During January, our Rode Hall Silver Band was hard at rehearsing for the annual NW Contests. Firstly, we prepared for the Preston Brass at the Guild 4th Section Contest.
This year the contest piece is interesting and musical - a pleasure to play! Which is just as well given the the amount of time we spend rehearsing it in all the detail.
Here we are on stage for the 11 minute contest piece.
We came 5th out of the 9 bands competing in our 4th Section.
And yes! The standard is very high!
My other leisure activity this month has been a continuation of my walking.
Having volunteered to lead some walks for the couple of Rambling Groups I'm in, I needed to do the Recce's.
Here we are, having a lunch break, at Errwood Reservoir in the Goyt Valley, Derbyshire.
Towards the end of the Recce, we met a walker who kindly took this photo of the three of us
Two of us went over to the North Wales coast for a Recce of the fells above Llanfairfechan,
The train arrives to take us to the start at Penmaenmawr
Having gained height, we looked back over Conway
Looking out to the north and the sea.
The route took us west havig climbed Foel Lus, over Tal y Fan and Foel Lwyd
All wrapped up in the wind!
Sunny - though sheltering from the very strong winds - at 50mph, quite a challenge!
We covered 11 miles and 2760ft