

Congratulations to Andy Lawton (Solo Baritone) and his wife for the birth of their baby girl, Charlotte Elizabeth Lawton. Born 29th Nov just after 1.00am weighing in at 9 pounds 1 ounce.

Sleepness nights - here they come!! Best wishes from all the Band!


Thu 05 Nov 2009
On top of the World (well, a hill at least)

VBS Poynton Band is pleased to announce the engagement of its front row cornet player Adrian Horn to his partner of two and a half years Liz.

The proposal happened in blustery winds on the top of the hill in Lyme Park which is where they enjoyed their first date.

Traditionally, the groom-to-be is supposed ask the bride-to-be's father for her hand in marriage. Adrian, however decided on a bartering system and offered to swap a bottle of 14 year old Scotch in exchange for Liz... an offer which was greatfully received!

Many congratulations to them both at this happy time.



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 -


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