The Tilbury Band is a traditional Brass Band, founded in 1919 by the Tilbury Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen.
On July 1st, the first meeting of The Tilbury Railwaymen Band was formed. We are very proud to still be competing locally and nationally in the Second Section and the band working hard right now on the test piece for the Area Championships in April.
We are also hugely excited about next year, 2019, Tilbury Bands Centennial year.
Member Chris Hanson says everyone is already looking forward to making the next 18 months very special. “We have lots of things in the pipeline and want to make it a celebration for everyone to remember,” he said. “We will also have a packed programme of events through this year and we are hoping to increase our numbers and also our junior membership.”
“To that end we have been discussing the possibilities of becoming a central hub in the Thurrock area to teach how to read music, plus, how to play an instrument to children & adults, possibly a Saturday morning music school, but this would be pursued if the government were to abolish music lessons in schools all together, surely an atrocious act by the government if it were to happen. We are proud to be an almost fully self-funded band and have been for almost 100 years, however we do ask for a subsidised fee towards costs for the band hall, use of instruments, etc.”
Tilbury Band already runs a training band “The Tilbury Brass & Percussion Academy” which brings together intermediate as well as those less experienced players and “raw beginners” of all ages.
The Academy aims to provide advanced tuition to players, increasing their musical knowledge, playing ability and providing experience in ensemble playing in preparation for moving on to the senior band.
The academy rehearses on Sundays from 5pm to 7pm, feel free to come and join us at 101 Dock Road, Tilbury.
Can't wait to meet you!
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.