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Pavilions for Music 

Bringing Bandstands Back to Life



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Continued austerity or have cracks started to appear?

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (6388)

I am a great lover of parks and the ingredients that make up a great park. My fascination with the bandstand is undoubted as well as the parkitecture within. A few weeks ago, I visited Birkenhead Park, the grandad of our greatest parks, designed by Joseph Paxton and today remains the model for what makes a viable and healthy park. I loved it, but not because of the features within it but the complete design of it. I had heard that its design was simply stunning and its features were outstandi...

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A Public Parks Inquiry or Public Cop out??

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (4717)

So, after waiting months, an incredible amount of submissions on the future of parks submitted to DCLG, and then the anticipation of something? What would be that something?  Its conclusion was as follows:-

The significant interest in, and the overwhelming response to, our inquiry is a clear indication of just how strongly people feel about their local parks, how much they value them, and how important it is that action is taken to safeguard and secure the future ...

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Cassiobury Park bandstand returns .... at last

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (9135)

One of the remnants of the great lost estates of the United Kingdom, Cassiobury Park is now the largest park in Hertfordshire, and the principal park of its primary town, Watford covering an area twice the size of Hyde Park in London. But this is no ordinary town park nor is it a park that stems from the Victorian age. It is the remnant of the once great Cassiobury House and the estate of the Earls of Essex. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the decline of the Cassiobury estate was ...

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One year on.....

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (5664)

I thought it would a good time to update on progress as I think it has been about just over a year I established the CIC. 

Its been a mixed bag but pretty good overall and with some great feedback and responses. 

Highlights - 


  • I have visited over 200 bandstands (212 to be precise and if you include repeat visits, more like 300).
  • The database now covers 1,189 bandstands existing and lost and I keep finding more that crop up.
  • I ...
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Putting my own house in order

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (4393)

Lots of restorations underway this year which is always good. Having had a long chat with my good friend Dominic Liptrot from Lost Art Ltd, the restorer of many great bandstands, its good to hear of so many bandstands underway this year and being restored - from Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich to Hexham Parks Walter Macfarlane 249 model. Its all good stuff. But this year, I am putting my very own bandstand in order. The Hill & Smith bandstand which has sat outside the Town Hall in Watford...

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Forgotten but found..... what a remarkable story

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (3826)

Now this is a wonderful story. You hear about warehouses or old hangars discovered full of classic cars worth a fortune, well this isn't quite classic cars but the story of a long forgotten bandstand. Saughton Park, Edinburgh bandstand was removed many many years ago like so many. It was the twin of one found on the Meadows, also in Edinburgh and a rather lovely Lion Foundry No 23, both erected in 1908. Both became disused and the one on the Meadows sadly lost but the one from Saughton Park, ...

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Famous in the Last Century

Posted on January 2, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (4084)

Famous in the last century is the title of a rather poor Status Quo album (who I am listening to as I write this blog) but it suddenly occurred to me that hearing that the Bay City Rollers have reformed and were playing Hogmanay in Scotland frightened me. Actually, I did have a soft spot for them way back in the 70s. I was more of a Slade and Sweet fan myself until I discovered Deep Purple. Anyway, just before Christmas, Mike Levett from Harlow Council contacted me about their bandstand which...

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Restoration men!!

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (13715)

A busy year so far. And so it continues. I did a talk to Steeple Claydon WI on Bandstands - History, Decline & Revival and what a great bunch of girls but it dawned on me - again - how much we love them. Still we see them restored. Harlow Town Park bandstand is under restoration as we speak -  the venue for such icons as the Bay City Rollers and Hawkwind; Alexandra Gardens in Windsor underway; Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge nearly done; Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick - open for busine...

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Where are we now?

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (10280)

Well since the launch of, the response has been amazing. Lots of coverage and it continues. Friends and colleagues have responded brilliantly and the database is updated daily. I am getting on for 3,000 hits already and I have many additions to summer gigs. 

Keep Britain Tidy and Green Flag Award have now picked up on it too. Brass Band England are keen as are Making Music. I won't stop  till I get them all fully used and sustainable. Get gigging on your...

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All publicity is good publicity

Posted on February 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (4545)