We are a non contesting brass band based in Sittingbourne, Kent, in the UK.
We are available for bookings for bandstands, concerts and private engagements.
The very earliest record of paper-making is from 1704, but it is from the mid of the 19th century and an interesting man named Edward Lloyd that we need to start.
In the 1840s there was Government stamp duty on newspapers which meant that no newspaper could be sold for less than 4p which was out of the reach of most working men’s pockets. Edward Lloyd produced from about 1840 what were called penny-papers, sold for a penny. Lloyd circumvented the stamp duty by never printing a story that was true. The stories would allude to the truth, but would change the locations or the people involved. He also serialised parts of novels in these papers that would be suspiciously like Dicken’s stories but would be called Oliver Twiss or David Copperful. Demand for the penny-papers was high and in 1863 Lloyd bought a site at Sittingbourne to supply his paper mill in London will straw pulp grown in the fields around Sittingbourne. The paper-making process gradually grew in Sittingbourne and by the time Lloyd had bought his respectable newspaper, the Daily Chronicle, in 1876 machinery had been installed to produce paper.
In 1883 Lloyd set up his brass band for his employees then called the Daily Chronicle Band. Ownership of the mill changed to an Eric Bowater in 1936 and for fifty years until 1986 the band was known as the Bowater Band. Since 1986 there have been more changes of ownership of the mill but the band has remained the UK Paper Band and is now affiliated to the UK Paper Leisure Club, which was formerly the mill’s social club.
In the early days of the band all the players worked at the paper mill and were given time off to attend rehearsals and play at concerts. The band was often seen at parades and processions, marching along Sittingbourne High Street. In recent times the number of players working at the mill has fallen and the band attracts players from across north Kent.
The UK Paper Band is currently going from strength to strength, under the leadership of musical director Alison Foot. The band plays at many engagements across Kent, in a variety of venues, from bandstands on the coast, to churches around North Kent, at summer fetes, or at our "home" in the UK Paper Clubhouse. We also love to journey further afield. In 2009 we travelled to Llandudno in North Wales for the weekend and in 2011 we spent a weekend in Staffordshire playing at The Churnet Valley Railway.
In every concert, we play a balanced programme containing varied music to suit everyone's tastes. Our repertoire contains traditional marches, and selections from popular musicals, but it also contains popular songs and some more unusual pieces as well - we provide a programme to entertain everyone!
We always welcome new players. We are not a contesting band, but enjoy making music together and entertaining the public. If you play a brass instrument then we would love to hear from you! At the moment, we would particularly welcome new players who play a drum kit.
We rehearse on a Wednesday evening at the UK Paper Leisure Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DE from 7.30pm to around 9.30pm.
Central Park comprises some 26 acres ranging from formal gardens near to the Town Centre, through ornamental areas to informal open space at the southern end towards Princes Road.
The picturesque River Darent runs along the park's eastern boundary.
The formal gardens abut the War Memorial and Library and include summer and winter bedding, herbaceous and shrub beds, together with a carpet bed which depicts the badge of a local organisation in the summer months.
Each summer at least 45,000 plants are used to create stunning colourful bedding displays.
The formal gardens are complimented by a rose garden and pergola, which was installed in 2002 and is quite spectacular when in full bloom.
The park is extremely popular with local children and visitors alike.
Image of riverThe informal areas of the park include large grass areas, junior football pitches, secluded tree shaded walks by the river and is home to the Dartford Harriers running track and pavilion.
Central Park hosts numerous events, particularly in summer, including the popular Dartford Festival in July.
There are public conveniences* and a small car park near the Cranford Road entrance at the southern end of the park (next to Fairfield Pool), and conveniences just outside the park in Market Street.
The park has a large children's playground which has a variety of traditional swings and slides as well as a climbing net, aerial runway, climbing wall, graffiti wall, track for bikes, skate boards etc, and a fully enclosed ball games area, all of which is monitored by CCTV.
The very popular Skatepark is located in Central Park.
The new bandstand has been erected very close to the original site of the first bandstand and will form a vibrant centre-piece for a range of concerts. The stone paving; steps and edges are of Ragstone composite to match the traditional materials of the plinth cladding. Protected by CCTV and other security measures, the bandstand has its own power supply, lighting and a music system for effect when not in use.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.
Free Deckchair Rental during performances.