Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Flodden 1513 project funding boost

Next year will be a bigger one than normal for the Band because 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden.

This week news was announced of a £900,000 injection of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a project that will add to understanding and awareness of the events of 1513, more information on the project can be found here.

The BBC carried a report on the funding award here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Next engagement: Armistice Sunday 11-11-12

This year Arimistice Sunday falls on the 11-11 and is our next engagement. Details to follow.

More information on the names on the Memorial can be found at the local history society.

Memorial 2006

Inauguration 1921

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pipe Band-athon 2012

The Coldstream Pipe band Pipe-athon on Saturday 20th October was a great success. We collected £427.06 in the collecting tins on the day. With sponsor money still to come in this looks like it has been a very worth while exrcise. Thanks to everyone who took part. 

Thanks also To Elspeth Bell, Carol Cockburn, David Guthrie and Wendy Guthrie for carying the collecting tins. We would also like to thank the Castle Hotel for providing the ie, beans and chips to the participants free of charge (We were definately ready for them).

Coldstream Pipe band would also like to thank all of the people who kindly donated. 

Mondrepius 2012

Coldstream Pipe Band visited Mondrepius in the Thierache region of France from 29thAugust 2012 to 3rd September 2012.
The Band played at a parade to commemorate the Liberation in the nearby town of Marle. We also played at a concert to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Harmonie De Mondrepius and at the La Capelle cheese fair.
We also enjoyed trips to Reims Cathedral and a glass museum in Trelon.
Here is a link to a French blog reporting the concert.
Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The hospitality from the French hosts was second to none.

Civic Week 2012

Coldstream Civic Week got off to a wet start with the result that the Sashing Ceremony was held in the Parish Kirk, followed by the usual parade to the town war memorial. 

However, the weather improved throughout the rest of the Week. 

Kelso Civic Week: Fancy Dress Parade

A video of the bands at the Friday 21st July, Fancy Dress Parade during Kelso Civic Week. 

The first  band is KelsoColdstream is second at 1 minute  40 seconds. 
Scottish Borders are third at 3 minutes 38 seconds and Musselburgh are last at 4 minutes 20 seconds.
A good night!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Coldstream Local History Society

The Local History Society has launched a new website with some very useful features and information. No pictures of the Band as yet, but that's sure to change as the site develops.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A quick search for Coldstream Pipe Band unearths a video of the Band performing Highland Cathedral at the parade for the Queen's Jubilee.

Highland Cathedral: Queen's Jubilee

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Peebles Beltane

Here is a link to a you tube video of the parade at Peebles. Coldstream Pipe Band are at 5:00 minutes.

The other Pipe Bands are Peebles at 4:00 minutes, Pryde of East Lothian at 11:30 minutes, Tweedvale at 12:30 minutes and Scottish Borders at 14:20 minutes. (There is also a band at 8:34 minutes but I don't know who they are).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Coldstream from above: 1948

The newly launched Britain from Above website continues aerial photographs from the 1920's to 50's.

The site contains three pictures of Coldstream.

Queen's Jubilee

The Band played at the Jubilee event held at the Community Centre.

Return of the Black Kilts

The Berlin Black Kilts Pipe Band visited Coldstream on Friday 25th of May.

A good crowd of spectators turned out on a beautiful evening to watch the Berlin Band and the Coldstream Pipe Band play in Henderson Park.

We then moved on to the Legion for stovies and beer and some musical entertainment provided by Rob Bell and Kenny Brodie.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Installation of Coldstreamer

The Band played at the Installation of the Coldstreamer on Friday 13th April.

Rory Hampton was out for his first time with the band, many congratulations to him.

Here is a link to the story in the Berwickshire News.

Engagements: clarification of date for Black Kilts

The Berlin based Black Kilts will visit Coldstream on 25th May. They last visited Coldstream in 2009; check out our blog article from 22nd September 2009.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Engagements 2012

Here is the booking list so far for 2012.

13th April - Installation of the Coldstreamer.
25th May - Visit from the Berlin Black Kilts Pipe Band
17th June - Chirnside Civic Week
23rd June - Peebles
1st July - Wooler
21st July - Kelso

Coldstream Civic Week - Sunday 5th August (Sashing), Monday 6th August (Norham Ride) Thursday 9th August (Flodden Ride), Friday 10th August (Torchlight) and Saturday 11th August (Fancy Dress and Unsashing)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Drummers settings

Attention Drummers: click the links and access YouTube videos of CPB drum beats:

Shoals of Herring
Bloody Fields of Flanders
Dream Valley of Glendaruel
Castle Dangerous
Argyll's crossing the River Po

Shoals of Herring set
Massed bands set

Loch Ruan
Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie
Murdo's Wedding

Loch Ruan set

Spin the Golden Chanter

The annual 'Golden Chanter' competition between Pipe Major's takes place on 11th February at Danderhall Miners Club.

This years event looks to be a belter with eight excellent Pipe Major's participating; watch our for Angus MacColl (Oban Pipe Band) and Gordon Walker (Mauchline Pipe Band) both gold medal winning pipers and leaders of up and coming bands.

A really great day, and cheap beer!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Battle of Skaithmuir

Next month is the anniversary of the Battle of Skaithmuir, February 1316. Fought during the wars of independence, the battle involved the interception of an Anglo-French squadron from Berwick Castle by a patrol of Scots cavalry led by Sir James Douglas (the Good Sir James or the Black Douglas depending on your point of view).

Reckoned by Douglas to be the hardest fight he ever had, and he was a good judge, the outnumbered Scots defeated the raiders and put them to flight.

Perhaps something for the 1513 Club to mull over.

HNY 2012

A belated Happy New Year to all for 2012: we hope it's a good one for you and yours.

Some news to warm the cockles on a cold, wintery day: we're off to la belle France in August.

Message from Elspeth: the Pipe Band have been invited to Theirache in September this year to help the Orchestra Harmonie Municipal et Orignay, celebrate their 120th anniversary. The pipe Band extend this invitation to you as friends of the Pipe Band. We will leave by bus on Thursday 30th August (evening) and return on Thursday 6th September (early afternoon). The cost will be approximately £90 per person. It is a lovely area of France very near the Belgian border. Renee Lecler has emailed asking for names and numbers so if you could let me know yes or no by Friday, that would be excellent. The Band do hope as many of you as possible will join us.

Emails sent to the blog will be forwarded to Elspeth.

This month also sees the start of the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Highlights include the annual Gordon Duncan memorial recital and a concert from Lothian & Borders Police and the Spirit of Scotland pipe bands.

Practice nights have resumed, Monday's - school hall - 7.30