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Famous colliery band to play at Ashville College

29 Mar 2022 by Ashville College


One of the country’s best-known colliery brass bands will be returning to Harrogate this weekend (Sunday, April 3) to perform at a special Songs of Praise service at Ashville College.

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Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band

Being held at 6.30pm on Sunday, April 3 in the College’s Soothill Hall auditorium,

the service of hymns, readings and musical items will feature the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, Ashville Singers, Elmfield Singers, and Junior Choir.

As well as enabling the Ashville community of pupils, parents, staff and alumni to come together, the service will also be an opportunity to celebrate the ministry of College Chaplain, The Rev Dr David Barker, who leaves Ashville at the end of the term after 13 years. Members of the Nidd Valley Circuit of Methodist churches have also been invited.

Anna Wilby, Deputy Head: Co-Curricular, said: “After a gap of three years, we are delighted to be once again staging our popular Songs of Praise service, and it’s great to be welcoming back the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

“The Songs of Praise service is always a wonderful way to mark the final week of the Spring Term and prepare the way for Easter. All the singers – pupils and teachers – are really looking forward to performing in public again, and in conjunction with one of the country’s best-known colliery brass bands. 

“And this year’s service will be particularly poignant, as it will be led for the last time by the Rev Dr David Barker, who has been a leading figure at the College for more than a decade, and colleague and friend to many.”

A retiring collection will be held for those who wish to donate, in aid of the British Red Cross and its humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

For more information about Ashville College, please visit www.ashville.co.uk or call 01423 566358.