AGM Cover Letter

Posted on 18th October 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

Dear Band Secretary,

This is confirmation that the date for the 2016 Lothian & Borders Branch Annual General Meeting has been set for Sunday 27th November 2016 at 3.00pm and will be held at:

Bellsquary Hall
EH54 9AA

I have enclosed a link here to the AGM Pack for your band.

This year the Branch have moved to an Online registration & payment process similar to that used by Headquarters. If any of the Band details on the system are incorrect, then please direct any changes to RSPBA Headquarters.

The link to take you to the online registration and payment process is:

Fees for 2016/2017 will be as follows: If paid before the AGM: Adult Bands £70.00, Novice & Juvenile £50.00, inclusive of Branch Education Fee

If paid after the AGM: Adult Bands will be £90.00, Novice & Juvenile will be £70.00, inclusive of Branch Education Fee.

We will also be moving to an online registration & payment for the Branch contests, and this will be available at the beginning of 2017 in the same location.

May I remind you that the Branch meetings are your chance to air your views. The elected committee are there to serve the Branch bands it is up to you to attend meetings and let us know what you want. The first Branch meeting of the season follows the AGM and will start at 5pm and will usually finish by 6pm. We hope that you will be able to stay for the Branch meeting.

Yours sincerely

Ann Hazzard

2017 Online Registration and Fees

Posted on 27th September 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

Following the Branch meeting on 25th September, there were a number of decisions which are worthy of highlighting for the benefit of those band who were not represented at the meeting.

* For the 2017 season, we will be moving forward with on-line entries for all Branch contests with the exception of the Indoors, and also payment of annual Branch/Education fees. It is hoped this will be up and running before the next Branch meeting on 30th October 2016.

* Our Branch Music Board representatives have asked for specific feedback on the playing criteria for Grade 3 bands as the World's. In order to garner this opinion, an email will be sent to the secretary of each of the Grade 3 bands in the Branch.

* The date of the Branch Indoor event has been confirmed as Saturday 1st April 2017. As per last year it will be mini-bands for Grade 4 & 3, and full band for Novice, Juvenile, Grade 2 and Grade 1. The winner of the adult solo drumming event will again qualify for the semi-final of the World Solo Drumming in 2017.

* Information on the AGM and the associated forms will be stored on the website and an email link to this will be sent to all band secretaries. If you have had a change of secretary, please let us know so that the information is sent to the right person. The onus is on the band to make the Branch Secretary aware of any changes. As per the above decision, we would remind all bands that they need to pay their annual fees on-line. Remember the discounted fee will apply up until the start of the AGM, and the higher fee will be payable after that point.

As you can see from the above points, there are important decision taken at these meetings which directly affect all bands and drive the direction of the Branch. It is therefore key that bands are represented so that your views are taken in to account. No point in complaining if you don't like something when you won't spend the time to get involved in making the decision.

Branch meetings are generally on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm and last no more than 90 minutes. The AGM is scheduled for Sunday 27th November 2016 at 3pm.

2016 Branch Champion of Champions

Posted on 10th September 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

After the final contest of the 2016 branch season, please find below a link to the final branch champion of champions tables.

Click here for link

The file is in Excel format and will automatically download to your device.

World Pipe Band Championships 2016

Posted on 15th August 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

Congratulations to all bands and Drum Major's who competed at this year's Worlds. Special mention for the following Branch bands who were in the prize list.

Novice B
4th - Lochgelly High School
Champion of Champions Band - Lochgelly High School
Champion of Champion Drums - Preston Lodge High School

Novice A
4th - George Watson's College
6th - George Heriot's School

Grade 4B
5th - Davidson's Mains & District

Grade 4A
4th - Burntisland & District

Grade Juvenile
Drums - George Watson's College
1st - George Watson's College
3rd - George Heriot's Schools
4th - Peoples Ford - Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
5th - West Lothian Schools
6th - Preston Lodge High School Champion of Champions Band - George Watson's College
Champion of Champion Drums - George Watson's College

Grade 3B
2nd - Wallacestone & District
4th - Prestonpans RBL
Champion of Champions Band - Prestonpans RBL

Grade 1
6th - Police Scotland Fife

Particular congratulations to the Juvenile band of George Watson's College who regained their Juvenile World Champion crown and declared as 2016 Champion of Champions for both Band and Drums, Prestonpans RBL on their Grade 3B Band Champion of Champions, Lochgelly High School and Preston Lodge High School for their Champion of Champions in Juvenile B Band and Drums respectively.

April Indoor Solo Results

Posted on 16th April 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

The first branch event of the 2016 season was held on Saturday 16th April. The top three placings in the solo events are shown below, the band events can be found by clicking here.

Event 1
1st Lauren Birrell - George Watson's College
2nd Conor Haughney - George Watson's College
3rd Fraser Hamilton - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate

Event 2
1st Rory McKay - George Watson's College
2nd Tom Sanderson - George Watson's College
3rd Simon Morley - Unattached

Event 3
1st Paul Christie - George Heriot's School
2nd Blair Scott - Preston Lodge High School
3rd Sam Addis - Preston Lodge High School

Event 4
1st Brodie Watson-Massey - George Heriot's School
2nd Luke Kennedy - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
3rd Maxim Grieve - George Watson's College

Event 5
1st Lewis Russell - West Lothian Schools
2nd Alistair Hutcheon - George Watson's College
3rd Holly Freelander - City of Edinburgh

Event 6
1st Calum Watson - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
2nd Jonathon Simpson - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
3rd Ciaren Ross - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate

Event 7
1st Alexander Grieve - George Watson's College
2nd Ethan Henderson - Tranent and District
3rd Owen Hunter - George Watson's College

Event 8
No entries

Event 9
1st Kerr McQuillan - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
2nd Rachel Fairley - George Heriot's School
3rd Keir Murray - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate

Event 10
1st Duncan Greenshields - George Watson's College
2nd James Strachan - George Watson's College
3rd Guy Kellas - George Watson's College

Event 11
1st Reed Cameron - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
2nd Louis Bendle - George Watson's College
3rd Rachel Thom - West Lothian Schools

Event 12
1st Craig Brown - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
2nd Lorna Heggie - Torphichen and Bathgae
3rd Simon Grant - Prestonpans RBL

Event 13
1st George Gilhooley - George Watson's College
2nd Rose Winchester - George Watson's College
3rd Melissa Parry - George Watson's College

Event 14
1st Holly Harrison - Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate
2nd Rhiannan MacAleese - North Lanarkshire Schools
3rd Elizabeth Fraser - George Watson's College

Event 15
1st Rachel Davies City of Edinburgh

The first outdoor event of the season for the L&B Branch will be at Dunbar on 14th May.

March Branch Meeting Moved

Posted on 22nd March 2016 by John Hughes | Chairman

Please note the due to Easter Sunday the March branch meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 3rd April and will be held at:

Bellsquary Hall
EH54 9AA

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28th FebruaryBranch Meeting
3rd AprilBranch Meeting
16th AprilBranch Indoor and Solos
24th AprilBranch Meeting
14th MayDunbar Contest
28th MayBathgate Contest
23rd JulyBurntisland Contest
6th AugustNorth Berwick Contest
3rd SeptemberPeebles Contest
10th SeptemberInnerleithen Contest
25th SeptemberBranch Meeting
30th OctoberBranch Meeting
27th NovemberAGM & Branch Meeting

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Address: 15 Campwood View
 EH22 5QQ
Telephone: 07957 285 006

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