8 February 2019
Hi Everyone,

Today we have sent a cheque for £4,840 to Breast Cancer Now.

This was raised as follows:-

£3415.00 - Boobs & Brass performance at Butlins and collections over the weekend.
£1000.00 - another donation from Lincolnshire Hospitals Band re Lincoln Cathedral concert
£115.25 - donation from Rushden Mission Band from their fund raising.
£110.40 - donation from Cholsey Silver Band - they held a raffle at their December concert.
£65.00 - sale of our cd`s
£134.35 - General donations.

Thank you to everyone who has raised this money for us.

Our fund raising total now stands at £256,239
Of this - £221,260 has been donated to breast cancer research and the other £34,979 has been donated to other good causes.

Jane & Maggie

26 December 2018
Hi Everyone,
We are sending a cheque to Breast Cancer Now for £267.00.  This is from Mr Peter Vause from the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band and is an addition to the donations that he received on his Just Giving Page for the Sky Dive that he did to raise funds for Boobs & Brass.

This takes our total fundraising amount to £251,399 (£216,420 for breast cancer research and £34,979 for other charities).

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy 2019..

Maggie & Jane


14 December 2018
Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know - we have received some more donations on the Just Giving pages - £340 in total.

There is £90 on Ewan Robson`s page and £250 on Boobs & Brass page (Margaret Betts).

The £250 is from a `Boobie` who has not played with us for a while but still follows us and supports what we are doing. So - to this Boobie - we would like to say a huge `thankyou` for this very generous donation  and for continuing to support our concept and cause.  You know who you are !!

These additional donations now take our total fun raising total to £251,132.
Of this, £216,153 has gone to breast cancer research and the remaining £34,979 to other worthwhile charities.

Maggie & Jane

22 November
Hi everyone,
Since our last update there have been more donations received on some of the Just Giving pages, as follows:-
Ewan Robson - £479
Sue Herbert -    £35
Peter Vause   - £10
M Betts      -    £60  ( including donation from Judith Hayes from the sale of her music)

 Therefore, this additional £584 takes our total fund raising to
£250,792 (£215,813 to breast cancer research £34,979 to other charities)
Thanks everyone,
Maggie & Jane

Click HERE to read Maggie's write up about our Lincoln Cathedral Concert
16 October
Hi Everyone,

Today we have sent cheques to the value of £7606.00 to Breast Cancer Now,

This is made up as follows:-
£6000.00 - concert at Lincoln Cathedral
£623.45 - Bucket collection at Lincoln
£218.80 - Raffles on the coaches to Lincoln
£393.50 - CD`s and other merchandise sold at the Lincoln concert
£370.25 - other donations and cd sales.

In addition to this we received a donation from Amy Bland of £500
Just Giving page - Genette Gilbert (cornet player Lincolnshire Hospitals Band) £65.00
Additions to Ewan Robson`s and Boobs & Brass (Margaret Betts) Just Giving Pages

The Grand Total is now £250,208.00
£215228 to breast cancer research
£34980 to various other charities

Thank you to everyone who has made this happen. It is an absolutely incredible achievement.
Your support and encouragement has, and still is very much appreciated.

Jane & Maggie

4 October
Hi Everyone,

Today we have posted a cheque to Breast Cancer Now for £100. This generous donation was given to us by supporters of Boobs & Brass who are unable to make the Lincoln concert - thank you very much - you know who you are!!

In addition to this, there have been more donations made  on some Just Giving pages, as follows:-

Boobs & Brass - £72
Sue Herbert - £30
Sharon Marshall - £130
Ewan Robson - £100

Total of donations in this report - £432.00.

Total of funds raised - ££241,892 (BCN £206,912.34  Other £34,979.36)

Amount needed to hit £250,000 - £8,108

Thank you all for your continued support.

Maggie & Jane

24 September 2018
Our latest achievement!


Due to low cloud and at times very heavy rain Peter Vause’s skydive could  not place on Sunday afternoon. It is rescheduled to take place week commencing 22nd October and he will advise the date when he receives confirmation. Many thanks for all those who kindly supported him and the charity “breast cancer NOW” will benefit by £750.
Kind regards, Peter

14 August 2018:
Today, we have sent £1087.68 to Breast Cancer Now. This was raised by Mike Kilmartin at his concert on 21st July - "Legends in Brass: Remembering". Sincere thanks go to Mike, Stan Lippeatt, The Hatfield and Askern Colliery Band, the `Legends` - Kevin Crockford, Kevin Holdgate, Mark Walters, Mike Kilroy plus all the team that made this a very memorable evening. We greatly appreciate your support.

This magnificent addition takes our fundraising total to £236,541 (£202k to breast cancer research - £35k to other charities).

There is also money being raised for us by the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band, Sue Herbert, Donna Compton, Peter Vause and Mandy Davis.
So far, between them, they have raised approximately £3,674 (inc. gift aid) and this amount is not included in our official total as yet
Thank you so much to all these people - we are extremely grateful for what you are all doing.

So - £240k !!! - we are getting closer and closer to that £250K target. Are we going to achieve it? Something tells us that we will.

Your continued help and support is amazing.  Thankyou!!!

Maggie & Jane

24 July 2018:
Click HERE to read about the Legends of Brass Concert Saturday 21st July 2018 – Askern Miners Welfare Club
10 July 2018:
Today we have sent a cheque for £150 to Breast Cancer Now. This was raised by Steve Alexander and his Oompah Band who performed for the Rotary Club of Rushden at Higham Ferres Bede House earlier this month. Many thanks to Steve and his `Oompahers` - your support is greatly appreciated.

This, together with the £375 raised by the Rushden Mission Band and a small donation on our Just Giving Page, takes our total to £235,434.
of this, £200,454 has gone to breast cancer research and the remaining £34,980 has helped various other charities.

Thanks to everyone for continuing to support us - that £250,000 is a little closer.


Maggie & Jane

8 May 2018: Hello Everybody,

Today we are sending a donation of £724.45 to Breast Cancer Now.

£100.00 of this was given to us by Steve Alexander and his Oompah Band from their recent performance at Irthlingborough Town Cricket Club  - thanks Steve and all the `Oompahers` - very much appreciated.

£624.45 - One of our `down south` Boobies, Anita Newman, was invited to play with The Grimethorpe Colliery Band at their concert in Aylesbury yesterday. This was a wish on Anita`s Bucket List and after a phone call to Mark Walters, he arranged for this great experience to happen for Anita.There will be more news coming on this but it was a fantastic day. The  Band  held a bucket collection at the end of their concert for the charity.
Thank you Mark and everyone at Grimethorpe - you did Anita and Boobs & Bras proud!!

This now takes our fund raising total to £234,883 with £199,9030 going to breast cancer research and £34,980 to other worthy charities.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Maggie & Jane


Joint concert with Brighouse & Rastrick Band - more photos on our Facebook page
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5th April
Hello Everyone,
Today we are sending a cheque to Breast Cancer Now for £3,150.00.
This is made up as follows:-

Concert at Huddersfield Town Hall with The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - £2000
Bucket Collection plus other donations on the night - £479
Sale of CD`s and other merchandise at Huddersfield - £301
Raffle on the coaches to Huddersfield - £180 (many thanks to Chris & Pete)
Making a total of £2,960 from this event.

General donations £190

We have also received - on our Just Giving Page - £250 from Kevin Holdgate from the sale of his book Jimmy V - thank you Kevin.

Many thanks also to those who have donated on our Just Giving Page.

This takes our overall fundraising total to £234,158
Of this - £199,179 has been donated to breast cancer research and the remaining £34,979 has gone to other charities including Marie Cure, Macmillan, Brain Tumour Research, Prostate Cancer, Alzheimers, British Legion, Help For Heroes and others.

We would also like to say a special `thank you` to one of our `Boobies`  (you know who you are!) who made a very generous donation to Boobs & Brass to help with any expenses we incur.  With her agreement, part of this donation was used to pay for the framed Purple Tee Shirt that was presented to The Brighouse & Rastrick Band as a memento of our last concert with them.  Thankyou ******** !!!!!  Your kindness and generosity over the years has been overwhelming and very much appreciated.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Maggie & Jane

5th March
Temperantia Lodge Ladies Night
Another member of our wonderful brass band movement has taken us a  step closer to achieving our £250k target.
John Warner, a cornet player with Newhall Brass Band and also Master of Temperantia Lodge, No. 4088 in the Province of Leicester and Rutland, spoke with me at Butlins, Skegness in January and mentioned that he was organising a `Ladies Night` for members of the Lodge and that he would like any funds  raised at this event to be donated to Breast Cancer Now,  through Boobs & Brass.
We were delighted to hear this and following further conversations, we arrived at  Sketchley  Grange, Hinckley, last Saturday, 24th February, to add a bit of `pink` to the Grove Suite which was where this event was taking place.

As John`s guests arrived, they were welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and then enjoyed a delicious three course meal.  Throughout the evening, various toasts were made and John and his lovely wife Ruth gave speeches, reflecting the past twelve months of John being `Master` John explained, that being a bandsman, he had chosen “Boobs & Brass” as his charity and asked me to explain a little about our concept and what we had achieved.
The evening then continued with a Frank Sinatra Tribute – Phil Fryer was absolutely brilliant! Not only did he sound like Frank Sinatra – he looked very much like him too! The lights were dimmed and  people danced as we were transported  through the years of Sinatra`s classic swing and love songs. It was a wonderful evening made even better to discover that donations of £481 had been made towards our cause.
Thank you John, Ruth and members of Temperentia Lodge for your kindness and generosity. Another step towards our goal and another step towards finding a cure for this horrible disease.


Today (6th February), we had a wonderful Afternoon Tea at Sage & Brook, Grafton Underwood.
It was organised by Roberta Stinson to help Boobs & Brass to take another step towards our £250,000 goal.
Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves - the Prosecco, sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea were delicious and wonderfully presented.

There were also over twenty prizes in the raffle which everyone very generously participated in.
What a great afternoon! Thank you to all those who supported this event but a special thank you to Robbie for putting all this together and raising £743 for Breast Cancer Now.  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Click HERE for details of our 10th research project

10th January 2018: It is with great sadness that we learn of the death
of the legendary and award winning conductor Betty Anderson.
Betty came from a family with a background of over a hundred years in the Brass Band movement  having followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather as a tenor horn player.
A soloist from the age of eight and a conductor from the age of fourteen, success in both fields resulted in her winning the tenor horn championship of Great Britain on two occasions.
She became the first woman to conduct in the long history of the British Open Championships and in 2002 Betty was awarded the Harry Mortimer Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for her contribution to the Brass Band Movement.
We were delighted, and honoured, when Betty - a breast cancer survivor herself - agreed to conduct us at our second annual concert in October 2007 to raise funds for breast cancer research.
She was a very talented and highly respected lady who taught and helped so many.
R.I.P. Betty. You will not be forgotten.

Boobs & Brass

December 2017: Today, we have sent a donation of £1950.00 to Breast Cancer Now.

This was raised as follows:-

Our concert in Kettering on 21st October - £1000.00

Fred Aram, Master of Caernarvon Lodge, Nottingham and Long Eaton Silver Prize Band - Ladies Festival 9th December - £920.00
General Donations - £30.00

Our Kettering concert also raised £1000.00 for Marie Curie and £382.00 for St. Andrew`s Church. There are also donations of  £506.00 on our Just Giving Page - many thanks to those who have supported this

This takes our total fundraising to date to £227,901.00
Of this - £192,992.00 has been donated to breast cancer research and the other £34,979.00 has helped other charities such as Marie Curie, Prostate Cancer, Dementia Society, MacMillan, Brain Tumour Research,  British Legion, Help For Heroes, Crazy Hats, Kettering General Hospital, various churches.

Thank you all for your help and continued support. We could not have done this without you.

Maggie & Jane

December 2017. Click HERE for write up from Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, Nottinghamshire

October 2017: Click HERE for news about our latest donation to BCN
29th August 2017
Hi Everyone,

As you are all aware Boobs & Brass was formed in 2006 by Maggie and myself, to perform a "one off" concert with any money being raised to go to Breast Cancer Campaign and also the Ophthalmic Department at KGH.  I think we can all agree this was certainly achieved, an unbelievable night. Kettering Parish Church was packed to capacity, an audience of 500. 
Through lots of encouragement we kept going, never thinking for one moment we would reach 11 years, let alone raising in excess of £200,000. However all that being said we have now reached the decision that Boobs & Brass will come to an end in 2018, the last engagement being Lincoln Cathedral, Saturday 13th October 2018.  
We will not be taking any more bookings (firmed up bookings will be honoured).
Over the last 11 years we have achieved a great deal. Remember when we arrived at the Whits?  The first time there had ever been an all female band, being treated like celebrities and that march at Delph - totally awesome.  Playing with the World famous Brighouse & Rastrick, our Pink Weekend at Butlins and our awards - Breast Cancer Campaign - Outstanding Achievement award for our fundraising, and recently the BBC Music Day 2017 theme "The Power of Music".  Of course none of this could have happened if it wasn't for you girls, our players.  We really can't thank you enough.  All the time you have given, all the travelling you have done to come and play with B & B, and never asking for anything in return.  You will never ever know just how much this has all been appreciated.
There are so many people to thank, all those that have sponsored events, buses, those that have donated  - music, stands, banners, drum / percussion equipment, raffle prizes and of course those PINK  JACKETS.   Where do we start?
No doubt there will be questions to answer as to why. 
Putting a band together gets more difficult - after all there is life away from banding.
Tickets sales for concerts, gone down by half - so many other things going on.
The feeling that Boobs & Brass has just run its course.

Thank you all so much for all your time and commitment, especially those of you who have been with us from the off.
Just remember all the good times we have had as a group, and be proud of what you have achieved.

Jane, Maggie, Keith & Alan

Click HERE to read the Press Release from Bradwell Band
Click HERE for Kevin Crockford's write up about his guest appearance for Boobs & Brass in Doncaster on Saturday 23rd September 2017
26th September 2017

Sally Thorburn has been awarded a Diamond Winner from the company she works for, Swinton Insurance, to celebrate 60 years. They awarded it to Sally for giving up her time for a good cause & they said she could choose the charity of her choice - hence the cheque for a thousand pounds to Boobs & Brass
Click HERE for more details from our Facebook page
16th September 2017
Hi Everyone,
Today we have sent donations totalling £345 to Breast Cancer Now.
These donations were from people attending the funeral of Brian Skinner - the Stepfather of Craig Ridley who we performed a concert with two years ago with the `down south` band.
Sadly, Mr Skinner lost his battle with brain cancer on 4th July and his wife chose BCN as one of the charities to receive donations.
Our condolences are sent to Craig, Mrs Skinner and all their family.

This donation, plus the £500 from Amy Gier Bland,  now takes our fundraising total to £213,793 - £180,666 to breast cancer research and £33,127 to other charities.

The Research Project that we are currently funding has a balance now of £4,190 which, hopefully will be raised at the forthcoming concerts.

Maggie & Jane

Click HERE to read about our latest donation from Amy, our American friend
August 2017: Today we are sending a donation of £3265.00 to Breast Cancer Now and this money has been raised as follows:-

    `Legends in Brass` Concert with The Hatfield Band (organised by Mike Kilmartin) £1000.00
    The `Shi Dance` in Doncaster                                  £1780.00
    Steve Alexanders Oompah Band                             £ 175.00
    Mr & Mrs T. Robinson Golden Wedding donations    £ 190.00
    `Friends` of Boobs & Brass                                     £   70.00
    Donation Theresa Thornton                                     £   25.00
    Donation S. Ludlow/M. Vine                                    £  25.00


Our fund raising total is now £212,948 with £179,821 of this being donated for breast cancer research and £33,127
raised for various other charities.  Please see our website for details.

Sincere thanks to everyone who has helped to raise this money.

Jane & Maggie

Click HERE to read Maggie's write up about the Shi Dance in Doncaster!
Click HERE to read Maggie's write up about the Legends in Brass concert

July 2017: Today we are sending another donation to Breast Cancer Now for the amount of £1740.00.This has been raised as follows:-

Concert with Strata Brass on 17.06.17 £1150.00
Concert in Cardiff 24.06.17 £330.00
Prize at Whits £ 20.00
Donation from Mike Kilmartin from music sales £ 240.00

Thank you to everyone who helped to raise this money which will be allocated to the research project that we are currently funding. In addition to this, there was also another £1150.00 raised at the Strata Band concert which was for their band funds.

This takes our overall fund raising amount to £209,683.00
Of this, £176,556 has gone to breast cancer research and the other £33,127 to other charities.Many thanks to everyone for your continued support.
Jane & Maggie

Today we have sent a donation to Breast Cancer Now for the amount of £2910.00 which will be allocated to the project we are currently supporting at King`s College London. 

This has been raised as follows:-

Concert at Titchmarsh 13th May                       2136.00
Collection at funeral of Mr Ellis                           440.00
Donation from Nottingham University                   100.00
Donation re talk to Raunds ladies                         50.00
Donation Stamford Band re Mike Kilmartin            30.00
Donation from `down south` supporter                   32.00
General donations                                             122.00

In addition to this, the charity has received the `matched` amount - £593 - for the money raised at the carolling event at Thorpe Castle Barn in December.

Also, in addition to the money shown above raised at the Titchmarsh concert, there was also £2136.00 donated to  the Alzheimer`s Society.

This takes our overall fund raising amount to £206,793.00

Of this, £174,816 has gone to breast cancer research and the other £31,977 has helped various other charities including Alzheimer`s Society, Prostate Cancer UK, Brain Tumour Research, British Legion, Help for Heroes, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Crazy Hats and several churches.

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has helped in raising this money and for everyone`s continued committment and support.

Jane & Maggie
On Friday , 9th June Boobs & Brass took part in the famous `Whit Friday Marches`.
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Boobs & Brass are delighted to have been awarded the BBC Music Day Brass Band Award
for the band that best embodies the BBC Music Day 2017 theme"The Power of Music".
Click HERE for further details of our weekend at the Whits where we were presented with the award
Click HERE for full details

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