About Us & Our History
Crofts End Mission Silver Band, was formed by George Brown in 1907 at Crofts End Mission, then a couple of rooms in a small terraced house, St George. It was to be an interest for the local miners and to keep the young people attending Sunday school from drifting away.
In 1908 the numbers attending the mission had increased and it was obvious that bigger premises was needed. In 1908 miners took just 3 months to build the mission with materials donated by the local brickwork company.
The band was a pivotal feature in the mission’s history as they would march around the local streets playing to attract people to the mission services. Apart from a few years during the wars, the band has been meeting since then. We celebrated with a centenary concert in 2007.
During that time there have been several conductors, the longest serving being Norman Parfrey. Norman took several breaks during which other conductors were appointed which included Colin Fricker and well-respected musician, John Dalton who was a band member and conductor of the training band and then main band for many years. Norman finally retired the position in December 2016.
In January 2017, Colin Cunliffe took over as conductor dedicating many, many hours to transforming the band both in its administration (resulting in the rewriting of the constitution) and musicality of the players. The band improved greatly but unfortunately, Colin moved away in April 2018, too far away to conduct but he remains an associate member of the band helping out when he can.
In 2009 Crofts End Mission buildings were restructured and the band was asked to leave the premises as there was no room for either storage or practicing. We were very fortunate to find a new home with Hanham Tabernacle where we received a glorious welcome and continue to receive their help and encouragement.
Following the break with Crofts End Mission, and Crofts End mission no longer calling itself a mission we recently changed our name to Crofts End Silver band, thus retaining a reference to our roots whilst becoming independent of any ties to the mission.