Award-winning brass band told to leave Waddington practice room after 23 years
Latest News | January 09, 2015
A top Lincolnshire brass band will be homeless in five weeks unless it can find a new practice room after being told by landlords to quit.
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By CJHall_LE | January 09, 2015
Waddington Foss Dyke Band's room beside playing fields has been its base for the past 25 years.
But now Waddington Parish Council, which owns the land, has told Foss Dyke secretary Vicky Oates that the band must leave when its lease expires on Wednesday, February 11.
Solo baritone player Mrs Oates, who is married to the band's musical director Simon Oates, said that the decision had come out of the blue after negotiations between the two parties stalled last year.
"We're currently top of the third section in the Midlands' competition and this couldn't have come at a worse time because we're competing in the National Mineworkers' Championships at Skegness next Saturday, January 17.
"I've received an email from the parish council which says we have to vacate the premises by February 11 and return all the keys.
"We had been in talks with the parish council in which they agreed to renew the lease, but when it was drawn up there were anomalies. We didn't agree with the changes and asked if we could negotiate a new agreement a year ago.
"Now we've been told to leave in five weeks.
"So instead of spending my time practising for the Skegness competition next week and the area finals in March, I've got to find the band a new home."
Foss Dyke also runs a community arm, the Witham Brass, which introduces newcomers to music and encourages people to play an instrument.
Waddington Parish Council clerk Andrea Smith said: "I was asked by the council to send a letter to Foss Dyke Band informing them that the lease which runs out on February 11 will not be renewed.
"The matter was discussed by the council at its December meeting and the decision was made then not to renew the band's lease on the land on the Grantham Road playing fields."