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October 2018

Funds pledged now tops £116,200!

Donations continue to arrive and our new total including the the council money stands at £116,200.
Alan Houghton
 
August 2018

Funds pledged now tops £115,000!

Another update on progress ref fundraising for the bandstand. This week we have received a cheque that was totally unexpected, it came from Swanage & Purbeck Rotary who had been asked to distribute a sum of money that Mr Reg and Mrs Peggy Griffiths left for the benefit of the people of Swanage. Reg was a Rotarian and also Mayor of Swanage During his time in office Reg instigated the re-forming of the Swanage Town Band and as a result of discussion it was decided to donate £1500 to the restoration of the bandstand for which we are very grateful. This gave us a new figure that I announced at the bandstand while the Wareham Whalers highlighted our efforts to restore the bandstand, I told the audience that we were £200 short of £65,000, and a supporter approached me and said he would make it up to £65,000 and when I got home the cheque was there waiting, and again I say THANK YOU ALL YOUVE ALL BEEN GREAT, but we are still pushing for the the rest. Our new total stands with the council money £115,000.
Alan Houghton
 
August 2018

Funds pledged now tops £113,000!

Another update on our progress. Bank Holiday Monday I spent the day at Harmans Cross Fete, and while the Swanage Town Band played I was able to sell a few pictures that had been donated, also a lovely canteen of cutlery which was snapped up immediatly, making sales of £240 and the collection bucket raised another £74-05p making a total of £314-05p, again another indication of how much people want to help us.(Thank you all) We now have hit just over £63,000 and with council £50,000 new total £113,000. Please keep supporting us as we are well on schedule for March 2019 and on the day it reopens we will make it a day to remember, so watch this space.
 
August 2018

Funds pledged now tops £112,400!

With the proceeds from the 20p event, the Terry Wogan blazer and Roy Aplin picture auction as well as another table top sale FOSB have raised £62,400 and with the council pledge of £50,000 gives us a total of £112,400. Thank you to everybody who collected 20ps, bought raffle tickets, donated prizes and helped out over the event.
June 2018

Funds pledged now tops £106,000!

With the proceeds from the bandstand table top sale and auction of Gina Marshalls painting FOSB have raised £56,000 and with the council pledge of £50,000 gives us a total of £106,000. Thank you to everybody who bought tickets, donated, provided the garage and tables and helped out over the 3 days setting up, selling and putting away.
 
May 2018

Funds pledged now tops £101,000!

On the 9th May FOSB had the pleasure to meet up with 5 of our local councillors, and several of our supporters at the bandstand and presented a cheque to the Town Mayor to the value of £50,000, and with council pledge of £50,000 gives us a total of £100,000. Since then our new total is £101,776.19p. It was a warm and friendly meeting of people who all want to see our bandstand restored, which is very exiting. We now know that it won't be up for Christmas as we had hoped, but fully expect it to be back up by Easter next year, unless we have a setback. The town has been fantastic, the town council have also been great, but we still must stay focused, we still need more funds. The specification for the work is still to be finalised, but then we go out for tender, and when estimates come in we can then apply for Heritage, Lottery funding.
February 2018

Funds pledged now tops £49,000!

Latest news of progress by F.O.S.B. We now have pledges and donations up to  £49,000 with another £50,000 from the town council, with £37,000 already banked, and feel confident that we will get the rest in as everyone has been so supportive of our campaign. Various groups have, and are continuing to raise funds for us as we still have a long way to go. The Town Council has had a report done on the condition of what is still standing, and it shows that most of that can be refurbished and saved, which is good news. Next step will be full estimates for the work, then we apply for help from Groups like Heritage, Lottery, Funding. We still need more prizes please for our Raffle that's to be drawn on Easter Monday. Another thing that's being done is Jam Jars at home to save your 20p coins for placing around the Bandstand, date to be announced. We are also asking you to donate small items to us as we are having a sale to add funds to the appeal, date and place to be announced.  We are also asking for more donations please if anyone has a bit of spare cash. If you can help us please contact Alan Houghton.
 
December 2017

Funds pledged now tops £43,525!

With a donation from as far afield as the Midlands our total funds pledged has now climbed over the £43,000 mark. So many people have connections with Swanage or have happy memories and want to support us. We are starting to call in donations so that we can be ready. Details of where to send your pledges are on our donations page. We still need to keep going raising more funds to meet our target so please keep supporting us.
 
November 2017

Funds pledged now tops £39,000!

With a donation from as far afield as the Midlands our total funds pledged has now climbed over the £39,000 mark. So many people have connections with Swanage or have happy memories and want to support us. We are starting to call in donations so that we can be ready. Details of where to send your pledges are on our donations page. We still need to keep going raising more funds to meet our target so please keep supporting us.
 
October 2017

Funds pledged now totals £37,010

Our Musical Talent Night at Harmans Cross Village Hall raised £555. The concert was put on for F.O.S.B.by the very Talented Karen Grant, also supporting her was the Harmony Rocks Choir, Mind The Gap Acapella Singers, A tribute to the poet Pam Ayres, and then the young talented Keyboard player Karl Lattimer. Thank you Karen, and all who also gave their time. Another person we would like to thank is Sue Spinney who made Sunflowers and cards placed in the Nationwide branch Swanage. Donations came to £190. Thank you Sue. More information on the event with pictures is on our Fundraising Page
Donations now coming in have brought our total to £37,010

Thank You.
 
October 2017

The Friends of Swanage Bandstand receive charitable status!

Your generous donations can go even further and we can apply to a greater range of funders.
 
September 2017

Funds pledged now totals £32,200

Swanage Town Band have donated £600 to the appeal.
Thank You.
 
August 2017
Great News. Swanage Council Commits to Funding Restoration of Bandstand
Funds pledged now totals £31,500

Friends of Swanage Bandstand working with Swanage Town Council have secured a commitment to substantial funding towards restoration of the Bandstand.
 
July 2017
Friends of Swanage Bandstand at Swanage Carnival
Funds total now £27,500

Friends of Swanage Bandstand were represented at this years Carnival. Alan Houghton with his promotional display took part in the Carnival procession and was not only watched by thousands of local people and visitors but was awarded 3rd place for the display. Alan followed this up by taking part in the classic vehicle display where he met many people interested in supporting the project.
June 2017
Fundraising pledges reach £26,000!


 
May 2017
Fundraising pledges reach £25,000!

FOSB crossed another milestone with a local pledge taking the amount raised to over £25,000.
 
 
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