Oughtibridge Brass Band

Band Room

The Band room was originally a G.P.O. Telephone exchange housing electro-mechanical switching equipment. The building was erected in 1939 on Station Lane, Oughtibridge. In 1969 the building was vacated and a new telephone exchange was built further up Station Lane.
In 1964, after a period of renting the building from the G.P.O. it was purchased for the Band in the name of six trustees with money from Band funds.

After a period of intense fundraising from which we received grants, raised concert and busking monies and with money from the sale of the old village hall, held by the village trust, we have completely refurbished the old bandroom, and now enjoy rehearsals in our wonderful new facility.

How to find us

Oughtibridge Village is located north of Sheffield, with easy access from town and from the M1.
The Bandroom,10,Station Lane, Oughtibridge, S35 0HS
Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and Thursday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. They take place in our band room which is located in the centre of Oughtibridge.
Anyone is welcome to come along and have a blow or to come and listen to the band rehearse.
For people living in and around Sheffield, we can normally provide transport but this may not always be possible.

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Oughtibridge Brass Band and Training Band Safeguarding Policy

Oughtibridge Brass Band is a registered charity number 1136486. It comprises of approximately 25 musicians, both adults and children, and a Musical Director. Most of the band members who play are officially signed to the band and attend rehearsals twice a week in the band hut in Oughtibridge. They play at a number of concerts and contests throughout the year. They will be joined on occasion by “deps”, temporary players who fill in for missing players in rehearsals and events. The Training Band is part of the same charity and comprises of approximately 35 members, children and adults, a Musical Director and a music teacher. They practise once a week and play some concerts. Some of the more experienced training band players sit in with main band at concerts and rehearsals and eventually move up permanently. The band is run by a committee of volunteers.

Throughout this document, Oughtibridge Brass Band and Training Band are referred to as “The Band”. “Band Members” includes permanent band members, Musical Directors, the teacher and committee members.

Our safeguarding policy

This policy applies to all Band Members. It also applies to any deps helping the band out temporarily. It applies to all band events including rehearsals, concerts, contests and fundraising events. The purpose of this policy is:

The Band believes that a child or young person or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and vulnerable adults and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

We will seek to keep children and young people and vulnerable adults safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them

  • adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for Band Members and Deps

  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with Band Members and parents

  • sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately

  • developing and implementing an effective policy regarding photography

  • Legal framework:

    This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
  • Children Act 1989
  • United convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children

  • It has been based on an example policy prepared by the NSPCC on their website page, “Writing a Safeguarding Policy” and with help from Brass Band England

    We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

    This policy was last reviewed in October 2016